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Edward Kantor, M.D.
Program Director

Dr. Ed Kantor is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, serving as the Residency Training Director and directing the department’s community psychiatry collaborative and outreach planning efforts.  Clinically he supervises residents in the Outpatient Clinic, Emergency Services and at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at MUSC Student Health.   Coordination of education and clinical activities along with the hospital authorities, the residents and various rotation sites has been a priority since his arrival in 2008.  Addressing resident needs and supporting the program in the face of changing expectations and increased documentation for accreditation has been a major effort.  In that regard, the program was reviewed in 2009 and reaccredited in May of 2010- receiving the maximum accreditation length of 5 years with no citations.   He was selected by the senior class as ‘outstanding career mentor’ in 2010.

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David Beckert, M.D.
Associate Director for Residency Training

Dr. Beckert is a graduate of Penn State University, earning a BS in Biology with Honors in 2002. He completed his MD from the University of Virginia in 2006. He then came to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he completed his general psychiatry residency training in 2010. He served as a Chief Resident in his senior year, and was awarded the Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation Award, a peer selected award, in recognition of professional achievement, dedication, and scholarship. Following his residency, he joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor, where he is currently employed.

Dr. Beckert has been involved in several areas of interest throughout his medical schooling, residency education, and current faculty appointment. He has been very active in education, supervising both medical students and residents on clinical rotations, teaching medical students in small groups, and serving as the Assistant Program Director for the Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He has been involved in various aspects of clinical work as well, covering adult inpatient services, consult-liaison and emergency services, and adult outpatient services. The settings for his clinical work include the Medical University of South Carolina Institute of Psychiatry, the MUSC Counseling and Psychological Services center, the Charleston-Dorchester County Community Mental Health Center, the National Crime Victims center, and the Colleton Medical Center. Exposure and involvement in this unique mix of settings helps Dr. Beckert play an active role in inter-agency cooperation and gain experience in a variety of roles. This mix also allows him to provide excellent clinical care to a wide variety of patients, ranging from students affected with mental illness to clients in the local community who are severely and persistently mentally ill.

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Elliott E. Levy MD
Associate Director for Residency Training
Medical Director of Charleston/Dorchester Mental Health
Section Chief, Outpatient Mental Health at the VA

Dr. Levy graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1994. He completed his residency training and chief residency at the Medical University of South Carolina along with a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1999. As the Administrative Chief Resident in psychiatry program, he won the Pfizer Psychiatry Resident of the Year Award in recognition of dedication and commitment to the field of psychiatry and also was awarded the Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation Award, a peer selected award, in recognition of professional achievement, dedication, and scholarship. Following his fellowship, he became employed with the Department of Mental Health in Charleston and remained on faculty and was involved with teaching medical students and residents. In 2007, he took a job at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, where he currently is employed.

While employed at Charleston/Dorchester County Mental Health, he worked one on one supervising residents and students. He became an instructor for mock oral exams and clinical skills exams for psychiatric residents. He won the Circle of Excellence Award, an award for outstanding clinical teaching by a volunteer faculty of senior psychiatry clerkship and the Psychiatry Golden Apple Award for teaching by a volunteer faculty for the senior clerkship. In 2006, Dr. Levy received the honor of the Nancy CA Roeske, MD Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education, a national award given in recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to medical education.  Recently, he has returned back to the department of mental health and now is the Medical Director of Charleston/Dorchester mental health where he has brought back clinical involvement for third and fourth year residents.

Dr. Levy has been involved with clinical work since completion of his residency in 1999. He has cared for many patients over the years. He worked with Assessment Mobile Crisis, spending some time in the community being involved with barricades and people threatening to jump off the Cooper River Bridge. This led to close relationships with the police department and other emergency services. Now that he is working with the VA, he continues to be involved with the community. Dr. Levy had a governor appointed position on the Board of Directors for Charleston/Dorchester County Mental Health providing guidance on management of mental health services. He also frequently is a guest speaker for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) providing "ask the doctor" sessions. For his involvement with NAMI, he was honored with the Mental Health Professional of the year

Currently, Dr. Levy is the Associate Director of Residency Training and has an invested interest in the education of our psychiatry residents taking an active role as the Intern Faculty Advisor, Chairman of the Curriculum Committee and a member of the Resident Education Committee. The Resident Curriculum Committee involves scheduling and organizing didactics for the psychiatry residents along with ensuring that GME requirement are met. The Resident Education Committee involves the monitoring and development of appropriate educational experiences for psychiatric residents.

With his current role of Section Chief of Outpatient Mental Health and the Site Coordinator for the residency program at the VA, he supervises residents for their VA outpatient clinical experience. In addition, he also does weekly longitudinal supervision with several residents. He manages many employees including psychiatrists, nurses, casemanagers, and administrative assistances along with many residents. While doing this, he continues to be very active with seeing patients and providing clinical care. Dr. Levy enjoys working with the residents and having benefitted greatly from the residency program himself, finds it rewarding to continue to foster the tradition of a strong work ethic along with excellent clinical skills. He was recently featured in the local paper, the Post and Courier, with an article entitled: Giving a Voice to the Mentally Ill, Psychiatrist Wears Three Hats to Serve Patients