Raphael E Pollock, MD, PhD, FACS

Raphael Pollock


College of Medicine



Academic Title


Research Program

Translational Therapeutics

Leadership Title

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research Interest

Cancer ● Sarcoma ● Neoplasm Metastasis ● Liposarcoma ● Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors ● Leiomyosarcoma ● Neurilemmoma ● Breast Cancer ● Sarcoma, Ewing ● Liposarcoma, Myxoid

Raphael Pollock, MD, PhD, is a practicing surgical oncologist and director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC). He is also a member of the Translational Therapeutics Program at the OSUCCC – James, where his research focuses on the molecular drivers underlying soft tissue sarcoma, a cancer of connective tissues that occurs throughout the body.

Dr. Pollock’s current studies include the role of MDM2 in dedifferentiated liposcaroma, circulating miRNA in soft tissue sarcoma and genetic determinants of desmoid tumor progression. These investigations are supported by a comprehensive soft tissue tumor acquisition program in collaboration with Hans Iwenofu, MD, of the Department of Pathology and Thomas Scharschmidt, MD, and Joel Mayerson, MD, of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The retrieved tissues are used to create cell lines and cell strains. These tissues are also implanted in vivo to establish small animal models that support preclinical therapy investigations.

Dr. Pollock has authored or co-authored more than 400 original research and review articles as well as 21 books. He has shared his work in over 300 national and international presentations and visiting professorships involving professional audiences in 50 countries worldwide.


  • BA, Oberlin College

    Oberlin, OH (USA)

  • MD, St. Louis University School of Medicine

    St. Louis, MO (USA)

  • Fellowship, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute

    Houston, TX (USA)


  • Basic Surgery Residency

    University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics

    Chicago, IL (USA)

  • General Surgery Residency

    Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center

    Chicago, IL (USA)


  • Fellowship in Surgical Oncology

    University of Texas M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute

    Houston, TX (USA)

Office Location

5th Floor Clinic

460 W 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210




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