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
Always feel well taken care of. Dr Essell always listens, takes care to answer my questions, and leaves me feeling good about my care. Trust him completely. – M.W., February 2021
Dr. Essell provides the very best diagnosis and treatment of my unique illnesses. I highly recommend Dr. Essell and the whole OHC team! – P.H., February 2021
Dr. Essell is a great physician and hematologist/oncologist. His knowledge is outstanding. Being a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, I have the ability to evaluate his care and recommendations he provides me. I would recommend him to be the best in his field in Cincinnati. – B.L., January 2021
One of the most competent and knowledgeable doctors I have ever known, and I have known quite a few in my 79 years. Dr. Essell is the "Real Deal." He listens and advises after careful consideration of all the facts. I value his opinion, and that of his experienced staff, especially Maria. – H.F., January 2021