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Message from the Dean


Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Two candidates will be interviewing for leadership positions next week.  Dr. Henrik Dohlman, candidate for the position of Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will be giving a seminar next Monday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. in 100 Basic Science Building on the topic of “Regulators of G protein signaling”.  Dr. Dohlman is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.  Dr. Martha Clare Morris, candidate for the position of Founding Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, will be giving a seminar next Thursday, May 10, 4:00 p.m. in 100 Basic Science Building on the topic of “Dietary Factors to Maintain a Healthy Brain”.  Dr. Morris is currently Professor of Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, and Preventive Medicine; Director, Section of Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology, Division of Digestive Diseases; Assistant Provost of Community Research; and Co-Director of the Rush Translational Science Consortium at Rush University Medical Center.  All members of the college are invited to attend these seminars.

At last week’s meeting of our Clinical Chairs group, Dr. Peter Zwerner, Chief Medical Officer of MUSC Physicians, did a presentation on our challenge as an institution in regards to patient access.  It was proposed that for us to better understand and improve patient access, a pilot project at our new East Cooper Multi-Specialty Site would be initiated.  This project aligns with our clinical enterprise strategic plan, which has identified expanding access and capacity as one of our seven driving strategies.  I believe this pilot is a great starting point and I ask for you to give your support to these efforts.  We will be working with the clinical department Chairs and the clinical enterprise strategic planning group on a more comprehensive program to improve access throughout all of the ambulatory care sites.  I look forward to reporting to you on the progress of this initiative.

Earlier this week, we received the sad news that long-time MUSC faculty member, Dr. George Cooper IV, passed away.  Dr. Cooper joined our faculty in 1985 as Professor of Internal Medicine and Physiology and during his tenure served as Director of the Gazes Cardiac Research Institute and Chief of Cardiology at the VA Medical Center.  He was an internationally recognized expert in heart physiology and a leader in research into the causes of heart failure.  Dr. Cooper had a profound impact on MUSC and all those who knew him and will be greatly missed.

We are now less than two weeks away from the Epic electronic medical record go-live on May 17. Epic training ends today and personalization labs begin on Monday, May 7.  Personalization labs are highly recommended and will allow providers to familiarize themselves with their top diagnoses, frequently ordered labs, and favorites within the system.  You may sign up for your personalization labs in CATTS and are encouraged to attend more than one lab if possible.

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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