Thomas Runge

Thomas Runge, MD

  • Gastroenterology
  • Physician

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About Me

I’m a gastroenterologist with special training in advanced endoscopic procedures. I consider myself a student of endoscopy and gastroenterology first and foremost and enjoy studying surgical and endoscopic literature to identify innovative ways to treat complex patients in a minimally invasive fashion. Specific areas of interest include hepatobiliary gastroenterology and endoscopy (EUS and ERCP), foregut endoscopy (including per-oral endoscopic myotomy, aka POEM, Barrett’s esophagus, and endoscopic therapies for GERD), as well as bariatric endoscopy. I also perform primary and revisional procedures to induce weight loss (such as TORe, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, etc.) and take care of patients with post-operative leaks or other complications, if needed.

I understand that patients are often having a very difficult time when they are referred to see me, so I aim to treat every patient with the same compassion and empathy that I would have if they were my own brother, sister or parent. I enjoy helping patients understand their medical condition in straightforward terms, with as little stress as possible. I use sketches to help explain conditions and paint an honest picture of treatment options. Patients often have anxiety about their medical conditions - who wouldn’t? Each visit, I show patients that I’m their ally in the health system. My goal is to show those I take care of that I will work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome possible, and that I am committed to them each step of the way.

I was fortunate to gain significant training and expertise in emerging endoscopic therapies through extended fellowships at Johns Hopkins Hospital and UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill. In my travels I built a series of ex-vivo endoscopy training simulators; I still use these to this day to train doctors and nurses in the use of specific devices and/or techniques. Currently, I’m working with colleagues across The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center community to launch dedicated programs in achalasia treatment (including POEM and other endoscopic techniques), third-space endoscopy, and bariatric endoscopy. I’m also a member of the Endoscopy Value Analysis Team (VAT), an organization that evaluates new and emerging endoscopic tools and accessories so that we can be equipped to offer the latest and greatest interventions for our patients. If I don’t know the answer today, I will find it tomorrow!

I enjoy the boundless enthusiasm and work ethic that I see among my peers not only here in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the Department of Medicine, but across many departments. I feel privileged to work with very bright and enthusiastic colleagues in the departments of Surgery, Internal Medicine, and many others. The sense of pride in our work here is infectious!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, reading books and building blocks or magnetic tiles with our two young children, as well as cooking and playing tennis.

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Biliary Tract Diseases
  • Liver Diseases
  • Stents
  • Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Retrograde
  • Liver
  • Colonoscopy
  • Suture Techniques
  • Bile Duct Diseases
  • Colonic Polyps
  • Intestinal Polyps
  • Esophageal Achalasia
  • Gallstones
  • Choledocholithiasis
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Bile Ducts
  • Pancreas

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
8/1/2006 - 5/31/2011


Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

7/1/2011 - 6/30/2014


University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC

7/1/2014 - 6/30/2018


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Board of Internal Medicine (Subspecialty: Gastroenterology)

Academic Information

My Department

Internal Medicine

My Division

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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 11/01/2020, Dr. Runge has reported no relationships with companies or entities.