Faculty Spotlight: Sheryl Pfeil, MD
Growing up, Sheryl Pfeil, MD, always thought she would be either a doctor or a teacher. But working at The
Ohio State University College of Medicine has given her the opportunity to be both.
"That's the biggest joy," Dr. Pfeil said as she spoke of her role as physician of Gastroenterology and
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, "I love my patients, but I truly appreciate the opportunity to teach
and interact with students."
Dr. Pfeil is proud of her work with the students of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical and Gold Humanism
societies. She has also received honors such as the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, which is
given to a faculty member who demonstrates empathy for his or her patients and serves as a role model for
Dr. Pfeil also runs the Clinical Skills and Education Assessment Center, which gives students the opportunity
to experience standardized patient encounters to develop requisite skills in patient safety and team
Dr. Pfeil grew up in Upper Arlington where she attended high school and participated in swimming. She then
attended Miami University where she studied microbiology and returned to Columbus to attend Ohio State to
work on her medical degree while coaching swimming. She completed her residency and fellowship in
gastrointestinal medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1990, Dr. Pfeil came to Ohio State where she has worked since as a physician and professor. She
considers her encounters with students and patients to have enriched her life as a physician and believes that
mentoring-and being mentored-is one of the most important parts of her job. She references her interest in
swimming and diving and her past coaching experiences as a precursor to her passion for teaching and considers it a "privelege to be a part of their success."