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2018 Fall Newsletter In our Fall issue of SurgeOn we highlight some of the latest research and innovations, including the division of Research’s roadmap that will lead our efforts into the next era of surgical innovation, significant NIH funding in the Wang Lab, and leading-edge approaches to surgical care that reduces hospital stays and increases patient satisfaction.

In December, the department celebrates a milestone -- 50 years of kidney transplantation. This issue features a timeline of the continued innovation, beginning with the first surgery in 1968. The MUSC kidney transplant program now ranks as the tenth largest kidney transplant program in the nation.

We inform you of the important work of the South Carolina Surgical Quality Collaborative (SCSQC) and thank Dr. Mark Lockett for leading the charge for MUSC. 

We celebrated the remarkable career of Dr. David B. Adam during an evening filled with heartfelt tributes, much laughter and expressions of gratitude. In recognition of his lifetime achievements, Dr. Adams was awarded the Order of the Palmetto. The award is the highest civilian honor given to citizens of South Carolina for their extraordinary lifetime service and achievements. In addition to receiving the highest honor from the State and in recognition of his many contributions, we announced that MUSC and the Department of Surgery are distinguishing Dr. Adams with an endowed chair named in his honor.

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In our Spring/Summer issue of SurgeOnwe feature the evolution of women in surgery across the country and within MUSC, beginning with brave women who entered the all-male-dominated operating theater in the 1970s, paving the way for the new generation of surgical trainees.

We celebrate the remarkable careers of two of our country’s most distinguished vascular surgeons: Bruce Elliott, M.D. and Jay Robison, M.D.  As surgical leaders, the program they created provides a formidable foundation for the future of vascular surgery at MUSC.  

This issue also keeps you up-to-date on the achievements and recognitions within the Department, highlighting areas of research and clinical expertise. For instance, Mark Rubinstein, Ph.D., and Mark Wrangle, M.D. medical oncologist at Hollings Cancer Center, continue their collaborative efforts to advance immunotherapy for lung cancer patients. 

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In the Fall 2017 issue, we delve deep into the many ways our residency training provides an excellent clinical experience focused on compassionate care, a broad spectrum of research opportunities, and innovative training.  We celebrate Dr. R. Randolph Bradham and his many contributions to surgical education and highlight the important ways our residents are benefiting from the R. Randolph Bradham Endowment for the Enhancement of Surgical Education. 

Also in this issue, you can read about how our faculty continue to innovate and collaborate. As we continue to strengthen and align our surgical leadership, Marc R. Katz, M.D., M.P.H. accepted the position of Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and is paving the way for collaborative, innovative and less invasive surgeries that will improve patient care in South Carolina.

Our scientific commitment continues to strengthen as well. New funding includes these recent notifications: Nancy DeMore, M.D., FACS, Department of Defense $1.5M 2017 Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Breakthrough Funding Level 2 – Partnering PI Option Award, Mike Yost, Ph.D., PI for the $20M MADE in SC Award, and Dave Taber, Ph.D., PI in a $1.5M R18 study to improve medication adherence through pharmacy-led Telehealth from the US Department of Health & Human Services.

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In the Spring 2017 issue, we highlight Nancy DeMore, M.D., surgical oncologist and BMW Endowed Chair, whose innovation and entrepreneurship is “Changing What’s Possible” at MUSC and beyond, share some examples of recent collaborations that are improving the lives we touch and setting a standard for other medical universities, and profile new faculty.In the Fall 2016 issue, we highlight the impact the Department of Surgery has had on the U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, our recent NIH funding, such as the $1.68M NIH grant funding research to help patients with pancreatitis, and innovations in surgery. 


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