The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is pleased to welcome David E. Schuller, MD, as the sixth honorary guest speaker.
Dr. Schuller is an internationally renowned head and neck surgical oncologist. He previously served as vice president of medical center expansion and outreach at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, due in part to his original vision for the new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in 2002. This cancer hospital, which opened in 2014, was the cornerstone of a $1.1 billion construction project (the largest ever) at Ohio State. Dr. Schuller also led a team that was awarded a $100 million grant (the largest ever received at Ohio State) for the new hospital’s Radiation Oncology Center.
The 1.1 million-square-foot, 21-story cancer hospital is a transformational facility featuring an architectural design that integrates research and education with patient care more closely than ever before. Dr. Schuller even received from Healthcare Design magazine a national award honoring design and architecture professionals who make influential contributions to the healthcare arena.
Dr. Schuller graduated in 1966 from Rutgers University, where he was named a Henry Rutgers Scholar in Biological Sciences. He earned his medical degree from Ohio State in 1970, then completed a surgical internship at University Hospitals of Case Western Reserve University and a residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Ohio State. He served a head and neck oncologic fellowship at The Pack Medical Foundation in New York City and a fellowship in facial reconstructive surgery at the University of Iowa.
In 1976 Dr. Schuller joined Ohio State’s medical faculty. In 1984 he became chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He held that position for 21 years and helped the department become nationally ranked for the first time in history. In 1988 he was named director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and of the original James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, which opened in 1990. He served in those capacities for 10 years and then continued for another 10 years as director and later as CEO of The James, and as deputy director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
During his 20 years of leadership, Dr. Schuller helped the cancer program dramatically increase its external research funding. He also recruited leaders for the Human Cancer Genetics Program – which is considered one of the best in the United States – raised more than $350 million of philanthropic support and led The James to becoming nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in just nine years.
As a medical scientist, Dr. Schuller has authored or co-authored almost 300 peer-reviewed publications and 47 book chapters/monographs. He has been editor/author of nine medical textbooks. His early clinical research helped change the standard of care for life-threatening airway obstruction in children with croup. For much of his career, he focused on developing groundbreaking therapeutic strategies for head and neck cancers including a new regimen for nasopharyngeal cancer, which is the second most common malignancy in the world.
Dr. Schuller has served numerous national organizations and has held a number of leadership positions, including co-chair of the National Cancer Institute Head and Neck Steering Committee. In 2012 he was inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, and in 2013 he was designated a distinguished professor in Ohio State’s College of Medicine. He received the Ohio State Distinguished Service Award in 2018 and has also won multiple national and international awards.