Center For Health Disparities Research
John R. Feussner, MD, MPH
Dr. Feussner is a Distinguished University Professor and the Executive Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina. Until recently he served as the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine from 2002-2011. Also, from 2005-2009, Dr. Feussner served as the President of the College of Medicine’s Faculty Practice plan and led the dramatic expansion of its clinical enterprise, especially developing out reach clinics in the Charleston metropolitan area. During his term, the Practice Plan expanded to nearly 670 physician members, with approximately 750,000 outpatient visits, and experienced its lowest tax rate, and highest net revenues in recent history.
Before coming to MUSC, Dr. Feussner was the Chief Research and Development Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs from 1996 to 2002. During that time, he served also as the Director of the VA Cooperative Studies Program. While in Washington Dr. Feussner served on the President’s Committee on Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He was Chairman of the Gulf War illnesses Research Working Group for the consortium of the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Health and Human Services. He served on the Policy Council for the AHRQ and the Clinical Trials Inquiry Panel for the United Kingdom’s MRC. He currently serves on multiple advisory committees for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. Dr. Feussner completed a four year term as a member of the Clinical Research Roundtable for the Institute of Medicine, a major product of that work being the concept for the new NIH CTSA initiative.
Prior to his time in Washington, Dr. Feussner was a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Duke University. Dr. Feussner led the Division to national prominence on the basis of its extramural research funding, and the Division was among the top 3 research funded divisions in the Department of Medicine. In Durham, Dr. Feussner led one of the first nationally funded VA Centers of Excellence in Health Services Research. Dr. Feussner co-founded and co-directed the Biometry training program at Duke in 1986, one of the first clinical research training programs in the nation directed specifically to physician investigators. While he was Division Chief, the Department of Medicine further diversified its training program to create a separate residency track for primary care general internal medicine, in addition to the categorical training program.
Dr. Feussner completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania; received his MD degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and completed his Internal Medicine training, and served as Chief Medical Resident, at Duke University Medical Center. He received his MPH degree from the Department of Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Feussner continues as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina. He has authored or co-authored nearly 250 publications including peer reviewed research papers, editorials, symposia and other articles.
Dr. Feussner has received numerous honors. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Feussner was elected to Delta Omega, the Honorary Public Health Society. He was the first recipient of the Wolcott Award for Clinical Excellence from the Department of Veterans Affairs. He received a Distinguished Investigator Award from the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina, and the Medical Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement from the University of Vermont. He was the second recipient of the John Eisenberg Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine. Other honors include designation by the Medical University of South Carolina as a Distinguished University Professor. In 2009, he was honored to receive the Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Award, also from MUSC.