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Dentistry

Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology

Jeffrey S. Brown, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Jeffrey Brown, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of oral-maxillofacial surgery and pathology in the School of Dentistry.

Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and microbiology at Mississippi State University followed by his dentistry degree at the School of Dentistry in 2001. He then completed postdoctoral training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Howard University Hospital and affiliated hospitals in Washington, D.C., and Bronx, N.Y., in 2005.

After his residency, Brown completed Officer Training School in the U.S. Air Force in July 2005, then joined the staff at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nev., as a captain and staff oral and maxillofacial surgeon. During his time at Nellis Air Force Base, Brown was promoted to major and received the Air Force Commendation Medal for distinctive accomplishments.

In 2009, Brown was assigned to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, where he received the Air Force’s Junior Clinical Dentist of the Year Award and Field Grade Officer of the Year Award in 2010. Brown was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2012.

Brown is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.




Ravi Chandran, Ph.D., D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Ravi Chandran, who completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery training at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of oral-maxillofacial surgery and pathology.

Chandran earned his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in1999 and Master of Dental Surgery in oral and maxillofacial surgery in 2003 at the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, India. He moved to Columbus, Ohio, in 2003, where he performed doctoral research in cellular signaling and tissue engineering and received a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

He later joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center as a clinical instructor in 2007 and completed his advanced standing D.M.D. at the School of Dentistry. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery training at UMMC with extensive experience with facial trauma, corrective jaw deformities, facial cosmetics, temporomandibular joint disorders, maxillofacial pathologies, dental implants, and soft and hard tissue reconstructive surgery.

A member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Dental Association, Chandran has delivered numerous research presentations and has contributed to several articles published in peer-reviewed publications.




Periodontics

Jennifer L. Bain, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Periodontics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Mar. 31,2014

Dr. Jennifer L. Bain, a School of Dentistry alum, has joined the School of Dentistry faculty as an assistant professor of periodontics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from Belhaven College in 2004, Bain earned the D.M.D. at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2009. She had postgraduate training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2009-14, performing clinical research in the School of Public Health and completing a periodontics residency while working toward a Ph.D. in pathobiology and molecular medicine in the School of Dentistry.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association/American Student Dental Association, the American Association of Dental Research and the American Association of Women Dentists, Bain has authored or coauthored nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and eight abstracts and has made 19 research or extramural presentations nationally.

Bain’s research interests include targeted delivery of osteoinductive molecules to bone grafts, effects of oral inflammation and gender disparities in serum cytokines concentration in subjects with periapical abscesses.




Medicine

Anesthesiology

Charles M. Robertson
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jun. 10,2013

Dr. Charles M. Robertson, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Washington University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving the B.A. in 1997 and the M.D. in 2003 from the University of Virginia, Robertson had a surgery internship in 2004 and residency training in surgery in 2005 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He did a research fellowship in surgery at Washington University from 2005-07, an anesthesiology residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital from 2007-10 and a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Washington University from 2010-11.

He joined the Washington University faculty as an instructor in anesthesiology in 2011 and was promoted to assistant professor of anesthesiology there in 2012. He is the coauthor of seven articles in peer-reviewed publications.




Natesan Manimekalai, M.D.
Associate Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Nov. 25,2013

Dr. Natesan Manimekalai, an anesthesiologist with specialization and interest in obstetric anesthesiology, having originally trained as an obstetrician, has recently joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of anesthesiology and director of research for the department.

Manimekalai received the bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degrees and a postgraduate degree and training in obstetrics and gynecology with graduate medical training in anesthesiology.

After receiving medical training, Manimekalai joined Moses Taylor Hospital in Pennsylvania as a staff anesthesiologist. Manimekalai has also served as a faculty anesthesiologist at DCM Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, and Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla.

In 2007, Manimekalai joined as a faculty anesthesiologist at the University of Florida and Shands Hospital, Jacksonville, where she also served as medical director of the Obstetric Anesthesiology Division, director of the Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship and director of research. Manimekalai also has worked as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at major teaching hospitals in India, Kenya and Saudi Arabia prior to her U.S. experience.

An active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Society of Obstetric Anesthesiology and Perinatology, Manimekalai is a journal reviewer for the journal Anesthesia and Clinical Research. She has authored or coauthored four book chapters and a number of meeting presentations and abstracts and has given many invited speeches or poster presentations in the U.S. and India.

Among her research interests is the determination of dosing requirements of epidurals for labor pain in differing ethnic populations.




Nerma Scharr, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Nerma Scharr, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving the B.S. from Millsaps College in 2005 and the M.D. from UMMC in 2009, Scharr completed residency training in anesthesiology at UMMC this year. As a resident, she served on the Resident Task Force Committee and the Resident’s Council Committee.

As a student, Scharr volunteered at the Batson Children’s Hospital, the Jackson Free Clinic and in the Department of Anesthesiology. She has delivered several research presentations and is a member of the American Medical Association and the Mississippi Medical Association.




Pankaj Jain, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 3,2013

Dr. Pankaj Jain, an anesthesiologist with experience in cardiovascular, obstetric and neurosurgical anesthesiology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After earning the M.B.B.S. at the University College of Medical Sciences, India, in 2002, Jain had residency training in anesthesiology at the Maulana Azad Medical College, India, from 2003-05 and at the New York Methodist Hospital, N.Y., from 2009-13 and fellowship training in obstetric anesthesiology at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, from 2008-09.

An active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, Jain has practiced as a consultant anesthesiologist in India and served as chief resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at New York Methodist Hospital from 2012-13.




Sloan Youngblood, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 5,2013

Dr. Sloan Youngblood, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Baylor College of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving the B.S. in biomedical science magna cum laude from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2003, Youngblood earned the M.D. at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, in 2007. He did internship and residency training in anesthesiology at the Baylor College of Medicine from 2007-11 and a fellowship in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology at the Texas Heart Institute, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine from 2011-12. He was chief resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Baylor College of Medicine from 2010-11.

A clinical specialist in the intensive care unit at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, from 2011-12, Youngblood served as an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Baylor College of Medicine from 2012-13.

The coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and an ad hoc reviewer for the journal Anesthesiology, Youngblood’s research interests include validation of near-infrared spectroscopy for neuromonitoring during moderate hypothermic circulatory arrest for total aortic arch replacement and correlation of intraoperative cerebral oximetry measured by near-infrared spectroscopy and postoperative outcomes.

