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Imagine MUSC 2020 - An Update on Our Strategy for the Future

Within the past few months, important headway has been made that will propel MUSC toward realizing its five strategic goals in a more deliberate way.
One of the key accelerators in moving us forward is the appointment of Darlene Shaw, Ph.D., to the new position of chief institutional strategy officer. To learn more about the implementation of our strategy and an update on our progress, please read the July 7 update to the MUSC family.

MUSC Provost Recruitment Update

In April, President David Cole convened a search committee to recruit for MUSC's next provost.  Gail W. Stuart, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean, College of Nursing, will serve as chair of the committee. Dr. Stuart reports that as of June 22, there are 38 applicant CVs under review and notes candidate diversity is a priority.  Currently, the applicant pool diversity is 39.47%. The Search Committee will convene with Tyler & Company at the end of June to further vet applicants and narrow the list for more expanded vetting. The profile for the provost position is available to view here, as well as the listing of search committee members.                                                                                                                                                             
Dr. Darlene Shaw Named Chief Strategy Officer for MUSC

Dr. Darlene Shaw, Associate Provost for Educational Affairs and Student Life, has been appointed Chief of Institutional Strategy and will report directly to MUSC President, Dr. David Cole. Dr. Shaw will be adding these responsibilities to her current role. Read the full announcemnet about Dr. Shaw here.

Call for Proposals  - Office of Interprofessional Initiatives 

MUSC's Office of Interprofessional Initiatives is soliciting faculty involvement in the creation of interprofessional team-based, patient care training opportunities for students. This is a competitive request for proposals and funding will be made available (up to $15K for 12 months) to outstanding proposals that support the implementation and evaluation of new patient care educational experiences. To learn more, please review the RFP

MUSC to Host Week of Events During National Public Health Week

MUSC will celebrate National Public Health Week (NPHW) this year from April 4-10 with a variety of events planned both on and off campus. During NPHW, communities across the country recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. The theme of this year’s NPHW is “Healthiest Nation 2030” and will kick off with a public health fair and blood drive at the library portico at 11:00 a.m. on Monday April 4. An opening address from President Cole and Dr. Pat Cawley and Dr. Willette Burnham will follow at noon. Other events throughout the week include a Q&A on gun violence and prevention, a presentation on the Zika virus and a Friday lunchtime event hosted by the Colleges of Medicine and Graduate Studies.  A keynote address will be presented by Dr. Joseph (Lee) Pearson, MS, DrPH on April 6 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Bioengineering Room 110. Lunch will be provided to the first 75 attendees. For a full listing of the activities throughout NPHW, please click here. All events are open to the public.

2016 Match Day and Graduation Week Events Scheduled

The College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs has released the schedeul of events for Residency Match Day and Graduation Week for the Class of 2016. As is the tradition at MUSC, events will include a pre-Match brunch, Fourth Year Send Off Celebration, Pearls Lecture and Senior Ball, among other events. For the full listing of this year's happenings please view the full event schedule here.

Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D. Named Vice President for Research, Medical University of South Carolina (February 17, 2016)

Following a national search. the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost has announced the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Brady as vice president for research at the Medical University of South Carolina. In this position, Dr. Brady will have oversight of the Office of Research and its associated divisions. She will have responsibility for accreditation and regulatory affairs, university-wide promotion of research across its colleges and centers, representing the president and provost on matters internally an externally, and identifying institutional research strategies and benchmarks through the university's strategic plan, Imagine MUSC 2020. Read more about Dr. Brady's career and the full announcement available here.

University Advisory on Zika Virus and Travel Abroad (February 9, 2016)

MUSC faculty, staff and students who may be traveling internationally should be aware of events surrounding the outbreak of the Zika virus and should exercise caution and heed the CDC’s recommendations for women of reproductive age, due to its potential association with birth defects. Today the university announced guidelines for MUSC-affiliated travel to Zika affected regions, how to take precautions against infection, and links to trusted sources for the latest information in this developing situation. You may ready the entire University Advisory on Zika here. 

President Cole Explains New Decorum Policy for MUSC Board of Trustees Meetings (January 31, 2016)

On January 31, 2016, the MUSC Board of Trustees (BOT) passed a decorum policy ( that shall be in effect at all future MUSC BOT meetings. President Cole explains the impetus behind the creation of this policy in a letter to the MUSC family, which can be read in its entirety in pdf format here.

"Unity Brings Peace" Program Scheduled

The Black History Intercollegiate Consortium will present its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance and student-driven program on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in MUSC's Drug Discovery Building located at 70 President Street. This year's theme is "Unity Brings Peace". This annual program is held by the consortium each January and honors five members of the community and commemorates the work of Dr. King. The consortium is comprised of representatives from Trident Technical College, The Citadel, Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston, MUSC and local community members. A reception will follow the program and all are invited. You can access the event flyer by clicking here

MUSC BOT approves new dean for College of Medicine
The Medical University of South Carolina Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., as the next dean of the College of Medicine. Dr. DuBois will assume his new role effective March 1, 2016 and will have an academic appointment as professor in the COM, while also holding an appointment in the Hollings Cancer Center. Read the full release here

MUSC-Clemson Bioengineering Summit

MUSC will host the MUSC-Clemson Bioengineering Summit on Wednesday, November 11, 1:00-5:00 p.m., in 110 Bioengineering Building.  The summit will focus on existing bioengineering initiatives on both campuses, opportunities for collaboration, and the future of the bioengineering program.  Drs. Mark Sothmann (MUSC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost) and Robert Jones (Clemson Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost) will kick-off the summit, and presenters from MUSC will include Drs. Robert Adams, Stephen Duncan, Roger Markwald, Vin Pellegrini, Rick Segal, and Paula Traktman.  All members of the MUSC community are invited to attend. Access the full agenda here.

MUSC Recognized as National Pancreas Foundation Center
The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), has announced that MUSC has been designated as one of 30 NPF Centers. These centers are located in premier health care facilities focusrf on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis, and treating the "whole patient" with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life. "The newly designated NPF Centers will be of great benefit to the whole community," said NPF Center Task Force member Dr. Christopher E. Forsmark. "Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish institutions whose focus is on patient centered care either for the treatment of their disease or to get an expert second opinion." Read more at:

MUSC approved for $13.5M award from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
A research team at the Medical University of South Carolina has been approved for a $13.5 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the safety and effectiveness of three blood-thinning drugs used to prevent potentially deadly blood clots in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement. This is the first PCORI research funding award to MUSC serving as the lead center, with 25,000 patients and 25 centers nationwide involved in the study. Vincent Pellegrini, M.D., the John A. Siegling Professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the MUSC College of Medicine, is the lead investigator and was approved for the project titled, Comparative Effectiveness of Pulmonary Embolism Prevention after Hip and Knee Replacement (PEPPER): Balancing Safety and Effectiveness. Read more at

Celebration of Life Symposium for Dr. Louis Guillette
You are invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Louis Guillette on September 25, 2015. The celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m.  with a Memorial Symposium at the SC Department of Natural Resources MRRI Auditorium. There will be a remembrance and reflection reception to follow at the Outdoor Classroom from 5p.m.-7p.m. Those not able to attend the symposium are encouraged to attend the reception. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to The Louis J. Guillette, Jr. Graduate Student Travel Award ( Full details are available here.

