Dr. Reed was a great inspiration to me as a radiation oncology resident at MUSC in the late 90's. She had a heart as good as gold and a mind as sharp as any tack. She was passionate about a great many things--great care for her thoracic surgery patients being paramount of those. If you could clone her and install those clones throughout the country, lung cancer survival rates would increase I have no doubt. I always thought she knew what to do and when to do it. Her smile and demeanor gave great comfort to her patients, as well. She'll be missed.
To Carolyn's family I add my sympathy. During the summer of 1971 I lived in an Orono apartment with Carolyn & Joyce as I did chemistry research at UMO. This was my first apartment living and we had a good summer. I appreciate reading the many ways Carolyn was used to touch lives. And I was happy to read of more twins in the family! May God bless and comfort you all.
I learned of Dr. Reed's death yesterday. I can only echo all the other comments. I was blessed to have known her during my residency, and during the time I was on staff at MUSC. She was always available to help me in evaluating and deciding on appropriate treatment for my patients- most are here today because of her. She also cared for both my parents-both are still with me today. She is truly a shining example of the kind of physician we should all strive to be.
Dr Reed's professional life is a great example.
Than you dear Caroly rest in peace.
I just learned of Dr. Reed's death.I cried when I heard the news.I thought of the tremendous loss for all humanity, her family, patients, colleagues,friends and MUSC. She is loved by many.
I was diagnosed in 2007 with lung cancer with a tumor connected to my pulmonary artery.I am alive today because of this most gifted, caring,dedicated Doctor. I went twice a year for my checkup each time I saw her I said "You saved my life" and she would just smile.... I add me to the list of lives she saved.....
~Peace Dr. Reed ~
I am a former paitent of Dr.Reed and I too owe my life to her.In October 2008, I was diagnosed as stage four lung cancer.It looked liked chemo and radiation with little hope until I met Dr Reed and Maggie.They took me into a room where alll the test xrays etc.and showed me exactly where the cancer was.Dr Reed told me she would open me up and see if the cancer could be removed if not she would close me up and send me for chemo and radiation. She also told me that if she saw that I had chance to remove the cancer, she would.Some how I knew that she was the right person for me. She smiled and siad Ill see you monday. after nine hours of surgery i woke up to see this smiling face and she said to me, We got it youll be fine. To this day I will always remember this guardian angel who saved my life. Be at peace Dr. Reed
March 4th was Dr. Reed's birthday. She would have been just 63 years old. Most of her friends still cannot believe she is gone ... just too painful for us, as well as for her patients and their families. We will never forget her and what she meant to us. We can only be grateful that she is no longer suffering or in pain. She fought a mighty tough battle after surgery. She gave it her all. Now may she rest in peace.
"I thought of you with love today
but that is nothing new
I thought about you yesterday
and days before that too,
I think of you in silence
I often speak your name
All I have are memories
and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is my keepsake
with which I'll never part
God has you in His keeping
I have you in my heart."-.............*lindz
Dear Dr. Reed's family, I just found out that Dr Reed had passed away. I just saw her this summer in the Chicago airport. I worked as an RN in the Cardiothoracic ICU and OR and scrubbed for her in the mid 90's. She was a wonderful surgeon with a passion for her patients that is rarely seen today. I am very lucky and blessed to have known and respected Dr. Reed.
Our family just learned of Dr. Reed's death and want to extend our sincere sympathy. My mother in law is alive today due to her excellent care. She was and excellent surgeon, physician, and person and we are very saddened by her death.
Our hearts go out to the family.
We are blessed to have known her!
Dear Family of Dr. Reed,
I am a former patient of Dr. Reed and owe my life to her. I saw her for regular visits for 5 years after my surgery for lung cancer in 1999 and was almost sorry to be discharged from her care as it was always so much fun and so special to see her. I am still in shock, having just learned of her passing today but wanted to add my name to the list of people grateful to have been in her care.
She saved my life. These words are the finest of all tributes. A wonderful woman who made a huge impact on the world. May she rest in peace.
