Michael Craig, M.D.- Physician Profile

Dr. Michael Craig - Physician Profile


Dr. Michael Craig – Cardiology, MUSC

Dr. Michael Craig:  So, early in my career, I was taught that your patient is often your best teacher, and that, ultimately, at some point in your life, as a teacher, you become a patient.  And, from the first time I meet a patient, whether it’s in the clinic or in the hospital, the establishment of that rapport, and that relationship, that begins on that day; day one, is very important to me in the coming weeks and months, and years, as I take care of these patients.  I’m constantly learning from my patients, and hopefully they’re constantly learning from me.

My parents have both been diagnosed with various types of cancer in the last several years.  And, much like heart failure, they have a diagnosis that will ultimately be terminal.  And so, I like to think that I relate well to not only the patients that I take care of, but to their families, that have supported them through their disease process, as well. 

I specialize in all aspects of congestive heart failure.  Specifically, ventricular assist device therapy, for patients with end-stage heart failure, and cardiac transplantation are probably my two largest areas of interest.  And then I also have some interest in peripartum cardiomyopathy, or heart disease that women encounter either during or after pregnancy. 

We’re in a unique position, here in South Carolina, as a large academic center, which is also a tertiary care facility.  Not only do we have the traditional resources available to patients with more common cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary artery disease and abnormal heart rhythms, we also have a multidisciplinary approach to patients with all stages of congestive heart failure, from those who are diagnosed with heart failure that may be very short-lived to those who have a terminal illness who need consideration for heart transplantation and/or ventricular assist device therapy, which is a special type of heart pump that patients can have implanted and go home with.

So, I think what’s unique about our position here is that all of those resources are available in our multidisciplinary approach.  And this sort of one-stop shop opportunity that we have here is unique in the State of South Carolina, for sure. 

I actually grew up in Charleston, and didn’t fall far from the tree.  I went to high school here.  I was actually a software engineer before I decided to go to medical school, but ultimately went to medical school here.  I did my training in internal medicine, as well as cardiology, here.  I then went to Ohio State University for further transplant and congestive heart failure training, as well as additional training in assist device therapy.  And then I ultimately came back to Charleston, because it’s home.  It’s where my kids have grown up and live, as well as my wife and me.