Clinical Professors


Brenda Thames, Ed.D.

Clinical Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research

Chief Academic Executive Officer & Provost, Health Sciences Center
Prisma Health


Who is Dr. Thames?

Dr. Brenda J. Thames is Prisma Health Chief Academic Executive Officer and Provost for the Health Sciences Center. She provides senior executive leadership for the academic enterprise overseeing and coordinating academic activities across Prisma Health affiliates to ensure alignment with the strategies and goals of the company. Her work includes integration of academic activities with other business lines of Prisma Health and its affiliates, to include clinical, operations, and finance. In collaboration with other Prisma Health executives, she identifies, develops, and nurtures strategic academic partnerships and affiliations via the Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Thames has a B.S. degree from Mississippi State University, a master’s and doctorate degree from Clemson University. She has devoted her professional career to academics with a focus across the continuum of pipeline through professional degrees and is founder of the Medical Experience (MedEx) Academy program giving students (high school and undergraduates) experience in the “real world” of health care. She is Associate Dean for Institutional Culture and Inclusivity for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

Dr. Thames has served on numerous boards and committees representing the health system and was Chair of the Greenville Chamber Board in 2017. She is passionate about her work and committed to fostering collaboration to improve the health of our communities.

How Dr. Thames research is transforming health care

Dr. Thames leadership role within the health system positions her to foster and support research initiatives that bring clinicians and researchers together to transform care for patients and communities.