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Three MUSC employees selected with Forty Under 40 honor

By Sharon Fowler
Public Relations

photos by Kim McManus
Department of Otolaryngology's Dr. Meredith Holcomb, center, is joined by supporters at the Charleston Regional Business Journal's 2015 Forty Under 40 Award on Aug. 20. Others from MUSC recognized with the award include Meredith Strehle of MUSC Children's Hospital and Dr. Satish Nadig, departments of Surgery, Microbiology and Immunology.

“I feel like I’ve accomplished way more than I ever thought was possible at this point in my career. If nothing else, I hope I’m giving young people who are starting their own careers hope and promise that they can do the same thing,” said Meredith Holcomb, Au.D., a clinical instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology.

Holcomb is one of three winners from MUSC who received the 2015 Forty Under 40 award from the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Joining Holcomb on the prestigious list were Meredith Strehle, manager of children’s outreach operations for the Children’s Hospital, and Satish Nadig, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the departments of Surgery, Microbiology and Immunology

The Forty Under 40 is an annual award given to 40 Charleston professionals under the age of 40 who are nominated for their achievements and community involvement. The honorees represent a diverse variety of industries from information technology to hospitality to health care.

Medical Center CEO Patrick Cawley, M.D., is proud of the impact these three have made and how positively their accomplishments have represented MUSC as a whole. "Meredith, Satish, and Meredith join a long history of young exceptional leaders at MUSC. Their innovative mindset, hard work and enthusiastic approach define them as ‘up and comers’ and they are well deserving of this award."

When speaking about their professional successes, passion seemed to be a recurring theme among the three winners from MUSC.

Lowcountry Women’s Specialists’ Kecia Love presents MUSC’s Meredith Strehle, children’s outreach operations manager for MUSC Children’s Hospital with the 2015 Forty Under 40 Award.

Meredith Strehle
Strehle had known for a long time that she wanted to pursue a career in health care. While in the fourth grade, she learned she had a congenital heart defect, which resulted in frequent visits to emergency centers.

Fast forward 15 years, and upon graduating from the MUSC Masters in Health Administration program in 2005, Strehle completed a one-year administrative residency at MUSC. Since that time, she has excelled in her current position as manager of children’s outreach operations, as evidenced by the opening of three after–hours clinics in the Charleston area.

Strehle’s personal experience as a pediatric patient has made her more sensitive and passionate about children’s needs. That perspective has also been instrumental in the success of the Children’s Hospital After Hours Care clinics. In 2009, Strehle first noticed a gap in the availability of after–hours pediatric care in Charleston and led the effort to fill this gap by opening centers that addressed the need in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, and most recently, Summerville.

“Health care is my passion,” said Strehle. “My goal for the next five years is to continue in health care strategy and operations. I hope to have a long career at MUSC.”

Meredith Holcomb
Holcomb describes how she found her passion for audiology and cochlear implants. “It sort of found me, actually. I always knew I wanted to do something in the medical field, and I wanted to help children in some way. My path in college took me to one course in audiology, and I loved it, and it seemed like a good fit. In graduate school, I was able to witness an initial activation of a cochlear implant where a mother heard her children say ‘I love you’ for the first time. I fell in love with cochlear implants that day.”

Holcomb is the clinical director for the MUSC Cochlear Implant Program. Cochlear implants are surgically implanted electronic devices that can help improve hearing in someone who has severe to profound hearing loss. Holcomb finds many things in her career of which to be proud, none more so than the tangible effects the procedure has on patients. “The thing I am most proud of would have to be every time I turn on a cochlear implant for a child or adult and welcome them to the world of sound.”

In addition to carrying a full caseload of patients, since 2006 Holcomb has served as a board member for Beginnings SC, a nonprofit organization that works across the state with parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. “It’s this wonderful group that acts almost as an extension of the medical centers that diagnose children with hearing loss,” Holcomb said. “They go into the homes and educate the families and strive to make sure these families have access to good care, which is exactly what our state needs more of: education and access. They also educate professionals and education systems in the state to better serve these children. We are seeing a big change through this organization, so I’m really proud to be involved with it.”

Kecia Love recognizes MUSC's Satish Nadig, an associate professor in the departments of surgery, microbiology and immunology with his Forty Under 40 Award.

Satish Nadig
Nadig has been with MUSC’s Department of Surgery for 18 months. Hailing from South Carolina, deciding to work for MUSC was an easy choice, especially since Nadig completed his medical degree at the university. “I always kept in touch with folks at MUSC. This is a very robust, well–recognized transplant center. They, from the get–go, were very supportive of me, so I knew this would be a good environment to start my career.”

Prior to starting his position at MUSC, Nadig specialized in adult and pediatric transplant surgery at the University of Michigan and completed his surgical training at Harvard University’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. While at Harvard, Nadig took time off to pursue his Ph.D. at Oxford University in England.

Nadig, in January 2014, co-founded ToleRaM Nanotech LLC with partners Carl Atkinson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Ann-Marie Broome, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science.

Nadig currently serves as the chief medical officer for the company, which has pioneered a way to use nanoparticles to carry anti–rejection medications to transplanted organs. These medications help prevent harmful and sometimes fatal side effects that can result from these necessary medical treatments. Within the last year, Nadig and his partners have filed five different patent applications for ToleRaM. Recognized nationally and internationally for its advances, ToleRaM was the 2014 recipient of the International Bioprocesses Emerging Company Award.

Paying it forward
It was the numerous accomplishments of MUSC’s three winners that placed them among Charleston’s Forty Under 40. Proud to have been chosen to receive this distinction, each shared advice for the next generation of young professionals who will follow.

“I think one of the most important things about having youth on your side, as far as starting out your career, is that you maintain an open mind and you’re not set in any sort of standardized methodology,” Nadig said. “I think it’s really important to use that to your advantage, to think outside the box and to combine energy and enthusiasm to a broader mindset in order to improve the standard way we do things.”

Holcomb attributes her success to “self-determination” and having had a “good group of people” around her. She advised, “Stay on your path. Don’t take no for an answer. Definitely when one door closes, another one is going to open. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes what you may want is not what you get, but typically what you get is what’s going to be best for you in the long run.”

Strehle also values the relationships and connections she has made over the years. “I firmly believe in mentorship and developing relationships.” Strehle’s leadership role has given her the opportunity to act as a mentor for students. She says some of her proudest accomplishments are through them. “Truly the connections with the students have been some of my most valued relationships. There isn’t much that is more rewarding than to hear from one of them to ask career advice.”

Strehle’s advice to future generations? “Think, lead, and follow your heart and do something you are passionate about.”

Members of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 2015 Forty Under 40 award winners were recognized at an Aug. 20 ceremony.

Forty Under 40 Class of 2015

Jessica Amaro, Laura Ball, Amy Barch, Christian Chamblee, Jennifer Charzewski, Brian Collie, David Crowley, Ben Davis, Andrew Dennis, Shawn Edwards, Adam Fetsch, Lauren Fox, Noah Garret, Andrew Hagood, Meredith Holcomb, Noel Kade, Wesley Linker, Christina Lock, Hunter Louis, Michael Mansson, Derek Mathis, Jamin McCallum, Satish Nadig, Ryan Neville, Karalee Nielsen Fallert, Edward O’Bryan III, Sarah Parker, Gavin Phillipp, Michelle Reid, Ashley Richardson, Lee-Anne Scalley, Barbie Schreiner, Meredith Siemens, Meredith Strehle, Hunter Stunzi, Annie Summey, Justin VanBogart, Dorie Wallace, Erica Wright and Caleb Yaryan

October 12, 2015



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