The Buckeye difference

I frequently talk about what it means to be a Buckeye surgeon because I believe we have something quite remarkable happening in The Ohio State University Department of Surgery. There is an energy here that is dynamic, inviting and always changing. It is an environment that supports big ideas, bold discoveries and a commitment to patients that is remarkably inspiring. The optimistic atmosphere you will find in our department is then amplified by the partnerships, collaboration and enthusiasm we find across our medical center, university and city.

As a department, we have spent this past fiscal year doing everything possible to live up to our collective values, which include Excellence, Integrity, Innovation, Education, Quality and Diversity. If you do read our Year in Review brochure, we hope you will see how our focus on values has led to incredible new ideas in patient care, research and education.

We’re tremendously proud of our awards and recognition, placing us among the health care elite including:

  • No. 6 ranking for National Institutes of Health research funding
  • No. 6 ranking for our General Surgery residency program by Doximity’s Residency Navigator
  • Becker’s Top 100 Great Hospital
  • Forbes America’s Best Large Employers
  • CMS five-star quality rating

There is exciting construction progress occurring with our new 26-story inpatient hospital and in the Ohio State Innovation District, and we have recently added even more Outpatient Care locations across central Ohio. The end result of all this construction, expansion and investment is that each Buckeye surgeon has access to the latest technology, state-of-the-art facilities and breakthrough therapies to treat a remarkable array of conditions and diseases for better outcomes.

After reading through any of our materials, what I hope you will realize most of all is our department’s pride and our commitment to patients.

Thank you, and Go Bucks!


Dr. Timothy Pawlik headshot
Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, MBA
Chair, Department of Surgery
The Urban F. Meyer III and Shelley M. Meyer Chair for Cancer Research
Surgeon in Chief