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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 

Dear Colleagues:

Terrence Steyer, MD, Appointed Chair, Department of Family Medicine

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Terrence Steyer, MD, as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.  He will be assuming this role on January 1, 2014.

Dr. Steyer received his M.D. from Case Western Research University in 1994.  As a student, he was active in the American Medical Student Association, serving as Regional Trustee, National Vice President, and National President of that organization.  He completed a residency in Family Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center from 1995-1998, followed by service as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan School of Medicine from 1998-2000.  He joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Medicine in 2000 as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006.  While at MUSC, Dr. Steyer served as Program Director of the Transitional Year Residency and as Co-Course Director of Introduction to Clinical Reasoning, and was selected for the Trustee’s Leadership Academy.  Dr. Steyer was recruited to the Medical College of Georgia-University of Georgia Medical Partnership in 2009 as Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Chair of Clinical Sciences.

A fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Steyer served as Convener of the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee from 2004-2008.  Dr. Steyer has also been very active in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, serving as Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee from 2004-2008, a Member of the Board of Directors from 2004-2011, as President-Elect from 2008-2009, and as President from 2009-2010.  He has served as a reviewer for numerous journals including the Journal of Family Practice, the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and the Annals of Family Medicine.

Dr. Steyer brings an excellent combination of clinical, teaching, and administrative skills to help lead the continued growth and development of the department.  As we welcome Dr. Steyer to MUSC, please join me in thanking Dr. Barry Hainer for his service as Interim Chair of the department.  I am confident that he and Dr. Steyer will work to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.

John Vena, PhD, Appointed Founding Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences

I am pleased to announce the appointment of John E. Vena, PhD, as Founding Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences.  He will be assuming this role on January 1, 2014.

Dr. Vena received his PhD in Epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo) in 1980.  He joined the faculty at SUNY-Buffalo in 1981 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1987 and Full Professor in 1994.  While at SUNY-Buffalo, Dr. Vena served in several leadership roles including Director of the Research Program in Environmental and Occupational Health, Director of the Environment and Society Institute, and Associate Chair of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine.  In 2003, Dr. Vena was recruited from SUNY-Buffalo to the University of South Carolina Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health as Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where he also served as co-PI on the Center of Economic Excellence for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Sciences.  He remained in that role until 2008, when he was recruited to the University of Georgia College of Public Health as UGA Foundation Professor in Public Health, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, and Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  He also serves as Program Director for Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Control at the Georgia Cancer Center.

A fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and the American Epidemiological Society, Dr. Vena’s areas of research expertise include cancer epidemiology, community-based research, environmental health, epidemiology, occupational health, and reproductive and developmental health.  He serves as a member of the American Public Health Association, the Society for Epidemiologic Research, and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.  He currently serves as President of the Council of Epidemiology Chairs in the American College of Epidemiology.  Dr. Vena serves on the Editorial Board for Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, and has served as a reviewer for numerous journals including the American Journal of Epidemiology, the American Journal of Public Health, Biomarkers and Prevention, Cancer, Cancer Epidemiology, and Epidemiology.  Dr. Vena has coordinated and taught many courses over his career, and has served as mentor to numerous graduate students.

Dr. Vena brings an excellent combination of research, teaching, and administrative skills to help lead the growth and development of the department.  As we welcome Dr. Vena to MUSC, please join me in thanking Dr. Yuko Palesch for her service as Interim Chair of the department.  I am confident that she and Dr. Vena will work to ensure a smooth transition in leadership.

Gold Humanism Honor Society

The following fourth year medical students were recently elected by their peers for membership into the Paul B. Underwood, Jr. Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society - Carley Anderson, Erika Bishop, Clay Crosby, Carlton Glover, Aisha Jackson, Eric Knapp, Laura Murray, Morganne Phillips, Joseph Ritchie, Julie Teuber, Danielle Volandt,  and Jason Williams.  The Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes individuals for exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence and compassion.  An induction ceremony will be held in their honor.

We also would like to recognize and congratulate the first officers of the Paul B. Underwood, Jr. Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  They are David McCabe and Evie Smith (co-Presidents), Shayla Freeman (Secretary), and Anna Meyer (Treasurer).  Please join me in congratulating each of these students on their accomplishments.

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Keane

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Thomas Keane, Chair of our Department of Urology, on his selection as editor-in-chief at UroToday.  In this role, Dr. Keane will pen a new monthly column in which he will provide commentary on new developments in the field of urology and provide perspective on their potential impact.  Of his new post, Dr. Keane says, “I hope to continue the work of my predecessors in bringing the most up-to-date information available from all aspects of urology to urologists -- in all settings and on an international scale.” You can read the full press release regarding his appointment at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/cominfo_comm/headlines/.

“What’s the Buzz”

Continuing with our new College of Medicine “What’s the Buzz?” video series, Dr. Cawley addresses what the government shutdown currently means to MUSC.  The “What’s the Buzz?” series consists of short videos addressing some of the most talked about issues within or affecting the College.  The idea is to provide you with information in a transparent and easily accessible way, and to do so “face-to-face”.  These video segments will be shared through my weekly emails and will be posted on the College of Medicine website and this week’s edition can be found at https://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/theBuzz/2013_10_9_Buzz_Shutdown.

If you’d like to have issues of interest or concern addressed in this forum, you can send an email to cominfo@musc.edu, drop a note in the comment box in the lobby of 601 Clinical Sciences Building, post a question to one of our COM discussion forums, or send me an email directly.  All topics are welcome.  I hope you will find these videos an easy way to stay informed and have issues addressed in a convenient and timely way.

COM Standards of Conduct for the Treatment of Trainees

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the College of Medicine's Standards of Conduct for the Treatment of Trainees.  Examples of misconduct are outlined in this document, as well as procedures for addressing mistreatment.  Please review the Standards of Conduct policy at class="apple-style-span"http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/studentprograms/studenthandbook/Policies/student_pol/standardsofconduct.html.

SCTR Scientific Retreat on CER/PCOR

SCTR is hosting a Comparative Effectiveness Research/Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (CER/PCOR) Scientific Retreat on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, from 9:00-4:00pm, in the MUSC Bioengineering Building Auditorium.  The Keynote Speaker will be Ann Bonham, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges.  Individuals who would like to attend the retreat should register at sctr.musc.edu by Friday, October 18, 2013; registration is free but required.  The retreat agenda and additional information are included on the SCTR web page.  For more information, please contact Patrick Mauldin, SCTR CER Initiative Director, at mauldinp@musc.edu, or Dayan Ranwala, SCTR at ranwala@musc.edu.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next session in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Craig Crosson, Frances Glanville, and Dan Smith on the topic of “Establishing a Lab” and will be offered on October 17 at 4:00 p.m. in the 601 Clinical Sciences Building conference room.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event.  Please RSVP to Mary McConnell (mcconnem@musc.edu) for these sessions.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/com/faculty/.

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:

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/research/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/clinical/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/education/

https://sp.musc.edu/com/discuss/general/

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.

Sincerely,

Etta

Etta D. Pisano, MD

Vice President for Medical Affairs

Dean, College of Medicine