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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 Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, as Co-Chair of the Department of Neurosciences.  He will be assuming this role on September 1, 2012.  Dr. Ovbiagele received his M.D. from the University of Lagos in 1991, followed by clinical training at several hospitals in Lagos, Nigeria, from 1992-1996.  From 1996-1998, Dr. Ovbiagele completed dual internships in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County/King-Drew Medical Center, followed by a residency in General Neurology at University of California Irvine Medical Center from 1998-2001 and a fellowship in Vascular Neurology at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center from 2001-2002.  He joined the faculty at the UCLA Department of Neurology in 2002, where he served as Director of the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Stroke Program, Director of the UCLA Stroke PROTECT Program, and Supervisor of the Vascular Neurology Residency at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.  In 2011, he joined the faculty of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) as Professor of Neurosciences and was appointed Director of the San Diego Veteran Affairs Medical Center Stroke Program.  Dr. Ovbiagele completed a Master of Science in Clinical Research at UCLA in 2009, and is currently completing a Master of Advanced Studies in Leadership of Healthcare Systems at UCSD.

A fellow of the American Heart Association Stroke Council and the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Ovbiagele also serves as an elected member of the American Neurological Association, a member of the American Society of Neuroimaging, and a member of the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.  He serves as Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Heart Association Stroke Council and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology Carotid Angioplasty/Stenting Clinical Practice Guideline Writing Committee.  Dr. Ovbiagele serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases and as an assistant editor of Stroke, and has served as a reviewer for numerous other journals.  He is an active researcher, and his research portfolio has included funding from the NIH, American Heart Association, and industry.  Over the course of his career, Dr. Ovbiagele has served as a mentor to numerous residents and fellows.  He has served as an oral board examiner and as a member of the Vascular Neurology Examination Writing Committee for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Ovbiagele brings an excellent combination of clinical, research, teaching, and administrative skills to this position.  I am confident that he, together with Co-Chairs Peter Kalivas and Sunil Patel, will help lead the continued growth and development of the department.

The search committee for the Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, chaired by Dr. Scott Reeves, has been very active screening potential chair candidates over the past two months.  They have just released the names of the initial group of candidates invited to interview for this position.  The candidates currently invited to interview are Jason Calhoun (July 12-13, Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, Ohio State University Medical Center), Douglas Dirschl (July 16-17, Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and John Glaser (July 30-31, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, MUSC).  It is my understanding that the committee intends to invite several additional candidates to interview for this position, and I will share that information with you once it becomes public.

As a reminder, the Women Scholars Initiative, with support from the Provost’s Office, is accepting nominations for the 2012 Advancement of Women Faculty Award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize the faculty member who best demonstrates excellence in his/her commitment to the advancement and promotion of women faculty at MUSC.  Nominations are due July 13; more information and nomination instructions can be found at

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





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