Program Director


Thomas Scharschmidt, MD

Program Director, Orthopaedic Residency

Welcome to the Department of Orthopaedics

Excellence in patient care, research, and education is the overall goal of the Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University. The residency training is committed to a process of maturation in the pursuit of knowledge, and the development of intellectual capacity leading to a life-long commitment to the fundamentals of a career in orthopaedic surgery. Centers of emphasis have been created in joint replacement surgery, trauma, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, and spine, allowing the Resident to explore the subspecialties of Orthopaedics. This experience is not exclusive, but is well blended with general orthopaedics, providing a more global experience. Research, both clinical and laboratory, is expected and encouraged. The resident participates in educational conferences that are both didactic and interdependent. An independent study model allows the resident to pursue basic information assimilation via electronic media. Periodic testing evaluates the progress status of the resident's educational experience.

The Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University is committed to a teaching program that includes both a basic science and a clinical curriculum that allows the resident participants to be involved with approximately fifty (60) orthopaedic surgeons. The attendings are based at the University Hospitals and Nationwide Children's Hospital. The residents are exposed to a wide spectrum of orthopaedic surgery opportunities. The variety of styles in the management of orthopaedic problems, surgical indications, patient/physician relationships, and charting/documentation that exist in this broad spectrum of practices offers an experience that is truly a mosaic.

Residents are treated as individuals, are encouraged to develop excellence, are held accountable for their personal professional development, and finally, have the great reward of knowing that they are part of an ongoing process of inquiry and discovery. Musculoskeletal health and well-being will continue to grow in demand, requiring practitioners committed to excellence in patient care, the quest to investigate and expand the ever-broadening horizons of technology.

We thank you for your interest and welcome you to learn more about our program. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions


Tom Scharschmidt, MD, FACS, MBOE
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
Fellowship Director, Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology
Director, Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology

Thomas Scharschmidt, M.D.



2013 - 2013
Texas Back Institute Research Foundation
Advanced Spine Reconstruction and Tumor

2008 – 2009
The University of Washington Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
Fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Oncology


2003 - 2008
Orthopaedic Surgery
Summa Health System, Akron, OH


Dec 2016
The Ohio State University, MBOE (Masters of Business Operation Excellence)

Jun 2003
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, MD

Jan 1999
Kent State University, BS

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Julia Panzo, C-TAGME
Education Program Manager
Immediate Past President, Association of Residency Coordinators in Orthopaedic Surgery


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