12:45 PM

Medical Center CEO steps down

This afternoon, Dr. Sheldon Retchin resigned his position as executive vice president of health sciences and chief executive officer of the Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Retchin assembled an outstanding leadership team, and during his tenure the medical center has increased research funding, opened the Brain and Spine Hospital and Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, and continued to receive national awards for patient care and clinical excellence. We thank Dr. Retchin for his contributions to Ohio State.

The medical care, research and teaching at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are nationally recognized as being of the highest quality, and they bring immeasurable value to our entire community.

Although allegations raised in letters sent to the news media this week were untrue, these letters may have damaged important relationships necessary for continued future success, and Dr. Retchin has chosen to move on in the best interests of the university, himself and his family.

The university will actively engage with faculty, administrators and staff as we begin the process of identifying a new executive vice president and CEO. Ohio State’s colleges of health sciences and the Wexner Medical Center are among the very best in the world, and together we will continue to maintain and build upon that excellence.

Statement from Dr. Sheldon Retchin

Good afternoon. I would like to express what an honor and privilege it has been to partner with President Michael Drake, the Ohio State University Board, the Wexner Medical Center Board and OSU Cabinet to lead the Wexner Medical Center and health sciences programs, and to serve this great Columbus community.

I wish to convey my appreciation to my colleagues for their dedication, distinguished work and collaborative efforts over the past two-plus years. In particular, I wish to thank Craig Kent, Mark Larmore, David McQuaid, Andy Thomas, Anne Garcia, Mamoon Syed, Patty Hill-Callahan, Jenny Carlson, Beth Kahl and many other extraordinary professionals here at the Medical Center and the University. I have also enjoyed the good fortune of working with top notch, devoted physicians, nurses, pharmacists and staff.

I arrived here in February 2015 as a capstone to my career as a leader in academic medicine – to build research and innovative clinical programs, and elevate the standing of this great institution. I have worked hard to ensure best practices and the highest standards in line with nationally recognized institutions and to prepare the Wexner Medical Center for the ever-changing health care environment. I was charged with making significant transformative change, which entailed facing complex challenges and making difficult decisions.

Change can be difficult – particularly at a time of great uncertainty.

In response to recent events, more specifically to letters regarding my leadership here – that have been made public – I must clear my name and address these preposterous allegations by simply and unequivocally stating that they are untrue. I have built my good name and reputation over 40 years in academic medicine as a physician, teacher, researcher and administrative leader.

These baseless accusations have damaged me and the University I love. I cannot allow this to continue and so I have decided that it is in the best interest of the institution and me and my family to step aside, effective immediately. I will be taking a leave of absence and then will assume a new role at the University to pursue health policy research and teaching.

I look forward to this new chapter in my life.

Thank you.