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Vol. 31, No. 49

MUSC culinary team participates in Cooking Well Invitational competition BY ASHLEY BARKER Public Relations


n the second day of celebrity chef Robert Irvine’s visit to Charleston, the MUSC Health team of chefs from Sodexo participated in the Cooking Well Invitational – a trade show and competition among chefs from 10 South Carolina hospital cafeterias. MUSC’s culinary team consisted of executive chef III Brett Cunningham, executive chef I Ferando Middleton, culinary supervisor Martin Neeley and retail supervisor Matt Dermanoski. Together they prepared an appetizer of edamame nut salad with creamy poppy seed dressing. For the entrée selection, MUSC submitted a turkey with snap peas and sweet potatoes dish that included an apricot mustard sauce to the judges from the Culinary Institute of Charleston. To finish up the meal, the team made a seared peach pecan granola parfait with vanilla mousse. Oconee Medical Center won first place, followed by Palmetto Health in second and Georgetown Hospital System in third place. All of the participating hospitals were required to have received a Gold Apple recognition from the Working Well Initiative. MUSC earned the Gold Star for making the campus tobacco free, the Gold Apple for having a healthy food environment, and the Gold Medal for being a “fit first – physically active worksite.” Irvine, host of the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible series and a former British Royal Navy chef who has cooked at the White House, kicked off the invitational with a Demo Impossible event on July 25 at the Culinary Institute of Charleston. Irvine and chef Marvin Woods – an Emmynominated television host and 30-year restaurant and hospitality veteran – used herbs grown at the MUSC Urban Farm to enhance the flavors in lamb


MUSC culinary supervisor Martin Neeley slices turkey during the Cooking Well Invitational competition. The team made edamame nut salad, apricot glazed turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, garlic ginger sugar snap peas and a seared peach pecan granola parfait with vanilla mousse. chop kabobs with peach and mango ketchup and turkey burgers with fresh tomatoes, avocado and a mayonnaise-free coleslaw. During Demo Impossible, Woods also allowed emcees Tom Crawford, meteorologist for ABC News 4, and Mickey Bakst, general manager of the Charleston Grill, to auction off several of his trademark culinary bandanas. They sold for $50 to $150 each. The big-

NEW CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL NAME MUSC Children’s Hospital changed its name to The Children’s Hospital of South Carolina.


ticket item of the evening came when Irvine sold the chef jacket he was wearing for $500. All of the proceeds from the auction were donated to The Children’s Hospital of South Carolina. The purpose of both chefs hosting the event was to teach the crowd how to make their favorite comfort foods as healthy everyday options.

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Spotlight in the Lab

Dr. Perry Halushka, who joined MUSC in 1974, retired from his post Aug. 1.


YES Campaign wraps up


Meet Allyson


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Inventors Dieter Haemmerich, Ph.D., and J. Phillip Saul, M.D., of The Children’s Hospital of South Carolina, have been awarded a patent for a new system that determines how much tissue will be destroyed prior to performing a cardiac radiofrequency catheter ablation procedure. Catheter ablation is a safe, low-invasive and effective therapy used to treat patients with a wide range of cardiac arrhythmias from atrial flutter and ventricular arrhythmias to supraventricular tachycardia. The new method allows clinicians to perform more safe and predictable treatments.


Thermal ablation uses heating or freezing to locally destroy undesired tissue regions. While there are various clinical applications, one of the focus areas of Haemmerich’s lab is the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, particularly in pediatric patients. During the procedure, a medical image-guided catheter is inserted into a patient’s heart and radiofrequency energy is applied to destroy tissue that causes irregular heartbeats. The new method will allow safer treatments for children and is particularly valuable for treatments close to tissue regions in the heart where sensitive structures are nearby. The development of safer treatment methods and devices for irregular heart rhythms via ablation has been an area where this lab has made clinically relevant contributions.


Haemmerich and Saul’s goal is the translation of lab research into clinical use via patenting a new method and licensing the patent to a large company. This method was submitted to the U.S. Patent Office by the MUSC Foundation for Research Development and awarded to Haemmerich and Saul (US 8419725: “Method and devices for cardiac radiofrequency

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Division of Pediatrics’ Dr. Dieter Haemmerich, left, and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Chris Rossmann demonstrate a recently patented device. Not pictured is co-inventor Dr. Phil Saul, director of the MUSC Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

catheter ablation”). This new method is particularly valuable when treating close to tissue regions in the heart where sensitive structures are nearby. OTHER For information on MUSC’s Thermal Ablation Research Lab, visit

2"%&+/"1* */ #/,* 4//!&' /1 2"%& 0,#"1$ */)-1.3&1* The LifePoint Hooked on Life fishing tournament will be held on Aug. 10. Registered participants will fish the inshore waterways from Edisto Island to Bulls Bay. Cash prizes will be offered for the longest redfish, flounder and spotted sea trout. The top prize for the greatest combined length of the three species is $500. Bridge to Life and RTI Donor Services will kickoff the festivities with a captain’s meeting on Aug. 9 followed by the catchand-release tournament Aug. 10.

