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Clinical Professors,Desmond Kelly, M.D. at the School of Health Research, Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Desmond Kelly, M.D.

Clinical Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research

Chief Medical Research Officer
Health Sciences Center at Prisma Health

Contact: 864-454-5685, 864-455-1161 or

Who is Dr. Kelly?

Desmond Kelly is the Chief Medical Research Officer for the Health Sciences Center at Prisma Health and is the Associate Dean for Research and a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. He is Associate Program Director of the DeLoache Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics of the Children’s Hospital and medical director of Kidnetics, the Pediatric Developmental Therapies group and Help Me Grow South Carolina, a program focused on early identification and treatment for children with developmental and behavioral concerns. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Child Success, a non-profit, non-partisan research, policy and advocacy organization focused on the successful development of all children in early childhood.

For more information, see his Faculty Profile and Curriculum Vitae.

How Dr. Kelly’s research is transforming health care

Dr. Kelly's early research was in the area of hearing impairment and attention and learning disorders. His current research is in the area of early identification and treatment for young children with developmental and behavioral concerns and the diagnosis and treatment of autism. He promotes the importance of educating parents and professionals on early developmental milestones and engaging inter-professional teams and community agencies to identify and address developmental challenges in children from a patient and family-centered perspective.

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Key Health Research Interest Areas

General Pediatrics, Developmental Pediatrics, Developmental Assessment, Learning and Attention Disorders, Autism and Hearing Impairment