Charles L. Bennett, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.P.
Charles L. Bennett, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.P., is a hematologist and oncologist whose research focuses on preventing adverse drug events and improving drug safety. An international expert in his field, Bennett was recruited in Spring 2010 as the new endowed chair of the South Carolina Center for Economic Excellence (CoEE) in Medication Safety and Efficacy and the Josie P and Frank M Fletcher Professor of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina (USC) campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. The Medication Safety and Efficacy program which Bennett leads works to prevent adverse drug effects (ADEs) and to improve drug safety. The Center was created in 2005 to study the effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications, particularly on children and the elderly. The CoEE also is focused on education and outreach to health care professionals and the general public through the Doris Levkoff Meddin Medication Safety Education Program. South Carolina is the first and only state to endow a program in pharmaceutical safety. Dr. Bennett, along with his team at the Medication Safety and Efficacy CoEE, will be developing technology that has high likelihood of commercialization, will look for ways to make drug information more consumer-friendly, and will create new training tools for health care providers.