The Division of Pediatric Surgery and the Departments of Surgery & Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina have been blessed with their longstanding affiliation with Dr. Othersen. Although he has stepped down from his position of Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, he remains very active in the education and training of surgical residents and medical students.
Over the past 50 years, H. Biemann Othersen Jr., MD has emerged as one of the most respected and loved physicians in South Carolina. A native of Charleston, Dr. Othersen earned his medical degree from the Medical College of South Carolina in 1953 and spent the next 12 years pursuing his post-graduate surgical training at Philadelphia General Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania, the Medical College of South Carolina, the Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and Massachusetts General Hospital. During this time, he also served two years in the U.S. Navy.
In 1965, Dr. Othersen joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina to serve as an assistant professor of surgery and as the university's first chief of pediatric surgery. At the time, he was the first pediatric surgeon in South Carolina and one of the first in the entire Southeast.
Over the next several years, Dr. Othersen rose to a number of key leadership positions within the Medical University, including medical director of Medical University Hospital, associate medical director of the Medical University of South Carolina, the first medical director of MUSC Children's Hospital and emeritus chief of pediatric surgery. His expertise in the surgical care of children also led him to enjoy strong collaborative relationships with other hospitals throughout the Lowcountry. The ability to collaborate and strengthen the relationship between the Medical University and community physicians no doubt led to his election as president of the Charleston County Medical Society.
Throughout his career, Dr. Othersen has served as a tireless advocate for children's health and pediatric surgical specialists. He has held membership in 30 professional organizations on the local, state, national and international levels, including the Charleston County Medical Society, the South Carolina Pediatric Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the British Association of Pediatric Surgeons and the American Surgical Association. He also held leadership positions in many of these groups, serving as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, governor of the American College of Surgeons and president of the American Cancer Society's South Carolina chapter, to name a few.
Dr. Othersen's contributions to children's health and the field of pediatric surgery have been recognized by a multitude of organizations, including his other alma mater, the College of Charleston; the Medical University of South Carolina; the University of South Carolina; and the S.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which presented Dr. Othersen with its Career Achievement Award. Dr. Othersen also was the first recipient of the S.C. Safe Kids Leadership award and the Chapter Chairman's award, presented by the S.C. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In honor of Dr. Othersen's contribution to the advancement of Pediatric Surgery and to the care of children, the Department of Surgery and the Division of Pediatric Surgery have agreed to support and develop the H. Biemann Othersen endowed chair of Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Andre Hebra, current chief of Pediatric Surgery at MUSC, will be the first to hold this position in honor of Dr. Othersen.