Pamela Pyle is a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician who studied at Oklahoma State University, North Texas Health Science Center, where she ranked number two in her class in 1989 and completed her medical residency at Baylor University in Houston. She was one of three physicians selected in 1992 by Carolina Health Specialists (CHS) to begin the first hospital based internal medicine practice outside of a university setting in the United States.
Dr. Pyle has served in her community by volunteering at Friendship Medical Clinic which provides free medical care for those without insurance or access to care.
With her husband Scott and NFL record holder, Andre Davis, Pamela founded the charity 2 Live Beyond which raises support for charities serving children in South Carolina and in Rwanda. She and her husband were instrumental in the early development of Ground Zero Ministries in Myrtle Beach and in 2009 she chaired the inaugural Dragon Boat Festival, which has become the largest fundraiser for this organization and attracts competitors throughout the Southeast.
Additionally, in 2009 Dr. Pyle began traveling to Rwanda to do medical work with Africa New Life Ministries (ANLM). She founded the US Healthcare Council in 2010 and currently serves as chairman, joined the Board of Directors in 2011. As Chief Medical Officer she has health oversight of some 10,000 children and young adults under the care of ANLM. In this capacity, she manages the interface between medical team trips with the community nurses, and with community health workers. She is also working with staff to develop a formal relationship with Baylor University to develop a Global Health Degree.
In response to the medical needs of Rwanda, Dr. Pyle was instrumental in the founding and growth of the Dream Medical Center (DMC) in Kigali. This state-of-the-art hospital is the second largest private hospital in Rwanda and is currently in the process of earning international accreditation. When completed, the DMC will be only the second hospital in East Africa to receive this approval.
With John and Rebekah Constantine, Pamela and her husband Scott founded the Umubano Group to develop small to mid-size businesses enterprises in Rwanda. Umabano’s primary goals are job creation, community development, and reasonable return on investment for partners. Dr. Pyle serves the group as Director of Strategic Partnerships.
Thanks to her various ministry involvements Pamela has had the privilege of speaking to various women’s groups, large audiences associated with Africa New Life Ministries (both in the US and in Rwanda), and she has been featured in regional television interviews.
In 2018 Dr. Pyle began work on her first book, A Good Death: Learning to Live Like You Were Dying. She recognized that the dying are often our greatest teachers, and the best students are those who are both learner and teacher until their final breath. Her intent with the book was (and is) to reach a larger audience with answers to the common questions she has received from patients and their families throughout her medical career. Sparked by one dying woman’s declaration that she would have “a good death,” Dr. Pyle has continued to pose the questions, “How is that possible? What exactly makes for a good death?” and then discovers the answers reveal more about life than dying or death.
Pamela is a wife, mother to five, grandmother to six, adventurer at heart, author, poet, and “Reckless Dreamer.” She and her husband call Myrtle Beach home and their second home is somewhere in the sky on Delta Airlines, on the way to fulfilling their purposes.