Wendy Frankel

Wendy Frankel, MD

  • Pathology
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

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About Me

I am a pathologist specializing in patients with pancreatic diseases and gastrointestinal cancers and diseases. I serve as a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Pathology, the Ralph W. and Helen Kurtz Endowed Chair in Pathology, and the director of the GI/Liver Pathology Fellowship. I received my medical degree from the University of Michigan, trained in surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and completed my residency in pathology at University of California San Diego and my Surgical Pathology fellowship at the University of California San Francisco.

My research focuses primarily on colorectal carcinoma, specifically in the area of colon cancer genetics. I was part of the Columbus-area HNPCC study that changed the standard of care for colorectal cancer patients in the United States. I am currently a member of the researching team for the Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative (OCCPI). Over the course of my career, I have published more than 200 papers and given multiple national and international lectures.

What I love most about working at the OSUCCC – James is the community of experienced medical professionals, researchers and caring staff. At The James, we have access to the latest research and technology, and together, we use these resources to provide targeted treatment plans to our patients. Each person’s cancer is different, and we treat each patient according to their needs. Together, we’re working towards a cancer-free world, and I’m proud to be a part of this mission.


  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors,” 2013-2018

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Pancreatic Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases

Education and Training

Medical Degree

University of Michigan Medical School


General Surgery
Hospital of The University Of Pennsylvania
6/1/1988 - 6/1/1993

UC San Diego Medical Center
7/1/1993 - 6/30/1996


Surgery Pathology
University of California San Francisco Medical Center
7/1/1996 - 6/30/1997

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Board Certification

American Board of Pathology (Subspecialty: Anatomic & Clinical Pathology)

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Frankel has reported no relationships with companies or entities.