William Farrar

William Farrar, MD


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Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.9 out of 5




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 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 held leadership positions on the national and local levels in many professional organizations and societies, such as serving as the medical director for the Columbus Cancer Clinic and the program committee director for the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons. I also have held memberships with professional organizations, such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the U.S. National Committee for the International Union Against Cancer, where I served as president.

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

Additionally, 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 2002-2019 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

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 11/21/2019, Dr. Farrar 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 341 reviews)
4.9 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.9/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.7/ 5

Concern for your questions and issues

4.8/ 5

Skill and knowledge

4.9/ 5

Overall quality of care

4.9/ 5

Patient Comments (20 total comments)

Reviewed: 10/11/2019

Would have appreciated a little more medical professional opinion/guidance on treatment options. It's a little overwhelming to be told no one will advise mastectomy vs. lumpectomy because "the outcomes are the same." However, the doctor and CNP were BOTH VERY compassionate and informative once I made my decision.

Reviewed: 9/27/2019

Dr Farrar is awesome

Reviewed: 8/29/2019

I had a question about a hard bump & the dr. immediately responded w/an ultrasound on the spot. It really helped my stress level & I am so APPRECIATIVE.

Reviewed: 8/22/2019

Dr. Farrar is the BEST!! Have and WILL recommend him and the center over and over!

Reviewed: 8/15/2019

All perfect!!

Reviewed: 8/7/2019

Over the 35 yrs. I have been coming to OSW for treatment and follow up I have not had a bad experience - All of the physicians who treated and followed me have been the best.

Reviewed: 8/3/2019

Dr. Farrar is a wonderful and skilled surgeon. I am thankful for the continued follow-up care received from all of my doctors at the Comprehensive Breast Center.

Reviewed: 7/25/2019

Dr. Farrer is excellent.

Reviewed: 7/11/2019

I believe my successful lumpectomy in 2013 was based on Dr. Farrer's experience and knowledge in what to look for. There was no tumor but calcifications but he got clear margins first time.

Reviewed: 7/6/2019

The is the best of the best!


Long-Term Efficacy of Lymph Node Reoperation for Persistent Papillary Thyroid Cancer: 13-Year Follow-Up.

Onuma AE, Beal EW, Nabhan F, Hughes T, Farrar WB, Phay J, Ringel MD, Kloos RT, Shirley LA

Ann Surg Oncol in press


Physical Activity After Breast Cancer Surgery: Does Depression Make Exercise Feel More Effortful than It Actually Is?

Padin AC, Wilson SJ, Bailey BE, Malarkey WB, Lustberg MB, Farrar WB, Povoski SP, Agnese DM, Reinbolt RE, Wesolowski R, Williams N, Sardesai S, Ramaswamy B, Noonan AM, Vandeusen JB, Haas GJ, Kiecolt-Glaser JK

Int J Behav Med in press


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