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Pre-Medical Society's Outstanding Service Award in Medicine

Celebrating our alumni leaders

This award is sponsored by the Alumni Association, the School of Sciences and Mathematics, and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Society. The award recognizes a College of Charleston graduate whose practice of medicine, including dental, veterinary, and related medical sciences represents remarkable achievement, and who demonstrates an enduring commitment to the College and his or her community.

2018 Pre-Medical Society's Outstanding Service Award in Medicine

Gary Walsh Thomas ’83

Gary Thomas was born in Charleston into a College of Charleston family. His father graduated from the College in 1943, followed by his sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was not surprising when he decided to follow in their footsteps and attend the College as a Willard Silcox Scholar.

Thomas graduated cum laude with a B.A. in chemistry in 1983, and was a founding member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national pre-medical honors society at the College, and a member of the chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma. He received his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1987, followed by an internship, residency and chief medical residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University, and in 1993, established an oncology practice on Hilton Head Island, which became South Carolina Cancer Specialists. Over the past 25 years, he has become one of the leading oncologists in South Carolina, recently serving as president of the South Carolina Oncology Society. He was a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at MUSC from 2006 through 2011, and is currently conducting multiple oncologic trials as principal investigator.

In 2011, he decided to honor the memory of his parents by establishing the J. Gorman ‘43 and Gladys Thomas Memorial Alumni Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students who plan a career in medicine and are members of the Pre-Medical Society at the College, a fitting tribute to his parents, who both loved the College of Charleston.

Pre-Medical Society's Outstanding Service Award in Medicine Past Recipients


H. Biemann Othersen, Jr., '50
Peter C. Gazes, '42
Donald R. Johnson II, '80
Jonathan L. Cook '88
Margaret E. Mohrmann '69
John F. Tisdale ‘86
Joseph B. Anderson '86
James B. Edwards '50*
Robert T. Ball, Jr. '66
Ebony J. Hilton '04
Rahul N. Mehra '83
Deborah Deas '78