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Department of Pediatrics : Residency Programs : Primary Care : Community Site Preceptors


Paul J. Hletko, MD –Dr. Hletko founded the Georgetown Pediatric Center and has grown it to provide approximately 28,000 ambulatory visits per year. Since 1999, the MUSC general pediatric faculty members staff a weekly outreach clinic at GPC.  Dr. Hletko is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at MUSC.  From 2002-2006, he was a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and trained 3rd and 4th year medical students for one month rotations in rural pediatrics. He is an active member of the South Carolina Pediatric practice Research Network and is active in the AAP’s Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) program.  Dr. Hletko has received research grants including two grants from the CATCH program of the AAP.  He has authored or co-authored 18 publications and poster sessions during his career.  Prior to arriving in Georgetown in 1989, he was Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and later promoted to Associate Clinical Professor at the Michigan State University College of Medicine.  This program also trained 3rd and 4th year medical students from MSU and the University of Michigan. He was voted MSU Clinical Family Practice Instructor of the year in 1980. At Georgetown Pediatric Center, the Primary Care residents learn how to serve as the director of a fully-staffed PCMH, provide quality care with limited access to specialists, and how to provide care in a rural practice setting. Additional information about providers at Georgetown Pediatric Center can be found at http://gtownpeds.com/Providers.php

Henry Lemon, MD, MSCR – Lead Physician and Community Faculty at MUSC Children’s Care, Northwoods. Dr. Lemon is a Board certified Pediatrician who spent 3 years in group private practice where he supervised ambulatory Pediatric resident training as a clinical preceptor for the University of South Carolina (USC) Pediatric Residency Program in Columbia, SC. He served as the Vice Chief of Pediatrics for Lexington Medical Center (Lexington, S.C.) and was responsible for Pediatric Quality Improvement initiatives and case review. He completed his Masters in Clinical Research from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston with clinical and teaching responsibilities for Medical Students and Pediatric Residents as Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics. He became Medical Director for MUSC Children’s Care Clinics, a Medical Home initiative, and continues to instruct and supervise 3rd year Medical Students through outpatient clinical rotations and 3rd year Pediatric Residents during advocacy electives. From Dr. Lemon and his staff physicians, the Primary Care residents learn how to provide culturally effective care, write program grants to support community outreach, and how to participate in practice-based research and quality improvement while also maintaining a busy practice.

Michelle Steffen, MD is a community pediatrician at Georgetown Pediatric Center.  She graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2001.  She completed her residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she participated in the Primary Care Track.  While her interest has always been primary care, Dr. Steffen worked for several years in the emergency department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital before transitioning to private practice in the greater Cincinnati area.  Dr. Steffen and her family moved to South Carolina in June of 2012.  Her primary interests include early childhood development, oral health, and breastfeeding.   Dr. Steffen is the residency coordinator for the Primary Care Residency rotation at Georgetown Pediatric Center. Additional information about providers at Georgetown Pediatric Center can be found at http://gtownpeds.com/Providers.php

Rachael Zweigoron, MD is a faculty member at MUSC in the Division of General Pediatrics. She splits her time between clinical practice at the MUSC Children’s Care, Northwoods clinic and academic pursuits at the main MUSC campus in downtown Charleston. She completed medical school at MUSC in 2006 and did her first 2 years of residency at UNC Chapel Hill. After getting married, she transferred for her third year to Lutheran General Children’s Hospital in Chicago in order to be with her husband. She completed a General Academic Pediatrics fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where she did primary care research and precepted residents in continuity clinic. Her interests include primary care delivery, underserved populations, health information technology, and medical education.