It is so hard to find the words to describe the sadness we feel of this news. Dr. Reed performed an esophagectomy on my husband August 30 when just two months before we were told that surgery would not be an option. On Sept 4 she came to his room and personally pushed his wheelchair to X-ray for his swallow test. I was amazed when he returned and she was still pushing him. i thought for sure she would leave him at X-ray once she viewed his results but she didn't. I remember her walking in saying, "Mr. Nemeth I have good news, the results of your biopsy came back and there are no residual cancer cells." When my husband responded with "is that good" we both starting laughing and said "that's very good!!" When he smiled, Dr. reed punched my arm while saying "now we got a smile out of him." I rubbed my arm and thought "wow, you can tell she works with her hands, she packs a pretty mean punch" ;). I took a picture that day of the the most wonderful, caring, skilled, talented and compassionate surgeon I have ever known. I am so glad I was able to tell her that she will always be our Hero. We are so sad she will not be leading us through the next portion of our journey as only she could do. R.I.P Dr. Reed, Charleston will not be the same without you! You are loved and missed tremendously. Our family will carry your memory in our hearts forever as you are truly our HERO!
Thank you Dr. Reves for sharing your personal recollections. I met Dr. Reed in June 2012. She performed my surgery on Aug. 16th, I sept 5 days in hospital and the follow-up visit was on Sept 2nd. I experinced her sense of humor, caring and surgical skill. I am grateful to be alive and now to know more about her as a person. annette reynolds
Much has been said about Carolyn Reed since she died, even before she died when she was fighting a disease she knew so well, cancer.
Because so much has been said and written, these remarks will be personal, not biographical and hopefully not too long.
I remember first meeting Carolyn on my arrival here because Senator Hollings and Fred Crawford had said I needed to get to know her. As leader of the Cancer Center she had inherited what many termed a “mess,” but like the excellent surgeon that she was she was determined to fix it.
We would meet weekly and each time I would say: “what can I do to help?” and she would usually say: “I got it under control” and give me that famous very toothy smile that just made everyone smile.
As time went on, it was clear that Carolyn had 2 passions and those 2 passions were in a clear order: 1) her patients and 2) her cancer center.
There was nothing she would not do for either. Many a night she would be at the bedside in the ICU caring for her freshly operated patients – this after spending many hours during the day standing at the operating table with the very same patient. She reminded me of another pioneering surgeon, John Kirklin at Birmingham, whose patients' immediate postoperative care was frequently overseen personally by him, as Carolyn would do.
Her patients were aware of her long hours and devotion and many told her, and many more have written their thanks for all of us to read on her obituary page on the internet – some will bring you to tears and all will inform you of the love and devotion she earned from her patients.
I only remember one patient that she seemed powerless to comfort or cure and that was herself. When I visited her last in the ICU at ART she said: “you know the prognosis,” and I was at a loss for words – I felt totally inadequate in finding the right thing to say to this person who had done so much, for so long for all her many patients.
It seemed a cruel irony that after helping so many overcome cancer she succumbed to the disease herself at too early an age. She had helped so many survive, but we could not match the feat.
Her second passion was the Hollings Cancer Center, and make no mistake she was a great leader and did so much for the center organizationally and administratively – that is why many of you are here. And she did this while maintaining a full surgical schedule and also teaching the thoracic residents. She served as an incredible role model for our students – most of whom had never seen a female surgeon.
In one of our weekly meetings in 2004, we were discussing the strategy to get National Cancer Institute designation. This had been a goal for the Hollings since it was created years earlier, but we had not gotten very far until Carolyn assumed the role of director. However, on this fateful day in our conversation she said: “you know hardly any NCI cancer centers are directed by a surgeon – Hollings needs a medical oncologist to be the director.”
She clearly had thought long and hard about this and said that our best chance to get designation would be with an oncologist at the head of Hollings, so she gracefully and unselfishly explained she wanted to serve only until her replacement could be recruited – someone who was a medical oncologist.
Carolyn stepped aside so that Andrew Kraft could come, and with her help and a lot of others – we got HCC designated by the NCI.
This was Carolyn Reed – not about herself, but about her patients and her desire for this center to reach goals that she felt only possible with different leadership. Few people are as selfless yet accomplished as Carolyn Reed was.
In closing I will quote William Faulkner - selectively modifying the pronouns he used – making “he” a “she” in places (I believe Faulkner would approve, and he would also approve his words written about poets being used for a physician like Carolyn Reed). These words are especially germaine as we immortalize Carolyn with the naming of the Hollings Cancer Center floor in her honor. Quoting Faulkner:
“I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. She is immortal, not because she alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because she has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance… It is her privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of her past.”
