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Our mission in the Department of Surgery is to deliver high-quality patient care, contribute to innovations in medicine through basic research, translational research and clinical outcome studies and educate medical students and postgraduate trainees to insure an adequate supply of surgeons for the future.

Numerous funds have been established by generous donors. These contribute significantly to the Department of Surgery’s ability to advance its mission and vision. Please consider donating to one of these existing funds or visit our Ways to Give page.

Giving Opportunities

General and Gastrointestinal Surgery Funds

Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery Funds

Endowment Funds

The Edwin H. and E. Christopher Ellison Endowment Fund

The Edwin H. and E. Christopher Ellison Endowment Fund was established to honor the accomplishments of the late Dr. Edwin H. Ellison and of his son, Dr. E. Christopher Ellison, for the significant impact that both have made on the field of general surgery at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Edwin Ellison (1918-1970) completed his undergraduate, graduate and medical degrees at Ohio State. After serving in the Army Medical Corps, he returned to Ohio State in 1949. Working with chairman Dr. Robert M. Zollinger, he co-identified the Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome in 1955. In 1957 he was promoted to professor of surgery and was named "Man of the Year" by medical students for his superb teaching. Dr. Ellison authored more than 130 scientific publications, and later became chair of the Division of Surgery at Marquette University.

Dr. E. Christopher Ellison joined the Department of Surgery in 1984 following the completion of his general surgery residency at Ohio State. For nearly three decades he has shared his knowledge, experience and insight with colleagues and students, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and co-authored two books, the ninth edition of Zollinger's Atlas of Surgical Operations and The Coming Shortage of Surgeons. Dr. Ellison was appointed chairman of the Department of Surgery in 2000 and also serves as vice dean for Clinical Affairs and CEO of the Faculty Group Practice. He was named a College of Medicine Distinguished Professor and holds the Robert M. Zollinger Chair in Surgery.

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