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Message from the Dean


Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Late last week, Dr. Bill Hueston informed me of his desire to step down as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.  Bill has served as Chair for over fifteen years, and I am very appreciative of his leadership and good stewardship of the department during his tenure.  Under his leadership, the department has experienced tremendous growth across all of its missions.  Bill and I met with his faculty earlier this week to share this news and to discuss plans for recruiting his successor.  I am pleased that he intends to stay on as a member of the faculty beyond his tenure as Chair.  I will be appointing a search committee to begin the recruitment in the near future, and will keep you informed as that progresses.  In the meantime, I ask that you please join me in thanking Bill for his many years of excellent service to the department and the institution.

Yesterday, we received the wonderful news that the MUSC Children’s Hospital has achieved level 1 pediatric trauma center status from the state.  We are the only hospital in the state with this designation.  This accomplishment is the result of the hard work, talent, and dedication of numerous faculty and staff – thank you to all those responsible for this achievement.

Several candidates will be interviewing for leadership positions next week.  Dr. George Howard, candidate for the position of Founding Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, will be giving a seminar next Tuesday, May 1, 4:00 p.m. in 100 Basic Science Building on the topic of “Seeking the causes for racial and geographic disparities in stroke: the Reasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study”.  Dr. Howard is currently Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Dr. Philip Howe, candidate for the position of Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will be giving a seminar next Wednesday, May 2, at 10:00 a.m. in 100 Basic Science Building on the topic of “Translational regulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)”.  Dr. Howe is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Hans & Helen Koebig Chair of Clinical Oncology, and Associate Director of Basic Sciences at the Hollings Cancer Center.  Dr. Michael Kutner, candidate for the position of Founding Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, will be giving a seminar next Thursday, May 3, 4:00 p.m. in 100 Basic Science Building on the topic of “Melatonin Supplementation and the Metabolic Syndrome: A Pilot Phase II Clinical Trial”.  Dr. Kutner is currently Rollins Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Director of the Biostatistics Consulting Center at the Emory Rollins School of Public Health.  All members of the college are invited to attend these seminars.

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 17, 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.  Faculty are invited to wear their regalia and participate in the processional that kicks off this event; faculty members interested in participating should contact Krista Mysock, Director of Student Activities for the College of Medicine, at or 792-5862 for more details.  Other activities during graduation week include the Pearls Lecture and Class Roast, the Student Awards Ceremony and the Senior Ball, all of which take place on Wednesday, May 16.  And, of course, commencement itself takes place on Friday, May 18, at 9:00 a.m. in the MUSC Horseshoe.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you via email or when I attend your departmental meetings.

With warm regards,



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