Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, MPH

The James Cancer Center
Timothy Pawlik

A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.


  • Surgical Oncology

Clinical Expertise

  • Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancers
  • Liver Cancers
  • Gallbladder Cancers
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I’m 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 Wexner Medical Center, the chair of the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine at Ohio State and as a professor of surgery for The Ohio State University. In addition to my medical degree, masters 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 2012-2018.

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

I see patients at

The James at Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care

2050 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221


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 12/20/2018, Dr. Pawlik has reported no relationships with companies or entities.


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