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Endowed Chairs

What is an Endowed Chair?

An endowed chair is an elite faculty appointment that carries with it a stable source of funding to support the chair-holder’s work. It is the most prestigious honor a university can confer upon a faculty member. A chair is usually established by a pool of philanthropically provided funds totaling $1 million, which is invested in a professionally managed fund. The principle, or “corpus,” remains in this fund, generating interest income that is used to attract and support the work of a leading scientist and/or educator in perpetuity.

Benefits of an Endowed Chair:

  • Enables MUSC to attract and retain the best educators in the country.
  • Provides a permanent, stable source of departmental funding.
  • Establishes the University as a leader in the chairholder’s field.
  • Helps recruit the nation’s top students.
  • Attracts additional research dollars.
  • Establishes strength and perpetuity within a given field of study, promoting continual discovery and understanding.

Endowed Chair Recipients

Latha Hebbar M.D. Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology

This endowed chair has been created to recognize the substantial contributions of Dr. Hebbar to the department. She has frequently been awarded the resident teacher of the year and has dedicated her professional life to the development of the next generation of anesthesiologists. She has taken her love for resident education and expanded it to include faculty development in her role as the Vice Chair for Faculty Development. The whole department owes her a debt for our personal and professional development. I cannot think of another person that emphasizes what it means to be an academic anesthesiologist, mentor and friend. As the COVID pandemic starts to dissipate, the department will hold several events in her honor in the months ahead and provide you an opportunity to contribute to the endowment. A short bio of her life follows below. Please congratulate her on a significant milestone in her career.

Dr. Latha Hebbar was born in the Indian state of Kerala, and was raised in Chennai, a vibrant city on the southeastern coast of India. In 1984, she completed her medical degree at the Madras Medical College, Madras University. In 1987, she completed her residency in anesthesiology at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. She then moved to the United Kingdom (UK) in 1988, where she continued her anesthesia training with the Northwest Regional Authority of the National Health Service. She went through the ranks of her UK training in the Manchester hospitals and was board certified as a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 1991. She is also board certified from Dublin, Ireland in 1991 and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. In 1994, Dr. Hebbar moved to the United States and joined the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she completed her residency in the Clinical Scientist track graduating in 1995. She was awarded first place in the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) resident research competition for her work on the effect of propofol on cardiomyocyte contractility. She continued at MUSC, as a Basic Science Anesthesiology Research Fellow for two years doing extensive research in the field of cardiac-thoracic anesthesia. In 1996, she was board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).

In 1997, Dr. Hebbar joined the department faculty as an Assistant professor and has been an integral part of the various missions of the department. In 2005, she was promoted to Full Professor. During her initial 24 years, she has served as the Program Director for the Residency Program, Medical Director of Non-Operating Room Anesthesia, Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee, Chair of the of the Resident Clinical Competency Commit-tee, Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology and, most importantly, Vice Chair for Faculty Development. As Vice Chair for Faculty Development, she has promoted and developed a robust departmental faculty mentoring program. She is the founding faculty member of the College of Medicine’s Anesthesia Interest Group and continues to serve as a mentor for aspiring medical students interested in anesthesiology. In 2017, she was named the Claudia Oxner Simmons Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology. Dr. Hebbar’s clinical interests include obstetric, liver transplantation and neuro-anesthesia.

Dr. Hebbar has been very engaged in research both as a principal investigator and in mentoring junior faculty with their research efforts. Her basic science cardiac research focused on the impact of anesthesia medications and novel cardioplegic solutions on cardiomyocyte contractility in healthy and failing hearts; obstetric research included labor analgesia modalities, post cesarean pain management strategies and healthcare disparities in the parturient.

She is well published with over 130 presentations and publications in obstetric, transplant, cardiothoracic, and other prominent anesthesia journals. She has addressed academic communities at international, national, and regional meetings. She is an active member of her professional societies and is a contributing author to ASA’s Continuing Medical Education publications in both general and obstetric anesthesiology areas.

Dr. Hebbar is married to Dr. Kesh Hebbar, who is a Professor within the MUSC Department of Family Medicine, and the couple have a daughter, Preetha, who after graduating from MUSC’s College of Medicine, is currently doing her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale University. The Hebbars live in Mt. Pleasant with their 13-year-old Cavachon, Gigi.

Dr. Latha Hebbar

John E. Mahaffey M.D. Endowed Chair

A 1954 graduate of the Medical College of South Carolina, Dr. Mahaffey returned to MUSC in 1958 as instructor of anesthesiology and one year later was named acting chairman. In 1964 he was appointed professor and chairman of anesthesiology.

In addition to expanding the anesthesiology program at MUSC, Dr. Mahaffey advanced the field through his service as the president of the South Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists and on the board of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, as well as several state and national committees of scientific and educational organizations.

In recognition of his contributions to the field of anesthesiology and to promote continued growth, MUSC and Dr. Mahaffey’s colleagues would now like to recognize him with the highest award a university can bestow upon a faculty member: an endowed chair, named in his honor.

