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The SC Center for Effectiveness Research in Orthopaedics SmartState Center includes academic faculty, clinicians, industrial researchers, graduate students, medical residents, and orthopaedic fellows engaged in advancing orthopaedic health and wellness through research, education, outreach and clinical translation. Areas of expertise in the Center include basic orthopaedic science and engineering, exercise science and physical therapy, epidemiology and patient population studies, surgery, rehabilitation, and creation of new biologic products for clinical use.

What is a SC SmartState Center?

In 2002, the South Carolina General Assembly had the vision to establish the SmartState Program, funding it with proceeds from the South Carolina Education Lottery. The legislation authorizes the state's three public research institutions—Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina—to use state lottery funds to create Centers of Economic Excellence in research areas that will advance South Carolina's economy.

Today there are nearly 50 SmartState Centers in six industry-focused Smart Clusters that are critical to the world and South Carolina: Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology, Automotive and Transportation, Biomedical, Future Fuels®, Information Science, and Pharmaceutical. Each Center is awarded from $2 million to $5 million in state lottery funds, which must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis with non-state funds from corporations or other entities.

The program also supports SmartState Endowed Chairs, world-renowned scientists and engineers who lead the Centers. By investing in talent and technology, the SmartState Program is fueling the state's knowledge economy and creating high-paying jobs and an improved standard of living in South Carolina.

To learn more about SC SmartState Centers, visit: http://smartstatesc.org
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The UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE GREENVILLE is a four-year medical school located at the heart of Greenville Health System and backed by two decades of partnership in providing comprehensive medical education to students from the University of South Carolina, the state’s largest public university.
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The Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of South Carolina is focused on research and public service designed to improve the practices of the health care delivery system and the health policies of South Carolina and beyond. Because we are interested in reaching out to the larger community, most of our projects are conducted in partnership with State agencies, professional organizations, advocacy groups, or health care providers.
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Greenville Health System Patient Engagement Studio

The Patient Engagement Studio serves as a space where patients, community stakeholders, physicians, and academic partners can join together to create research projects in a systematic fashion that includes patient perspectives about service innovations and generates evidence that patients need to make effective decisions when treatment choices are offered.

The Studio operates with an overarching Studio Board that includes 2 scientists (experienced in quality initiatives), 2 academic physician clinicians from the Greenville Health System, a Patient Experience expert, an Engagement Navigator, and 5 patient “experts.”. Any person in the Greenville Health System or our academic partners (Clemson, University, University of South Carolina, Furman University) may submit a project idea for review.
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