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Date: Nov 16, 2017
Dr. Candi Jump and family
Dr. Candi Jump and family 
Photo provided by Emily McGinnis Photography

“I grew up on the Jersey Shore, but probably not the Jersey Shore you are thinking of,” laughs Candi Jump, pediatric gastroenterologist at MUSC Children’s Health. While slightly joking about her New Jersey connections with her persona of calm and casual, anyone who has a child with GI issues knows that she is a very serious and accomplished physician when caring for these children.

Having been at MUSC and in Charleston now for three years, Dr. Jump could not imagine a more perfect setting for her and her family. She always knew she wanted to teach on some level and proudly states, “I come from a family of teachers – my mom, sister, and aunt are all in education, and I knew that my career choice would involve teaching. My role at MUSC Children’s Health has allowed me to do just that.”

“Working at MUSC in pediatric healthcare has given me the opportunity to give back to the next generation of physicians. I can be a mentor, as well as closely involved in academic medicine at the same time. I also love caring for kids and always knew pediatrics would be my path in medical school. Now, as the program director of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Fellowship Program, I have the opportunity ability to fulfill all of my passions.”

When she is not running around after her kids on the beach or treating patients at MUSC, Candi is not afraid to explore all of the adventures Charleston has to offer. One week, it may be Charleston Power Yoga, the next it’s surfing, or maybe checking out the newest “place to be” on James Island with friends. One thing is certain — Candi Jump knows how to soak up the sun and enjoy an active lifestyle in the Lowcountry. When asked how she envisions a perfect Saturday in Charleston she smiles and says, “That’s easy; morning yoga, brunch with the family, and a day on the beach – it doesn’t get much better than that.”

While fun in the sun is important, Candi is very serious about her role as a physician. She completed her residency and chief residency at the University of Connecticut in Hartford. She then went on to complete her training as a fellow in pediatric GI at the world famous, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After training, she opted for a closer-knit academic center in a desirable location. MUSC Children’s Health in Charleston fit the bill, and the rest is history.

Candi and her husband, an avid surfer and surf artist on James Island, love the coastal life of the Lowcountry. The family can often be found hanging beach side at Folly with their two kids, Cooper and Ruby, and their rescue lab, Moose. With two toddlers and a dog in tow, Candi is never sitting still for too long. Her office is filled with images of small kids and the beach, illustrating her life as a mother and wife. As a physician, her life is equally fulfilling as evidenced when she speaks of the children she treats and the other physicians with whom she is privileged to work. 

“What I value most about what I do at MUSC Children’s Health is the impact that our pediatric GI group has in this community. There is such a large need for pediatric GI providers in the state, and I enjoy working with such an accomplished group of physicians who are passionate about what they do.”

Candi Jump is among that group of passionate doctors and we are very glad the beaches of Charleston charmed this incredible physician away from the Jersey Shore.  

by guest blogger Carolina Kosh, PharmD

Caroline Kosh, PharmD

Caroline Kosh, PharmD

Did you know tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States? Cigarette smoking substantially increases risk of heart attack, stroke, COPD, other respiratory illnesses (asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis), and lung cancer. 

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health and will help almost every part of your body, including lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol, improving circulation, and improving your immune system, just to name a few. Many of my patients also loathe the stigma attached to smokers and wish their teeth and breath looked and smelled better.

The good news is that it’s never too late to quit and make a difference for your health. In just 24 hours after your last cigarette, your blood pressure returns to normal. In just two weeks to three months your heart attack risk has started to drop and your lung function begins to improve (goodbye smoker’s cough!). One year after quitting your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s. And the list goes on!

That is why we highly encourage our patients to quit smoking. MUSC Health offers a pharmacist-led smoking cessation program which includes counseling, medications, and support through constant follow-up. Studies have shown that patients are TWICE as likely to quit by having a combination of medications and counseling. We like those odds. That’s why our program includes one-on-one sessions with our pharmacists who will talk with you about your smoking and medical history, discuss past quit attempts, help select the right therapy for you, plan for and set a quit date, and offer support and follow-up during your transition to becoming smokefree. 

We have the capability to measure carbon monoxide levels here in the office, which for many people, is eye-opening and provides motivation to make a permanent change. Many people have been successful through this program. We have a pharmacist available in several different locations who would love to talk with you. If you are ready to change your life for the better, please talk with your MUSC Health primary care provider to be enrolled in our program today. 


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