Deans-LetterThere is tremendous growth and innovation taking place at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and we are on a trajectory few other institutions can match. We are launching a bold new curriculum for interprofessional education, making ground-breaking novel discoveries, engaging in patient care that transforms the health of our communities and delivering on our belief that a diverse team of faculty, staff and learners leads to better outcomes. Ohio State is the place to be.

Education

This year we launched our first interprofessional education cohort that connects students from our seven health science colleges and prepares them to face challenges as a collaborative health care team.

I am also proud to share that U.S. News & World Report ranked us as the seventh Most Diverse Medical School in the country, which is the highest rank achieved by a top research school. Ohio State ranked 33rd for Best Medical School – Research and 28th for Best Medical School – Primary Care.

Research

For fiscal year 2020, we had a record $195 million in National Institute of Health (NIH) funding and more than $301 million in total funding that supports biomedical innovations and breakthrough discoveries. Krystof Bankiewicz, MD, PhD, professor of Neurological Surgery, and his team have developed gene delivery techniques to treat children with aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency, significantly improving their motor function.

Andrew Sas, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Neurology, and Benjamin Segal, MD (external link), professor and chair of Neurology, and their teams have discovered a new type of immune cell that promotes nervous system repair.

Both of these discoveries could lead to major advancements in treating neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

Clinical care

We are innovators in clinical care. We have seen a 95% growth rate over the last five years in the number of lives saved through organ transplantation, and recently performed our 11,000th transplant surgery.

Early in the pandemic, Ohio State embraced the use of monoclonal antibody infusions to treat COVID-19, and since the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization, we have treated more than 1,750 patients. 

Newsweek ranked The Ohio State University Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital No.1 in Ohio and one of the top in the nation for 2020.

Capital improvements

With seven health science colleges and a school of health and rehabilitation sciences all located on one campus, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the most comprehensive health sciences campuses in the nation, and we continue to grow. Ohio State has more than $3 billion planned for capital investments over the next several years, including a new College of Medicine facility, an 820+ bed inpatient tower, four new outpatient care centers and an interdisciplinary research building. All these buildings are designed with the patient, learner, clinician and researcher in mind, with the goal of innovating biomedical science and improving patient care.

People make the difference

While new facilities are important, the strength of the Ohio State College of Medicine remains its people. Every day, our more than 4,500 learners, nearly 2,600 faculty and thousands of staff members fulfill each facet of our mission to transform the health of our communities — starting with the nearly 2 million people in central Ohio and reaching out to the entire state, the Midwest, the nation and the world. Together, we will reach our ambition of being a leading college of medicine that transforms the health of our communities through inclusive and innovative education, discovery and care.

Sincerely, 

Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, FACS (external link)
Dean, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Vice President for Health Sciences
Leslie H. and Abigail S. Wexner Dean’s Chair

 

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