Samir Fakhry, M.D. - Physician Profile

Dr. Samir Fakhry - Physician Profile

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Dr. Samir Fakhry - Professor and Chairman, General Surgery, MUSC

Dr. Samir Fakhry:  My primary interest is in taking care of sick and injured patients.  I’ve always thought that is one of the areas that has the most challenge and the most interest for me, but also the greatest opportunity to be of use and to be helpful for patients and their families. 

I’ve been in practice for over 20 years.  During that time, I’ve worked with many, many patients and many families.  And I’ve learned that during times of great stress, especially when there’s a sudden illness or sudden injury, from a car crash, for example, we take care of not just the patient, but we really have to get involved with the family and help them find their way through what are always difficult times, and sometime tragic times.  But there’s also the opportunity to do something that’s very immediately helpful.

I think it would be very important for the people of Charleston and the surround low country, as well people throughout South Carolina and the Southeast, to know that specific hospitals have gone ahead and taken extra measures, extra expense, gone to quite a bit of trouble to become Level 1 trauma centers.  What that means, really, to the community and to the people who live in our area is if one is injured and taken to a hospital; you really, one, don’t expect to be injured and, second, you don’t have time to choose a hospital, you want to be sure that when you’re taken to a hospital, and you have serious injuries that are potentially life-threatening, you’re taken to the hospital that is most likely to be prepared and expert with taking care of trauma patients.  And the way to know that is to ask which hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center.  The Medical University of South Carolina is a state-designated Level 1 Trauma Center.

I was recruited to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston by Dr. David Cole and Dr. Doug Norcross, the chairman and trauma director here, to assist in moving the trauma center forward and to provide additional resources to the Division of General Surgery and the hospital in my areas of expertise.  And, I must admit, the attraction was not only this excellent hospital and this wonderful university but also Charleston, and all the wonderful things that come with living here.  My wife and I are very excited to be part of this community.  And we’re trying very hard to take advantage of all the wonderful recreational and culinary resources that are available.  We think the people here are wonderful.  The weather is great.  And we see nothing but, hopefully, good years ahead for us and look forward to living here and making this our new home.