Distinguished Young Alumni Award
Christopher E. Gainey, MD, FACEP, FAEMS '12
Christopher E. Gainey, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, spent his youth growing up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina before moving to Columbia as an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences in 2008. Dr. Gainey continued his medical education at the UofSC School of Medicine Columbia, earning his Doctor of Medicine in 2012.
Dr. Gainey completed residency training in emergency medicine at Palmetto Health Richland in 2015, as well as fellowships in emergency medicine and simulation medicine in 2017. He is currently medical director of the Prisma Health-UofSC School of Medicine Simulation Center and program director of the Simulation Medicine Fellowship.
Dr. Gainey is dedicated to training the next generation of health care providers as a clinical assistant professor with the School of Medicine and as a faculty member for the Prisma Health-UofSC School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency and EMS Fellowship programs. In 2019, he was named director of Medical Student Education and serves as the clerkship director for third- and fourth-year medical students, pediatric emergency medicine and Sim-emergency medicine rotations.
Dr. Gainey also serves as medical director for EMS Education and Training Programs with the State Fire Academy and Midlands Technical College.
He has been recognized for his work as Attending of the Year for Prisma Health Emergency Medicine, received the Presidential Citation from the Neurocritical Care Society, and received the Residency Academic Excellence Award two times from the South Carolina College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Gainey and his wife, Amelia, live in Columbia.