Surgical Innovation Center

The Harvey and Marcia Schiller Surgical Innovation Center is a dedicated center to improve patient outcomes and healthcare efficiencies through surgical innovation.

Human Centered Design

Harvey and Marcia Schiller Surgical Innovation Center

The Harvey and Marcia Schiller Surgical Innovation Center at the Medical University of South Carolina is a dedicated center for surgical innovation that aims to improve patient outcomes and healthcare efficiencies.

The center includes three pillars:

  • surgical artificial intelligence
  • investigator-initiated clinical trials, and 
  • human-centered design.

Having these pillars in one centralized location and in close physical proximity allows for internal collaboration, streamlining of projects, and shared resources and expertise

The center is made possible through a generous gift from sports executive and retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Harvey Schiller and his wife, Marcia, who have committed to donating $1 million to establish the Harvey and Marcia Schiller Surgical Innovation Center.

Research Vision and Focus

Our vision is for the center to serve as an incubator, centralizing and facilitating collaboration between clinical experts, Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML) experts, software engineers, clinical trialists, and innovation teams. This centralized center streamlines the process of advancing data science and translating these advancements to academic funding and dissemination, and commercial products that can have immediate impact on patient care and healthcare delivery.

A major focus of the center is in harnessing the massive quantities of healthcare data to develop predictive models that can be used for individualized patient care and for supporting clinical decision-making. We will also focus on developing algorithms that can accurately and in an automated fashion interpret imaging studies, and using AI/ML and natural language processing to accurately and rapidly extract data from the electronic health record.

The impact will be to facilitate the creation of both personalized treatment plans and usable and innovative products that make healthcare better and more efficient. It will transform how surgery is performed, improve clinical care, and decrease costs for patients not only in South Carolina but across the United States.


Arman Kilic, M.D., Director of the Harvey and Marcia Schiller Surgical Innovation Center

Arman Kilic, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert on AI / ML.   He has 20 years of experience in risk modeling, advanced analytics, and using large multi-center data registries. He serves on the national Society of Thoracic Surgeons AI/ML Task Force, and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and Thoracic Surgery Foundation for his work on AI in cardiac surgery.  Clinically, Kilic serves MUSC Health as Surgical Director of Heart Transplant and Heart Failure and leads the Cardiogenic Shock Team.

Joshua Kim, MS  HCD Program

Joshua Kim, MS is the design director of the Human Centered Design Program. Kim completed a Master of Science in Engineering Design Innovation program (EDI) at the Segal Design Institute, McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, known for educating students to lead the design of future innovative products, services, and technologies.

Dave Taber, Pharm.D. Surgical Outcomes Research and innovation Nucleus

Dr. Taber directs clinical trials within the MUSC Department of Surgery, as well as the Surgical Outcomes Research and innovation Nucleus (SORIN).  SORIN serves to foster the development, testing and implementation of innovative therapeutic and health services interventions aimed at improving outcomes in patients undergoing surgery at MUSC.  SORIN aligns with the clinical trials group in the MUSC Department of Surgery, as both seek to improve care and outcomes in surgical patients. Dr. Taber received B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Buffalo, his Pharm.D. from MUSC, and completed a post-doctorate pharmacy residency in transplant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In 2016, he completed a M.S. in Epidemiology from MUSC as well.  Dr. Taber’s academic training and experience has enabled him to expert-level experience and leadership skills in clinical practice and collaborate with colleagues in clinical research.

In the News

MUSC Announces New Center for Surgical Innovation


To learn more about how you can support the Harvey and Marcia Schiller Surgical Innovation Center, contact Vera Ford, Director of Development for the Department of Surgery at or 843-792-1840. To give now, visit

Current Projects in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

  • AI approaches to detecting the severity of carotid artery disease - Lead investigator: Ravi Veeraswamy, M.D. 
  • Machine Learning and AI approaches to risk modeling for cardiac surgery  for quality improvement - Lead investigator: Arman Kilic, M.D. 
  • Using AI to improve efficiency in organ allocation systems for heart transplants - Lead investigator: Arman Kilic, M.D. 
  • Developing AI methods to extract unstructured data from the electronic health record to automate reporting of data and quality control - Lead investigator: Arman Kilic, M.D. 
  • Investigating an AI algorithm for automatic detection of  surgical wound infections - Heather Evans, M.D. MS