department of anesthesia and Perioperative medicine

John E. Mahaffey, MD Endowed Chair

John E. Mahaffey, MD

Established in 1949, the Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine is today considered one of the most desirable and sought-after anesthesiology training programs in the country. Much of the department’s reputation has come through the vision and leadership of John E. Mahaffey, M.D., its chairman for almost 35 years.

A 1954 graduate of the Medical College of South Carolina, Dr. Mahaffey returned to MUSC in 1958 as instructor of anesthesiology, and one year later was named acting chairman. In 1964 he was appointed professor and chairman of anesthesiology.

During his tenure as chairman, Dr. Mahaffey led the department through a period of growth, both in size and stature.           

In addition to expanding the anesthesiology program at MUSC, Dr. Mahaffey advanced the field through his service as the president of the South Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists and on the board of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, as well as several state and national committees of scientific and educational organizations.

In recognition of his contributions to the field of anesthesiology and to promote continued growth, MUSC and Dr. Mahaffey’s colleagues would now like to recognize him with the highest award a university can bestow upon a faculty member: An endowed chair, named in his honor. 

As we push to exceed our goal of one million dollars, the department will match any contribution donated to the MUSC Foundation on behalf of the Mahaffey endowment.Donations can be made online by clicking here or by filling out the paperwork found here.

To celebrate the success of the endowment fund raising, the Department hosted a banquet on Sunday, March 9, 2008 at the Old Exchange Building in Charleston. The event featured Dr. Mahaffey and his family, close friends, alumni and faculty. 

Please view the pictures from this wonderful event.