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Co-Medical Directors Appointed for Digestive Disease Center

Dear MUSC Medical Staff and Hospital Staff:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. David B. Adams and Dr. K. Mark Payne have been appointed Co-Medical Directors of the Digestive Disease Center Service Line at MUSC. In their new positions, Dr. Adams and Dr. Payne will assume strategic leadership and planning roles for the Digestive Disease Center, working closely with MUSC, MUHA and UMA leadership.

Dr AdamsDr. Adams is Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgery and Professor of Surgery. Since arriving at MUSC in 1986, he also has served as Medical Director, One West Trauma Center, Program Director in the General Surgery Residency training program, and is currently Course Director of the MUSC Annual Postgraduate Course in Surgery. Dr. Adams is a native of Annapolis, Md., and was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1973. He obtained his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia in 1977. After completing his internship and residency in surgery in 1982 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., he was named Chief of Surgery at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He served as Chief of Surgery at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Charleston from 1983-86. 

Dr. Adams’ research interests are focused on gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgery. He has special interests in the surgical management of chronic pancreatitis. He has published over 100 works and presented over 100 talks related to his clinical interests. His teaching and clinical interests have been recognized with several awards, including the Best Clinical Instructor in General Surgery, MUSC Faculty member Alpha Omega Alpha, MUSC Faculty Excellence Award, the Paul H. O’Brien Resident Teaching Award, The Leonard Tow Humanism in MedicineAward, and the MUSC Health Sciences Foundation Outstanding Clinician Award. He also was recognized as one of America's "Best Doctors" for 2011-12.

Dr PayneDr. Payne is Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Director of the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Service and Professor of Gastroenterology at MUSC. He earned his medical degree and completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Kansas. He is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Dr. Payne is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and American College of Gastroenterology. He is also a member of MUSC’s Mission-Based Management Committee, the Department of Medicine Compliance Committee, and the Conscious Sedation Committee. Dr. Payne’s clinical interests include advanced endoscopy, pancreatobiliary endoscopy, hepatology and clinical service management and administration.

I hope you will join me in congratulating both of these distinguished gentlemen on their new positions as medical leaders of the nationally recognized MUSC Digestive Disease Center.


Patrick J Cawley, MD,

Executive Medical Director

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