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K. Sue Haddock, Ph.D, RN, is an Associate Chief of Staff for Research (ACOS-R) at the WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration Department and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Haddock has a keen interest in evaluation research and is currently leading the national evaluation of the Clinical Nurse Leader Program and is involved in the evaluation of the VA RN Residency Pilot. Dr. Haddock has been a key member on the ONS Staffing Methodology Pilot and Implementation project. Locally, she works with interdisciplinary teams at her local site to develop grants in response to requests for clinical proposals. Recently her teams have been awarded funding for system redesign and non-institutional care alternatives for the elderly. Dr. Haddock’s research fits well with implementation science and provides evidence about system issues.


Clinical Research Professional, Executive Director for SeniorSmart
Division of Geriatrics, Palmetto Health
Assistant professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Assistant Director for SeniorSMART

Dr. Krotish joined Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina in 2007 after teaching at Winthrop University, where she received her MS. Her Ph.D. from the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, is in Exercise Science. Dr. Krotish's responsibilities include clinical research in geriatrics, medical education with an emphasis in physical functioning, and SeniorSMART™ infrastructure. Her interests include physical activity and cognition and 3T MRI scanning.


Dennis L. Poole, Ph.D.

Dean and professor
College of Social Work
University of South Carolina

With a BA from St. Anselm College, an MSW from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University, Dr. Poole's professional and research interests include: Community Health Prevention and Development; Management of Nonprofit Agencies; Outcomes-Based Measurement; Mexico-US Partnerships in Policy and Research; Faith Communities; Community Building; Health and Human Service Innovations; Community Needs Assessment; School-Based Services; Community Partnerships; Program Evaluation; International Social Welfare; Homelessness; and, Public Health.

Dr. Poole has published many books and monographs, and well more than 50 articles, book chapters, and essays. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations & Voluntary Action, the National Network of Social Work Managers, the International Network for Social Network Analysts, and the International Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Victor A. Hirth, MD, MHA, CMD, FACP, AGSF

Associate professor of Internal Medicine
Medical director, Geriatric Services
University of South Carolina

Dr. Hirth was recruited to the University of South Carolina in 1994, following his residency in Internal Medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Washington. He is the medical director of Geriatric Services, where his responsibilities include geriatric program development, geriatric research, and education.

Dr. Hirth is active both locally and nationally in geriatrics. He developed and helped pass the first-in-the-nation geriatric loan forgiveness program and has been instrumental in both geriatric education and geriatric research development. He currently is the principal investigator for the Palmetto State Geriatric Education Center funded by Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Hirth's interests include dementia and driving, 3T MRI scanning in seniors, and rebuilding old cars.