2016 Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Announced
The Charleston Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (CCAD) was launched in 2013 by a group of researchers and philanthropists to address the need to support early career researchers in their attempts to work on high-risk and high-impact projects. The CCAD invites early career investigators to propose novel ideas for Alzheimer’s Disease research and awards three investigators $50,000 New Vision Awards to conduct their research. To be eligible for an invitation to this year’s conference, to be held in March 2016, CVs and applications must be received by Monday, August 24, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Full details about the application process are available here.

MUSC Set to Launch Master of Public Health Program (MPH) Classes August 25, 2015
MUSC’s MPH degrees will prepare the next generation of public health scientists to develop expertise, research skills and practice opportunities in population health and prevention.  Future projections show that professionals with expertise in prevention and community-based research will be critical to ensuring adequately available health care for all and for improving the health of the nation. Learn more about the curriculum and application process here.

Interim Medical Director Needed for MUSC Physician Assistant Program

The MUSC College of Health Professions is seeking an Interim Medical Director for its Physician Assistant Program.  The program would fund 10-20% of a physician’s salary to fill this role, beginning on or before August 1, 2015.  A search for a permanent medical director will commence in the near future.  A copy of the job description, which includes required qualifications, can be found here.  Questions and inquiries should be directed to Dr. Lisa Saladin, Dean of the College of Health Professions, or to Dr. Rick Segal, Chair of the Department of Health Professions.

Students Honored at 2015 Awards Convocation
This year's awards ceremony was held on May 13 in St. Luke's Chapel on the MUSC campus. The convocation featured the presentation of distinguished awards and special recognition for College of Medicine students demonstrating exceptional acdemic acumen and exemplary personal qualities. A complete listing of awards and recipients is available in this year's program which can be accessed here.

U.S. Surgeon General to Address MUSC Graduates (4/27/15)
Approximately 600 graduates will hear newly-appointed U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., the speaker at the Medical University of South Carolina’s 186th Commencement on May 15, 2015, five months to the day he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Murthy, 37, is the first surgeon general of Indian descent. As America’s doctor, he is responsible for providing the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve health. He also supervises the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers stationed around the world to promote and protect the health and safety of the United States. Read more here.

Jacqueline F. McGinty Named Director of the MUSC Neuroscience Institute (3/11/15)
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Mark Sothmann, Ph.D. has announced that Jacqueline F. McGinty, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, who currently serves as Interim Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, will become the Director of the MUSC Neuroscience Institute, effective immediately.  She will replace Gary Aston­Jones, Ph.D., who departed MUSC to become Director of the Rutgers University Brain Health Institute in January. The mission of the MUSC Neuroscience Institute is to promote translational research that bridges the gap between basic and clinical sciences, to foster the development of the neuroscience graduate studies program, and to link the local community with MUSC through outreach programs that focus on healthy brain and behavior education.

With AAMC Award, Health Sciences South Carolina Becomes A Learning Health System for the Nation
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has named Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC), of which MUSC is a member,  a recipient of the 2014 AAMC Learning Health System Champion Research Award. HSSC is one of just eight institutions to win the prestigious award. Read the full press release here. You can access a descriptive list of  Champion Award winners here.

John R. Raymond (JRR) Mentoring Fellowship - Call for Applications
The John R. Raymond (JRR) Mentoring Fellowship is intended to provide financial support for a selected full-time female faculty member to initiate a relationship with a mentor who is an expert in her chosen field.  The female faculty’s field of interest may be in research, clinical practice, or education/teaching.  The fellowship is administered by the Women Scholars Initiative (WSI) for Advancement, Recruitment, and Retention of Women (ARROW) with support from the Office of the Provost. You can access additional information about this opportunity as well as the application, here

Nominations Sought for Distinguished Faculty Service and Outstanding Clinician Awards
The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is pleased to invite nominations for the 2015 MUSC Foundation Distinguished Faculty Service Award and the 2015 MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Award. The faculty award honors members of MUSC who, over a substantial portion of their careers, have provided exceptional and sustained service and contributions in teaching, research, health care, and/or public service to the University and the citizens of South Carolina. The clinician award honors full-time faculty of any duration of servce who have made outstanding contributions to patient care at MUSC. Full details regarding eligibility, the nomination process and deadlines can be found here.

MUSC and Regional Medical Center (RMC) Announce Affiliation Agreement
A new affiliation agreement with RMC will allow the Orangeburg based medical center to enhance specific specialty services, initially targeting stroke care through telehealth technology and the surgical weight loss program. In the future, RMC and MUSC Health plan to further explore opportunities for enhanced care in cancer treatment, orthopaedics and mental health. You can access the full press release on the partnership here.

Traktman Appointed Dean of the College of Graduate Studies
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Mark Sothmann, has announced that Dr. Paula Traktman, PhD will lead the MUSC College of Graduate Studies as its new dean beginning in July, 2015, contingent upon approval of the MUSC Board of Trustees. Dr. Traktman will also hold faculty appointments in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology within the College of Medicine, and will be a member of the Hollings Cancer Center. Dr. Sothmann's announcement may be read in its entirety here. 

MUSC Recognized for Top Medical Residency Programs in Four Specialties
MUSC was named by Doximity as having some of the nation’s top residency training programs in four specialties for the Southern region, including second in Otolaryngology and fourth in Psychiatry. Residency program rankings were announced January 13. The rankings are being released on a regional level. The survey included more than 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified U.S. physicians, and evaluated 3,691 residency training programs across 20 specialties (view methodology). In addition to top five rankings in Otolaryngology and Psychiatry, MUSC ranked seventh for its Gynecology residency program and 10th for Pediatrics. The full press release may be accessed here.

Congratulations to Student Research Winners
The annual Perry V. Halushka MUSC Research Day was held on November 13 and 14, 2014. The event is open to all students, postdocs, residents, fellows, and research specialists at MUSC and students, postdocs, residents, and fellows at other institutions who have participated in programs of research at MUSC. The list of this year's student winners is available for viewing here. Congratulations to all our student researchers and event participants.

Dr. J. Herman Blake, Inaugural Humanities Scholar in Residence, Set to Retire
Dr. J. Herman Blake has announced his retirement from MUSC effective December 31, 2014. The inuaugural Humanities Scholar in Residence since 2007, Dr. Blake has assisted in program development to enrich student, faculty, and staff educational experiences. Additionally, he advises the Humanites Committee, the President and the Provost in matters of cultural enrichment. In retirement, Dr. Blake will continue as a scholar and public servant. The full announcement can be accessed here.

