Office of Innovation

The Office of Innovation serves as a catalyst for innovations that ultimately create value for the Enterprise, patients, and students. The office is charged with providing leadership and coordination of a robust innovation ecosystem supporting both intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship across the tripartite mission. The office aims to:

  • Build a culture and capacity for innovation that is nationally
  • Facilitate the development of processes, technologies and
    strategies that produce real-world beneficial impact for those that
    we serve

Meet Our Team


Dr. Jesse Goodwin, Chief Innovation OfficerJesse Goodwin, Ph.D.

Chief Innovation Officer

Jesse Goodwin has spent more than a decade engaged in innovation across a broad range of medical therapies, with applications in academia and industry. She has a demonstrated track record for driving improved outcome metrics. Prior to accepting the role of chief innovation officer at MUSC, Goodwin was vice president of development for the Zucker Institute for Applied Neurosciences. Goodwin also served as the deputy director for the MUSC Foundation for Research Development, the university’s technology transfer office. Prior to joining MUSC, Goodwin was the director of the medical device practice of a Boston-based intellectual property consulting firm. Goodwin received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Stony Brook University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Harvard-MIT HST program.

Kimberly Allen, MUSC Executive Assistant to the Chief Innovation Officer.Kimberly Allen

Executive Assistant

Kimberly is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Innovation Officer. She brings over 25 years of experience as an administrative professional supporting executives from a variety of industries. Kimberly graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. Following graduation, she relocated to San Francisco supporting teams of executives at start-up ventures prior to joining Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers. Before joining MUSC, Kimberly held the role of Executive Assistant to Shawn Jenkins, the Co-Founder and former President and CEO of Benefitfocus here in Charleston. 

Reece Funderburk, Communications Manager for the Office of InnovationReece Funderburk

Communications Manager of Strategic Initiatives 

Reece is the Communications Manager of Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Innovation at the Medical University of South Carolina. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Communications from the University of South Carolina and brings a variety of media experience from his time working as a producer in local news and radio in South Carolina. Prior to joining MUSC, Reece served as a faculty member at Lander University where he researched communication theories and best practices and served as Manager of Creative Content at XLR Radio in Greenwood, South Carolina. 

Denzil ColemanDenzil Coleman

Program Manager

Denzil Coleman is the Program Manager for the Office of Innovation at MUSC. In this role, he fosters an enterprise-wide culture and capacity for innovation. His experience as a healthcare administrator and educational technologist has established him as subject matter expert in healthcare digital transformation education globally. Denzil's background includes significant roles at Weill Cornell Medicine, Roper Saint Francis Healthcare, and the MUSC Center for Telehealth.

Denzil holds a B.S. in Human Services from The University of South Carolina Beaufort and an M.S. in Health Information Technology from The University of South Carolina. He is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Practice and Innovation from the University of South Carolina.