About our residency program

The General Surgery Training program has 12 interns - nine in general surgery (six categorical and three preliminary) and three in urology (preliminary). Categorical positions are six years in length, a period that includes five years of clinical training and one year of research or other advanced training, such as a critical care fellowship. Six chief residents in general surgery graduate each year. The residency provides progressive responsibility in:

  • Preoperative and postoperative care
  • Non-operative management of surgical patients
  • Development of operative skills and the ability to assume independent responsibility for clinical decision-making
Program goals

Program goals

First Year

First-year residents participate actively in the operating room and clinic.
  • Develop expertise in patient management
  • Acquire basic operative skills
  • Learn to set priorities in management
  • Develop problem-solving, leadership and teaching skills

Second Year

Procedural exposure is excellent during the second year. Second-year residents participate in an advanced laparoscopic lab.
  • Become familiar with important surgical specialties
  • Develop expertise in surgical critical care and burns

Third Year

The goal of the third year is to further develop surgical skills. The resident serves as an intermediate resident on the surgical services, and participates in consultations, decision-making and a greater number of major procedures.

Fourth Year

During the fourth and fifth years, the resident is the most senior on each service. In addition to the further development of surgical expertise, the goal of these years is to develop management and leadership skills. During the fourth year, residents are supervised by faculty and advanced special residents (fellows); during the fifth year, residents act as service chiefs.

The Department of Surgery pays for fourth- and fifth-year residents to attend one major meeting each year, and provides PGY3-5s with $2,000 for the purchase of loupes and books.

Operative experience is diverse and in-depth. Residents will have served as operative surgeons on more than 1,000 major cases by the time of their graduation from the program.
Program structure

Program structure

Research

As an academic institution, we believe a research year is essential to a well-balanced surgical education. Therefore, all general surgery residents are required to spend at least one year doing basic science or clinical research after their second or third clinical year. Research can be conducted under the tutelage of basic science mentors in labs at Ohio State or at other academic institutions. During the research year, residents earn either a master of medical science, a master of business administration or a master of public health degree from The Ohio State University.

In lieu of research, some residents choose to do a one-year surgical critical care fellowship in the Department of Surgery after their third year. This fellowship prepares the graduating resident to sit for the American Board of Surgery special certificate in critical care medicine.

All second- and third-year residents must also do a clinical or basic science research project, which they present at the department’s Annual Surgical Research Conference in May. The department will pay for residents to attend professional meetings if they have an abstract accepted at any time during their residency.

Conferences

All residents attend a morbidity and mortality conference, grand rounds and specialty-specific conferences each week. Residents attend either a basic sciences conference or a senior resident professor conference every other week.

Evaluation

Faculty evaluate residents at the end of each rotation and semiannually. Residents are also evaluated by nurses, peers and medical students using a 360-degree evaluation. Residents are evaluated on professionalism, medical knowledge, patient-care skills, technical skills, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.

All residents take the American Board of Surgery In-Training Exam (ABSITE) in January. Residents at the PGY3 through PGY5 levels participate in Mock Oral Board exams.
General surgery rotations

General surgery rotations

Rotation locations:

Columbus Children’s Hospital (CCH), Grant Medical Center (GMC), James Cancer Hospital (JCH), Ross Heart Hospital (RHH), University Hospital East (UHE), The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC)

PGY1

View below to see PGY1 locations:
  • Colorectal surgery - OSUWMC
  • Endoscopic/bariatric surgery - OSUWMC
  • Float - OSUWMC
  • General surgery - OSUWMC
  • Pediatric surgery - CCH
  • Surgical intensive care - OSUWMC
  • Surgical oncology - JCH
  • Thoracic surgery - RHH
  • Transplantation - OSUWMC
  • Trauma - OSUWMC
  • Vascular surgery - OSUWMC, RHH

PGY2

View below to see PGY2 locations:
    • Acute care surgery - OSUWMC
    • Burns - OSUWMC
    • Breast - JCH
    • Endoscopy/bariatric - OSUWMC
    • Float - OSUWMC
    • General surgery - UHE, GMC
    • Surgical intensive care - OSUWMC
    • Surgical oncology - OSUWMC
    • Vascular surgery - OSUWMC, RHH

