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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Earlier this week, MUSC Children’s Hospital was recognized by U.S. News and World Report in the 2013-2014 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.  Three of our programs are now ranked in the top 40 – our pediatric cardiology & heart surgery program remains highly ranked coming in at 21st this year, our pediatric gastroenterology and GI program moved up this year and is now ranked 39th, and pediatric nephrology joined the rankings this year at 31st.  These are wonderful accomplishments, that speak to the excellent care and service and tireless dedication of the faculty and other clinical providers, college and hospital leadership, and other employees associated with these programs.  Please join me in congratulating all three of these groups on this wonderful recognition of their excellence.

Information Session for Faculty Interested in Research

On Monday, July 8, SCTR will be sponsoring an information session for faculty interested in research.  Topics to be addressed include programmatic resources, SCTR resources, Masters of Science in Clinical Research, Core Clinical Research Training Course, Ethics Certificate, Office of Research Development, and Apple Tree/Faculty Development opportunities.  Faculty interested in attending must register at

Congratulations to Family Medicine Residents

This week, several of our 3rd year Family Medicine residents received awards for projects they presented at the S.C. AHEC Scholarship Symposium.  In the Quality Improvement category, Drs. Sarah Heincelman, Lisa Mims and Alice Savage were awarded 1st place for their project “Improving Injection Continuation Rates for Women’s Health Service” and Drs. Ashleigh Igbokwe-Hamilton and Will Jacobs were awarded 2nd place for their project “Improving Physician Comfort and Competency with Delivering Lifestyle Modification Counseling in Family Medicine Residency Program”.  In the Research category, Drs. Maribeth Porter and Ashleigh Zacarias were awarded 2nd place for their project “Evaluation of Hospitalized Patients on the University Family Medicine Inpatient Service: Uninsured versus Insured”.  Please join me in congratulating our residents on these accomplishments.

Congratulations to Dr. Truman Brown

I was informed earlier this week that Dr. Truman Brown has been selected to receive the Academy of Radiology Research’s 2013 Distinguished Investigator Award.  Dr. Brown holds the Stephen Schabel Endowed Chair in Radiology and serves as Scientific Director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging.  This prestigious honor recognizes imaging researchers for their significant contributions to scientific progress and medical innovation.  Please join me in congratulating Dr. Brown on this wonderful achievement.

MUSC YES Campaign

Every year we have the opportunity to give back to MUSC through the YES Campaign.  The YES Campaign allows employees to make a charitable gift to any fund within the MUSC Foundation, many of which benefit units within the College of Medicine.  Making your gift is easy – go to to access the online giving page, where you can also find a full list of funds.  Your tax-deductible gifts can be made by payroll deduction, credit card, check, or cash.  Many thanks to those of you who have already generously pledged your support for this year’s campaign; for those who haven’t yet had an opportunity to make a donation, the campaign ends June 30 so you still have plenty of time.  If you have questions about the YES campaign, please contact Whitney McLuen at 792-1973 or

Annual CATTS Mandatory Training

It is time for all employees to complete the University’s annual CATTS mandatory training modules.  Completion of all modules is due by June 30.  The system is easily accessed online at using your NetID and password.  Questions regarding this training should be directed to your supervisor or respective human resources office.

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