One of the most respected and loved pediatric surgeons in medicine, few have made a more significant impact on patients, faculty, staff and students than H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. M.D., MUSC Emeritus Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Chairman, Curtis P. Artz MUSC Surgical Society.
When Dr. Othersen joined the faculty at MUSC in 1965, he was the state’s first pediatric surgeon and one of the first in the Southeast. Dr. Othersen remembers when there was not a Children’s Hospital, and he says opening it in 1989 made a remarkable difference. As one of the founders of the MUSC Children’s Hospital, Dr. Othersen worked hard to ensure that children had the best care that could be found anywhere. Without Dr. Othersen’s vision, determination and work, the MUSC Children’s Hospital would not be what it is today. He is a giant in the development of pediatric surgery at MUSC.
His vision, determination and work ethic continue to inspire and motivate others. Dr. Othersen leads and continues to inspire residents, faculty and alumni as chairman of the MUSC Curtis P. Artz Surgical Society; and every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. without fail, he holds thought-provoking lectures for the MUSC residents on their pediatric surgery rotation in the famous “Bee Hive Sessions.”
In recognition to his many contributions and for his enduring service to children, families and the medical profession, the Board of Trustees announced the honorary naming of the H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. M.D. Pediatric Operating Suite in the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion.