MUSC names Caroline Brown chief external affairs officer

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Dec. 5, 2019) – David J. Cole, M.D., FACS, president of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has announced the appointment of Caroline Brown as the first-ever chief external affairs officer, effective immediately. The promotion follows her nearly four-year tenure at MUSC, most recently serving as the director of external affairs, a role she originated at the institution. Under her leadership, MUSC’s external affairs efforts have grown in scale, scope and impact, leading to the formal creation of the Office of External Affairs in 2018. As chief external affairs officer, Brown’s responsibilities will span the university and MUSC Health, including MUSC’s new regional health network with divisions in Florence and Lancaster.

Central to Brown’s role is her work to establish new strategic partnerships to transform health care and higher education. Her team oversees the programs developed in tandem with key external stakeholders, including corporations and industry, colleges and universities, and economic engagement organizations. She also serves in an advisory role as special assistant to President Cole.

Current MUSC strategic partnerships with Siemens Healthineers and Medtronic, two of the world’s largest medical device and solutions companies, were established and operationalized under Brown’s leadership. Additionally, she recently expanded MUSC collaborations with two leading South Carolina institutions, Clemson University and Greenwood Genetic Center. An innovative, results-driven leader, Brown has expertise in strategy, communications, deal making, stakeholder relations, and establishing partnerships, affiliations and joint ventures.

An engaged community leader across the state, Brown serves on the board of directors for SCBIO, the state’s life science industry association, and the Charleston Regional Development Alliance (CRDA), the Lowcountry region’s economic development organization.

A Charleston native, Brown earned her undergraduate degree in public relations from the University of South Carolina (USC) and a master’s degree in business administration from the Darla Moore School of Business at USC.


About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the oldest medical school in the South, as well as the state’s only integrated, academic health sciences center with a unique charge to serve the state through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The state’s leader in obtaining biomedical research funds, in fiscal year 2018, MUSC set a new high, bringing in more than $276.5 million. For information on academic programs, visit

As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care available, while training generations of competent, compassionate health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Comprising some 1,600 beds, more than 100 outreach sites, the MUSC College of Medicine, the physicians’ practice plan, and nearly 275 telehealth locations, MUSC Health owns and operates eight hospitals situated in Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion counties. In 2019, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of $3 billion. The more than 17,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers and scientists who deliver groundbreaking education, research, technology and patient care.