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Cindy Allen, PhD, APRN, FNP
Dr. Allen joined the faculty in 2010. Prior
to this appointment, she was an Instructor at the College
of Nursing teaching in the graduate program. Cindy was the
recipient of the Golden Lamp Award from 2007-2010 and 2010
Palmetto Gold Award. Her nursing school training was at
Bowling Green State University, followed by graduate studies
at Case Western Reserve University and a Family Nurse Practitioner
degree at MUSC in 1995. Cindy received her Doctor of Philosophy
from the Medical University of South Carolina, College of
Graduate Studies in 2005. Her interests include pediatrics,
preventative care, and nursing/ medical education.
Benich III, M.D.
Dr. Benich was born in Charleston, SC
and attended college at Clemson University. JJ graduated
from MUSC and completed the Trident/MUSC residency program
serving as chief resident in 2008. During residency his
research focused on the management of heart failure in the
primary care setting. Clinical and research interests include
cardiovascular disease, preventive care, and medical education.
He joined our faculty as an assistant professor in July
2008 and will primarily provide clinical care in our East
Cooper University Family Medicine office.
Amy Blue, Ph.D.
Dr. Blue joined the MUSC Department of
Family Medicine in 1998. Dr. Blue is a Professor of Family
Medicine and serves as the Assistant Provost for Education,
and the Director of Creating Collaborative Care (C3). She
works with our faculty on faculty development and educational
research. Her areas of professional interest include: interprofessional
education, undergraduate curriculum change, cultural competency
in medicine and professionalism in medical education.
Clive Brock, M.B., Ch.B.
Dr. Brock joined our department in 1981
and is one of our residency faculty members. He was trained
in South Africa and spent 15 years in private practice before
joining the faculty. Dr. Brock has a special interest in
the doctor-patient relationship and is involved in Balint
group work locally, nationally and internationally and is
the past President of the American Balint society.
Peter Carek, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Carek trained at MUSC and completed
a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Tennessee
before joining the faculty in 1992. He has been Residency
Program Director since 1995. His main areas of interest
are sports medicine, physical activity and health promotion
in addition to quality improvement.
Alexander W. Chessman, M.D.
Dr. Chessman did his residency at MUSC and joined faculty
in 1987. He became Director of Medical Student Education
in 1990. His professional interests include Balint seminar
training, clinical reasoning, evidence-based medicine, and
Todd Detar, D.O.
Dr. Detar joined the faculty in 1997 after several years
in private practice in Pottstown, PA. He serves as director
of the College of Medicine Doctoring Curriculum and directs
an elective in the Healer’s Art. His interests include
care for the whole family in a holistic osteopathic approach.
His clinical interests include medical interviewing skills,
role modeling and prevention of burnout.
Vanessa Diaz, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Diaz joined our research division as a
faculty member in 2004 after completing a two-year faculty
development fellowship at MUSC that included obtaining her
Masters of Science in Clinical Research. She is currently
our Women's Health Coordinator. Her research interests include
Latino health, obesity, cardiovascular disease and women's
health issues. A native of Panama, Dr. Diaz is fluent in
Lori M. Dickerson, Pharm.D.,
Dr. Dickerson joined the residency faculty in 1997. She
coordinates the Pharmacotherapy curriculum and actively
participates in resident education in the inpatient and
outpatient setting, in the nursing home, and in the Clinical
Scholars Program. Her interests include continuous improvement
and evidence-based medicine.
Peter A. Dodge, Sr., PA-C
Mr. Dodge joined the faculty in March 2003
upon retiring from the U.S. Air Force where he served as
a physician assistant for 20 years. His clinical interests
include acute care, sports injury, and disease prevention.
John R. Freedy, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Freedy started his career at MUSC as a clinical psychologist
in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
After returning to medical school at MUSC and residency
training in our department, he joined the Family Medicine
residency faculty in 2005 as the Director of Behavioral
Science training for the residency program. He became Program
Director for the Trident/MUSC Transitional Year Residency
in 2010. His professional interests include violence and
traumatic stress, impact of mental health upon physical
health, behavioral science curriculum development, and Balint
Ivar Frithsen, M.D.
Ivar graduated from the University of Colorado
in Boulder and also lived in Steamboat Springs, CO for a
few years. He went to medical school at the Medical College
of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University where he became interested
in both Family Medicine and Environmental Medicine. Ivar
joined our faculty as a research fellow in 2005. During
his fellowship his research focused on Occupational and
Environmental Medicine issues. After graduation in
2007 he joined our faculty as the assistant director for
the Agromedicine Program.
David R. Garr, M.D.
Before entering academic medicine, Dr. Garr
worked for six years as the Medical Director of Family Practice
Group of Tooele, UT. Dr. Garr joined the faculty of MUSC
in 1985. His clinical interests include training physicians
to become community responsive practitioners, health promotion/disease
prevention, practice-based research and medical ethics.
Maria Gibson, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Gibson grew up in Russia and practiced
Obstetrics and Gynecology in Russia and served as a faculty
member at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at
the Siberian Medical University for nine years. After a
family medicine residency at Duke, she joined the residency
faculty in the department of Family Medicine at MUSC in
2002. Dr. Gibson’s professional interests include
Women’s Health, cancer prevention and health promotion.
Tony Glaser, M.D.
Dr. Glaser was born in London and earned his
BA and PhD in Social Psychology at University of Sussex
in England. He taught Medical Psychology and Biostatistics
at the American University of the Caribbean for 13 years
and received his MD there followed by his residency at MUSC.
During his time on faculty at American University he wrote
High Yield Biostatistics, a biostatistics book for medical
students, now in its third US edition (in addition to Indian
and Chinese editions). Dr. Glaser practices in the Flowertown-University
Family Medicine office in Summerville. When he isn’t
working, he is either training for another marathon or planning
a trip to somewhere fascinating, uncomfortable and unfashionable.
Wanda Gonsalves, M.D.
Dr. Gonsalves received her medical degree &
Residency training from the University of Kentucky College
of Medicine. After 10 years of private practice and 10 years
on the faculty at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Gonsalves
joined the MUSC faculty in 2003. She teaches medical students
in the Doctoring curriculum and provides clinical care at
our East Cooper University Medicine site where she also serves
as medical director of the student-run free clinic. Her research
interests include service learning in medical education and
minority and women's health.
Barry L. Hainer, M.D.
After his residency at MUSC and private practice
in rural Virginia, Dr. Hainer returned to MUSC as a faculty
member from 1980-1985. Between 1985 and 1988, he served
as residency program director at East Carolina University
before again returning in 1988 to MUSC. Dr. Hainer currently
serves as Director of Patient Care Services. Dr. Hainer's
professional interests include procedural skills and immunization
Kesh Hebbar, M.D. MRCPI (Dublin),
Dr. Hebbar completed residencies in the United Kingdom
in both Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. He was in
practice until 1994 when he came to the United States. Dr.
Hebbar joined the residency faculty in 1997 after completing
his family medicine residency at MUSC. His professional
interests include primary care, diabetes and cardiology.
William J. Hueston, M.D.,
Dr. Hueston practiced rural family medicine
in eastern Kentucky for 7 years before entering academics.
He came to the department from the University of Wisconsin
in 1997 to serve Department Chair. His professional interests
include primary care respiratory diseases and obstetric
Arthur Cleve Hutson, Jr.,
Dr, Hutson joined the department of Family Medicine in
1971. Following his internship and residency, he entered
private practice in Beaufort, SC. He served as Chairman
of the Department form 1991-97. Dr. Hutson has been the
director of a wide range of MUSC extension programs designed
to expand educational opportunities for family practitioners
throughout South Carolina, including Area Health Education
Centers, Continuing Education, and Statewide Family Medicine.
Ruth G. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenkins joined the department in 1987 as a Research
Programmer/Specialist and Statistician. She completed her
PhD in 2005 in Medical Informatics from MUSC's Department
of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology and joined
the Family Medicine faculty in 2006. She is the Information
Manager for the Practice Partner Research Network (PPRNet),
a national primary care research network of practices that
use electronic medical records. Her interests include Medical
Informatics, Biomedical Statistical Computing and Information
Management, EMRs, Quality Improvement, and Chronic Disease
Donna Kern, M.D.
Dr. Kern joined the department in 1999 and serves as the
liaison for the Family Medicine Clerkship and the Community-Based
Education Coordinator for the Deans' Rural Primary Care
Clerkship. Her professional interests include population
health, medical education, and computer-based learning.
Dana E. King, M.D., M.S.
Dr. King completed his residency at the University of Maryland
and spent 6 years in rural practice in North Carolina before
joining the faculty at East Carolina University. He was
director of the East Carolina Rural Residency Program from
1993-99. Since coming to MUSC in 1999, Dr. King has focused
on clinical research and is a member of the department's
research section. His research interests include cardiovascular
health and the influence of religion and spirit on health
Scott Laird, MHSA
Scott joined the Medical University of South Carolina in
1988 as a management engineer and proceeded to fulfill many
roles for the University from Director of Management Engineering
to Administrator for the Institute of Psychiatry. He received
his Masters in Health Services Administration from MUSC
in 1991 and in July 1994 joined the Department of Family
Medicine. He currently serves as the Administrator for the
department. Interests include practice management, process
improvement, and health services research.
