SmartState at MUSC

The SmartState Program was created in 2002 by the South Carolina General Assembly to help transform the state’s economy. The program aims to recruit world-class researchers and scientists to serve as Endowed Chairs at the state’s three research-intensive universities, including the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

The Endowed Chairs reside within SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence and use their positions to:

  • Conduct research that leads to innovative technologies and spin-off companies
  • Provides educational opportunities for students
  • Creates a leadership and workforce pipeline

The true impact of MUSC research is reflected in how we translate discoveries into new modalities of care and life-changing therapeutics. Research is a dynamic force that fuels how we fulfill our mission to lead health innovation for the lives we touch.

MUSC President David J. Cole, MD, FACS

Dr. David Cole, President, Medical University of South Carolina

SmartState Program Endowed Chairs at MUSC

Biomedical Centers

Pharmaceutical Centers


Anand S. Mehta, DPhill

Interim Vice President for Research

Michael Rusnak

Executive Director
Foundation for University Research

Gwendolyn Bouchie

Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Vice President for Research