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‘You can take your expertise and bring it to others.’ — Dr. Steve Clinton

Steven Clinton

For Dr. Steven Clinton, time has been the most significant gift stemming from his appointment as the John B. and Jane McCoy chair in cancer research in 2013.

“It’s hard to have time for research, education and serving the community when the clinical demands for cancer care are forever increasing,” Clinton said. “An endowed chair allows physician-scientists the freedom to focus on activities that can benefit communities, the nation and the world.”

For Clinton, this freedom has allowed him to have a hand in projects such as helping the U.S. government establish the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for America and working with the World Cancer Research Fund to establish public health recommendations for diet, nutrition and cancer prevention.

“You can take your expertise and bring it to others, whether that is in America or around the world. Ultimately, that reflects positively on our university,” said Clinton, who embarked on his college studies in his home state of New York thanks to a scholarship.

Today, Clinton and other Ohio State researchers are pioneering studies involving the role diet may play in cancer risk, prevention and therapy.

“We promote innovative crop-to-clinic research,” he said. That has meant teaming up across multiple colleges and disciplines, including with colleagues from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences to consider how to grow, develop and test foods with the greatest potential to fight cancer.

On the clinical side, Clinton has been involved in establishing and managing Ohio State’s Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic, which launched two years ago to streamline services for men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“When you have a new diagnosis of prostate cancer, the emotional stress is compounded by the complex array of options for care,” he said. “Rather than seeing multiple specialists over many weeks, men can come to The James and in one afternoon meet with a urologist, an oncologist and a radiation therapist who provide a comprehensive care plan that can optimally treat each person’s unique cancer.”

That’s the kind of service that can be provided only somewhere like Ohio State, where doctors in an academic medical center work next to those in basic research.