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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

James R Wells

Title: Research Professor
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Department: School of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-216-3813

School of Medicine

VA Campus

Bld. 4

6311 Garners Ferry Rd
Resources: School of Medicine faculty page

Experience and Education

Research Professor, Department of Cell& Developmental Biology & Anatomy, USC School of Medicine, 2003-Present                  
Chief Otolaryngology/ H&N Surgery svc WJB Dorn VA Medical Center, 2007 - Present
Private practice- CENTA Medical Group, P.A., Columbia, SC, 1986 - 2007
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, USC School of Medicine, 1986- Present
MD, Florida School of Medicine, 1976
BS, University of Florida, 1972


Professor Wells’ clinical research focuses on analysis of HPV-Infection in Freshly Resected Tissue Specimens. The purpose of this study is to determine the presence, expression and type of HPV in HNSCC tumor specimens and to investigate markers of specific pathways of tumor development, with particular attention to biomarkers and pathways that may be different between HPV-positive and HPV-negative cancers, and between African American and European American patients.

Selected Publications

Biomarkers Predict p53 Gene Therapy Efficacy in Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck Clinical Cancer Research. Dec. 2009.

Ultrasound in medical education: a vertical curriculum at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.Hoppmann R1, Cook T, Hunt P, Fowler S, Paulman L, Wells J, Richeson N, Thomas L, Wilson B, Neuffer F, McCallum J, Smith S.

An integrated ultrasound curriculum (iUSC) for medical students: 4-year experience. Hoppmann RA1, Rao VV, Poston MB, Howe DB, Hunt PS, Fowler SD, Paulman LE, Wells JR, Richeson NA, Catalana PV, Thomas LK, Britt Wilson L, Cook T, Riffle S, Neuffer FH, McCallum JB, Keisler BD, Brown RS, Gregg AR, Sims KM, Powell CK, Garber MD, Morrison JE, Owens WB, Carnevale KA, Jennings WR, Fletcher S.

Graves et al. 2014. The translational significance of Epithelial-mesenchymal transition in head and neck cancer. Clinical and Translational Medicine 3, 60.

Graves et al. 2015. Neuroendocrine Merkel Cell Carcinoma is Associated with Mutations in key DNA Repair, Epigenetic and Apoptosis Pathways: A case-based Study using targeted Massively Parallel Sequencing. Neuroendocrinology 2015 101(2): 112-119.


BMEN 345 - Human Anatomy and Physiology for Biomedical Engineers
MEGA 601 - Medical Embryology & Gross Anatomy

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award Department of Surgery, University of South Carolina School of Medicine 2003
Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award Department of Surgery, USC School of Medicine 2006
String of Pearls lecturer, University of South Carolina School of Medicine 2009
Elected member AOA, University of South Carolina School of Medicine 2011
String of Pearls lecturer, University of South Carolina School of Medicine 2012

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