A. Lambourne, Ph.D.
Dr. Lambourne completed her undergraduate
degree with honors in Zoology at the University of Bristol,
and her Masters degree in Physical Anthropology at University
College London. For several years, she worked for the International
Institute for Environment and Development, an international
policy research institute and non-governmental body working
for more sustainable and equitable global development. Dr.
Lambourne graduated with a PhD in Anthropology from the
University of New Mexico, where she taught several classes
focused on anthropological perspectives on health and development.
Before joining Family Medicine, she spent two years in the
College of Health Professions where she was involved in
several studies in health services research and teaching
classes in decision analysis. She continues to conduct research
with the Department of Transplant Surgery to increase access
to kidney transplantation amongst African Americans in South
Arch "Chip" Mainous,
Dr. Mainous obtained his PhD from the University of Texas
and spent 8 years as director of research in the Department
of Family Medicine before joining the Department of Family
Medicine at MUSC 1998. He currently serves as Director of
Research in the department. Dr. Mainous' research interests
are in diabetes and cardiovascular health, treatment of
respiratory infections, and continuity of care.
Kim Mallin, M.D.
Dr. Mallin graduated from The Brody School of Medicine
in North Carolina, initially pursuing a career in surgery,
with four years of experience as a resident in General Surgery.
In 2002 she completed her Family Medicine residency at MUSC
and was in private practice in Summerville, SC until joining
the faculty in 2008. Her professional interests include
preventative care, office procedures and addiction.
Robert Mallin, M.D.
Dr. Mallin joined the predoctoral education section in the
department in 1998 after serving as a faculty member at the
University of South Carolina and in private practice. He served
as director of the Doctoring Curriculum in the College of
Medicine for 7 years. His professional interests include undergraduate
medical education, family and addiction medicine.
Amy McCurley, BSN, CNM,
Amy joined Family Medicine in 2004 as a Certified
Nurse Midwife assisting with resident obstetrical training.
Amy served in the US Army Nurse Corps as an obstetrical
registered nurse for five years spent 16 months as a CNM
in a private practice in North Charleston before joining
Family Medicine. Her professional interests include childbirth
education and nurse midwifery education.
Steve M. Ornstein, M.D.
Dr. Ornstein trained in this department and
joined the faculty in 1985. Dr. Ornstein is the director
of the Practice Partner Research Network (PPRNet), a national
research of sites that use electronic medical records. His
professional interests include health promotion and computers
Marty Player, M.D.
Dr. Player completed his family medicine residency
at Christiana Care Health Services in Wilmington, Delaware
in 2004. He spent an additional year there as a fellow in
faculty development with a focus on underserved and vulnerable
populations. He joined the Research Fellowship at MUSC Family
Medicine and the Clinical Research masters program in the
college of graduate studies at MUSC in July 2005. Research
interests include cardiovascular risk factors and detection.
Kelly Ragucci, Pharm.D., FCCP,
Dr. Ragucci completed her Family Medicine Residency
at MUSC in 1998 then rejoined the MUSC faculty in 2000. Dr.
Ragucci holds appointments in Family Medicine and the Department
of Pharmacy and Clinical Sciences. Her activities in family
medicine include student/resident/patient education and provision
of interdisciplinary care.
Ann Rodden, DO, MS
After finishing the Trident/MUSC residency
program as Chief Resident in 2005, Dr. Rodden completed
the Faculty Development Fellowship at the MUSC in 2007.
She has since joined the faculty at MUSC. Her clinical and
research interests include women’s health and OB,
preventive care, and medical education.
William M. Simpson, Jr.,
After completing his Family Practice Residency
in this department and serving two years in full-time family
practice in the military, Dr. Simpson returned to head our
Division of Undergraduate Education in 1976. Over the past
30 years he has served a number of roles including acting
chair for two years. Currently, he directs the Agromedicine
Program, a public education program in partnership with
Clemson University. Dr. Simpson's professional interests
include medical ethics, sports medicine, geriatrics, and
Wayne Weart, Pharm.D., FASHP,
Dr. Weart joined MUSC in 1979, as Director
of Pharmacy Education in Family Medicine. He holds a joint
appointment in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Department
of Family Medicine.
Andrea Wessell, Pharm.D.,
Dr. Wessell joined the faculty of the College
of Pharmacy with a joint appointment in Family Medicine
in 2002. Andrea's involvement in Family Medicine includes
clinical pharmacy services in the outpatient setting in
addition to student and resident education in the inpatient
setting. Her interests include geriatrics, evidence-based
medicine and quality improvement.