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Sep 14 2021

Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic

By Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic for The Island Connection

Dr. Dave Peterselm.

On behalf of the Board of Directors’, Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic (BIFMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Peterseim, MD, as Clinic Medical Director, effective Sept. 1. Peterseim has served as Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeon for Roper St. Francis Healthcare from 1998-2013 before joining Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic as a volunteer medical practitioner in 2014. Having received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, Peterseim completed his residency in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. During his tenure at BIFMC, Peterseim has managed roles including Coordinator for Minor Surgery and the Virtual Medicine Physician Coordinator, in addition to heading the Clinic’s Strategy Initiative Committee. 

Peterseim replaces Richard Ulmer, MD, who served in this capacity since 2013. David Dunlap, former CEO of Roper St. Francis Healthcare and current Board Chair of BIFMC, as well as members of the Board, expressed their gratitude to Ulmer for his time, dedication and leadership at the Clinic. Ulmer has been instrumental in improving quality initiatives and ensuring staff members and clinicians place quality and patient service at the forefront, as well as his exceptional leadership navigating the clinic through the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown and ensuing telemedicine initiative. 

Having worked closely with Ulmer in the current transition, in his role as the Medical Director, Peterseim will carry on the activities of his predecessor and provide medical leadership assisting the medical staff in the delivery of patient care, continuing medical education, and for the advancement of clinical equity for the underserved.

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