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Internal Medicine

Our faculty members strive to achieve excellence in medical education, patient care and scholarly activity. We have affiliations and partnerships with the Palmetto Health hospital system, the Dorn Veterans Hospital and several other local health care institutions. 

Medical Education

The department is involved in medical student education during all four years of medical school. Faculty members contribute heavily to both classroom and bedside teaching during the first two years, in areas such as physical diagnosis, evidence-based medicine and clinical ethics.

During the third and fourth years, the department is responsible for a 12-week third-year clerkship and a wide variety of fourth-year electives.

 

Residency and Fellowships

The department also offers an internal medicine residency (with categorical, preliminary and primary care tracks) and several subspecialty fellowships, in partnership with the Palmetto Health hospital system. Internal medicine faculty members play a key role in USC’s nationally recognized curriculum in point-of-care ultrasound for medical students and residents. 

 

Research

Research in the department is focused on improving patient care through application of biomedical, clinical and public health research to important clinical questions. Faculty members collaborate with researchers from other medical school departments and from other colleges and schools within the University of South Carolina. Research ranges from small-scale independent projects to larger-scale projects supported by government, foundations and industry. The School of Medicine has experience in FDA Phase II, III and IV clinical trials.

 

Patient Care

Patient care is provided through the Palmetto Health USC Medical Group, which offers primary care and subspecialty services at multiple sites in the greater Columbia area. 

 

Divisions

Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

We offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of immunological diseases in children and adults. Dr. David Amrol specializes in treating asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, medication allergy, anaphylaxis, urticaria and immunodeficiency. Skin testing, allergen immunotherapy, spirometry and immunodeficiency evaluations are all performed in the clinic.

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Cardiology

The Division of Cardiology is leading the charge to advance heart health in South Carolina by complementing existing programs with pioneering research, progressive technology and skillful medical intervention.

This expertise allows faculty to offer advanced training and health care in all sub-specialty areas within the clinical practice to include:

  • Non-invasive Cardiology
  • Invasive Cardiology
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Teaching the next generation of cardiologists is our mission. The General Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship is a comprehensive three-year program designed to provide the skills required for a successful career in both academic and clinical practice. 

A comprehensive training program is offered for the Palmetto Health USC School of Medicine residency programs. This includes inpatient consultative services, cardiac intensive care unit training as well as outpatient cardiovascular clinic experience.

The Cardiovascular Division is engaged in multiple clinical trials as well as primary investigator led research. This provides multiple opportunities for students, residents and fellows to engage in scholarly research.  

The Division of Cardiology is part of the Palmetto Health system, which also includes the Palmetto Health Heart Hospital — the state’s only freestanding hospital dedicated solely to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

We provide consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for endocrine and metabolic disorders. This program includes diabetes and its complications, osteoporosis, endocrine tumors, endocrine hypertension, thyroid disorders, adrenal disorders, male and female reproductive problems, lipid disorders, growth hormone disorders, hirsutism and neuroendocrinology.

As a medical student, you'll have the opportunity to pursue the Endocrinology Fellowship at Palmetto Health. 


Faculty
  • Ali A. Rizvi, M.D. - Division Chief, Clinical Professor, Fellowship Program Director 
  • Brooke McAdams, M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director
  • Sri Harsha Tella, M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Subhashini Yaturu, M.D. - Clinical Professor, DVAMC
  • A. Julian Munoz, M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor, DVAMC VA Site Fellowship Director 
  • Ambika Rao, M.D. - Clinical Associate Professor, DVAMC VA Endocrine Division Chief 
General Internal Medicine

The division of General Internal Medicine plays a central role in medical education for the internal medicine residency and for each of the four years of medical school. In addition to teaching clinical medicine in the inpatient and outpatient settings, our faculty members teach a variety of topics, such as evidence-based medicine, critical review of the literature, medical ethics and physical diagnosis.

Members of the division serve as directors of the internal medicine residency, third-year and fourth-year student clerkships, and they assume leadership roles in several other educational activities in the medical school, including the nationally-known curriculum in point-of-care ultrasound. Division members see patients in the faculty practice, which is located adjacent to the academic offices and is certified as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Research in the division focuses primarily on medical education and primary-care oriented clinical questions.

