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Terry Kowalenko MD

Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

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  • Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
Academic Focus
  • Workplace Violence
  • Board Certification/Recertification
  • Quality Measures
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Dr. Terry Kowalenko served as Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and as Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Beaumont Hospitals, Royal Oak, Troy, and Grosse Pointe, overseeing their clinical care, education, research, and financial/operational performance immediately prior to coming to MUSC.  Dr. Kowalenko previously served as Director of Continuous Professional Development for the University of Michigan Medical School, and held the faculty appointment as Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education.  His earlier responsibilities have included Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan / St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Detroit Medical Center / Sinai-Grace Hospital.  He also served as an attending physician in Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital.  An active researcher, Dr. Kowalenko has focused his interests in workplace violence and quality measures and board certification.  He is a Past President of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has served as a member of several American Board of Medical Specialties committees.  He is also a member and serves on committees for the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and the American Medical Association.  Dr. Kowalenko has received numerous awards, including the American College of Emergency Medicine National Teaching Award, Distinguished Educator Award of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors Academy for Scholarship, and the Ronald L. Krome, MD Meritorious Service Award.  He has made more than 150 presentations nationally and internationally, and has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and other professional publications, as well as book chapters and numerous abstracts.  Dr. Kowalenko received his medical degree from the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine, completed residency at the University of Cincinnati, and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.