Watch the video interview with John S. Ikonomids, M.D., Chief of the Division of Cardothoracic Surgery at MUSC, and Daniel H. Steinberg, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at the MUSC Heart and Vascular Center, discussing transcathether aortic-valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive alternative to surgical aortic-valve replacement in select patients with severe aortic stenosis. TAVR is already approved for inoperable patients and has been recommended for approval by an FDA advisory panel in high-risk surgical patients. Drs. Ikonomidis and Steinberg also discuss MUSC's involvement as a site in the PARTNER 2 trial, which will examine the use of a smaller device in intermediate-risk surgical patients.
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Don C. Rockey, M.D., will be the new chair of the Department of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Rockey comes to MUSC from the University of Texas Southwestern where he serves as professor of internal medicine and chief of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases. He will join MUSC on September 1, 2012. Rockey completed an internship and residency in Categorical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) from 1984-1988, serving as chief resident from 1987-1988. He completed fellowships in Gastroenterology at UCSF from 1988-1992. He served on the faculty at UCSF and Duke University Medical Center prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern in 2005. While leading the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern, he led the development of strong clinical, educational, and both basic and clinical research programs.
“We were thrilled to recruit Dr. Rockey as Chair of the Department of Medicine,” said Etta Pisano, vice president for Medical Affairs and dean of the College of Medicine. “He brings an exceptional combination of clinical, research, teaching, and administrative skills to lead the growth and development of the department.”
Rockey is a member of the American Association of Physicians and the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American College of Physicians. Rockey has also served as a member of the NIH’s Hepatobiliary Pathophysiology Study Section, as an associate editor for Hepatology and Liver International, and has served on a number of journal editorial boards. He has authored over 200 publications and has given numerous invited lectures.
Rockey received his B.S. in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia in 1984, winning numerous awards for academic excellence.