He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.




Biochemistry

Subash Gupta, Ph.D.
Instructor
Biochemistry
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 22,2013

Dr. Subash Gupta, a postdoctoral fellow at the UMMC Cancer Institute, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in biochemistry.

After receiving the M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Lucknow, India, in 2001, Gupta earned the Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Lucknow and the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR) in 2008. He was a postdoctoral researcher in physiology and cell biology at Ohio State University from 2007-09 and a postdoctoral fellow in experimental therapeutics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from 2009-12 before coming to UMMC.

He is an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Indian Society of Cell Biology. The coauthor of several peer-reviewed articles and seven book chapters, Gupta serves as a referee for a number of professional journals.

His work has been cited several hundred times by scientists from more than 50 different countries and in more than 200 scientific journals.

His current research is focused on uncovering the role of acidic micro-environment in breast cancer development. He is also working on various other aspects of tumor development, including identification of targets of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and the understanding of the mechanism by which lncRNAs regulate tumorigenesis.




Dermatology

Stephen E. Helms, M.D.
Professor
Dermatology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 29,2013

Dr. Stephen E. Helms, associate professor of internal medicine at the Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine, Rootstown, and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Case Western Reserve College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor in the Department of Dermatology.

After receiving the A.B. from Youngstown State University, Ohio, in 1970, Helms earned his M.D. in 1973 at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus. He did an internship from 1973-74 at the St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Youngstown, Ohio, then entered an anesthesia residency program at the Cleveland Clinic from 1974-75, before completing his residency training in dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pa., from 1975-78.

Board-certified in dermatology in 1978, Helms was in private practice in Warren, Ohio for more than 30 years in addition to serving part-time at NEOMED and the Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine.

A fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Helms is an active member of several professional organizations and has given more than 150 invited lectures at professional meetings nationwide. He has authored or coauthored more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and four chapters in medical textbooks. He serves as a journal reviewer for Practical Dermatology, American Family Practice and Fundamental and Clinical Pharmacology.

His special interest is in contact dermatitis and he has participated in clinical research studies involving long-term safety of low-dose Doxycycline (Oracea) and Etanercept (Enbrel).




William Black, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Dermatology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 22,2013

Dr. William Black, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of dermatology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology summa cum laude from Millsaps College in Jackson, Black earned the M.D. magna cum laude at UMMC in 2008. He was an internal medicine intern from 2008-09, a dermatology resident from 2009-12 and an academic chief resident from 2011-12 at the University of South Florida and a Mohs surgery and procedural dermatology fellow from 2012-13 at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.

A member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the American Academy of Dermatology, Black has completed the requirements for membership in the American College of Mohs Surgery.

He has coauthored four articles in peer-reviewed publications and has made seven presentations at professional meetings in Florida and Texas.




Emergency Medicine

Erin Dehon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 19,2013

Dr. Erin Dehon, a licensed clinical psychologist, has joined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Millsaps College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Jackson State University. Dehon completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a postdoctoral fellowship in HIV and hepatitis C at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson.

Her current research and clinical interests include adjustment to chronic illness, adherence to medical treatment regimens, and primary and secondary prevention of chronic illnesses. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous national and regional conferences.

More recent investigations have examined HIV prevention and African-Americans, cognitive dysfunction and Hepatitis C, and a psychology fellowship program in integrated HIV and hepatitis C clinical care. She has delivered several lectures in the Jackson area on such topics as coping with chronic pain, individuals with spinal cord injuries and HIV/AIDS.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and Psychologists in Academic Health Centers. She also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology and the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.




Stephen D. Baker Jr., M.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Stephen Baker Jr., an emergency medicine resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

A 2004 graduate of Louisiana State University, Baker received his M.D. at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, in 2009. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at UMMC this year.

A member of the Emergency Medicine Elected Resident Council, Baker is coauthor of a study on acute neurogenic shock, which was published in the Journal of Critical Care.




Family Medicine

Ini-Abasi Joyce Olutade, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Oct. 28,2013

Dr. Ini-Abasi Joyce Olutade, an assistant professor of family medicine at UMMC from 1998-2007, has rejoined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine and medical director for Student/Employee Health.

After receiving the M.D. from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with honors in 1981, Olutade did a rotating internship from 1981-82 and residency training in ophthalmology from 1983-87 at the University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria. She also served as a medical officer in the National Youth Service Corps Civil Service Clinic in Ilorin, Nigeria, from 1982-83.

Olutade was a clinician in the STD Clinic at the Fulton County Health Department, Atlanta, Ga., from 1989-90 before continuing postgraduate training. She did a transitional medicine residency from 1993-94 at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, a family practice residency from 1994-96 at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, where she served as chief resident, and a faculty development fellowship from 1996-97 at Morehouse.

She joined the Morehouse School of Medicine faculty as a clinical instructor in family practice in 1997 and came to UMMC a year later as an assistant professor of family medicine. She has been in private practice in Ridgeland since 2008.

An active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, Olutade has been a two-time designee on the America’s Best Doctor list.




John R. Mitchell, M.D.
Associate Professor
Family Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 9,2013

Dr. John R. Mitchell, a UMMC alum with a degree in pharmacy, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of family medicine and director of the Mississippi Office of Physician Workforce.

A native of Oxford, Mitchell received the B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi in 1974. After practicing pharmacy at multiple sites in Mississippi and Louisiana, Mitchell earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1986. He had a family medicine internship and residency training from 1986-89 at Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency, Ala., and a primary care faculty development fellowship from 2002-03 at Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Mitchell entered private practice in Pontotoc in 1989 before joining North Mississippi Medical Clinics in 1994. In 2001, he joined the North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, and served as assistant medical director for the NMMC Family Medicine Residency, medical director at Cedars Nursing Home, Tupelo, and Graceland Nursing Home, Pontotoc. In 2006, he served as medical director of the NMMC Work Link Clinic, Tupelo, and returned to a faculty teaching position in the Family Medicine Residency Program at North Mississippi Medical Center in 2009. Since 2012, he has served as a hospitalist at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc.

Mitchell served as a pharmacist in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from 1976-79, achieving the rank of captain, and as a physician in the Mississippi Army National Guard from 1983-92, achieving the rank of major.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association, Mitchell has served as president of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians and of the Northeast Mississippi Medical Society.




