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HCC surgeon helps lay foundation, vision

by Melissa Lacas
Graduate Intern, Public Relations
In the early days of Hollings Cancer Center’s quest to become a top cancer center, Carolyn E. Reed, M.D., helped lay the foundation and vision through her leadership, devotion and clinical acumen.
Dr. Carolyn Reed celebrates the NCI designation with patient John Anthony. Anthony has been a patient of Reed's since 1999.

A thoracic oncology surgeon, Reed served as the interim director of Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) 2000-2004, and wrote MUSC’s first successful planning grant, which became a basis for the National Cancer Institute cancer center designation.
The professor of surgery also revived the center’s American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant, co-founded the S. C. Cancer Alliance and authored its state cancer report card, which became the blueprint for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded state cancer plan.
Reed has facilitated multi-level transitions to enable construction of the new and renovated HCC clinical area, a seven-story addition for lab space; and she championed the development of an HCC Volunteer Program and a Patient Resource Center, building a statewide and regional physician referral network.
As associate director of medical affairs, she continues to play a critical role on the HCC senior leadership team, ensuring that the clinical enterprise is keeping up with the growth and development of the research team.
Reed continues to work closely with the hospital and ambulatory care administrations to ensure HCC physicians and health professional teams deliver top quality care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Currently, Reed is leading statewide policy efforts to mandate that insurance providers cover individuals participating in National Institutes of Health-approved Phase II and Phase III clinical trials.

Friday, March 6, 2009

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