February 2022 Dean's Message

Zoher F. Kapasi
February 10, 2022
Dean Kapasi

Dear CHP alumni and donors,

I hope that your 2022 is off to a great start! Things in the College of Health Professions are as busy as ever, and I invite you to join me in celebrating some of the recent accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff.

In December, we celebrated the 2021 achievements of our faculty and staff during our annual awards ceremony. Congratulations to all the individuals recognized for their hard work and dedication to the college, community, and their professions.

Updates from CHP:

  • Chinieka Jackman, Madison Kimmell, and Kristian Stepanova, students in our Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies program, won the Health Humanities Award for the poster session during MUSC Research Day. Their project was titled, "Exploring Health Care Students' Perceptions about Race and Privilege: A Case Study of a Peer Education Program." Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D., MPA, served as their mentor. Dante Pelzer, Ph.D., assistant director of Student Diversity also worked on the project.
  • Sandra Brotherton, PT, Ph.D., Cristina Reyes Smith, OTD, OTR/L, Gilbert Boissonneault, Ph.D., PA-C, Karen A. Wager, DBA, Craig Velozo, Ph.D., OTR/L, and Michael de Arellano, Ph.D., recently published "Holistic Admissions: Strategies for Increasing Student Diversity in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies Programs" in the Journal of Allied Health.
  • In December, we celebrated graduation for our Master of Science in Health Informatics, Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice-Post Masters, Bachelor of Healthcare Studies, and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies transfer students from Francis Marion. Congratulations, graduates!
  • Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D., MPA, assistant professor in the Division of Healthcare Studies, was awarded the Values in Action Award for Respect and was presented the award by MUSC President David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, and his wife, first lady Kathy Cole.
  • The college recently welcomed two new faculty members, Kelly McGloon, Ph.D., OTR/L, assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy, and Jeibing Wen, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Healthcare Leadership & Management.
  • Karen Wager, DBA, associate dean for Student Affairs and professor in the Department of Healthcare Leadership & Management, recently published the fifth edition of "Health Care Information Systems – A Practical Approach for Health Care Management," with her colleagues, Fran Lee and John Glaser.
  • Na Jin Seo, Ph.D., professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy, was recently awarded a grant from the Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Research & Development Service titled, "Feasibility of Using Maestro Hand Exoskeleton in Post-Stroke Hand Rehabilitation to Improve Joint Coordination."

I am so proud of all the continued accomplishments of our alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Thank you for your continued support of the college and I hope that you and your loved ones continue to stay well.

Zoher F. Kapasi, PT, Ph.D., MBA, FAPTA
Dean and professor
College of Health Professions