The Early Years
Despite great tragedy and numerous obstacles over the past 180 years, MUSC has grown and continued with its mission of creating highly trained and talented medical professionals while serving to better the health of the citizens of South Carolina.
Many men and women can be credited with the success of MUSC. A few deserve special mention.
The University traces its origins to visionaries such as David Ramsay, M.D., who must be credited for first introducing the idea of a medical school in South Carolina. Dr. Ramsay was an incredible man. He was from Pennsylvania and graduated from medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, studying primarily under Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the founders of the first medical school in the United States.
David Ramsay, M.D. (1749-1815)
The son of a Scottish-Irish Pennsylvania farmer, Ramsay started a very successful medical practice in Charlestown, South Carolina.
Unfortunately, Dr. Ramsey was killed by a crazed patient in 1815. Twenty years later, his dream and vision for a medical school in South Carolina was realized.
The first faculty of the Medical College consisted predominantly of young men (only 2 were over the age of thirty). The following men formed the first faculty of the Medical College. Each has a unique story and all helped to create the Medical University of South Carolina:
First Faculty of the Medical College
|Thomas Grimball Prioleau, M.D.|
Professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Infants
|Edmund Ravenel, M.D.|
Professor of the Chemistry
Samuel Henry Dickson, M.D.
|Stephen Elliot, LL.D.|
Professor of Botany and Natural History
Henry Rutledge Frost, M.D.
John E. Holbrook, M.D.
|James Ramsay, M.D.|
Professor of Surgery
|For more information about the history of MUSC, contact the Waring Historical Library.|