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. In addition, our active research program now ranks #4 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, according to the Blue Ridge Institute, with $20.9 million in NHI grants for FY2020.

Extending our commitment to integrating clinical care and research, 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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The Department of Surgery

With a culture of innovation and discovery, Ohio State’s Department of Surgery is committed to action and improvement in all nine of our surgical divisions and nine clinical centers.

Our goal is to be one of the nation’s premier academic surgery programs that transforms patient lives through research and advanced surgical techniques.

Read our FY2020 Year in Review

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