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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

Important Message from President Ray Greenberg

Please see an important message from President Ray Greenberg regarding our hospital leadership at

Retirement of Stuart Smith, MUHA Executive Director

I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Stuart Smith on his impending retirement as Executive Director of MUHA and to thank him for his many years of excellent service to MUSC.  Stuart has been a committed leader for this institution for many years, and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his tireless service.  On a personal note, I have greatly enjoyed working with Stuart over the past two-and-a-half years and will miss having him as a colleague.  Please join me in thanking Stuart and in wishing him a wonderful and well-deserved retirement.

Steve Ethier, PhD Appointed Interim Director, Center for Genomic Medicine

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Steve Ethier as Interim Director of our new Center for Genomic Medicine.  He will assume this role effective January 1, 2013.  Dr. Ethier currently serves as the Co-leader of the Hollings Cancer Center’s Cancer Genes and Molecular Regulation Program.

The creation of a new Center for Genomic Medicine is the result of recommendations from the College of Medicine Research Strategic Plan, which was developed in Fall 2010.  We have been conducting a national search for an individual to lead this new center, and while we had some excellent candidates to consider, we have not successfully finalized a recruitment to date.  We have decided to proceed with establishment of the new center while we continue to search for an individual to serve as Director.

I am very pleased and grateful that Dr. Ethier has agreed to serve as Interim Director and I am certain he will be a good steward of this new center.  Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ethier to this new role and in thanking him for his service to the institution.

Town Hall Meetings

Over the past semester I’ve hosted weekly breakfast meetings open to all members of the faculty who wanted to participate in discussions about our missions of research, education, clinical care, and administration.  Requests for attendance at those meetings has waned, so I am planning to suspend those breakfast meetings until the demand increases.

I remain very interested in hearing from our faculty and all members of the college, and am planning a series of town hall meetings this winter and spring to further our conversations.  These town hall meetings are intended to be another opportunity for me to hear from you about issues of importance to the college.  The first of these town hall meetings is scheduled for Thursday, January 17, at 4:00 p.m. in 100 Basic Science Building.  I hope all members of the college who are able will plan to attend.

Faculty Elected to Serve on Admissions Committee and Student Progress Committee

Earlier this month, faculty elections were held for one at-large position on the College of Medicine Admissions Committee and two at-large positions on the College of Medicine Student Progress Committee.  I am pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Bratton, Associate Professor of Surgery, was elected to serve on the COM Admissions Committee.  Dr. Jeanne Hill, Professor of Radiology, and Dr. Cynthia Schandl, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, were elected to serve on the COM Student Progress Committee.  Many thanks to all faculty who participated in the nomination and election process.

Faculty Affairs Roundtables

The College of Medicine Faculty Affairs Team invites you to attend the next session in the new series of Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  This session will be presented by Dr. Gary Gilkeson on the topic of Modified Research Track Faculty and will be offered on January 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in 628H Clinical Sciences Building.  This session is intended to be highly participatory and foster lively discussion.  Faculty are encouraged to participate in this event.  Please RSVP to Mary McConnell ( no later than January 11 for this session.

The Faculty Affairs Team welcomes input on topics of interest to be covered during future Faculty Affairs Roundtables.  Please share your thoughts on the discussion forum at  For more information about the Faculty Affairs Team and services provided, please go to

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:

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 feelings to all of you.  It is a privilege to work with you in our shared mission of making this institution the very best it can be.

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.