William Farrar, MD

The James Cancer Center
William Farrar

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  • Surgical Oncology

Clinical Expertise

  • Parathyroid Cancers
  • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome
  • Breast Cancer
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I am a surgical oncologist specializing in the treatment of patients with breast cancer.

I’ve held a number of institutional, state and national leadership roles over the course of my career. I currently serve as interim chief executive officer of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. I served as director of surgical oncology at The James for 28 years and also as director of medical affairs for The James for 22 years.

I have served on numerous national committees, including the Training Directions Committee for the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Joint Council for the Approval of Advanced Training in Head and Neck Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer.

I am the principle investigator (PI) for the NSABP Clinical Trial Group at The Ohio State University.

I have authored or co-authored more than 100 clinical studies and reviews published in scientific journals. My clinical research accomplishments include studies published on such subjects as genetic counseling, sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy, a procedure to determine if cancer cells have spread from the tumor to lymph nodes in the armpit.

I have earned many national accolades, including the “Best Doctors in America” list, of which I am a 16-time recipient. I was also named to the Castle Connolly list of “America's Top Doctors” from 2002-2018 and rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction in 2017.

Education and Background


  • University of Virginia Hospitals

    Charottesville, VA


  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

    Columbus, 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. Farrar has reported no relationships with companies or entities.

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