The Board of Trustees of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has named David J. Cole, M.D., as President of MUSC and its affiliated medical centers. He was selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants during the search to replace Raymond Greenberg, M.D., PhD, who resigned from the presidency in August 2013 to become the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Texas Health System.
The announcement was made by Tom Stephenson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, in an April 17 message to the MUSC community.
Dr. Cole earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency training in general surgery at Emory University. After residency, Dr. Cole completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute Surgery Branch in Bethesda, MD. In 1994, he became an Assistant Professor in the MUSC College of Medicine. He has risen through the ranks, serving in numerous leadership positions, including President of MUSC Physicians and Chair of MUSC’s Department of Surgery.
Dr. Cole describes his appointment to the presidency as an exciting opportunity to capitalize upon MUSC’s culture of openness and collaboration to meet the unprecedented challenges presented by current health care reform. “The new reality of changing health care models and fiscal pressures must be addressed if we are to continue achieving our mission of patient care, education, and research,” Dr. Cole states. “Toward that end, I look forward to building on our strengths at MUSC while maintaining and strengthening our relationships at the state and local levels.”
Progressnotes will feature an in-depth conversation with Dr. Cole in the Fall 2014 issue.