Medical University of S.C. picks top 3 finalists for presidency

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published April 10, 2014

The search for the next president of the Medical University of South Carolina has been narrowed to three candidates.

The finalists are Dr. David J. Cole, chairman of the Department of Surgery at MUSC; Dr. Joanne M. Conroy, chief health care officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges; and Dr. Ora H. Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Michigan.

Former President Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg left MUSC last year to become the executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Texas System.

The board of trustees expects to pick the new president in a week or two, according to an MUSC spokeswoman.

David J. Cole, M.D.

Cole joined MUSC in 1994 as an assistant professor in the Division of General Surgery and became medical director of the MUSC Center for Cellular Therapy in 2006. He was appointed chairman of the Department of Surgery in 2007 and became president of MUSC Physicians last year.

He is a member of the International Society of Surgery and is president-elect for the Southeastern Surgical Congress.

Cole earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from New Mexico State University and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He was an intern and completed his residency in general surgery at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals. His surgical oncology fellowship was completed in 1994 at National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute’s surgery branch in Bethesda, Md.

Joanne Mather Conroy, M.D.

Conroy was a member of the MUSC Department of Anesthesiology faculty from 1986 until 2001. She was also executive medical director of the MUSC Medical Center from 1999 until 2001 and was senior associate dean of the College of Medicine for a year in addition to holding the title of associate vice president for medical affairs.

She has worked as chief medical officer and vice president of academic affairs for Atlantic Health System in Florham Park, N.J., and was president and chief operating officer for New Jersey-based Morristown Memorial Hospital. Conroy has been the chief health care officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C., since 2008.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College and her medical degree from MUSC. She completed a residency in anesthesiology at MUSC and was chief resident from 1985-1986.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.

Pescovitz worked as a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University and was an assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Minnesota. She worked as the executive associate dean for research affairs at Indiana University from 2000 until 2009 and was president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children in Indiana for five years.

She was named interim vice president for research administration at Indiana University in 2007 and became executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Michigan and chief executive officer for the University of Michigan Health System in 2009.

Pescovitz earned her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Ill., in 1979 and completed a pediatrics residency at the University of Minnesota. She also finished a pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and was a medical staff fellow in endocrinology at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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