Joseph G. Pressey, MD

Director, Sarcoma Program

Program Leader, Young Adult Oncology Center

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-0670

Fax 513-636-3549



Musculoskeletal tumors including rhabdomyosarcoma and other soft-tissue sarcomas; Ewing sarcoma; osteosarcoma; pediatric solid tumors; rare tumors including small cell carcinoma of the ovary.


The development of novel therapies for pediatric sarcomas and rare tumors.

Dr. Pressey graduated from the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia before pursuing pediatrics residency training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He trained in pediatric hematology-oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he developed a keen interest in pediatric sarcomas. He spent 11 years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Alabama where he functioned as the principal investigator (PI) for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) phase 1 and Pilot Consortium and the Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration (SARC).

Dr. Pressey joined the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s to direct the Sarcoma Program. He is appointed clinical associate professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and functions as the Cincinnati Children’s Institutional PI for SARC. Dr. Pressey’s research is focused on the development of novel therapies for high-risk and recurrent/refractory solid tumors. Accordingly, he is developing a phase I trial for the COG phase I consortium and bench to bedside investigator initiated trials in collaboration with other investigators nationally.

MD: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 1995.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1998.

Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2001.

Certification: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 2002.

View PubMed Publications

Kaylani SZ, Xu J, Srivastava RK, Kopelovich L, Pressey JG, Athar M. Rapamycin Targeting mTOR and Hedgehog Signaling Pathways Blocks Human Rhabdomyosarcoma Growth in Xenograft Murine Model. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2013 Jun 14;435(4):557-61.

Ramos P, Karnezis AN, Craig DW, Sekulic A, Russell ML, Hendricks WPD, Corneveaux JJ, Barrett MT, Shumansky K, Yang Y, Shah SP, Prentice LM, Marra MA, Kiefer J, Zismann VL, McEachron TA, Salhia B, Bodour S, Prat J, Clarke BA, Pressey JG, Farley JH, Anthony SP, Roden RBS, Cunliffe HE, Huntsman DG, Trent JM. Small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type, displays frequent inactivating germline and somatic mutations of SMARCA4. Nat Genetics. 2014 May;46(5):427-9.

Pressey JG, Kelly DR, Hawthorne HT. Successful treatment of preadolescents with small cell carcinoma of the ovary hypercalcemic type. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2013 Oct;35(7):566-9.

Pressey JG, Haas MC, Pressey CS, Kelly VM, Parker JN, Gillespie GY, Friedman GK. CD133 Marks a Myogenically Primitive Subpopulation in Rhabdomyosarcoma Cell Lines that are Relatively Chemoresistant but Sensitive to Mutant HSV. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Jan; 60(1):45-52.

Pressey JG, Anderson JR, Crossman DK, Lynch JC, Barr FG. Hedgehog Pathway Activity in Pediatric Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma and Undifferentiated Sarcoma: A Report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Dec 1;57(6):930-8.

Pressey JG, Pressey CS, Kelly DR, Robinson G, Herron R, Wilson L, Kim H. 2D-Difference Gel Electrophoretic Proteomic Analysis of a Cell Culture Model of Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. J Proteome Res. 2011 Feb 4;10(2):624-36.

Xu J, Timares L, Heilpern C, Weng Z, Li C, Xu H, Pressey JG, Elmets C, Kopelovich L, Athar M. Targeting wild-type and mutant p53 with small molecule CP-31398 blocks the growth of rhabdomyosarcoma by inducing reactive oxygen species-dependent apoptosis. Cancer Res. 2010 Aug 15;70(16):6566-76.

Friedman GF, Pressey JG, Reddy AT, Markert JM, Gillespie GY. Herpes Simplex Virus Oncolytic Therapy for Pediatric Malignancies. Mol Ther. 2009 Jul;17(7):1125-35.

Siegel HJ, Pressey JG. Current Concepts in the Surgical and Medical Management of Osteosarcoma. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2008 Aug;8(8):1257-69.

Womer RB, Pressey JG. Rhabdomyosarcoma and soft tissue sarcoma in childhood. Curr Opin Oncol. 2000 Jul ;12: 337-44.