Dedicated to achievement in surgical education, research and patient care

Established in 1914, Ohio State’s Department of Surgery has an impressive track record of producing leaders in surgery who are in demand across the country. Surgeons at Ohio State are at the forefront of advances in surgical techniques, including many minimally invasive procedures, which offer patients faster recoveries and less postoperative pain.

Our training also includes a mid-residency mentored research component that teaches young surgeon-scientists to think critically and problem solve while addressing pressing issues in the field. Ohio State’s unsurpassed clinical training, combined with state-of-the-art programs and the resources of a world-class medical facility, make it a highly effective, progressive and sought-after surgery department.

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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to Ohio State's Department of Surgery. We are undergoing tremendous transformation into an academic department through recruitment of top talent, research funding, enhanced clinical care with robotics and innovations in training. The department’s mission is consistent with The Ohio State University College of Medicine’s goal to deliver high-quality patient care, contribute to innovations in medicine through translational research and educate the next generation of physician leaders.

Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, MPH 
Chair, Department of Surgery

What we're excited about in the department

In addition to a residency in general surgery, we offer fellowships in multiple surgical subspecialties and mentored research opportunities in our Professional Development and Research Training Program. Our Global Surgery Program, one of the few in the nation, provides rotations in both high-income and middle- to low-income countries that provide surgical trainees with a variety of unusual and educational surgical situations and experiences. Students can take part in trans-disciplinary learning through CREATE, a collaborative laboratory, that brings together some of the brightest minds to deliver innovative healthcare solutions.

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Year in Review FY2019

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Surgery’s goal is to be one of the nation’s premier academic surgery programs. It’s why we continue to attract and develop a diverse team of talented people committed to patient care in all nine surgical divisions and nine clinical centers within our department.

We have an intense drive to find the next surgical breakthrough via research, and are proud of our sixth-place Blue Ridge ranking among all surgery departments nationally for National Institutes of Health funding. In addition to our innovative research, we have an amazing team of world-class surgeons and top-notch faculty who are leaders of state-of-the-art clinical programs, training the next generation of skilled surgeons.

For more information about each of our surgical divisions, including accomplishments during the previous year, read our Year in Review FY2019.

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