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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

Leadership Changes

Earlier this week, President Ray Greenberg announced that he will be leaving MUSC to assume an important leadership role with the University of Texas System as their Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.  Ray’s many important contributions to MUSC and to South Carolina during his almost fourteen years of service as President cannot be overstated, and he will be greatly missed by all of us here at MUSC.  For me personally, it has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Ray over the past three years, and I wish him great success in his new role.

Our Board of Trustees has announced that they intend to launch a national search to identify a permanent successor, and they have wisely selected Provost Mark Sothmann to serve as Interim President.  More information about these leadership changes can be found at   I have the utmost confidence in Mark’s ability to lead MUSC during this time of transition.  MUSC has a long tradition of success and excellence, which will continue under our new leadership.


Faculty Bridge Funding Program

A primary goal of the College of Medicine is to support and strengthen research capabilities of our faculty.  One mechanism utilized to facilitate this goal is our Bridge Funding Program.  The purpose of this program is to support investigators with established clinical or basic research programs during periods when a competitive renewal was not funded.  Program details and the application format are available at  The application deadline for the current cycle is August 15.  Applications may be emailed to Mary McConnell at  Faculty with questions about this program should contact Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson.


Town Hall Meeting for College of Medicine with Provost Mark Sothmann

Provost Mark Sothmann is scheduling town hall meetings with each of the MUSC Colleges during the summer to provide updates on university-wide topics of interest.  The town hall meeting for Dr. Sothmann with the College of Medicine has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, at 5:00 p.m. in the Drug Discovery Building Auditorium.  All members of the College of Medicine are encouraged to attend to hear from Dr. Sothmann and ask him questions.


Congratulations to Dr. Vanessa Diaz

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Vanessa Diaz, Associate Professor in our Department of Family Medicine, has been accepted in the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2015.  The Liberty Fellowship recruits diverse, proven leaders with a history of significant community engagement who are successful in their chosen field for this two-year program.  Please join me in congratulating Vanessa on her selection for this prestigious program.


Town Hall Meetings

As I’ve done the past two years, I will elaborate on our accomplishments over the past year and on our plans for the future in my State of the College address, which will be held on Monday, September 9, at 4:00 p.m.  As we continue to implement the university-wide funds flow process and as financial pressures continue to challenge our institution, I will also be presenting a Town Hall meeting focused on college financial issues – this will be held on Wednesday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m.  More information, including the locations for these meetings, will be forthcoming.  I hope all members of the college who are interested will plan to attend these meetings.  As always, I look forward to hearing your input and feedback.


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:


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.




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