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MUSC College of Medicine


College of Medicine, founded 1824

When the Medical College of South Carolina was chartered by the South Carolina legislature on December 20, 1823 it became the tenth medical school in the United States and the first in the Deep South. Founded as a private, proprietary institution by members of the Medical Society of South Carolina, the college's early faculty bore full financial and curricular responsibility for the institution until 1913 when the state assumed ownership of the school. The Medical College opened in 1824 with a faculty of seven Charleston physicians and thirty students. The first students graduated on April 4, 1825. The institution has served continuously since its founding, except for a four-year cessation during the Civil War, 1861-1865. Following the Civil War, the college was reorganized and continued to operate, at one point with as few as two students. The 1909 Flexner Report noted that there were 34 faculty, all part time, and 213 students whose fees were the only source of financial support for the school. In late 1913 the state legislature was successfully petitioned to transfer ownership of the school to the state. Incorporation of the medical college as a state institution brought public funding and allowed teaching and service roles to expand steadily.

In 1950 the title of the chief executive officer was changed from dean to president, with separate deans for each of the schools, later colleges. The deans listed below who served before 1949 were the top administrators of the college for those years.

Those with * served multiple terms of office

Names of Deans and Years of Service
Years Name
1824 - 1828 Thomas Grimball Prioleau, MD
1828 - 1829 Henry Rutledge Frost, MD*
1829 - 1834 Edmund Ravenel, MD
1834 - 1835 Samuel Henry Dickson, MD
1835 - 1836 James Moultrie, Jr., MD*
1836 - 1838 Henry Rutledge Frost, MD
1838 - 1840 Eli Geddings, MD*
1840 - 1841 James Moultrie, Jr., MD
1841 - 1842 Eli Geddings, MD
1842 - 1843 Charles Upham Shepard, MD
1843 - 1847 Henry Rutledge Frost, MD
1847 - 1850 James Moultrie, Jr., MD
1850 - 1866 Henry Rutledge Frost, MD
1866 - 1867 Julian John Chisolm, MD
1867 - 1873 Francis Marion Robertson, MD
1873 - 1874 George Edward Trescott, MD
1874 - 1877 Robert Alexander Kinloch, MD*
1877 - 1882 John Philip Chazal, MD
1882 - 1889 Jacob Ford Prioleau, MD
1889 - 1891 Robert Alexander Kinloch, MD
1892 - 1906 Francis LeJau Parker, MD
1906 - 1908 Edward Frost Parker, MD
1908 - 1908 Allard Memminger, MD
1908 - 1943 Robert Wilson, MD
1943 - 1949 Kenneth Merrill Lynch, MD, DSc, LLD
1950 - 1962 John Tindall Cuttino, MD
Executive Vice President 1959-1960; Acting President 1960-1962
1960 - 1962 Harold Rawling Pratt-Thomas, MD
1962 - 1964 Cheves McCord Smythe, MD
Feb - Dec. 1965 Louis Preston Jervey, MD, Interim
(Appointment made retroactively in June 1965)
1966 - 1968 Franklin Clayton Fetter, MD
(died in office)
1969 - 1970 Robert Holt Green, MD
1970 - 1974 Joseph Ford Anthony McManus, MD
1974 John Workman Zemp, PhD, Acting
1974 - 1986 William Marcus Newberry, MD
Jun. 1983 -
Jan. 1984
Allen Huggins Johnson, MD, Acting
(Dr. Newberry was on 6 months leave to serve as President of Winthrop)
1986 - 1989 George William Bates, MD, SM
1989 - 1990 Allen Huggins Johnson, MD, Acting
1990 - 2001 Robert Layton McCurdy, MD
(and Vice-President for Medical Affairs)
2001 - 2009 Joseph Gerald "Jerry" Reves, MD
(and Vice-President for Medical Affairs)
2010 - 2014 Etta Driscoll Pisano, MD
2014 - 2016 Deborah Deas, MD, MPH, Interim
2016 - Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD