Board of Directors

David J. Cole, MD, Board Chair


Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. David J. Cole joined MUSC in 1994 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery. He quickly rose through the ranks and became Chairman for the Department of Surgery in 2007 and elected President of MUSC Physicians in 2013. He held these titles until becoming President of MUSC on July 1, 2014. Cole is a nationally recognized clinician and researcher. US News and World Report has recognized him as one of the top surgeons in the nation for the last seven years. He has more than 17 years of continuous funding by the National Institutes of Health, has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed publications and chapters and holds four patents. Cole is the president, Southeastern Surgical Congress; founding board member, Society of University Surgeons; first vice president, Southern Surgical Associates; and member, American Surgery Association. Cole earned a BS in Biology and Chemistry from New Mexico State University, an MD from Cornell University Medical College, completed a residency in General Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine and a fellowship at the NIH/NCI Branch in General Surgery. He is board certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

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