Joseph R. Hames, M.D. is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. He was named as Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Bethel University in 2010 and Vice President of the College of Health Sciences in 2014. He has academic and administrative oversight of the undergraduate Athletic Training and BSN programs as well as the graduate Physician Assistant program. He is the Medical Director of student health services at Bethel. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and teaches Pharmacology to the Physician Assistant students.  He continues to work in the Emergency Department at McKenzie Regional Hospital where he is the Medical Director.    

He earned a BA degree in English from Furman University in 1978. While at Furman he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine in 1982 where he was a charter member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.   He completed his Family Practice Residency in 1985 at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. He was in private practice in Spartanburg, SC for eight years before going into emergency medicine in 1993. He currently serves on the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.  He is married to the Rev. Dr. Anne Hames who is the Senior Chaplain of Bethel University. Anne and Joe have three grown children and five grandchildren. 

Joseph R. Hames, M.D.

Dean, College of Health Sciences