    PGY3

    View below to see PGY3 locations:
      • Acute care surgery - OSUWMC
      • Colorectal surgery - OSUWMC
      • Float - OSUWMC
      • General surgery - OSUWMC
      • Pediatric surgery - CCH
      • Thoracic surgery - RHH
      • Transplantation - OSUWMC
      • Vascular surgery - OSUWMC, RHH

      PGY4

      View below to see PGY4 locations:
        • Acute care surgery - OSUWMC
        • Endoscopy/bariatric - OSUWMC
        • General surgery - UHE, GMC
        • Surgical oncology - JCH
        • Vascular surgery - OSUWMC, RHH

        PGY5

        View below to see PGY5 locations:
          • Acute care surgery - OSUWMC
          • Colorectal surgery - OSUWMC
          • General surgery - OSUWMC, UHE

          Application process

          We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the National Resident Matching Program. Selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview.

          Foreign medical graduates

          Foreign medical graduates applying to the program must hold, or be eligible for, a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), a J-1 Visa and must have at least one year of experience in an accredited clinical training program in the United States.


          For more information, contact:
          Surgery Resident Coordinator
          Room 654
          395 W. 12th Ave.
          Columbus, OH 43210-1250
          Phone: 614-293-8704 or 293-8703
          Fax: 614-293-4063

          Current categorical general surgery residents

          PGY2

          PGY2 general surgery residents

          PGY2 general surgery residents

          Natalie Eisert, MD

          Hometown: Hanover, Germany
          Undergrad: BS, biology, Stanford University, 2011
          MD: University of Michigan Medical School, 2016
          Hobbies: Rock climbing and yoga

          Francisco "Paco" Guzman, MD

          Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
          MD: Escuela de Medicina Ignacio A. Santos, 2013
          Hobbies: Running, weight lifting, cooking and snowboarding

          Anghela Paredes, MD

          Hometown: Lima, Peru
          Undergrad: BS, food science and human nutrition, University of Florida, 2009
          Graduate: MS in food science and human nutrition, University of Florida, 2011
          MD: University of Illinois College of Medicine, 2016
          Hobbies: Spending time with my family, attending fitness classes and salsa dancing

          Amblessed Onuma, MD

          Hometown: Aba, Nigeria
          Undergrad: BS, biology, University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill, 2012
          MD: University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill School of Medicine, 2016
          Hobbies: Playing and watching soccer, cooking, catching up on TV shows and making fun of Duke fans

          Kejal Shah, MD

          Hometown: Raleigh, NC
          Undergrad: BS in biology, minor in Spanish, Duke University, 2012
          MD: The Ohio State University, 2016
          Hobbies: Outdoor activities, sports, traveling and reading

          Steven Sun, MD

          Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
          Undergrad: BA, anthropology and biochemistry, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
          MD: University of Michigan Medical School, 2015
          Hobbies: Soccer, watching Big Ten sports, finding new places to eat and cooking new recipes
          PGY2 lab general surgery residents

          PGY2 lab general surgery residents

          Joe D. Drews, MD

          Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
          Undergrad: Duke University, 2010
          MD: University of Michigan, 2014
          Hobbies: Baseball and running 

          Chelsea Horwood, MD

          Hometown: Westlake, OH
          Undergrad: BS, biology, Saint Louis University
          MD: Saint Louis School of Medicine, 2015
          Hobbies: Cooking, reading, film

          Anahita D. Jalilvand, MD

          MD: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

          David B. Koller, MD

          Hometown: Houston, TX
          Undergrad: Tulane University, 2010
          MD: University of Texas-Houston, 2014

          Rita Shelby, MD

          Hometown: Dallas, TX
          Undergrad: RN/BSN and neuroscience, University of Texas, 2007
          MD: University of Texas-Galveston, 2015
          Hobbies: Running, cooking, shopping and volunteering

