William Carson, MD

The James Cancer Center
William Carson

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

Clinical Expertise

  • Breast Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer
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I am a U.S. board certified surgeon and formally trained surgical oncologist who has been engaged in the study of the immune response to cancer for the past two decades. My laboratory began in 1995 at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute when I was appointed as an assistant professor of surgical oncology at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo. The Carson laboratory moved to The Ohio State University in June of 1997.

I am currently a professor of surgery in Ohio State’s Department of Surgery and maintain a clinical practice in breast cancer and melanoma surgery at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC – James). I am the associate director for clinical research at the OSUCCC – James and the interim medical director of its clinical trials office. I am also currently the chair of the OSU Cancer Institutional Review Board. I was named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors” from 2012-2018 and rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction in 2017.

Clinically, I evaluate women with breast problems in my clinic at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center and perform surgery on women with breast cancer at the James Cancer Hospital. I work closely with specialists in radiology, pathology, radiation oncology and medical oncology to provide integrated and innovative care to my patients. In addition to my surgical work, I develop phase one and two clinical trials for patients with advanced breast cancer and melanoma based on my lab findings. I conduct these studies in collaboration with Drs. Jeter, Olencki and Kendra in the Division of Medical Oncology. These studies use immune-based treatments and targeted agents to destroy cancer cells in a more specific manner than standard chemotherapy.

I am the Ohio State institutional PI for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a group of 24 cancer centers that have joined together to develop guidelines for the care of cancer patients. I also serve on the NCCN Melanoma Guidelines Panel for OSU and am currently vice-chair of the SWOG Melanoma Committee for Translational Medicine. SWOG, formerly known as the Southwest Oncology Group, is an important cancer clinical trials cooperative group. In this role, I work to develop and implement novel correlative laboratory studies for investigational studies.

In my role as an immunotherapy translational leader in the Translational Therapeutics program, I encourage and facilitate the development of novel immunotherapeutic clinical studies. I have a basic immunology laboratory and extensive experience in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials that employ strategies to harness the immune response to cancer.

Education and Background


  • University of Southern California School of Medicine

    Los Angeles, CA


  • University of California, Irvine

    Irvine, CA


  • Surgical Oncology

    Roswell Park Cancer Institute

    Buffalo, 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. Carson has reported no relationships with companies or entities.


Clinical Trials | Lead

  • OSU-18143

  • OSU-13023

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