Message from the Chair

Despite the ongoing pandemic and the continual challenges in the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, our commitment to our patients remains resolute. We continued to move forward as a department, making great strides in improving patient care throughout the state. With expanded clinics, new highly specialized providers, quality improvement programs, and innovative research, our surgeon scientists are addressing some of the most critical health care issues, creating a better future for South Carolinians.


Some particularly noteworthy departmental highlights from the past year include:

  • unprecedented clinical growth across all divisions
  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery #4 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 rankings
  • tremendous progress in improving outcomes through artificial intelligence and design thinking, supported by a generous gift from Brigadier General Harvey W. Schiller, USAF Ret. Ph.D., and his wife, Marcia
  • significant new leadership positions, providing a surgical voice at the table across the health care and university system an expanded
  • future surgical leaders program to include pathways for residents to specialize
  • our DEI, Well-being, and Faculty Development pillars all have established strategic initiatives and funding expanding our footprint in our good stewardship and citizenship through addressing gun violence in our community and across the nation
  • and moving into the next fiscal year, expanding our citizenship through a new global surgery program.


These strategic initiatives and many more that you will read about in this report illustrate how the department is poised to shape the future of surgical care for our patients through scientific discovery, education, and surgical leadership.


I could not be prouder to be a part of this incredible group and the work we have accomplished this year.




Prabhakar Baliga, M.D.
Chair, MUSC Department of Surgery