LifePoint media relations coordinator Mark Johnson said participants will help LifePoint save the lives of those waiting for transplants by raising awareness of the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors. “Approximately 1,000 people are presently on the South Carolina transplant waiting list. Most need a kidney, while others need a heart, lung, liver or pancreas,” he said. Anglers may register at LifePoint-SC. org. For information, contact Shirley McAdams at 800-462-0755.

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Children’s hospital has new logo, name MUSC has been caring for children since 1955. The MUSC Children's Hospital was established in 1987 and has been advancing the health of children in South Carolina and beyond. To emphasize this fact, MUSC has updated its well-established Children's Hospital logo and name from Children's Hospital to The Children's Hospital of South Carolina. “We wanted to reflect the impact that the Children’s Hospital’s dedicated team has had on South Carolina’s children by providing an environment that supports excellence in pediatric patient care, education and research,” said John Sanders, administrator of The Children's Hospital of South Carolina. The Children’s Hospital of South Carolina is a national leader for pediatric care. Its cardiology-heart surgery, nephrology, and gastroenterology-GI surgery programs have been ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S.

News & World Report, and 67 pediatric physicians have been named among the Best Doctors in the nation. “The children of South Carolina are extremely fortunate to have the very best possible care available in the state,” said Rita Ryan, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Go to (video is located on the homepage) to review highlights from colleagues regarding The Children's Hospital of South Carolina.


The 2013 Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine residents gathered with faculty, friends and staff at the Francis Marion Hotel for its June 21 awards ceremony. Those honored were (clinical anesthesia 2/3) Faculty Teacher of the Year – Dr. Latha Hebbar and (CA1) Faculty Teacher of the Year – Dr. Will Hand. Faculty presented the following awards: Dr. John E. Mahaffey Resident of the Year Award – Dr. Trevor Adams; Dr. Laurie Brown Resident Teacher of the Year Award and the Dr. J. G. Reves Resident Research Award – Dr. Kyle Branham.

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MUSC employees give back through yearly campaign This year’s Yearly Employee Campaign raised more than $338,000 for MUSC. Thank you to the following employees: Julie Acker, David Adams, Deborah Adams, Jayne Ahlstrom, Mary Albano, Jennifer Aldrich, Susan Alexander, Carrie Allen, Elaine Amella, Leona Anderson, Richard Anderson, Shirley Anderson, Vertonya Anderson, David Annibale, Lucy Arnold, Pamela Arnold, Sharlene Atkins, Lynne Barber, John Barry, Analina Bayag, Howard Becker, Julie Benke, Sandra Bennett, Ann Benton, Alan Berendt, Jessica Berry, Allyson Bird, Robin Bissinger, Gilbert Boissonneault, Sharon Bond, Heather Bonilha, Sarah Book, Deborah Bordeau, Ted Bouthiller, Jonea Boyd-Givens, Barbara Bozarth, Andrew Bracken, Darby Brass, Karen Bridgeman, Deborah Brooks, Robert Brooks, Debora Brown, Susan Brown, Deborah Browning, Faith Brownlee, Cynthia Bruce, Brenda BrunnerJackson, Deborah Bryant, Lisa Burkhardt, Kristen Burn, Joy Burns, Jeffrey Bush, Paula Butler, Deborah Byrd, Sandra Campbell, Yue Cao, Shana Caporossi, Maryann Carruthers, Amy Carter, Christopher Cassidy, Hope Cattles, Salvatore Chiaramida, Robert Chisholm, Sandra Chisholm, Dennis Clum, Susan Coates, Joel Cochran, Kristin Cochran, Debra Cohen, Stefanie Cole, Michaela Coleman, Brian Collins, Kristy Collins, Hope Colyer, Patricia Condon, Brian Conner, Kathryn Coons, Lilia Correa, Andrea Cothran, Cameron Craft, Heather Craven, John Crawford, Karen Crawford, Amanda Crocker, Bruce Crookes, Sandra Crosby, Bruce Cross, Catherine Cummins, Melissa Cunningham, Camilia Darby, Jennifer Davidson, Virginia Davis, Claudia DavisDickerson, Kathy Daw, Sharon De Grace, Jesse Dean, Deborah Deas-Nesmith, Luciano Del Priore, Deborah Dewaay, Lauren Dickerson, Lori Dickerson, Nancy Dixon, Melva Dobson, Michelle Dorman, Harry Drabkin, Megan Draper, Kim Draughn, Erin Drevets, Julie Driggers, Karen Driggers, Mary Dubis, Ragan Dubose-Morris, Kelley Dubosh, Susan Duckworth, Nancy Duffy, Diane Dufour, Bonnie Dumas, Christopher Early, Megan Edge, Brent Egan, Andrew Eiseman, Charles Ellis, Dallas Ellis, Constance Elrod, Aaron Embry, Juanita Epps, Kimberly Fairchild, Sherri Falin, Weimin Fan, Stephen Fann, James Fant, Hugh Farris, Amy Ferguson, Charles Ferguson, Pamela Ferguson, Kay Fernandes, Larry Field, Mary Fischer, Wayne Fitzgibbon, Phyllis Floyd, Pamela Fogle, Stephanie Ford, Vera Ford, Robyn Frampton, Carla Frichtel, Matthias Frye, Jeffrey Fuller, Morgan Furr, Jeanine Gage, Sandra Garner, Kelli Garrison, Shelley Garvin, Gerald Garza, Andrew Gelasco, Margaret Gethers, James Getsinger, Mark Ghent, Gary Gilkeson, Candace Gillespie, Sandra Gilliam, Sharon Gilliard, Theresa Ginn, Frances Glanville, Michael Gold, Patrice Goletz, Leonie Gordon, Valda Grant, Vickey Grant, Lisa Graves, Susan Greene, Dena Gregory, Holly Griffin, William Griffin, Richard Gross, Stephanie Hall, Adam Hamilton, Jason Haney, Myra Haney Singleton, Cathe-

