William Farrar

William Farrar, MD

  • Surgical Oncology

Appointments: (614) 293-4040

About Me

I am a surgical oncologist specializing in the treatment of patients with breast cancer.

I’ve held a number of institutional, state and national leadership roles over the course of my career, I currently serve as interim chief executive officer of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. I served as director of surgical oncology at The James for 28 years and also as director of medical affairs for The James for 22 years.

I have served on numerous national committees including, the Training Directions Committee for the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Joint Council for the Approval of Advanced Training in Head and Neck Surgery, and The American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer.

I am principle investigator PI for the NSABP Clinical Trial Group at The Ohio State University.

I have authored or co-authored of more than 100 clinical studies and reviews published in scientific journals. My clinical research accomplishments have included studies published on such subjects as genetic counseling, sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy, a procedure to determine if cancer cells have spread from the tumor to lymph nodes in the armpit.

I have earned many national accolades, including the “Best Doctors in America” listing, of which I am a 16-time recipient. I was rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction in 2017.


  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of America’s “Top Doctors” for 2017
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2017
  • Best Doctor in America 2017

Specialties and conditions I treat

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Cancer
  • Parathyroid Cancers
  • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome

Locations where I practice

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Education and training

Medical Degree

University of Virginia Hospitals


General Surgery
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
7/1/1976 - 6/30/1980

More about my work

My background

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery

My Department


My Division

Surgical Oncology

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 03/28/2017, Dr. Farrar has reported no financial relationships with medical device, research and/or drug companies.