John Vanderloo, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 5,2013

Dr. John Vanderloo, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine.

After receiving the B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 2002, Vanderloo earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2010. He then did a family medicine residency at the Medical Center and served as chief resident from 2012-13.

A resident member of the American Academy of Family Practitioners and the Mississippi State Medical Association, a resident board member of the Mississippi Academy of Family Practitioners and an inaugural member of the Vice Chancellor’s Residents Group of Fellows on Health, Engagement, Advocacy and Leadership” (HEALing Fellows), Vanderloo has recently been elected to a three-year position on the Mississippi Academy of Family Practitioners’ Foundation Board.




Sonya R. Shipley, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jan. 6,2014

Dr. Sonya R. Shipley, a UMMC alum and an experienced private practice family physician, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Millsaps College in 2004, Shipley earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2008 and had postgraduate training in the Department of Family Medicine here from 2008-11.

Shipley served as a private practice family physician at King’s Daughters Medical Clinic in Brookhaven from 2011-12 and at the FirstCare Medical Center in Brownsville, Tenn., from 2012-13 before returning to Jackson.

An active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Shipley is the author of an article in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, “Clinical Problem Solving: Doc, I Feel Like I’m Getting Fat.”




Medicine

Alycia Cleinman, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Alycia Cleinman, a geriatric medicine fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics.

After receiving a B.A. in criminal justice and psychology cum laude from Castleton State College, Vt., in 2004, Cleinman earned an M.D. with high honors at the Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies, in 2009. She completed an internal medicine internship and residency and a geriatric medicine fellowship at UMMC.

An active member of the American Geriatrics Society and the American College of Physicians, Cleinman has served on the ACP Fellow Council and AGS Resident Recruitment Subcomittee. She has presented multiple posters and oral presentations at regional and national conferences, and most recently received an AGS Presidential Poster award.




Charles A. Ouzts, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Charles A. Ouzts, an internal medicine and pediatrics resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in chemical engineering with honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2005, Ouzts earned the M.D. at the Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Ga., in 2009. He completed residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at UMMC in 2013.

A resident member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians, Ouzts has served as a mentor for incoming pediatrics interns and a preceptor for second-year medical students at UMMC. He will be seeing both adult and pediatric patients at the University Physicians at Grants Ferry location.




Divya Monga, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Divya Monga, chief fellow in nephrology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Hempstead, N.Y., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Monga earned the M.B.B.S. at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India, in 2005 before serving an internship and residency in internal medicine at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., from 2008-11 and a nephrology fellowship at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine from 2011-13.

Monga served as a research assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, from 2007-08. She has presented in various national nephrology conferences and is an active member of the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation.




Eric A. Lirio, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Eric A. Lirio, a rheumatology fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in natural sciences cum laude from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2000, Lirio earned the M.D. in 2005 at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he did an internship in internal medicine from 2005-06 and a residency in internal medicine from 2006-08. He served as an assistant professor of internal medicine and as a hospitalist at West Virginia University Hospitals from 2008-11. Lirio did his fellowship in rheumatology at UMMC from 2011-13.

He is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology.




Eric M. Reiners, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Eric M. Reiners, an internal medicine resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the A.S. from Louisiana State University, Eunice, in 2003 and the B.S. from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 2005, Reiners earned the M.D. at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, in 2010. He completed residency training in internal medicine at UMMC in 2013.

An active member of the American Medical Association and an associate member of the American College of Physicians, Reiners has coauthored two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications. His research interests include inflammatory cells in gastric enteric plexi associated with gastroparesis and the effect of B12 and glucose levels on gastric emptying studies. Reiners will be in the Division of Hospitalist Medicine at UMMC.




Geoffrey A. Kitzman, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 30,2013

Dr. Geoffrey A. Kitzman, an attending physician in the Department of Hospital Medicine at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After graduating from George Washington University in 2002 with degrees in biology and French, Kitzman received the M.P.H. in health systems management from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the M.D. from the Tulane University School of Medicine concurrently in 2006.

He had residency training in internal medicine at Tulane from 2006-09 and a hepatology fellowship at the Florida Hospital Transplant Center, Orlando, from 2009-10, before joining the Ochsner Clinic Foundation.




Laura Beauchamps, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Oct. 28,2013

Dr. Laura Beauchamps, an experienced physician trained and board-certified in infectious disease and HIV medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the M.D. from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez, Dominican Republic, in 2001, Beauchamps entered volunteer medical service at Punta Cana and Bavaro Beach, D.R., from 2001-03 before doing an internal medicine residency from 2003-06 and an infectious disease fellowship from 2006-07 at Cabrini Medical Center, New York, N.Y. She then completed an infectious disease fellowship in 2008 at Mount Sinai Hospital, N.Y.

Beauchamps served as an attending physician at Kingsbrook Jewish Hospital, Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Caton Park Nursing Home and River Manor Nursing Home in Brooklyn, N.Y., from 2008-09 and at Lutheran Family Health Centers of Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., from 2010-11. She has since provided medical care for the NO/AIDS Task Force HIV Primary Care Clinic in New Orleans, La.

She is an active member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the Physician Research Network.




Matthew D. deShazo, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Matthew D. deShazo, a UMMC alum with special interests in heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology/psychology from Birmingham-Southern College, Ala., in 2002, deShazo earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2006. He remained at UMMC for internal medicine residency training from 2006-09 and a general cardiology fellowship from 2009-12. He completed an advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation and pulmonary hypertension fellowship in 2013 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A student in the master of public health program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, deShazo’s research interest is obesity and its role in cardiovascular disease. He has coauthored four articles in peer-reviewed literature.




Michael E. Hall, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Michael E. Hall, a UMMC graduate with interests in cardiovascular imaging, cardiovascular physiology and clinical cardiology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from the University of Mississippi in 1999, Hall earned the M.D. in 2005 at UMMC, where he did his internal medicine residency from 2005-08 and a cardiology fellowship from 2008-11. He also completed a cardiovascular imaging fellowship at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C., from 2011-13. He participated in the Master’s of Clinical and Population Translational Sciences Program at the Wake Forest Health Sciences School of Graduate Medicine and will defend his thesis this fall.

