P.O. Box 210738,
Columbia, SC 29221-0738
Phone: (803) 896-5290

  About Our Chairman

Dr. Mercer is an oral surgeon, with his practice located in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Mathematics, and completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery at Ohio State University. Residency trained in general practice and oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Mercer completed a research fellowship in the Department of Oral Pathology at the Medical College of Georgia. He is board certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Mercer is active in the industry, and serves as Vice President of the South Carolina Dental Association, and is a past President of the South Carolina Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is an active member of several local boards and is active in the community. Dr. Mercer has been a member of the South Carolina Patientsí Compensation Fund since 1988.
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"Insurance is something you hope you never have to call upon, but are certainly thankful for if the need arises. Recently I had to call upon the JUA/PCF when I was sued for negligence in the care I rendered a patient who was also a beloved colleague. As if the loss of a friend was not difficult enough, being sued for malpractice in his care was extremely painful. Fortunately the JUA/PCF was there to provide support through the entire process. From the stellar attorneys they provided to the frequent updates and communication and daily courtroom presence, I was able to get through the process with confidence that the JUA/PCF's number one goal is to protect and support the physicians they cover. I canít imagine going through this process without such a supportive network of professionals. Although my faith in our legal system may have been shaken, I now have the highest regard and greatest appreciation for the JUA/PCF and the service they provide."
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