Gary E. Fink M.D.
Born in 1955 in New York, NY, Dr. Fink attended both Thomas Jefferson Medical College and Franklin and Marshall College, receiving an M.D. and B.A. Degree, respectively. While there, he was accepted into Phi Beta Kappa, made the Dean’s List, and given the Thomas Gilmore Appel Award. In 1981 he served an internship in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, followed in 1982 by a residency (also in internal medicine) at the University of Tennessee at Baptist Hospital, and finally a fellowship in rheumatology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been involved in 6 research projects, and has been Study Coordinator for a clinical trial on Cytotec and Principal Investigator in a project on metoclopramide treatment. He has been in practice since 1980, in positions ranging from Part-time Clinic Doctor to Medical Director. In addition, he teaches residents at the MUSC Department of Family Medicine, and is the editor of lupus newsletter “L.E. Beacon.” He is Board Certified in rheumatology and internal medicine, and is a member of the South Carolina Rheumatism Association, of which he was president in 1990, 1999, and 2000. He is also a member of the South Carolina Medical Association and the Dorchester County Medical Society, and is affiliated with Trident Medical Center.
Gregory W. Niemer M.D.
Born on August 20, 1969, Gregory Niemer attended college at Clemson University, where he received his BS in Microbiology. While there, he also received the honors of the Tiger Brotherhood, the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity (of which he was president from 1990-1991), and was chosen as an Outstanding College Students of America Clemson Alumni Presidential Scholar. For continued medical education he attended the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was again chosen as an Outstanding College Student of America, and nominated for the President’s Award. In 1996 he served an internship in internal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, a residency in internal medicine, and finally, in 1998, a fellowship in rheumatology. He has participated in 5 different clinical studies, and has been a Principal Investigator twice, once for an Amgen “KIND” study, and then again in an Immunex “RADIUS I” study. His published articles include, in conjunction with M.B. Bolster, L. Buxbaum, and M.A. Judson, “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Sarcoidosis.” Dr. Niemer is Board Certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.
Clarence W. Legerton III M.D.
Dr. Clarence Legerton is a native of Charleston, SC where he attended the Porter-Gaud School. He graduated Davidson College (cum laude) and received his M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 1986 where he was awarded the Clinical Science and Physical Diagnosis Award. He matriculated to Vanderbilt University to complete a 3 year internship and residency in Internal Medicine, followed by Fellowships in Internal Medicine/Health Promotion and in Rheumatology. While at Vanderbilt, he served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Saint Thomas Hospital from 1990-1991. In 1992, Dr. Legerton returned to Charleston to join the faculty at MUSC in the Division of Rheumatology where he was actively involved in graduate education, research, and clinical care of patients with a wide variety of rheumatic diseases. In addition to his clinical and research interests, he also served in a number of administrative roles, including the establishment of both Rutledge Tower and the Bone and Joint Center, as well as serving as both Vice-President and President of the Medical Staff of the MUSC Hospital. His efforts as a teacher and clinician resulted in appointment to the AOA National Medical Honor Society. In 2002, he joined with Drs. Edwards, Fink, and Niemer as Low Country Rheumatology.
Among other professional organizations, Dr. Legerton is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Rheumatology, the South Carolina Rheumatism Society (previously serving as Program Chair and President) and he now serves as the President of the Charleston County Medical Society. He is listed as a member of the Best Doctors in America. He continues his strong interest in clinical research, having received over $400,000 in extramural grants for many clinical trials involving rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoporosis, and lupus, among others. He enjoys giving invited lectures to conferences around the country. He has published articles and abstracts in several medical journals. Dr. Legerton is board-certified in Rheumatology, Internal Medicine, and Clinical Densitometry.
Dr. Legerton resides with his wife and 2 children. He follows his father’s footsteps through an active role in community service. He enjoys the family sport of tennis, as well as other forms of outdoor activities, ranging from running and biking, to mountain sports such as hiking and white water paddling.
William M. Edwards M.D.