Hall is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. He is the coauthor of five manuscripts, eight abstracts and five book chapters, and he has received a Pepper Center pilot study/Sticht Center on Aging grant for the Wake Forest School of Medicine study, “Renal Sinus Fat, Kidney Dysfunction and Hypertension.” His most recent research project is “Novel Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques to Evaluate Cardiac and Renal Complications of Obesity.”




Michael R. McMullan, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jan. 21,2014

Dr. Michael R. McMullan, former clinical chief of cardiology and director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at UMMC, has rejoined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of medicine and director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program.

A native of Decatur, McMullan received the B.S. in chemistry summa cum laude in 1987 from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, where he also was a summa cum laude Honors College Graduate. He earned the M.D. cum laude from UMMC in 1991 and had an internal medicine internship and residency here from 1991-94. He also served as chief resident, internal medicine, from 1994-95 and did a cardiology fellowship from 1995-97 at UMMC. He did an interventional, valvular and adult congenital heart disease cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., from 1997-98.

He originally joined the Medical Center faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor of medicine, where he initially started the Adult Congenital and Valvular Heart Disease Clinic. He became an associate professor of medicine and director of the Heart Station in 2002. He served as associate director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program from 2000-03, director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program and associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program from 2000-07, and clinical chief of the Division of Cardiology from 2005-07. Since 2007 he has been a partner in the Jackson Heart Clinic, P.A.

A Best Doctors in America selection, McMullan is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Mississippi State Medical Association and the American Heart Association, A fellow in the American College of Cardiology, he served as governor of Mississippi for that organization from 2005-08. He has served as course director for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, and was selected as the Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year and UMMC Clinical Professor of the Year. He also was selected to the Nelson Order and to the Blake Academy for Excellence in Teaching.




Nitin K. Gupta, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 8,2013

Dr. Nitin K. Gupta, a specialist in inflammatory bowel disease and gastroenterology with a research interest in inflammatory response and cancer associated with the microbiome and metabolomics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine and director of inflammatory bowel disease.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Gupta received the B.S.E. in biomedical engineering magna cum laude from Duke University, Durham, N.C., and earned the M.D. in 2007 at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn.

Gupta completed his internal medicine internship and residency from 2007-10 at the Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo. Gupta recently completed a clinical and research fellowship in gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass. His training included basic science research at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He was on the associate medical staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2011-13.

A member of several professional societies, including the American Gastroenterology Association and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Gupta has coauthored nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.

His most recently funded research project was with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Children’s Hospital, studying the association of stem cells and obesity in relation to roux-en-Y gastric bypass. He is actively building his practice of patients with inflammatory bowel disease and promoting colon cancer screening.




Sara Shrock Sanders, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 3,2013

Dr. Sara Shrock Sanders, a UMMC alum with fellowship training in geriatrics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biological sciences magna cum laude from Mississippi College, Clinton, in 2005, Sanders earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2009. She completed an internship in internal medicine in 2010, residency training in internal medicine in 2012 and a fellowship in geriatrics in 2013 at the Medical Center.

A member of the American Geriatrics Society, Sanders is active in education with medical student and resident lectures, and is a community educator discussing geriatric care topics.




Taylor S. Pruett, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on May. 13,2013

Dr. Taylor S. Pruett, a board-certified physician in internal medicine specializing in inpatient medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving a B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Millsaps College in 2000, Pruett earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2005. She then had residency training in internal medicine from 2005-08 at Scott and White Hospital, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, Temple.

Pruett served as a staff physician, inpatient medicine, at Scott and White Memorial Hospital from 2008-10 before joining Mississippi Baptist Health Systems as a staff physician, inpatient medicine, from 2010-13.




Troy E. Rhodes, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jan. 21,2014

Dr. Troy E. Rhodes, a cardiac electrophysiologist from the Ohio State University Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Before medical school, Rhodes received his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences-neurosciences from Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1996. He received his M.D. from EVMS in 2002. He completed internal medicine residency (2002-04) and cardiology fellowship (2004-08) at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, followed by cardiac electrophysiology fellowship (2008-10) at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Following fellowship, he joined the OSUMC faculty as a clinical assistant professor of medicine.

Rhodes is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology and electrophysiology, a certified cardiac device specialist, and a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. He has authored or coauthored 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 24 abstracts and two book chapters.

Rhodes specializes in treating patients with arrhythmias (AF, SVT, PVCs, VT), syncope and cardiac devices (pacemakers, ICDs, loop monitors). He performs electrophysiologic testing and ablation procedures as well as device implants and lead extractions. His research interests include evaluating new cardiac devices and ablation therapies. He completed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI’s) Patient Safety Executive Development Program in 2013 and was involved in patient safety and quality improvement while at Ohio State.




Urseline Hawkins, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 2,2013

Dr. Urseline Hawkins, an endocrinologist and UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology summa cum laude from Tougaloo College in 2003, Hawkins earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2008. She completed an internal medicine residency at UMMC in 2011 and an endocrinology fellowship here in 2013.

An active member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the Endocrine Society, Hawkins is coauthor of a pair of articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Wei Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Oct. 28,2013

Dr. Wei Wang, a skilled clinical researcher with in-depth experience in statistical analysis, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from Peking University, Beijing, China, in 2001, Wang earned the M.S. in pathology in 2007 and the Ph.D. in biostatistics in 2012 at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Since earning his Ph.D., Wang has served as a statistician working on medical device clinical trials for the Global Eye Health Center, Bausch and Lomb Inc., Rochester, N.Y.

The coauthor of 18 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and an ad hoc reviewer for the journal Statistics in Medicine and REVSTAT, his research interests include causal inference, zero-inflated count data, joint models for mixed discrete and continuous outcomes, and crossover trial analysis.




William C. Little, M.D.
Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. William C. Little, a nationally recognized clinical cardiologist with research interest in cardiac function, has joined the Medical Center as professor and chair of the Department of Medicine.

Little earned his B.A. in physics at Oberlin College in Ohio, and his M.D. at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia Hospital, followed by a cardiology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Little is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Following faculty positions at UAB and the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, in 1986, he moved to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C. There, he served as the McMichael Professor and Chief of Cardiology, vice chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and vice chair and head of the finance committee of Wake Forest University Physicians. In addition, he served as director of the Heart Center, associate chief of professional service and as a member of the North Carolina Baptist Hospital Board of Trustees.

