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Chief - Musculoskeletal Integrated Center of Clinical Excellence, Lee Leddy, M.D., MSCR

Lee R. Leddy, M.D.

Dr. Leddy’s experience as an orthopaedic oncology surgeon has prepared him well for his new role as Chief of the Musculoskeletal Integrated Center of Clinical Excellence. Just as the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center integrates multidisciplinary care through coordinating medical oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, prevention, and post-surgery rehab, the Musculoskeletal ICCE integrates orthopaedics, rheumatology, metabolic bone disease, plastic surgery, sports medicine and other aspects of bone and muscle health.

Leddy is thoughtful about how to tackle his new responsibility. “Having assumed the position mid-year, my goal is to build on the significant successes of the outgoing leadership and the hard work of the orthopaedic team and its achievement of a U.S. News & World Report #37 ranking,” he says.

“My goal is to build on the significant successes of the outgoing leadership and the hard work of the orthopaedic team and its achievement of a U.S . News & World Report #37 ranking.”

Looking forward, he sees opportunities to share the advances of the MUSC Musculoskeletal Institute in downtown Charleston by opening two new suburban imbedded Musculoskeletal Institute programs at the West Ashley Campus in a former J.C. Penney’s store at the Citadel Mall and in the Mount Pleasant East Campus. “These will give patients access to a full range of services that include, not only orthopaedics,” he notes, “but also physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, rheumatology and arthritis care, plastic surgery, hand and upper extremity care, spine care and the convenience of a neighborhood ambulatory surgery center.”

As a new leader, he wants to provide fresh perspective. Personalities and historical experience shape his approach as well as his goal of a focused growth strategy – expanding high value, high quality orthopaedic services across South Carolina and maintaining MUSC’s already established role as a safety net orthopaedic hospital for serious and complicated cases and revisions. Particular foci are hip and knee replacement and expansion of the already far-reaching, very comprehensive sports medicine program that covers several pro teams and community outreach to other club, school and amateur athletes.

He feels his experience with a multi-disciplinary specialty background will leverage his prior learnings into a collaborative growth strategy, together with trainers, therapists, nurses, rheumatology providers – all of those areas that define a more elevated approach to the research, education and clinical care one finds at an academic medical center.