rine Hanhauser, Siobhan Hansen, Luanne Harley, Shannon Harmon, Karen Harper, Kimberly Harrelson, Donna Harrison, Megan Hatfield, Harold Haun, Carlton Hawkes, Geoffrey Hayden, Laura Hayre, Latha Hebbar, Anette Hebebrand-Verner, Robert Hedin, Jane Heeg, Gail Heitman, Kathie Hermayer, Heidi Hildreth, Elsie Hill, Lakilya Hill, Robert Hill, Tammy Hill, Karen Hiott, Cynthia Hipp, Susan Hoffius, Stanley Hoffman, Donna Hollars, Gloria Holloman, Beverly Horne, Gregory Horres, Linda Howard, Christopher Hutchcraft, Clint Infinger, Kayethe Infinger, Richard Jablonski, Leigh Jaimes, Marilyn James, Sheila Janikowski, Edward Jauch, Nicole Jefferson, Walter Jenner, Toni Jernigan, Wanda Johnson, Linda Jordan, Darcy Kalles, Diane Kamen, Steven Kautz, Bruce Keck, Tina Kehoe, Brad Keith, Teresa Kelechi, Jane Kelley, Kelly Kercher, Elizabeth Khan, Annette Kibler, Jade Knapp, Peter Kobes, Janis Koenig, Heather Kokko, Masahiro Kono, Ioannis Koutalos, Mary Koval, Laurie Krafsig, Steven Kubalak, Katy Kuder, Soon Ho Kwon, Nancy Lamble, Carol Lane, Lisa Langdale, Michael Laskavy, Patricia Latham, Michelle Lattimore, Stacey Laws, Joy Lefter, Morris Lent, Katherine Lewis, Diane Leyh, Holly Limbert, Cynthia Little, Wendy Littlejohn, Yolanda Long, Marcelo Lopez, Susan Lucas, Judith Luden, Chorenia Lukasik, Linda Lunn, Nancy Macaulay, Lauren Magaldi, Lucinda Magwood, Robert Malcolm, Stephen Malley, Joanne Marcell, Vicki Marsi, Catherine Martin, Peter Martin, Ashley Martindale, Bonnie Martin-Harris, Sonia McCoy Jenkins, Debbie McCravy, Paul McDermott, Marisa McEntire, Marshall McFadden, Amanda

McGarrigle, Dianne McGarry, John McGinnis, Thomas McKee, Nancy McKeehan, Whitney McLuen, Dixie McMahan, Karen McPherson, Linda Meehan, Gary Melancon, Donald Menick, Cami Meyer, Bambi Miller, Sherry Miller, Maryann Milligan, Verna Mitchell, William Moran, Mary Morgan, Paul Moss, Patrick Mulholland, Tonnia Mullen, Karen Murphy, Christine Murray, Margaret Myers, Margaret Myrick, Krista Mysock, Jennifer Nall, Jean Nappi, John Nash, Alonzo Nesmith, Paul Nietert, Pamela Nobles, Edward Norcross, Stephanie Oberempt, Sandra Oberman, Paul O'Brien, Terrence O’Brien, Kathryn O'Neal, Deborah O’Rear, Richard Ottmar, Carolyn Page, Priscilla Parker, Pamela Parris, Elizabeth Parrish, Julie Parrish, Steve Paterniti, Roger Peebles, Robert Peiffer, Shawn Phillips, John Pigott, Elizabeth Pilcher, Tiombe Plair, Ross Pollack, Lynn Poole Perry, Sally Potts, Robert Poyer, Martha Propst, Melanie Puckhaber, Kelly Ragucci, Suzanne Ramage, Jon Rampton, Karen Rankine, Jennifer Redfern, Bruce Reeves, Diane Reeves, Archie Reid, Melinda Repphun-Harvey, Adrian Reuben, Deborah Reynolds, Jonn Rhoton, Carmen Rice, Barbara Rivers, Gretchen Rivers, Sylvia Rivers, Theresa Roberson, Dawn Robertson, Maxine Robinson, Ragine Robinson, William Robinson, Amanda Robison, Benjamin Rogers, Catherine Rogers, George Roof, Nathaniel Rosario, Beverly Rosen, Cynthia Rosenblatt, Suzanne Rosenthal, Steven Rosenzweig, George Rossi, Eldrige Rowell, Teresita Ruz, Deborah Salvo, Naomi Sampson, Cheryl Samuels, Catherine Sandifer, Derek Sanford, Nicolas Sarji, Chris-

