Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Emergency Medicine at Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USCSOMG). It is truly my pleasure to introduce you to our Department, our services and our faculty. Founded in 2014, our department has grown remarkably from a few dedicated faculty members to one of the largest clinical departments in the health system. Simply put, our vision is extraordinary, and we would love to share it with you.

Our Vision

We envision transforming emergency medicine through:

  • Providing compassionate, high-quality, patient-centered emergency care
  • Ensuring an outstanding patient experience
  • Embracing innovative care models
  • Leading academically in education
  • Service and research as we advance the art and science of Emergency Medicine

Our size, our healthcare system and our community afford us the opportunity to fulfill this vision and to do great things clinically, academically and in service. Our more than 260 faculty physicians, residents, and advanced practice providers currently provide care to over 400,000 patients a year in six Emergency Departments and four Urgent Care Facilities.

Our Facility Highlights

  • Level I Adult Trauma Center
  • Level II Pediatric Trauma Center
  • Pediatric Emergency Department
  • Chest Pain Center
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • 6 Emergency Departments
  • 4 Prisma Health Urgent Care centers

In addition to their clinical service, our faculty actively teaches in the medical school, provides medical direction for regional ground and air emergency medical services systems and provides service at the local, regional and national level. We are continuing to expand our academic, service and research portfolio, including the addition of two fellowships (Emergency Ultrasound and Medical Education, Design and Technology), and a medical toxicology service to our existing residency program founded in 2017. We have successful placed our graduates into academic faculty positions, community practice, and a variety of fellowships (sport medicine, critical care, wilderness medicine, emergency ultrasound, and medical education).

Our Offerings

  • Diverse clinical practice environment (rural, community, Level I, free standing, urgent care, pediatric EM)
  • Unparalleled educational opportunities for residents, students and faculty
  • The chance to be a part of something special as we continue to expand, to build, and to develop our department and our programs.

I truly believe that Prisma Health is unique in emergency medicine. We would love to have you visit us and learn more about the future with Prisma Health EM.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Matthew D. Bitner, MD, MEd, FACEP
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine, Prisma Health
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research