Executive Vice President of Health Sciences,
The Ohio State University
Chief Executive Officer, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

"I am a firm believer that health care is a team sport. At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we are focused on providing the highest quality and safest care to our patients, ensuring our continued commitment to sponsored basic and clinical research and continuing to train the best minds in medicine."

Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin serves as executive vice president of Health Sciences at The Ohio State University and chief executive officer for Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. One of the nation's most respected and prominent academic medical center leaders, Dr. Retchin assumed his leadership roles at the Wexner Medical Center in March 2015. He previously served as senior vice president for Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and CEO of the VCU Health System for more than a decade.

Dr. Retchin is a recognized authority in health policy and healthcare delivery and serves on numerous national and international panels related to managed care, costs of care and assessments of the Medicare program.

Because of his special expertise in the costs, quality and alternative financing strategies for the Medicare program, he was appointed to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) by the U.S. Comptroller General. MACPAC is the federal agency that advises Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and states on a wide range of issues affecting these programs. He has testified before Congress on the role of the safety net in health services delivery, and has published more than 90 articles, chapters and books on the topic.

Under his leadership and guidance, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center has seen growth and improvement in a number of areas:

  • Total research funding ($206.7M) increased 5 percent in his first year (FY16), with new research dollars ($74.4M) growing by 53 percent.
  • The medical center is set to open world-class facilities in the Brain and Spine Hospital and the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute.
  • The medical center recruited key leaders and prominent faculty: College of Medicine dean (K. Craig Kent, MD); director of Adult and Pediatric Transplant programs (W. Kenneth Washburn, MD); Department of Urology chair (Cheryl Taylore Lee, MD); Department of Surgery chair (Tim Pawlik, MD, MPH, PhD); OSU Health System CEO and Wexner Medical Center COO (David McQuaid, RPh, MBA, FACHE); Wexner Medical Center CFO (Mark Larmore, CPA); Wexner Medical Center chief human resources officer (M. Mamoon Syed); and senior associate vice president for Health Sciences (Anne Garcia).
  • Wexner Medical Center received Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, given to hospitals that perform in the top 5 percent nationally for overall clinical excellence.
  • Our academic health center saw more specialties ranked (eight) by U.S. News than the previous year.

Dr. Retchin knows his leadership extends beyond our hospital and into the community. He serves as chair of the Central Ohio Hospital Council, collaborating with the three other local health systems to address community health issues, and is a member of the Columbus Partnership, working closely with other CEOs to ensure the future viability of Columbus and its citizens.

A board-certified internist with qualifications in geriatric medicine, Dr. Retchin earned his bachelor's degree, medical degree and master's degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

An avid swimmer, Dr. Retchin has patented the technology for an underwater recreational music device that uses bone conduction to transmit sound. He and his wife, Tracy, have three children.

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