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Medical University of South Carolina

About Public Affairs & Media Relations

As representatives of South Carolina’s only comprehensive academic medical center, the staff members of the MUSC Office of Public Affairs and Media Relations work to convey how our faculty, staff, clinicians, students and scientists are changing what’s possible in health care every day. We take seriously our charge to build awareness of MUSC, and how our institution serves all South Carolinians through education, research and patient care. We take even more seriously how we bring that information to various communities; whether through mass media, publications, videos or social media, the professionals in our office are committed to protecting integrity and the public trust through transparent, accurate, timely and ethical communication.

Learn more about MUSC Catalyst News.

Meet the team

Heather Woolwine directs the Office of Public Affairs and Media Relations.
Contact Info:
woolwinh@musc.edu
843-792-7669

Cindy Abole is editor of the print version of the MUSC Catalyst News.
Contact Info:
aboleca@musc.edu
843-792-2795

Helen Adams is the digital editor for MUSC Catalyst News.
Contact Info:
adamshel@musc.edu
843-792-5525

Sharlene Atkins manages the Office of Public Affairs and Media Relations and serves as assistant to Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, Sheila Champlin.
Contact Info:
atkinss@musc.edu
843-792-7426

Leslie Cantu is a public information coordinator, writes stories for MUSC Catalyst News and helps with media events.
Contact Info:
cantul@musc.edu
843-792-3211

Tony Ciuffo coordinates media relations for the Office of Public Affairs and Media Relations.
Contact Info:
ciuffo@musc.edu
843-792-2626

Mikie Hayes is copy editor and head writer for the print version of MUSC Catalyst News.
Contact Info:
hayesmi@musc.edu
843-792-9717