Surgery

Surgery Faculty

The full-time surgical faculty is primarily responsible for the education of the resident staff. All full-time faculty members have joint appointments with the medical school's Department of Surgery and the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Hospital (DVAH). They supervise resident clinical activity at both institutions. Clinical faculty from the private practice community compliments faculty-teaching efforts, particularly in the surgical specialties.

Education at all levels is the priority for all faculty members. Quality patient care is the center of the teaching effort at both hospitals. Ward rounds, group discussions, one-on-one faculty resident interaction and intraoperative exposure are the vehicles of the educational process.

Residents choose a faculty advisor each year. The faculty advisor assists the resident in developing performance objectives, designing the required yearly independent research activity and monitors the resident's progress through the training curriculum. Resident participation in either clinical or basic science research is required each year.

Faculty interest in clinical and basic science investigation is diverse and all members welcome resident participation. Opportunities exist for residents to develop their own particular research interests and design their own projects. The USC School of Medicine Basic Science Divisions, in addition to the clinical faculty, offer substantial resources and expertise to assist the resident in bringing their ideas to fruition. A list of current research activities is updated annually and provided to interested applicants during the interview process.

Alejandro Luis, MD Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery

Surgical Training

  • Palmetto Health/USCSOM Department of Surgery

Years on Faculty

  • 3

Research Interest

  • Trauma/Critical Care
Alejandro Luis, MD, FACS, 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 holds a clinical assistant professor appointment with the University of South Carolina Department of Surgery. He is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery.
Ben Tribble, MD Faculty

Surgical Training

  • Bowman Gray School of Medicine

Years on Faculty

  • 1

Research Interest

  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
J. Benjamin Tribble, MD, earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed his general surgery residency at Wake Forest University Medical Center/Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He served as chief resident before joining South Carolina Surgical Associates in Columbia. Dr. Tribble is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a past chief of surgery and chief of staff at Palmetto Health Baptist, and is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the American Medical Association, the Columbia Medical Society, the South Carolina Medical Assocation and the American Society for General Surgeons. Dr. Tribble's areas of special interest are laparoscopic surgery (including reflux and obesity surgery) and vascular surgery. He focuses on the treatment and management of morbid obesity at the Palmetto Health Weight Management Center, where he was one of the the first physicians in the Midlands region to perform the weight-loss procedure laparoscopically.
Christopher Watson, MD Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Program Director

Surgical Training

  • Palmetto Health/USCSOM Department of Surgery
  • University of Virginia

Years on Faculty

  • 5

Research Interest

  • Trauma/Critical Care
Christopher M. Watson, MD, FACS, was born in Atlanta, Georgia and received his undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry from Kennesaw State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He received his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery training 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 a general surgeon at the WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. He is an associate professor of clinical surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery.

Surgical Training

  • University of Louisville

Years on Faculty

  • 1

Research Interest

  • General Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
Elliott Chen, MD Assistant Professor of Surgery

Surgical Training

  • Stony Brook University School of Medicine
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Years on Faculty

  • 6

Research Interest

 

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Craniofacial Reconstruction/Cleft Palate
Biography
Dr. Elliott Chen joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2008. Prior to his appointment with the Department of Surgery, he was employed as a general plastic surgeon with Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery with University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio. 

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Chen earned a doctor of medicine from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served a general surgery residency at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, New York, and a plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. A craniofacial fellowship was completed at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Chen is board certified in surgery. His special interests are craniofacial surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, cleft care, facial trauma, adult reconstruction, and wound healing.


Fernando A. Navarro, MD, MPH Assistant Program Director
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Surgical Training

  • Boston University
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Carolinas Medical Center

Years on Faculty

  • 4
Biography
Dr. Fernando Navarro joins the General Surgery Division of the Department of Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in July of 2012.

Dr. Navarro received his MD degree in his native Colombia in 1996. From 1998-2001, he served as a Research Fellow in Tissue Engineering and Wound Healing at the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

In 2001, Dr. Navarro became a surgical intern at Boston University Medical Center and entered the General Surgery Residency Program at Maine Medical Center from 2002 to 2006. Following completion of his surgical residency he entered practice with Western Maine Surgery and held a clinical and academic appointment with the Maine Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Navarro has a parallel interest in epidemiology and in the development of public health policies. He completed a Masters in Public Health in 2009 at the University of Massachusetts. 

Dr. Navarro comes to Columbia having just completed an intensive fellowship in all aspects of minimally invasive surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Dr. Navarro is board certified in Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications in his field and continues being an active member of a number of professional organizations including SAGES, American Hernia Society and the Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Navarro's other special interests continue in wound healing and in surgical simulation. Dr. Navarro welcomes referrals for patients requiring all general surgical related procedures with particular emphasis on minimally invasive procedures.

