Dr. William J. Grossman is a Charleston native. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and his MD from The Medical University of South Carolina where he also completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship. Dr. Grossman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology, and is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology. He maintained a private practice for 40 years as a clinical and interventional cardiologist. During the entirety of his career Dr. Grossman regularly attended national cardiology conferences and gave talks to diverse groups ranging from other cardiologists to elementary school students. Dr. Grossman is the proud recipient of numerous community service awards.
While in medical school, Dr. Grossman was fortunate to receive a 4-month Cardiology externship in London, England under noted cardiologists Dr. Raphael Balcon and Dr. Aubrey Leathem. When Dr. Andreas Gruentzig, the father of coronary angioplasty, joined the faculty of Emory University in 1980, Dr. Grossman frequently took his patients there to participate in angioplasty in the lab with Dr. Gruentzig. Soon after in 1982, Dr. Grossman performed the first coronary angioplasty in downtown Charleston.
Dr. Grossman has been involved in a number of office studies for pharmaceutical companies between 1979 to 1998. Later he co-authored a research study with Dr. Milton Packer that evaluated amlodipine afterload interventional analysis. Dr. Grossman was particularly proud to be chosen as the Principal investigator of the in-hospital SPEED trial (Strategies for Patency Enhancement in the Emergency Department SPEED). Importantly, this was a trial of Abciximab with and without low dose Reteplase for Acute myocardial infarction here in Charleston under Duke’s Dr. Magnus Ohman. This represented the first time all cardiologists from different cardiology groups cooperated in completing a study, ultimately having the second highest enrollment in the country: Circulation. 2000; 101:2788-2794.
While at Roper Hospital, Dr. Grossman served as Chairman of the Division of Cardiology from 2008 to 2012 and later Chairman of the Quality committee until 2018. He is especially proud to have started the Roper AED HeartSave program funded by the Medical Society of South Carolina. To date, more than 840 life-saving AEDs have been distributed through the tri-county area.
Dr. Grossman has practiced clinical and interventional cardiology for 39 years. During this last year he exclusively saw patients in the private office setting, a rewarding experience that he hopes to continue at MUSC.
Dr. Grossman prides himself in taking a personal interest in his patients and their concerns. As he has had coronary artery bypass surgery himself, he feels he can honestly relate to many of the issues his patients describe. As a result of his personal experience, Dr. Grossman tries to know the latest in preventive cardiology, whether it be lipid management, hypertensive control, exercise, weight and nutritional control and behavioral changes.
Dr. Grossman feels privileged to have been invited to join such a stellar group of cardiologists at the institution in which he was trained and hopes to contribute in a positive and meaningful way to the lives of his patients.