MUSC College of Health Professions 2021 Alumni Award recipients

May 21, 2021
MUSC Alumni Awards - College of Health Professions 2021 Recipients

The MUSC Alumni Association is proud to honor and recognize MUSC College of Health Professions alumni for their outstanding contributions to the health professions field.

The Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award is the highest honor bestowed by the MUSC Alumni Association and is presented to two College of Health Professions alumni for their outstanding, unique, and enduring service to the association, the college, the community, and/or the profession over a period of 10 years or more. The 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award in Clinical Practice is Megan B. Fulton ’07, and the 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award in Health Administration is Dr. Timothy L. Putnam ’10.

Distinguished Alumna Award in Clinical Practice – Megan B. Fulton ’07

Megan B. Fulton

Megan B. Fulton, a 2007 graduate of the College of Health Professions Physician Assistant program, is a dedicated leader committed to improving the physician assistant profession and her community. Fulton is the owner and operator of Emerge Health, LLC, a provider of wellness, knowledge, and community opportunities within the Lowcountry. She also serves as health system director of MUSC’s Advanced Practice Providers (AAP) Best Practice Center, is an adjunct faculty member in the MUSC Division of Physician Assistant Studies, and practices as a primary care physician assistant at MUSC. She previously held clinical instruction positions in MUSC’s Emergency Medicine, General Surgery/Trauma, and Neurosurgery/Neuroendovascular Surgery departments.

Fulton earned her undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, prior to attending MUSC, and she is currently earning her Doctor of Medical Science degree with a concentration in leadership from A.T. Still University, where she will complete her studies in March 2022.

In addition to her career and educational achievements, Fulton is committed to making a lasting impact through her volunteer service. She is chair of the legislative committee of the South Carolina Academy for Physician Assistants (SCAPA), co-created the SCAPA ASPIRE program, which mentors over 80 pre-physician assistant students, and is an active member of several physician assistant organizations and associations. She is a Paul Ambrose Scholar and was awarded Physician Assistant of the Year by SCAPA in 2017.

Distinguished Alumnus Award in Health Administration – Dr. Timothy L. Putnam ’10

Timothy L. Putnam

Timothy L. Putnam, D.H.A. FACHE, a 2010 graduate of the MUSC College of Health Professions Doctor of Health Administration program, is president and chief executive officer of Margaret Mary Health, a community hospital serving people in Southeastern Indiana. Dr. Putnam has over 30 years of experience in health care, with his initial work involving laser and minimally invasive surgery research and development. His dissertation at MUSC focused on acute stroke care in rural hospitals. Dr. Putnam is also a certified emergency medical technician.

Dr. Putnam currently serves on President Biden’s COVID-19 Health Equity Taskforce, chairing the Healthcare Access and Quality Subcommittee. He is a past president of the Indiana Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Association. In 2015, he was appointed by former Governor Mike Pence to the Indiana Board of Graduate Medical Education. He has chaired the board since its inception.

The Alumnus/Alumna Service Award is presented to a graduate who has given selflessly through extraordinary activities that benefit the university, the college, or their communities, organizations, or professions. The 2021 recipient of the Alumnus/Alumna Service Award is Sherlonda T. Adkins ’14.

Alumna Service Award – Sherlonda T. Adkins ’14

Sherlonda Adkins

Sherlonda Adkins, MPA, MSPAS, PA-C is a 2014 graduate of the MUSC College of Health Professions Physician Assistant program. Her many contributions – past, present and future – reflect the college’s aspirations of service. Adkins has spent the last 22 years serving a socioeconomically and ethnically diverse population of patients, customers, and students. She has improved lives by medically treating, educating, motivating, and providing customized solutions through her work, community outreach, philanthropy, and volunteerism.

Adkins is physician assistant and co-founder of PsychMYway, a South Carolina-based outpatient telepsychiatry practice that specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults that are challenged by mental health difficulties. She is also a preceptor and guest lecturer at MUSC, where she mentors second-year physician assistant students in internal medicine and psychiatry. She previously held physician assistant positions at Hope Clinic and the Mary Jenkins Center for Behavioral Health.