          Jason Zakko, MD

          Undergrad: BA, University of Florida
          MD: University of Florida

          PGY3

          PGY3 general surgery residents

          PGY3 general surgery residents

          Eliza W. Beal, MD

          Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
          Undergrad: University of Michigan, 2008
          MD: The Ohio State University, 2013
          MMSc Candidate: Ex-vivo organ perfusion, liver transplantation, hepatocellular carcinoma, quality, patient safety and health services

          Dathe Benissan-Messan, MD, MS

          Hometown: Lome, Togo
          Undergrad: BS, biology, Creighton University, 2009
          Graduate
          : MS, clinical anatomy, Creighton University, 2010
          MD: University of Nebraska, 2015
          Hobbies: Taekwondo, music and spending time with my wife and son

          Christopher W. McQuinn, MD

          Hometown: Rome, NY
          Undergrad: Clarkson University
          MD: Upstate Medical University, 2011
          Hobbies: Skiing, running, golfing and hiking

          Ekene A. Onwuka, MD

          Hometown: Gary, IN
          Undergrad: Tufts University, 2008
          MD: Howard University College of Medicine, 2012
          MMSc Candidate: Tissue engineered vascular graft, congenital cardiac disease, immunologic response to graft implantation
          Hobbies: Running, reading and dining out

          Kevin Ricci, MD

          Hometown: Hyde Park, NY
          Undergrad: BSE, biomedical engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2011
          MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2015
          Hobbies: Weightlifting, audiobooks, cooking and playing racquetball

          Michael Villarreal, MD

          Hometown: San Antonio, Tx
          Undergrad: BS, neuroscience, Baylor University, 2009
          MD: University of Texas-Galveston, 2015
          Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, reading, watching TV and movies, scuba diving and spending time with my dog
          PGY3 lab general surgery residents

          PGY3 lab general surgery residents

          Clifford Akateh, MD


          Melissa A. Hornor, MD

          Hometown: Hilliard, OH
          Undergrad: Ohio University, 2009
          MD: The Ohio State University, 2013
          Hobbies: Running, playing with my dog and cat

          PGY4

          PGY4 general surgery residents

          PGY4 general surgery residents

          Shaylyn C. Bennett, MD, MS

          Hometown: Cambridge, OH
          Undergrad: BS in mathematics, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2007
          MD: University of Toledo College of Medicine, 2012
          Graduate: MS, The Ohio State University, 2016, lung transplantation, ex-vivo perfusion, cardiothoracic surgery
          Hobbies: Horseback riding, volleyball, outdoor sports

          Shayna A. Brathwaite, MD, MS

          Hometown: Solon, OH
          Undergrad: Case Western Reserve University, 2007
          MD: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2012
          Graduate: MS, The Ohio State University, 2016, chemoprevention in colorectal cancer
          Hobbies: Gardening, reading, exercising and spending time with my puppy

          Nakesha D. King, MD


          Daniel L. Lodwick, MD, MS

          Hometown: Royal Palm Beach, FL
          Undergrad: University of Florida-Gaineville, 2006
          Graduate: MS, nuclear engineering, University of Florida-Gaineville, 2008; MS, The Ohio State University, 2016, surgical outcomes in pediatric patients, elastography and liver fibrosis, pediatric radiation dosimetry
          MD: University of Florida College of Medicine, 2012
          Hobbies: Skydiving, automobile repair and modification, gardening

          Michelle C. Nguyen, MD, MPH

          Hometown: Davenport, IA
          Undergrad: University of Iowa, 2009
          MD: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille Carver College of Medicine, 2013
          Graduate: MPH, The Ohio State University, 2016, quality, outcome and value-based patient care
          Hobbies: Traveling, cooking Vietnamese food, hosting dinner parties, running and playing tennis

          Magarya “Max” Waitara, MD

          Hometown: Tarime, Tanzania
          Undergrad: Macalester College, 2008
          MD: Vanderbilt University
          Hobbies: Biking, canoeing, playing soccer, watching sports, listening to music and going to church

