William Carson

William Carson, MD


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Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.7 out of 5




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 Ohio State University 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 Ohio State Cancer Institutional Review Board. I was named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors” from 2012-2019 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 Ohio State 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

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.


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

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Overall Ratings (out of 126 reviews)
4.7 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.8/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.5/ 5

Concern for your questions and issues

4.7/ 5

Skill and knowledge

4.8/ 5

Overall quality of care

4.7/ 5

Patient Comments (5 total comments)

Reviewed: 7/22/2019

Dr Carson is extremely skilled and I feel very comfortable in his carehis nurse Ann is wonderful and makes you feel very cared for

Reviewed: 3/14/2019

He was a good listener - not in a rush to do surgery for granulitis mastitis - it is healing without invasive surgery.

Reviewed: 3/11/2019

I have been so impressed with Dr. Carson ever since I first met him for my breast cancer surgery consultation. Very professional, great bed-side manner (which you don't find much anymore), very compassionate and in tune with my struggles during my surgery, treatments and follow-up. I would highly recommend Dr. Carson.

Reviewed: 2/11/2019

Dr. William Carson III is professional, knowledgeable & excellent bedside.

Reviewed: 1/26/2019

Dr Carson is very knowledgeable and caring, he takes his time and never makes the patient feel like he is rushed.


Soy isoflavones and their metabolites modulate cytokine-induced natural killer cell function.

Mace TA, Ware MB, King SA, Loftus S, Farren MR, McMichael E, Scoville S, Geraghty C, Young G, Carson WE 3rd, Clinton SK, Lesinski GB

Sci Rep 9


Soy isoflavones and their metabolites modulate cytokine-induced natural killer cell function.

Mace TA, Ware MB, King SA, Loftus S, Farren MR, McMichael E, Scoville S, Geraghty C, Young G, Carson WE 3rd, Clinton SK, Lesinski GB

Sci Rep 9


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