Mehlman receives distinguished service award
Charles T. Mehlman, D.O. (’89), M.P.H.,
Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio University Alumni
Association on Friday, Oct. 12th, for his contributions
to Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) as a medical
educator, researcher and mentor.
That day, he presented a lecture to first and second year students
titled "When should I operate on a kid's FX [fracture]? A case based
approach.” Dr. Mehlman is a
member of a 10-person pediatric orthopedic group in Cincinnati
Children’s Hospital, director of
musculoskeletal outcomes research and
co-director of the Brachial Plexus
college did amazing things for me,” Dr. Mehlman said. “It gave a
farm boy from eastern Ohio amazing opportunities. Of all my alma
maters, the one that I feel the most love for, without a doubt, is
The Distinguished Service Award, established in 1982, recognizes
exceptional service on behalf of alumni chapters, clubs, constituent
societies and, in special instances, the university and its colleges
and schools. Dr. Mehlman was selected for his engagement with
students on pediatric orthopedic surgery, career paths and research
opportunities during visits to campus as well as his mentorship in
the Careers in Medicine program. He also serves on the OU-HCOM
capital campaign committee.
This is not the first recognition Dr. Mehlman received from Ohio
University. In 2006, he was awarded the OU-HCOM Medal of Merit, in
addition to numerous other honors for his research and scholarly
publications. Writing on
range of orthopedic diseases, deformity, trauma and tumors in
he published more than 80 peer reviewed articles and an equal number
of book chapters.
“I like to point out that all of us have jobs because kids get hurt.
Trauma in kids is important. Trauma has been the number one killer
of children since they started measuring,” he said. “You can combine
all other causes of death for children, like infectious diseases and
cancer, and trauma is still the biggest killer.”
Raised on a farm in Bellaire, Ohio, Dr. Mehlman joked about how his
family still teases him, asking, “why couldn’t you be something
useful, like a veterinarian?” He had early experience in sports
medicine and worked for some time as an athletic trainer.
graduating from OU-HCOM in 1989, Dr. Mehlman completed a rotating
internship and an orthopedic surgery residency at Grandview and an
internal medicine residency at Akron General Medical Center. After
completing a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at Cincinnati
Children’s Hospital Medical Center, he went on to earn an M.P.H.
degree in clinical effectiveness and outcomes research at the
Harvard School of Public Health.
the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Healing the
Children program, Dr. Mehlman has traveled to Shanghai, China, to
volunteer medical service.
His wife, Elsira
Pina, D.O., who graduated from the Philadelphia College of
Osteopathic Medicine in 1989, is an associate professor of medicine
and pulmonologist at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute.