MUSC College of Medicine
was among the 10 most popular medical schools in the country according
to a May U.S. News & World Report. The rankings were based on the
percentage of admitted students who choose to enroll in a specific
program. The College of Medicine, which ranked eighth overall, had an
enrollment of 156 students or 73.9 percent of 211 accepted students who
chose to attend the school in the 2010-2011 academic year.
MUSC also ranked 73rd in
U.S. News' rankings of top primary care programs and 91st among medical
school research programs. The University of Kansas Medical Center took
the top spot with 176 or 82.2 percent of 214 students who committed to
attend the institution during the 2010 academic year. Only the
University of Washington School of Medicine placed in the top 10
rankings of medical school research programs. Two schools, Washington
and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine,
were among the most popular schools that attained the top 50 of that
College of Medicine Dean
Etta D. Pisano, M.D., praised college faculty and staff for this
achievement. "This ranking is a wonderful reflection of our program and
our admissions staff who work very hard to recruit the best possible
students to MUSC."
New pediatrics chair
Rita M. Ryan,
M.D., was named chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Ryan, who
received her medicine degree and completed her residency in pediatrics
at SUNY-Upstate, is professor of pediatrics, Pathology and Anatomical
Sciences and Gynecology-Obstetrics at State University of New York
(SUNY)-Buffalo, where she serves as chief of the Division of
Neonatology, director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship
Program and director of the Center for Developmental Biology of the
Lung. Ryan did her fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the
University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
She has an extensive research background and is principal investigator
of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-funded
Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program and site principal
investigator of the NHLBI-funded Trial of Late Surfactant. Ryan will
begin July 1.
Senior associate dean for research
Crosson, Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology, is the senior associate
dean for research in COM.
Crosson previously served as vice chair of research in the Department
of Ophthalmology. He came to MUSC in 1998 as a retinal researcher
specializing in glaucoma research and ophthalmic studies. Crosson has
been charged with implementing the college's research strategic plan
and guiding the college's new bridge funding program, which will help
support investigators with clinical and basic science research programs
who've had a lapse in grant support. He began working in this position
Associate dean for admin, planning
Marriott joined the College of Medicine as the new associate dean for
administration and planning effective March 1. His immediate focus will
be on the implementation of a space allocation and management process
for the college. Marriott has experience in space management and
administration in institutions of higher education.
Executive senior associate dean for clinical affairs
Feussner, M.D., Distinguished University Professor, was named to the
new position of executive senior associate dean for clinical affairs
March 15. Feussner, former chair of the Department of Medicine, will
help lead and manage the clinical mission of COM. He will help set
organizational priorities and guide development moving towards a more
fully-integrated health care system, which will include a clinically
integrated physician network to better position the institution for
health care reform. Richard Silver, M.D., Distinguished University
Professor, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, is serving as
interim chair of the Department of Medicine while a search is conducted.
Chief strategic officer for clinical
M.D., a 1993 College of Medicine alumnus and former chief resident of
MUSC's Department of Internal Medicine, assumed the new role of chief
strategic officer for the MUSC Clinical Enterprise as of May 7. He will
be responsible for management of MUHA/COM affiliations with other
health care systems and hospitals, will assist with the identification
and formation of selective physician partnerships, and will be the
primary person charged with the implementation of clinical outreach.
Most recently, Lyles has worked at the Association of American Medical
Colleges as senior director of health care affairs, where he guided
institutions in implementing innovative care delivery and payment
models and managed a forum for chief strategy and innovation officers
at academic medical centers to discuss and share best practices.
Senior associate dean for children's health outreach
Saul, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of
Pediatric Cardiology and the Children's Heart Program of South
Carolina, has been named to the new position of senior associate dean
for children's health outreach effective July 1. Saul will play a
significant role in the leadership and management of pediatric outreach.