H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. M.D. Honored with Naming of Pediatric Operating Suite

H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. M.D., chairman of the Curtis P. Artz MUSC Surgical Society

The Board of Trustees announced the honorary naming of the H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. M.D. Pediatric Operating Suite in the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion recognizing Dr. Othersen, MUSC Emeritus Chief of Pediatric Surgery, for his enduring service to children, families and the medical profession.

One of the most respected and loved pediatric surgeons in medicine, in his more than 50-year association with MUSC, few have made a more significant impact on patients, faculty, staff and students.

When Dr. Othersen joined the faculty at MUSC in 1965, he was the state’s first pediatric surgeon and one of the first in the Southeast. Dr. Othersen remembers when there was not a Children’s Hospital, and he says opening it in 1989 made a remarkable difference. As one of the founders of the MUSC Children’s Hospital, Dr. Othersen worked hard to ensure that children had the best care that could be found anywhere. Without Dr. Othersen’s vision, determination and work, the MUSC Children’s Hospital would not be what it is today. He is a giant in the development of pediatric surgery at MUSC.

His vision, determination and work ethic continue to inspire and motivate others. Dr. Othersen and his wife, Janelle, personally helped lead the charge for the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital campaign with a generous matching gift challenge to the Pediatric faculty and staff; he leads and continues to inspire residents, faculty and alumni as chairman of the MUSC Curtis P. Artz Surgical Society; and every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. without fail, he holds thought-provoking lectures for the MUSC residents on their pediatric surgery rotation in the famous “Bee Hive Sessions.”

 “This naming serves as a permanent tribute to Dr. Othersen’s compassion and skill as a surgeon, along with his many contributions to his profession and community,” said Prabhakar Baliga, M.D., chairman of the Department of Surgery. “It is our privilege to have Dr. Othersen’s name associated with the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital in perpetuity.”

One of the most respected and loved pediatric surgeons in medicine, in his more than 50-year association with MUSC, few have made a more significant impact on patients, faculty, staff and students.

When Dr. Othersen joined the faculty at MUSC in 1965, he was the state’s first pediatric surgeon and one of the first in the Southeast. Dr. Othersen remembers when there was not a Children’s Hospital, and he says opening it in 1989 made a remarkable difference. As one of the founders of the MUSC Children’s Hospital, Dr. Othersen worked hard to ensure that children had the best care that could be found anywhere. Without Dr. Othersen’s vision, determination and work, the MUSC Children’s Hospital would not be what it is today. He is a giant in the development of pediatric surgery at MUSC.

His vision, determination and work ethic continue to inspire and motivate others. Dr. Othersen and his wife, Janelle, personally helped lead the charge for the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital campaign with a generous matching gift challenge to the Pediatric faculty and staff; he leads and continues to inspire residents, faculty and alumni as chairman of the MUSC Curtis P. Artz Surgical Society; and every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. without fail, he holds thought-provoking lectures for the MUSC residents on their pediatric surgery rotation in the famous “Bee Hive Sessions.”

 “This naming serves as a permanent tribute to Dr. Othersen’s compassion and skill as a surgeon, along with his many contributions to his profession and community,” said Prabhakar Baliga, M.D., chairman of the Department of Surgery. “It is our privilege to have Dr. Othersen’s name associated with the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital in perpetuity.”