Sara Scarlet

Sara Scarlet, MD

  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Physician

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery

Insurances We Accept

About Me

I am a surgical intensivist and acute care surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The most urgent part of my job is treating patients who have suffered traumatic injuries. I also often treat conditions like biliary disease, diverticulitis and hernias, and I regularly care for surgical patients with critical illnesses.

Every day when I come into work, my goal is to provide excellent trauma care while also being mindful of the patient’s overall experience. I believe trauma care should focus not only on the physical injuries but on how the patients and their families experience them, as well.

I care deeply about each patient and they can trust me to be their advocate from the moment they arrive in the trauma bay to when they are discharged from the hospital. My patients and their families can also rely on me to be clear and transparent at all times, especially surrounding topics such as critical illness, palliative care and end-of-life care.

That mentality has been especially important throughout the pandemic. In 2021, I completed a yearlong surgical critical care fellowship with extensive training in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) specifically for patients with COVID-19 infections. I’m proud of the exceptional care my colleagues and I provided for patients and families, despite the huge challenges we faced.

My research has been focused on health care for justice-involved individuals, and I have been published in top medical journals on the ethics of health care for incarcerated patients. I’m also interested in studying how specific health care policies may contribute to structural bias against vulnerable patients.

I’m also committed to dismantling stereotypes about who can be a surgeon. During my residency program, a colleague and I started the #ILookLikeASurgeon movement. The idea was to combat bias among patients and other clinicians by showcasing women and minorities who are working as surgeons. The hashtag went viral on social media.?

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Hernia, Abdominal
  • Diverticulitis
  • Hernia
  • Critical Care
  • Biliary Tract Diseases
  • General Surgery
  • Multiple Trauma

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL
8/1/2009 - 5/30/2013


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

6/1/2013 - 6/30/2014


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

7/1/2014 - 6/30/2020


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

8/1/2020 - 9/13/2021

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Surgery (Subspecialty: Surgical Critical Care)

Academic Information

My Department


My Division

Trauma, Critical Care and Burn

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/30/2022, Dr. Scarlet has reported no relationships with companies or entities.