Meet Ohio State's team of thoracic surgery experts

The Division of Thoracic Surgery comprises a comprehensive team of surgeons and staff, all focused on delivering high-quality patient care, contributing to innovations in medicine and educating medical students and postgraduate trainees.

Our Leaders

Our leaders

RobertMerritt

Robert Merritt, MD

Director, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Associate Professor of Surgery

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Our Faculty

Merritt

Robert Merritt, MD

Associate Professor Director, Thoracic Surgery
Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners

Abbey Hajjar, CNP

  • BSN: The University of Toledo/Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
  • MSN: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Appointment: 2011
  • Specialty interests: Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, lung disease

Cassie Walker, CNP

  • BSN: Walsh University, North Canton, OH
  • MSN: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Appointment: 2016
  • Specialty interests: Lung disease, lung cancer, esophageal cancer

Jennifer Reed, CNP

  • BA: Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
  • MPAS: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Appointment: 2016

Jessica Waugh, CNP

  • BSN: Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH
  • MSN: Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Appointment: 2015
  • Specialty interests: Lung disease, lung cancer, esophageal cancers

Melissa Smith, CNP

  • BSN: Kent State University, Kent, OH
  • MSN: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Appointment: 2010
  • Specialty interests: Lung cancer
Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants

Scott Cackler, PA-C, Thoracic Oncology Cluster Lead

  • BS: Heidelberg University, Tiffin, OH
  • MPAS: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Appointment: 2008
  • Specialty interests: Minimally invasive thoracic surgery and robotics

Alicia Perkins, PA-C

  • BA: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • MPAS: Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH
  • Appointment: 2015
  • Specialty interests: Minimally invasive and robotic assisted thoracic surgery

Ellen Vanderburgh, PA-C

  • BA: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
  • MPAS: Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
  • Appointment: 2015
  • Specialty interests: Minimally invasive thoracic surgery

Paul Cleland, PA-C

  • BA: Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • MPAS: Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH
  • Appointment: 2017
  • Specialty interests: Minimally invasive and robotic assisted thoracic surgery

Patient Care Resource Manager

Tiffany Johnson, BSN, RN
BA: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Appointment: 2013
Current Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellows

Current Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellows

Madonna Lee, MD Second-year fellow

MD: Michigan State University College of Medicine
Surgery Residency: Rutgers- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Appointment: 2017

Daniel Mansour, MD Second-year fellow

MD: Howard University College of Medicine
Surgery residency: University of Maryland
Appointment: 2017

Matthew Goodwin, MD, MS First-year fellow

MD: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Surgery Residency: University of Toledo
Appointment: 2018

Jennifer Nishimura, MD First-year fellow

MD: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Surgery Residency: University of California- Irvine
Appointment: 2018