President Cole Announces New MUSC Travel Policy in Response to Ebola Concerns
As new information and recommendations have emerged from state and local agencies, Dr. David Cole has announced travel policies for the MUSC enterprise. These most recent updates which were announced on November 4, 2014 are part of an ongoing effort to ensure necessary steps are taken to protect the health and safety of the MUSC community. The newly revised travel polices can be accessed here.

Lowcountry Graduate Center Hosting Open House
The Lowcountry Graduate Center will host an Open House on Friday, November 14 from 4:00-6:00pm at their location at 3800 Paramount Drive in North Charleston. All deans, faculty and their administrative assistants from MUSC and The Citadel are invited to attend. Those planning to attend should reply here. To view the original invitation, please click here

Inauguration Events Schduled for MUSC President, David J. Cole, MD, FACS

The Board of Trustees of the Medical University of South Carolina has announced the schedule of events for the installation ceremony and university-wide reception for newly appointed MUSC president, Dr. David Cole. Details on the day's events are available at the inauguration website at and the Board's invitation can be viewed here.

Dr. Kathleen Brady to Serve as Interim Associate Provost for Research

Dr. Mark Sothmann has announced that Dr. Kathleen Brady will assume the duties of Interim Associate Provost for Research in preparation for Associate Provost Dr. Steve Lanier's transition to a new position as Vice President for Research at Wayne State University in mid-June. You can access Dr. Sothmann's announcement to the MUSC community here.

Public, Campus Invited to Make A Plan at 2014 MUSC Hurricane Awareness Day
Would you be ready if another Hurricane Hugo was on its way? Learn form the experts how to #makeaplan for this year's storm season at the 15th Annual MUSC Hurricane Awareness Day. A panel discussion will be led by News 2's chief meteorologist, Rob Fowler. Event participants from NOAA, AMerican Red Cross, Charleston Animal Society and some great food trucks and other giveaway-bearing vendors will be on hand. The event will take place May 20 from 10:00a.m. until 2:00p.m. More information is available here.

College of Medicine 2014 Awards Convocation Held May 14
Each year during graduation week, The Convocation features the presentation of distinguished awards and special recognition to some of the College's first, second, third and fourth year students. For a complete listing of this year's recipients and presenteres, please view the complete Convocation program here.

Drug Discovery Symposium to be Held May 28, 2014
Sponsored by the MUSC Center for Drug Discovery, the symposium will showcase up to 12 ideas, biological targets and or potential drug discovery projects selected from ongoing projects at MUSC. Abstracts should be sent to Karen Lackey at no later than May 2, 2014. Full details are available on the flyer here.

MUSC 2014 Student Leadership Society - Nominations Being Accepted
The purpose of the MUSC Student Leadership Society is to recognize students who have made notable contributions to the university through their character, service and commitment to enhancing the university environment or in their actions and activities that reflect positively on the university. Students selected for the Society personify the ideals of the University as being caring, compassionate, ethical, proficient and creative individuals who have demonstrated the qualities needed to be effective leaders and members of interprofessional teams.  They may be taking their programs of study on campus or online. Nominations and corresponding materials must be submitted by 5:00pm Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Complete information and the submission process is available here.

Faculty Service Award - Nominations Sought
The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is pleased to invite nominations for the 2014 MUSC Foundation Distinguished Faculty Service Award.   Nominations from faculty, staff, and students will be accepted.This annual award was enacted by our University Board of Trustees to recognize and honor faculty members of the Medical University of South Carolina who, over a substantial portion of their careers, have provided exceptional and sustained service and contributions in teaching, research, health care and/or public service to the University and the citizens of South Carolina.  Deadline for nominations is April 25, 2014. Click here for detailed information.

Nominations Invited for Outstanding Clinician
The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is pleased to invite nominations for the 2014 MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Awards.  The Outstanding Clinician Award honors full-time faculty of any duration of service who have made outstanding contributions to patient care at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Deadline for nominations is April 25, 2014. Click here for detailed information on the process and eligibility.

Bridge Funding Applications for Current Cycle Due April 15
A primary goal of the College of Medicine is to support and strengthen research capabilities of its faculty.  One mechanism utilized to facilitate this goal is the College of Medicine’s Bridge Funding program.  The purpose of this program is to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded. Program details and the application are posted at . Please email your application to Mary McConnell at

New Industry Relations Policy Approved
At its February meeting, the MUSC Board of Trustees approved a new Industry Relations Policy.  This policy, which applies to all faculty, staff, students, and trainees, was established to provide effective and principled guidelines for University-Industry relationships.  A copy of the policy can be found at and questions may be addressed to the University Conflict of Interest Office at

Pilot Grant Announcement - Clinical Data Warehouse / Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) and the South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR) are pleased to announce a collaborative pilot grant program designed to encourage patient-centered research teams with an emphasis on patient-reported outcomes (PRO) research. Activities must incorporate HSSC Clinical Data Warehouse (CDW). Complete information on on this grant program including award amount and critical award dates can be found here.

New COBRE Call for Papers
The NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Program is an opportunity available to institutions within South Carolina and other Institutional Development Award (IDeA) eligible states.  The objective is to strengthen an institution's biomedical research infrastructure through the establishment of a thematic, multi-disciplinary center and to enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for NIH research grants or other external peer-reviewed support. Only one application per institution per fiscal year is allowed. Details and guidelines are available here.

Neuroscience Institute Pilot Grants for Collaborative Translational Neuroscience Research
MUSC faculty are invited to apply for three pilot awards available from the Neuroscience Institute.  Each award is for one year and can be renewed for a second year pending acceptable progress and availability of funding, and is limited to $15,000 per year direct costs (no indirect costs or overhead is allowed).  The main objectives of these pilot awards are to foster new collaborative research in the neurosciences that is highly relevant to development of treatments for neural disorders and to provide pilot data that will lead to sustained funding from an external agency (e.g., NIH).  Each application must have two faculty co-PIs, and preference will be given to collaborations between clinical and basic scientists.  Applications should follow the guidelines of the NIH R21 application and include all sections described in the NIH SF424 guidelines.  Applications must also include an NIH-format other support statement that describes other research support available or pending for each of the co-PIs, and the relationship of that support to the project proposed.  The application should be submitted as one composite pdf file, in order as described in the SF424 guidelines for R21 applications, to Susan McLintock at  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, and announcements of funding decisions will be made in March.

