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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

Dear Colleagues:

Vincent Pellegrini, Jr., MD, Appointed Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Vincent Pellegrini, Jr. MD, as Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He will be assuming this role effective April 1, 2013, and will also be serving as the MUHA Musculoskeletal Service Line Leader.

Dr. Pellegrini received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his MD from Dartmouth Medical School in 1979.  He completed an internship in General Surgery at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut from 1979-1980 and a year of Residency in General Surgery at Hartford Hospital from 1980-1981.  Dr. Pellegrini completed a residency in Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital, serving as Chief Resident from 1983-1984.  Following his residency, he completed fellowships in Surgery of the Hand and Surgery of the Upper Extremity from 1984-1985.

Dr. Pellegrini served on the faculty at Stanford University Medical School from 1985-1986 as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics.  In 1986, he joined the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry as an Assistant Professor, where he served as Chief of the Upper Extremity Clinic from 1986-1988 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990.  In 1992, Dr. Pellegrini was recruited to the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine as Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics.  He remained Chair at Penn State until 2001, when he was recruited to the University of Maryland School of Medicine as Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics.

President of the American Orthopaedic Association from 2009-2010, Dr. Pellegrini has also been involved with numerous professional organizations including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Hip Society.  Dr. Pellegrini served as Editor in Chief of Current Opinions in Orthopaedics from 1999-2007, on the Board of Associate Editors for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery from 1999-2004, as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Surgical Techniques Supplement from 2005-2010, and as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals.  His clinical and research interests include osteoarthritis, joint replacement, hand & upper extremity, fracture healing, thromboembolic disease, heterotropic ossification, avascular necrosis, and radiation effects on bone biology.  Dr. Pellegrini currently has research support from the Department of Defense and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and has a strong record of research funding from federal, foundation, and industry sponsors.  He has over 115 peer-reviewed publications and has given numerous invited presentations.  In addition to his clinical and research endeavors, Dr. Pellegrini has been active in educational activities.  He served as the Orthopaedic Residency Program Director at both Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine and has served as a medical student faculty advisor and a medical student summer research advisor.

Dr. Pellegrini brings an excellent combination of clinical, research, teaching, and administrative skills to lead the continued growth and development of the department.  As we welcome Dr. Pellegrini to his new role, please join me in thanking Dr. Langdon Hartsock for his many years of wonderful service as Chair.  I am happy that Langdon intends to stay on as a member of the faculty beyond his tenure as Chair, and am confident that he and Dr. Pellegrini will work to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.

Academy of Medical Educators – New Members

The Academy of Medical Educators (AME) has recently announced the following new members-

Dr. Keri Holmes-Maybank (Dept. of Medicine) – Mentored Teaching Fellow

Dr. Lee Leddy (Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery) – Mentored Teaching Fellow

Please join me in congratulating these individuals for their selection and in thanking them for their commitment to our educational mission.

More information about AME and the application process can be found at  The next application deadline is December 17.  Questions about AME may be directed to the AME Co-Directors, Drs. Debra Hazen-Martin, Leonie Gordon, and Paul McDermott.

Remembering Dr. John Roitzsch

A memorial service is being held on Monday, December 17, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Chapel for Dr. John Roitzsch.  Dr. Roitzsch was Professor Emeritus and had served on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for forty years.  While I did not have the opportunity to know Dr. Roitzsch, I understand he was an excellent clinician and teacher and a valued mentor, colleague and friend to many.

“MUSC Resources for Faculty Development” Session

Apple Tree and the Mentor Leadership Council are co-sponsoring a series of presentation and discussions to assist mentors and mentees with issues related to career development.  “MUSC Resources for Faculty Development” will be presented by Marc Chimowitz and Mary Mauldin next Wednesday, December 12, at 5:00 p.m. in 201 Bioengineering Building.

First Annual Women’s Health Research Day

The MUSC Women’s Health Research Center will be holding its first annual Women’s Health Research Day on Thursday, April 18, 2013.  Investigators from across campus are invited to submit their gender/sex-based research for presentation; abstracts are due January 7, 2013.  For more information, please visit

Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have created new electronic discussion platforms focusing on education, research, clinical affairs, and general information from the Dean’s Office and the College of Medicine.  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:

Faculty Breakfast Meetings

Faculty who are interested in attending one of my breakfast meetings should contact Beverly Carson ( and indicate which area of focus (research, clinical, education, administration) is of greatest interest to them.  These meetings will typically be held on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.  I hope all faculty who would like to participate in these discussions will sign up for a future breakfast meeting.

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.  I look forward to hearing from you - either in person or via email.