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Peter Shields, MD

Current OSU Appointments

  • Professor, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine
  • Deputy Director, OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center


Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Residency, The George Washington University
  • Fellowship-Intramural Research Training Award, National Cancer Institute


Dr. Shields is the deputy director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC), is an internationally renowned physician-scientist and expert in cancer prevention. Recently named the president of the American Society of Preventive Oncology, Shields is a leader in researching new biomarkers of cancer risk, molecular epidemiology and carcinogenesis. His primary focus is identifying biomarkers that can be used in the clinic to assess breast and lung cancer risk, particularly those related to diet, smoking and lifestyle. He has published more than 180 studies in scientific journals on topics ranging from toxicology and epidemiology to behavior and health disparities. As deputy director, Shields oversees the OSUCCC’s research infrastructure and programs, which include more than 280 cancer researchers from 11 of Ohio State’s 14 colleges. He establishes university wide collaborations that translate basic research discoveries into cancer prevention and treatment strategies. Dr. Shields has much experience in developing research programs, having received several large multi-investigator grants and contracts. He also has developed education and research partnerships with minority-serving institutions that focus on cancer-related health disparities. Dr. Shields specializes in lung cancer treatment.