Applications Being Accepted for Community Engaged Scholars Program
SCTR is now accepting applications for the Community Engaged Scholars Program, which provides training and pilot funds for up to three teams consisting of a community and academic partner who have interests in community-based participatory research.  An information session is being held on January 27 at 12:00 p.m., and applications are due February 21 at 5:00 p.m.  More information, including the request for applications, can be found at

Nominations for 2014 Earl B. Higgins Diversity Awards
The MUSC Office of Student Diversity invites nominations for the 2014 Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Awards.  These awards acknowledge persistence and dedication to positive contributions to diversity enhancement at MUSC.  There are two awards – one for faculty/staff and one for students – and the nomination deadline is February 10.  More information about the nomination process can be found at

Nominations for MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards
Nominations are invited for the MUSC Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards.  Awards may be given in the following categories:  Clinical/Professional (Educator-Mentor), Scholarship/Academic (Educator-Mentor), Educator-Lecturer, and Developing Teacher.  Nominations are due January 27; more information about the awards and the nomination process can be found at  Questions may be addressed to Marcia Higaki at 792-2228.

College of Medicine Invites Applications and Nominations for Director, Center for Genomic Medicine and Director, Darby Children's Research Institute
MUSC is in the midst of an exciting period of growth with NCI designation for the Hollings Cancer Center, a CTSA award, two new research buildings, and new clinical outreach facilities.  The Charles P. Darby Children’s Research Institute remains an integral part of the institution. The Director will promote and support basic, clinical, and translational research and training in genetics and genomics and will coordinate genomic resources across the College.  This individual will also lead basic research in the Department of Pediatrics. Learn more about this opportunity and application details here.

Gold Chosen as Associate Editor
Michael Gold, MD, PhD was recently selected to serve as an associate editor for the journal Heart Rhythm. Dr. Gold is professor and division director in the Division of Cardiology here at MUSC.

Department of Medicine to Hold Annual Research Symposium
The Department of Medicine will hold its 8th Annual Research Symposium on January 28, 2014. The department is still looking for abstracts and judges. Abstracts may be submitted through the research symposium website at The abstract submission deadline is Friday, January 3, 2014.

MUSC/AHA-led Study Shows U.S. Stroke Deaths on Decline
Research led by MUSC and the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association determined that stroke deaths dramatically declined in recent decades due to improved treatment and prevention. A scientific statement published in the AHA/ASA journal Stroke provides further documentation that people can make changes to better manage and reduce their stroke risk. AHA/ASA commissioned the paper to discuss reasons that stroke dropped from the third to fourth leading cause of death. The full news release outlining this important research can be accessed here.

Applications Being Accepted for K12 Training Program
Applications are now being accepted for the NCI-funded K12 Paul Calabresi Clinical & Translational Oncology Training Program.  The goal of the program is to train successful, patient-oriented, clinical- and laboratory-based investigators who can work effectively in a collaborative, translational research setting.  Each trainee participant will be provided salary support and an expert mentoring team along with the resources to complete tailored course work, clinical and laboratory research rotations and projects.  These Scholars will bridge the knowledge derived from both the laboratory and clinic and apply that knowledge directly to establishing new, effective cancer interventions.  The application deadline is December 31, 2013; to apply, please visit

Resident Focus Groups
In an effort to enhance communications with house staff, the medical center will host 1-hour resident focus groups in early December, with meals provided, to explore effective ways to communicate with residents.  These focus groups are open to all residents.  If you are interested in participating, or would like to nominate a resident you feel can actively represent their peers, please contact Kerry Burke at

Faculty Bridge Funding Program
A primary goal of the College of Medicine is to support and strengthen research capabilities of our faculty.  One mechanism utilized to facilitate this goal is our Bridge Funding Program.  The purpose of this program is to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded.  Program details and the application format are available at  The application deadline for the current cycle is December 16.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.

Announcing MUSC's First Chief Research Information Officer & SmartState Endowed Chair in Medical Bioinformatics
Leslie A. Lenert, MS, M.D., FACMI has been appointed Chief Research Information Officer. He joins MUSC from University of Utah  where he served as the Ann G. and Jack Mark Presidential Chair in Internal Medicine, Associate Chair, Department of Medicine for Quality and Innovation, and Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics. An internationally recognized expert in informatics, he is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and sits on the editorial boards of three leading journals in the field. Read Dr. Lenert's full announcement here.

ARROWS Project Looks to Increase Number of Women Entering and Advancing in Academic Science Careers in Medical Schoools
A handful of women scientists at MUSC's College of Medicine are making history as the first recipients from a medical school to receive funding by the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE  program. Principal investigator on the project will be breast imaging pioneer and dean for the College of Medicine, Etta D. Pisano, M.D. Read the full release here.

Nominations Being Accepted for 2014 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Science
There is a call for nominations for this year's awards which are due Friday, November 22, 2013 at 5:00p.m. Instructions can be found here. Should you have questions regarding the awards or process for nomination, please contact Robin Hanckel at 843-792-4333. All nominations should be submitted to: Stephen M. Lanier, Ph.D., associate provost for research - You can learn more about the Governor's Awards here.

New MUSC Physician, Researcher Making her Mark in the Treatment of Patients with Sickle Cell Disease
Dr. Julie Kanter-Washko, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist and director of Sickle Cell Disease Research Center at MUSC is profiled in the Charleston Post & Courier. She explains the “Catch 22” in the treatment of the disease and what she’d like to do to change the care of sickle cell patients. Read her story here.

National Women's History Museum Honors Dean Pisano with de Pizan Living Legend Award
This year's Third Annual dePizan Honor recipients are, for the most part, household names. The awards honor women who have shaped history. Among them on the famous Arena Stage in Washington, DC this month will be dean of the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Medicine, Etta D. Pisano, M.D. Through her research, Dr. Pisano has been changing the lives of people who likely have never heard her name. Read the full press release here.

Keane Named Editor-in-Chief of UroToday
Dr. Thomas E. Keane, MBBCh, FRCSI, FACS serves as professor and chairman of the Department Urology at the Medical University of South Carolina. In his new position as editor-in-chief at UroToday, Dr. Keane will pen a new monthly column in which he will provide commentary on new developments in the field of urology and provide perspective on their potential impact. Of his new post, Dr. Keane says, “I hope to continue the work of my predecessors in bringing the most up-to-date information available from all aspects of urology to urologists -- in all settings and on an international scale.” Read the full press release here.

Call for Nominations - Advancement of Women Faculty Award
The Women Scholars Initiative is accepting nominations for the Advancement of Women Faculty Award.  This award is intended to recognize the MUSC faculty member who best demonstrates excellence in his/her commitment to the advancement and promotion of women faculty at MUSC.  The deadline for submissions is October 11, and more information can be found at here.

MUSC Designated a "Baby-Friendly Hospital"
MUSC has been designated a “Baby-Friendly” Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc.  Currently only 3% of hospitals in the country are designated “baby-friendly”, and MUSC is the first academic medical center in South Carolina to receive this designation.  Congratulations to all of the physicians, nurses, and others who contributed to this wonderful achievement.