William Faulkner to the Nobel Banquet at the City Hall in Stockholm, December 10, 1950
Doctor Reed has always been respected and admired for her dedication to her patients. She will also be remembered by her residents, students, nurses and colleagues as an outstanding teacher and exceptional role model. The state of South Carolina has been truly blessed by the 27 years Carolyn gave her heart and soul to MUSC.
To her friends, she was a great gal and enjoyed having fun (unless she was preoccupied—worrying about patients, publications or general university issues, which was often the case). Dr. Reed often gathered groups around her dining room table, all nicely set and diplaying one of her favorites: Nambe. She had a “secret marinade sauce” for her grilled steaks that everyone begged for, but she enjoyed her reputation for the best steaks ever! Only the finest of her red wine collection would be served with her dinners, and she loved sharing stories of the patients who had given her the wine as a thank you. Many people knew Dr. Reed's appreciation for only the best when it involved red wine.
Her favorite spot to relax (or to read journal articles, which was more often the case) was poolside at her home. She had a favorite lounge chair and tried to be there every sunny Saturday & Sunday. No sunscreen for Carolyn—she enjoyed basking in the sunshine and the resulting deep suntan.
Her home in the Crescent subdivision overlooked the lake, and her screened in porch was another favorite place…UNTIL THE DUCKS ARRIVED! Her friends laughed about these neighborhood “drop ins” but oh! how she hated them. Her “big heart” stopped young neighborhood boys to take care of the problem with their beebee guns, however.
Carolyn loved her home state, Maine. Every summer, her goal was to spend time at “the camp” on her favorite lake with her family visiting, especially her twin sister, Joyce and her family. She said she read her “beach reading” novels, but everyone wondered if she really left all of her medical journals behind in Charleston. Carolyn would smile widely and proudly refer to relaxing while reading her “trashy novels”. Her books were far from “trashy”—only the brightest authors and well-written novels for this lady.
Carolyn proudly brought Maine customs to Charleston. Her favorite Christmas gift to friends was a huge jug of real Maine Maple Syrup. She often bragged that she kept Maine syrup in business because she ordered so much! Many of our families enjoyed “the real thing” for the whole year…and lo' and behold, the next December came and then came another jug?. Our refrigerators won't be the same now, without the delicious reminder of our dear friend.
Another Maine custom Carolyn enjoyed was eating lobsters. Many MUSC “old timers” recall her Lobster Party at the Isle of Palms. That was quite an undertaking! Thank goodness for the able assistance of Dr. Kratz and Dr. Crawford to get those lobsters thoroughly cooked. Meanwhile, Carolyn was enjoying being the “perfect hostess”, while the guys did the hard work.
Dr. Reed was a lot of fun! She enjoyed being the life of the party! We often pulled practical jokes on her, and she was always “a good sport”. Her quick wit carried the fun farther along, and many laughs were shared, sitting around her dining room table of which she was very proud. How did we know this? Ask anyone who dined with her—not one scratch or water glass could touch the table's surface or she would (usually kindly) let you know TO BE CAREFUL! No one ever forgot again; that's for sure!
We had a surprise party for Dr. Reed's 40th birthday, and the group gave her a bicycle. What did she do? Hopped right on it and road it around and around the dining room table telling jokes. She loved being the “center of attention”. (This was just a “practice round” for being the Queen Bee of Southern Thoracic Surgery Association 17 years later). She especially joked about being the only gal in the division and having to constantly put up with “those guys”. She might have fussed a lot, but reality was that she had a unique relationship with each and every one of them. Her presence is missed terribly by “those guys”, and always will be.
She had other interests, although her commitment to her work always came first. We tried to plan dinner parties around her call schedule because her patients were her #1 priority. Many a dinner was interrupted by her pager. Everyone understood why she had to go.
Carolyn loved her black ebony Grand Steinway Piano—that was her “splurge” a few years ago. She played beautifully, naturally, at ease…and enjoyed being “begged to play”. She was usually fairly easily persuaded.
Anyone who has been in the Department of Surgery since the late 1980's will remember Dr. & Mrs. Fred Crawford's annual Thoracic Surgery Christmas parties. By 10 pm, the crowd was gathered around the piano, singing with Dr. Reed playing Christmas carols. This “performance” became the Christmas event everyone looked forward to, and guests often stayed late, just to “sing along with Carolyn”. She was quite an accomplished pianist, and she loved all of the fun and frolic of the holidays. Her finale was always The Twelve Days of Christmas, played as loudly and fast as she could. Dr. Sade & Dr. Crumbley thought they could “carry a tune” but every year, Dr. Reed enjoyed “setting them straight”…AND THAT, SHE DID!
