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
2050 Kenny Rd.
Columbus, OH 43221
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Education and Training
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
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
7/1/2005 - 6/30/2012
American Board of Surgery
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Consulting and Related Relationships
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As of 11/21/2019, Dr. Pawlik has reported no relationships with companies or entities.