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A physician, researcher, and presenter, Dr. Paul Drago currently works with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, where, as Medical Director, he supervises services at institutions in Turbeville, Kershaw, and Evans. Dr. Paul Drago provides medical treatment for patients in both routine and emergency situations, and he draws on an extensive background in otolaryngology as well. Dr. Drago embarked on his postsecondary studies at the University of Maryland, where he made the dean’s list each semester and garnered a President’s Scholarship Award before receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. He continued his success at the College of Medicine of The Ohio State University; in addition to earning honors in six areas including ophthalmology, pediatrics, and urology, he belonged to the Society for Basic Urological Research and the Student American Medical Association. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Paul Drago completed a residency in otolaryngology and a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has consistently sought to continue his education through professional meetings, seminars, and training courses.Before graduating with his M.D., Dr. Paul Drago published his research in the journal Ophthalmic Surgery and contributed “Intravesical Calcification after Treatment with Mytomycin C” to a 1988 issue of The Journal of Urology. Since leaving Ohio State, he has continued his research activities by investigating skin cancer, hearing loss, sports injuries, and more. Dr. Drago has written for peer-reviewed publications such as ENT Journal, The Journal of Laryngology and Otology, and Photochemistry and Photobiology. In addition, he contributed to chapters for the books Office-Based Surgery in Otolaryngology and Current Therapy in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.Dr. Paul Drago has also delivered dozens of presentations to groups around the country. In 1996, he discussed fractures of the face at the Professor’s Rounds at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. For a meeting of the American Rhinologic Society, he spoke on the use of a specialized drill during surgery on the nasal septum. Over the course of his career, Dr. Paul Drago has also discussed swimmer’s ear, allergies, and middle ear inflammation, among many other topics.

Work experience

Jul 2010Jul 2012


South Carolina Department of Corrections


Sep 1986Jun 1990


Ohio State university