Little’s research has been NIH funded since 1985 and has resulted in 250 peer-reviewed publications. His contributions have been recognized by his election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, as well as his receiving the Lamport Award for Cardiovascular Research from the American Physiological Society, the Harrison Award from the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation and the 2010 Laennec Master Clinician Award from the American Heart Association.

Little is chair of the Cardiovascular Disease Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He serves on the steering committees of several international clinical trials.




Microbiology

Brian J. Akerley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Microbiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Nov. 25,2013

Dr. Brian J. Akerley, an assistant professor of microbiology and physiological systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of microbiology.

He received his B.S. in biology from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, in 1988, and his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995. He then pursued postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., from 1996-99.

Akerley briefly joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 1999 as an instructor in microbiology and molecular genetics before moving to Ann Arbor, Mich., to become an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School. In 2003, he became an assistant professor of microbiology and physiological systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

An active member of the American Society for Microbiology, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology and as an ad hoc reviewer for Molecular Microbiology, Infection and Immunity. He is the author or coauthor of 29 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and six invited papers and book chapters, and has given numerous invited presentations nationally.

Akerley’s current research interests include pathogenic mechanisms Haemophilus influenzae, a cause of middle-ear and lung infections, and factors that promote bacterial colonization of the lung after influenza A virus infection.




Fei Xing, Ph.D.
Instructor
Microbiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 5,2013

Dr. Fei Xing, a postdoctoral research fellow at the UMMC Cancer Institute, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in microbiology.

After receiving the B.S. in biotechnology from Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, China, in 2007, Xing earned the Ph.D. in medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, in 2012, where he also served as a research associate. He came to the UMMC Cancer Institute in August 2012.

An active member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Metastasis Research Society, Xing has coauthored 16 articles in peer-reviewed publications and 25 abstracts, from which there are more than 300 citations. A guest reviewer for a number of professional publications, two of his first author publications, Cancer Research and EMBO Molecular Medicine, were selected as cover articles, the latter recommended by Faculty 1000.




Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences

Diane Lebesgue, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on Oct. 14,2013

Dr. Diane Lebesgue, a neuroscientist with an interest in the neural circuitry and molecular machinery that underlies sex differences in neuropsychiatric diseases such as depression and addiction, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences.

After receiving a master’s degree in reproduction and nutrition physiology from the Universite de Tours, France, in 1992 and a pre-doctoral degree in reproduction physiology from the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, in 1993, Lebesgue earned her Ph.D. in life sciences at the Universite de Tours in 1997. She did postdoctoral training at the Biotechnology Research Institute at the Universite de Montreal, Canada, from 1998-2001. She then joined Solvay Pharmaceuticals in France as a research scientist until she returned to basic science in 2004 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City. Since 2007, and before joining UMMC, she served as an instructor in neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The coauthor of 14 articles in peer-reviewed journals, Lebesgue serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals, including the “Journal of Neurochemistry” and “Hormones and Behavior.” She received a Mentored Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, which supports her research into sex differences in addiction. She has given numerous invited talks and scientific presentations at meetings throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.




Neurology

Mark Daniel Anderson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 5,2013

Dr. Mark Daniel Anderson, a neurologist specializing in neuro-oncology, has joined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of neurology with a joint appoint to the UMMC Cancer Institute.

He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in 2007. Anderson also has an M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami. He completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at Vanderbilt University. In June, Anderson completed a fellowship in neuro-oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is certified by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in neuro-oncology. Since 2012, he has authored seven studies, primarily investigating gliomas.

Anderson is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society of Neuro-Oncology.




Neurosurgery

Ludwig David Orozco, M.D.
Instructor
Neurosurgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Ludwig Orozco, chief resident in neurosurgery at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in neurosurgery.

Orozco earned his M.D. at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala School of Medicine in 2002, where he was valedictorian. After working as a general practitioner in Guatemala, Orozco started his residency training in neurology at the University of Buffalo, N.Y., in 2004. In 2007, he transferred his residency training to neurosurgery at UMMC, where he served as chief resident last year. Currently, he is training in endovascular neurosurgery at UMMC.

A member of several professional organizations, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Orozco has coauthored numerous research articles for peer-reviewed publications.




Roberto Rey Dios, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurosurgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Roberto Rey Dios, a neurosurgery resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurosurgery.

A native of Spain, Rey Dios earned his M.D. at the University of Santiago de Compostela School of Medicine. He then completed residency training in neurosurgery at UMMC in June of this year. He also completed a fellowship in tumor and skull-base neurosurgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

A member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Rey Dios has produced numerous research posters and presentations and has coauthored several research articles published in peer-reviewed publications.




Obstetrics and Gynecology

Charlene Hooper Collier, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 8,2013

Dr. Charlene Hooper Collier, a recent fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

Collier earned her B.A. at Brown University in 2002, her M.D. at Brown’s Alpert Medical School in 2007 and her Master’s of Public Health in family and community health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006.

From 2007-11, her residency was at Yale, where she was also a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program and the recipient of a Master’s of Health Science.

Collier was a visiting health policy fellow at the Mississippi State Department of Health in August 2012 and will continue serving as a perinatal health research and policy consultant.

Her recent hospital appointments were attending physician in ob-gyn at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Women’s Center; and hospitalist in ob-gyn at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn.

Collier is the author or coauthor of five published articles and was the presenter of four abstracts or presentations. Her professional memberships are in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, junior fellow; the National Medical Association, fellow; and AcademyHealth, a health policy resource center.




Joseph L. Hudgens, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 8,2013

Dr. Joseph L. Hudgens, a provider at the Owensboro (Ky.) Health Women’s Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

Hudgens earned his B.S. at Arkansas State University in 2001 and his M.D. at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2005. He completed his ob-gyn residency at the University of Louisville from 2005-09 and also completed a fellowship in minimally invasive gynecology at the University of Louisville from 2009-10.

He has been an invited faculty for numerous courses involving laparoscopic cadaver dissection, laparoscopic gynecologic surgery and laparoscopic suturing.

Hudgens has made a dozen presentations, many of them award-winning, at a variety of venues. He received the IRCAD Award for best submission in the area of laparoscopic education at the 40th Global Congress of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL). He was invited to visit the IRCAD (Research Institute Against Digestive Cancer) in Strasbourg, France, where he attended an international conference on endometriosis. He also received the Carlo Romani Award for Best Video on Endometriosis in November 2011. That year, he was also the recipient of the Most Outstanding Video Award at the First World Symposium on Endometriosis.

