Julius Sagel, M.D.
After receiving his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa, Dr. Sagel completed his internship and residency in Medicine at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. He completed his fellowship in Endocrinology at MUSC from 1972-1973. After completing his training, Dr. Sagel served as an attending physician at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa from 1973-1975. Once his eligibility for United States citizenship was established, he returned to MUSC for good in 1975 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology.
Dr. Sagel has been involved in leadership at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Charleston from the start serving as the chief of the Specialized Diagnostic and Therapeutic Unit (SDTU). In addition, he began to play a key role in developing and training medical students, residents, and fellows in the clinical setting and through didactic lectures. In fact, his outstanding teaching won him a student teaching award his first full year at MUSC.
In 1981 Dr. Sagel took the reigns as the Chief of the Medical Service at the VAMC. As the Chief of the Medical Service he was able to shape the training program at the VAMC "from its infancy to its presently highly regarded stature" according to Dr. John Colwell, Director of the Diabetes Center at MUSC. Dr. Sagel somehow managed to tailor his teaching to different levels, spend time with, and mentor countless medical students, residents, and fellows who rotated through his service at this time.
During his time as Chief of the Medical Service at the VAMC, Dr. Sagel also developed a reputation as a scholar and expert in the field of Endocrinology. He has published numerous papers and abstracts in the field as well as contributed to many books. He has had the opportunity in his career to focus on research, but has chosen not to because his true love is teaching. However, he is always on top of the latest research in the field and according to Dr. Colwell is recognized as an outstanding consultant at MUSC as well as "regionally and nationally." Trainees as well as faculty seek Dr. Sagel's advice on difficult endocrinologic problems, and Dr. Sagel always responds with enthusiasm, a great deal of wisdom, and humility.
In 1997, Dr. Sagel left his role as Chief of the Medical Service at the VAMC to further pursue his passion of teaching. He took on the role of Vice-Chairman for Education in the Department of Medicine where he took responsibility for the Physical Diagnosis course taught to second year medical students, the third year Internal Medicine core clerkship, as well as the fourth year Internal Medicine core rotation. In addition, Dr. Sagel continues to lecture residents and fellows, assist in Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses and participates in clinical activities at the VAMC. Next year Dr. Sagel will begin teaching medical students in the first year Doctoring course. It is rare for one person to have such an impact and exposure through all four years of a student's medical school experience.
Dr. Jeremy Soule, Chief of the VAMC Endocrine Section, remarks that, "Dr. Sagel is one of the rare individuals whose influence is so large and positive that his persona has become a facet of how people view MUSC as an institution." Students talk about how their clinical time with Dr. Sagel is "excellent" and the "best experience so far in medical school." He is well respected by his peers and loved by his patients. Dr. Sagel has truly shaped MUSC as an institution as well as countless physicians practicing in South Carolina and around the Unites States. Former student Alan Brown (now M.D. and Associate Vice-Chairman for Education in the Department of Medicine) in commenting on his great fondness and respect for Dr. Sagel reflected that this was probably the "collective opinion of more than a generation of South Carolina's physicians."
Dr. Sagel's Curriculum Vitae (PDF Format)*
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