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Message from the Dean


Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues,


I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Barry Hainer, Professor of Family Medicine, as the Interim Chair of the Department of Family Medicine effective July 5, 2012. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Bill Hueston, who has ably served as Chair of the department for more than fifteen years and will stay on as a member of our faculty and assist Dr. Hainer in his new role. I expect to appoint a search committee to identify a permanent successor to Dr. Hueston in the near future.


The College was recognized by US News and World Report again this year as one of the ten most popular medical schools.  This recognition is a wonderful reflection on our students, faculty, and staff, and on our admissions team, which is ably led by Drs. Deborah Deas and Paul Underwood.  Congratulations to all members of the College on this achievement.


Dr. Jian-xing Ma, candidate for the Biochemistry Chair position, will be giving a seminar next Thursday, June 28, 11:00 a.m. in 100 Basic Science Building on the topic of "Interactions between PPAR-alpha and Wnt signaling - a mechanism for the therapeutic effect of fenofibrate on diabetic retinopathy". Dr. Ma is currently Laureate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Director of the Center of Biological Research Excellence at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. All members of the college are invited to attend his seminar.


Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Helpern, Professor of Radiology and Director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging, who was recently recognized as a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research. Congratulations also to Dr. David Soper, Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, on his recent appointment to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


With the Epic ambulatory electronic medical record implementation several weeks behind us, it is now time to focus on becoming nimble and efficient users of this robust technology. We have just begun to scratch the surface of what Epic can do and its potential to be a catalyst for truly changing what’s possible in patient care. To that end, Epic users are encouraged to take advantage of upcoming personalization labs which will provide one-on-one assistance to enhance the Epic experience and save users time and frustration. Labs begin Monday, June 25, and interested individuals can self-enroll at


I'd like to remind you of the opportunity to give back to MUSC through the YES Campaign. The YES Campaign allows employees to make a charitable gift to any fund within the MUSC Foundation, many of which benefit units within the College of Medicine. Making your gift is easy - go to to access the online giving page, where you can also find a full list of funds. Many thanks to those of you who have already generously pledged your support for this year's campaign; for those who haven't yet had an opportunity to make a donation, the campaign ends June 30, so please consider making a donation. If you have questions about the YES Campaign, please contact Whitney McLuen at 792-1973 or


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







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