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New CASE William B. Evins M.D. Bioskills Orthopaedic Lab dedicated

By J. Ryne Danielson

Orthopaedics faculty member and Chief of Sports Medicine’s Dr. Shane Woolf, right, is joined by Dr. William Evins as he demonstrates a remote camera used for training at one of several work stations at the new CASE Orthopaedic Bioskills Lab located in BSB Room 603.

The English philosopher Francis Bacon once said, “In Charity there is no excess.” That’s a sentiment William B. Evins, M.D., a 1960 MUSC graduate of the College of Medicine and former orthopaedic resident, obviously took to heart. Thanks to Evins’ generous gift, MUSC has been able to build a state–of–the art educational research facility, which will hone the skills of the next generation of physicians.

MUSC dedicated that new facility, the William B. Evins, M.D. Center for Anatomical Studies and Education Orthopaedic Bioskills Laboratory, April 26.

The Center for Anatomical Studies and Education (“CASE”) hosts MUSC’s anatomical gift program, which enables individuals to donate their bodies to advancing medical science and provides important training across all six colleges. For surgical residents, the new CASE Bioskills Lab will provide a crucial element in surgical training by allowing the transfer of skills learned in simulated training and didactic sessions to real tissue with no time limits, no patient risk, maximum frequency and consistency of training opportunities. Shane Woolf, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, said he and CASE director Thierry Bacro, Ph.D., PT, had the idea for the lab half a decade ago and were thrilled to see it take shape. “Five years ago, Thierry and I were in the gross anatomy lab one evening after work, and he looked at me and said, ‘You’ve got to get out of my lab.’ It was out of that comment that this idea was born. Bringing it to fruition has been a lot of work and a labor of love.”

The two work well together, Bacro said, calling Woolf his “partner in crime.”

Present at the April 26 lab dedication included (back row, from left) College of Medicine Dean Dr. Ray DuBois, Drs. Vincent Pellegrini, Shane Woolf, Thierry Bacro, Langdon Hartsock, (front row) Drs. William Evins and Roger Markwald.

Ray DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the College of Medicine, expressed his gratitude to Evins and everyone involved. “We really appreciate the donation that made this possible,” he said. “This laboratory is important for the college and for MUSC. It will provide an environment where we can train the next generation of physicians with skills they can’t just learn as they go. You don’t want doctors working on patients until they have the chance to hone their skills, and they’re at the top of their game.”

DuBois said Evins’ support means a lot to MUSC, not just in terms of money, but in terms of morale. “Bill, having gone through medical school and orthopaedic training here, wanted to give back to the institution.

It is incredibly meaningful and really validates what we’re all about.”

Terry Stanley, associate dean for development in the College of Medicine, said advancing education is one of MUSC’s most important goals, and this lab will play an important role in that ever–expanding mission. “This is an incredible facility. We’re very proud to see Bill Evins’ name on it and very grateful for his generosity, which is responsible for making it a reality.”

1960 MUSC College of Medicine alumnus Dr. William Evins helped establish the lab through a generous gift to MUSC.

The new lab will bring the study of anatomy into the 21st century by allowing orthopaedic specialists, residents and medical students to practice with cutting-edge techniques and devices before using them on patients, said Stephen Duncan, D.Phil., chairman of the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology and SmartState Chair in Regenerative Medicine. “As we create new devices through the study of regenerative medicine, we increasingly require a practice environment like this. Having a place to translate basic findings from research laboratories into the clinics allows us to have a flow of knowledge between research and practice.”

That flow of knowledge, he explained, between basic science and innovative medicine is at the heart of each of MUSC’s core missions.

Vincent Pellegrini, M.D., chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and the John A. Siegling Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, echoed Duncan’s sentiments, saying the lab will facilitate practical applications for important research. “This marriage of basic science and the clinical departments will enable us all to be more successful in what we do.”

Evins was grateful for the opportunity to lend his alma mater a hand. “I’m very pleased to give back to those who have helped me,” he said. “I hope the young doctors just starting out gain some benefit from this lab. I think they will.”

June 17, 2016



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