I served as the proud Chair for Duke’s Department of Anesthesiology from 1991 to 2001, and currently sit as a member of the DREAM Campaign Advisory Board.
A Brief History
I began my training at Vanderbilt, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in 1965. From 1965 to 1969, I received my Medical Degree from the Medical College of South Carolina. From there, I continued my anesthesiology internship and residency, as well as receiving my M.S. in Physiology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
During the course of my career, I focused on researching 1) the nature of the risks of cardiac surgery to patients, with the goal of improving the risk of surgery in the elderly, 2) anesthesia information systems and population pharmacodynamics, and 3) developing optimal teaching/medical education for medical students and resident physicians.
In 2001, my family moved to Charleston, SC from Durham to lead the school of medicine as Dean at my alma mater, the Medical University of South Carolina. I am the proud father of three adult daughters. My eldest daughter and her husband live in Durham, NC with their two daughters. My middle and youngest daughter live in Charleston, SC, and my youngest daughter and her husband have twin girls.
Currently, I am retired from the deanship at MUSC, and my wife, Jenny, and I recently completed our dream trip, called, “America’s Great Loop,” that commenced in May of 2011 and ended in December 2012. We travelled more than 7,000 nautical miles on our 41- foot trawler class boat, SWEETGRASS. Everyone is invited to look at our adventure at: http://sweetgrassadventures.com.
In addition to America’s Great Loop, I also enjoy playing tennis whenever I find some free time!
I am still very much active in the anesthesiology community, and am currently conducting clinical research on marine medicine and working with members of the department of anesthesiology here on their career development.
The DREAM Campaign is a way I can still be involved with the best department of anesthesiology in the country. I am very proud of the association, and believe that few departments can attract the philanthropic support that the DREAM Campaign provides. By being on the board, I am able to help advance the field of anesthesia!