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Citadel News Service
10 Oct 2012

Spartanburg doctor honored by School of Science and Mathematics

Dr. James DeWitt Bearden III, Class of 1965, has been named the recipient of The Citadel's School of Science and Mathematics' 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

bearden james webBearden currently practices in Spartanburg, S.C., where he has lived with his family for more than 30 years. Board-certified in internal medicine, clinical oncology and hematology, he is the first board-certified oncologist in South Carolina.

This distinguished alumnus award was created to honor alumni who embody the concept of a principled leader through their career achievements and contributions to society. The selection committee consists of the dean and the department heads of biology, chemistry, health, exercise, and sport science, mathematics and computer science, and physics.

"Dr. Bearden's career achievements are a perfect reflection of what a Citadel education is: preparing principled leaders for our region and country," said Dean Lok C. Lew Yan Voon. "He has not only been at the forefront of medical and health care in the Spartanburg region and in South Carolina but he has also occupied a wide variety of leadership positions and served the country in the armed forces."

Bearden will receive the award during the School of Science and Mathematics annual Distinguished Alumnus Awards Dinner on Nov. 1 in the Regimental Commanders Riverview Room.

During his education at The Citadel, Bearden was president of the Pre-Medical Society. After graduating, he served in the Navy – 10 years of active duty and 10 years of reserve duty – retiring as a captain.

Bearden graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1969 and has served as an adjunct professor there. He has also worked in adjunct faculty positions at Wake Forest University Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the University of Texas Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Bearden is the vice president of clinical research for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System; managing physician for the nationally recognized Gibbs Cancer Center; and director of the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health. He has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Medical Alumni Association at MUSC and has served as president and founding board member of the South Carolina Oncology Society. He is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto and the Betty Ann Moore Award in honor of extraordinary service in the fight against colon cancer.

Bearden also is a certified principal investigator by Association of Professional Principal Investigators and he has served as a principal investigator for one of the nation's eight continuously funded Community Clinical Oncology programs. He is also principal investigator for one of only 10 sites funded by the National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Center's Program. Since 2005 he has been affiliated with the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. At Spartanburg Regional, he served as medical director for the Hospice Program for 10 years. He is a past president of the Spartanburg Medical Society and is a senior partner and president of Palmetto Hematology Oncology Associates.

Only one of two community physicians on the National Cancer Institute's steering committees for Multiple Myeloma and SX-QOL, Bearden has served as a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Prevention Committee, as well as a member of the executive committees of both the Southwest Oncology Group and the Alliance Oncology Group, for which he also serves as co-chair of Conflict of Interest. Bearden is a research affiliate of Hollings Cancer Center and was chairman of the Cancer Care Committee at Spartanburg Regional from 1976 to 2010. A former member of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Board of Directors, Bearden is a charter founding member of Carolina Alliance Bank and is an elder and prior deaconate at 1st Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg. He is also on the Board of Trustees and was a former vice chairman of the Board for Spartanburg Day School.

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