Dr. Daniel Clair will assume the role of Chair of the Department of Surgery for the University of South Carolina (USC) and the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group effective April 1, 2016. He will also serve as the Senior Medical Director for Surgical Services at Palmetto Health.
A vascular surgeon, Clair served as chair of the Department of Vascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic from 2006 to 2015. Under his leadership, the department expanded from seven surgeons to more than 20 surgeons who perform over 8,000 procedures annually.
Clair received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, followed by an internship, residency and chief residency in surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. After completing his residency, he pursued a fellowship in clinical oncology from the American Cancer Society, a fellowship in vascular surgery from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a research fellowship as a research scientist at VazoRx Inc., in Woburn, Massachusetts.
During a four year period of military service, Clair served as chief of the Vascular Surgery Section at the Andrews Air Force Base Hospital in Maryland. From 1998 to 2002, he served as vice chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. After two years as chief of the Vascular Surgery Service at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, he returned to Cleveland Clinic in 2004. In addition to his ten year service as chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery, he served for six years as program director of the vascular surgery fellowship.
Clair’s clinical interests include carotid artery surgery, thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, peripheral artery and vein bypass surgery, and endovascular stent repair. He is board certified in surgery and vascular surgery, and is a distinguished fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery. His research interests focus on clinical trials of minimally invasive vascular therapies, and he has served as national principal investigator for several large multi-site clinical trials. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 professional articles and book chapters and serves as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and as section editor of Vascular Disease Management.
Clair’s leadership of the USC Department of Surgery will follow that of James Nottingham, M.D., who has served as interim chairman since June of 2014, while concurrently serving as the surgery residency program director. Under Nottingham’s leadership, the surgery residency program has been strengthened and additional surgeons have been recruited to join the department in early 2016. Nottingham will continue to lead the Department of Surgery until Clair’s arrival in April 2016.