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Department of Surgery

Welcome New Faculty

Meet Jason Ulm, MD, Plastic Surgery, who joined our faculty in August, 2013
Having survived this past winter in Boston, where I completed a Craniofacial fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, my family is thrilled to return to Charleston. I am pleased to be joining the Plastic Surgery Division at MUSC where my focus will be on craniofacial, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery.
I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and went to Miami University in Ohio where I met my wife, Colleen. From there I returned to Indiana for medical school at IU. I then left the Midwest to complete a general surgery residency at UMDNJ in northern NJ. During this time Colleen and I were married and had our first child, Kaelen (now 5 yrs old). We then came to MUSC for my plastic surgery training where we had our son Jack (3 yrs old) and daughter Dylan (2 yrs old). I was fortunate to be able to spend this past year with Dr. Michael Yaremchuk, a renowned Craniofacial surgeon, and the other staff at MGH and Boston Children’s Hospital. My interests include adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery, breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery. Outside the hospital I enjoy spending time with my family and numerous outdoor activities.
Meet Eric Kimchi, MD, Surgical Oncology, who joined our faculty in August, 2013 (photo to come)
I am a surgical oncologist with an interest in hepatobiliary and pancreatic malignancies, and I am excited about joining the faculty here at MUSC.  I grew up in Miami, FL and went to undergraduate school at Florida International University (in Miami).  I migrated to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the first time in 1992 to attend medical school at Penn State.  I continued my education/training as a general surgery resident in Detroit, MI at Wayne State University, and then graduated from the University of Chicago’s surgical oncology fellowship.  I subsequently joined the faculty at Penn State (yes, back in Hershey again) in 2005 and remained there until accepting this position.  My wife, Kim, is a pediatric neuropsychologist and an incredibly dedicated mom to our 3 children (Benjamin (11), Emma (8), and Caroline (5)).  Ben, Kim, and I are avid tennis players and our daughters are devoted ice skaters.  We are grateful to everyone at the medical center and in the community who have welcomed us with open arms and made us feel at home.
Meet Karen Karpick, PA, GI and Laparoscopic Surgery, who will join our faculty in September, 2013
I have been hired as a Clinical Instructor for the Department of Surgery, Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Division. I am graduating from the MUSC Physician Assistant Program August 17th and will start with the department in September.
Originally from Spartanburg, SC, I have lived in the Charleston area for 14 years and received my Bachelor’s degree from College of Charleston. Prior to attending the Physician Assistant Program, I worked as a therapist for several years in corrections, mental health, and most recently HIV/AIDS. I have a Master’s degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Florida State University.
I enjoy running, skiing, painting, and discovering new restaurants. I reside in the downtown area.
Meet Kristen Laudati, NP, CT Surgery, who will join our faculty in September, 2013
I am originally from Michigan  and moved to NY in 1998 with my husband Joseph. We have 3 beautiful children, twin boys, 10 yrs old, and a little girl who is 5. I have been a NP for 10 yrs specializing in Cardiothoracic surgery at NorthShore University Hospital in Manhasset NY. We moved here to SC to be closer to family and to start a new chapter in our lives.  We are excited to experience all that SC has to offer and looking forward to a new future with MUSC.
Meet Kevin Staveley-O’Carroll, MD, Chief, Surgical Oncology, who joined our faculty in May, 2013
I’m delighted to join the Division of Surgical Oncology and Hollings Cancer Center as a surgical oncologist here at MUSC.  I recently arrived here from Lancaster, Pennsylvania where I have worked for the past 12 years at Penn State University.  I grew up in Oklahoma and spent several summers working in Charleston during high school and college helping my brother rebuild boats.  I loved the city then and it certainly hasn’t lost its charm for me.  I went to college at Notre Dame and I am a steadfast supporter.  My wife, Julie teaches high school French and Spanish.  She plays the congas and is passionate about African dancing.  We love to salsa dance.  I have four children:  My oldest son, Seamus, works in Florida and my younger son, Finnbar, will be attending the Citadel as a freshman next year. My older daughter, Ciara, will be returning from a year abroad in France and attending Ashley Hall as a junior with my younger daughter, Maddy, who will be an eighth grader.  As a family we enjoy grappling, combat sports, and dancing.  We are all excited about our family’s move to Charleston.
Meet Satish Nadig, MD, PhD, Transplant Surgery, who joined the faculty in August, 2013

Having been born and raised in South Carolina, I am thrilled to be back at MUSC where I attended medical school from 1999-2003. After medical school, I left Charleston for my surgical residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. During my time in Boston, I decided to pursue a PhD in Transplant Immunology at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Interestingly, this was a passion of mine that was born out of the opportunities that I was given as a medical student here at MUSC, in the division of Transplant Surgery.  While in England, I met my best friend and wife, Nandita Nadig, who has joined MUSC as a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow.  Upon returning to Boston to complete my residency, my travels then took me to Ann Arbor, Michigan where I spent the next 2 years completing a fellowship in adult and pediatric multi-organ abdominal transplant surgery at the University of Michigan.  I am excited to be back home and look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces and meeting new friends and colleagues as well.  When I am not in the hospital I enjoy various sports including tennis and soccer, playing the violin, and movies.

Meet Joshua Washer, MD, Transplant Surgery, who joined our faculty in August, 2013
After spending the last year in Dallas, Texas, my family and I are excited to be back in South Carolina. After finishing medical school at the University of South Carolina, I completed my general surgery residency at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville. Following that training, I completed a year of kidney transplant & vascular access surgery fellowship at UT Southwestern in Dallas. I am joining the transplant surgery division at MUSC with the primary responsibility of developing the dialysis access program. When I'm not at the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Heidi, and two sons, Micah and Miles.


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