Seema Bhat, MD

The James Cancer Center
Seema Bhat

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  • Hematology

Clinical Expertise

  • Lymphomas
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemias
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I am a hematologist who specializes in treating patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). I was excited to join the OSUCCC – James because of the cutting-edge and exemplary work done by the Leukemia Research program, which has transformed the treatment approach for patients with CLL, leading to the approval of more effective and innovative treatments for this disease. The James is leading the race to cure CLL, and I am honored to be a member of that team as a clinical investigator focusing on designing and leading clinical trials.

I have served as a principal investigator on a number of clinical trials, and I also collaborate with laboratory scientists to develop novel therapies for CLL. My research interests include developing novel targeted therapies for the treatment of CLL with the goal of curing this disease without the need of chemotherapy. My aim is to improve the quality of life for these patients so that they can lead a normal and productive life without enduring the toxic effects of treatment.

In addition to my clinical work, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology at The Ohio State University and have served on a number of national committees, including the NCCN Guidelines panels for cancer- and chemotherapy-induced anemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma and hairy cell leukemia.

I feel privileged to be part of OSUCCC – The James. We believe in providing personalized care for each patient to ensure better outcomes, and it’s truly rewarding to contribute to this medical and academic community as we work toward our common goal of a cancer-free world.

Education and Background


  • Kashmir University

    Srinagar, India


  • Sisters of Charity Hospital

    Buffalo, NY


  • Hematology/Oncology

    Roswell Park Cancer Institute

    Buffalo, NY

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Hematology)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Medicine Oncology)
  • 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. Bhat has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Pharmacyclics, Inc.
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