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Endowed Chairs

What is an Endowed Chair?

An endowed chair is an elite faculty appointment that carries with it a stable source of funding to support the chair-holder’s work. It is the most prestigious honor a university can confer upon a faculty member. A chair is usually established by a pool of philanthropically provided funds totaling $1 million, which is invested in a professionally managed fund. The principle, or “corpus,” remains in this fund, generating interest income that is used to attract and support the work of a leading scientist and/or educator in perpetuity.

Benefits of an Endowed Chair:

  • Enables MUSC to attract and retain the best educators in the country.
  • Provides a permanent, stable source of departmental funding.
  • Establishes the University as a leader in the chairholder’s field.
  • Helps recruit the nation’s top students.
  • Attracts additional research dollars.
  • Establishes strength and perpetuity within a given field of study, promoting continual discovery and understanding.

Endowed Chair Recipients

John E. Mahaffey M.D. Endowed Chair

A 1954 graduate of the Medical College of South Carolina, Dr. Mahaffey returned to MUSC in 1958 as instructor of anesthesiology and one year later was named acting chairman. In 1964 he was appointed professor and chairman of anesthesiology.

In addition to expanding the anesthesiology program at MUSC, Dr. Mahaffey advanced the field through his service as the president of the South Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists and on the board of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, as well as several state and national committees of scientific and educational organizations.

In recognition of his contributions to the field of anesthesiology and to promote continued growth, MUSC and Dr. Mahaffey’s colleagues would now like to recognize him with the highest award a university can bestow upon a faculty member: an endowed chair, named in his honor.

Lewis Blackman Endowed Chair

The Lewis Blackman Endowed Chair with Health Sciences South Carolina is named after Lewis Blackman, a 15-year-old South Carolina boy who passed away at the Medical University of South Carolina from an undetected perforated ulcer caused by medication for post-operative pain. This position was made possible by legislation called the South Carolina Research Centers of Economic Excellence Act passed in 2002 by the General Assembly. 

Jerry G. Reves M.D. Endowed Chair in Anesthesia Research

A pioneer clinical investigator who helped launch the cardiac anesthesiology subspecialty, Dr. Reves served as the second President for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (1979-1980,) and received that organization's outstanding service award in 2006. Dr. Reves has been elected to numerous medical boards, societies, and organizations such as the Association of University Anesthetists, the Association of Cardiac Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, and the Cardiac Surgery and Anesthesia Council of the American Heart Association. 

He helped found the Duke Heart Center and served as its first director from 1987 to 1997. Dr. Reves served as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, at MUSC, from 1991 until 2001, when he became Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice President of the Medical University of South Carolina until 2010. 

Dr. Reves is nationally recognized for his contributions to anesthesia clinical research. His term introduced midazolam and esmolol into clinical practice and his research groups have focused on aging and cognition after cardiac surgery. He has authored or edited 15 books and his work has been published in over 300 scientific publications. 

Joanne M. Conroy M.D. Endowed Chair for Education and Leadership Development

Dr. Conroy earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she subsequently and completed a residency in anesthesiology. After completing her training, she joined the faculty in the Medical University’s department of Anesthesiology, where she quickly rose to the ranks of vice chair and chair. She also served as Vice President of Medical Affairs for MUSC and Senior Associate Dean for the College of Medicine before moving to Morristown, New Jersey, where she served as Chief Medical Officer of Atlantic Health System, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Morristown Memorial, Atlantic Health System’s Executive Vice President and president of Morristown Memorial. 

Today, Dr. Conroy serves as Chief Health Care Officer for the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C. In that position, she focuses on the interface between the health care delivery system and academic medicine, paying particular attention to how health care in academic settings can address quality-of-care and patient centered care issues.

The Joanne M. Conroy M.D. Endowed Chair for Education and Leadership Development will be dedicated to providing anesthesiology professionals, faculty, and staff with these skills, concentrating on the following areas:

  • Effective meeting management
  • Creative problem solving
  • Recruiting and motivating others
  • Building consensus
  • Communications and conflict resolution
  • Inspiring purpose, passion and performance
  • Effective advocacy and political action

Charlie T. Wallace M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

With the onset of construction of the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital and Woman’s Pavilion the department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine wanted to make a substantial contribution to the future of pediatric anesthesiology by initiating fund raising of an 2 million dollar endowed chair in recognition of the 40 year contribution of Dr. Wallace to our specialty, institution and city. The department has committed up to 1.5 million dollars in matching funds toward the total to establish the Charlie T. Wallace M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.

Claudia Oxner Simmons M.D. Endowed Chair in Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Dr. Oxner graduated from Newberry College and the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston and was the first woman doctor from Batesburg-Leesville. Out of a class of 69 graduates, only three were women, with Claudia being the youngest member of the class. After graduating from the Medical College, she extended her education to Anesthesia, being one of the first anesthesiology residents at what is now the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She worked at Asheville Anesthesia Associates in Asheville, North Carolina for her entire career.

Dr. Oxner was admired by many and showed great strength, humility, kindness, and grace throughout her life. She touched many lives during her career. She remained connected to her Alma Mater and left a significant contribution to the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine following her death on March 11, 2016. The proceeds are being utilized by the department to fund an endowed chair in her honor.

Joseph S. Redding M.D. Professorship in Critical Care Medicine

Joseph Redding was internationally known as a pioneer in critical care research which led to modern day concepts of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He was a dedicated clinician, teacher and investigator who authored over 100 publications.

In honor of his accomplishments, the Joseph S. Redding M.D. Critical Care Fund was established to support the department and the University in their missions of service in patient care, research and education. These funds provide support for guest lecturers with expertise in the area of critical care medicine.

Laurie L. Brown M.D. Medical Student Scholarship

Dr. Brown’s appreciation for the mentoring he received during medical school years fueled his passion for teaching. Upon retirement Dr. Brown returned to the Department of Anesthesiology at MUSC as Professor Emeritus were he continued to work with students and residents and served as the department historian until his death. The Laurie L. Brown M.D. Medical Student Scholarship was established to support medical students interested in Anesthesia as a career.