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2016 Dean’s Distinguished Service Award Recipients

The Dean’s Distinguished Service Awards are annual honors established by Executive Dean Les Hall, M.D. to recognize individuals who demonstrate excellence in service, leadership, advocacy, and professional accomplishment.

Awardees are chosen by a selection committee overseen by the Dean’s leadership team.

View photos from the 2016 Alumni and Dean's Awards celebration dinner held on April 21, 2016.


Jim Augustine

Career Achievement Award
James R. Augustine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor | Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience

Dr. James Augustine is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience. He was recruited as a full time faculty member in the School of Medicine in 1976 to serve as course director for Medical Neuroanatomy. He has educated nearly every USC School of Medicine student since the first class was admitted in 1977.

He has authored numerous scholarly articles on the functional anatomy of the brain with a special interest in the insula in experimental primates and humans, and is the sole author of a book on the human brain entitled "Human Neuroanatomy" which is entering its second edition. He has served on over 76 SOM and USC committees, is a former president of the USC Faculty Senate and a recipient of the 2009 USC Educational Foundation Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Augustine has also served as the inaugural USC faculty Ombudsman since 2006. The USC Board of Trustees recently awarded Dr. Augustine the title of Professor Emeritus. In 2012, he was named the Elizabeth Crosby Visiting Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan. In 2014 he was a USC School of Medicine Alumni Association Award recipient.

During his nearly 40-year career at the School of Medicine, Dr. Augustine has taught gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, and medical neuroanatomy. He has been named the MI Teacher of the Year at the USC School of Medicine seven times, and was named a String of Pearls lecturer six times. He has also contributed significantly to the graduate teaching mission of the School of Medicine as course director for Fundamental Neuroscience I for the past 13 years.

The ultimate team player, Dr. Augustine has a universal reputation for integrity, wisdom and loyalty to the institution. Throughout his career he has consistently placed the best interests of his department, school and university above his own.

Beverly Wilson

Community Service Award
Beverly Yates Wilson, M.P.H.
Director, FoodShare
| Internal Medicine

Beverly Wilson is the co-founder and director of FoodShare, a University of South Carolina program that works to expand access to fresh produce and nutrition education for low income families in the Columbia area, especially those currently living in areas considered “food deserts.” Foodshare has served over 3000 families since April 2015, and has provided over 30,000 pounds of fresh produce to the community.   

FoodShare uses a partnership and community-based approach to ensure “Good Healthy Food for All” in Columbia, South Carolina. The program is situated in a part of the city that lacks healthy food retail outlets and has a high rate of health conditions related to consuming a diet low in nutrient dense foods. Six private and public organizations, each with pre-existing connections to the Booker Washington Heights Neighborhood, make up the core partnership of FoodShare Columbia. Those include the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, the University of South Carolina, Columbia Housing Authority, Richland Library, Clemson Extension, and EdVenture Children’s Museum.

Ms. Wilson is passionate about the need to solve issues around food access and affordability for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. While the program effectively serves the immediate food needs of the community, Ms. Wilson’s parallel goal is to create innovative solutions that will help communities move beyond soup kitchens and food pantries and ultimately achieve self-sufficiency.    

Brody Hingst

Community Service Award
Brody Hingst, B.S.
Medical student | Class of 2019

Brody Hingst is a Class of 2019 School of Medicine student who has made a positive impact on the local community and helped spark an interest in service among his classmates.

During the devastating floods of Fall 2015, Mr. Hingst was one of the first students to organize a volunteer response. He planned outreach efforts, presented logistics to his class and assembled a sizable volunteer team to help the residents of a local neighborhood. He also connected with a relief program working to collect clothing for families affected by flood damage, and assembled a second volunteer team to assist.

In addition to his work with flood victims, Mr. Hingst volunteers each week with a local youth group, where he forms relationships with middle and high school students through sports and mentors a group of sixth grade students. The strong motivation to help others makes Mr. Hingst an excellent student leader, and also drives him along his path toward becoming a physician.

Marlene Wilson

Dean’s Leadership Award
Marlene A. Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair | Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience

Dr. Marlene Wilson, professor and chair of the Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience Department, has exhibited outstanding leadership in the School of Medicine’s teaching, service and research missions. Dr. Wilson also provided exceptional leadership during her service as interim Associate Dean for Basic Science and Graduate Studies from 2012 through June 2015

Dr. Wilson’s cutting edge research, such as her use of viral vector technology to study stress-related disorders, has revolutionized current understanding of the neural systems that mediate anxiety disorders. Her research program has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her contributions to the research community also include service on several NIH and VA study sections and numerous editorial activities. 

Committed to the growth and development of the department as a whole, Dr. Wilson has worked to ensure the career success of junior faculty members. Under her leadership, numerous faculty members in her department are currently Principal Investigators on a research grant awarded by a national funding agency. In addition, she possesses an unquestionable commitment to the intellectual development of medical, graduate, and undergraduate students. Dr. Wilson consistently achieves high student evaluation scores, and received both the School of Medicine Teaching Advancement and Research Advancement Awards.


Chuck Beaman

Friend of the School of Medicine Award
Charles “Chuck” Beaman, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer | Palmetto Health

Charles Beaman, Jr. serves as president and chief executive officer of Palmetto Health, the largest integrated health care delivery system in the Midlands of South Carolina.

A dedicated supporter of the School of Medicine through the years, Mr. Beaman has been instrumental in forging a strong alliance between the school and Palmetto Health. He helped consolidate the research process between the hospital system and the school, pledged financial assistance to help establish the new Physician Assistant training program, and led the efforts that culminated in the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group. In addition, he has helped ensure that USC medical students are given priority for Palmetto Health training programs.

In 2010 the School of Medicine conferred upon Mr. Beaman its highest recognition – an honorary doctor of public administration. He has also received the South Carolina Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award in honor of his significant contributions to health care in South Carolina, the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent's Senior Level Healthcare Executive award, and has twice been named one of the "50 Most Influential” by Greater Columbia Business Monthly.

Shawn Chillag

Sustained School of Medicine Service Award
Shawn A. Chillag, M.D.
Professor and Chairman | Internal Medicine

Dr. Shawn Chillag has served as a professor and chair of the Internal Medicine Department since 2001. With his leadership and the dedicated faculty and staff, the department has grown to become the largest clinical department in the school – known for providing service, producing high quality resident graduates and well-prepared medical school graduates, and valuable research and scholarship.

A dedicated educator, Dr. Chillag has received teaching awards from students and residents over the years. Dr. Chillag has served on numerous committees, led multiple workshops and drawn external funding to the school.

He completed medical school of West Virginia University and trained in internal medicine at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia, and at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He had additional training in Pulmonary Diseases and Geriatrics.

May 11th, 2016