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Director, Division of Surgical Oncology

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio
Compensation commensurate with previous training and experience
Closing date
Mar 10, 2023

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Surgical Oncology
Full Time

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The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) and The Ohio State University College of Medicine are seeking an exceptional academic clinician with proven leadership skills to lead a highly successful surgical oncology program as the Director of the Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery.

Responsibilities of this committed leader include:
• Leading an academic division that consists of one of the largest and most experienced surgical oncology programs in the country
• Developing and expanding academic, clinical and basic research activities devoted to the surgical evaluation and management of cancer
• Mentoring and developing faculty throughout the division
• Recruiting and retaining top talent to the program
• Ensuring Ohio State’s Division of Surgical Oncology remains prominent on the national stage attributable to its innovative research, outstanding clinical care and strong outcomes
• Participating with the executive leadership of the Department of Surgery and the OSUCCC – James

Ohio State Division of Surgical Oncology:
The Division of Surgical Oncology has 24 faculty members, including three PhDs, and performs 2,600 surgical cases per year. In the last year, Ohio State’s surgical oncology team published 130 studies in high-impact journals. The division has more than 60 active clinical trials and enrolled approximately 220 participants. In addition, the division boasts a portfolio of 30+ grants, including a SPORE grant in sarcoma, and more than $11 million in grant funding. The Division of 
Surgical Oncology has a two-year Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program with three accredited fellows annually, plus a one-year Hepatopancreatobiliary Fellowship Certification Program beginning in the latter half of 2022 and a one-year Breast Fellowship Program set to welcome its first fellow in 2023.

Surgical oncology physicians at Ohio State are trained in general surgery, have been certified by the American Board of Surgery, are fellowship trained in surgical oncology and are active members of the Society of Surgical Oncology. Special areas of expertise include gastrointestinal cancer, hepatopancreatobiliary cancer, breast cancer, cutaneous malignancies, endocrine neoplasms, head and neck cancer and soft tissue sarcoma.

The goal of Ohio State’s Division of Surgical Oncology is to provide excellence in clinical cancer care; to educate medical students, residents and fellows; and to conduct clinical and basic research. Our highly trained surgical specialists and subspecialists offer the most current research-based surgical treatment techniques — from complex open surgery to minimally invasive robotic-assisted procedures (one of the most experienced and highest volume robotic surgery centers in the nation) — to provide personalized care for each patient. The division collaborates in a multidisciplinary environment at the OSUCCC – James with world-renowned oncology experts across multiple disciplines, including medical oncology, radiation oncology, molecular and biologic pathologists, genetic scientist and others, to design precision-based treatments for each patient’s specific disease. To learn more about the division, visit

Ohio State Department of Surgery:
Established in 1914, the Ohio State Department of Surgery has a long and respected tradition of excellence in clinical care, research and education. Under the leadership of Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, MPH, as chair, the department is composed of nine surgical specialty divisions and ten multidisciplinary centers. Collectively, the department performs over 18,000 cases annually and was ranked 6th according to the Blue Ridge rankings for National Institutes of Health funding among surgery departments nationally. To learn more about Ohio State and the Department of Surgery, visit

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research 
Institute (OSUCCC – James):

The OSUCCC – James strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of 52 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers and one of only a few centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and II clinical trials on anticancer drugs sponsored by the NCI. At Ohio State, more than 340 cancer researchers and their teams from 11 of 15 colleges work collaboratively, across multiple disciplines, to improve the effectiveness of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

As the cancer program’s adult patient-care component, The James is one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. With 365 beds, 21 floors and more than 1.1 million square feet, The James is the third largest cancer hospital in the country and a transformational facility that fosters collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care. The James is home to more than 200 oncologists, each specialized in just one type of cancer, and has 19 operating rooms, six interventional radiology suites and a dedicated early-phase Clinical Trials Unit. In addition, as a part of Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery, specialized surgeons work with our eight da Vinci® robots to perform state- of-the-art robotic surgery and microsurgery.

To learn more about the OSUCCC – James, visit

With this exciting and professionally rewarding challenge, the chosen candidate will join the OSUCCC – James family as a senior leader within a prominent academic department and nationally renowned cancer program that is committed to uncompromising patient care, education and research.

College of Medicine:
The Ohio State University College of Medicine, with more than 4,500 learners, is associated with the only academic health center in central Ohio. Ranked as the 7th most diverse medical school by U.S. News & World Report in 2021, it is known nationwide for curricular innovation, pioneering research and outstanding patient care at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. With more than 1,800 faculty members, the college comprises 19 clinical departments, seven basic science departments and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center consists of The Ohio State University Health System, the College of Medicine, the Health Sciences Library and the Faculty Group Practice. As the Midwest’s highest- ranked hospital for safety and patient care according to University Health System Consortium, the Wexner Medical Center is committed to providing world-class care.

About Columbus:
The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center and OSUCCC-James are located in Columbus, Ohio, the state capital and the 14th largest city in the U.S. From historic communities and suburban living to college crowds and nightlife, Columbus is a friendly Midwestern town with metropolitan style. With easy commutes and low cost of living relative to comparable metropolitan areas, central Ohio has a temperate climate where fall and spring delight, summers are not too oppressively hot or humid and winters are not too cold or snowy. The city is renowned for its leading technological companies; vast academic resources; thriving industry; an eclectic mix of entertainment, dining and 
shopping; and easily accessible opportunities for sports and recreation for participants and fans alike. The university and medical center are home to an exciting, growth-oriented culture of innovation and discovery. Together, these entities have established a bold vision to ensure that the university will be among the leading public universities in the nation for research and creative expression to address critical societal challenges and that the medical center will drive breakthrough health care solutions to improve people’s lives. For more on Columbus, please visit About Columbus.

• Extensive experience building a successful clinical practice
• Demonstrated leadership skills in building innovative programs, as well as developing faculty
• Fellowship trained in surgical oncology or equivalent cancer-related discipline
• Board certified in surgery
• Wide-ranging teaching experience and robust research background
• Qualify for academic appointment at an advanced rank
• An active research program in basic, translational, clinical or health services research is strongly desired

Ohio State offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package. All candidates will 
remain confidential during the recruitment for this position. For consideration, please send CV and 
cover letter to:

Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, MPH | Chair, Department of Surgery |

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual- career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. To build a diverse workforce, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center encourages applications from individuals with 
disabilities, historically minoritized, veterans and women. Ohio State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual ion, gender identity, national 
origin, disability status or protected veteran status.


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