Dr. Pisano accepts appointment at the Medical University of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) announced Wednesday the appointment of Etta D. Pisano, MD, as the new Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs. Dr. Pisano currently serves as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of the UNC School of Medicine, Director of the NC TraCS Institute, Director of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and Kenan Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Pisano will assume her new positions at MUSC on July 1, 2010.

“This has been a gut-wrenching decision for me and my family,” Dr. Pisano said about her acceptance of MUSC’s offer.  “We love Chapel Hill and the University, and saying goodbye to our friends and colleagues will be difficult, but the opportunities offered by MUSC are irresistible.”

Dr. Pisano has served the UNC School of Medicine in various capacities for over 20 years.  After receiving her AB in Philosophy from Dartmouth College in 1979 and her MD from Duke University in 1983, Dr. Pisano completed her residency in radiology at Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Medical School and also spent one year there as Chief of Breast Imaging and Instructor in Radiology.  Dr. Pisano joined the UNC faculty in 1989 as an Assistant Professor in Radiology, serving as the Chief of Breast Imaging from 1989 to 2005.  In 2003, she was appointed the founding Director of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and has since raised over $20 million from private donors, industry, and the university to support its activities.

Dr. Pisano was appointed Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of the UNC School of Medicine effective June 1, 2006.  In this role, she has assisted Dean Bill Roper in leading and managing all aspects of the School of Medicine’s academic mission.  In 2008, Dr. Pisano assumed the additional role of Director of the NC TraCS Institute, the home of UNC’s NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).  TraCS has already made a huge difference in creating new cross-disciplinary translational collaborations across the campus and across the state.

Dr. Pisano was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2008.  Among her other honors, Dr. Pisano received the Ladies Home Journal Health Breakthrough Award in 2006, the UNC-CH Award for the Advancement of Women in 2009, and the Gold Medal of the Association of University Radiologists in 2010.

“Dr. Pisano has been an integral part of the leadership team of the School of Medicine and the Health Care System.  She has been deeply involved in everything we do here,” Dr. Roper said.  “Etta is very highly regarded among all her colleagues, and we will miss her tremendously.”

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve this wonderful institution for the past 21 years,” Dr. Pisano said.  I want to thank all of my colleagues for these many years of support, encouragement, collaboration, and friendship.  UNC will always have a special place in my heart.”

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