ABOUT > Ginny Bumgardner

Ginny L. Bumgardner, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., is a board certified transplant surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with over 25 years of experience in the practice and science of transplantation. Dr. Bumgardner earned her M.D. degree from the University of Virginia.   She completed a General Surgery Residency at the University of Minnesota where she also earned her Ph.D. degree and completed two surgical fellowships (Endoscopy and Surgical Infectious Disease). Dr. Bumgardner joined the Ohio State University as a faculty member in 1993 and is currently a tenured Professor of Surgery.  Throughout her professional career she has been involved with education and training of medical students, residents, and fellows and mentoring of junior faculty.   Her passion for recruiting, retaining and cultivating a diverse group of physician scientists led to her recent appointment as Associate Dean of Physician Scientist Education and Training for the OSU College of Medicine (COM) in 2021.   She serves additional leadership roles as the program director for the Medical Scientist Training Program, the Medical Student Research Program, the program director for the Department of Surgery Research Training Program , the program director for the COM Master of Medical Science Program (MMSP) and the Principal Investigator/Program Director for the NIH T32 AI106704 “Advanced Research Training in Immunology for Surgical Trainees.” Read more about Dr. Bumgardner’s education and professional work Bumgardner Profile.

Research areas of interest include: adaptive and innate immune mechanisms contributing to cell and organ transplant rejection; regulation of humoral alloimmunity; liver immunology; development of novel biomarkers to predict risk of rejection and development of novel immunotherapies for transplant recipients.  In addition to transplant immunobiology research, Dr. Bumgardner is involved with a variety of clinical research projects.