Steven K Clinton, MD, PhD

Steven Clinton


College of Medicine


Internal Medicine

Academic Title


Research Program

Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention

Research Interest

Cancer ● Prostatic Cancer ● Adenocarcinoma ● Urinary Bladder Cancer ● Breast Cancer ● Atherosclerosis

Steven Clinton, MD, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Medical Oncology and the Department of Urology at The Ohio State University, where he also leads the Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program at the OSUCCC – James. He is a physician-scientist who divides his effort between clinical care and research.

At The James, he serves as director of genitourinary oncology and manages the Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic, a national leader in patient accrual to therapeutic trials in genitourinary cancer. His research focuses primarily on understanding the development of prostate cancer, as well as its prevention and treatment.

His lab team has expertise in molecular biology, cellular and experimental models of carcinogenesis, and human clinical trials. One area of his research emphasizes the impact of dietary patterns, specific foods and nutrients on prostate cancer risk. These studies are often conducted in collaboration with scientists in other disciplines at Ohio State, such as food science and agriculture, in a coordinated "crops to the clinic" research effort. Dr. Clinton is co-director of the Food Innovation Center and an associate director of the Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship (CAFFRE) at Ohio State.

His lab program has published extensively on the role of dietary energy balance and obesity in cancer risk. It also has published studies relating to foods associated with cancer prevention properties, such as hops, tomatoes, soy and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage), as well as several nutrients, including vitamin D, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. This work has appeared in such scientific journals as Journal of Nutrition, Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology, and Scientific Reports.


  • MD, University of Illinois

    Urbana, IL (USA)

  • Fellowship, Dana Farber Cancer Institute

    Boston, MA (USA)

  • Post-doctoral, University of Illinois

    Urbana, IL (USA)


  • Residency, Internal Medicine

    University of Chicago

    Chicago, IL (USA)


  • Fellowship, Medical Oncology

    Dana Farber Cancer Institute

    Boston, MA (USA)

Office Location

A456 Starling Loving Hall

320 W 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210




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