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.


The Office of Innovation is proud to recognize the following as recipients of the “I am an MUSC Innovator” award for September, 2021:

Andrea Coyle, DNP, Alyssa Rheingold, Ph.D., and Tenelle Jones for creating The Resilience Program to offer monthly peer support sessions on Teams as well as individual and group resilience interventions addressing the problem of stress and burn-out for Care Team members.

Amy Smith, for designing a 5-part series interprofessional end-of-life simulation that incorporated key concepts from ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) and TeamSTEPPS.

Melissa Hortman, Ed.D., Erika Rowell, Mary Smith, Brett Berman and Amy Bandy Taylor, for winning the Microsoft Teams for Education Hackaton by creating and piloting a transformational solution allowing for individual and community growth around wellness as hybrid work continues and MUSC expands its workforce across the state.

John Wrangle, M.D., for bringing a novel combination immunotherapy treatment – pembrolizumab + N-803 – to NCI’s Lung-MAP clinical trial.

Gabrielle Redding, Alexzandrea Sanders, Jordan Flynn, and Katlyn Elderman, for finding creative solutions so that marque events for our students - such as Match Day and Orientations - could continue in light of meeting and gathering protocols during the pandemic.

Patrick Flume, M.D., for his unique leadership skills in organizing MUSC’s clinical trials and maintaining our status as an authority on research development during the COVID 19 pandemic.


Previous Awardees:

Michael Aiken, Diane Andrews, Peggy Angel, Carl Atkinson, Kim Bailey, Bashar Badran, Lizzie Baer, Kim Balaguer, Kimberly Bailey, Eric Barbarite, Jessica Barley, Hunter Bazaco, Carolyn Bell, Breezy Bernheisel, Craig Beeson, Susan Bishop, Julia Black, Carolyn Bondarenka, Heather Bonilha, Jonathan Boone, Jeff Borckardt, 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, Layne Cave, Sherine Chan, Ronnie Chatterjee, C. James Chou, Lori Clekis, Colleen Cotton, Dee Crawford, Craig Crosson, Benita Curnell, Scott Curry, Jennifer Dahne, Marvetta Daniels, Amanda Davis, Jesse Dean, Michael de Arellano, Sarah de Barros, Ellen Debenham, Angela Dempsey, Vanessa Diaz, Lauren Dickerson, Dave Dolan, Carolyn Donohue, Richard Drake, Aulbrey Drisaldi, Steve Duncan, Faith Dunn, Traci Dunn, Alice Edwards, Jonathan Edwards, Joli Fermo, Mitzi Fetner, Christian Finetto, Kristina Fioretti, DaNine J. Fleming, Tammy Flovin, Jordan Flynn, Rhonda Flynn, Dee Ford, Marvella Ford, Morgan Ford, Sandra Fox, Chris Friendly, Heather Galang, Jessica Giblin, Amanda Giles, Meghan Glanville, Elizabeth Glover, Andrew Goodwin, Phillip Griggs, Brandon Grimes, David Habib, Chris Hairfield, Anthony Hale, Katie Hale, Greg Hall, 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, Morgan Hill, Julie Hirschhorn, Christine Holmstedt, Meredith Horwatt, Kelly Howard, Sharlena Howard, Michelle Hudspeth, Inda Humes, Andy Irwin, Mitchell J. Isaac, Amanda James, Marilyn James, Sylvia Jang, Sheila Janikowski, Dorothea Jenkins, Natalie Johnson, Bonnie Jones, Brittany Jones, Jami Jones, Kasey Jordan, Stephen Kalhorn, Stephanie Kapets, Christiana Kappler, Georgia Keith, Jennifer Kelly, Donna Kern, Charlotte Kerr, Joshua Kim, Katie King,  Cindy Kramer, Kapri Kreps, Steven W. Kubalak,  Jennie H. Kwon, Christine Larson, Kinon, Lecholop, Dustin LeBlanc, Les Lenert, Amanda Lilienthal, Ray Liu, Lindsay Loewer, Aundrea Loftley, Emily Lynn, Audrey Mack, David Mahvi, Coleen Martin, Mary Mauldin, Anand Mehta, Shikhar Mehrotra, Cami Meyer, Kimberly McClure, Jimmy McElligott, Heather McGhee, Stephanie K. McGowan, Betsy McMillan, Vivian McMillian, Jeff McMurray, Courtney McNeil, William Meggett, Ted A. Meyer, Michael Miller, Sherry Miller, Emily Mills, Erik Modrzynski, Melissa Montiel, Satish Nadig, David Napier, James Ngoyi, Jenny Nguyen, Rebecca Nickell, Rick Nolte, Andrew Novak, Ed O’Bryan, Krishna Patel, Phayvanh Pecha, Katya Peka, Lindley Pennekamp, Scott Person, Yuri Peterson, Achsah Philip, Shannon Phillips, Royal M. Pipaliya, Iggy Pla, Marty Player, Leah Plumblee, Matt Price, T. Konrad Rajab, Leah Ramos, Anita Ramsetty, Mallory J. Raymond, Scott Reeves, Wally Renne, Chad Richardson, Leigh Ridings, Sheila Riser, Ranada Rivers, Elisabeth Rochel, Ben Rogers, Beth Romaine, M. Andrew Rowley, Jodie Rush, Charlie Sander, Sarah Screws, Gretchen Seif, Na Jin Seo, Beju Shah, Chelsea Shope, Annie Simpson, Kara Simpson, Myra Haney Singleton, Morgan Sires, Nora Siwarski, Harris Slone, Eric Smathers, Brielle Smith, Keenen Smith, Lindsay Smith, Kevin Smuniewski, Alan Snyder, Aroo Isadas Sonekar, Michelle Spiegel, Alex Spiotta, William Stalvey, Patterson Stiles, Paula Sutton, Michael Sweat, Christine Talbot-Bond, Barbara Taylor, Stephanie Taylor, Quenton Tompkins, Sahar Torabi, Paula Traktman, Clare Tyson, Manuel Valderbran, Shawn Valenta, Michelle Vandermaas, Joe Vuthiganon, Preston Walker, Jason Wall, Tasia Walsh, Antwan Walters, Emily Warr, Brandon Welch, Kendra West, Stephanie Whitener, Joe Whitlock, Michelle Wiles, Amy Williams, Allison Wood, 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