Research Interest

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Wound Healing
Harold I. Friedman, MD, PhD Chief, Plastic Surgery

Contact Information
(803) 545-5800
2 Medical Park, Ste. 300
Columbia, SC 29203

Department
Surgery
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Education
University of Virginia, PhD, 1972
University of Virginia, MD, 1974

Residencies
University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, 1982

Fellowships
University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, 1984

Specialties
Surgery-Plastic

Board Certifications
American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1987
American Board of Surgery, 1984


Biography
Dr. Harold Friedman founded the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1984 and has served as chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since then. He has been a member of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine faculty since 1984, becoming a Professor of Surgery in 1990. 

A graduate of Hobart College, Geneva, New York, Dr. Friedman earned a Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, and a doctor of medicine from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Va. He completed a residency at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona, and a fellowship at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Friedman is involved in research on implantable materials and soft tissue interactions. He is currently the Councilor for the Alpha, Omega, Alpha Medical School Honor Society, and Director of the Surgical Subspecialties Clerkship. A past president of the South Carolina Plastic Surgery Society, he presently serves on the board of trustees of the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

 
James M. Nottingham, MD Professor of Surgery
Program Director Interim Chairman

Surgical Training

  • USC/Palmetto Health Richland

Years on Faculty

  • 18

Research Interest

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neural Networks
  • Outcome Prediction
Biography
Dr. James Nottingham's special interests include noncardiac thoracic surgery and surgical education, as well as advanced laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery. Before accepting a position with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1998, he had established a solo private practice in general surgery in Newberry, South Carolina.

A graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia, Dr. Nottingham received a doctor of medicine from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Va. He completed his residency at Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia, S.C.
Jeremy Reeves, MD Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery

Surgical Training

  • Palmetto Health/USCSOM Department of Surgery

Years on Faculty

  • 3

Research Interest

  • Trauma/Critical Care
Jeremy M. Reeves, MD, FACS, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency and a fellowship in surgical critical care at Palmetto Health Richland and the University of South Carolina, and then joined Palmetto Health Surgical Specialists along with the Division of Trauma/Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery. Dr. Reeves serves as Director of Outreach/Education and Emergency General Surgery for the Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Services and holds a clinical assistant professor appointment with the University of South Carolina Department of Surgery. Dr. Reeves is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery.
Mark A. Jones, MD Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
Director of Trauma Services

Surgical Training

  • Palmetto Health/USCSOM Department of Surgery

Years on Faculty

  • 5

Research Interest

  • Trauma/Critical Care
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. 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.
Phillip Prest, DO Assistant Professor

Surgical Training

  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Emory University

Years on Faculty

  • 1

Research Interest

  • Trauma/Critical Care
Phillip J. Prest, DO, earned his medical degree and completed his general surgery residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a trauma and surgical critical care fellowship at Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. He is an assistant professor of clinical surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and his clinical interests include damage control surgery, massive transfusion and surgical nutrition.
Raymond P. Bynoe, MD Associate Professor of Surgery

Surgical Training

  • USC/Palmetto Health Richland; University of Tennessee Memphis

Years on Faculty

  • 32

Research Interest

  • Trauma/Critical Care; Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis; Multi-institutional Trials
Biography


Dr. Raymond Bynoe joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1988. A graduate of Lincoln University, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, he earned his doctor of medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. After serving a residency at Richland Memorial Hospital (now Palmetto Health Richland), Columbia, S.C., he completed a trauma/critical care fellowship at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Bynoe is presently an Associate Professor of Surgery and state faculty for Advanced Trauma Life Support. His entire medical career has been based in Columbia, S.C., serving the Midlands at the Trauma Service of Richland Memorial Hospital (now Palmetto Health Richland). He was appointed Medical Director of the Trauma Service in 1996. Dr. Bynoe was instrumental in the establishment of Project Ready, a community outreach program for youths at risk, and founder of the Society of Carolina Surgeons. He received the Deans Medal for Outstanding Faculty in 2000 and the Distinguished School of Medicine Physician Alumni Award in 2001.
Scott Taber, MD Faculty

Surgical Training

  • University of Louisville

Years on Faculty

  • 1

Research Interest

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
Scott W. Taber, MD, FACS, grew up in Neligh, Nebraska where he received his undergraduate education from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He was granted early acceptance into Creighton University School of Medicine and graduated in 1988 at which time he was inducted into Alpha Mega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Taber completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Louisville and affiliated hospitals in Louisville, KY and also served as a Fellow of the American Cancer Society. On July 1, 1995 he joined the faculty of the University of Louisville as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology. After five years of practice in surgical oncology he joined Surgical Associates of South Carolina. Dr. Taber is board certified in general surgery and is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is past Chief of Surgery at Providence Hospital and currently contributes his services to the Providence Northeast Hospital Wound Care Center. Dr. Taber's interests include laparoscopic surgery, hernia and gallbladder surgery as well as the diagnosis and treatment of wounds. His areas of special interest are in surgical oncology including surgery of the liver, pancreas, and esophagus.