Stephen P. Povoski

Associate Professor of Surgery, The Ohio State University (OH, USA)

Stephen P. Povoski, MD is Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology of the Department of Surgery at The Ohio State University (OSU).

Povoski’s clinical practice focuses upon breast cancer, including interests in sentinel lymph node technology, image-guided minimally invasive breast biopsy, and the development and refinement of breast cancer imaging, detection, and therapeutics. Povoski’s specific clinical research interests are broad in their oncologic scope, and are focused upon the development of innovative strategies for perioperative and intraoperative tumor detection and tumor imaging, as well as the development of tumor-directed surgical and non-surgical therapeutic interventions, as related to many different solid malignancies, using various novel molecular targeting agents and various innovative detection probe designs, including technologies that represent both radioactive and non-radioactive detection strategies.

Povoski has been the principle investigator on multiple OSU institutional clinical trials regarding various methodologies of radioguided imaging and surgery, as specifically related to 18F-FDG-directed imaging and surgery and sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy technologies. Povoski has been closely involved in a collaborative effort with Edward W. Martin, Jr., Professor of Surgery at OSU in the development of new strategies for diagnostic imaging, as well as perioperative/intraoperative tumor detection/imaging using novel anti-TAG-72 monoclonal antibodies and antibody fragments. Their combined efforts have led to the development of a multidisciplinary cancer detection group at OSU.

Povoski is well-published within several arenas of surgical oncology, including sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy technologies, minimally-invasive breast biopsy technologies, radioguided surgery, perioperative and intraoperative 18F-FDG-directed imaging and detection technologies, and the applications of anti-TAG-72 monoclonal antibodies, as well as utilization of venous cutdown techniques and venography for chronic indwelling central venous access device placement, utilization of stapling devices for pancreatic surgery, and the evaluation of the utility of preoperative biliary decompression of jaundice caused by pancreatic and peripancreatic malignancies.

Povoski received his B.S. Degree in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo (NY, USA) in 1985, his M.D. Degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse (NY, USA) in 1989, completed his General Surgery Residency training at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (OH, USA) in 1996, and completed his Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NY, USA) in 1998.

Povoski is on the editorial board of multiple medical journals, and is currently the Deputy Editor of the World Journal of Surgical Oncology and is a Section Editor for BMC Cancer.

Povoski advises the Oncology Central editorial team on the articles and multimedia content that feature in the following specialities: breast, gastrointestinal, biomarkers & diagnostics, clinical trials & drug development, emerging therapies, imaging, colorectal.