James H. Essell, M.D.
Medical Oncology, Hematology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation
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James H. Essell, MD, is a medical oncologist, hematologist and blood and marrow transplant specialist who is a leading authority on blood and marrow stem cell transplants. Dr. Essell is a national expert and author who is leading the cellular therapy program for The US Oncology Network. Dr. Essell serves as a principal investigator for blood cancer clinical trials at OHC and is the national principal investigator for The US Oncology Network for CAR-T clinical trials. He also serves as the Medical Director of The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health Cincinnati Cancer and Cellular Therapy Center.
Dr. Essell is one of the visionaries who worked diligently to bring a blood cancer center to Greater Cincinnati and continues that commitment by working to bring the newest treatments for blood cancer to residents of the region. Dr. Essell specializes in malignant and benign hematology, sarcoma, and blood and marrow transplantation. He is actively involved in clinical trials and research, and is always in search of new and innovative treatments.
In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Essell is focused on supporting his patients and not just their diseases. “Many of my family members have had cancer. As a doctor, I want to make a difference, so I support my patients throughout their journeys with cancer, and treat every patient as if he or she is a member of my own family.”
In his free time, Dr. Essell enjoys spending time with his family, physical fitness, cycling, running, and weight lifting.
Education & Training
Medical School: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Residency: Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
Fellowship: Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center
Post-Fellowship: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology
Dr. Essell and staff of OHC are excellent in their care and comfort. They take excellent care of the patient and family. They take time to discuss your treatment thoroughly and make sure you understand everything in order to make the health decisions you need to make. I trust them with my care. – P.B., September 2021
Dr. Essell has always been very good at working with me and my health issues. I have a long history with him. Wonderful doctor saved my life. – P.N., August 2021
Dr. Essell is an exceptional & caring oncologist. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my care. All of the nurses are extremely professional & friendly. – J.B., August 2021
Dr. Essell has treated me for several years. I'm most satisfied with the treatment he gives me. His bedside manner is wonderful, and I have total confidence in him. – J.M., August 2021