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Faculty members honored at convocation

Eleven MUSC faculty members were honored Aug. 25 at the annual Faculty Convocation.
“Reconnecting to the Core Mission,” focusing on health professions education in South Carolina, was the theme of this year’s event. Lisa Saladin, Ph.D., executive associate dean of the College of Health Professions, gave the keynote address.
MUSC faculty members and administrators were honored Aug. 25 at the  Faculty Convocation for outstanding contributions in several areas. Front row from left are Drs. Carla Danielson, Pierre Giglio, Kimberly Davis, Andrea White and Maralynne Mitcham. Back row from left are Drs. Jennie Ariail, Amy Bradshaw, Abby Kazley, Barbara Edlund and Joseph Romagnuolo. Not pictured is Dr. Matthew J. Carpenter.

Faculty members were honored in four major categories: Teaching Excellence, Developing Scholar, Outstanding Clinician and Distinguished Faculty Service.
The four teaching honorees, Jennie Ariail, Ph.D., Joseph Romagnuolo, M.D., Abby Kazley, Ph.D., and Andrea White, Ph.D., were featured in the May 15 issue of The Catalyst.
Honorees in the remaining three categories were:
Developing Scholar
Amy Bradshaw, Ph.D.
Bradshaw, an assistant professor, is considered a leading authority in studies of the extracellular matrix, or ECM, a complex structure of non-living tissue surrounding and supporting cells. Prior to joining the MUSC faculty in 2003, she completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Washington. She earned her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in the University of California system.
She also is highly regarded for her studies of secreted protein, acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC).
Bradshaw has academic appoint-ments in the Gazes Cardiac Research Institute, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, College of Dental Medicine, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and Clemson University’s Department of Bio-engineering.
“The MUSC teaching and research environments are richer because of her contributions,“ said Merry Lindsey, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Cardiology Division and Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Carla K. Danielson, Ph.D.
Groundbreaking research is being conducted in the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) under the director of Danielson.
An assistant professor, Danielson is making significant contributions to medicine’s understanding of the potential relationship between Post Traumatic Stress     Disorder (PTSD) caused by an abusive relationship and the misuse of alcohol and other substances in the nation’s youth. Danielson devised a therapeutic approach to this situation known as Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT), which encompasses treatment for maltreatment, depression, substance abuse and revictimization. Preliminary findings for RRFT have been promising, and a larger scale study is under way in collaboration with St. John’s University in New York City.
Danielson, who earned her doctorate at Case Western Reserve University, joined the MUSC faculty in 2005 following the completion of her fellowship at NCVC.

Matthew J. Carpenter, Ph.D.
In South Carolina, tobacco-generated revenue in fiscal year 2009 totaled $114 million, but annual health care costs directly caused by smoking dwarfed that amount, surpassing $1 billion.
Carpenter is devoting his career to reducing the health hazards of tobacco in South Carolina and beyond.
An assistant professor with dual appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Hollings Cancer Center, Carpenter is focusing his research on smoking cessation therapies and their under-use, especially among minority populations. Saul Shiffman, Ph.D., professor of psychology, psychiatry and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, states that Carpenter “manages to focus his research on aspects of public health that are critical and are not being addressed by the more routine lines of research being pursued by ‘the crowd.’”
Carpenter earned his doctorate from the University of Vermont and completed two fellowships at MUSC prior to joining the faculty in 2006.

Outstanding Clinician
Kimberly S. Davis, M.D.
From the time she completed her residency in 1997, Davis has been a full-time clinical educator in general internal medicine.
Since that time, she also has established a busy faculty practice with a large and diverse patient population representing virtually every socioeconomic group. She is widely recognized for the devoted, compassionate care she delivers to her patients.
Her administrative credentials are equally impressive. She is the clinical director for ambulatory medicine and has played a major role in improving the delivery of care at MUSC. As director of the Internal Medicine clinic, Davis has spearheaded several innovations that bring a patient-centered approach to health care. This has brought her regional and national attention.
Her educational skills also have brought much praise. “How wonderful it would be if every one of our learners had the opportunity to work with her,” states one colleague. “She skillfully coaches students, encourages residents and opens lines of communication with faculty members.”

Pierre Giglio, M.D.
An assistant professor of medicine, Giglio directs the Neuro-oncology Brain Tumor Program in the Department of Neurosciences. In that capacity, he cares for some of the sickest patients within the medical center complex. Yet he and his staff earn nothing but praise from patients and their families for the high level of care and compassion they deliver.
“His devotion to his patients is near legendary in our department,” a colleague said. “Patients call him all hours of the day or night. He frequently rounds seven days a week on his inpatients whether he is on call or not. He demands this level of commitment not only of himself but of all those who work with him.”
Combine that compassion and dedication with expertise in the treatment of malignant gliomas, however, and you have the description of an exceptional physician. He is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of malignant gliomas, the only physician in South Carolina with that distinction.
Giglio earned his medical degree from the University of Malta Medical School and continued his training at the State University of New York in Buffalo and at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Chicago.

Distinguished Faculty Service
Maralynne D. Mitcham, Ph.D.
For 38 years, Mitcham has practiced her chosen profession of occupational therapy. Twenty-five of those years have been spent as a faculty member of MUSC. While the quantity of years is impressive, what is even more so is the quality of those years.
She joined the MUSC faculty in 1984 as chair of the Occupational Therapy Educational Department of the then-College of Health-Related Professions. Since then, she has been instrumental in leading the program to national prominence, highly accredited with a first-time pass rate averaging 97 percent on national boards.
Throughout her quarter-century tenure here, MUSC has called upon her repeatedly, and she has always responded graciously and effectively. Currently director of the Division of Occupational Therapy and associate chair of the Department of Health Professions, both within the College of Health Professions, Mitcham has served in many leadership capacities within CHP and throughout the university. Some of these include service as assistant CHP dean for research and graduate studies, director of post-professional graduate programs in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and membership on at least 40 university committees.
Additionally, Mitcham has served in and been honored by many professional organizations related to her work, including the American Heart Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Occupational Therapy Foundation and many others. She has received many honors from this institution, including this foundation’s Teaching Excellence Award. In recent years, she has played an integral role in the university’s Creating Collaborative Care initiative, serving as curricular domain leader, a major effort in advancing MUSC’s educational mission.

Barbara J. Edlund, R.N., Ph.D.
A member of the MUSC faculty for 29 years, Edlund, is an acknowledged authority in geriatric health care, having established a rewarding career helping one of our most vulnerable populations. It has not been unusual to see Edlund driving patients to free dental examinations she had arranged, arranging for medication subsidy plans, getting home health care agencies to deliver extra help, or making house calls herself. For these seniors who often are slighted by  society, she shows them the utmost dignity and respect.
With regard to issues on aging, MUSC has no better ambassador to the Charleston community, as she serves on several related boards, including Respite Care Ministries, the Mayor’s Council on Aging, the Low Country Senior Center and the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community. She has been instrumental in bringing the specialty of palliative care nursing to South Carolina.
As an educator, Edlund has few equals. College of Nursing students have honored her many times during her tenure here, and invitations come from MUSC’s other colleges to teach their students in the area of gerontology and palliative care. Likewise, she has been invited to make national and international presentations in her field. She also has served on many national journal review boards and in professional associations.


Friday, Aug. 28, 2009

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