James H. Essell, MD

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.


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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

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology


For Dr. Essell's full list of publications, please click here.

Professional Appointments

Medical Director, The Blood Cancer Center, The Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
Chair, Cellular therapy for US Oncology Research
Chairman, Jewish Hospital Advisory Committee