Lewis Blackman Endowed Chair

The Lewis Blackman Endowed Chair with Health Sciences South Carolina is named after Lewis Blackman, a 15-year-old South Carolina boy who passed away at the Medical University of South Carolina from an undetected perforated ulcer caused by medication for post-operative pain. This position was made possible by legislation called the South Carolina Research Centers of Economic Excellence Act passed in 2002 by the General Assembly. 

Dr. Catherine Tobin has been appointed the Medical Director for the MUSC Simulation Center.  She is currently an Associate Professor within the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and is currently being considered for the rank of Professor.  Within MUSC, she has been both the co-creator or/and lead instructor of MUSC’s moderate sedation simulation course for non‑Anesthesia personnel.  This course is a mandatory, competency-based course for all non-Anesthesia personnel as a requirement for MUHA credentialing and privileging in moderate sedation.  In addition, she was the director of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) program at the MUSC Simulation Center.  This program was developed to fulfill the American Board of Anesthesiology’s MOCA requirements.  The center at MUSC was one of only approximately twenty centers across the United States.  Finally, she has been very active in the train-the-trainer Ebola simulation course which she developed in 2020. 

She is a Co-Investigator on two major grants, the first being the CDC funded Simulation Education for Ebola Healthcare Team Competency.  This grant was specifically designed around personal protective equipment (PPE) protocols for Ebola training both within the United States and across the world.  The techniques developed and refined at MUSC were field tested in Uganda where they were reproducible and very successful.  When the COVID pandemic hit, the department and MUSC were able to rapidly switch to using this knowledge to develop courses and videos for training and demonstration of appropriate PPE utilization for the COVID-19 pandemic.  This has resulted in multiple manuscripts being published in the American Journal of Disaster Medicine, Surgical Infections and Education for Health.  You Tube videos of our processes at MUSC were developed and distributed worldwide.  Dr. Tobin was truly an international leader in PPE very early in the COVID pandemic. She is also lead investigator for the AHRQ OR smart, a medication error reduction grant.  This grant specifically looks at the use of simulation and other modalities to reduce human error within operating and non-operating (NORA) room settings. 

To her credit, Dr. Tobin has fourteen peer reviewed manuscripts and four book chapters.  Other areas of expertise include manuscripts on moderate sedation and simulation education with two publications in Simulation in Healthcare.  The use of bag ventilation and direct patient novel mask ventilation was published in the Journal of Medical Education and Curricula Development, the Journal of Anesthesia and Intensive Care and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  She is a role model for students, residents and faculty, and I along with the whole department are excited about her appointment as the Lewis Blackman Endowed Chair. 

Dr. Catherine Tobin

Jerry G. Reves M.D. Endowed Chair in Anesthesia Research

A pioneer clinical investigator who helped launch the cardiac anesthesiology subspecialty, Dr. Reves served as the second President for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (1979-1980,) and received that organization's outstanding service award in 2006. Dr. Reves has been elected to numerous medical boards, societies, and organizations such as the Association of University Anesthetists, the Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, and the Cardiac Surgery and Anesthesia Council of the American Heart Association. 

He helped found the Duke Heart Center and served as its first director from 1987 to 1997. Dr. Reves served as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, at MUSC, from 1991 until 2001, when he became Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice President of the Medical University of South Carolina until 2010. 

Dr. Reves is nationally recognized for his contributions to anesthesia clinical research. His term introduced midazolam and esmolol into clinical practice and his research groups have focused on aging and cognition after cardiac surgery. He has authored or edited 15 books and his work has been published in over 300 scientific publications. 

Dr. Sylvia Wilson was nominated and appointed as the inaugural Dr. Jerry G. Reves Endowed Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine in 2019.

Born and raised in Orlando, Dr. Wilson completed her undergraduate and medical education in Gainesville at the University of Florida. She then completed her residency training in anesthesiology at the UNC in Chapel Hill, NC followed by a regional and acute pain management fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wilson joined the anesthesia faculty at MUSC in 2010.

Since her arrival at MUSC, Dr Wilson has served our department, the medical school, and the anesthesia community. In the department, she has been our Division Chief for

Regional Anesthesia (2011-16 & 2020-current), Medical Director for ambulatory surgery (2015-2020), and created our regional anesthesia fellowship where she still serves as fellowship director (2015-current).  Concurrently, she has mentored medical students, residents, graduate students, and fellows within and outside our department. Outside of MUSC, Dr. Wilson serves as both a question writer and an oral board examiner for the ABA and has taught workshops and lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to acute pain and regional anesthesia. 

However, Dr. Wilson was nominated for the Dr. JG Reves Endowed Chair for Research for none of these accolades, but for her research. Dr. Wilson first became active in research as an undergraduate at the University of Florida working in the Department of Pharmacology. Over the years, she has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and editorials, 30 abstracts, 16 book chapters, and numerous other non-peer reviewed publications. She has also edited a textbook and served as a peer reviewer for several anesthesiology journals.  While her initial basic science research focused on various properties of retinal endothelial cells before and after exposure to certain medications, the vast majority of her clinical research at MUSC has focused on the impact of regional anesthesia and non-opiate analgesics on acute pain management in the perioperative period. Dr. Wilson’s hard work, determination, and commitment to academic research made her an ideal candidate for our first Dr. JG Reves Endowed Chair for Research.

