The OSUCCC – James celebrates 30 years of life-changing cancer treatment and patient care.

A historical milestone was reached in the summer of 2020. On July 9, 1990, Arthur G. James, MD, escorted the first patient into what we know today as The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, marking a new era of research-based and compassionate cancer care for the residents of central Ohio and beyond.

On that first day in 1990, The James had 17 patients. But that day marked the fulfillment of Dr. James’ longtime dream of establishing a freestanding cancer hospital at Ohio State—a dream that represented a tremendous step toward realizing his ultimate vision of a world without cancer.

Midway through construction of our original cancer hospital, Dr. James wrote that, during early-morning patient rounds, he often passed a large window that offered a great view of the construction site. “On a morning when the sun is just beginning to rise,” he observed, “the hospital makes a very impressive picture. It is obvious that a new day is dawning.”

His vision is our vision. Although much has changed at The James in the past 30 years, including the December 2014 opening of a much larger hospital that more closely integrates our mission of research, education and patient care, our shared vision of creating a cancer-free world remains unaltered.

With philanthropic support for research and technological advances that translate to ever-improving cancer care we can be certain that new days still dawn at The James through combined efforts to serve patients and families from around the world.

For a measure of historical perspective, we encourage you to view The Legacy of Dr. Arthur G. James (1912 – 2001), The James 30th Anniversary website and a video containing pictorial highlights of The James’ rich history. We also invite you to view a three-part James Anniversary Special Podcast (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) that is hosted by some of the hospital’s former and current leaders. These productions will surely enhance the already strong sense of pride you must have for being a valued advocate of this great institution.