Stephen Povoski

Stephen Povoski, MD


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Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.8 out of 5




I am a surgical oncologist who specializes in treating patients with breast cancer and other breast-related disease. I was named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors” from 2011-2019.

My research interests primarily focus on radio-guided surgery technologies and the role of surgical oncology and imaging in cancer surgery and cancer care. I have developed strategies for perioperative and intraoperative tumor detection and imaging. I have also developed tumor-directed surgical and non-surgical therapeutic interventions using molecular targeting agents. I strongly believe in adopting these technologies within the context of a multidisciplinary approach to treat patients with cancer. Many studies have shown that adopting these approaches, as we have done at The Ohio State University, can lead to better outcomes for patients.

I have presented and published extensively within several arenas of surgical oncology, such as sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy technology, minimally invasive breast biopsy technology, perioperative and intraoperative detection, and imaging technology, among other areas.

I am the co-editor/co-author of a 2016 Springer Nature book representing a comprehensive overview on the state-of-the-art practice of numerous radio-guided surgical applications within all surgical subspecialties. I have served on the editorial boards of many scientific journals, as well as serving as the section editor for the Surgical Oncology, Cancer Imaging and Interventional Therapeutics section of the journal BMC Cancer from 2012 to 2017. Additionally, I was awarded the 2015 Section Editor of the Year Award and have served as a consulting editor for BMC Cancer since 2017.

Education and Background


SUNY Health Science Center

Syracuse, NY


University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Cincinnati, OH


Surgical Oncology

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York, NY

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Academic Department

Department of Surgery

Division of Surgical Oncology

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. Povoski has reported no relationships with companies or entities.


Patient Satisfaction Review

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the five questions gathered from the Outpatient Oncology survey, developed by Press Ganey Associates for use in oncology clinics across the country. On behalf of The James, Press Ganey administers the survey to patients who see our providers in an outpatient clinic office. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of The James.

Overall Ratings (out of 135 reviews)
4.8 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.8/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.6/ 5

Concern for your questions and issues

4.7/ 5

Skill and knowledge

4.9/ 5

Overall quality of care

4.8/ 5

Patient Comments (5 total comments)

Reviewed: 5/6/2019

Typically answers questions before I ask!

Reviewed: 4/12/2019

Very good dr.

Reviewed: 3/5/2019

All excellent!

Reviewed: 2/22/2019

could not ask for a better Dr..

Reviewed: 2/17/2019

Didn't have a lot of questions. Have more now. NP was able to spend more time with us. Very busy practice.

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