She thoroughly enjoyed eating M&Ms—in fact, she was known for this passion. She had quite a few “M&M men” (i.e. stuffed toys or candy dispensers). She especially enjoyed those given to her by her patients. Another practical joke we recall from 12+ years ago was the kidnapping of her M&M man. We never were 100% sure who was responsible but photos were taken of M&M man all over Charleston, with ransom notes for Dr. Reed. She played right along, and we all laughed for weeks over this escapade.
QUEEN BEE!!! And that she was! Our very own! Dr. Reed earned the title because she was the first female to be elected President of the Southern Thoracic Surgery Association in 2007. Her biggest smiles were when anyone referred to her as “Queen Bee”. Her presidential address was outstanding and, as she ended, the membership gave her a very long standing ovation.
She was so proud of her niece, Lisa, in Maine, and they shared a very close relationship. When Lisa's twin girls were born, “Auntie Carolyn” was thrilled beyond words. She had fun selecting outfits and toys for Emily and Anna, and she loved to brag on them.
Carolyn never married. We always said that she “was married to her work.” That's what she loved! She led a full life with her incredible accomplishments. She had very close relationships with colleagues, nurses and almost everyone she worked with at MUSC. Her REAL family was close to her heart, even though they all lived in Maine. Her mother, Margaret, was “her inspiration” (a quote from Carolyn). Her mom worked as a nurse and made it possible for Carolyn to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. Her dad a professor at the University of Maine, but he passed away when Carolyn was in college. Losing her father to cancer probably solidified her decision to enter the profession of healing. Her best friend was her twin sister, Joyce. Despite the long distance, Joyce and her husband, Allen, were at Carolyn's bedside for the majority of her 2 months hospitalization; this was such a comfort to her.
Every minute, every second that passes by I miss u more. If you said it once, you said it 1000 times... "the heart is just an organ that pumps blood to the esophagus." They say that you can't take anything with you when you go to heaven... I used to believe that until November 16. That fateful moment you ( My Superman/ My Captain) beat the odds yet again ... because you did not leave this world empty-handed... you left with my heart in your hands. I love you so much forever and always. - "Your Kiddo"
God bless. Such a wonderful person and a skilled doctor.
I am just devastated by our loss. She was a wonderful, skilled surgeon and person, who saved my life.
Broken hearted that we lost a great medical talent and friend, the Book Club will never be the same. We too are thankful God directed us to Dr. Reed.
She was truly an Angel
As others I was so shocked to hear of Dr. Reed's passing. For some reason I was fortunate enough for Dr. Reed to take an interest in my case last year. She performed surgery to remove a nodule in my lung and ended up removing the lower lobe of my right lung. I know she was brought to me by God. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
My wife and I were shocked when we heard of Dr. Reed's passing. She operated on me in May of this year.Through God's guidance Dr. Reed saved my life. I'm very thankful to God for him leading me to her. The medical world has lost one of the best. May the Lord have Grace and mercy on Dr. Reed and her Family.
My family & I just heard about Dr. Reed passing. My father was a patient. And we are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort & peace in the days to come. God bless you all during this holiday season.
It was a sad day to hear that we lost Dr Reed.I to was fortunate enough to land on Dr Reed's table in Dec of 2011. She saved my life. It is so sad that she had to leave us from a beast that she spent her life trying to find the cure for. We will miss you Doctor Reed but knowing you are in the house of the lord now makes me feel better. We love you. Terry And Kathy
My husband and I owe both owe his life to Dr. Reed. I am truly saddened and shocked by her passing.
I WAS HER PATIENT, SHE MADE ME WELL AND REALLY CARED ABOUT ME.
This is the saddest of news. Dr. Reed was an inspiration to patients and doctors at MUSC and throughout the State of South Carolina. She could be tough...but it was always motivated by the welfare of the patients; on that, she would never compromise.
I was fortunate enough to land on Dr Reed's table in March of this year. I never truly understood what a great surgeon and person she was (and still is) until I read these comments. My family and I were absolutely shocked to hear of her passing. She will be GREATLY missed. Dr. Reed, THANK YOU for your expertise, talent, and healing hands to get me back in the race. My scar will forever remind me of you and your outstanding team! Rest well!
Shocked and saddened to learn of Carolyn's death. She was a remarkable Type A who fought to cut through bureaucratic nonsense, which frustrated her no end. I loved that about her. Her sense of humor was fabulous. She will be missed.
Like so many others, I am shocked and saddened with the news of this loss. Carolyn taught me so much when I had the privilege of working for her at Hollings. I loved that she would talk about herself in 3rd person. She challenged me and everyone around her to think outside the box. What an amazing healer and an inspiration to us all. The world is not the same without her.
Devastated to learn of Carolyn's death. She was my classmate at ELAM and a stellar person and brilliant physician. I will always remember our stimulating discussions, her antic sense of humor...but particularly her driven dedication to good patient care and to rigorous education. A great loss....
Our deepest sympathy to your family. Brian and I worked with Carolyn at MSKCC in the eighties. We returned to Australia but always kept in contact. Carolyn was at our wedding in New York the thing I remember about her the most was her fabulous sense of humor we had many laughs together. I loved it when she gave my husband a hard time as he is a cardio thoracic surgeon always putting him back in his place.
Brian and I are just so shocked at hearing the news. Such a loss
Dr. Caroyn Reed was my surgeon and also my friend. I will miss her more than I can explain in this statement. I would love to hear from any of her family so I could explain my personal feelings about Dr. Reed. MUSC must always remember Dr. Reed's unbelievable accomplishments. See you in heaven Dr. Reed. James B. (Jimmie) Powell, Ware Shoals, S. C.
Dr. Reed was a friend, mentor, and tremendous role model to me and so many others in thoracic surgery. I am deeply saddened by her untimely passing. She has broken many glass ceilings for the next generation of women surgeons. I will miss her and will always remember her fondly.
To the family of Doctor Reed: Doctor Reed was my doctor for over 10 years. She was with me when I was diagnosed with lung cancer. She was so compassionate. In my darkest hours, she was there for me. She will never be forgotten by myself nor my family. She had so much to give. Her life was an exemplary example to all of mankind. I am honored to have known her as, "DOCTOR REED---MY HERO!!!"
Dr. Carolyn Reed was an outstanding physician and surgeon. A very caring person-- especially for patients, families, and students (nursing, medical, or surgical residents). She defined surgical excellence. She will be missed. Our deepest sympathy and prayer's for Carolyn and her family.
What a sad loss. Carolyn was a friend and strong advocate for cancer prevention and services in SC. I had the pleasure of working with her for 3 years when she chaired the SC Cancer Alliances' Advocacy and Policy Task Force. She was an excellent leader and talented advocate for change. Missing having her in our lives.
Dear Dr. Reed and Family,
I would like to take this time to thank you for being such a life-altering bright spot in my sister, Lindsay's, life. The simple mention of your name illuminated her to a power more elaborate than the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. You truly meant the absolute WORLD to her, and your absence will eternally be felt by her and our family. Although I never had the honor of meeting you, I always felt as if I knew you through the ever-adoring words of my sister when she spoke of you (which was and will be ALL THE TIME :)). You were and always will be the most driving force in her life. For that, I will be eternally grateful - along with my family. May you please rest in peace knowing your knowledge and spirit resides in my sister who will always regard you as her hero and will no doubt practice medicine based on the impeccable model you instilled within her. Thank you forever and always,
Heather Way, Oldest sister of your "Kiddo"
We have lost a beautiful person far too soon. I'll remember her smile, laugh, passion for good, and integrity. She was a bold leader in our profession, a generous mentor to so many, and beloved physician and surgeon to her patients. I wish peace and comfort to her family.
What a terrible loss.. I had the honor of taking care of her patients in CTICU for 10 years. These were rarely "well" patients. They were all complex. Dr. Reed gave them all a chance at life. What a blessing from above you were not only to your patients, but also to your nurses in CTICU. You made us think. Thanks for the honor and privilege to have worked with you.
Dearest Margaret, My heart goes out to you on the loss of your daughter, we must cherish our thoughts and memories.Paula Niles Enman(Lois Niles daughter)
Jeff and I had the pleasure and privilege to know Carolyn since 1987 when we returned to Charleston. It was always a pleasure to work with her on mutual patients. They did not know how lucky they were to have the "best" in her as their surgeon. She was a wonderful friend and we will cherish our memories with her. We will share stories and tears. The world is a better place because of her work and dedication. We will miss you. Cathy and Jeff Seymore
To Carolyns family I am sorry for your loss. Carolyn is not suffering anymore and free from pain forever. She is with her dad and grandparents. I wish I had got to know Carolyn more but can say she was a very intelligent person and her family can be very proud of her achievements. My thoughts and prayers are with you Margaret and Joyce and family may God grant you all peace at this time. God Bles You All Cousin Marjorie Grover
Our deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Reed.
