An orthopaedic surgeon is trained in the diagnosis and preoperative, operative, and postoperative treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedic surgeons work closely with other health care providers and often serve as consultants to other physicians. Orthopaedic surgeons often are involved in education or research. They may practice in an orthopaedic or multi-specialty group, or in a solo practice. Orthopaedic surgeons treat a number of conditions that affect the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. This information was adapted from the Health Communities website.


  • Length of training: 5 years (including an intern year which includes rotations in general surgery)
  • Match: NRMP
  • Application service: ERAS

Ohio State Department of Orthopaedics

  • Department Chair: Andrew Glassman, MD
  • Residency Director: Joel Mayerson, MD
  • Residency Coordinator: Julia Panzo, 614-293-6194
  • Education Director: Thomas Scharschmidt, MD
  • Education Coordinator: Julia Panzo, 614-293-6194

Learn more about the Department of Orthopaedics

Specialty Champions

  • Hisham Awan, MD
  • David Flanigan, MD
  • Joel Mayerson, MD
  • Timothy Miller, MD
  • Laura Phieffer, MD
  • Thomas Scharschmidt, MD


AAMC Careers in Medicine: Orthopaedics