Medical University of South Carolina
Department of Family Medicine
5 Charleston Center, Suite 263
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone 843-876-1212 Fax 843-876-1211
PPRNet Faculty and Staff
Steven Ornstein, MD
Dr. Ornstein trained in the Department of Family Medicine and joined the faculty in 1985. Dr. Ornstein is the founding director of PPRNet, a national primary care research network of practice sites that use electronic medical records. His professional interests include health promotion and computers in medicine.
Ruth Jenkins, PhD
Dr. Jenkins joined the Department of Family Medicine in 1987 as a Research Programmer/Specialist and Statistician. She completed her PhD in 2005 in Medical Informatics from MUSC's Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology and joined the Family Medicine faculty in 2006. She is the Information Manager for PPRNet, a national primary care research network of practices that use electronic medical records. Her interests include Medical Informatics, Biomedical Statistical Computing and Information Management, EMRs, Quality Improvement, and Chronic Disease Management Research. She is one of the founding PPRNet team members.
Cara Litvin, MD
Lynne Nemeth, PhD
Dr. Lynne Nemeth is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, and a Nurse Researcher at the Medical University Hospital Authority. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her Masters of Science degree from Boston College as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and her doctoral degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, in Nursing Science. She specializes in implementation research, theoretical modeling and qualitative methods.
Dr. Nietert, Associate Professor in the MUSC Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology, is a PPRNet co-investigator and the PPRNet biostatistician. He has worked closely with the PPRNet research team on all of its major funded projects by assisting in the design of the surveys, conducting randomizations, overseeing the creation of datasets for analyses purposes, and conducting data analyses. Dr. Nietert has expertise in analyzing hierarchical data, which arises from patients being clustered within practices.
Andrea Wessell, PharmD
Dr. Wessell is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She has been a co-investigator for a number of PPRNet projects and is currently the Principal Investigator for the Medication Safety dissemination project (MS-TRIP 2). She works with practices to implement the PPRNet quality improvement model and medication safety strategies through site visits, network meetings and webinars.
Vanessa Congdon, MSPH
Ruth Wyse, MA
Ruth Wyse serves as the coordinator for PPRNet and is responsible for membership, the website and social media in addition to providing assistance to PPRNet faculty in research efforts. She has been employed at MUSC over 15 years supporting the educational and clinical missions of the university in an administrative and IT capacity. Prior to coming to MUSC, she managed a private medical practice. She attended Kent State University where she received a B.A. and M.A.in Anthropology.