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Victor A. Hirth, MD, MHA, CMD, FACP, AGSF Professor of InternalMedicine
Chief, Division of Geriatrics
Year of Appointment:  1994
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 1992
Fellowship in Geriatrics University of Washington, 1994
Medical School:  University of Washington, Class of 1989

 

 

Dr. Hirth was recruited to Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine in 1994. He is the Medical Director of Geriatric Services at Palmetto Health, and Chief and Professor of the Division of Geriatrics at USC School of Medicine. His responsibilities include geriatric program development, geriatric research and education. His interests include disease prevention, older drivers, fall detection using wireless sensors and working on cars.


Rachelle N. Gajadhar, MD 
Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Year of Appointment: 2006
Residency in Internal Medicine at Christiana Care, 1997
Fellowship in Geriatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Class of 1997

 


Dr. Gajadhar is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She is a Primary Care physician with Senior Primary Care Practice in Columbia, S.C. Dr. Gajadhar is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She is interested in educating medical students, internal medicine residents, and geriatrics fellows on principles of care for the elderly.


Judith Pinner Baskins, RN, BSN
Director, Palmetto Health Geriatric Services
Faculty University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Date of Appointment: 1990
BA: University of South Carolina School of Nursing, Class of 1974

 

 


Ms. Baskins is the Physician Practice, Ambulatory Care Executive for Palmetto Health. She currently is responsible for the Palmetto Health Physician Network and Ambulatory Services at Palmetto Health. In addition, Ms. Baskins oversees case management and discharge planning, care coordinator and transitions, Palmetto SeniorCare (PACE Program) and the development and implementation of post acute care services. Responsibilities also include pursuing accreditation for all PH physicians’ practices as NCQA Medical homes, population health management and management of high risk patient populations. Ms. Baskins was the founding president and chair of the National PACE Association (NPA) Board and she remains a member of the NPA Board, the NPA Public Policy Committee and the NPA Research Committee. She is a recipient of the USC School of Nursing outstanding alumni award and member of the Practice Change Fellowship Board, a national board funded by the John A Hartford and the Atlantic Philanthropic Foundations. 


Geriatric physician

Tisha Boston, MD
Clinical Faculty
Assistant Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine
Year of Appointment:  2005
Residency in Family Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2001
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Class of 1998

 

Dr. Boston joined Senior Primary Care Practice as a full time clinician in November 2005 after working several years in a private family practice and urgent care. She is board-certified in Family Medicine and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She is currently Medical Director of Palmetto Health Senior Primary Care Practice. Her areas of interest are preventive care and women's health.


geriatric physicianJames Bouknight, MD, PhD, DFAPA
Professor of Clinical Neuropsychiatry, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry
Date of Appointment: 1993
Residency in Psychiatry at William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute, Columbia, South Carolina, 1993
Medical School:  Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 1989

 


Dr. Bouknight is board certified in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. His special interests include Treatment of dementia and mood disorders. Dr. Bouknight joined the faculty of the USC School of Medicine in 1993, and was named Director of Geriatric Psychiatry in 2004. Dr. Bouknight spent almost a decade as an economist before returning to school in the mid-1980's to pursue his medical education. He earned a doctor of medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to his medical degree, he received a bachelor of arts in economics from Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina; a master of arts in economics from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and a Ph D in economics from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.


geriatric physical therapist

Jonathan W. A. Donley, DPT, MEd, ATC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Anatomy
Year of Appointment: 2005
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT): University of South Carolina
Class of 2005
MEd: Penn State University
Class of 1999
BS: Shenandoah University, Class of 1997

Dr. Donley was recruited to USC in 2005 after finishing his graduate work. His faculty responsibilities include medical education as well as geriatric research and education with emphasis on physical functioning in the older adult. His interests are anatomy, physical functioning and activity, fall prevention and joint replacement.


geriatric physician

Bruce Easterling, MD
Director of Home Based Primary Care,
Assistant Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine
Year of Appointment: 2006
Residency in Family Practice at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2004
Fellowship in Geriatric at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2005
Medical School: Medical University of SC,
Class of 2001

Dr. Easterling is Director of Home-based Primary Care at Dorn VA Hospital. His interests include elderly home care and driving in the elderly. He organizes home care training for students, residents and fellows.