          Taehwan Yoo, MD

          Hometown: Novi, MI
          Undergrad: Northwestern University, 2007
          MD: University of Michigan, 2012

          PGY5

          PGY5 general surgery residents

          PGY5 general surgery residents

          Folasade "Sade" Imeokparia, MD

          Undergrad: BA, sociology, Cornell University, 2008
          MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2013
          Hobbies: Wood working and furniture making, cooking and entertaining, traveling and photography

          Katie A. Levene, MD

          Hometown: New Berlin, WI
          Undergrad: University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2009
          MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, 2013

          Sara A. Mansfield, MD, MS

          Hometown: Pomeroy, OH
          Undergrad: Ohio University, 2007
          MD: University of Cincinnati, 2011
          Graduate: MS, The Ohio State University, 2015, immunology of CMV reactivation in sepsis, EBV viral oncogenesis
          Hobbies: Carpentry, kayaking and playing softball

          Kara M. Rossfeld, MD, MS

          Hometown: Columbus, OH
          Undergrad: The Ohio State University, 2007
          MD: The Ohio State Univerisity College of Medicine, 2011
          Graduate: MS, The Ohio State University, 2016, thyroid cancer 
          Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and our dog Beta, eating and intermittent exercise

          David S. Strosberg, MD, MS

          Hometown: Albany, NY
          Undergrad: University at Albany – State University of New York, 2008
          MD: Upstate Medical University – State University of New York, 2012
          Research interests: Clinical outcomes in vascular and general surgery and simulation in surgical education
          Hobbies: Traveling, comedy and swimming
          Post-graduate resident destinations (2012 - 2016)

          Post-graduate resident destinations (2012 - 2016)

          2016

          • Joe M. Drosdeck, MD, MS - MIS Fellowship, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
          • Lavina S. Malhotra, MD - Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Research Fellowship, Stanford, Palo Alto, CA
          • Sara E. Martin del Campo, MD, MS - MIS Fellowship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
          • Mika A. B. Reschke, MD, MS - Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
          • Latifa A. Sage Silski, MD - Transplant Fellowship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
          • Rachael C. Sullivan, MD, MS - Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

          2015

          • Ellen A. Carraro, MD - Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship - The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
          • Jon C. Henry, MD, MS - Vascular Surgery Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical College, Pittsburgh, PA
          • Alistair J. Kent, MD, MPH - Surgical Critical Care Fellowship - Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
          • Tyler C. Spata, MD, MS - Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
          • Mark R. Wendling, MD, MS - Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship - University of Washington, Seattle, WA
          • Jon R. Wisler, MD, MS - Surgical Critical Care Fellowship - The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

          2014

          • Amy L. Collins, MD, MS - Advanced Upper GI and Hepatobiliary Fellowship, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL
          • Eric A. Luedke, MD, MS - Bariatric/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
          • Laura A. Peterson, MD, MS - Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
          • Thomas A. Pham, MD, MS - Abdominal Transplant Fellowship, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
          • Ricardo O. Quarrie, MD, MS -  Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Yale New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, CT
          • Jennifer S. Schwartz, MD - Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship - The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

          2013

          • Catherine E. Beck, MD - Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, University of California - San Diego, San Diego, CA
          • Iyore Otabor James, MD/MALD, MS - Transplantation Fellowship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
          • Michelle Y. Kincaid, MD, MS - Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
          • Maureen Pons Kuhrt, MD, MS - Colon and Rectal Fellowship, Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH
          • Geoffrey J. Roelant, MD, MS - General Surgery Fellowship, North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville, FL

          2012

          • Mary E. Dillhoff, MD, MS - Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
          • David C. Evans, MD - Assistant professor, Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Burn, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
          • Kristan D. Guenterberg, MD, MS - General surgeon, Kitsap General Surgery, Bremerton, WA
          • Lisa M. Haubert, MD, MS - Colorectal Surgery Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL
          • Peter N. Nau, MD, MS - Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
          • Alicia C. Thomas, MD, MS - Colorectal Fellowship, Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH

          Share this Page