Dr. William H. Hester appointed assistant dean for medical student education – Florence

The School of Medicine has appointed William H. Hester, M.D., as assistant dean for medical studentDr. Hester image education – Florence. He will lead the school’s new medical education campus in the Pee Dee region.

A native of South Carolina, Hester obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a battalion surgeon. He worked as a family practitioner in Timmonsville for 12 years and in 1979 was named the program director for the Family Medicine Residency Program at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.

A diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Hester has served as president of both the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and the South Carolina Medical Association. In 1990, he received the Order of the Palmetto from the governor for his service to South Carolina.

“Dr. Hester has made incredible contributions to the health care community in the Pee Dee region during his more than three decades of service at McLeod Regional Medical Center,” said R. Caughman Taylor, M.D., interim dean of the USC School of Medicine. “During his tenure, nearly 200 graduates have benefitted from his mentorship and leadership in the family medicine residency program. He is an outstanding physician, teacher, and administrator, and we are pleased to welcome him to the faculty and have him lead the School of Medicine's effort to establish educational training sites in Florence.”

As assistant dean for medical student education – Florence, Hester will play a critical role in the establishment of the School of Medicine’s Florence campus. Beginning in summer 2014, USC medical students will spend part of their clerkship rotations in Florence.

“I’m excited to see the new clinical campus develop and grow,” Hester said. “I want USC students to see the incredible health care opportunities that await them in Florence and remember fondly their education here.”

The School of Medicine is partnering with Francis Marion University, Carolinas Hospital System and McLeod Regional Medical Center to establish the Florence campus.

February 19, 2014