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Welcome to Prospective Residents
Our academic, research-oriented institution has a long tradition of training leaders in surgery. Our residency program graduates have achieved prominence and success in community practice and at major academic institutions throughout the United States.

In the Department of Surgery, we share a common goal: to provide a setting conducive to learning. We are committed to providing an environment both supportive and challenging, so that you can fulfill your highest potential and assume a position of leadership in surgery.

Here you will take progressive responsibility as an integral member of our surgical team, delivering state-of-the-art patient care, teaching medical students, and contributing to innovations in medicine through translational research and clinical outcomes studies. Through a broad range of conference and clinical experiences, you will learn to function as a well-qualified, independent specialist in the dynamic health-care environment of today and tomorrow.

We believe the most important assets of an institution are its people. At Ohio State, we share a deep personal commitment and devotion to patients and members of the health-care team. We welcome you and hope you will consider joining our close-knit family of residents, fellows, and faculty.

Patient Care Provided by Residents
General surgery resident Ellen Carraro, M.D. says residents and fellows in the Department of Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center receive outstanding training and experience in caring for patients.

“At Ohio State we care for patients with immense diversity including multiple cultural and socio-economic backgrounds as well as and varying degrees of medical complexity,” says Dr. Carraro, who received her medical degree at the The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Our vast surgical exposure and management of complex peri-operative care develops our medical and surgical skills for successful careers.”

Dr. Carraro says the program is also exceptional because of the approachability of the faculty and camaraderie of the house staff. “Working in an environment of mutual respect, shared goals and constant pursuit of improved communication is great. We have the resources to excellent patient care at our fingertips and great minds for guidance as needed.”

Sixty-three residents and fellows participate in the department’s 13 residency programs. House staff treat patients in the outpatient clinics and on the surgical service. Early clinical training broadens knowledge of general surgical concepts, patient management issues, and state-of-the-art surgical procedures. Residents assume progressive responsibilities based upon individual skill level, experience, and knowledge. Attending physicians provide supervision and conduct teaching rounds regularly. While a full-time attending surgeon is on call each night, resident teams and medical students staff the major services. A resident will have participated in 1,000 to 1,200 operative cases upon completion of the program.

ACGME-Accredited Residencies

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery

ACGME-Approved Specialty Certification Programs

  • Vascular Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgical Critical Care
  • Surgical Critical Care

Specialty Fellowships

  • Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy and Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Circulatory Mechanical Support
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery - Cardiothoracic
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery - Gastrointestinal
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Transplantation - Solid Organ
  • Transplantation - Thoracic 

The Department of Surgery provides a supportive environment. The attendings are eager to teach the residents, and residents in the Department of Surgery are dedicated to learning and teaching advanced surgical techniques and procedures, and assume a major responsibility for the clinical education of medical students.

The integrated and affiliated institutions of the program provide clinical resources for graduate and undergraduate surgical education.

The full-time attending faculty of the Department of Surgery are based at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, University Hospital East, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and the Department of Surgery host a variety of forums and seminars, where highly skilled clinicians and researchers share their expertise and advance the profession.

General surgery resident Ricardo Quarrie, M.D., M.S. has good things to say about learning and teaching in the Department of Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

“As a resident, I consider it a privilege to be at an institution where faculty members take such a concerned and involved interest in our education. Whether in the operating room, during teaching rounds, or during scheduled conferences, faculty members are always making a concerted effort to teach surgical residents.

This is not just a reflection of our departmental efforts; it describes our culture here at the Wexner Medical Center. As surgical residents, we interact with faculty members from other departments on a daily basis, and one thing everyone can agree on is that faculty from all departments demonstrate a dedication to the education of all residents. There are also formal conferences, training courses and lectures that are combined with other departments.

The resources that are available to us are broad based and can be conveniently accessed. The Health Sciences Library not only updates their subscriptions to various databases and journals on a yearly basis, they also solicit our input as residents so they can have the most relevant databases and journals available that are tailored for our use. These databases, which include journals, teaching videos for procedures, question banks and online textbooks, are available online 24 hours a day. The Department of Surgery also pays for subscriptions to surgical journals for all residents so that the latest research information is always available to us. Reimbursement programs through the Graduate Medical Office make it easier for us to obtain mobile technology such as smart phones and tablet devices to access this wealth of information.

The collegial environment at the Wexner Medical Center helps to promote the overall goal of educating and training residents. The wide use of physician extenders such as nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants make it possible for residents to spend more time focused on learning.

Overall, the learning opportunities are plentiful and the teaching is among the best that one will find anywhere.”

The extensive collection of the Prior Health Sciences Library includes the papers and memorabilia of Dr. Robert M. Zollinger, the internationally respected surgeon and former department chairman. Divisional libraries supplement the collection of the health sciences library.

A comprehensive range of support services, including a call room suite, a free iPhone, and dry cleaning are provided to residents.

General surgery resident Thomas Pham, M.D., M.S. says the research experience in the Department of Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provides residents with a valuable opportunity to broaden their skills and deepen their understanding.

“One of the many reasons I chose to come to OSU for my general surgery training was because of the numerous research opportunities they have in place. It is rare to find an academic program that can provide such flawless integration of clinical training and research. On top of that we also have to opportunity to obtain a masters degree,” says Dr. Pham, who received his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati. “Although not essential for us to do research, we also have ample opportunity and support to obtain funding for our research projects from institutions such as the NIH.”

The opportunity to have dedicated time towards research and post-graduate studies has broadened my understanding of medicine and thus made me into a better and well rounded physician. My research experience will undoubtedly prove to be invaluable towards my development into an academic surgeon.”

Research is a vital component of the Department of Surgery’s mission. The Department’s research efforts are focused on key areas of interest that promise to yield significant results in the understanding of disease and the improvement of clinical care.

The Department’s Office of Surgical Research, under the direction of Chandan K. Sen, Ph.D., promotes interdisciplinary research activity and the integration of clinical and basic science research.

The department’s stature and the reputation of its researchers and clinicians enable it to garner significant funding from private industry and federal sources, such as the National Institutes of Health. The Department offers seed grants for clinical and laboratory research to faculty and resident investigators.

Major Areas of Research

  • Advanced heart and lung procedures
  • Critical care
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Molecular medicine and wound healing
  • Radioimmunoguided surgery
  • Transplantation biology
  • Tumor biology

Opportunities in Basic Science Research

  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • General surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Transplantation

Research Facilities

  • Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
  • Wexner Institute for Pediatric Research, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Wiseman Hall Research Facility
  • Wound Healing Center, University Hospital East