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  • Residency Education Robotic Training

    Under the direction of Rana Pullatt, M.D., students learn the latest techniques using the da Vinci robot.  

  • Global Reach 

    Residents become familiar with the full sprectrum of surgical disease in developing countries and grasp the special considerations for care in the OR during an international rotation in Cameroon.

  • Case Presentations During Lectureships  

    Residents discuss their cases as part of the annual lectureship series.

  • Residency Education in the Sim Lab 

    The Department of Surgery Simulation Lab cultivates the technical and cognitive skills development of  surgical trainees in an environment optimally focused on their education

Horace G Smithy Lecture

The Horace G. Smithy Lectureship honors Dr. Smithy, a pioneer in the early days of cardiac surgery. On January 30, 1948, Dr. Smithy was a young Assistant Professor of Surgery at MUSC who made medical history by successfully removing scar tissue from a heart valve of a young, incapacitated girl who had been given but a brief time to live.  

The technique employed by the 34-year old Horace G. Smithy was based upon two years of exhaustive research experimentation. Dr. Smithy’s research included the design of a new instrument, known as a valvulotome, to cut scar tissue blocking heart valves of rheumatic fever victims.  He subsequently operated upon six additional patients, four of whom survived. 
Tragically, Dr. Smithy himself had valvular heart disease as a result of rheumatic fever during childhood, and his condition began rapidly deteriorating and Dr. Smithy died on October 28, 1948. However, from his pioneering efforts, enormous progress has been made. Today, reliable prosthetic heart valves are widely available and surgery for valvular heart disease is standardized and carries a very low risk in most individuals.


W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr. M.D., D.Sc., FACSInnovators and Innovation in Cardiac Surgery: 
Past, Present, and Future
David R. Jones, M.D.Current Management of Stage III(N2) NSCLC - canceled due to weather2017
Vaughn A. Starnes, M.D.
Opening Doors: A Surgeon’s Journey Over Thresholds
Martin Elliott, M.D. 
10 Commandments for Safety in the Operating Room"
Shafique Keshavjee, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS  "The Future of Transplantation: Personalized Medicine for the Organ"2013
Lawrence H. Cohn, MD "How to be a Safe and Effective Surgeon"2012
Leonard Lee Bailey, MD  "Evolution of Infant Heart Transplantation"2011 
G. Alexander Patterson, MD  "Tribal Leadership in Surgery"2010 


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June Cameron
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Phone: 843-792-5976


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