Welcome from the Department of Surgery's Chair and Program Director

Welcome to The Ohio State University General Surgery Residency Program! We're glad that you are interested in our program. We are an academic surgery program, dedicated to training leaders in surgery.

Why do we think that we can train leaders in surgery? Because we have a history of doing so and an excellent structure. We require all residents to complete one or more years of professional development. Many residents complete the Master of Medical Science degree run by Dr. Ginny Bumgardner, a transplant surgeon. Others do MBA, MPH, or a critical care fellowship. But no matter what you do, it is a part of your training from beginning to end. We start planning for that time with you during internship, and you finish projects and apply what you have learned after you return to the clinical program. We believe that we offer the most integrated, relevant professional development and research program in the country.

We are excited to launch our Global Surgery Program this year. Our first rotation is to Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia. This is a one-month elective with the goal of experiencing complex surgical care in a distinct healthcare setting and to foster international professional relationships. We are also visiting Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to establish relationships and set up a rotation at Black Lion Hospital.

Applicants often ask, “What makes Ohio State unique?” or “Why did you come to Ohio State?” The answer is the people and the institution. Ohio State is a large, financially sound university and medical center. We offer almost every type of medical service, but if a faculty or resident finds a niche where we could be doing more, the institution is open to supporting new programs. And the people that work here are down to earth, straightforward people. While it is hard to describe a culture in a few words, we hope that you will come interview and see for yourself.

Our medical center is part of the main Ohio State campus, allowing access to great exercise facilities, student activities, concerts and other events that come with being part of one of the country’s largest universities. It also allows collaboration with specialists of almost any discipline.

All of our required rotations occur in the city of Columbus, Ohio, at one of the Ohio State hospitals or at Nationwide Children's Hospital, one of the largest in the country. Columbus is a great place to live, with a great arts culture, running and biking trails, and all of the conveniences of a large city with much less traffic and congestion than most. The John Glenn International Airport is within the east part of the city and is a very easy to place to fly.

Remember, surgery residency is not something to merely be survived on your way to the rest of your life. It is an important time in your life, and we encourage you to join us as we go through it together.


Timothy Pawlik, MD, MPH, PhD
Department of Surgery

Alan Harzman, MD
Program Director,
General Surgery Residency Program