Raphael E Pollock, MD, PhD

Raphael Pollock
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center


College of Medicine



Academic Title


Research Program

Translational Therapeutics

Research Interest

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

Raphael Pollock, MD, PhD, is director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is a member of the Translational Therapeutics team at the OSUCCC – James, where he focuses his research on soft tissue sarcoma, a cancer that is rare in adults, but prevalent in children. His laboratory research agenda is organized around studies of soft tissue sarcoma histologic subtypes.

Some of his investigations include autophagy in genetically complex soft tissue sarcoma, circulating miRNA in soft tissue sarcoma (collaboration with Dr. Carlo Croce), HDAC inhibition in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors and leiomyosarcoma, dedifferentiation in liposarcoma, and genetic determinants of desmoid tumor. Dr. Pollock is the principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant to support collaborative sarcoma translational research among several institutions.

Throughout his multi-decade career, Dr. Pollock has co-authored more than 240 articles appearing in reputable journals such as Clinical Cancer Research, Molecular Cancer Research, Cancer Biology & Therapy and JAMA Surgery. He has shared his work in over 200 presentations to medical students and organizations including the International Congress on Anti-Cancer Treatment, Hong Kong International Cancer Congress and Society of Surgical Oncology.

Education and Background


  • 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

N924 Doan Hall

410 W 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210




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