Future Surgical Leaders and Pathways Program


Our trainees work side-by-side with nationally recognized experts, preparing for their future. As a leader in academic medicine, MUSC Health's overall growth and expansion provide increased resident rotation opportunities with greater exposure to community hospitals. This experience, aligned with the department's unprecedented growth in cutting-edge clinical and research expertise, provides a depth of training unparalleled in many academic medical centers.

In 2020,  the education division launched the Future Surgical Leaders Program, a first-of-its-kind surgical residency training program in the U.S. The program will measure both short and long-term outcomes and provide immediate feedback to the trainees. The innovative program aims to have sweeping downstream effects, including improved patient satisfaction and reduced medical malpractice claims. All trainees at the end of the program with a 75% attendance will be awarded a certificate of completion. 

Now in its third year of Future Surgical Leaders, we are rolling out an exciting new program to take our residents and fellows’ professional development to another dimension. While the baseline outcome for all surgery residencies and fellowships is to produce safe and competent surgeons, Future Surgical Leaders has added training for medical professional competency. Now we have nearly 20 surgery programs joining us to create a Leadership Academy Collaborative instituting this program all over the country.

 Pathways Program 

With the vision of our Surgery Education Council, we have developed the added dimension of Pathways to develop an academic niche. The Department of Surgery’s faculty have volunteered to create and lead a number of unique professional tracks.

Pathways Leadership Program


  • Surgeon Scientist Pathway:  Jean Marie Ruddy, M.D., Michael Yost, Ph.D.
  • Clinical Research Pathway:  Heather Evans, M.D. MS
  • Education Pathway:  Adam Tanious, M.D., Jared White, M.D.
  • Quality Pathway:  Mark Lockett, M.D.
  • DEI Pathway:  Sharee Wright, M.D.
  • Non-Academic Practice Pathway:  Jorge A. Lagares-Garcia, MD., Jim Elsey, M.D.
  • Entrepreneurship Pathway:  David Mahvi, M.D.
  • Leadership Pathway:  Bruce Crookes, M.D., Dennis Vane, M.D.
  • Healthcare Disparity Pathway:  Ashley Hink, M.D., MPH
  • Wellbeing Pathway:  Andrea Abbott, M.D., MSCR
  • Global Health Pathway:  Mike Mallah, M.D.

Residents and fellows join open house meetings to explore different tracks before committing to the pathway and its individual training.

“When our residents and fellows enter the market for fellowships or jobs, they will not only have competence as surgeons but also as professionals,” said Cynthia Talley, M.D., vice chair of Education. “Our graduates will set themselves apart from the competition by developing an early academic niche."