Dr. William M. Edwards attended Hampden-Sydney College, and then moved on to earn his M.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1970. He then pursued post-graduate training with an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Virginia, followed by a Fellowship in Immunology and Connective Tissue Diseases. He has also regularly attended the National Meetings of the American Rheumatism Association, the SC Rheumatism Society, and has participated in the Speakers Programs for Pfizer-Searle and Merck. Dr. Edwards is a Diplomat in Internal Medicine and in Rheumatology of the American Board of Medical Examiners, Charter Member and Past President of the South Carolina Rheumatism Society, and a member of the American Rheumatism Association, the Dorchester County Medical Society, and the South Carolina Medical Association. He is on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Arthritis Foundation and holds a position in the Alumni Association of the MUSC. In addition, he was on the Board of Trustees of the Trident Regional Medical Center for seven years, and was Chairman in 1981, ’87, and ’88. He has been published in five different scientific sources, including the Southern Medical Journal, the MCV Quarterly Journal, and the Journal of Family Practice. Finally, Dr. Edwards has participated in twenty-seven clinical research studies. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Alan N. Brown M.D.
A native of South Carolina, Dr. Brown received his BS from Clemson University in 1989 and his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1993. Following an internship in internal medicine at MUSC, he completed an internal medicine residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, where he was Chief of Medical Residents in 1996. Dr. Brown served on active duty as a Major in the United States Army from 1994-2000, when he returned to MUSC and completed a fellowship in rheumatology. He was an Associate Professor of Medicine at MUSC from 2002-2010, where he also served as Vice Chairman of Medicine for Medical Education. He maintains a faculty position at MUSC as a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine. He has published over 20 papers and book chapters and routinely speaks and lectures nationwide. He has served as President of the South Carolina Rheumatism Society, was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society, and is listed in the “Best Doctors in America.” Dr. Brown is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. He joined Lowcountry Rheumatology in 2010.
Jennifer K. Murphy M.D.
Dr. Jennifer Murphy grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Brown University in 1991 with a BS in Neural Sciences. She received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine where she stayed to complete her internal medicine residency. Dr. Murphy continued her education attending a fellowship in rheumatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. After her fellowship training ended in 2002, she accepted a position as an Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Dr. Murphy held an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School for four years teaching medical students, residents and rheumatology fellows. Dr. Murphy moved to Charleston in 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina where she held an academic appointment from 2006-2011. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys and cooking. Dr. Murphy has been frequently published, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Colin C. Edgerton, M.D.
Dr. Edgerton received his BS from Georgetown University in 1997 and graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine cum laude in 2001. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He graduated at the top of his residency class in Internal Medicine and earned the Robert Skelton Award for top resident graduate of all U.S. Army training programs in 2004. He completed his Rheumatology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2006.
Dr. Edgerton served as the Rheumatology Service Chief at Eisenhower Army Medical Center from 2006-2013, where he held faculty positions at the Medical College of Georgia and the Uniformed Services University. He is a pioneer in musculoskeletal ultrasound and established the ultrasound training program at the Medical College of Georgia. He serves on the American College of Rheumatology ultrasound task force and has published national guidelines on the use of ultrasound by Rheumatologists. Dr. Edgerton has presented research nationally and internationally and has published articles and chapters in several areas of expertise to include systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Edgerton is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and of the American College of Rheumatology and holds national leadership positions in the American College of Rheumatology and in the American Medical Association.
Dr. Edgerton joined Low Country Rheumatology in 2013 after serving for 12 years as a U.S. Army physician, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Among other military awards, he earned a bronze star for valor while deployed to Iraq in 2008. Dr. Edgerton spends his free time with his wife and two daughters enjoying swimming and sailing.
Nicholas Holdgate M.D.
A native of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, Dr. Holdgate first moved to Charleston, SC in 1996 where he attended Porter-Gaud School and then College of Charleston. After receiving his B.S. in Physics in 2003, he had the privilege to work for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center. He returned to Charleston to attend medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina where he was awarded the President’s Basic Science Award and received the honor of Presidential Scholar, receiving his M.D. in 2011. He stayed at MUSC to complete a 3 year internship and residency in Internal Medicine before going to Duke University Medical Center for his Fellowship training in Rheumatology. At Duke he not only gained experience in research, and the clinical care of patients with a wide variety of rheumatic diseases, but also sought additional training at the Duke Eye Center in the care of inflammatory eye diseases (Uveitis), as well as additional training in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound. He moved back to Charleston to practice at Lowcountry Rheumatology in 2016 and is board certified in Internal Medicine and board eligible in Rheumatology. Among other professional organizations, Dr. Holdgate is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, South Carolina Rheumatism Society, and the North Carolina Rheumatology Association. Dr. Holdgate spends his free time with his wife, a native of Charleston and pastry chef, and his daughter who loves swimming, boating and the outdoors.