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Pete Loper, Jr, MD, MSEd


Pete Loper, Jr, MD, MSEd is a quadruple board certified physician, executive coach, and educator who has spent nearly two decades studying, researching, and educating others about the fundamental factors critical for healthy development, wellbeing, and success throughout the lifespan. His life-purpose is to apply his rare expertise to support others in the relentless pursuit of their theoretical limits. 



Originally from Charlotte, NC, Dr. Loper began his undergraduate studies in English at Kenyon College prior to moving closer to home to complete his premedical coursework and Bachelor of Arts at the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, SC.  He earned his Doctor of Medicine from the USC School of Medicine, and his Master of Science in Education in the Penn Med-Ed program at the University of Pennsylvania.  Following medical school, Dr. Loper completed a residency in pediatrics. He then worked as a pediatrician while completing a second residency in psychiatry, the American Psychoanalytic Association’s (APsaA) Fellowship Program, and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.  He is the only physician ever to complete two separate residency programs and a fellowship program in the Palmetto Health and USC School of Medicine graduate medical education system. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Preventative Medicine. He is one of a handful of physicians nationally to achieve quadruple board certification status in pediatrics, general psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry, and addiction medicine.


Dr. Loper earned his coach certification from the Teleos Leadership Institute's Coach Development Program, an intensive 9-month, ICF accredited Level 2 program facilitated by experts in the field of Emotional Intelligence, Resonant Leadership, Gestalt and systems theory.  He is the founder and principal of Pursuit Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. He is an executive coach in the Executive Coaching and Feedback Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and he is a coach in the Penn Med- Ed Master Program. He has served as a Senior Associate in the Prisma Health Midlands and USC School of Medicine Office of Continuous Professional Development, and co-facilitated the Prisma Health-Midlands' Physician Leadership Institute. He has been included on Influence Digest Media's Top Coaches list for Columbia, SC in 2023 and 2024. 

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Dr. Loper earned his Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. As an assistant professor at the USC School of Medicine, Columbia, he has served as the director of education for the psychiatry clerkship and the course director for the introduction to clinical medicine ethics and professionalism series. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). He is the program director for the Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Psychiatry Residency Program.  He has won multiple teaching awards to include the Prisma Health Department of Psychiatry Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Medical Student Education, the Teacher of the Year Award for the Prisma Health Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program, the Teacher of the Year Award for the Prisma Health General Psychiatry Residency Program, the USC School of Medicine Psychiatry Clerkship Director's Medical Student Educator Award, and the Outstanding Clinical Preceptor Award for the USC Physician’s Assistant Program.  He has been nominated as a finalist for the USC School of Medicine's Clinical Teacher of the Year Award as well as the O'Neil Barrett Award for Teaching Excellence in Clinical Sciences.

Husband and Father

Dr. Loper is a husband and a father to four beautiful children. His wife Amy is a nurse practitioner and owner of Nouveau Facial Aesthetics.  Together they enjoy with immense gratitude the beautiful abundance of struggle, stress, busyness, and joy inherent in raising a family. 

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