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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
Email: james.wells@uscmed.sc.edu
Phone: 803-216-3813
Office:

School of Medicine
VA Campus
Bld. 4
6311 Garners Ferry Rd

Resources: School of Medicine faculty page
headshot of James Wells

Experience and Education

  • Research Professor, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology & Anatomy, UofSC 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, UofSC School of Medicine, 1986- Present
  • M.D., Florida School of Medicine, 1976
  • B.S., University of Florida, 1972

Research

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.

Teaching

  • 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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