Surgical Critical Care

Surgical Critical Care Faculty

Christopher M. Watson, MD, FACS Program Director, Surgical Critical Care

Dr. Watson was born in Atlanta, Georgia and received his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Kennesaw State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He then went on to receive his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Watson then completed his General Surgery training in Columbia, SC at Palmetto Health Richland and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Prior to completing a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Virginia Health System, Dr. Watson served as General Surgeon at the WJB Dorn VA Medical Center. 

Dr. Watson is is board certified by the American Board of Surgery – General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Watson is currently with the Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care, providing care to critically injured and ill patients, as well as elective general surgery patients. He is joined by four additional surgeons, in addition to a large supporting staff of Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Social Workers, Rehabilitation Therapists, Registered Dieticians, and Patient Educators. This multidisciplinary approach to care ensures a comprehensive approach to all aspects of patient care well into recovery

Mark A. Jones, MD, FACS Associate Professor of Surgery

Mark A. Jones, MD, FACS, was born in Johnson City, Tennessee and received his undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, graduating with highest honors. He received his medical degree from the Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU and completed his general surgery residency training at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine/Palmetto Health program in Columbia, where he also completed his fellowship training in surgical critical care. Dr. Jones is an active member of the Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Team and is the trauma medical director for Palmetto Health. He also holds a clinical associate professor appointment with the University of South Carolina Department of Surgery. Dr. Jones is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery, and is active in many local, state and national organizations including the American College of Surgeons, ACS Committee on Trauma, SCCM, EAST, and AAST. Dr. Jones is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and has interests in all areas of general surgery, trauma surgery, surgical critical care and acute care surgery. 

Alejandro Luis, MD Clinical Instructor

Dr. Luis earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his medical degree from Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Centro America. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Palmetto Health Richland. Dr. Luis is board certified by the American Board of Surgery – General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

Phillip Prest, DO Asst. Professor of Clinical Surgery
Phillip Prest, DO, earned his earned his undergraduate degree in English from Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine. After completing graduate work at Drexel University, he went on to medical school and general surgery residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then went on to complete a fellowship in trauma and critical care at Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Prest is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in both general surgery and surgical critical care. He is a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons as well as Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.   

As an assistant professor of clinical surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Prest is actively engaged in educating medical students, surgical residents, and the surgical critical care fellow. He is actively engaged in multiple research projects, with topics ranging from surgical nutrition to projects aimed at better aligning patient expectations to the delivery of care. Additionally, he has helped lead the “Stop the Bleed” efforts throughout the Midlands of South Carolina by leading multiple Bleeding Control courses aimed at training non-medical individuals in basic bleeding control techniques. 
 
Jeremy M. Reeves, MD Clinical Instructor

Dr. Reeves is originally from West Tennessee and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis with high honors. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. Following completion of both a General Surgical Residency and a Fellowship in Surgical Critical at Palmetto Health Richland  and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Reeves joined Palmetto Health Surgical Specialists along with the Division of Trauma/Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery. 

Dr. Reeves serves as Director of Outreach and Education for Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Services and holds a Clinical Instructor appointment with the University of South Carolina's Department of Surgery.

Dr. Reeves is is board certified by the American Board of Surgery – General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.