He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.




Ophthalmology

Siva S. R. Iyer, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Ophthalmology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 30,2013

Dr. Siva S. R. Iyer, a recent fellow in vitreoretinal surgery at the Louisiana State University College of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of ophthalmology.

After receiving a B.A. in religion from the University of Florida, Iyer continued on at the University of Florida College of Medicine, earning an M.D. with honors and distinction in research in 2006. He completed his internship in general surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School; an ophthalmology residency from 2008-11 at the Hamilton Eye Institute, University of Tennessee College of Medicine; and a vitreoretinal surgical fellowship from 2011-13 in the Department of Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University College of Medicine.

Iyer's research interests are in the role of fibrotic growth factors in the eye, including connective tissue growth factor. His clinical interests are in the repair of complex retinal detachments, including diabetic tractional retinal detachments and those involving proliferative vitreoretinopathy.

A lead author in a peer-reviewed professional publication and one book chapter, Iyer is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.




William Watkins Jr., M.D.
Assistant Professor
Ophthalmology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. William Watkins Jr., a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of ophthalmology.

After receiving the B.S. from Mississippi College in 2004 and the M.D. from UMMC in 2008, Watkins completed a surgery internship in 2010 at UMMC before completing residency training in ophthalmology this year at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. Watkins also did a research fellowship in ophthalmology at Vanderbilt from 2008-09.

He has coauthored two articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals and is completing a third study on water-drinking tests in subjects with pure autonomic failure and normal tension glaucoma. Watkins is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology.




Orthopedic Surgery

Gene R. Barrett, M.D.
Associate Professor
Orthopedic Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Oct. 28,2013

Dr. Gene R. Barrett, a founding partner of Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and a practicing sports medicine physician there for 28 years, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of orthopedic surgery.

After attending Millsaps College, Barrett earned his M.D. at UMMC in 1974. He did a general surgery internship and an orthopedic surgery residency from 1975-76 at UMMC. He completed his orthopedic residency at the Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System in 1979. After finishing an A-O International Fellowship in Liestal- Basel, Switzerland in 1980, Barrett completed a 14-month sports knee surgery fellowship at the Hughston Orthopedic Clinic, Columbus, Ga., in 1981.

Locally, he served as president of the Mississippi Orthopedic Society in 1989, and has served as an orthopedic consultant to numerous high schools and colleges throughout the area.

Nationally, Barrett is an active member of the American Orthopedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the Southern Orthopedic Society, and the Mid-America Orthopedic Association, and has served on many committees in these organizations.

Internationally, he was inducted into the International Society of the Knee, and asked to join the prestigious Anterior Cruciate Ligament Study Group, where he served on the membership and program committees.

Barrett has authored or coauthored four book chapters and more than 35 articles on knee problems in peer- reviewed professional publications. He has presented his clinical research nationally and internationally.




Kendall T. Blake, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Orthopedic Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Oct. 14,2013

Dr. Kendall T. Blake, a longtime orthopedist in Jackson, has joined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery.

After graduating from Princeton University (N.J.) in 1967, Blake earned the M.D. at the Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, in 1971. He did a surgery internship from 1971-72 and a general surgery residency from 1972-73 at UCLA’s Harbor General Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif., and an orthopedic surgery residency at the Campbell Clinic, University of Tennessee Medical School, Memphis, from 1976-78. Blake also served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1973-75.

Blake joined the Jackson Bone and Joint Clinic in 1979 and practiced orthopedics there until 2004, when he left to become director of utilization and resources for Mississippi Baptist Health Systems. Since 2012, he has practiced at the Mississippi Baptist Advanced Wound Center.

An active member of numerous professional medical societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Medical Association, Blake was appointed by then-Gov. Ray Mabus to the State Welfare Board, which he served from 1988-91, and to the State Rehabilitation Board, which he served in 1988.




Otolaryngology

Alex J. Elkins, Au.D.
Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 30,2013

Dr. Alex J. Elkins, a recently trained audiologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences.

After receiving the B.A. in communicative sciences and disorders from Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 2009, Elkins earned his doctorate in audiology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, in 2013. Elkins completed his clinical externship at Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of South Florida, Boca Raton. There he performed diagnosis and treatment of auditory and vestibular disorders, working primarily with an adult population. Elkins is particularly interested in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with vestibular disorders.

Elkins’ audiology doctoral research project was “Neural Correlates of Auditory Temporal Resolution in a Rat Model of Parkinson’s Disease.”




Angela Brunson, M.S.
Instructor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Dec. 9,2013

Angela Brunson, a UMMC speech pathologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology.

After receiving the B.S. in speech and hearing sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1990, Brunson earned the M.S. in speech and hearing sciences at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, in 1991.

From 1992-2000, she served as a speech-language pathologist at several rehabilitation and medical institutions in Tennessee before joining the Rankin County School District as a speech-language pathologist.

Brunson first came to UMMC in 2001 as a speech and language pathologist and instructor before leaving in 2008. Since 2009, she has served as director of rehabilitation at Select Specialty Hospital and speech-language pathologist at various hospitals in Jackson.




Caroline Hunter, M.S.
Instructor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 16,2013

Caroline Hunter, a local speech-language pathologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology.

After receiving the B.A. in communicative disorders from the University of Mississippi in 2008, Hunter earned the M.S. in speech-language pathology at the University of Montevallo, Ala., in 2010. She has served as a speech-language pathologist for the Laskin Therapy Group in Jackson from 2010-11 and within the Rankin County School District since 2011.




Issam N. Eid, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 29,2013

Dr. Issam N. Eid, who recently completed a fellowship in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of otolaryngology.

He earned his B.S. at Louisiana Tech University in 2003 and his medical degree at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 2007. He completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2012.

Eid specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of tumors of the head and neck. His special interests include transoral robotic surgery and microvascular free flap reconstruction.

The focus of his research is endocrine surgery and the socioeconomic effects of head and neck cancer.




Jeremy Jackson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Jeremy Jackson, a dermatologist and former professional baseball player, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of otolaryngology.

Jackson received his B.S. in microbiology from Mississippi State University in 1998, graduating summa cum laude. In 2006, he graduated summa cum laude from UMMC. Following a residency in internal medicine at UMMC, he completed a dermatology residency at the University of Alabama, where he served as chief resident in 2012.