A Letter to Friends of MUSC from Interim President, Dr. Mark Sothmann, can be read here.

Information on Cyber Intrusion
On August 22, MUSC was notified by a third party credit card processing vendor, Blackhawk Consulting Group, that we were victims of a cyber-theft of personal information involving approximately 7,000 individuals who used a credit card online or the telephone to pay for health care services. The most up-to-date inforamtion regarding this incident is available at MUSC Interim President, Dr. Mark Sothmann, also disseminated information internally to MUSC employees and that message can be read here. 

Physician-led Educational Activity to Introduce New Patient Satisfaction Measurement Tool
Dr. Jeff Morris, M.D., FACS, MBA will discuss value-based purchasing, CMS Physician Compare Reporting, CAHPS surveys and how to manage the patient's experience and improve compliance and outcomes while reducing risk. Event will be held Friday, September 20 from 8:00-11:00a.m. in the Basic Science Building Auditorium. Click here for more details on the presentation.

Associate Dean Selcted for Task Force
Dr. Donna Kern, Associate Dean for Curriculum – Clinical Sciences,  has been selected to participate in a Communication Skills Task Force at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).  The purpose of the Task Force is to assist with a validity study of the current communication assessment tools.  The Task Force will explore how teachers’ ratings of communication skills compare to observed communication scores on Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination. Congratulations Dr. Kern.

Fourth Year Student Honored with Prestigious Award
Congratualtions go to MUSC fourth year medical student, Alisha Joyner, who has been selected to receive the American Medical Association's (AMA) Physicians of Tomorrow Award.  Alisha is one of twenty medical students in the country selected to receive the $10,000 award from the AMA Foundation. 

Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center Requests Pilot Project Proposals on Addiction Science

A Pilot Project Core is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center (NARC). The NARC Pilot Core will oversee the execution and development of basic science, translational and clinical pilot projects that will bring new technologies and new investigators into the field of addiction research. The goals of the Pilot Core are to provide a mechanism primarily to attract young faculty, and secondarily to recruit senior investigators, into the field of addiction and to identify novel technologies that will augment ongoing NARC investigations of the long-term neuroadaptations produced by cocaine self-administration. Projects will be funded for one year with an opportunity for a one-year competitive renewal.
Individuals interested in submitting a pilot project can get details on submission guidelines here. Deadline for proposals September 16, 2013.

Interprofessional Grant Opportunity Announced
An interprofessional collaboration grant opportunity pilot project has been announced at MUSC. The goal of the program is to promote the scholarship of interprofessional (IP) collaboration and practice in the areas of clinical care, education and research. Detailed information on  support provided by the grant as well as a description of the award, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found in a pdf by clicking here.

U.S. News & World Report names MUSC South Carolina's Top Hospital
MUSC has been named the number one hospital in the state and as one of the country's best hospitals (top 50) in three speacialties (ear/nose/throat, nephrology and rheumatology). MUSC was also rated as "high performing" in the areas of treatment for diabetes and endicrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology, geriatrics and urology. Fewer than 150 of the nation's hospitals are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. Read the full press release here.

MUSC President Announces Departure - Greenberg to Become Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at University of Texas System

(Read President Greenberg's announcement here)

Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg, President of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) announced July 10 that he would be departing the university at the end of August 2013 in order to assume the position of Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at The University of Texas System.

Greenberg, President of MUSC since 2000, led the institution through a period of unprecedented growth and development.  During his tenure, more than a million square feet of new space was constructed on the campus, including a state-of-the-art hospital, new facilities for the Hollings Cancer Center, the College of Health Professions, and the College of Dental Medicine, as well as research laboratory buildings for the Darby Children’s Research Institute, Drug Discovery and Bioengineering.

During Greenberg’s presidency, the programmatic growth at MUSC paralleled the physical expansion of the campus, with annual research funding more than doubling to a record $243 million and total operating budgets approaching $2 billion per year.  The Hollings Cancer Center’s contributions to cancer research, education and patient care were recognized with designation by the National Cancer Institute.  The university’s ability to move discoveries from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside was recognized with a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.

In Texas, Greenberg will be responsible for administrative and strategic oversight of the six academic health science institutions within the University of Texas System – The UT System educates more than two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals annually and is composed of four medical schools, and numerous other professional schools in nursing, dentistry, public health and more.  Two new medical schools are under development now.  Greenberg will be succeeding Dr. Kenneth Shine who served in this role for a decade and prior to that was the President of the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

“It is a special honor to follow in Dr. Shine’s footsteps,” said Greenberg, “and I am excited about the opportunity to work for Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., a distinguished physician-educator, who has elevated The University of Texas System to one of the preeminent higher education systems in the country.  I look forward to becoming part of Chancellor Cigarroa’s team, to working with the Board of Regents, and to partnering with the outstanding presidents of all six health science institutions.”

Read the full press release on Dr. Greenberg's departure here.

College of Medicine Alumni Loyalty Fund Travel Grant Program
Conference presentations provide exceptional opportunities for students to present their research and network with professionals.  To expand these opportunities, the Office of Student Affairs is pleased to announce the establishment of the College of Medicine Alumni Loyalty Fund Travel Grant Program. This Travel Grant Program will provide funding for College of Medicine students to travel and present at state, national and international conferences.  This initiative is supported by donations from College of Medicine Alumni. Click here for the grant program application and click here for a detailed description of the program.

MUSC Campus Safety Memo and Educational Video from the Provost and Associate Provost
Please click here to read a memo from MUSC Provost, Mark Sothmann and Associate Provost for Educational Affairs and Student Life, Darlene Shaw. It provides an update on campus safety recommendations and a link to an educational video demonstrating what actions to take in the event you are faced with an active shooter scenario on campus.

U.S. News and World Report Names MUSC Children's Hospital Among Nation's Best - Three Specialties Make National List, All Within Top 50
MUSC Children’s Hospital continues its streak as ranking in the top 50 hospitals for children’s heart programs in U.S. News Media Group's 2013-2014 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, along with a first-time top 50 ranking for the pediatric nephrology program and a second year showing for the pediatric gastroenterology program. Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August. “The children of South Carolina are extremely fortunate to have the level of quality for these programs available so close to home. The excellence in these areas also attracts pediatric medical and surgical specialists in other areas as well,” said Rita Ryan, M.D., Department of Pediatrics chair. “It’s what separates us from every other pediatric hospital or program in the state.” Read more here.

Update on Proposed Center for the Achievement of Human Potential - Director Sought
Over the past year, two workgroups within the College of Medicine have been working to develop recommendations for how we can better serve the needs of our patients with ADHD and Autism spectrum disorders, while also promoting enhanced research and educational opportunities in these areas.  Dean Pisano met with members of those workgroups earlier this spring to discuss their proposals, both of which recommended that comprehensive centers be established.  While we unfortunately do not have the resources needed at this time to fund comprehensive centers focused on clinical, research, and educational objectives identified by those groups, the dean would like to begin by forming a center that could better address the clinical needs of these patient populations. Read more about the goals for the Center and search for a director here.

