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South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund

Board of Directors



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W. Daniel Westerkam, MD, (Chair)
Columbia, SC
Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who is Director of Rehabilitative Services at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital as well as Associate Medical Director at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Columbia.

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Byron N. Bailey, MD
Charleston, SC
Board Certified Neurosurgeon in private practice at Charleston Neurological Associates, L.L.C.

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Kevin Kopera, MD
Greenville, SC
Medical Director of Roger C Peace Rehabilitation Hospital of the Greenville Health System, overseeing a CARF accredited Spinal Cord Injury Program. He is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation completing his residency training at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Kopera earned a Masters Degree in Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He serves as Medical Director for Employee Health and Wellness for the Greenville Health System's greater than twelve thousand employees. Additional interests include ongoing research projects in Driving Rehabilitation in collaboration with Clemson University. Dr. Kopera is the Ombudsman for University of South Carolina Greenville School of Medicine and is an International Medical Classifier for Paralympic Cycling.

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M. Noreen Herring, MD
Charleston, SC
Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Department of Neurosciences

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Jeremy S. Chapman

Pelzer, SC
Person with an SCI
I believe everyone remember their “Defining Moments” in life because of the impact it has, not only in them but in family, friends, and everything around them. May 1st 2002 was one of those defining moments in my life. I was involved in a single car accident by hydroplaning off the road and slamming into a wooded area on the roadside. After awaking in the hospital three days later I was told my life had changed forever, and they were right! Fortunately, I was taught that I had a major part to play in the “How” my life would change, and it has been for the better. Spinal Cord Injury hasn’t changed who I am, but only magnified what was already a part of me.

Abhay Varma Head Shot

Abhay K. Varma, MDMBBS
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Associate Professor of Neurosugery at MUSC




VACANT - Recommendation sent to Governor Haley


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The Board is comprised of the following Categories:

A. Two Medical Doctors (MD) from MUSC;
B. Two MDs at large specializing or significantly engaged in the treatment of people with an SCI;
C. Two members who have an SCI or have a family member with an SCI; and,
D. One at large MD who is a member of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Category A. Two MDs from MUSC

M. Noreen Herring, MD – initial term (2014)
Abhay K. Varma, MD – first term (2018)

Category B. Two MDs at large specializing or significantly engaged in the treatment of people with an SCI

W. Daniel Westerkam, MD – second term (2015)
Kevin W. Kopera, MD, MPH – first term (2017)

Category C. Two members who have an SCI or a family member with an SCI

Jeremy S. Chapman – first term (2018)
Vacant - Nomination Submitted

Category D. One at large MD who is a member of the SC Medical Association

Byron N. Bailey, MD – second term (2015)

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The Board of Directors holds in-person meetings, usually 2-3 per year, to address the organization of the SCIRF as well as directional goals.  Meeting dates, locations and select photos are included below.  The Board of Directors is responsible for approving all grants awarded as well as budgets for Administrative and Research Core functions.


May 2 – 2935 Colonial Drive, Healthsouth, Columbia

May 2, 2014 Board Of Directors
Back Row: W. Daniel Westerkam (Board of Director-Chair), Naren L. Banik (Associate Scientific Director),
M. Noreen Herring (Board of Director), and Kevin W. Kopera (Board of Director)
Front Row: James S. Krause (Scientific Director), Catherine Leigh Graham (Executive Director)
Not Pictured:  Byron N. Bailey

October 17 - Scheduled for Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, Greenville

See 2010/2014 Multi-year Report for previous Board meeting details and photos

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