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John R. Egbert, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Palmetto Senior Care
Palmetto Health Richland
Year of Appointment: 1993
Residency in Internal Medicine
University Hospitals of Cleveland, 1982
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University, Class of 1979



Dr. Egbert is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. As Medical Director of Palmetto Senior Care, he actively participates on interdisciplinary teams in managing care for frail elderly participants in the PACE managed-care environment. Before joining Palmetto Senior Care, a successful PACE site in Columbia, he worked in both public and private practice in outpatient, hospital inpatient, and nursing home settings. A biomedical engineer as well as a physician, he has a broad background in systems theory, a humanistic approach to medical care, and an interest in the spiritual as well as the physical aspects of healing. Dr. Egbert holds a position as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine.


geriatric physician

David Johnson, MD
Clinical Faculty
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Date of Appointment:  2000
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester, 1991
Fellowship in Geriatrics at University of NC Chapel Hill, 1993
Medical School:  University of NC Chapel Hill, Class of 1988

 

Dr. Johnson is a geriatrician for Palmetto Senior Care at Palmetto Health Richland. Dr. Johnson is board certified in internal medicine with added qualifications in geriatric medicine. He has practiced geriatrics in a variety of settings including: PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), sub-acute and acute rehabilitation, nursing home long term care, hospice, outpatient consultation and outpatient primary care. Dr. Johnson is particularly interested in the care of frail older people, palliative care and medical student teaching.


geriatric physician

C. Scott Lamar, MD
Assistant Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine
Date of Appointment: 1996
Residency in Family Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC SOM, 1994
Fellowship in Geriatrics at Palmetto Health/USC SOM, 2005
Medical School: South Carolina School of Medicine, Class of 1991




Dr. Lamar has been on the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine since 1996. Before his appointment to the Department of Family Medicine, he served on the faculty of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee. In 2005, Dr. Lamar completed a geriatric fellowship with the USC School of Medicine/Palmetto Health Richland. Dr. Lamar has a particular interest in wound healing. He has published articles, conducted research and made presentations on the topic. In 2002 his efforts were recognized with the School of Medicines Humanism in Medicine Award.


geriatric physician

Andres F. Leone, MD
Clinical Faculty
Assistant Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine
Year of Appointment:  2007
Residency in Family Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC SOM, 2006
Fellowship in Geriatrics at Palmetto Health/USC SOM, 2007
Medical School:Universidad Central Del Ecuador, Class of 2001




Dr. Leone joined the Division of Geriatrics at Palmetto Health Senior Primary in 2006. He worked in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and very much enjoys serving the elderly population. His interests include ultrasound in medicine, medical missions both in the US and abroad, working with diverse populations, exploring the spiritual aspects of medicine, and the emerging field of ethnogeriatrics. In addition, he places special importance on the education of future medical providers. Dr. Leone assumed the position of Medical Director of the Palliative Care program for the Palmetto Health Hospital Alliance in July of 2013. Dr. Leone is board certified in geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative care medicine.


geriatric physician

Margaret Matthews, MD, PhD
Clinical Faculty
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Year of Appointment: 2000
Residency in Internal Medicine University of Colorado, 1998
Fellowship in Geriatrics Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2000
Medical School: University of NC School of Medicine, Class of 1994

 

Dr. Matthews came to USC/Palmetto Health from University of Colorado in 1998 where she completed a two-year fellowship in geriatric medicine. She has been a staff physician at Senior Primary Care Practice since 2000. Her major interest has been in physical activity in older adults. Other interests include frailty, urinary incontinence and sleep disorders in older adults.


geriatric physician

Karen Mattocks, MD
Clinical Faculty
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Year of Appointment: 1998
Residency in Family Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine,1997
Fellowship in Geriatrics at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 1998
Medical School: NC Chapel Hill School of Medicine,1994


Dr. Mattocks joined Senior Primary Care Practice as a full time clinician in October 2009. She was previously employed by Palmetto Senior Care 1998-2006. She is board certified in Family Medicine and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. She was the first geriatric fellow to graduate from Palmetto Health/USC SOM Geriatric Fellowship Program in 1998. It is her desire as a geriatrician to help her patients experience healthy aging and a fulfilling and satisfying quality of life. Patient education empowerment is important to her and working together with the patients to optimize their health. In Dr. Mattock's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, crocheting, reading books and listening to music.


geriatric physicianTobin Raymond Moss, MD
Clinical Faculty
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Year of Appointment: 2013
Residency in Internal Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2012
Fellowship in Geriatrics at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2013
Medical School at University of South Carolina School of Medicine, 2009