Dr. Wilson would like to thank the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, the research committee, and Dr. Scott Reeves for nominating her for this position.  She knows it is truly an honor to be associated with Dr. JG Reves. She would also like to thank her husband and two sons for their endless love and support.

Dr. Sylvia Wilson

 Joanne M. Conroy M.D. Endowed Chair for Education and Leadership Development

Dr. Conroy earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she subsequently and completed a residency in anesthesiology. After completing her training, she joined the faculty in the Medical University’s department of Anesthesiology, where she quickly rose to the ranks of vice chair and chair. She also served as Vice President of Medical Affairs for MUSC and Senior Associate Dean for the College of Medicine before moving to Morristown, New Jersey, where she served as Chief Medical Officer of Atlantic Health System, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Morristown Memorial, Atlantic Health System’s Executive Vice President and president of Morristown Memorial. 

Today, Dr. Conroy serves as Chief Health Care Officer for the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C. In that position, she focuses on the interface between the health care delivery system and academic medicine, paying particular attention to how health care in academic settings can address quality-of-care and patient centered care issues.

The Joanne M. Conroy M.D. Endowed Chair for Education and Leadership Development will be dedicated to providing anesthesiology professionals, faculty, and staff with these skills, concentrating on the following areas:

  • Effective meeting management
  • Creative problem solving
  • Recruiting and motivating others
  • Building consensus
  • Communications and conflict resolution
  • Inspiring purpose, passion and performance
  • Effective advocacy and political action

Charlie T. Wallace M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

With the onset of construction of the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and Woman’s Pavilion the department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine wanted to make a substantial contribution to the future of pediatric anesthesiology by initiating fund raising of an 2 million dollar endowed chair in recognition of the 40 year contribution of Dr. Wallace to our specialty, institution and city. The department has committed up to 1.5 million dollars in matching funds toward the total to establish the Charlie T. Wallace M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.

Dr. Marc Hassid is the inaugural recipient of the Charlie T. Wallace M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.  Dr. Hassid grew up in Katy, Texas, and attended college and medical school at the University of California at Davis. After medical school, he did a transitional internship at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California. He then moved to Missouri for residency at Washington University in St. Louis and did a pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Saint Louis Children's Hospital. After completing fellowship, Dr. Hassid began his career at MUSC in 2009.  He credits much of his success at MUSC to being in the right place, at the right time, surrounded by the right people.  In the clinical domain, he’s been an integral member of the pediatric cardiac anesthesia team.  During his time as the division chief the group moved into the new Summey Medical Pavilion, the new Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, and started a pediatric anesthesia fellowship.  Dr. Hassid is honored and humbled to receive the endowed chair and grateful for the mentoring form numerous faculty including Dr. Reeves, the Chairman, and Dr. Wallace, himself.  When asked about his role, Dr. Hassid says “my job is made much easier because the team is highly self-motivate and extremely talented.  We all share a passion for helping children and families get through some of the most challenging times in their lives.”  Outside the hospital he happily spends time with, and is supported by his wife, Kristen, and three daughters, Evie, Leah, and Hannah.

Dr. Marc Hassid

Claudia Oxner Simmons M.D. Endowed Chair in Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Dr. Oxner graduated from Newberry College and the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston and was the first woman doctor from Batesburg-Leesville. Out of a class of 69 graduates, only three were women, with Claudia being the youngest member of the class. After graduating from the Medical College, she extended her education to Anesthesia, being one of the first anesthesiology residents at what is now the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She worked at Asheville Anesthesia Associates in Asheville, North Carolina for her entire career.

Dr. Oxner was admired by many and showed great strength, humility, kindness, and grace throughout her life. She touched many lives during her career. She remained connected to her Alma Mater and left a significant contribution to the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine following her death on March 11, 2016. The proceeds are being utilized by the department to fund an endowed chair in her honor.

Joseph S. Redding M.D. Professorship in Critical Care Medicine

Joseph Redding was internationally known as a pioneer in critical care research which led to modern day concepts of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He was a dedicated clinician, teacher and investigator who authored over 100 publications.

In honor of his accomplishments, the Joseph S. Redding M.D. Critical Care Fund was established to support the department and the University in their missions of service in patient care, research and education. These funds provide support for guest lecturers with expertise in the area of critical care medicine.

Laurie L. Brown M.D. Medical Student Scholarship

Dr. Brown’s appreciation for the mentoring he received during medical school years fueled his passion for teaching. Upon retirement Dr. Brown returned to the Department of Anesthesiology at MUSC as Professor Emeritus were he continued to work with students and residents and served as the department historian until his death. The Laurie L. Brown M.D. Medical Student Scholarship was established to support medical students interested in Anesthesia as a career.