|MUSC names first-ever female College of Medicine dean
MUSC announced the appointment of Etta D. Pisano, M.D., as the next
dean of the College of Medicine, pending final approval by the Board of
Trustees on April 9. Pisano was selected from a national pool of
candidates and will succeed Jerry Reves, M.D., who steps down June 30
after nine years of service. Pisano will become the first woman to lead
the MUSC College of Medicine, and one of only about a dozen female
deans of medical schools in the United States.
“Dr. Pisano is one of the rising stars in academic medicine,” said
David Cole, M.D., Department of Surgery chairman and leader of the dean
search committee. “She is a leader in every sense of the word and will
help us build even greater excellence here in the years
Dr. Etta Pisano
Pisano has been a faculty member at the University of North Carolina
for more than 20 years, where she is a Kenan Professor and serves as
the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of the School of Medicine. A
leader in the field of mammography, Pisano was the principal
investigator of a landmark study of digital mammography published in
the New England Journal of Medicine in 2005. The results of that study,
one of the largest investigations of breast cancer screening,
demonstrated advantages of digital mammography for the detection of
cancers in younger women.
am thrilled to be joining such an outstanding institution as the dean.
My family and I are very excited about this opportunity,” Pisano said.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Duke University School of
Medicine, Pisano trained in radiology at the Harvard-affiliated Beth
Israel Hospital. She has been the recipient of numerous grants
from the National Institutes of Health and currently serves as the lead
investigator for the $61 million Clinical and Translational Science
Award to the University of North Carolina. She has been
recognized as one of the top ten experts in women’s imaging and one of
the 20 most influential people in radiology. Earlier this year,
Pisano was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the
National Academy of Sciences.
“We are very fortunate to have attracted Pisano to the Medical
University,” said MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. “She
is brilliant, hard-working, energetic, and entrepreneurial. She
insists on the highest standards in her own work and in the work of
others. She is the right person at the right time for this
In addition to her professional activities, Pisano is dedicated to her
family and community service. In 2004, she was recognized as the Chapel
Hill/Carrboro City Schools Volunteer of the year, and the following
year, she was selected for the Village Pride award for hometown
heroes. She is married to Jan Kylstra, M.D., a retinal surgeon
who will join the MUSC Department of Ophthalmology faculty. Pisano and
Kylstra have four children, Carolyn, James, Jonathan and Marijke.
Upon completing his term as dean, Reves, a Distinguished University
Professor and cardiac anesthesiologist, will retire from full-time
service. Under his leadership, the College of Medicine has enhanced
research and clinical programs and has undertaken a complete revision
of the educational curriculum. He will work part-time as a consultant
in the areas of faculty development and clinical research.