Awards and Recognitions

Lauren Hooker
March 02, 2021
faculty recognition

MUSC Health Transplant Awarded Designations

MUSC Health is proud to announce that it has received a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation in Adult Heart Transplant and the designation of Blue Distinction® Center for Transplant in Adult Kidney Cadaveric, Adult Kidney Living, Pediatric Heart, Pediatric Kidney and Pediatric Liver. Derek DuBay, M.D., director of the MUSC Health Transplant Center, is delighted with the news. "This is such an honor, and well deserved. Our goal is to provide the best transplant care and outcomes for our patients, and this is a true testament to our team's excellent work. This recognition really couldn't be possible without the dedication and expertise of our multidisciplinary team. I'm extremely proud."

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Barry Gibney D.O. Selected to AATS Leadership Academy

Barry Gibney, D.O., Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, was selected to the 2021 American Association for Thoracic Surgery Leadership Academy. The intensive, didactic, and interactive program gives up to 20 surgeons the opportunity to interact with well-known thoracic surgical leaders who might subsequently serve as personal mentors. Academy faculty will consist of well-known leaders in cardiothoracic surgery as well as invited guest speakers. 

Denise Carneiro-Pla, M.D. Named to Editorial Board

Denise Carneiro-Pla, M.D., Professor of Surgery in the Division of Oncologic and Endocrine Surgery, was invited to join the Editorial Board of the World Journal of Surgery, the official publication of the International Society of Surgery. The World Journal of Surgery provides an in-depth, international forum for the most authoritative information on major clinical problems in the fields of clinical and experimental surgery, surgical education, and socioeconomic aspects of surgical care. Contributions are reviewed and selected by a group of distinguished surgeons from across the world who make up the Editorial Board.

Satish Nadig, M.D., Ph.D. Receives Notification of International Patent

Satish Nadig, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Transplant Surgery, and his team received notice from the European Patent Office that their application for a targeted delivery system of therapeutics to various disease processes (including those leading to transplantation) by utilizing specifically targeted nanoparticle devices has been allowed. This latest patent will complement their existing patent in the United States.

Presentations and Publications

Presentations at the Virtual American Burn Association Annual Meeting April 7 - 9

  • Steven Kahn, M.D., Chief of Burn Surgery, is a course director for a live presentation What the Burn Provider Needs to Know About Sepsis: Current Literature, Special Considerations, Case-based Discussions, and Future Directions
  • Aaron Lesher, M.D. MSCR, Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Steven Kahn, M.D. had their abstract Real-Time Burn Outpatient Virtual Visits in the Home During the Era of Covid-19 accepted and it is being presented by MUSC Medical Student Taylor Head. 
  • Steven Kahn, M.D. is co-author of One Year Follow up Results of the DETECT Enzymatic Debridement Multicenter RCT, which was selected as one of the top six abstracts and will be presented in the main session of the meeting. 
  • Poster Presentation: "Minimally Invasive" Skin Grafting with Enzymatic Debridement and Autologous Skin Cell Spray. Authors: Steven A. Kahn, M.D., Ashley Hink, M.D., Jordan Karsch, M.D. PGY-1,  Elizabeth Halicki, PA, William H. Hickerson, M.D., James H Holmes IV, M.D. (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center), Jeffrey E. Carter, M.D. (University Medical Center/LSU)
  • Poster Presentation: 72 Facial Burns Treated with Autologous Skin Cell Suspension- A Real World Data Analysis Across 5 U.S. Burn Centers. Steven Kahn, M.D. is co-author of the multicenter study. 

Cynthia Talley, M.D., Vice Chair of Education, received notification that the abstract entitled Leadership Skills Curriculum Development for Residents and Fellows: A Needs-Assessment was selected for a Virtual Podium Presentation at the virtual Association of Surgical Education Annual Meeting April 27 - May 1, 2021. The abstract is being presented by medical student Christopher Friendly, B.S.

Fernando Herrera, M.D., Associate Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has multiple research papers accepted for publication in the Annals of Surgery: 

  • High-Pressure Injection Injuries of the Hand: A 10-Year Retrospective Analysis at a Single Academic Center
  • Epidemiology of Upper Extremity Amputations using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System
  • Cost Analysis and National Trends in the Treatment of Thumb Basal Arthritis: Comparing Ligament Reconstruction/Tendon Interposition and Trapeziectomy/Hematoma Distraction Arthroplasty
  • Practice Patterns Among Hand Surgeons According to Primary Residency Training: A National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Study

Ashley Hink, M.D. MPH, Assistant Professor of General and Acute Care Surgery, received notification her manuscript entitled Not all Survivors are the Same: Qualitative Assessment of Prior Violence, Risks, Recovery and Perceptions of Firearms and Violence Among Victims of Firearm Injury was accepted into the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.