Public Invited to MUSC 14th Annual Hurricane Awareness Day - Wednesday, May 22 - 10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Be informed, make a plan and get involved. If you were told the next Katrina or Hugo was on the way, would you be ready? Please join us for the 14th Annual MUSC Hurricane Awareness Day. Meteorologists and emergency management experts are clear in their messages that the next big hurricane’s arrival in the Palmetto State is not a question of if, but when. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year (12-18 named storms, with 6-10 becoming hurricanes). MUSC Hurricane Awareness day has developed into an invaluable resource in helping Charlestonians prepare for weather-related emergencies. Read more about the event here.

Graduation Week Activities
Preparations for Commencement are well underway, and we are looking forward to the festivities that graduation week will bring.  One of the most important commencement week events for the College of Medicine is the oath ceremony – this is the occasion when our graduates take the Hippocratic Oath and are “hooded” with their academic hoods.  The Oath Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m., at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.  Members of the college are welcome to attend the oath ceremony, and I would especially like to encourage members of the faculty to participate in this important occasion.  Other activities during graduation week include the Pearls Lecture, the Student Awards Ceremony and the Senior Ball, all of which take place on Wednesday, May 15.  And, of course, commencement itself takes place on Friday, May 17, at 9:00 a.m. at the Citadel Field House.  Commencement information can be found at

Presidential Scholars Announced
Congratulations go out to COM students Meghan Anderson, Lauren Benner, Janice Davis, Alex Kranc, Kimberly Lewis, Adam Pearlman, Saleh Rachidi, Stephen Thompson and Lauren Wingo, who have been selected to join the 2013-14 Presidential Scholars Program.

Faculty Excellence Awards Winners Named
Faculty members have been recognized by MUSC medical students for their excellence. Congratulations to the following COM faculty: Dr. Michael Caplan (First Year Class), Dr. Laura Kasman (Second Year Class), Dr. Valerian Fernandes (Clinical Years) and Dr. Bassam Rimawi (Clinical Years).  The runners up for these awards were Drs. Nicholas Batalis, Pierre Giglio, Yi-Te Hsu, McIver Leppard, Paul McDermott, and Jerry Squires. 

MUSC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Granted Highest Level 4 Designation
MUSC's recent designation as a level 4 epilepsy center is the highest given by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). MUSC is the only center in the region to hold this designation. Level 4 centers are recognized for offering expert and truly comprehensive care in the medical, social, surgical and psychological treatment of complex epilepsy. The MUSC center is part of the Department of Neurosciences and Dr. Jonathan C. Edwards serves as director. Dr. Alex Vandergrift is the center's co-director. Compete information on the center is available at

"Transforming Healthcare in South Carolina" Summit Set for April 18 in Columbia
The summit is being presented by Pfizer in conjunction with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton in Columbia, SC. various topics including healthcare's impact on economic development, payer perspective, the cost of healthcare and a healthy workforce will be covered. The summit is aimed at educating the state's employers on prominent healthcare topics and serving as a platform to link employers with state health systems to improve quality of care, while lowering costs. Mark Lyles, MD, chief strategic officer at MUSC will sit on a panel discussing healthcare's economic impact on the state of South Carolina. More information and a registration form can be found at

Call for Nominations - 2013 MUSC Foundation Distinguished Faculty Service Awards

The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is pleased to invite nominations for the 2013 MUSC Foundation Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Nominations from faculty, staff, and students will be accept

This annual award was enacted by our University Board of Trustees to recognize and honor faculty members of the Medical University of South Carolina who, over a substantial portion of their careers, have provided exceptional and sustained service and contributions in teaching, research, health care and/or public service to the University and the citizens of South Carolina. Up to three awards may be made each year and each honoree will receive a $3,000 contribution from the MUSC Foundation.

Please carefully consider who among our MUSC family is most deserving of the Distinguished Faculty Service Award. We look forward to receiving your nominations. This year's deadline for receipt of all nominations is Monday, April 22, 2013. Nominations should be submitted to the attention of Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 179 Ashley Avenue, Colcock Hall, MSC 002, Medical University of South Carolina.

In order to nominate someone, please provide a written justification to include a typed or printed narrative of no more than two single-spaced pages directly addressing the contributions made to MUSC and those the institution serves. A copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae or professional resume should be enclosed. Additional letters of endorsement are encouraged in order to demonstrate the breadth of the nominee's contributions.

Thank you for your attention to this valuable opportunity to properly recognize those who have given so much to MUSC.

Call for Nominations - 2013 MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Awards

The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost is pleased to invite nominations for the 2013 MUSC Foundation Outstanding Clinician Awards. The Outstanding Clinician Award honors full-time faculty of any duration of service who have made outstanding contributions to patient care at the Medical University of South Carolina. Currently, active clinicians that commit a significant proportion of their time caring for patients in ambulatory or inpatient settings are eligible for this award. Awardees will have demonstrated a high level of professionalism, integrity, and devotion to patient care. They will have gained recognition as dedicated, compassionate and highly effective clinicians. Their clinical excellence and service commitment identify them as role models for residents, students and their faculty colleagues. An additional consideration will be their abilities to collaborate in an effective interprofessional manner.

To honor full-time faculty members who provide superb clinical care.


1. Appointment to the full-time faculty of MUSC. There is no age or length of service requirement.

2. There shall be no more than three awards given in a single year. The monetary reward of $3000 will be used at the discretion of the awardees.

The nomination packet should consist of (A) the full curriculum vitae of the nominee with an expanded description of the section of clinical activity; (B) Three letters of support, with at least one from a peer; (C) A statement from the nominator (not to exceed 1000 words) outlining the candidate's qualifications for the award.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 22, 2013. Please submit nominations to Dr. Mark Sothmann, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 179 Ashley Avenue, Colcock Hall, MSC 002, Medical University of South Carolina.

March Town Hall Meeting with the Dean

The next College of Medicine Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, at 4:00 p.m. in 110 Drug Discovery Building.  Dean Pisano is very interested in hearing from all members of the college about issues of importance to its missions.  If you have any particular topics you’d like to have addressed by the Dean, there are several options available to you.  You may raise a topic in person during the meeting, submit a question in writing anonymously during the meeting, submit a question in writing anonymously by placing it in the Town Hall question box in the Dean’s Office reception area, and/or email questions in advance to  All members of the college who are able are encouraged to attend.

Maralynne D. Mitcham Interprofessional Fellowship Announced  - Applications Available

This will be the second year the fellowship will be providing interested faculty or professional staff with a year-long experience to further knowledge and skills in interpersonal collaboration and thus strengthen and further our efforts in interprofessional education, research, practice and/or administration on campus. For more information on the fellowship or an application, please access through the following links - Mitcham Fellowship Announcement , Mitcham Fellowship Application.