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EMPLOYEES DONATING $1,000+ Anne Abel, Thomas Anderson, Raymond Anton, Jane Ariail, John Arthur, Megan Baker, Prabhakar Baliga, Thomas Basler, Helena Bastian, Phillip Bell, Ronald Bell, Laurence Blumenthal, John Bosso, Kathleen Brady, Leslie Brady, Gwendolyn Brown, Ernest Camp, Ruth Campbell, Tara Campbell, Peter Carek, Eugene Chang, Laurine Charles, Alexander Chessman, Katherine Chessman, Neal Christiansen, David Cole, Stephanie Collins, Philip Costello, Fred Crawford, Craig Crosson, Betsy Davis, Anna Delamar, Harry Demos, Joseph Dipiro, Brenda Dorman, Becky Dornisch, Jonathon Edwards, Evert Eriksson, Howard Evert, Samir Fakhry, John Feussner, William Fisher, Patrick Flume, Marvella Ford, Melissa Forinash, Dennis Frazier, David Garr, Marion Gillespie, John Glaser, Raymond Greenberg, Philip Hall, Stephen Hargett, James Harris, Langdon Hartsock, Sherron Jackson, Tariq Javed, Donna Johnson, Arnold Karig, Michael Keels, John Kilby, Sarah King, Paul Lambert, Jody Latham, John Lazarchick, Lee Leddy, Christine Lewis, Zihai Li, Leonard Lichtenstein, Walter Limehouse, Maria Lopes-Virella, Louis Luttrell, George Magrath, Leigh Manzi, Mary Mauldin, Jane McCullough, William Mer-

rill, Lisa Montgomery, Emily Moore, David Morrisette, Denise Mugnol Carneiro Pla, Natalie Ankney, David Neff, Brad Neville, James Oates, Deborah O’Donnell, G. Shashidhar Pai, Murray Passo, Fletcher Penney, David Ploth, Eric Powers, Paul Pritchard, Amy Ramsay, Shannon Ravenel, Scott Reeves, Gretchen Reinhart, Michael Ricciardone, Charles Rittenberg, Don Rockey, Steven Sahn, Joseph Sakran, Lisa Saladin, John Sanders, Julie Santos, J. Philip Saul, Richard Saunders, Margaret Schachte, Stephen Schaer, Marilyn Schaffner, Claudio Schonholz, J. Bayne Selby, Sally Self, Darlene Shaw, Priyattam Shiromani, Richard Sillivant, Richard Silver, Chloe Singleton, Charles Smith, Daniel Smith, Edward Soltis, David Soper, David Soutter, Terry Stanley, Kevin Staveley-O’Carroll, Antine Stenbit, Gail Stuart, Robert Stuart, Steven Swift, Marian Taylor, Fred Tecklenburg, Bruce Thiers, Kenneth Thomas, Michael Ullian, Paul Underwood, Charles Wallace, Patrick Wamsley, Robert Warren, Sally Webb, Michelle Wiles, M. Edward Wilson, Jeffrey Wong, Catherine Wood, Shane Woolf, Cathy Worrall, Patrick Woster, James Zoller, Peter Zwerner and Sinai Zyblewski.

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Foundation created in daughter’s memory

BY BILAN WILLIAMS Public Relations


n April 2011, Emerson Rose Smith was born at MUSC with a heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. She passed away 76 days later. The Emerson Rose Heart Foundation, started by her parents, Susan and Jason Smith, focuses on raising awareness about congenital heart defects. Based in Clemson, the foundation is little more than a month away from beginning its third year and has already made a tremendous difference, predominantly in the state of South Carolina. “It’s been a wonderful, humbling experience to see how many people are also passionate about babies with congenital heart defects,” Susan said. “We wanted to do something when we were in the PCICU with Emerson Rose. God kept putting on our hearts to do something.” One child is born with a heart defect every 15 minutes, according to the foundation’s website. Its mission is to support research toward innovative methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention. “Even when Emerson was in the hospital, in our hearts and in our minds, we dedicated her back to Jesus, and that gave us a lot of peace,” said Jason. “When we started this foundation, we said, ‘This is yours, God. If it does well, that’s because you want it to do well, and if it doesn’t, then that’s not in your plans.’” EMERSON’S STORY

