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Dr. Silver with a patient

Grateful For Your Gifts

In today’s scientifically-advanced medical environment, gifts from donors have never been more critical to enabling MUSC to achieve its mission of providing extraordinary care and engaging in research that benefits the Charleston community and beyond. Because of gifts from donors, MUSC can recruit the highest quality physicians, faculty, and scientists who are doing vital research that promises better therapies and outcomes for so many. The Department of Medicine is deeply appreciative of the donors who have compassionately invested in the people and programs at MUSC.

A major priority for the Department of Medicine is to develop endowed chairs. Currently, the Department has four endowment campaigns underway to honor the gifted teaching and outstanding medical care provided by faculty members. Once established, these endowments will confer academia’s highest honor upon our most accomplished medical scientists and educators and will serve as a permanent resource supporting medical education, cutting-edge research, and patient care.

Current Philanthropic Priorities

Richard M. Silver, M.D., Endowed Chair

Honoring his compassion and commitment: The Department of Medicine established the Richard M. Silver, M.D., Endowed Chair to honor Dr. Silver’s significant contributions to the field of rheumatology at MUSC, his compassion for his patients, and his unwavering dedication and commitment to training the next generation of physician-scientists. Thus far, donors have generously provided $914,677 of the $1,000,000 goal.

Jay Brzezinski, M.D., Clinical Educator Professorship

Impacting the lives of countless students: Dr. Jay Brzezinski has been an esteemed teacher, physician, mentor, and friend to countless MUSC medical students and patients since he came to MUSC in 1987. The Department of Medicine established the Jay Brzezinski, M.D., Clinical Educator Professorship to honor Dr. Brzezinski’s exemplary career and his dedication to academic medicine. The professorship will provide support for a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching. To date, loyal and generous donors have provided $485,638 of the $500,000 goal.

Donald O. Castell, M.D., Endowed Chair

“Don is what the best of teachers and mentors strive to be. He perfected the art of educating and building the next generation of physicians and clinical researchers.” —Amine Hila, M.D.
The tribute above is one of many that Dr. Castell received from former trainees and colleagues who have worked with and learned from him over the years. The wonderful tributes are testaments to Castell’s outstanding contributions to the field of gastroenterology and to his gifted teaching. To honor his outstanding career, the Department of Medicine established the Donald O. Castell, M.D., Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology. Thus far, donors have generously provided $411,885 of the $1,000,000 goal.

J. Michael Kilby, M.D., Endowment

“Michael was an incredibly gifted clinician, teacher, and mentor and wore his heart on his sleeve. Infectious disease at MUSC wishes to remember and celebrate a true ambassador of the specialty.” —Cassandra Salgado, M.D. 

The J. Michael Kilby, M.D., Endowment was established in memory of Dr. Kilby with the long-term goal of creating an endowed chair, the most coveted and highly esteemed legacy possible at MUSC. Contributions to this meaningful tribute campaign will support the Infectious Diseases Division, help establish a permanent fund in support of its educational, research, and clinical programs, and enable the Division to continue the compassionate work for which Dr. Kilby was known and loved. To date, donors have generously provided $387,823 of the $1,000,000 goal.

Your Gifts Are Helping To Provide A Brighter Future For Patients

Haylee and Kaylee Thomas (shown above with Richard Silver, M.D.) are twin sisters who developed juvenile idiopathic arthritis at a very young age. Haylee and Kaylee have been patients of Richard Silver, M.D., Distinguished University Professor in the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, since they were first-graders. Now sophomores at Coastal Carolina University, they are excelling academically and are Dean’s List honorees. With the advances in medical therapy and the outstanding care offered by members of the Department of Medicine, Haylee and Kaylee and other patients with complex medical illnesses can look forward to a very bright future.