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    UMMC family medicine residency director

    Dr. Shannon Pittman
    Dr. Shannon Pittman

    Remaining close to family and her home town of Summit, MS, is important to Dr. Shannon Pittman.

    With an undergraduate biology degree in hand from Tougaloo College in Jackson, she entered UMMC's School of Medicine, completed her residency in Family Medicine and now is part of the academic faculty, serving as residency director of the program.

    "After four years at UMMC, I knew that I could not possibly find a field that spoke to who I am and my passion for people more than family medicine does."

    North Mississippi Medical Center residency director

    Dr. J. Edward Hill
    Dr. J. Edward Hill

    Dr. J. Edward Hill, a family physician in Tupelo, MS, was elected three times to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees and served as president in 2005. He has been chairman of the board of trustees and president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, president of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians and president of the southern Medical Association.

    Dr. Hill received both his BS and MD degrees from the University of Mississippi and completed his internship while serving four years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, serving as a general medical officer in a naval destroyer group.

    A board-certified family physician, Dr. Hill began his professional career in the rural Mississippi Delta where he practiced for 27 years. In addition to his full-service family practice, Dr. Hill developed and directed a local maternal child health program that resultd in lowering the fetal mortality rate from one of the highest in the United States to below the national average.

    Due to his wealth of medical practice experience and recognition as a role model for young doctors, Dr. Hill was asked to become the director of the Family Practice residency program at North Mississippi Medical Center, home to the largest rural hospital in America.

    Two outstanding young family medicine physicians

    Dr. Lucius Lampton
    Dr. Lucius Lampton

    Historian, author, Phi Beta Kappa scholar, newspaper publisher and current chairman of the State Board of Health, Dr. Lucius "Luke" Lampton of Lampton, MS, is truly a Mississippi-bred "Renaissance Man," accomplished in both the arts and sciences.

    "Since Hippocrates, physicians have been striving to make a difference in the lives of their patients. In rural Mississippi, primary care physicians still carry on this ancient medical legacy. You are not taking care of patients as much as you are taking care of friends. There is no better job on earth. I thank God every day that I am a rural family physician!"

     

    Dr. Katrina Poe-Johnson
    Dr. Katrina Poe-Johnson

    Named 2005 "Country Doctor of the Year", Dr. Katrina Poe-Johnson of Kilmichael, MS, population 834, is the second female, first African-American and youngest recipient of this prestigious national award.

    Scholarships facilitated her education at MSU and UMMC where she chose to complete her family medicine residency program in 2001, serving as assistant chief resident for two years. That same year she became chief of staff of Kilmichael Hospital, the smallest hospital in the state, yet the cornerstone of the community's economic structure.

    Dr. Poe-Johnson calls her work "a blessing." That's a big deal for a small country town with just one doctor, keeping medical care close to home.