Timothy Pawlik

Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, MPH


Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.8 out of 5




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. I was also named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors” from 2012-2019.

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. 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. At the OSUCCC – James, I’m delighted to be part of a wonderful team that shares the goal of beating cancer.

Education and Background


Tufts University School of Medicine

Boston, MA


University of Michigan Hospitals

Ann Arbor, MI


Surgical Oncology

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Academic Department

Department of Surgery

Division of Surgical Oncology

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.


Patient Satisfaction Review

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the five questions gathered from the Outpatient Oncology survey, developed by Press Ganey Associates for use in oncology clinics across the country. On behalf of The James, Press Ganey administers the survey to patients who see our providers in an outpatient clinic office. 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 The James.

Overall Ratings (out of 87 reviews)
4.8 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.9/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.5/ 5

Concern for your questions and issues

4.7/ 5

Skill and knowledge

4.9/ 5

Overall quality of care

4.8/ 5

Patient Comments (4 total comments)

Reviewed: 11/12/2019

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

Reviewed: 11/5/2019

Excellent care!

Reviewed: 9/4/2019

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: 5/10/2019

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


Index versus Non-index Readmission After Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery: Where Do Patients Go to Be Readmitted?

Beal EW, Bagante F, Paredes A, Chen Q, Akgul O, Merath K, Dillhoff ME, Cloyd JM, Pawlik TM

J Gastrointest Surg 23


Routine intensive care unit admission among patients undergoing major pancreatic surgery for cancer: No effect on failure to rescue.

Cerullo M, Gani F, Chen SY, Canner JK, Dillhoff M, Cloyd J, Pawlik TM

Surgery 165


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