Program Director


Kanu Goyal, MD

Program Director

Welcome to the Department of Orthopaedics Surgery

Excellence in patient care, research, and education is our goal in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Ohio State University. The residency training is committed to developing a deep understanding of the fundamentals of orthopaedic surgery and a life-long desire to learn advanced skills and knowledge. At the same time, our residents gain the tools needed to be future leaders and contribute to the field’s progress.

Every subspecialty within orthopaedic surgery is well represented with anywhere from 2 to 8 faculty (approximately 45 in total). Our residents will be exposed to each subspecialty for at least a 2 month dedicated rotation prior to their PGY4 year when many interview for fellowship. They also immerse themselves in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during their PGY3 year for six months. Luckily Nationwide is only a few miles away from main campus, so the residents are able to remain engaged in departmental events. The residents participate in educational conferences that are a mix of didactic and socratic in method. Residency-wide didactics utilize the new AAOS ROCK reading and question curriculum, while faculty use case-based discussions to contextualize concepts learned. Subspecialty conferences are robust further expanding the resident’s knowledge. Finally, we round out the resident’s educational experience with department-wide visiting and chief resident grand rounds presentations, faculty development lectures, morbidity and mortality conferences, and journal clubs.

The diverse faculty in the Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University is committed to teaching our residents how to be independent orthopaedic surgeons. The residents are exposed to a wide spectrum of orthopaedic pathology, ranging from what may be “bread and butter” to the very complex in a tertiary and quaternary-care center. 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 with utmost respect. Though they are here to learn how to be excellent professionals, they also contribute immensely to the care of our patients and can share in the reward of being part of an ongoing process of inquiry and discovery through research. Musculoskeletal health and well-being will continue to grow in demand, requiring practitioners committed to excellence in patient care and 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.


Kanu Goyal, MD, FAOA
Associate Professor
Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon
Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center