Stephen Povoski, MD

The James Cancer Center
Stephen Povoski

A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.


  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery

Clinical Expertise

  • Breast Imaging
  • Breast Cancer
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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 2011-2018.

My research interests primarily focus on the role of surgical oncology and imaging in cancer care. I develop strategies for perioperative and intraoperative tumor detection and imaging. I also develop 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 treating patients with cancer. Many studies have shown that adopting this approach, as we have done at Ohio State, leads 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. In addition, I have served on the editorial boards of many scientific journals, and I serve as the section editor for the Surgical Oncology, Cancer Imaging, and Interventional Therapeutics Section of the journal BMC Cancer.

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

I see patients at

Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center

1145 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212


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.

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