A 10th-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in the 1998 MLB June Amateur Draft, Jackson played minor league baseball for the Royals and New York Mets organizations from 1998-2001, reaching the Single-A South Atlantic League. Following his baseball career, Jackson spent a year teaching biology and chemistry at Jackson Prep.

During his undergraduate years at Mississippi State he was a two-time Academic All-American and the 1998 Southeastern Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year. Upon graduating from UMMC in 2006, he received the Waller S. Leathers Award for highest academic average.

Jackson is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology.




Lana Jackson, M.D., Pharm.D.
Associate Professor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Lana Jackson, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of otolaryngology.

Jackson, who grew up in Meridian, earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi in 1997 and completed a Pharmacy Practice residency at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo before enrolling in medical school at UMMC in 1998. After graduating in 2002, Jackson underwent residency training in otolaryngology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She then completed an endocrine/head and neck fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in 2008.

Before joining the Medical Center, Jackson served as an assistant professor of surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Medical College of Georgia from 2008-13. She also was associate director of the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program and served as chair of the Head and Neck Tumor Board.

A member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Jackson has delivered dozens of presentations and has authored and coauthored numerous research articles for peer-reviewed publications.




Laurin Geheber, Au.D.
Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 22,2013

Dr. Laurin Geheber, who finished her clinical externship at UMMC in May, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences.

Geheber earned her B.A. at Louisiana State University and her Doctor of Audiology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

As an extern, she performed testing, fitting, implant mapping and other work in a variety of settings at the Medical Center, including the Adult Hearing Aid Clinic, the Batson Children’s Hospital, the ENT Clinic, the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center and the Vestibular Lab.

She has made poster presentations to several institutions and conventions, including the American Academy of Audiology Conference, the Callier Promotion of Academic and Clinical Excellence Research Forum and the annual Institute for the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology.




Pathology

Anna Mathew, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Anna Mathew, a neuropathologist with an interest in neurodegenerative diseases and brain tumors, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

Mathew received her M.B.B.S. from M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India, before completing a residency in combined anatomical and clinical pathology at UMMC in 2011. She then spent two years completing a neuropathology fellowship at the University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center.

While at LAC+USC, she conducted postmortem evaluations of patients with neurodegenerative diseases at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. There, her research focused on neurogenesis in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

Mathew served as UMMC’s chief resident in pathology from 2010-11 and received the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011-12 from LAC+USC. She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the American Association of Neuropathologists and the College of American Pathologists.




Barbara J. Proctor, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Dec. 28,2013

Dr. Barbara J. Proctor, a UMMC alum who has served as medical director of the laboratories at Central Mississippi Medical Center and Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving the B.S. in biological sciences from Mississippi College in 1977, Proctor earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1981. She did a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology here from 1981-85, serving as chief resident from 1984-85.

While in private practice as a pathologist at Sturgis, Henderson, and Proctor Laboratory, Proctor practiced or was active staff at Central Mississippi Medical Center, Woman’s Hospital and Hardy Wilson Hospital. She served as secretary-treasurer of the Medical Executive Committee from 2006-11.

A fellow of the College of American Pathologists, Proctor is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the Mississippi State Medical Association.




Holly Howard Hobart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Apr. 28,2013

Dr. Holly Howard Hobart, an American Board of Medical Genetics-certified clinical cytogeneticist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pathology.

After receiving a B.A. in economics from Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 1970, Hobart earned the M.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology in 1984 and the Ph.D. in cytogenetics, genetics, ornithology and evolutionary biology in 1991 at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in human clinical cytogenetics in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at the Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis, from 1991-93.

After completing his postdoctoral fellowship and attaining board certification, Hobart served as laboratory director at the Palo Verde Laboratory, Tempe, Ariz., from 1993-1999; as laboratory director, locum tenens, of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Canada, from 2000-01; as research associate professor and laboratory director of the Nevada Genetics Laboratories and of the Molecular Cytogenetics Laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine from 2001-08; as associate professor and laboratory director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory in the Department of Medical Genetics and the Department of Pathology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine from 2008-11; and as technical director of the Immunogenetics Laboratories at Penrose Hospital, Centura Health, Colorado Springs, from 2011-12. He has since served as temporary laboratory director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory at UMMC.

A fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, Hobart is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Human Genetics, the Association of Genetics Technologists, the International Standards for Cytogenomic Arrays (ISCA) Consortium, the Cancer Cytogenomics Microarray Consortium and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the coauthor of 14 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has authored or coauthored more than 20 presentations nationally.




James Simeon Adams Neill, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Dec. 28,2013

Dr. James Simeon Adams Neill, a UMMC alum and practicing pathologist with Quest Diagnostics, has rejoined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pathology.

After attending the University of Mississippi from 1971-74, Neill earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1978. He completed an internship in family practice from 1978-79 and residency training in family practice from 1979-81 at Eugene Talmadge Memorial Hospital, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. He subsequently finished residency training in pathology at UMMC from 1984-87.

Neill entered family practice in 1981 at the Cleveland (Miss.) Clinic and served as an emergency room physician at Spectrum Emergency Care, St. Louis, from 1983-84 and at Mississippi Emergency Association, Jackson, from 1984-86. He initially joined the UMMC faculty in 1987 as an instructor in pathology. From 1988-92, he served as an assistant professor of pathology and director of the Electron Microscopy Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, N.C. In 1992, he joined the staff as attending pathologist and director of Electron Microscopy in the Department of Anatomic Pathology at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich. He returned to his home state as a staff pathologist with Ameripath of Mississippi in 2005.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the College of American Pathologists and the Mississippi State Medical Association, Neill is the author of coauthor of 27 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.

Neill’s research interests include animal models of focal segmental glomerular sclerosis, morphometric analysis of diabetic glomeruli, application of electron microscopy to fine needle aspiration cytology specimens and the study of the ultrastructural features of neuroblastomas with correlation to classification and prognosis. Most recently, he has reviewed the wound-healing characteristics of bovine fetal collagen in full thickness skin wounds.




Janis P. McNeil, D.V.M., M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Dec. 20,2013

Dr. Janis P. McNeil, a staff pathologist at Ameripath Mississippi, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After attending Auburn (Ala.) University in 1978, McNeil earned the D.V.M. at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and the M.D. at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, in 1996. From 1996-2001, she had pathology residency training in combined anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, where she was chief resident in 2000.

