Strategic Growth and New Leadership

The MUSC Department of Surgery is part of a growing network of MUSC Health hospitals, affiliate hospitals and clinic locations across the state, creating a greater impact to improve patient care to all South Carolinians. Our surgeons provide excellent care across a broad spectrum of surgery service lines with a team of dedicated advanced practice providers,nurses, and administrative staff. Together, we are committed to our mission to deliver exceptional patient-centered care.We are united in our values of respect, equity, inclusivity, and personal development.

It is by these tenets that we realize we will be our most resilient and authentic selves, honoring our commitment to our patients and each other.


“The Department of Surgery has experienced unprecedented clinical growth over the past few years. We now have more surgeons-scientists from a wide diversity of backgrounds and expertise, and a breadth of innovative surgical procedures and research endeavors that provide leading-edge care to thousands of patients each year.”

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


As our clinical growth continues, our impact expands beyond the walls of the operating room. We are transforming patient care at MUSC through new and significant leadership opportunities.This year, our department recruited several new leaders in surgical oncology and several of our talented department members assumed essential and transformational leadership roles.Each of these individuals is nationally recognized and brings to their new position valuable experience and extraordinary commitment.

William Hawkins, M.D., joins MUSC as Deputy Director of the Hollings Cancer Center,where he will work with Director Raymond DuBois,M.D., Ph.D., and team to achieve the National Cancer Institute (NCI) comprehensive status during the 2028 review cycle.

Kevin Roggin, M.D., has been named Chief of Surgical Oncology.Dr. Roggin is a distinguished surgical oncologist,scholar, and educator, having served at the University of Chicago Medicine for the past17 years.

Heather Evans, M.D., MS, has been named Chief of Surgery at the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran Affairs Medical Center, where she will lead 133 employees across 17 clinical divisions.

Cynthia Talley, M.D., has been named Senior Associate Dean for GME and CME for the College of Medicine following a national search.

Jean Marie Ruddy, M.D., hasbeen named the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery.

Minoo Kavarana, M.D., has been named the inaugural Chief in the newly created Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Barry Gibney, D.O., has been named the new Section Chief of Thoracic Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Rohit Mittal, M.D., joined MUSC in 2022 to serve MUSC as Pediatric Burn Director in the South Carolina Pediatric Burn Center, based at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.