UMaine Alumni of the Lowcountry
It was a true blessing to have known you. No finer person have I known.
Dr Reed has given me the best gift in the world. More time with my father. She found his cancer early and with treatment and 10 hours of surgery he is cancer free. Words can never be enough to say thank you. She was a wonderful surgeon and compassionate towards the families that she touched in so many ways. Dr Reed will be missed dearly and never forgottten. Prayers for her family during this time. Heaven has an amazing angel now.
Dr. Reed, You made the world a better place. I am grateful to have known you. You will always be a source of inspiration for me. I will miss you dearly.
Dr. Reed saved my live both with her surgical skill and excellent bedside manner. It was the bedside manner that convinced me to procede with surgery sooner rather than later. My lung cancer was found at the earliest possible stage because of that. I am eternally grateful.
Dr. Reed was an inspiration to all women in medicine . I am honored to have known her.
A beloved colleague and friend. You will be missed
Dr. Reed has touched my life in a very unique way. I am shocked and very saddened by her premature passing. As a younger colleague at MUSC up until several months ago, I will always remember her as one of the most outstanding physicians, mentors and women.
Like many others, words cannot express the gratitude we have to Dr Reed for the vital role she played in helping to cure Dad of cancer last year. God Bless her family in this difficult time. Thank you Dr Reed.
We have lost a great healer and physician; but the great doctor will live on through those she taught, loved and cared for. I thank God for Dr. Reed. She saw the desire my husband, Dana, had to live and despite his advanced age agreed to operate giving him two more years of life. I will always remember Dr. Reed and her team of skilled physicians.
Dr. Reed removed my esophageal cancer last November. I just got results of one year followup CTscan and am cancer free. I was looking forward to returning to MUSC to thank her again. "Well done thy faithful servant." I will always remember you.
I'm so sad to hear about the loss of Dr. Carolyn Reed....she was an amazing surgeon, a compassionate and caring physician, a person of great compassion who geniunely cared about the people she worked with and the patients whose lives she ch
anged. She was personal inspiration for so many of us, an example of a woman of great strength, skill and determination who I admired greatly . I feel so lucky to have had the honor to work with her. She will be missed by many, many people.
I cannot thank Dr. Reed enough for curing my father of cancer and giving him many more years of life. She was an amazing woman. My sympathy and blessings go to the family during this difficult time.
It is so sad to loose such a wonderful Doctor at such a young age. I used to work with Dr. Reed on 10E. We all loved and respected her. I have never forgotten her in all the years I have . I have been away from MUSC. I always thought of her often. She made me want to be a better nurse. I've never known a better person or Doctor. I know she will still be watching over her people. I thank God for her.
I am truly grateful for all you did for my father in January of this year. He is cancer free after esophageal cancer rocked our world. You saved my father's life and I will never forget the impact you had on our lives. God bless you and you family during this most difficult time.
Dr. Reed saved my father's life in January of this year. To this day, he is cancer free after removing esophageal cancer. I am shocked to hear of her untimely death. I will forever be grateful for everything you did for my family. You are my hero and you will be missed.
To the family of Dr. Reed: Dr Reed saved so many lives as evidenced by these entries. Because of her helping my good friend, Mackey Morris, get in on a clinical trial that provided very aggressive treatment prior to lung cancer surgery, she saved his life! Unfortunately, Mackey passed away on October 24. At the time of his death, he was still cancer free. Mackey, his family and friends will be forever grateful for the excellent care Dr Reed provided. May God bring you comfort during this very difficult time. RIP Dr. Reed.
I am alive today because of Dr. Reed. She saved me from esophageal cancer 9 years ago. I was on email with her just recently. She wrote back and wished me well. I shall miss her dearly. I want to express my deepest sympathy to her family.
