I am an MUSC Innovator

Crystal Light Bulb Trophy

The “I am an MUSC Innovator” campaign is designed to raise awareness of the many forms that innovation can take, to inspire others and to publicly recognize individuals and teams that are making an impact. 

Each quarter, the campaign showcases innovative educators, researchers, care team members, and service team members that have been nominated for their innovation impact.

Nomination Process

Nominations are solicited by and submitted to the Chief Innovation Officer and evaluated based on the merits of the innovation, including potential impact, and unique factors which contributed to the innovation. Nominations are solicited on a quarterly basis but may be submitted for consideration at any time.

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Award Criteria

To be eligible for the I am an MUSC Innovator campaign, the individual must meet the following criteria.

  • Must be employed by MUSC or attend MUSC as a student;
  • Recognized within the organization for creation of an idea, product or process which can solve a problem or create a new opportunity;
  • Recognized as collaborative, respectful, adaptive to change and committed to quality care.

The individuals or teams that are finalists in the Shark Tank Competition during Innovation Week are also recognized. Up to 6 individuals/teams are selected each cycle.

Recipients receive a lanyard and crystal trophy. Notice of their award is also published in the Catalyst, various department newsletters, and on the MUSC Innovation Website.


Award Recipients for June, 2021

The Office of Innovation is proud to recognize the following teams as the June 2021 recipients of the “I am an MUSC Innovator” award. These teams were also the contestants during our Shark Tank competition held on April 29, 2021.

Michelle Spiegel, M.D., Carolyn Bell, Amanda Davis, Annie Simpson, Lindsay Smith, Janet Byrne, Achsah Philip, Greg Hall and Andrew Goodwin, M.D. conceived a project titled “Work Smarter, Not Harder: Innovative Re-Design of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) to Drive Evidence-Based Fluid Prescribing”. This project redesigns the process of adult IV fluid ordering within the computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system and incorporates a decision support system assists providers with patient-specific and evidence-based IV fluid prescribing at the point-of-care.

Rebecca Nickell, Brittany Jones, Pharm.D., Joli Fermo, Sahar Torabi, Carolyn Bondarenka and Aulbrey Drisaldi began work on their project “Home Hemoglobin A1c Monitors for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus “. The goal of this project is to increase the number of patients that have A-1 monitoring completed more timely, with an in-home point-of-care (POC) HbA1c monitor as an alternative to getting them during office visits.

Heather McGhee, Melissa Montiel, Phayvanh Pecha, Julia Black, Kimberly McClure, Eric Barbarite, Diane Andrews, Heather Bonilha and Krishna Patel are pursing the development of “The Craniofacial Care Team App” to provide valuable access to the most up to date, evidenced based resources for the care, management and treatment of the nearly 300 patients with craniofacial anomalies seen each year by multiple specialists at MUSC locations.

The team of Cindy Kramer, David, Mahvi, M.D., Michelle Hudspeth and Courtney McNeil is creating a centralized digital library for patients and their families to access virtually for multi-specialty oncology specific care, called “Clicks for Cancer Care: Bone and Marrow Transplant (BMT) and Oncology Navigation Programs”

Andrew Novak, Sarah Screws and Kasey Jordan are working on “Changing Your Reality”. This project is the creation of a modular, customizable VR product which will be customizable to our clients’ needs and specifications.

Allison Wood, Layne Cave, Michelle Vandermaas, Morgan Ford and Betsy McMillan have combined their skills to launch the project “Scars on the Inside: Preventing Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress (PMTS) through Institutional Emotional Safety (ES) Initiatives”. This project aims to implement institutional Emotional Safety Initiatives through intensive training of designated staff champions to become experts in ES methodology and subsequent implementation of mandatory education for both clinical and non-clinical pediatric staff.

Leah Plumblee, M.D., Satish Nadig, M.D., Ph.D., and Carl Atkinson, Ph.D. have titled their project “Printed Vessel Perfusion Chamber”. The goal is to develop a 3D printed vessel perfusion chamber to facilitate testing of endothelial targeted therapeutics, determine binding dynamics, and allow testing novel therapeutics on human tissue that can be used in a humanized mouse model.

Jennie H. Kwon, Morgan Hill, Steven W. Kubalak and T. Konrad Rajab, M.D. are proposing a novel approach to heart transplantation with their “Partial Heart Transplantation: A New Operation for Children Requiring Valve Replacement” project.  The plan would be to deliver a growing heart valve replacement with the ability to self-repair and avoid thrombogenesis. This involves transplantation of the heart valve only, which will grow with the recipient child similar to a conventional heart transplant or a Ross pulmonary autograph.

M. Andrew Rowley, Royal M. Pipaliya, Mallory J. Raymond, M.D., Mitchell J. Isaac, M.D. and Ted A. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D. are working on the project “Measuring Otologic Surgical Performance with Computer Vision (OTOVision)”.  The goal would be to use an artificial intelligence framework to 1) objectively measure surgical performance in a database of otologic surgical video clips and 2) provide trainees with quick, objective analytics of videos in near real-time to drive improvement.

