David Moffat, M.D. General Surgery Chief

David Moffat, M.D., or “Little David” in the family, was born and raised in Columbia, SC to parents David and Bonnibel Moffat. He spent the better part of his childhood tormenting his younger sister Evans, though he would certainly call it tough love.

His youth was spent in year-round baseball and basketball, though a precipitous growth spurt and numerous broken bones would quell any delusions of pursuing athletics beyond high school. From the earliest age, his goal was always to become a doctor. He excelled academically through high school, completing a rigorous math and science magnet program at Spring Valley High School.

David would go on to attend Wofford College, where he majored in Biology with a minor in Spanish. He was honored as the DeWitt L. Harper Biology Scholar, while serving as a TA for numerous courses.

A disastrous knee injury sustained during a pick-up basketball game in his senior year of college would serve as the catalyst for his interest in surgery. Having the unfortunate privilege to need multiple operations afforded him the insight into the impact surgeons have in their patient’s lives.

David then proceeded to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where his interest in surgery grew. After pursuing a match in orthopedic surgery, he was fortunate to land a preliminary position in general surgery at MUSC. With much hard work and some sage advice from Dr. Streck, David was awarded a categorical position in general surgery.

Drs. Byrne and Pullatt had a tremendous influence on David, exposing him to the fields of bariatric and robotic surgery. Following graduation, David will be completing a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Duke University.

Though much of his time is spent in the hospital, the true joy in David’s life is his growing family. He met his wife Allyson while at Wofford together, and were married during his intern year. They welcomed their son, Wells, to the world on New Year’s Eve 2017. David and Allyson are thrilled to announce they are expecting the birth of their daughter in December of this year.

Reflections

The path that has led to this momentous occasion has been neither direct nor predictable. I consider myself truly fortunate to have been surrounded by caring family, friends, and mentors. To Dr. Streck, thank you for granting me the opportunity to pursue my dream career and for quite literally giving my son a safe place to rest his head.

Dave and Wills

To Drs. Byrne and Pullatt, thank you for opening innumerable doors as I set about beginning my career. If I am able to garner a fraction of the respect you hold amongst your peers, I will consider myself immensely successful.

To Dr. Countryman, thank you for never discussing medicine or surgery during all the talks we have had over the years. Your focus on family and life outside the hospital has been a welcome reprieve, allowing me to cement my priorities.

Dave Moffat and family

Lastly, to my beautiful wife Allyson, our time in Charleston has brought many firsts, but none more momentous than the birth of our Wells. His smiles and laughs can make even the worst of days seem instantly trivial. As we move to our next chapter in Durham, I cannot wait watch him become the best big brother to our little girl. Thank you for giving me the family and life beyond my wildest dreams. 

Dave and his wife Allyson

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