The Smiths admit that at first they were a bit hesitant about choosing a hospital in South Carolina. They had heard of MUSC but had never been in the hospital before. “We learned through a mid-pregnancy ultrasound that something was wrong with her heart, but at the time (the doctors) didn’t know what it was,” Susan said. “They told us to come back in a month, once the baby was bigger. So I began looking online for hospitals. I had never heard of congenital heart defects before.” In their online searches, they looked at hospitals all over the country, finding renowned pediatric heart specialists in Boston, Philadelphia and, to their surprise, MUSC. “A pediatric cardiology doctor in the upstate, Dr. David Malpass, gave us the diagnosis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and said she would need surgery within a week of life,” Susan said. “He suggested we go to MUSC, and our initial reaction was ‘Wait a minute.’” Reluctant to rely on a hospital in a small state like South Carolina, they told Malpass they were willing to travel just about anywhere.

Jason, Susan and Emerson Rose Smith. Emerson spent her entire life, 76 days, in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit at MUSC. “We told him, ‘You tell us where is the best place to go in the world,’” Susan said. “He said, ‘Actually, it’s MUSC in Charleston.’” Still slightly hesitant, Jason asked Malpass a simple question. “I asked him, ‘If this was your wife and this was your baby, where would you go?’” “And he said, ‘We’d go to MUSC.’ At that point, we realized the doctor knows where the best place to go is, and if he would go there than we should go there.” Susan said they decided to drive down to Charleston toward the end of her pregnancy and meet some of the doctors. “We left with such a peace. We knew this was the place we needed to go. South Carolina is very fortunate to have a hospital like MUSC.” After Emerson Rose’s birth on April 11, 2011, and her surgery, she stayed in the PCICU for a few weeks. During that time, the Smiths were in the hospital with her every day and were impressed and comforted by the staff that worked in the unit. “Everyone made us feel like part of the team,” Susan said. “Emerson’s surgeon, Dr. Minoo Kavarana, would come and sit to chit chat with us, and the nurses would love on Emerson. They wouldn’t just take care of her medically, but put bows in her hair and dress her up.” She said the nurses’ empathy astounded them. “They didn’t have to do that. Over and over again, we saw people do things that they didn’t have to do. They wanted to do it. And that is going above and beyond.”

To donate to the Emerson Rose Foundation, visit After moving from the PCICU to 8D, nurses from the PCICU would still take time out of their day to visit with Emerson. Even on the day of her passing, nurses went out of their way to be with the Smiths and offer them solace. “The day Emerson died was a shock to us all, and no

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Graduate Studies dean retires, interim named BY ASHLEY BARKER Public Relations


Top photo: Dr. Perry Halushka addressed students during the May 17 commencement. Right photo: Halushka, left, accepts the Charter of the Charleston Chapter of Sigma Xi from Dr. Jack Thomas, president of the chapter and a professor in the College of Health Professions.

erry V. Halushka, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the College of Graduate Studies, retired Aug. 1. In 1967 and 1970, Halushka earned his doctorates of philosophy and medicine, respectively, from the University of Chicago. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital and spent two years in the experimental therapeutics branch of the National Institutes of Health. Halushka joined MUSC in 1974 as an assistant professor of pharmacology and medicine. Beginning in 1987, he became the director of the Medical Scientist Training Program, which allows students to obtain both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees simultaneously. In 2000, Halushka was appointed dean of the College of Graduate Studies. He implemented, along with other faculty members, a common entry and core curriculum system for first-year graduate students, which nearly doubled the number of applicants, according to enrollment management data. His research interests include molecular characterizations and regulation of thromboxane A2 receptors in disease processes with a particular emphasis in cancer. He’s also a Distinguished University Professor and member of the Lipid Signaling in Cancer research program at Hollings Cancer Center. For the past six years, Halushka has served as co-director of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute along with MUSC’s Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “Dr. Halushka has been an extraordinary leader on the MUSC campus. He has made contributions in the area of research and training and has maintained a commitment to excellence and innovation that has been essential to development on the campus,” said

Brady, who has known Halushka for about 20 years. “It has been an inspiration to work closely with him.” Cynthia F. Wright, Ph.D., associate dean for admissions and career development in the College of Graduate Studies, said she learned about how to deal with challenging circumstances by observing Halushka. “He approaches each situation with patience, humor and optimism,” Wright said. “The College of Graduate Studies has experienced tremendous growth during his leadership and has become competitive with the best graduate schools in the country. He has truly been dedicated to the college, and the impact he has had will last a long time.” Donald R. Menick, Ph.D., director of the Gazes Cardiac Research Institute, met Halushka in 1987. Halushka was in the process of moving his laboratory from the Basic Science Building to the Clinical Sciences Building. “Because our labs and offices were so close to each other, we had lots of opportunities to casually interact. It quickly became apparent that Perry really cared about his graduate students, postdocs and technicians, and he was a great role model for those of us who were just getting started in our research careers,” Menick said. “I was thrilled when he was appointed dean of the College of Graduate Studies and was sure that he would do great things for the college. I wasn’t disappointed. His efforts over the past 13 years have done so much for MUSC, for our graduate faculty and for each of our predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees.” When Stephen M. Lanier, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and associate provost for research, was initially recruited to the MUSC Department of Pharmacology in 1991, he set up his lab next to Halushka’s in the Clinical Sciences Building. “From even before we met, Dr. Halushka and I shared common interests in cardiovascular regulation and the biology of G-protein coupled receptor systems. I felt so fortunate to have the

