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Leadership, passion make Meera Narasimhan SC telehealth champion »

With a passion for addressing disparities in health care delivery and advocacy for mental health awareness, Dr. Meera Narasimhan has become a leader in medicine in South Carolina.  

  • She also has been at the forefront of telehealth in South Carolina and last fall received the State Telehealth Champion Award. 
  • As recognition for her work, she and her team have received numerous grants to address telehealth sustainability and delivery.

Why it matters: “I do believe that other innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, health apps and virtual reality will be used to complement and augment telehealth delivery platforms to help address the growing health care needs and shortage of providers, while reducing the cost of care,” Narasimhan says.

Read more about Meera Narasimhan and telehealth.

Class of 2023 celebrates 100% match rate »

A grand Match Day reveal celebration was held Friday (March 17) to celebrate the M.D. class of 2023 and its 100% match rate.

  • Eighty-seven students matched, including 12 at Prisma Health Midlands and four at Lexington Medical Center.
  • Other match locations include Yale – New Haven Hospital, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and University of Chicago Medical Center.
Watch the Match Day video.
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New drug therapy might hold potential for individuals with autism »

New drug therapies being tested for treatment of schizophrenia hold potential for treating autism, says a School of Medicine Columbia faculty member who studies the brain receptors targeted by the experimental drugs.

  • Daniel Foster joined the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience this past summer.

Read more about Daniel Foster's research.

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Student strives to provide education for Pakistani women »

Khadija Kakar knows what it's like to grow up in poverty. But she beat the odds and is working to ensure other women in her home country get the same opportunities for education.

Read more about Khadija Kakar.

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Meet the School of Medicine Columbia »

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia is training future generations of physicians, health care professionals and scientists while supporting the growing health needs of South Carolinians.

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Alumni perspective

“From our beliefs and values, we are all taught to try and find purpose. The most fulfilling purpose can be found in serving others. The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia provides its students and graduates with education and lifelong skills for service to others. It is not just an educational institution, it is a special place where there is a culture of support that will be with you throughout your career.” — Moheen A. Saleem, '95 M.D., electrophysiologist, Midwest Cardiovascular Institute in Naperville, Ill. (In the photo: Moeen Saleem and his wife, Saera Arain-Saleem, at the 2022 Alumni and Dean's Distinguished Service Awards, where he was awarded the School of Medicine's Distinguished Humanitarian Alumni Award.)


Shilpa Srinivasan, M.D., Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, was named the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry. The award honors a psychiatrist who over the course of his or her career has demonstrated special leadership or has done outstanding work in clinical practice, training, or research into geriatric psychiatry.

Kevin Bennett, Ph.D., has been named the 2023 National Rural Health Association Volunteer of the Year and he was also named president-elect of the Association's Board of Trustees for 2024.

Norma Frizzell, Ph.D., received a National Institutes of Health award through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke titled "Developing Tools to Understand an Alternative Fate of Urate in Neurodegenerative Diseases."

Mitzi Nagarkatti, Ph.D., along with her team of investigators, has published the article "Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Activation Ameliorates Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Through Regulation of Th17 and Th22 Cells in the Lungs" in mBio.
Cam McCarthy, Ph.D., Fellow of the American Heart Association, Medicine Columbia, is the recipient of the 2023 American Physiological Society Shih-Chun Wang Young Investigator Award.

Ana Pocivavsek, Ph.D, has been awarded an NIH grant titled "Aging, Sleep and Kynurenic Acid."


5K benefits FoodShareSC »

Healthy Strides, a student-run group that promotes healthy lifestyle habits at the School of Medicine Columbia, is sponsoring a 5K race with all proceeds benefiting FoodShare South Carolina.

  • The nonprofit works to ensure access to fresh fruits and vegetables for all South Carolina families.
  • For more information about the 5K, contact or 864-804-9949.

Register online for the race that begins at 8 a.m. April 15 (rain or shine) at Devine and King streets.

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