Sabarish Ayyappan, MBBS

The James Cancer Center
Sabarish Ayyappan

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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, who specializes in treating patients with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma at the OSUCCC - James, where I also treat elderly patients with lymphoma.

I received my medical degree at Madras Medical College in Tamilnadu, India, served my residency at Unity Health System in Rochester, N.Y., and completed my fellowship training in hematology/oncology at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center before joining the faculty in Ohio State's College of Medicine in July 2017.

My research focuses on developing biologic and immunotherapeutic treatments for lymphoma and on finding biomarkers that can help identify patients who would benefit the most from specific treatments while experiencing minimal side effects. I collaborate with our basic scientists to develop cutting-edge translational projects for lymphoma treatment. I also design and lead clinical trials for lymphoma patients, and I strive to find less toxic treatments that improve outcomes for our older patients with lymphoma.

I have presented my research at national and international conferences-including the annual meetings of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)-and I have received multiple awards for my work, including the 2016 ASH Abstract Achievement Award and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Fellows Training Research Award.

I am excited about the prospect of developing research-based treatments that provide better outcomes with fewer side effects for patients. I enjoy working with my highly accomplished colleagues at the OSUCCC - James, and I am stimulated by the compassionate care and unselfish support we offer to those who come here for help.

Education and Background


  • Madras Medical College

    Tamilnadu, India, India


  • Unity Health System

    Rochester, United States


  • Hematology/Oncology

    University Hospitals Case Medical Center

    Cleveland, OH

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Medicine Oncology)

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I see patients at

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

460 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210


Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the university requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their university responsibilities. As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Ayyappan has reported no relationships with companies or entities.

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