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.

"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 can’t 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."  
- Dr. Gail B. Capell -

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