Dean Jerry Reves, College of Medicine
Vice-President for Medical Affairs

Founded in 1824, the College of Medicine was the first medical school in the South and one of the ten oldest in the United States.  During our long and distinguished history,  our primary missions have not changed.  Education was our founding mission, and the College is widely recognized for the innovation, rigor, and accomplishments of its undergraduate medical education.  We prepare students to be superior physicians and leaders in medicine.  Our graduate medical educational programs in virtually all medical specialties are fully accredited and produce physicians for academic careers and exemplary professional practice in communities all over South Carolina and the US. 

Our research is robust and exciting, contributing to the education of our students and ensuring that our faculty are also contributing new knowledge to the field of medicine.  We aspire to have our research initiatives become the best in the country. Recent designation of the Hollings Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute is but one example of our national presence among the best of the best. 

Our clinical programs are provided in an integrated group practice and organized by interdisciplinary service lines including the Children’s Hospital, Hollings Cancer Center, the Digestive Disease Center, the Heart and Vascular Center, and the Neuroscience Institute.  Our vision is to stay true to our core missions and remain among the nation’s elite schools of medicine as we have from our very first days.

I was raised and educated in Charleston, attended Vanderbilt University and graduated with a BA in English in 1965.  In 1969 I returned to Charleston to graduate from the Medial College of South Carolina and spent four summers working the Department of Pharmacology conducting independent research in the cardiovascular pharmacology.  I completed my internship and residency in anesthesiology at the University of Alabama Hospital and Clinics (now University of Alabama Birmingham) where in my fellowship year of research and was awarded a MS in Physiology and Biophysics (1973.)  I served in the U.S. Navy at Bethesda Naval Hospital and then returned to UAB where I pioneered cardiac anesthesiology and directed the Anesthesiology Research Laboratories.  In 1984, I was recruited to Duke University to form and lead the new division of Cardiac Anesthesiology and 3 years later created and lead the Duke University Heart Center for its first 10 years.  I was selected to be chair of anesthesiology in 1991, and during this time the department attained national prominence. I returned to MUSC in 2001 to serve as Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice-President for Medical Affairs. My primary focus has been on strengthening the critical missions of education, research, and clinical service through interdisciplinary programs, innovative curricula, and a strong integrated group clinical practice. I have achieved national recognition for my commitment to diversity with the University as a path through which quality is enhanced.

Jerry Reves, MD