Previous Awardees

Michael Aiken, Peggy Angel, Kim Bailey, Bashar Badran, Lizzie Baer, Kim Balaguer, Kimberly Bailey, Jessica Barley, Hunter Bazaco, Breezy Bernheisel, Craig Beeson, Susan Bishop, Jeff Borckardt, Jonathan Boone, Christi Bourne, Scott Bragg, Christian Brenes Vegas, Susan Brown, Jan Buffington, Jessica Bullington, Chris Bunt, Willette Burnham-Williams, Janet Byrne, Amanda Cameron, Cristine Candland, Colleen Cannon, Shana Caporossi, Steve Carroll, Melanie Cason, Sherine Chan, Ronnie Chatterjee, C. James Chou, Lori Clekis, Colleen Cotton, Dee Crawford, Craig Crosson, Benita Curnell, Scott Curry, Jennifer Dahne, Marvetta Daniels, Jesse Dean, Michael de Arellano, Sarah de Barros, Ellen Debenham, Angela Dempsey, Vanessa Diaz, Lauren Dickerson, Dave Dolan, Carolyn Donohue, Richard Drake, Steve Duncan, Faith Dunn, Traci Dunn, Alice Edwards, Jonathan Edwards, Mitzi Fetner, Christian Finetto, Kristina Fioretti, DaNine J. Fleming, Tammy Flovin, Jordan Flynn, Rhonda Flynn, Dee Ford, Marvella Ford, Sandra Fox, Chris Friendly, Heather Galang, Jessica Giblin, Amanda Giles, Meghan Glanville, Elizabeth Glover, Phillip Griggs, Brandon Grimes, David Habib, Chris Hairfield, Anthony Hale, Katie Hale, Julie Ham, Cheryl Hamill, Kristine Harper, Daniela Harris, Patti Hart, Jillian Harvey, Mickey Haryanto, Michael Haschker, Marilyn Hauser, Debra Hazen-Martin, Matthew Hebbard, Nancy Hendry, Edie Hering, Kirstie Hewson, Julie Hirschhorn, Christine Holmstedt, Meredith Horwatt, Kelly Howard, Sharlena Howard, Inda Humes, Andy Irwin, Amanda James, Marilyn James, Sylvia Jang, Sheila Janikowski, Dorothea Jenkins, Natalie Johnson, Bonnie Jones, Jami Jones, Stephen Kalhorn, Stephanie Kapets, Christiana Kappler, Georgia Keith, Jennifer Kelly, Donna Kern, Charlotte Kerr, Joshua Kim, Katie King,  Kapri Kreps, Christine Larson, Kinon, Lecholop, Dustin LeBlanc, Les Lenert, Amanda Lilienthal, Ray Liu, Lindsay Loewer, Aundrea Loftley, Emily Lynn, Audrey Mack, Coleen Martin, Mary Mauldin, Anand Mehta, Shikhar Mehrotra, Cami Meyer, Jimmy McElligott, Stephanie K. McGowan, Vivian McMillian, Jeff McMurray, William Meggett, Michael Miller, Sherry Miller, Emily Mills, Erik Modrzynski, Satish Nadig, David Napier, James Ngoyi, Jenny Nguyen, Rick Nolte, Ed O’Bryan, Katya Peka, Lindley Pennekamp, Scott Person, Yuri Peterson, Shannon Phillips, Iggy Pla, Marty Player, Matt Price, Leah Ramos, Anita Ramsetty, Scott Reeves, Wally Renne, Chad Richardson, Leigh Ridings, Sheila Riser, Ranada Rivers, Elisabeth Rochel, Ben Rogers, Beth Romaine, Jodie Rush, Charlie Sander, Gretchen Seif, Na Jin Seo, Beju Shah, Chelsea Shope, Kara Simpson, Myra Haney Singleton, Morgan Sires, Nora Siwarski, Harris Slone, Eric Smathers, Brielle Smith, Aroo Isadas Sonekar, Keenen Smith, Kevin Smuniewski, Alan Snyder, Alex Spiotta, William Stalvey, Patterson Stiles, Paula Sutton, Michael Sweat, Christine Talbot-Bond, Barbara Taylor, Stephanie Taylor, Quenton Tompkins, Paula Traktman, Clare Tyson, Manuel Valderbran, Shawn Valenta, Joe Vuthiganon, Preston Walker, Jason Wall, Tasia Walsh, Antwan Walters, Emily Warr, Brandon Welch, Kendra West, Stephanie Whitener, Joe Whitlock, Michelle Wiles, Amy Williams, Bryan Wood, Michelle Woodbury, Shane Woolf, Jonathan Yantis, Mike Yost, Johan Zamoscianyk, Peter Zwerner, the Clinical Education team, the Telehealth Technology Team and the COVID-19 Center/Anesthesia Team and the Institutional Advancement Team