Faculty Nominations for AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) - Access form here

Residency Match Day

Match Day 2013 will be held on Friday, March 15 at 11:30am at the Charleston Music Hall at 37 John Street in downtown Charleston. A brunch will be held prior to the event at 9:30 at Rue de Jean. The theme for this year's ceremony is Ides of March. This is the exciting occasion when our fourth year medical students find out where they will next be training for their future careers in medicine.

Family Medicine Chair Search  

The search committee for chair of the Department of Family Medicine, chaired by Dr. Rita Ryan, has just released the names of the initial group of candidates invited to interview. The candidates currently invited to interview are - Diane Harper (University of Missouri-Kansas City, March 11-12); Joshua Jacobs (National University of Singapore, March 18-19); Peter Carek (MUSC, March 20-21); and Terrence Steyer (Medical College of Georgia, April 2-3).

Each of these candidates will be giving seminars open to all members of the college.  Dr. Harper will be speaking on “Lessons We Have Learned in Cervical Cancer Prevention” on Monday, March 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in the Charleston Center, 2nd floor conference room, Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Jacobs will be speaking on “Entrustable Professional Activities: Unifying the Continuum of Medical Education” on Monday, March 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in the Charleston Center, 2nd floor conference room, Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Carek will be speaking on “A Culture of Inquiry” on Wednesday, March 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in the Charleston Center, 2nd floor conference room, Department of Family Medicine.  Information about the seminar by Dr. Steyer will be provided when available.

White Coat Day at the Statehouse - Update

A couple of weeks ago, MUSC had the opportunity to participate in White Coat Day – an initiative organized by the South Carolina Hospital Association to collectively lobby legislators to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Our organization was well-represented with approximately 60 of our clinicians traveling to Columbia to participate. Interest has been expressed regarding what information MUSC representatives shared with legislators on this topic. The talking points used were prepared by the South Carolina Hospital Association and can be found at

SCOR Request For Pilot Project Proposals

To catalyze women's health-related research throughout MUSC, the Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health announces a request for pilot project proposals focused on sex and gender-related issues in neuroscience. The pilot program will provide short-term start-up funds (up to $15,000) to promising postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (less than 5 years from post-doctoral training/terminal degree) to collect initial data for an RO3, R21, or R01 submission. The project must focus on a neuroscience-related topic and explore either sex/gender differences or disorders/treatments as they uniquely relate to women. The project can be either clinical or basic science, but consistent with the NIH Roadmap Initiative and the vision of MUSC's South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR). Projects involving multidisciplinary teams and/or translational research efforts are especially encouraged. Applications are due by noon on March 1. For more information visit or contact Sarah Gainey(

Faculty Applications Being Accepted for MUSC Presidential Scholars Program

Faculty applications are being sought for the MUSC Presidential Scholars Program. One faculty member from the College of Medicine will be selected to serve a three-year term and join current faculty from the other colleges; a small stipend is provided. Applications are due Friday, March 8, and more information, including instruction on how to submit an application, can be found at

Next Town Hall Hall Meeting with Dean Pisano Scheduled for February 20 - Questions Invited in Advance

As part of ongoing efforts to improve communication with members of the college, the dean is holding a series of town hall meetings this winter and spring. The next town hall is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, at 4:00 p.m. in 110 Drug Discovery Building. If anyone has particular topics you’d like Dr. Pisano to address, you may raise them in person during the meeting and/or email them in advance to

Cawley Named as New VP for Clinical Operations and Executive Director of the Medical University Hospital Authority

Following a nearly six-month national search to find a successor for Stuart Smith, Dr. Pat Cawley of MUSC has been selected for the role. Dr. Cawley currently serves as executive medical director and chief medical officer. He will work with interim vice president for clinical operations, Kester Freeman and officially take over the post at the beginning of April. Read the detailed announcement from MUSC President, Dr. Ray Greenberg here.

First Annual Women's Research Day Set for This Spring

The MUSC Women's Health research Center will be holding its first annual Women's Health Research Day on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Investigators from across campus will showcase their gender/sex-based research presentations. For more information, please visit
Nominations open for 2013 Earl B. Higgins Diversity Awards

The MUSC Office of Student Diversity invites nominations for the 2013 Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Awards. The awards acknowledge persistence and dedication to diversity enhancement at MUSC. There are two awards. One is for faculty and staff and the other honors students. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2013. More information can be found at

MUSC Office of CME Director, Odessa Ussery named Distinguished member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in Health Professions

Ms. Ussery has been recognized for her active participation and many contributions made to the Alliance. This award honors her significant service and sustained membership with the group.

Interim CEO Named for Medical Center

MUSC President Dr. Ray Greenberg has announced an interim CEO for the Medical Center as the identification process of Mr. Stuart Smith's successor nears an end. Smith will be completing nearly four decades of dedicated service to this institution when he retires at the end of this calendar year. Read Dr. Greenberg's letter naming the interim CEO and regarding the transition here. 

Dr. Etta Pisano Receives 2012 Advancement of Women Faculty Award

The award is sponsored by the Women Scholars Initiative at MUSC. The purpose of the award is to recognize the MUSC faculty member who best demonstrates excellence in his or her commitment to the advancement and promotion of women faculty at MUSC. The MUSC Women Scholars Initiative aims to achieve diversity through a proactive focus on gender equity in the recruitment, retention and advancement for women faculty across all missions of the university.

Vincent Pellegrini, Jr. MD, Appointed Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Pellegrini will assume this role effective April 1, 2013, and will also serve as MUHA Musculoskeletal Service Line Leader. He brings an excellent combination of clinical, research, teaching, and administrative skills to lead the continued growth and development of the department.  We welcome Dr. Pellegrini to his new role, and thank Dr. Langdon Hartsock for his many years of service as Chair.   

First Director for Center for Global Initiatives at MUSC Named

Dr. Michael Sweat from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science has been appointed the inaugural Director of the Center for Global Initiatives at MUSC. Dr. Sweat's appointment follows an internal, campus-wide search of candidates. The Center was created in 2011 with the merging of the offices of International Support and International Programs to created one coordinated unit.It is anticipated under Dr. Sweat's leadership, the Center will foster more synergies across MUSC to better cultivate global educational, public health, clinical and research opportunities while continuing to build policies and procedures. Read more here.

MUSC Center for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Programs Director Named Among Top Addiction Psychiatrists in the Nation

Raymond F. Anton, M.D., Distinguished University Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, was named one of the top addiction psychiatrists in the country by U.S. News Top Doctors. This listing is based on a peer nomination process, and the star icon listed next to Dr. Anton's name denotes that he is considered to be among the top 1 percent in the nation in his specialty. Read more here.  

