Dr. Walter Limehouse retired June 30, 2019 after 22 years at MUSC.
He graduated from MUSC in 1974 and completed his medicine internship at Hospital St. Raphael/Yale in New Haven, CT before serving in the US Public Health Service in Wilkesboro NC.
His general medical practice with the National Health Service Corps sponsored among the first free-standing nurse practitioner offices in NC. In 1977 he returned to residency, this time in pathology, at Miriam Hospital/ Brown in Providence RI, serving as chief administrative resident for three years. During residency he developed a conference on environmental pathology co-sponsored by Brown & Harvard School of Public Health and explored fo- rensic pathology, serving as RI assistant medical examiner.
After completing his pathology residency in 1981 he moved to Atlanta GA, where he served as assistant medi- cal examiner in Cobb & Dekalb Counties while starting practice in emergency medicine. After a year, he devoted himself full-time to community hospital practice of emergency medicine in the Atlanta area, completed ABEM certification & became a Fellow of ACEP by 1986. He was on the board of Georgia College of Emergency Physicians & served as President in 1990.
Dr. Limehouse moved to Charleston in 1995, working at the Charleston Naval Hospital until 1997 when he joined the faculty at MUSC. He participated in the development of the emergency medicine residency retrieving files from our shelved application attempt in 2002 to help rapidly update when the University authorized residency positions in 2006. The residency program started in 2007.
He served on the Faculty Senate. During his term as president he initiated the steps leading toward university salaries currently guaranteed by rank. His interest in teaching medical ethics for our students and residents led to his completing an MA in bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011 and serving as chair of the MUHA ethics committee & consultation services 2006- 2015. By 2015 his efforts helped secure a full-time medical ethicist for the university hospital. He also serves on the ACEP ethics committee and SCMA bioethics committee. His service with the SC Coalition for Care of Serious Illness culminated with passage of the Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) Act in 2019 by the SC Legislature. He was medical director for our SANE program 2017-2019.
Dr. Limehouse retires as an associate professor of emergency medicine. His teaching interests include medical & research ethics, palliative medicine, and forensic issues – including workplace & domestic/ interpersonal violence.