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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine


Dear Colleagues:

Department of Surgery Chair Search

We are initiating the search process for a new Chair of the Department of Surgery.  I am so appreciative of Dr. David Adams’ willingness to serve as Interim Chair of the department until a permanent successor to Dr. David Cole is on board.  The search committee is chaired by Dr. Phil Costello (Radiology) and search committee members include Thierry Bacro (Regenerative Medicine), David Bundy (Pediatrics), Anita Harrison (HCC), Ebony Hilton (Anesthesiology), Eric Lentsch (Otolaryngology), Sandip Prasad (Urology), Mary Richardson (Pathology), Danielle Scheurer (MUHA), Michael Ullian (Medicine), and Alex Vandergrift (Neurosurgery).  I will be meeting with the committee in the near future to provide their charge.  Anyone with an interest in the search should send their comments to the search committee.

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Hollings Cancer Center Leadership Change

Dr. Andrew Kraft announced earlier this week that he will be leaving MUSC in September to assume the role of Director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center.  Speaking on behalf of University and College leadership, we are incredibly appreciative of Dr. Kraft’s service as Director of the Hollings Cancer Center over the past decade and for all that has been accomplished under his leadership, including NCI designation.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Kraft on his new role and in thanking him for his many years of outstanding service to MUSC.

With Dr. Kraft’s impending departure, we will soon be instituting a national search for a new permanent Director of the Hollings Cancer Center.  Because the search process takes a significant amount of time, we will be appointing an Interim Director of the Hollings Cancer Center to assume Andrew’s responsibilities as he transitions to his new position.

Faculty members who are interested in being considered for the Interim Director position are asked to email me by June 20 indicating their interest and should also provide a copy of their CV at that time.  We will be interviewing individuals for the Interim Director position this summer.  It is important to note that the individual selected to serve as Interim Director will not be considered for the permanent Director position; those interested in being considered for the permanent Director position should not express interest in the Interim Chair position.

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Third Year Student Clinicians Ceremony

The Third Year Student Clinicians Ceremony, developed by the Gold Humanism Honor Society and sponsored by the College of Medicine Alumni Association and the Alumni Loyalty Fund, is designed to support our medical students’ transition into their clinical years.  The ceremony underscores the imperatives to the Class of 2016 students in providing humanistic care to patients at the same time as they are pressed to demonstrate high standards of skill performance.  The ceremony will be held on Friday, June 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Auditorium, with a reception immediately following – all members of the college are welcome to attend.  A new white coat will be presented to each student at this event.

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Congratulations to Dr. Fred Crawford

Dr. Fred Crawford, Distinguished University Professor of Surgery and former Chair of our Department of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS).  Dr. Crawford is one of only five individuals in the history of the AATS to receive this honor; he was recognized for his many contributions to the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery and for his many contributions to AATS, including service as President of that organization.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Crawford on this well-deserved recognition, and in thanking him for all he has done for MUSC over the course of his remarkable career.

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2014 MUSC Faculty Convocation

This year’s MUSC Faculty Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 19, at 4:30 p.m. in 110 Drug Discovery Building, with a reception to follow.  Dr. David Cole will be giving this year’s keynote address.  I hope all members of the faculty will plan to attend this event.

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CME Credits Available for Completing Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

All employees must complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules by the June 30 deadline.  The system is easily accessed online at using your NetID and password.  We are pleased to announce that arrangements have been made through MUSC Continuing Medical Education to provide a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for those physicians (including residents with a permanent license) who have medical staff privileges at MUHA.  CME credit will be offered after the successful completion of the CATTS training modules by the June 30, 2014 deadline; eligible physicians will receive an email notification with an evaluation that must be completed and, at the completion of the evaluation, will be able to print out their CME credit letter.

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MUSC YES Campaign

The MUSC YES (Yearly Employee Support) Campaign is now underway, with a goal of raising $300,000 in support of the 1,300 funds within the MUSC Foundation.  Employees can direct their donations to support the fund(s) that matter the most to them personally; payment options include payroll deduction, checks, credit cards, planned gifts or gifts of stock.  For more information on the YES Campaign, please contact Whitney McLuen at or visit

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Epic Q&A Drop-In Sessions


The Epic Team is offering Q&A Drop-in Sessions open to all members of the faculty and staff who have any questions related to the Epic project, Epic training, etc.  Sessions are currently scheduled for 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the following dates in the 1st floor ART Auditorium - June 13, 20, and 27 and July 3 and 10.  All those with questions are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.  For additional information, please contact Rebecca Freeman at

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Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have electronic discussion platforms focusing on various aspects of our mission.  These forums are intended to serve several purposes.  First, they are another way for my office to share important information with faculty, staff, and students.  Second, they are meant to encourage discussion about issues within the college and to empower everyone within the college to voice their opinions.  These “discussion forums” are intended to be not only channels for messages to be sent out, but channels for YOUR ideas, comments and questions to be heard by college leadership.  Your voice matters and we are pleased there is a new way for it to be heard.  You can access these forums by using the following links and your net ID and password:

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As always....

Let's work together to meet our strategic planning goal - to be in the Top 25 among academic medical centers for reputation, quality, service, efficiency and financial performance by 2015 – and to continue excellence in our research and education missions.  I look forward to hearing from you - either in person or via email.