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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

Holiday Wishes

As we approach the end of another year, I’d like to wish all members of the College a healthy and happy holiday season.  I don’t have the opportunity to thank each of you personally for all you contribute to our missions throughout the year, but please know that your efforts are greatly appreciated.  I have recorded a video ( to express my appreciation to all of you.  It is a privilege to work with you in our shared goal of serving our patients, our students, our trainees and each other.  MUSC is a very special place thanks to all of you!

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites faculty to attend the next sessions in the series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Drs. Marc Chimowitz and Gary Gilkeson will be presenting on the topic of “Modified Faculty Track” on January 16 at 12:00 p.m. and January 23 at 4:00 p.m. in 601 Clinical Sciences Building.  Interested faculty are encouraged to participate in this event; please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( for these sessions.  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

Internal Search for Director, MUSC Tissue Biorepository Network

We are pleased to announce an internal search for Director of the MUSC Tissue Biorepository Network.  The Tissue Biorepository Network is the result of efforts by the MUSC Biorepository Steering Committee over the past year.  The Steering Committee has recommended the establishment of this leadership position; the selected individual will be expected to drive this initiative forward, to include both logistical and operational processes.  The Director of the Tissue Biorepository Network will be expected to devote 10- 20% effort to this position, and will report to COM Senior Associate Dean for Research Craig Crosson in this role.  Additional information regarding this position can be found at

The search is open to current MUSC faculty.  Candidates should have experience in biobanking and/or the use of human specimens for research, a strong record of grant funding and publications, experience with IRB and compliance issues, and leadership experience to including project management.  Nominations of individuals for consideration and applications should be submitted electronically to Dr. Crosson in care of Mary McConnell at by January 17.  Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and current CV.

Second Annual Women’s Health Research Day

The MUSC Women’s Health Research Center will be holding its second annual Women’s Health Research Day on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in the Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium.  Investigators from across campus are invited to submit their gender/sex-based research for presentation; abstracts are due by noon on February 21, 2014.  For more information, please visit or contact Sarah Gainey (

Discussion Forums

As a reminder, we have 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 – and to continue excellence in our research and education missions.  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