Adkins earned her undergraduate degree and master of public administration from the College of Charleston prior to attending MUSC, and she is currently earning her Doctor of Medical Science degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, where she will complete her studies in August 2021.

Her long history of volunteerism and community support demonstrate Adkins’ commitment to improving the physician assistant profession and health professions community. Most recently, she established Black Physician Assistants of South Carolina with the goal of improving practice opportunities for African American physician assistants and working with South Carolina’s educational institutions to increase entry of African Americans into the physician assistant profession. She has also volunteered her time at the Lowcountry Crisis Pregnancy Center, the Oakbrook Health and Rehabilitation Center, College Park Elementary School in Goose Creek, and 2 Equal 1 International. She also has hosted a Korean high school exchange student, has provided care on medical mission trips, and serves as a bible study group discussion leader.

Adkins nominator wrote that, “She is emblematic of the type of person who lives to serve and has prepared herself to serve with excellence.”

The Emerging Leader Award is given to a graduate of the MUSC College of Health Professions who has shown exemplary leadership and dedication toward the College of Health Professions and/or their organized profession as a whole. The 2021 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award is Russell B. Calicutt ’12.

Emerging Leader Award – Russell B. Calicutt ’12

Russell Calicutt

Russell Calicutt, a 2012 graduate of the MUSC College of Health Professions Master in Heath Administration (MHA) program, is a health care executive with a background in physician practice operations, quality improvement, data integration, health care policy, governmental reporting, population health, and health information exchange.  He has served in various leadership roles for South Carolina Health Systems and the South Carolina Medical Association.

Calicutt currently serves as the director of business development for KONZA, a national Health Information Exchange (HIE). KONZA is a nonprofit HIE that partners with state medical associations across the country to expand the use of KONZA technology in physician practices and hospitals. Calicutt has overseen more than 150 integrations to the HIE in South Carolina and nationally.

Calicutt received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University. He received the Regent Award for Early Career Executive from the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2019. While at MUSC, Calicutt served as the MHA president representing the MHA Program for the College of Health Professions.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, Leslie, daughter Lila (3), and son Russell Jr. (1).  He is an avid golfer and hunter in his free time.

The Outstanding Achievements in Research Award is presented to a graduate of the MUSC College of Health Professions whose contributions to the field of research is helping to advance their profession. The 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Achievements in Research Award is Dr. Rebekah J. Walker ’14.

Outstanding Achievements in Research Award – Dr. Rebekah J. Walker ’14

Dr. Walker

Dr. Rebekah J. Walker is a 2014 graduate of the MUSC College of Health Professions Doctoral Program in Health and Rehabilitation Science. She earned her bachelor’s degree at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University prior to attending MUSC. Walker’s remarkable research achievements and contributions are making a significant impact on the health professions field. 

Walker is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Center for Advancing Population Science.

Her research focuses on reducing and eliminating health disparities by addressing social determinants of health, with a particular emphasis on chronic disease outcomes in low income populations. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications investigating mechanisms and pathways for behavioral, psychosocial, and community level social determinants of health, and has served on study sections for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and National Institute of Health (NIH).

She is currently the principal investigator (PI) of a Junior Faculty Award from ADA and a multiple PI on an NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMH) focused on addressing food insecurity in African Americans with diabetes. She also serves as a co-investigator on two NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) research project grants (R01) testing innovative interventions to eliminate disparities in diabetes outcomes, an NIH/NIDDK exploratory/developmental grant (R21) investigating social, cultural, and biological determinants of diabetes outcomes in Lebanon, and a large project funded by the Advancing Healthier Wisconsin endowment addressing health disparities among inner city African Americans in Milwaukee.

Walker’s nominator shared that, “She has been successful in her career as evidenced by numerous grants, awards, and publications.” In 2019 she was awarded the Division of General Internal Medicine Researcher Award at the University of Wisconsin.

Congratulations to the 2021 MUSC Alumni Awards recipients! We are proud of you and are honored to recognize your achievements as MUSC College of Health Professions alumni!

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