Spence M. Taylor, M.D., vice president of physician engagement, chief academic officer, and president of the GHS Health Sciences Center at Greenville Health System, was elected president of the Southern Surgical Association (SSA) at the organization’s 2014 annual meeting.
Dr. Taylor is the first Greenville surgeon — and only the second surgeon in South Carolina – to serve as SSA president.
Regional in name only, the SSA is one of the most prestigious surgical organizations in the nation and was established in 1887. SSA members are elected to the group based on distinguished service in surgical research, prominence in clinical surgery, leadership and medical education. The SSA accepts the nomination of only 15 new surgeons per year and consists of nearly 700 members.
In addition to the SSA, Dr. Taylor has served in numerous distinguished positions with other surgical societies, including his current role as an American Board of Surgery director.
Since Dr. Taylor’s arrival in 1992, 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 first vascular surgery residency, and developing a minimal access surgery fellowship and vascular medicine fellowship.
Dr. Taylor is certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and general vascular surgery. In addition, he holds the academic appointment of professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia.