Patricia Hill-­Callahan

Patricia Hill-­Callahan Vice President of Medical and Health Sciences Advancement

“I knew something was special about this place,” Patty Hill-Callahan said of her early days at Ohio State. Before joining Advancement as the Vice President of Medical and Health Sciences Advancement in 2013, she hadn’t set foot in Ohio.

Patty recalled watching as three generations of Buckeye graduates put their arms around one another at a donor event and sang “Carmen Ohio.” She saw goodwill and progress on a Buckeye Cruise for Cancer. Scarlet and gray camaraderie was all around her, and her collected observations took shape: Ohio State was family, tradition and a dedication to bettering lives.

“Ohio State is special because it’s filled with all of these wonderful, committed, warm people who really care about making a difference in the community and far beyond,” she said.

Patty leads the delivery of Advancement services for Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, including its hospitals, clinical care sites, research institutes and the university’s seven health sciences colleges. She helps steer and implement strategies for Health Sciences’ principal gifts, marrying grateful people to mission and vision. It’s similar to the work she’d done at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston over a 20-year span.

At Ohio State, she guides 90 staff members, whom she lauds as innovators, high-achieving talent and muses.

“I love my team,” she said. “They’re smart. They’re innovative. They push me. And they’re always on my mind.”

At the end of each fiscal year, she and the team celebrate by volunteering at the Godman Guild, a nonprofit in Columbus focused on rebuilding under-resourced, overburdened neighborhoods.

“We’re in the gardens, hot and sweaty,” she said. “We’re celebrating our success, but more importantly, we’re making sure we’re true.”

“Making sure we’re true.” That would probably be Patty’s mantra, and it’s echoed in “Forever Young,” her favorite song by The Tenors. She shared the song’s three minutes and thirty-six seconds as a means of passing along the sentiment that speaks to her.

“May you grow up to be righteous,
May you grow up to be true;
May you always know the truth and see the light surrounding you,
May you always be courageous;
Stand upright and be strong.”

“These are words to live by,” Patty said.