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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.

VIDEO: Faculty and residents discuss what makes our General Surgery Residency Program unique




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 Jon Henry, 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.

“One of the best aspects of OSU’s Department of Surgery is the commitment to education at every level. From the chairman to the interns we take pride in our education and strive to produce the best surgical residents in the nation. Our faculty takes great interest and care in our education from the didactic conferences, to the clinic and on the wards, and into the operating room.

We have protected conference time every week for all residents, including weekly Morbidity and Mortality conferences and Grand Rounds which are often given by visiting professors who are giants in the surgical world. Many surgical skills sessions throughout the year are tailored for the specific PGY-levels to enhance their skills before encountering them in the OR. We have animal labs, simulations, FLS skills labs, and Da Vinci Robot trainers.  

The entire Wexner Medical Center is committed to education and we as residents have the opportunity to work with many outstanding faculty and residents in other specialties throughout the medical center. A collegial atmosphere is present allowing our interactions to be highly educational. This cross-departmental education provides us with different perspectives and knowledge to allow us to be well-rounded, better team members.  

The residency program director ensures that services are educational by working with rotations to improve the experience for the residents. Our clinical responsibilities with the department and medical center incorporate other staff to help including physician assistants and nurse practitioners on some of the services to assist with outpatient clinics and in-house floor patients.  

Education of residents also extends into teaching us how to be educators. The Department encourages us to enhance our teaching skills and become excellent teachers by the time we graduate. From teaching junior residents and medical students on the wards to taking residents through cases to leading conferences, our participation in education is a large part of our own education.”

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 Mika Reschke, 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.

“The significance that our institution places on research and academic advancement is remarkable.  One of the features that drew me to this program was the support it provides to its residents in advancing their academic careers.  Through strong relationships across varying specialties and departments, residents are afforded the opportunity to participate in a very diverse field of research.  We also have the chance to further our post-doctoral education by obtaining a master’s degree.”

“My years dedicated towards research have significantly enhanced my time as a general surgery resident.  While in the lab, I have learned first-hand what it is to be involved in research from the inception and development of a new project, to presentations at national conferences, and later seeing the results of your efforts published.  These experiences have contributed to my growth not only as a surgical resident, but as a well-rounded physician.”

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