COLUMBUS, Ohio – Beloved physician-leader David Schuller, MD, and his wife, Carole, are the latest inductees of the James Leadership Society. The honor was presented June 11, 2015, by the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) at a private reception attended by 200 supporters of the cancer program.
Membership in the James Leadership Society is the highest honor bestowed by The OSUCCC - James. Founded in 1994, the society recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership through exceptional public service, philanthropic activity or both in service to The OSUCCC – James.
The Schullers were selected for four decades of unwavering dedication to advancing the OSUCCC – James’ vision of creating a cancer free world through personal and community philanthropic stewardship as well as strategic insights into designing the new home of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
Ambassadors for Cancer Research, Patient-Centered Oncology CareDr. Schuller — a current member of the James Foundation Board, director emeritus of the OSUCCC and CEO emeritus of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute — is a professor of otolaryngology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and vice president of medical center expansion and outreach at The Wexner Medical Center.
His leadership has been repeatedly cited as instrumental, helping guide the 10-year medical expansion project and fundraising effort that led to Ohio State opening its transformational 1.1. million square foot, 21-floor new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in December 2014.
Similarly, Carole Schuller has been a strong advocate for the OSUCCC-James. Carole has given generously of her time, serving on several key fundraising event committees, conducting hospital tours, hosting donors and supporters for events and active volunteerism, all with the goal of creating a positive impact in the lives of people battling cancer.
“As a clinician, researcher and leader, David has set a standard for everyone in the cancer program by advancing cancer research and patient care services while keeping our patients and their families foremost in mind – compassionately seeking ever better ways to help them traverse their difficult cancer journeys with a greater sense of comfort, well-being and hope for the future,” said Michael Caligiuri, MD, director of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute when presenting the award. “Together, Carole and David have been an unstoppable force in helping the cancer program grow and serve the people of Ohio and far beyond. This is the legacy of David and Carole Schuller. We are so thankful for their combined commitment to guiding the cancer program with expertise, compassion and enthusiasm.”
About the James Leadership SocietyEstablished in 1994 with John W. Wolfe, former Columbus community leader and chairman of the Dispatch Printing Group as a sole charter member, the James Leadership Society has since inducted 22 additional members.
2007 inductees include: Herbert J. Block family (Maxine, posthumously; Macy, Jay, Janis, Julie, Jeff, and Jeri); Rep. Deborah Pryce, Stefanie and Chris Spielman; and Judy and Steve Tuckerman.
1997 inductees: John F. Havens, Len Immke, Jr. (posthumously), Dean W. Jeffers, John G. McCoy, Vern G. Riffe, James A. Rhodes, Richard J. Solove and R. Dave Thomas.
About The OSUCCC-JamesThe Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only four centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs. As the cancer program’s 306-bed adult patient-care component, The James is one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and has achieved Magnet designation, the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice. At 21 floors with more than 1.1 million square feet, The James is a transformational facility that fosters collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care. For more information, visit cancer.osu.edu.
OSUCCC-James Media Contact: Amanda J. Harper, OSUCCC – James Director of Media Relations, 614-685-5420 (direct), 614-293-3737 (central line) or Amanda.Harper2@osumc.edu.