Chief Residents


Kelly Barton, M.D.
Medical School
: Indiana University
Undergraduate: Indiana University

Favorite thing about Charleston: Where to begin? I was drawn to Charleston for the historic small city charm, amazing food scene, and warmer climates with beaches to match. I love that after a stressful day I can wander the city among the tourists and pretend to be on vacation. I have running list of restaurants to try that seems to be growing faster than I can keep up!

Why MUSC? The energy from the residents and faculty on my interview day is truly what set MUSC apart. Aside from offering a level 1 trauma center, level 4 NICU, and any subspecialty imaginable, the people at MUSC are genuinely happy and welcoming to all care team members. I knew MUSC would provide a comprehensive pediatric education, but could have never imagined the sense of community and belonging it would foster as well. It’s been a privilege to work in a hospital with breathtaking views of the Charleston harbor while delivering outstanding patient care. 

Post-residency plans: Primary Care

Michael Lugo, M.D.
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas
Favorite thing about Charleston: So much to love about Charleston! The restaurants and food, the warm weather, all the beaches, the downtown area. It has everything you are looking for and more. Living downtown during medical school was one of the most enjoyable experiences especially being in the heart of it all! Living off the peninsula now, with my wife and daughter, it has been an equally wonderful with easy accessibility to all the suburbs with all the wonderful things they have to offer. 
Why MUSC? It starts with the people. Everyone from Dave Mills and the other PDs down to the support staff are all just wonderful humans. This played a huge contributing factor to wanting to stay here after medical school. When you factor in Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital itself, that fact we are the primary referral site for the state, and the overall quality of care we provide – evident by the US News and World Report’s rankings, coming to MUSC is a no brainer. Given I have completed residency, I received excellent training and feel confident in my abilities. I would 100% do pediatrics residency at MUSC again. 
Post-residency plans: Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellowship with interests in obesity and nutrition, medical education, wellness, and advocacy