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Most 'Best Doctors' in South Carolina at MUSC

Heather Woolwine

Feb. 27, 2013

More than 270 MUSC physicians named to national peer-reviewed list

CHARLESTON -- More than 270 Charleston-area doctors either employed at or affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have been named to the 2012-2013 “Best Doctors” list by Best Doctors, Inc. The MUSC doctors selected as among the nation’s best doctors include those who were either full-time or part-time and affiliated with MUSC. Doctors on the list represent more than 40 specialties, including cardiovascular disease, neurosciences, pediatrics, family and internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology, obstetrics and gynecology and surgery. MUSC has the most “best doctors” in South Carolina, including the lion’s share of best doctors in the Charleston area. More information on MUSC’s Best Doctors awards can be found at

“It is particularly gratifying to see so many MUSC physicians recognized because of the methodology used by Best Doctors,” said Pat Cawley, M.D., current chief medical officer and incoming MUSC executive director and vice president for clinical operations of the Medical University Hospital Authority (April 1). “They ask other physicians to review, recommend and then elect colleagues to the list. Only five percent of physicians who get nominated are elected. As MUSC's chief medical officer, I know the great care provided every day by our physicians, and the Best Doctors recognition is proof of this."

Best Doctors, Inc. serves as the world’s leading resource for patients, families and physicians seeking medical experts, resources and guidance in the treatment of illnesses and injuries. Doctors who make the list are a part of the Best Doctors global database, which has been consistently recognized by doctors, patients and the public for quality, integrity and independence. Doctors and hospitals can not pay to be included in the database and can only make the list through enough votes via this peer-review polling process.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $1.7 billion. MUSC operates a 750-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), and a leading Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit For more information on hospital patient services, visit



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