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Curtis P. Artz MUSC Surgical Society

Message from the Interim Chairman

David B. Adams, MD
Interim Chairman, Department of Surgery

On behalf of the faculty and staff in the MUSC Department of Surgery, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you. Building on a long standing tradition of excellence in patient care and teaching along with noteworthy progress in scientific knowledge, the Department has been a key part of a remarkable ongoing institutional transformation that is unprecedented in its history.

Our mission is: to provide patient care recognized for excellence integrated with innovative research which leads to the advancement of medical science and state of the art training for our surgeons and future physicians. Our clinical programs are well recognized for excellence and poised for continued growth with eight clinical divisions:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  •  General Surgery
  •  GI/Laparoscopic Surgery
  •  Pediatric Surgery
  •  Plastic Surgery
  •  Surgical Oncology
  •  Transplant Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

We have a congenital heart surgery program that is among the world's best, a nationally recognized expertise in the surgical management of chronic pancreatitis, our abdominal organ transplant surgery program is one of the highest volume centers in the Southeast, and has recently been ranked in the top 5 by UHC metrics in the United States based on quality and outcomes. In addition to these highlights, we have recently received designation as the first Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center of Excellence in the state of South Carolina by the American College of Surgeons.

As a result of a decade of growth, we now have outstanding research efforts in both clinical and basic science in the areas of tumor immunology, cardiothoracic surgery, regenerative medicine, transplant immunology, and health disparities. Total research funding for these laboratories exceeded $21.2 million in 2013 with 38 active grants and included sources such as the National Institutes of Health, the VA Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association. Teaching has always been a priority and is reflected in the fact that our students continually perform above the national norms and MUSC Golden Apple Awards for excellence in teaching have gone to a disproportionate number of our faculty, residents, and staff for over a decade.

We are passionately dedicated to excellence, and look toward the future with excitement. It is not enough to be providers of excellent patient care; we must aspire to be the ones who will shape the direction of patient care now and in the future. We have the opportunity to think and act at a new level of excellence and expertise with exciting new intra- and inter-institutional programs, nationally prominent faculty, and health initiatives which will have an increasingly regional and national impact. New programs such as autologous pancreatic islet cell transplantation, a laparoscopic teaching center of excellence, a minimally invasive pediatric surgery program, innovative cancer therapy trials and groundbreaking minimally invasive cardiac surgery programs are examples of changes that will continue to reshape our department and allow us to continue to build strong relationships within the State of South Carolina and provide academic leadership at a national level.


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