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.
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
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:
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
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.
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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