Quarterly ‘I am an MUSC Innovator’ awards recognized | MUSC

The MUSC Office of Innovation is proud to recognize the following teams as the June 2021 winners of the “I am an MUSC Innovator” awards. These teams took part in our Shark Tank competition which was held on April 29th.

Michelle Spiegel, MD, Carolyn Bell, Amanda Davis, Annie Simpson, Lindsay Smith, Janet Byrne, Achsah Philip, Greg Hall and Andrew Goodwin, MD, conceived a project titled “Work Smarter, Not Harder: Innovative Re-Design of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) to Boost Evidence-Based Fluid Prescriptions.” This project aims to redesign the process of ordering adult IV fluid within the CPOE system and includes a decision support system that assists healthcare providers in prescribing patient-specific and evidence-based IV fluid at the point of care.

Rebecca Nickell, Brittany Jones, Pharm.D., Joli Fermo, Sahar Torabi, Carolyn Bondarenka and Aulbrey Drisaldi started work on their project “Home Hemoglobin A1c Monitors for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus.” The aim of this project is to accelerate the completion of the number of patients on A-1 monitoring, with an in-home point-of-care HbA1c monitor as an alternative to receiving these patients during office visits.

Heather McGhee, Melissa Montiel, Phayvanh Pecha, Julia Black, Kimberly McClure, Eric Barbarite, Diane Andrews, Heather Bonilha and Krishna Patel strive to develop “The Craniofacial Care Team App” to provide valuable access to the most up-to-date, evidence-based resources for the care, management, and treatment of the nearly 300 patients with craniofacial abnormalities treated each year be seen by multiple specialists at MUSC locations.

‘s team Cindy Kramer, David, Mahvi, MD, Michelle Hudspeth, MD, and Courtney McNeil, together with the Hollings Cancer Center’s Bone and Marrow Transplant (BMT) and Oncology Navigation Programs, creates a virtual, centralized digital library for patients and their families to access multi-specialty oncology-specific care, called “Clicks for Cancer Care: BMT and Oncology Navigation Programs.”

Andrew Novak, Sarah Schroeven and Kasey Jordan working on ‘Changing your reality’. This project leads to the creation of a modular, adaptable virtual reality product, which can be adapted to the needs and specifications of their customers.

Allison Wood, Layne Cave, Michelle Vandermaas, Morgan Ford and Betsy McMillan have combined their skills to launch the project “Scars on the inside: prevention of pediatric medical traumatic stress (PMTS) through institutional emotional safety (ES) initiatives”. This project aims to implement institutional emotional safety initiatives through intensive training of designated staff champions to become experts in ES methodology and the subsequent implementation of compulsory education for both clinical and non-clinical pediatric staff.

Leah Plumblee, MD, Satish Nadig, MD, D.Phil., and Carl Atkinson, Ph.D. have named their project “Printed Vessel Perfusion Chamber”. The aim is to develop a 3D printed vascular perfusion chamber to facilitate the testing of endothelial targeted therapies, determine binding dynamics and test novel therapies on human tissue that can be used in a humanized mouse model.

Jennie H. Kwon, Morgan Hill, Steven W. Kubalak, and T. Konrad Rajab, MD, propose a new approach to heart transplantation with their project “Partial Heart Transplantation: A New Surgery for Children Requiring Valve Replacement”. The plan would be to deliver a growing heart valve replacement with the ability to repair itself and prevent thrombogenesis. This includes only heart valve transplantation, which grows with the recipient child, similar to a conventional heart transplant or a Ross pulmonary signature.

M. Andrew Rowley, Royal M. Pipaliya, Mallory J. Raymond, MD, Mitchell J. Isaac, MD, and Ted A. Meyer, MD, Ph.D. working on the project “Measuring Otologic Surgical Performance with Computer Vision (OTOVision).” The goal would be to use an artificial intelligence framework to objectively measure surgical performance in a database of otological surgical video clips and to provide trainees with fast, objective analysis of videos in near real time to drive improvement.

The I am an MUSC Innovator campaign is designed to raise awareness of the many forms innovation can take, to inspire others and to publicly recognize the individuals and teams making an impact.

Each quarter, the campaign showcases innovative educators, researchers, care team members and service team members from across the enterprise who have been nominated for their innovation impact.

Nominations are requested by and submitted to the Chief Innovation Officer and evaluated based on the merits of the innovation, including potential impact and unique factors that contributed to the innovation. Nominations are requested quarterly but may be submitted for consideration at any time.

Complete and submit a nomination.

Award criteria
To be eligible for the I am an MUSC Innovator campaign, the person must:
•Working at MUSC or as a student at MUSC.
• Recognized within the organization for creating an idea, product or process that can solve a problem or create a new opportunity.
• Recognized as collaborative, respectful, adaptive to change and committed to quality assurance.

The individuals or teams that are finalists in the Shark Tank Competition during Innovation Week are also recognized. Each cycle, a maximum of 6 individuals/teams are selected. Recipients receive lanyards and crystal trophies. Notification of their awards is also published in The MUSC Catalyst News and various department newsletters and at MUSC Innovation

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