Deans-LetterI came to The Ohio State University College of Medicine because it is on a trajectory like no other in academic medicine. There is tremendous transformation, discovery and innovation happening in Columbus, and I am excited to be part of it.

At The Ohio State University, thousands of brilliant minds focus on our tripartite mission—education, clinical care and research. In fact, we thrive in those three areas—integrating and collaborating across the three pillars to impact our learners and ultimately make a difference in the lives of individuals in central Ohio and beyond. This strategy has proven even more critical during the pandemic.

In this report, you will learn how each day our faculty, staff and learners advance innovations and solve unrelenting medical and health care challenges. How our teams have assisted to make COVID-19 testing possible in Ohio, Detroit, Chicago, New York City and Ethiopia, and how we continue to discover ways to defeat this global pandemic. Further, you will see how our learners benefit from a sophisticated clinical skills lab that includes a KindHeart simulator for cardiothoracic surgery—one of only a few in the nation.

The report details our Neurological Institute, complete with first-ever gene therapy treatments, innovative research on nerve regeneration, focused ultrasound trials for addiction and Parkinson’s disease—and much more. Beyond neurological therapies, this year has provided opportunities for Ohio State to push forward as a leader in telehealth, innovating beyond primary care and discovering its value for tertiary and quaternary care. Finally, you will learn how, in 2020, Ohio State is working each day to eliminate racism and micro-aggressions in our curriculum, as well as creating structural and systemic change toward equity in health and well-being throughout the medical center.

Our numbers are impressive: more than $300 million in research funding and outstanding rankings, including #34 for Best Medical School-Research by U.S. News & World Report; #9 for Best Teaching Hospital by Washington Monthly magazine; #9 Physical Therapy and #13 Occupational Therapy Graduate Programs; and #4 for the Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes magazine. With seven health science colleges and a school of health and rehabilitation sciences, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the most comprehensive health sciences campuses in the nation, and we continue to grow. Our projected $3 billion in capital improvements includes a new hospital tower, a new Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Center and a new interdisciplinary research building.

While new facilities are important, the strength of the Ohio State College of Medicine remains its people. Our new leaders are highly regarded experts in their fields: Benjamin Segal, MD, one of the leading multiple sclerosis physician-researchers in the world; Krystof Bankiewicz, MD, PhD, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and genetic medicine expert; J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, an internationally renowned primary care redesign expert and telehealth innovator; Amy Moore, MD, a national leader in plastic surgery and treating patients with nerve pain; Sayoko Moroi, MD, PhD, a top physician-scientist in diagnosing and treating glaucoma; Raymond Benza, MD, an internationally renowned physician-scientist in cardiovascular medicine; and Zihai Li, MD, PhD, an innovative leader in cancer immunotherapy, just to name a few. And Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, has taken on a new role this year as president of the National Medical Association.

And this is just to name a few.

Every day, our more than 4,500 learners, nearly 2,400 faculty and thousands of staff members fulfill each facet of our mission to improve lives—starting with the nearly 2 million people in central Ohio and reaching out to the entire state, the Midwest, the nation and the world.

I am among the ambitious and excited new faculty, learners and staff who chose the College of Medicine because we have discovered what the world is learning, and what Buckeyes already know: the future of health care is at Ohio State.

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