’70 David E. Schuller, MD, vice president for Medical
Center Expansion and Outreach and medical director
of the Wexner Medical Center’s “But For Ohio State”
development campaign, is retiring after nearly 40 years
with the medical center.
Dr. Schuller has played an instrumental role in growing the
organization and guiding it through tremendous change.
In his current role as vice president for Medical Center
Expansion, he articulated the original vision for the current
medical center expansion in 2002
and has been working full-time on it
since 2009. He guided the $1.1-billion
construction project that culminated in
the December 2014 opening of the new
Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and
Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Dr.
Schuller led a team that was awarded
a $100-million grant for the radiation
oncology center, the largest grant in
Ohio State’s history.
The new cancer hospital is one of the
largest in the United States, with an
architectural design that integrates
research and education with patient
care, unique to any medical facility in
the world. Throughout its construction,
careful consideration was given to its
environmental elements and artwork.
For those efforts, Dr. Schuller received a national award
from Healthcare Design magazine.
Dr. Schuller joined Ohio State’s medical faculty in 1976,
serving as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology –
Head and Neck Surgery from 1984-2005. A renowned
surgical oncologist and researcher who specializes in head
and neck cancer, Dr. Schuller was the first director of the
Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove
Research Institute. He assumed that position in 1988 –
two years before the hospital officially
opened in July 1990 – and held it
until 2008. He was deputy director of
our Comprehensive Cancer Center
(CCC) from 1988-1997. In 2008, he was
appointed CEO emeritus of The James
and director emeritus of the CCC. He
has held the John W. Wolfe Chair in
Cancer Research since 2004.
During his 20 years of leadership,
he dramatically increased external
funding to Ohio State’s CCC, created
and recruited the leadership for the
Human Cancer Genetics Program
(now considered one of the best in the
United States), raised in excess of $350
million in philanthropic support and
led The James to becoming nationally
ranked in just nine years.
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’81 Richard D. Parker, MD was named
the new president of Cleveland Clinic’s
Marymount Hospital. He recently
served as chairman of Orthopaedic
Surgery since 2008. Under his
leadership, the department went from
a No. 4 ranking to a No. 3 ranking in
U.S.News & World Report.
’89 Susan Northrup, MD has been
a trustee of the American Board of
Preventive Medicine for seven years
and vice chair for Aerospace Medicine
for three years.
’91 Craig A. Miller, MD, FACS recently
wrote a biography, The Big Z: The Life
of Robert M. Zollinger, MD, which was
published by the American College
of Surgeons, and has been very well
received by the community of American
’02 Richard Wardrop, MD, PhD was
elected as president elect of the
University of North Carolina School of
Medicine Academy of Educators (AOE)
for a three year leadership cycle. The
AOE is a scholarly organization for all
UNC faculty as well as affiliated faculty
throughout the state of North Carolina
and UNC residents.
’05 Benjamin Taylor, MD was
appointed orthopaedic trauma
fellowship director of OhioHealth Grant
Medical Center in Columbus and editor
in chief of orthobullets.com, the top
orthopaedic surgery website.
Brandon Kakos, MD (Res Grad)
joined Mercy Health Physicians’ Dream
Team of orthopaedic specialist in
Cincinnati. Kakos is board certified in
sports medicine, internal medicine
SCHULLER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT PLANS