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one anticipated it,” her father said. “One of the nurses had the day off, and she came in at 7:30 that morning to be with us and didn’t leave until noon. There were other nurses who had worked the night shift who came up and spent hours with us as well.” The Smiths are eternally grateful to MUSC, especially the PCICU. Jason said the way they were treated while in the unit is indescribable. “You wonder when you go into a situation like this if you’re just seen as a customer or a patient-client. But we were treated like family. The doctors would ask us ‘What do you think? You’re observing her more than anyone else, what do you think about her treatment and how she’s doing?’ And they listened. I can’t tell you what that’s worth to us now, looking back.”

INSPIRED TO SERVE The Smiths said their time spent at MUSC was one of the reasons they felt encouraged to start a foundation in Emerson’s name. “We wanted to help families who are here long-term,” Susan said. “We saw so many families down here, and they needed that support. We learned through Dr. Kavarana and other doctors that there’s not a ton of research money available. Those were the two things we wanted to help with, help families and help research.” In the first year of its existence, the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation donated nearly $9,000 for 17 pulse oximeter machines at five different hospitals in South Carolina. Eric Graham, M.D., an associate professor in pediatric cardiology, said the Smith family and the foundation’s efforts have been immensely beneficial. “They have bought pulse oximeter machines for hospitals around the state to aid in the early detection of critical congenital heart defects,” Graham said. The number of oximeters donated has since risen and expanded to hospitals in three other states. Between hospital meal tickets and gas cards, the foundation has given more than $6,000 to individual families with children in the hospital. The Smiths said the support of the foundation has been huge.

From left standing: Jason and Susan Smith, with Rowan Smith; Josh and Ashley Bradley (parents of Kirby). Seated: PCICU nurse Liz Lucey and Campbell Jane Smith. The Bradley family sponsored one of the four recliner chairs purchased by the foundation for the PCICU in honor of Kirby. “It kind of started at first with our family and immediate community members giving, and now we receive money from people throughout the country that we don’t even know because the word has spread,” Susan said. “The awareness is growing.” The foundation receives funds from golf tournaments, fundraisers and even Dabo’s All In Foundation, an organization started by Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney and his wife, Kathleen. The PCICU at MUSC was given $10,000 to fund the purchase of a centrifuge, which can be vital to babies who develop a complication called chylothorax following heart surgery. “The way to treat chylothorax is to restrict fat from the baby’s diet, which usually means they are switched from breast milk to a special low-fat formula,” Graham said. “With the centrifuge, we can remove fat from breast milk and allow babies to continue to receive the benefits of their mother’s milk.” Sinai Zyblewski, M.D., assistant

professor and director of fetal cardiology, said centrifuges are scarce. “Only a few hospitals in the country are able to provide this service.” Recently, the foundation purchased four reclining chairs and donated them to the PCICU. “The families love these because it has allowed them to be at their child’s side more during their recovery,” Graham said. These were added in addition to bedside radios the foundation had previously purchased to play soothing lullabies for babies in the unit. “These types of gifts have contributed to the PCICU’s family-centered care environment,” Zyblewski said. Currently, there are several research and quality improvement projects dedicated to children with structural heart disease. “Dr. Zyblewski is working on improving the care we provide to children with complex heart disease including better neurodevelopment support,” said Graham. Earlier this year, Zyblewski started a specialized cardiac neurodevelopment

clinic with Jennifer Poon, M.D., an assistant professor in pediatric child development. The clinic is important to babies who spend a long time in the PCICU since they are at increased risk for neurodevelopment delays and deficits. “Nutrition, growth, oral and motor development are the primary focus during the first year of life,” Zyblewski said. “The Emerson Rose Foundation will support the needs of the clinic including equipment and materials for neurodevelopment testing and therapies.” The Smiths said doctors like Graham and Zyblewski who are willing to work with the foundation help fuel their desire to serve. “They have been supportive of us from the beginning,” Susan said. “We have gotten to know almost all of the doctors in the Pediatric Cardiology Department. Mainly, they’ve been a great sounding board. They believe in what we’re doing and are so appreciative of anything the foundation can do for the PCICU.” Legislation known as the Emerson Rose Act was introduced and passed this year in South Carolina’s general assembly and signed into law in June by Gov. Nikki Haley. Now every child born in South Carolina will have a noninvasive heart screening administered to detect congenital heart defects. Jason said a large contributing factor to the foundation’s success has to do with how they were treated during their time at MUSC and in the PCICU. “It was just modeled for us. We were shown how to serve through the way we were served. After you see that and you see a need, what it came down to is ‘How can we not serve?’” The Smiths briefly moved to Charleston in order to give back to MUSC. “We feel like family,” Susan said. “Emerson was our first daughter, and she spent her entire life at MUSC. There’s just this connection. This was her home, and we wanted to give back.” Jason said they cannot come to Charleston without visiting the hospital. “We’ll come to the hospital just to eat.” “I just love this place,” Susan said. Those interested in donating or volunteering for the foundation may visit http://www.

