Message from the Chair

Over the past several years, the Department of Surgery has focused on strategic growth and recruitment, bringing world class clinicians and surgical innovators to MUSC.

With more than 25 new faculty recruited over the past three years, the department experienced significant clinical growth. And, as you will read in this report, our strategic growth in clinical expertise has spread beyond geographical lines to benefit the health and well-being of communities far beyond Charleston and our state.These are transformative times.In alignment with MUSC’s strategic direction, we are reshaping how we deliver on our tripartite mission to successfully serve our patients and each other.

With great care and dedication, we are:

Reshaping our culture of innovation through the Harvey and Marcia Schiller Surgical Innovation Centerρ Improving our community by strengthening our model for inclusion and equity 

Re-imagining our trainees’ learning experience through our Future Surgical Leaders and Pathways programsρ Integrating our research and clinical strengths through team scienceρ

Leveraging our new Global Surgery Program to create bidirectional opportunities to improve care in low- and middle-income countries and developed nationsρ

Creating a more compassionate and trauma-informed space through our Turning the Tide Violence Intervention Program

Building on our national presence as academic leaders in surgery, we are helping to guide and shape both standards of care and policy

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