Spence M. Taylor, M.D., Greenville Health System President and Health Sciences Center Board of Managers Chair, joined Greenville Health System in 1992. In his current role, Dr. Taylor is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the GHS Health Sciences Center and oversight of all academic initiatives at GHS.
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Most recently, Dr. Taylor served as Vice President of Academics and Executive Director of the University Medical Group at GHS. Under his leadership, GHS has experienced unprecedented growth and advancement in academics, including the opening of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, development of a one-of-a-kind academics and research model called the GHS Health Sciences Center, and designation as an academic health center. Previously, Dr. Taylor also led GHS’ Department of Surgery as Chairman and Program Director, expanding the general surgery residency, creating the state’s only vascular surgery residency, and developing a minimal access surgery fellowship and vascular medicine fellowship.
In addition to his roles with Greenville Health System, Dr. Taylor also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.
Dr. Taylor is certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery, general vascular surgery, and is a registered vascular technologist. He is a member of most major surgical organizations and has held offices in several of these organizations. Currently, Dr. Taylor is president of the Southern Surgical Association and a director of the American Board of Surgery. He has authored numerous book chapters, abstracts, and journal articles. He also holds the academic appointment of professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia and Clemson University.
Dr. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Clemson University and a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He completed his internship and general surgery residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and a residency in peripheral vascular surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Brenda J. Thames, Ed.D., Health Sciences Center Executive Vice President & Provost, joined Greenville Health System in 2007. In her current role, Dr. Thames is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of all education and workforce development initiatives at GHS through GHS Health Sciences Center. She works with local schools and regional colleges and universities to develop collaborative partnerships focused on advancing health care through improved and expanded opportunities for current and future health professionals.
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Prior to joining GHS, Dr. Thames served as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Health, Education and Human Development at Clemson University.
Dr. Thames serves on numerous boards and committees representing the voice of health care, particularly from education and workforce perspectives. She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Mississippi State University as well as a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and a doctorate in vocational and technical education from Clemson University.
Anne S. Ellefson is Deputy General Counsel for Academics and Community Affairs for the Greenville Health System. Prior to joining GHS in February of 2014, she was a shareholder at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. where she practiced commercial real estate law for many years and served as the managing shareholder for 6 years. She is Immediate Past President of the South Carolina Bar and ETV Endowment of SC. She currently serves on numerous boards, including Southern First Bank, Greenville Local Development Corporation, SC TAC, Hollingsworth Fund and Verdae Development, Inc. Prior activity in the community includes service as Chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Board Chair and Campaign Chair of the United Way of Greenville County, as well as board service on many boards.
David Sudduth, Health Sciences Center Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare finance, economic development and government affairs provide the tools necessary for this integral position. He also served four years active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1982-1986.
David began his healthcare career at Greenville Health System in 1991 and advanced to several managerial and director roles within GHS and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. Most recently, David served as GHS’ Executive Director of Community & Government Affairs.
Cindy Youssef, M.A., Director, Graduate Medical Education and Academic Affairs, serves as the GHS Vice President of Academics’ senior staff support with executives, vice presidents, executive directors, and other senior leaders within GHS to ensure collaborative relationships among all academic partners of the GHS Health Sciences Center model. Cindy collaborates and works with the Vice President of Academics to plan, manage, and lead strategic initiatives for the Health Sciences Center; and facilitates the development of goals to foster an ecumenical environment to support the GHS vision and mission. She is the liaison and primary staff to several advisory committees and councils on campus, including the MedEx Academy Advisory Board, South Carolina DLI Health Professions Advisory Council, Academic Advisory Committee, and the Academic Council. Prior to her role at GHS, Cindy served as Manager of Diversity Programs at the Riley Institute at Furman University, where she oversaw all diversity programming and events for the Riley Institute.
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Cindy is heavily involved in the Upstate community. She is a co-founder and past president of Greenville Rotaract, the Upstate’s first young professional Rotary organization. Additionally, she is youth programs director at St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Mauldin. Cindy serves on the boards of the Hispanic Alliance, Clarity, the Diversity Recruitment Consortium (DRC) and the South Carolina Diversity Committee. She also spends time as an ESL and GED tutor among various community centers.
Cindy has been recognized in the community through several awards. She is a recipient of the 2011 Best and Brightest Under 35 Award and was named 2011 YWCA Dream Achiever. In 2008, Cindy was named a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, which granted her an opportunity to complete her graduate studies and represent the United States in Melbourne, Australia.
Cindy, a native of Greenville, is a 2007 Furman graduate, with a bachelors of arts degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies. She completed her masters of arts degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia (2009).