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“I travel around the world talking about healthy food. It gets a bad rap but it’s all about education,” Woods said. “It’s all about giving people options. There’s a plethora of good food out there, especially in Charleston.” Irvine, who said he would “absolutely” open a restaurant in Charleston, just completed his 82nd episode of Restaurant Impossible. He told the crowd that 87 percent of those restaurants are still successful and using the techniques he taught them. “My whole mantra in television is to help people,” Irvine said. “I want to be as authentic as possible. Just keep food simple – the less you do to it, the more delicious it is.” During his keynote speech on July 26, Irvine discussed a topic that he said was valid in the kitchen and in life. “Excellence just doesn’t happen. Excellence is created,” he said. “Our job is to create that excellence 365 days a year.” In addition to learning about healthy cooking and eating from the celebrity chefs, guests were invited to participate in break-out sessions with local experts. Susan Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Office of Health Promotion at MUSC, taught a session about how the Urban Farm was built and could be replicated at other universities or hospitals. Judith Herrin went over the many nutritional trends that are common now and explained if they are good or bad to follow. Janis Newton, assistant director of the MUSC Wellness Center, spoke about the Healthy Charleston Challenge along with chef David Vagasky of the Culinary Institute.

Top photo: Chefs Marvin Woods, left, and Robert Irvine discuss what they are about to cook during Demo Impossible held at the Culinary Institute of Charleston. Irvine taught the group how to make turkey burgers with fresh tomatoes, avocado and a mayonnaisefree coleslaw. Left photo: Robert Irvine’s executive chef Lee Lucier, left, talks to chef Marvin Woods while touring the MUSC Urban Farm. Freshly cut oregano, basil, rosemary, sage and other herbs grown at the farm were used during the Demo Impossible event.

Celebrity chefs Robert Irvine, left, and Marvin Woods arrive at the Demo Impossible event in a limousine on July 25. They were greeted by fans who lined the entrance.

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Questions about anesthesia in low-risk colonoscopy patients


n a research letter appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine, Don C. Rockey, M.D., MUSC Department of Medicine chair and gastroenterologist, and Deepak Agrawal, M.D., assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, suggest a misalignment of value and costs associated with heavy sedation for low-risk Rockey colonoscopy patients. “We need to be transparent about this,” Rockey said. “Patients might feel differently about using heavy sedation if they knew that pain scores were not different from moderate sedation. They might also feel different about using heavy sedation if they knew that they were paying thousands of dollars for something that their provider values at less than a couple hundred dollars.” The authors noted the increased use of a heavy sedation medication, propofol, during colonoscopy for low-risk patients in recent years, which can only be administered by an anesthesiologist. The authors question whether the perceived benefits of deeper sedation, such as quick onset and a shorter

DEAN Continued from Page Seven opportunity to come to MUSC and work with Perry and his team,” Lanier said. “The professional, personal and scientific seeds planted in the early 90s via this relationship continues. Perry is a colleague of the highest character with a sense of graciousness that inspires those around him to higher levels of achievement. Edward Krug, Ph.D., associate dean for postdoctoral affairs, said Halushka shepherded the college into the “new millennium of biomedical training that transcends traditional departmental boundaries.” “His leadership style inspired creative approaches to challenges facing all graduate programs, championing a diverse and critically thinking community of trainees,” Krug said. Halushka is an active participant in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ GREAT Group since its formation in the 1990s and served on its steering committee from 2007-2010. Ann Bonham, Ph.D., chief scientific

half-life in terms of lingering effects, offer the same value to low-risk patients and those who provide their care. Rockey and Agrawal received responses to a threequestion survey from 451 gastroenterologists and 460 nurses, gauging their preferred sedation level, their perceived monetary value of propofol if they indicated that preference and why they preferred it over other types of sedation. They found that although deep sedation was preferred among gastroenterologists and endoscopy nurses, most were unwilling to pay more than $200 for the service, far below what most patients pay for the same service. As Rockey and Agrawal said in their article regarding the survey, “Insurers often do not cover the entire costs of propofol administration and patients often end up paying considerable amounts for this service. Thus, it behooves us to ask, is it fair for a gastroenterologist to ask a patient to pay more for a service than what he or she is willing to pay?...(and) furthermore, even when patients may not have to pay extra, is the additional expense to the health care system justifiable?” The abstract is available here: http://archinte. jamainternmed.2013.8417.

officer for AAMC, said, “Perry is a champion of biomedical research education and training. Perry is a strong proponent of team science, a leader in training a diverse Ph.D. and physicianscientist workforce, and a mentor to numerous trainees and colleagues. His contribution to the research training community has been invaluable.” MUSC President Raymond S. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., who will resign from MUSC at the end of August in order to assume the position of executive vice chancellor for health affairs at The University of Texas System, said Halushka “made many contributions to the medical university over his long and distinguished service here.” “The capstone was his leadership of the College of Graduate Studies through a period of great growth, but I will remember his contributions in two specific areas,” Greenberg said. “The first was his leadership in securing and maintaining support from NIH for the M.D./Ph.D. program. The second was his drive to bring in more traineeship funding from NIH and other sources.


