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Etta D. Pisano, M.D.

Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, College of Medicine

 Dear Colleagues:

Faculty Convocation – Award Winners

The Faculty Convocation was held earlier this week.  Dr. Perry Halushka, Professor of Medicine and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, was the keynote speaker and gave a wonderful talk on the role and importance of entrepreneurialism.

Several College of Medicine faculty were recognized for their excellence.  Dr. Joe Blumer (Cell and Molecular Pharmacology) was presented with a Developing Scholar Award.  Dr. Judy Dubno (Otolaryngology) received the Peggy Schachte Research Mentor Award.  Three members of the college received the Outstanding Clinician Award – Dr. Andrew Atz (Pediatrics), Dr. Joshua Smith (Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine), and Dr. Dannah Wray (Pediatrics and Internal Medicine).  Two members of our faculty were honored with Distinguished Faculty Service Awards – Dr. Rick Silver (Medicine) and Dr. Robert Stuart (Medicine).

We are very proud of each of these individuals and congratulate them all on the well-deserved recognition of their accomplishments.

Search for Director, MUSC Center for Global Initiatives

The Provost’s Office has initiated an internal search for the position of Director, Center for Global Initiatives.  The search committee is being chaired by Dr. John Cormier, and a copy of the position description can be found at  The application deadline is September 17, 2012, and interested faculty are encouraged to apply for this position.

Faculty Breakfast Meetings

In order to allow for more robust conversations around central missions of the college, I have decided to target specific areas of focus – clinical, research, education, administration - for these faculty breakfast meetings.  Faculty who are interested in attending should contact Beverly Carson,, and indicate which area of focus is of greatest interest to them.  These meetings will begin on September 6 and will typically be held on Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m.

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 (