After a rigorous national search, Phyllis MacGilvray, MD, has been selected as the
next University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville Senior Associate Dean
for Academic Affairs. Dr. MacGilvray will supervise all aspects of undergraduate medical
education, guide strategic planning and oversee our strategic initiatives.
An Abbeville native, Dr. MacGilvray earned her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry
from Clemson University and her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical University of
South Carolina. Her professional journey moved rapidly from that point, as she enjoyed
multiple moves courtesy of her husband serving in the U.S. Navy, while maintaining
an upward academic leadership trajectory. Dr. MacGilvray completed residency training
in Family Medicine at the University of Vermont, then held leadership positions at
Eastern Virginia Medical School serving as Family Medicine-Obstetrics division lead,
at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune serving as the Family Medicine Residency Program
Director and the Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education,
and at the University of Texas San Antonio as Vice Chair of Family Medicine for Medical
After returning home to South Carolina and starting with Prisma Health in 2018 as
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine, Dr. MacGilvray
was selected as the Department Chair in 2020. Over the past four years, she’s led
the development of two new graduate medical education programs that tripled the number
of Family Medicine residency positions at Prisma Health. During the pandemic, her
leadership of 30 primary care clinics raised morale and yielded the highest levels
of recruitment and retention, improved quality clinical outcomes, and increased clinic
operational efficiencies. As an active leader for the Primary Care Service Line, Dr.
MacGilvray advocated for new resources and support for primary care delivery to underserved
patients across the Upstate. For our medical school, she facilitates students in the
Integration of the Practice of Medicine course and teaches in her primary care clinic
during their clerkship rotation.
An interim chair will be appointed to serve as Family Medicine Department Chair until
a search for the replacement is concluded.
We are fortunate to have recruited Dr. MacGilvray for this pivotal leadership role.
For the past 20 years, she has maintained a full-scope Family Medicine practice including
obstetrics. Her long record of exceptional leadership, motivation for growing a culture
of excellence, and passion for medical student education are perfectly matched for
success as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. MacGilvray will lead
our strategic initiatives including the Primary Care Accelerated Track, support and
engage our medical students, mentor faculty and junior leaders, and promote a culture
of diversity and inclusion to serve our community.
As we celebrate our 10th anniversary this year and launch major strategic initiatives to build a better state of health for South Carolina into the next decade, the future of SOMG is very bright indeed and our new Senior Associate Dean has the talent and the skills to help build our shared vision and ensure success