Breakthrough ResearchOur Department of Surgery is now ranked #6 nationally in NIH Funding, the highest rank ever obtained by the Ohio State DOS.  Expansion of the Center for Surgical Health Assessment, Research and Policy (SHARP) and a number of breakthrough research projects by our MD and PhD surgeon-scientists have driven this achievement.

Our new record ranking is calculated by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research and is due in part to many of our faculty pursuing their research through SHARP, which supports exploration of research that can further equitable and cost-effective surgical care. Heena Santry, MD, has been instrumental in SHARP’s expansion.

Other noteworthy contributors to our improved rank in funding are:
  • Two of the top 25 highest-funded principal investigators in FY2018: Raphael Pollock, MD, at #5 with $5.02M and Jianjie Ma, PhD, at #21 with $2.35M
  • Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD – R01 for “Preservation and Rescue of The Lung Donor Allograft for Transplantation”
  • Ginny Bumgardner, MD, PhD – T32 for “Advanced Research Training in Immunology for Surgery Trainees (ARTIST)”
  • Peter Lee, MD, PhD – K08 for “Tissue engineering skeletal muscle delivering a myokine protein to treat volumetric muscle loss”
  • Hua Zhu, PhD – R01 for “Regulation of Mitsugumin 29 expression in muscle physiology and diseases”
  • Lian-Wang Guo, PhD – R01 for “BET Bromodomain proteins as Novel Epigenetic Targets for prevention of Intimal Hyperplasia after Vascular Surgery”