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tine Scheub, Mark Scheurer, Sharon Schuler, Sharon Schwarz, Anthony Scott, Bernice Scott, Laurie Scott, Suzanne Scott, Gretchen Seif, Pam Shoaf, Mary Shoemaker, Wanda Shotsberger-Gray, Ann Shuler, Elizabeth Sidebottom, Debra Jo Siler, Gerard Silvestri, Karen Sloggatt, Edwin Smith, Lauren Smith, Rebecca Smith, Reece Smith, Rosanne Smith, Stanley Smith, Corigan Smothers, Michael Snyder, Nicoleta Sora, Mark Sothmann, Eleanor Spicer, Ganga Srinivas, Sara Stello, Karen Stephenson, James Sterrett, Rebecca Sustek, Jennifer Swigart, David Sword, Nancy Tassin, Barbara Taylor, June Taylor, Michael Taylor, Jacqueline Tepper, Paula Thies, William Thomison, Margaret Thompson, Vernell Threat, James Tolley, Elena Tourkina, Rupalben Trivedi, Thomas Trusk, Lynn Uber, Walter Uber, Lori Upshur, Odessa Ussery, Shawn Valenta, J. Peter Van Dorsten, Sara Veach, Theresa Vecchiolla, Konstantin Voronin, Patricia Votava, Karen Wager, Jeffrey Waite, Linda Waite, Debbie Walters, George Waring, Simon Watson, C. Wayne Weart, Katie Weas, Holly Weekley, Larry Werstler, Andrea Wessell, Margaret Wheat, Kathleen White, Nancy White, Paula White, Christie Whitener, Elizabeth Whiteside, Melodye Whitfield, Donald Wiest, Richard Wigfall, Sharon Williams, Deborah Williamson, Tonia Windham, Shari Wise, Christopher Wisniewski, Suzanne Withers, Cynthia Wolfe, Daynna Wolff, Tamara Wolfman, Kristyn Zajac, Zhi Zhong and Sophia Zimmermann.

These are just two examples of what he has done to raise the bar here, and he will leave behind a great legacy of academic excellence.” Mark Sothmann, Ph.D., who will be interim president when Greenberg steps down, said Halushka served as a mentor to “countless” students and faculty during his tenure. “The number and prestige of predoctoral training grants secured places the College of Graduate Studies among the best in the country,” Sothmann said. “As director of the Medical Scientist Training Program, Dr. Halushka has seen MSTP students go on to positions such as the University of CaliforniaSan Francisco, University of TexasSouthwestern, Stanford University, and Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard, among many others. The Dr. Perry Halushka Research Day is celebrated by the campus annually to acknowledge the research being conducted by students. MUSC is fortunate to have had Dr. Halushka lead the college during the past decade.” The college announced Jacqueline

McGinty, Ph.D., associate dean of the college and professor in the Department of Neurosciences, will be interim dean until a permanent replacement is named. She said the college has “grown exponentially” since Halushka took the helm. “Implementing a ‘united we stand’ philosophy, he engaged the graduate faculty to develop a biomedical science common curriculum that brought firstyear Ph.D. students together in one learning environment. He implemented renewable five-year strategic plans with achievable milestones to enlarge the quality and quantity of student body diversity and the programs to enhance their scholarship,” McGinty said. “He motivated faculty and students to submit extramural training grants to enhance funding and resources. His watchword of ‘persevere’ has inspired and encouraged many students to overcome personal challenges and reach their goals.” As interim dean, McGinty said she will rely on Halushka’s “steadfast leadership and institutional memory” to help her make a seamless transition.

THE CATALYST, August 2, 2013 11 Global Health (&-*"0(.*& /%%&-&' Health care students and professionals are able to expand their training in global health and gain an opportunity to participate in international fieldwork by enrolling in the MUSC Global Health certificate program. The certificate provides students and health care professionals with crosscultural sensitivity and interdisciplinary skills necessary to address health challenges brought on by todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s global environment. Courses begin Aug. 21, and students may also enroll in individual certificate courses. For information, visit http://globalhealth. or email ellisk@musc. edu.

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The James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Meggan Warford, left, and Sandra Bland are congratulated by Dr. John Sanders, college dean, as recipients of the Staff Recognition Program quarterly awards. Sanders spoke to the staff and joined Warford and Bland for lunch on July 23.

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