Two exceptional leaders tapped to ensure faculty academic and professional success

When faculty choose The Ohio State University College of Medicine as their professional home, they join one of the largest and most advanced medical learning institutions in the world. They also gain access to support and professional resources designed to set them up for success.

Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, FACS, dean of the College of Medicine, has chosen two outstanding leaders to oversee faculty development. Tatiana (Tania) Oberyszyn, PhD, has been appointed vice dean for Faculty Affairs, and Ricardo Carrau, MD, MBA, has been appointed associate dean for the Center for Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement (FAME).

Dr. Oberyszyn is professor and vice chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Pathology, and the Jack C. Geer, MD, Endowed Professor of Pathology, and has served for the past two years as the associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine. Her vast leadership experience combined with 20 years of experience running a successful research laboratory, uniquely prepares her for this new challenge.

“Dr. Oberyszyn is an innovative and passionate leader and she is tireless in her efforts to advocate for faculty development,” says Dr. Bradford. “She has a thoughtful vision for the future and we are incredibly lucky to have her on our leadership team.”

As a researcher, Dr. Oberyszyn has made exciting discoveries in understanding how ultraviolet (UV) light-induced squamous cell carcinoma develops, how sex differences in the skin contribute to the observed higher rates of skin cancer in men and how natural compounds delivered topically and orally have potential as preventive and/or therapeutic agents. Over the course of her illustrious career, she has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters. She has mentored and advised countless students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who are recipients of local and national awards.

As vice dean, Dr. Oberyszyn will play a critical role as a member of the College of Medicine executive leadership team and in fostering the success of faculty throughout their careers at Ohio State. Not only will she work to enrich the academic culture for all faculty in the college, she will lead the Office of Faculty Affairs in the oversight of faculty appointment, evaluation and development and review processes for granting promotion and tenure.

She will partner with Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion, to further advance faculty diversity programs. She will also work alongside Dr. Carrau, who serves as professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Neurological Surgery, to oversee the continued success of FAME, the college’s flagship leadership development program.

The newly designed position of associate dean for FAME tasks Dr. Carrau with designing, implementing and measuring the impact of faculty development and mentorship programs to foster career progression and support.

“Dr. Carrau is a thought leader and a highly regarded expert in his field, inspiring interdisciplinary teams to work together to improve surgical patient outcomes,” says Dr. Bradford. “I know he will make significant contributions in fostering professional fulfillment and growth.”

Dr. Carrau joined Ohio State’s faculty in 2011 to lead the Skull Base Surgery Division in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He became the medical co-director of the Comprehensive Skull Base Center in 2018 and the medical director of Destination Medicine in 2019. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and 18 books, and his work is at the cutting edge of treatment and research.

The College of Medicine’s strength as an organization is rooted in leadership that strives to align with Buckeye core values.

“The work of Dr. Oberyszyn and Dr. Carrau will further develop our college’s environment of collaboration, discovery and inclusiveness,” says Dr. Bradford. “Their work will help ensure that College of Medicine faculty succeed…and thrive.”