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Changing What's Possible: 2011 Year in Review


New pharmacy dean
Philip D. Hall, PharmD, is the campus dean on the MUSC campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy.
Jan. 28

Islet cell transplant
The 50th islet cell transplant took place Jan. 31. MUSC is the second busiest autologous islet cell transplant center in the country. Feb. 4

VP for academic affairs, provost
Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., is MUSC's vice president of academic affairs and provost. Feb. 25

Pharmacy ranking
Rankings by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy show the S.C. College of Pharmacy to be No. 3 nationally in percent of research faculty with National Institutes of Health funding. March 4

Melody valve
MUSC becomes first center in the state to be approved to have the Melody transcatheter valve procedure that helps patients with either damaged or absent valves in the pulmonary position. March 4

Spin-off company
SimTunes offers patient simulation educational material developed at MUSC's Health Care Simulation of South Carolina through SimStore on the Internet. March 18

Lung transplant program
MUSC revives its lung transplant program. Above, Dr. William M. Yarbrough, checks on patient Evin Evans. The program completes the one missing piece of a well-established, multi-organ transplant center and means that organs can remain in state for patients awaiting transplants. March 25

Implant stent system
MUSC became one of the first centers to implant the MISAGO Self-expanding Stent System, as part of a clinical trial evaluating the system's ability to improve blood flow to the lower extremities for patients suffering from peripheral artery disease. April 1

Best grad school
Eleven MUSC programs ranked in the top 100 spots for the U.S. News Media Group's 2012 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. April 1

VIR clinic
The Vascular Interventional Radiology (VIR) outpatient clinic is shared by cardiology, vascular and gastrointestinal surgery. April 8

Explore MUSC
Explore MUSC, an app to reach prospective students who embrace the technology of the iPhone and iPad, can be downloaded for free. April 22

Gene therapy for Alzheimer's
MUSC's first patient to undergo brain surgery March 29 was part of a clinical trial to see the effectiveness of a new type of gene therapy treatment for patients with Alzheimer's disease. April 29

Rehabilitation center
MUSC's Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions is expected to reshape the way rehabilitation therapy is done for a variety of neurological conditions, including stroke, spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy. May 13

Doctorate nursing program
The College of Nursing's doctorate in nursing practice program welcomes its first graduating class. May 20

Boeing investment
MUSC Children's Hospital will use a $1 million charitable investment from The Boeing Company to establish a community-based center aimed at promoting better health among the state's children. May 27

Children's heart program
MUSC Children's Hospital once again made it into the top 20 hospitals for children's heart programs in U.S. News Media Group's 2011 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals, achieving a rank of No. 17. June 3

Endowed chair
One of the nation's leading cancer drug researchers, Patrick Woster, Ph.D., joins the S.C. College of Pharmacy where he helps lead the Center of Economic Excellence in Cancer Drug Discovery as the SmartState Endowed Chair in Medicinal Chemistry. June 3

Popular medical school
MUSC College of Medicine was among the 10 most popular medical schools in the country according to a May U.S. News & World Report. June 10

Green campus
MUSC wins community and national awards for its recycling and sustainability efforts. June 24

Fitts-Raja endowed chair
Prabhakar Baliga, M.D., is the Fitts-Raja Endowed Chair in Transplant Surgery. July 1

Chandler's Law
MUSC employees work with the S.C. legislature to pass Chandler's Law. The law marks new safety rules for children on all-terrain vehicles. July 1

Translational cancer chair
Igor Roninson, Ph.D., is the new South Carolina Centers for Economic Excellence Endowed Chair in Translational Therapeutics at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. July 8

Global health
Michael Sweat, Ph.D., helps MUSC meet its strategic global plans with his eight-year HIV study that was published in Online First "The Lancet Infectious Diseases." July 15

National ranking
MUSC was named by U.S. News &World Report as one of the country's best hospitals in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders and ear, nose and throat disorders. July 29

Philanthropic gifts
MUSC received a record $82.8 million in philanthropic gifts and pledges. Aug. 5

CARES clinic expansion
The physical and occupational therapy after-hours clinic is the latest addition to the CARES clinic, a non-profit organization managed by medical and health profession students providing free medical care to the underserved, uninsured population. Aug. 5

After-hours pediatric clinic
MUSC's Children's Hospital opened an after-hours clinic in North Charleston July 22. The clinic is open seven days a week. Aug. 12

Endowed chair in proteomics
Richard Drake, Ph.D., is the new SmartState Endowed Chair in Proteomics. Aug. 12

New pediatrics chair
Rita Ryan, M.D., brings her extensive research background to the Department of Pediatrics chair. Aug. 12

Upstate class
The South Carolina College of Pharmacy's new Upstate campus in Greenville welcomed the inaugural class Aug. 26

Biomedical research grows
MUSC achieved a record amount of research funding from outside sources topping $238 million. Aug. 26

JC diabetes certification
The Joint Commission Advanced Impatient Diabetes Certification is awarded to the university hospital, Ashley River Tower, Institute of Psychiatry and the Children's Hospital. Sept. 9

Peds surgery endowed chair
Andre Hebra, M.D., is the H. Biemann Othersen Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery. Oct. 14

Clyburn Research Center
The James E. Clyburn Research Center consists of the Bioengineering and Drug Discovery buildings. Oct. 28

Heinz Award winner
Louis Guillette, Ph.D., received a $100,000 Heinz Award for his pioneering research into toxic chemicals' impact.
Sept. 30


In Memory

Laura Mode Lail, a nurse coordinator, died Jan. 23. Feb. 4

Phanor Perot Jr., Ph.D., served as chairman of MUSC's Department of Neurological Surgery from 1968 to 1997. He died Feb. 2. March 11

Glen Askins, M.D., College of Health Professions professor and clinical services department chair, died May 2. May 27

Bill Rust, manager of technical services and a certified project management professional in the Office of the OCIO-Information Services, died May 4. June 3

Renan P. Uflacker, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, died June 12. June 17

Marvin Brown, an employee at MUSC's STAR Ladson/Children's Day Treatment Program, died July 9. July 22

Melvyn Berlinsky, whose 40-year tenure on the board of trustees spanned MUSC's ascent from a state university hospital to a leading national academic health sciences center, died Nov. 4. Nov. 11





Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

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