Thoughts and prayers for the family of this wonderful lady and amazing physician. D. Cool Charleston SC
She will be missed. Carolyn was a wonderful mentor
Carolyn saved my Dad's life, a man who said he would never have another surgery. She so graciously convinced him that she could do the surgery and extend his life...and she did. I will always be grateful to her. She was a brilliant healer and an amazing person. My heart goes out to her family, she will be greatly missed.
Carolyn was a good friend,mentor, and a fine leader.
I am honored to have had her friendship.
Carolyn will be sadly missed.
my deepest sympathies to Carolyn's family on their sad loss.
I am so blessed to have my father today because of Dr. Reed's surgical excellence and patient dedication. I recall being worried sick over my dad's cancer and fearing the worse. An employee at MUSC asked who was my daddy's doctor. When I told her Dr. Reed, she smiled and said, "Your father will be OK. He's in excellent hands, as she's the best in esophageal cancer." Dr. Reed will surely be missed by all of her patients and their families in which she changed their lives. God bless Dr. Reed and her family.
Dr Reed was my hero. She was the greatest advocate for nursing that I have ever worked with. I loved working with her on 10E.
On May 17th Dr. Reed saved my life and touched my heart.
Dr. Reed; you and the staff at 4-ART have given me tomorrow. You have given me time. Time to spend with the ones I love and I am forever grateful. We love you.
I was blessed to have this incredible woman touch my life. She saved the lives of both my Father, who had esophageal cancer, and my Grandfather, who had lung cancer. I can never fully express my gratitude for her steady hands, brilliant mind, and compassionate heart.
I was shocked to hear of the death of Dr. Carolyn Reed. As a PACU nurse since 1992 I had many encounters with Dr.Reed (over the early years) and she was always willing to listen and she respected the nurse who held her own. She was a twin too and we spoke of that. She contributed so much to her profession. Peace to you and your family.
Dr.Reed was loved by the Barbara Sue Thomas family for Her care and interest in Barbara. Dorothy E. Harvey (Allendale,SC)
We could never express in words the gratitude that we have for all that you had done for our family. We are truly saddened and will be praying for your family. You are responsible for saving both my father and my grandfather. You were a hero. Rest in Peace and know that your work will always continue in your name.
Dr. Reed will always be a special person to me...God used her in my life...I came down with Lung cancer stage 3 and Dr Reed performed surgery May 2012 and removed the mass...God works through Doctors and He truly worked through Dr Reed..I praise the Lord for leading me to her...our prayers will be with the family...
A wonderful colleague and role model for a young physician. I learned so much from her and her kindness will never be forgotten. Bless you Carolyn.
Dr. Reed was an inspiration to all of us female thoracic surgeons. The world is a much better place because of her and she will be sorely missed.
There are no words to express the respect, gratitude and adoration my Mother and I have for Dr. Carolyn Reed. With the Lords grace, she set my Mother free of cancer almost two years ago. Because of her we were given time to create and share more of life's precious memories. My heart is heavy to hear that we have lost such a remarkable human being to a disease she spent her life fighting. May her wonderful spirit live on in all who were blessed to have known her.
I had the privilege to work with Dr. Reed at Hollings. Everyday I'm reminded of all that she contributed to HCC, her patients and community. She was a one-of-a-kind mentor and role model and paved new horizons for women. She made the world a better place and has left an amazing legacy that will not be forgotten. I am truly saddened by our loss of such an exceptional person, but I always will be inspired by her dedication, drive, spunk and care. Dr. Reed, I will miss you, but I'm thankful that your ordeal is over and you are able to look over us in peace from heaven above. To her family, I will keep you all in my prayers and wish you peace during this difficult time.
Rest in peace Dr. Reed.
You will be missed by your family and friends, your patients, your colleagues, and your residents.
It was an honor to learn from you.
To the family of Dr.Carolyn Reed, The world has lost a great doctor. Her compassion, knowledge and expertise will always be remembered. With deepest sympathy. Sherrell Nelson,RN (former nurse in the Adult Heart Cath Lab)
Thanks so much Doc. You are the best! God speed.
Dr Reed was a mentor and a role model for me. She was intrumental in my development as a surgeon, but more importantly she showed my how to be a caring and compassionate physician and person. I will miss you.
I, too, am one of the many people Dr. Reed rescued and saved from cancer. Today my heart is so heavy with grief. Brilliant, compassionate, kind, caring, witty and passionate; these are a few of the words that come to my mind in describing her. Prayers are lifted up for her family and loved ones. Godspeed Dr. Reed.
