Dr. Wendy Frankel is Kurtz Chair and Distinguished Professor of Pathology, and Chair of the Department of Pathology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She also serves as Director of GI/Liver Pathology fellowship. She graduated from medical school at the University of Michigan in 1988 and trained in surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 1988-93. She then trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of California at San Diego and did her Surgical Pathology fellowship at UC San Francisco from 1993-97. She has been a faculty member of OSUWMC since 1997.
Dr. Frankel’s responsibilities at OSUWMC, in addition to her leadership roles, include clinical service on the GI pathology division and teaching residents and fellows. Her primary area of research interest is colorectal carcinoma where she has worked since 1998 in the area of colon cancer genetics. She was part of the team that carried out the Columbus-area HNPCC study to determine the prevalence of Lynch syndrome among all newly diagnosed colorectal and endometrial cancer patients. The results of this study and subsequent publications appear to be changing the standard of care for colorectal cancer patients in the United States and world as many institutions and some entire countries have now adopted our recommendations to screen these patients for Lynch syndrome using immunohistochemistry staining for the four mismatch repair genes. She is currently part of the team of researchers involved in the Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative (OCCPI).
She is active in national and international organizations such as United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP). She has served in several leadership roles for USCAP including the Education Committee, Board of Directors, Executive Board, Treasurer and President. In addition, she is a past president of the Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society. She is the GI Pathology Cadre leader for Alliance for Clinical Trials and Oncology, formerly known as, CALGB. In addition, she has published 250 papers, multiple chapters, and given numerous national and international lectures focusing on GI pathology. She has been involved in multiple grants, won many teaching awards, received the USCAP President’s Award in 2020, and was chosen to present the Luminaries in Pathology talk at the USCAP Annual meeting in 2023. She is currently President of the OSU COM Mazzaferri-Ellison Society of Master Clinicians.
Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners
Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology; Certification in Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Academic and Medical Appointments
2015-Present Chair of Pathology, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
2013-Present Ralph W. and Helen Kurtz Endowed Chair in Pathology, OSUWMC, Columbus, Ohio
2011-Present Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
2008-Present Professor of Pathology, Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
2006-Present Director, GI/Liver Pathology Fellowship, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Education and Training
1996-1997 Surgical Pathology Fellowship, University of California San Francisco
1993-1996 Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency, Department of Pathology, University of California San Diego
1989-1993 Residency and Research Fellow, Department of Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
1988-1989 Internship, Department of Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
1984-1988 University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan; M.D. "with distinction"