Division of General internal medicine & geriatrics

Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., M.B.A.

CEO, MUSC Health
Vice President for Health Affairs, University
Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Patrick Cawley is the chief executive officer of MUSC Health and Vice President for Health Affairs of the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to his current position, he served as the chief medical officer of MUSC Medical Center. In that role he was responsible for the quality and safety of all patient care programs as well as direct oversight of clinical service lines. He has led MUSC’s improvement in quality and patient safety. The University Healthsystem Consortium recognized these efforts in 2012 by awarding the coveted Rising Star honor to MUSC.

Dr. Cawley was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania where he attended Scranton Preparatory School and graduated with honors from the University of Scranton. He received his doctor of medicine degree from Georgetown University, an MBA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University. He is board certified in internal medicine and was named a Master in Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is a certified physician executive through the American College of Physician Executives and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a Fellow in the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He has been named one of America’s Best Doctors®.

Dr. Cawley co-founded the first hospital medicine program at Duke University and later managed a private practice hospital medicine group in Conway, South Carolina. He is a Past-President of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is active in the American Hospital Association, currently serving as chairman of the Committee on Clinical Leadership.

Dr. Cawley has worked in both academic and nonacademic hospitals and has served as a consultant to numerous hospitals in hospital medicine program development. He is a frequent lecturer on the competitive advantages of hospitalist programs as well as implementation of patient safety and quality programs in hospitals.

Dr. Cawley is very involved in community service serving on multiple boards, including Tricounty AccessHealth, Scranton Preparatory School, and the Institute for Interactive Patient Care.

Dr. Cawley lives in Charleston, SC with his wife and three children.

Dr. Cawley's Curriculum Vitae (PDF Format)*

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Dr. Patrick Cawley

Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Cawley's
Clinical Interests

General Internal Medicine
Hospitalist Program

Selected Publications

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