Thomas Scharschmidt, MD

The James Cancer Center
Thomas Scharschmidt

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.


  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Spine

Clinical Expertise

  • Bone Cancer
  • Spinal Cancers
  • Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Cancers
  • Disarticulation
  • Orthopedics
  • Adamantinoma
  • Osteochondromatosis
  • Limb Salvage
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Hemipelvectomy
  • Bone Cysts
  • Bone Cysts, Aneurysmal
  • Exostoses, Multiple Hereditary
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi
  • Spine Sarcoma
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I’m a surgical oncologist treating patients with musculoskeletal cancers. My area of expertise is orthopaedic surgery, with a special focus on bone cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, spine surgery and limb salvage. The OSUCCC – James is home to one of the nation’s premier cancer-related orthopaedic surgery centers, where we provide comprehensive, individualized treatment for every patient.

I also serve as an assistant professor of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, where I’ve received several distinguished teaching honors including being named Educator of the Year in 2012. My clinical interests include bone and soft tissue sarcomas in adults and children, complex limb reconstruction, metabolic bone disease and musculoskeletal infections.

In my work to find treatments for these types of cancers, I’ve co-authored medical articles on surgical oncology and soft tissue sarcomas, presented nearly three dozen medical abstracts worldwide and have contributed to 45 published manuscripts. Additionally, I serve on the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and as a fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

I’m honored to partner with an extraordinary team of leaders who have a steadfast desire to create a cancer-free world.

Education and Background


  • Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

    Rootstown, OH


  • Summa Health System

    Akron, OH


  • Orthopedic Oncology


    Seattle, WA

  • Spine Surgery

    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Department

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. Scharschmidt 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.

  • Stryker Corporation
  • Medical Device Business Services Inc. Subsidiary of DePuy
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