Carolyn Elaine Reed,
M.D., renowned cardiothoracic surgeon,
educator, mentor and beloved oncologist,
died Nov. 16 after a short illness. She
A native of Farmington,
Maine, Reed was the Alice Ruth Reeves Folk
Endowed Chair of Clinical Oncology and a
professor in the Division of
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of
Surgery. Reed joined MUSC in 1985 as an
assistant professor in the Division of
Cardiothoracic Surgery. She was the first
woman clinical surgical faculty member to
join MUSC's ranks and succeeded Edward F.
Parker, M.D., known as the father of
thoracic surgery in South Carolina.
Carolyn Reed discusses the results of a
scan with a pulmonary resident.
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She advanced quickly in
her career at MUSC and was promoted to
associate professor in 1989 and professor
in 1997. She played many significant roles
in the development of the Hollings Cancer
Center, serving as associate director for
clinical affairs (1998-2000), director of
the cancer center (2000-2004) and
associate director of medical affairs
(2004-2012). She achieved a national and
international reputation as a thoracic
surgeon and oncologist with specific
expertise in lung and esophageal cancer. A
respected surgical educator, she was
committed to medical student, resident,
and physician teaching and mentorship. In
1987, she received the Student Teaching
Award and was continually nominated for
Golden Apple awards.
An active clinical
researcher and principal investigator for
numerous research grants and clinical
trials, Reed was a strong advocate for
finding successful treatments to cancer.
She was the author of more than 100
peer-reviewed publications and journals
including 20 book chapters. She was editor
of the textbook, General Thoracic Surgery
(7th edition), which is recognized as the
bible for general thoracic surgery. She
worked with multiple editing boards and
presented at more than 120 national and
international thoracic surgery meetings.
Throughout her career,
Reed held memberships with many surgical
associations and organizations including
the American College of Chest Physicians,
Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American
Association for Thoracic Surgery, American
Surgical Association and the Halsted
Society. She also served in leadership
roles with the Society of Thoracic
Surgeons, Council of the American
Association for Thoracic Surgery and the
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association,
where she was president in 2006. Reed was
the first woman appointed to the American
Board of Thoracic Surgery and served
two-year terms as vice chair and the
Reed was born March 4,
1950, the daughter of Margaret E. Reed and
the late Clayton E. Reed, of Farmington,
Maine. She completed her undergraduate
studies at the University of Maine in 1972
and received her medical degree from the
University of Rochester. She completed her
general and cardiothoracic surgery
training at the New York Hospital-Cornell
Medical Center. Reed spent an additional
year training as a fellow in surgical
oncology at the Memorial Sloane Kettering
Cancer Center before moving to South
Of the numerous honors
that she received, perhaps the one that
meant the most to her was being selected
as the commencement speaker in 2005 at her
alma mater, the University of Maine, at
which time she was awarded an honorary
Reed was recognized as
a superb clinical surgeon and as a leader
in the field of thoracic surgery
throughout the world. It was truly ironic
that she succumbed to cancer — a disease
that she spent her life trying to cure.
She is survived by her mother, twin sister
Joyce Greenacre, and other family.
To read Reed's entire
obituary from The Post and Courier, visit
service honoring Carolyn E. Reed, M.D.
will take place at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 9, at St. Luke's
Chapel. Due to the expected overflow
of attendants at this event, a video
feed will be coordinated at several
on-campus auditorium locations.
Additional details about this event
will be shared at a later date.