MUSC Board of Trustees Appoints New Dean and Vice President of Medical Affairs for College of Medicine

MUSC Board of Trustees Appoints New Dean and Vice President of Medical Affairs for College of Medicine

CHARLESTON, SC (December 9, 2022) The Board of Trustees of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) held their regular committee sessions and board meeting on December 8 and 9, respectively.

After a nationwide search process, MUSC’s Board of Trustees voted to approve Terrence E. “Terry” Steyer, MD, director of MUSC’s Department of Family Medicine, as the new dean and vice president of medical affairs for MUSC. College of Medicine. Steyer has been acting dean of the college since April 2022.

“The Board is grateful for Dr. Steyer’s interim service as Dean, and we look forward to his leadership of this incredibly important statewide resource for training some of the nation’s finest physicians. , as well as to help drive our research and clinical enterprise to new levels,” said James Lemon, DMD, Chairman of the Board of MUSC. “Dr. Steyer is capable, knowledgeable and connects well with students and faculty which will allow MUSC to reach its full potential.

Steyer received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Allegheny College and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his family medicine residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. Steyer began his academic career at MUSC, serving as director of the Trident – MUSC transitional year residency and director of a medical course in evidence-based medicine.

In 2009, he was recruited to the Medical College of Georgia – University of Georgia Medical Partnership where he served as the founding chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences. In this role, Steyer developed and managed the third- and fourth-year medical school curriculum for a new branch campus of the Medical College of Georgia. Steyer was recruited to MUSC in 2014 to serve as Director of the Department of Family Medicine and was named the first endowed Gregory Chandler Chair in Family Medicine in 2015. In 2017, he was named Chief of the Integrated Center for primary care for clinical excellence. (ICCE) and president of Carolina Family Care. In these roles, Steyer served as the leader of primary care efforts within MUSC Health. In 2021, he was elected by his peers to serve as President of MUSC Physicians, the faculty group practice. Steyer is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, serving as National President from 2009-2010. He is an active researcher in health care policy and leadership development for health. care professionals.

“We are excited about Terry’s willingness to take on this position and are confident that his leadership will advance education, research and clinical care within COM and across the University,” said Lisa Saladin, PT, Ph.D., executive vice president of MUSC. president of academic affairs and provost.

“I am honored by the confidence the MUSC Board of Trustees has in my leadership and excited to be able to continue to serve the citizens of South Carolina by leading the College of Medicine in discovering new cures and training the next generation of physicians while providing high quality patient care,” said Steyer.

Along with offering his congratulations and endorsement of Steyer’s selection as Dean, noting the “outstanding job” Steyer has done since April, MUSC President David J. Cole, MD, FACS, shared some key achievements and updates since the previous meeting spanning across the teaching, research and clinical missions of the institution. Some specific highlights included:

  • MUSC, Charleston County School District and Trident Technical College announced a partnership that will expand opportunities for students in the Charleston area. The program is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2023 at Burke High School with the goal of providing students with access to career readiness and workforce development pathways to address shortages in various health care disciplines.
  • The Health Professions College’s new Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling. The first cohort of students will begin in the fall of 2023.
  • MUSC has achieved ACGME accreditation for a new sponsoring institution: the MUSC Regional Network, which enables new graduate medical education residency programs to move forward in new locations within the MUSC health system and clinical affiliates.

ACGME accreditation is a necessary step in moving forward with an overall strategy to improve the network of physicians statewide by establishing new residencies. Cole pointed out that the effort received early support and enthusiasm from the Darla Moore Foundation, which awarded MUSC $1.5 million to support primary care GME programs, and Pee Dee Medical and Health Science. Education Consortium (PDMHSEC), which also approved $1.5 million in support of the primary care GME.

“It is a significant effort and process to start a brand new GME program at a facility that has never had one before and the only way to activate the federal dollars needed for a continuous and sustainable program is to go big. with what you envision,” Cole said. “I’m really excited about this and it’s taken years of work to get this public-private partnership off the ground. The MUSC team and the Florence community have worked hard to do creative things to ensure that this training program brings providers into this community who will work to meet the specific health care needs of this community. I predict this is a model that others will emulate, as it can serve as a stepping stone to creating tangible, positive impact for the community.

Patrick J. Cawley, MD, CEO of MUSC Health System and Executive Vice President of Health Affairs, University, has received Board approval to continue expanding clinical space at the MUSC West Medical Pavilion Ashley to address the need for more endoscopy rooms, as well as approval to apply for a certificate of need to move clinical services and physicians’ offices currently at Rutledge Tower, an aging facility, to a new facility that would built at the corner of Bee and Courtenay streets. This project would run alongside the construction of the new College of Medicine building planned nearby to achieve efficiency and cost reduction goals for the company.

The board also voted to approve MUSC 2023’s kick-off speaker, Theresa S. Gonzales, DMD An award-winning educator and administrator serving the dental profession for more than 40 years, she most recently served as executive director of the American College of Dentists.

After more than 30 years of distinguished military service, she retired from the United States Army with the rank of Colonel. She was the nominee selection as Director of Strategic Communications for the Army Surgeon General in Washington, DC and has commanded formations in Africa, Europe and the United States. Prior to her successful command selections, she served as Director of Orofacial Pain Management and as a staff member. oral and maxillofacial pathologist at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and as an oral and maxillofacial pathologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. A highly decorated military officer and dedicated to the cause of veterans, she received the Order of Military Merit and the Surgeon General’s Designation for Clinical Excellence, as well as the Outstanding Clinician and Outstanding Dental Leadership awards from James B. Edwards College. of Dental Medicine. She graduated with honors from the College of Charleston and earned her dental degree from MUSC. She began her military career at Fort Jackson as a resident in the graduate program in general dentistry and completed her residency training in 1992 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. In 2006, she completed a two-year Orofacial Pain Fellowship at the Naval Post Graduate Dental School and completed her Masters of Health Sciences from George Washington University. Gonzales has published over 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, 11 book chapters, and served as a reviewer for landmark publications in her area of ​​expertise.

The MUSC/MUHA Board of Trustees serve as separate bodies to govern the university and the hospital, normally holding two days of committee and council meetings six times a year. For more information on the MUSC Board of Trustees, visit


About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the only comprehensive academic healthcare system in the state, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students across six colleges—dentistry, graduate, health professions, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy—and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its healthcare system. MUSC provided more than $297.8 million in research funding in fiscal year 2022, leading the state in overall research funding. For more information on academic programs, visit

As a health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of health care providers. health and exceptional leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided in 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital sites under development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 healthcare locations located in all regions of South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, US News & World Report named MUSC Health the #1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $5.1 billion. The approximately 25,000 members of the MUSC team include world-class faculty, physicians, specialist providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver and support education, cutting-edge research and patient care.

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