Thomas L. Wheeler, II, M.D., MSPHClinical Professor
Vice Chair for Academics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Who is Dr. Wheeler?
Tom Wheeler is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He grew up in Kentucky, where he completed medical school. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Prisma Health–Upstate and then a three-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. During his fellowship, he also obtained a masters of science in public health with a focus in biostatistics. Tom considered his return to the Greenville Health System after fellowship as a coming home to a place with great vision. He is also a Clinical Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville.
For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae.
How Dr. Wheeler’s research is transforming health care
One aspect of Tom’s research has focused on improving outcomes in the older women who suffer from pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence. He received funding as a 2007 Jahnigan Scholar through the American Geriatrics Society and has extensively studied the impact surgical and nonsurgical treatments on older women’s mobility.
More recently, as a charter member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons-Systematic Review Group, he has participated in the collaborative development of several clinical guidelines using the best science behind evidence based medicine. This has included guidelines on treating vaginal prolapse, stress urinary incontinence, abnormal uterine bleeding, refractory urge urinary incontinence and prophylactic oophorectomy.
Most importantly, Tom is transforming health care through teaching medical students and OB-GYN residents about evidence-based, cost-conscious care. He believes that the Upstate deserves caregivers who understand the triple aim of improving quality, improving health and lowering costs.
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