Timothy Pawlik

Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, MPH

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Physician
4.7 out of 5
  • 119 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 9 Patient Comments

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About Me

I am a surgical oncologist with a focus on treating patients with liver, gallbladder, pancreatic and neuroendocrine tumors. I serve as the surgeon-in-chief of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the chair of the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine and a professor of surgery in the same department. In addition to my medical degree, Master of Public Health and PhD, I also have a master’s in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and hold the Urban Meyer III and Shelley Meyer Chair for Cancer Research. I was named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors” from 2012 to 2019.

My approach to cancer is not only professional — it’s personal. As someone who comes from a family afflicted by cancer, I know all too well how difficult it can be to grapple with the diagnosis of cancer. I strive to deliver the best care possible in a multi-disciplinary method that fosters shared decision-making, empowerment and compassion with the patient, family and members of our cancer treatment team.

Research is critically important to me, and I’ve participated in hundreds of published studies. As a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, my research focuses on better understanding the factors associated with prognosis and staging around gastrointestinal cancers. In addition, I have an interest in studying patient-physician communication and patient engagement, as well as patient perception around goals of cancer care. I have authored or co-authored more than 700 articles in leading scientific journals, written over 50 book chapters and edited five surgical textbooks.

At the OSUCCC – James, I’m delighted to be part of a wonderful team that shares the goal of beating cancer.
  • I’m a surgical oncologist and liver cancer expert serving as the surgeon in chief of the Wexner Medical Center and the chair of the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine at Ohio State, where I also hold the Urban Meyer III and Shelley Meyer Chair for Cancer Research. Before coming to Ohio State in 2016, I amassed more than 10 years of surgical and research experience at Johns Hopkins Hospital and honed my skills in treating patients with liver, gallbladder, pancreatic and neuroendocrine tumors while also conducting groundbreaking research that contributed to the nearly 700 articles I have authored or co-authored in leading scientific journals. I have earned multiple awards, including Top Doctors honors from Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.
  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors,” 2012–2019; "America's Top Doctors," 2011–2019

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Pancreatic Cancers
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Liver Cancers
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Gallbladder Cancers

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
8/1/1991 - 6/15/1995


University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI

7/1/1995 - 6/30/2002


University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

7/1/2002 - 6/30/2005

Graduate Program

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
7/1/2005 - 6/30/2012

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery

Academic Information

My Department


My Division

Surgical Oncology

More About My Work


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

119 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Reviewed on May 27, 2020

    Best hospital and great people work here.

  • Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

    I have never been so unhappy with the outcome of a visit before! I miss Doc Schmit and I do not want to see that doctor ever again!

  • Reviewed on Jan 22, 2020

    I am very pleased. Very professional.

  • Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

    Dr. Pawlik is great.

  • Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

    Never felt rushed.

  • Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

    Dr. Timothy Pawlike & staff are always very good in all areas.

  • Reviewed on Nov 05, 2019

    Excellent care!

  • Reviewed on Sep 04, 2019

    We met with Dr. Tim Pawlick and CNP Bridget Hartwell. Both were extremely caring and talked with us extensively. We felt very confident in their knowledge and skills pertaining to my illness.

  • Reviewed on May 10, 2019

    The surgeons (team) were great! Dr. Pawlik and Dr. King and all the others were so caring. Did a wonderful job.

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 11/21/2019, Dr. Pawlik has reported no relationships with companies or entities.