Dr. Reed saved my life in May. My family and I will be forever grateful to her. May she rest in peace.
Dr. Reed saved both my father (esophageal cancer) and my grandfather's (lung cancer) life. We are so blessed to have had her in our lives. Our hearts are truly broken by this loss.
Carolyn was a very special person and CT surgeon. I always looked forward to seeing her at meetings, laughing together and working on projects as a team. She was the consummate physician sho loved her profession and was passionate about women in Thoracic Surgery. She was loved by all her patients, friends, family and colleagues. Our patients and our specialty will no longer benefit from her wonderful care and leadership. But her legacy will always be with us. I will always remember her smile and wit, her charm and elegance. I will miss her very much. Bill Baumgartner
I worked with Dr. Reed for a couple years taking care of her patients on 10-east at MUSC and I grew to love and respect her. She was not only an amazing surgeon but she was an amazing person. I will never forget the day on the floor that she laid her head on my shoulder, a tear streamed down her face, and told me about a patient that died during surgery. That moment right there showed me the amazing heart that drove her excellence. I know this world was a little bit better because she was in it. This is a great loss to medicine and a great loss to humanity. RIP
My heart is broken. I loved Dr. Reed and learned so much from her at Hollings. How unfair that cancer took her when she fought so hard to save so many from it. I pray for her family, friends, and loved ones. RIP Dr. Reed. You will be missed.
I am devastated. She was my surgeon in 1996 and my hero. She was kind, caring, reassuring and utterly professional and brilliant. I was so terrified and she helped me and my family never lose hope. What an astounding gift to the world she was. We are poorer for not having her in it.
My heart is heavy and filled with sadness today as I write these words to remember Dr. Reed. I had the honor of working with her with many patients over the last 14 years at MUSC. Dr. Reed will be missed greatly!!!! She was one of the BEST!
Carolyn was my mentor, colleague, confidant, friend. The big sister I never had. She cannot be replaced.
With deep compassion she was able to provide the light at the end of the tunnel that cancer creates. She saved my husbands life and she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers to all those who cared for her. She was absolutely the best.
Dr. Reed will be sorely missed. She was a great example for many and showed much passion for her work. She will be missed beyond measure. God bless the family at this most difficult time. My prayers go out to the family at this time.
My deepest sympathy to the family. I had the pleasure of working with Carolyn over the years and she was a great lady. I will miss her.
"MAY THE WORK I'VE DONE SPEAK FOR ME"
Deepest sympathy to the family. She was one of a kind. I admired her very much for her strong presence and compassion. She will be missed. I'll have a cinnamon candy for ya Dr.R.
My boss, my friend, my sister. I will always love and remember you. You have earned your rest.
Her mark on so many lives is the legacy she leaves behind. I pray for the family and patients she left behind.
She will be missed and my prayers go out to her family during this time of loss.
a professional to be admired, a champion fighter for her patients.
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Because she treated me was sorry to hear she had to fight this demon it is not fair that she has saved so many and still could not beat it for herself. RIP Dr Reed. Thank you for at least my one more year
I will never forget Dr. Reed. Like so many patients, I can truly say, she saved my life. Her spirit is at peace now. Dr. Reed, we will love and respect you forever. Your grateful patient, Joyce W. Freeman
I was blessed to have been a patient of Dr. Reed's. She was an amazing doctor and I am grateful for her wisdom and compassion.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. She was a wonderful doctor and colleague.
We have lost a real champion who will never be forgotten by all she came in contact with. God speed home.
The world was a better place because of Carolyn; I was honored to have known her. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Dr. Reed saved my life almost 5 years ago. She was the best. God bless Her.
Dr Carolyn Reed was a beloved mentor, friend and role model to all thoracic surgeons, and especially to the women in her specialty. She demonstrated clinical excellence, devotion to teaching, dedication to finding answers through research to better provide care and cure for patients, and commitment to service through innumerable governance activities in the many organizations she belonged to. She was "the first woman to....." in so many ways and broke down numerous barriers for the women surgeons of her generation and the ones who come after. We will miss her wise counsel and fearlessness. She was respected by all.
Sorry to see the loss of one of the best doctors at MUSC. I will never forget the explanation and honesty from her when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Sorry to see we lost her to the disease she fought so hard to find a cure for. Truly a remarkable woman. MUSC has lost a tremendous doctor. God Bless her family at this time. RIP Dr. Reed. You will forever be missed.