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Geriatrics

We enjoy a long-standing collaborative relationship with the Palmetto Health Division of Geriatric Services. Motivated by a deep commitment to develop programs which serve older adults in South Carolina, the collaboration received the prestigious Leader in Geriatric Innovations award from the SAGE Institute’s Geriatric Best Practices in 2004.

The Geriatric Fellowship Program, started in 1997, is the only program in the state to train fellows in geriatric medicine. It provides for one-year fellowships. The Senior Primary Care Practice serves as a clinical training site and provides care for over 3,500 area seniors. Palmetto Senior Care, one of the first 5 PACE demonstration sites in the nation, also serves as an important training site for residents and fellows.

Our mission is to meet the needs of older South Carolinians, their families, their communities and health care providers through coordinated service, education and research.

 Faculty

  • Judy Baskins, RN, B.S.N.
  • Jonathan W. Donley, D.P.T., M.E.d.
  • Bruce M. Easterling, M.D.
  • Rachelle N. Gajadhar, M.D.
  • Victor A. Hirth, M.D.
  • Margaret Matthews, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Craig Maylath, M.D.
  • Malissa Wilson, M.D.
Infectious Diseases

We offer comprehensive services in the diagnosis, treatment and management of infectious disease problems, including hospital-acquired infections, bone and joint infections, antimicrobial stewardship, hepatitis C and disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Faculty also provides instruction for medical students and for residents at affiliated hospitals. In addition, the division offers an ACGME accredited two-year infectious disease fellowship training program.

The Infectious Diseases division serves as the lead agency for the Immunology Clinic, providing general infectious diseases ambulatory consults as well as the care of patients infected with HIV/AIDS, through a federally funded Ryan White Part B grant. The IC is the state’s largest HIV care service center, and since 1993, the Infectious Diseases division has coordinated a partnership of over 20 member agencies that deliver care across an eight county area.

Research interests include hospital epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship and prevention of antimicrobial resistance, bone and joint infections and clinical aspects of HIV disease.

Faculty

  • Sharon Weissman, M.D. - Division Chief, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Program Director Infectious Disease Fellowship
  • Divya Ahuja, M.D. - Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Director Immunology Center, Director of SC HIV/AIDS Training Center, Columbia
  • Majdi Al-Hasan, M.D. - Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Clinical Associate Professor
  • Rajee Bais, M.D. - Founder/Director of Carolina Survivor Clinic, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Rebecca Berdel, M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Sangita Dash, M.D. - Hospital Epidemiologist, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • James A. Grubbs, M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Joseph Horvath, M.D. - Clinical Associate Professor
  • Kamala Sanasi-Bhola, M.D. - Associate Program Director Infectious Disease, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Ansal Shah, M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Mariam Younas, M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor 
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

We are board-certified physicians who hold faculty appointments at the USC School of Medicine while teaching residents and fellows at Palmetto Health Richland and the Dorn VA Medical Center. Our goal is to provide comprehensive pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine to residents of the Midlands.

We provide inpatient services at Palmetto Health Richland hospital including pulmonary and ICU consultations and are skilled at various therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. We offer superior general pulmonary outpatient care and have set ourselves apart by creating a variety of subspecialty clinics to care for South Carolina’s most complicated pulmonary patients.

In our accredited fellowship training program, we are educating future pulmonary physicians. We strive to improve the future of medicine by participating in clinical research and several partners have published in their various fields of interest within the past few years.

We are a group of young, energetic physicians excited to assist in the management of a wide range of pulmonary diseases. Please let us assist in the care of your patients as we strive to build a regional center for excellence in pulmonary medicine.

Rheumatology

The Division of Rheumatology offers consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services and educational programs in the area of rheumatic diseases. The program includes autoimmune disorders like systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, dermatomyositis, vasculitis (as well as crystalline arthropathies) and common disorders resulting in musculoskeletal pain such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis and bursitis.

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