 
Dr. Moss joined the faculty in 2013 after completing her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine in June 2013. Dr. Moss completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine.


geriatric physician

Craig Maylath, MD
Clinical Faculty
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Year of Appointment: 1995
Residency in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1996
Fellowship in Geriatrics at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2005
Medical School: Temple University, Class of 1993



Dr. Maylath joined the Senior Primary Care group in 2005 after completing a Geriatric Fellowship at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine.


geriatric physicianPrexa Naik, MD
Clinical Faculty
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Year of Appointment: 2012
Residency in Family Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2010
Fellowship in Geriatrics at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2012
Medical School: University of South Carolina SOM, Class of 2007

 

 Dr. Naik is board certified in family medicine with added qualifications in geriatrics and palliative care. Her interests include dementia and palliative care in the geriatric patient.


geriatric physicianSubbarao V. Pemmaraju, MD MHA
Chief, Geriatrics and Extended Care
WJB Dorn VA Medical Center
Year of Appointment:  2010
Residency in Family Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, 2003
Fellowship in Geriatrics at Sacred Heart Hospital, Sigal Center for FM, Allentown PA, 2004
Medical School:  Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada, India, 1992

  

Dr. Pemmaraju is the Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care at the WJB Dorn VA Hospital. His interests include Hospice and Palliative Care, Cultural Transformation of Nursing Home Care and exploring new models of Geriatric Care.


geriatric physicianElaine Roque-Nazario, MD
Clinical Faculty
Year of Appointment: 2010
Residency in Family Medicine, AnMed Health Family Medicine Program,2008
Fellowship in Geriatrics at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2009
Medical School: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Class of 2002

 

 

Dr. Roque-Nazario is a board certified geriatrician.  She joined the Division of Geriatrics and Palmetto Health Senior Primary Care in 2010.  Dr. Roque-Nazario completed her family medicine residency at the AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program, and completed geriatric fellowship at Palmetto Health Richland/USC School of Medicine in 2009. 


geriatric physicianShilpa Srinivasan, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Adjunct Assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Dept of Internal Medicine
Date of Appointment: 2006
Residency in Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, 2001
Medical School: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Medical University, Szent, Hungary, Class of 1996

 

Dr. Srinivasan is board certified in General Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Srinivasan is active in medical student, resident and fellow education.  She is also actively involved in research. Her clinical areas include outpatient and nursing home patient care. Dr. Srinivasan is active in the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry where she serves on the teaching and training committee and the Program Committee, as well as the South Carolina Psychiatric Association where she is president-elect.  Her clinical interests include dementia, depression in the elderly and disaster preparedness for older adults.


geriatric physician

Christian Steen, MD
Clinical Faculty
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Date of Appointment: 2012
Residency in Family Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2006
Fellowship in Geriatrics at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 2011
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Class of 2002

 

Dr. Steen joined the Palmetto Health Senior Primary Care Practice and the Division of Geriatrics following his completion of his Geriatrics Fellowship in 2011 at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine. Dr. Steen is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine. He is also board certified in Family Medicine and has served as Assistant Professor in the University of South Carolina Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Steen provides geriatric care in both the outpatient and inpatient environments. He has special interests in hospital care of the elderly, geriatric joint diseases, and health system clinical informatics.


Darryl Weiland,  PhD, MPH

Darryl Wieland, PhD, MPH
Research Director, Division of Geriatric Services at Palmetto Health
Professor, Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine at USC School of Medicine
Date of Appointment: 1996
University of Rochester, PhD in Anthropology, 1982
Masters in Public Health from UCLA in Health Sciences, Class of 1983

Dr. Wieland is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, the Gerontological Society of America and the Society for Applied Anthropology. Dr. Wieland chairs the Research Taskforce of the Gerontological Society of America and is Deputy Editor of the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences (2005-9). His research interests include comprehensive geriatric assessment, long-term care, cost-effectiveness and clinical epidemiological methods.


Malissa Wilson, MD

Malissa Wilson, MD
Clinical Faculty
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Date of Appointment: 2003
Residency in Internal Medicine at Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine, 1991f
Medical School: University of SC School of Medicine, Class of 1988

 

Dr. Wilson is board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. She is a Primary Care physician with Palmetto Senior Care in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Wilson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She is interested in training geriatric fellows.

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