MUSC Launches First-of-Its-Kind Autism Study with Local Children

MUSC has received a $1 million grant from Autism Speaks to do a large-scale, first-of-its-kind study of all children born in 2004 in the Tri-county area involving any families willing to participate. Read more here.

College of Medicine Dean Cites Accomplishments: read the Catalyst article here. 

Five MUSC Faculty Named to Academy of Medical Educators

Congratulations to MUSC faculty Dr.Antine Stenbit: Mentored Teaching Fellow, Dr.Joe Blumer: Master Teacher, Dr.Lancer Scott: Master Teacher, Dr.Gabriel Virella: Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Dr. Julius Sagel: Distinguished Teaching Scholar. The Academy of Medicine Educators was established to provide a forum for higher levels of participation, training, and recognition of faculty educators and to promote excellence, innovation, and scholarship in teaching and education. More information about the Academy of Medical Educators and the application process can be found at

MUSC Fibrosis Center Awarded a Top Honor

The MUSC Cystic Fibrosis Center received notification that is has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2012 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Quality Care Award: Recognizing Outstanding QI Processes and Accomplishments.  MUSC’s CF Center is among four programs selected to receive this prestigious award.  22 centers were visited by the team who made the award.

MUSC College of Medicine / VA Receive Grant for Faculty Development Project

The College of Medicine and the Veteran Administration Medical Center received an education grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation to participate in a multi-site faculty development project.  The project, "Passing the Torch: Fostering Medical Humanism Through Faculty Role-Models" will be facilitated by Dr. Shak Rehman, Professor in the Department of Medicine.  Participants in the project will be trained to promote values and attitudes related to teaching the human dimensions of care.  The following faculty members were selected to participate- Drs. Amy Blue, Ben Clyburn, Deborah DeWaay, Ashley Duckett, Leonie Gordon, Temeia Martin, Patricia McBurney, Matt McEvoy, and Mike Southgate.  At the end of the project, a cadre of faculty who will be able to facilitate future trainings for our faculty.

Debbie Bryant Makes History with Recent Award

Dr. Debbie Bryant received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2012 Community Health Leaders Award.  Dr. Bryant serves as Assistant Director for Cancer Prevention and Control and Outreach at the Hollings Cancer Center.  She is the first South Carolinian ever to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes individuals who have overcome significant challenges to help improve health and health care problems facing their communities. 

Drs. Robert Adams and Marc Chimowitz Honored by AHA/ASA with Prestigious Awards for Stroke Research & Care

Earlier this week, two members of the Department of Neurosciences won two of the most prestigious awards given by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Dr. Robert Adams is the winner of the 2013 David G. Sherman Award, which recognizes an "investigator who has made outstanding contributions in the stroke field in their lifetime". Dr. Marc Chimowitz is the winner of the 2013 William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke, which recognizes an investigator who has "made significant contributions to clinical research in stroke". Please join me in congratulating Dr. Adams and Dr. Chimowitz on this wonderful recognition of their achievements and contributions to their field.      

MUSC Awarded Prestigious Rising Star Award 

Recently the University Healthsystem Consortium (UHC) awarded MUSC its Rising Star honor for significant improvements and exemplary performance in patient safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, and equity of care as defined by UHC's Quality and Accountability Study. Other academic medical centers who received the Rising Star award include Duke, Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and Cleveland Clinic. UHC president Irene Thompson stated "this Rising Star achievement is especially notable because other academic medical centers also are working in earnest to improve patient safety and quality, thus it has become quite difficult to stand out among more than 100 peer organizations."

Seminar by Dr. Jeannette South-Paul

The College of Medicine Diversity Committee, Academy of Medical Educators, and Faculty Affairs are pleased to present a seminar by Dr. Jeannette South-Paul on September 24, 4:00-5:00 p.m., in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium. Dr. South-Paul is the Andrew W. Mathieson Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. The topic of her seminar will be “The Future of Health Disparities in the Age of Healthcare Reform”. A reception will follow in the lobby of the Drug Discovery Building, and CME credit will be available. All members of the College are invited to attend.

Faculty Convocation Award Winners

The Faculty Convocation was held Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Dr. Perry Halushka, Professor of Medicine and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, was the keynote speaker and spoke on the role and importance of entrepreneurialism. Several College of Medicine faculty were recognized for their excellence. Dr. Joe Blumer (Cell and Molecular Pharmacology) was presented with a Developing Scholar Award. Dr. Judy Dubno (Otolaryngology) received the Peggy Schachte Research Mentor Award. Three members of the college received the Outstanding Clinician Award – Dr. Andrew Atz (Pediatrics), Dr. Joshua Smith (Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine), and Dr. Dannah Wray (Pediatrics and Internal Medicine). Two members of our faculty were honored with Distinguished Faculty Service Awards – Dr. Rick Silver (Medicine) and Dr. Robert Stuart (Medicine).

MUSC Professor Receives Governor's Award for Excellence in Scientific Research

Dr. Peter Kalivas, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at MUSC is being honored for his research and internationally recognized discoveries in the field of drug addiction. His scientific findings have led to clinical trials with new drugs for treating cigarette use, teenage marijuana use as well as cocaine addiction. In South Carolina, drug abuse and addiction cost the state an average of $2.5 billion and kill close to 20,000 people each year. Dr. Kalivas heads a team of MUSC researchers receiving $15 million annually from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to make scientific discoveries and turn them in addiction clinical trials. With Dr. Kalivas serving as its chair, the Department of Neurosciences at MUSC is now ranked third in NIH research awards in the United States and is considered by experts in the field to be one of the top-tier neuroscience research centers in the country.

MUSC College of Medicine Earns Top 10 Ranking in USNWR 2011-2012

The MUSC College of Medicine has been recognized by US News and World Report again this year as one of the 10 most popular medical schools. This recognition is a reflection on the college's students, faculty, staff, and admissions team, which is ably led by Drs. Deborah Deas and Paul Underwood. The 10 most popular medical schools posted yields of 74 percent or greater.

U.S. News & World Report Rankings – MUSC is the State’s Top Hospital

Earlier this week, U.S. News & World Report released their “best hospital” rankings and I am pleased to report that MUSC performed extremely well again this year. MUSC ranked first in South Carolina and first for the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metro area, and was nationally ranked in the top 50 for Ear, Nose & Throat, Nephrology, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, and Gastroenterology. Nine other programs were recognized as “high-performing” – Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, and Urology.

Student Satisfaction Survey Results

Results are in from this year's Student Satisfaction Survey, administered by Education and Student Life (ESL). 93% of MUSC College of Medicine students believe they made the right choice in selecting MUSC for their training and would recommend MUSC to prospective students. 94% of students reported they have received a high quality education at MUSC. The results were similarly complementary of ESL, with 95% of students indicating their satisfaction with services received from ESL and they indicated programs provided by ESL promote effective stress management, a balanced lifestyle, and overall well-being.


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