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 is very caring and listens to my concerns. He explains the course of care and what to expect during treatment. I appreciate his expertise and knowledge. Couldn’t ask for a better medical oncologist provider. – M.M., May 2022
Lead by Dr. Essell and his team, they are the best in the bone marrow transplant business in the tri-state area. Services that you would expect from a 5-star boutique hotel. Always there for me in a professional, warm, and friendly manner. – P.B., May 2022
Dr. Essell is so knowledgeable, sociable, kind, and easy to understand. Very detailed about everything. Nothing is too small to mention. He is great with being asked questions. He answers and explains why. This helps me to understand the whole process and know when I may be having complications. I'm very lucky to have him in my life. – K.T., May 2022
Dr. Essell and team have been working with me over 9 years. I feel very confident with them and their concern for my well being. – D.A., May 2022