McNeil served as a staff veterinarian at Beltway Animal Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla., from 1982-83 before establishing Perdido Bay Animal Hospital, Lillian, Ala., in 1984 and operating it until 1990. From 1990-94, she served as a staff veterinarian at Mobile (Ala.) Veterinary Medical and Surgical Services, Inc., and attended medical school beginning in 1992. Since 2001, she has been a staff pathologist at Ameripath Mississippi, and has served as medical director of the laboratory at River Oaks Women’s Hospital since 2010.

She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Pathology and the American College of American Pathologists.




John Christopher Hancock, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Dec. 28,2013

Dr. John Christopher Hancock, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pathology.

After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1984, Hancock earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1988, where he did residency training from 1988-92. He also had a hematopathology/surgical pathology fellowship from 1992-93 at the University of Alabama Hospital, Birmingham. He is licensed to practice in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.




Josephine Wyatt-Ashmead, M.D.
Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Josephine Wyatt-Ashmead, a pediatrician and neuropathologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pathology.

She attended UMMC from 1972-76, then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, where she received her M.D. in 1977. Following a residency in anatomic pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Health Center in 1978, she completed simultaneous fellowships in neuropathology, perinatal pathology and gynecologic pathology, also in Pittsburgh.

She is board-certified in anatomic pathology, neuropathology and pediatric pathology. Wyatt-Ashmead has served as a perinatal pathologist at hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Colorado, Mississippi and England.

Wyatt-Ashmead has had numerous academic appointments and was on faculty as an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, UMMC, Hammersmith Hospital and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London.

She has participated in research on pathology and other topics. In addition, she has contributed to and is currently working on contributions to several textbooks, including “Lethal Skeletal Dysplasias” and “Pediatric and Perinatal Autopsy Manual.”

Wyatt-Ashmead has coauthored or authored more than 60 papers. Most recently, she has presented research on lung hypoplasia and skeletal muscle disorders in Germany. She continues to serve on several committees, including the Perinatal Pathology London Network and as pathologist on the Skeletal Dysplasia Group.




Stephanie Tanner, M.D.
Instructor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Stephanie Tanner, a board-certified pathologist in anatomic and clinical pathology, has joined the UMMC faculty as an instructor in pathology.

She earned her M.D. from UMMC in 2009 after graduating cum laude with a B.S. in biology from the University of Mississippi in 2002. She completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at UMMC this past June. During her last year of residency, she served as chief resident of pathology.

She has coauthored several papers and presentations that focus primarily on breast cancer.

During her residency, Tanner served on the Resident’s Council Committee and became certified in Lean, a process of eliminating waste, improving efficiency and focusing on value. Currently, she is focusing on breast and surgical pathology and attending the advanced training program course at the Healthcare Delivery Institute in Ridgeland, which emphasizes quality improvement in health care.

Tanner is a member of several professional organizations, including the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the College of American Pathologists and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.




Volney Eugene Pierce Jr., M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Dec. 28,2013

Dr. Volney Eugene Pierce Jr., laboratory medical director of River Oaks Hospital and Madison River Oaks Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving the B.S. in zoology summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech University in 1977, Pierce earned the M.D. at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport, in 1981. He did an internal medicine internship at UMMC from 1981-82 and an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the Medical College of Georgia from 1982-86.

Pierce joined Pathology Associates of Alexandria, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria, La., in 1986 and served as a clinical instructor at the Tulane Medical School and laboratory medical director from 1992-93. He moved to the River Region Medical Center, Vicksburg, in 1994 and served as laboratory medical director before joining AmeriPath/Quest Diagnostics in 2004.

A fellow in the College of American Pathologists and an active member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Central Mississippi Medical Society and the North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology, Pierce serves as a laboratory inspector for the College of American Pathologists and is coauthor of two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Pediatrics

Abigail Gamble, Ph.D.
Instructor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Apr. 29,2013

Dr. Abigail Gamble, a childhood obesity investigator, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pediatrics. She will be working in the Office of Rural Health and Health Disparities under the direction of Dr. Bettina Beech.

After receiving a B.A. in elementary education and American studies from Rowan University in 2003, Gamble earned an M.S. in health promotion in 2007 and a Ph.D. in health and kinesiology in 2011 from the University of Mississippi. Her dissertation project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has since received supplemental funding from the foundation to translate the project findings to policy action aimed to increase children’s in-school physical activity time and decrease childhood obesity in Mississippi.

Gamble has served with the Mississippi State Department of Health as the evaluation lead for the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative, an initiative to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with cardiovascular disease and stroke in the Mississippi Delta Region.

The coauthor of more than 20 peer-reviewed national presentations, Gamble is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Public Health Association.

She has served as a manuscript reviewer for the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and the Journal of Rural Health. In January, she was named to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2012 Top 20 Most Influential Research list.




Anderson Collier III, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 19,2013

Dr. Anderson “Andy” B. Collier III, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics.

Collier, who earned his B.S. and medical degrees from Vanderbilt University, was a pediatric resident at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He was a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center, where he was also chief fellow and completed National Institutes of Health K30 training curriculum in patient-oriented research.

Collier served as an assistant instructor in pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and as an assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center before joining the academic faculty at the University of South Florida. He was also a member of the clinical faculty at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.

As a researcher, he has served as principal investigator or investigator on numerous pediatric oncology projects. Collier is the principal author or coauthor of various articles published in professional journals and is the ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.




Barbara S. Saunders, D.O.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 22,2013

Dr. Barbara S, Saunders, a developmental-behavioral specialist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from the University of Mobile, Ala., in 2003, Saunders earned the D.O. at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007. She then completed an internship in pediatrics from 2007-08 and a pediatrics residency from 2008-10, both at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. From 2010-13, she was a developmental-behavioral pediatrics fellow at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she also earned a Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science in May 2013.

She is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatrics and is the coauthor of two peer-reviewed publications.




Carrie L. Freeman, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 8,2013

Dr. Carrie L. Freeman, a graduate of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Her particular area of interest and research is extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a treatment for children and infants with cardiorespiratory failure.

She received her B.S. in biology and her M.A. in health sciences from the University of Alabama, followed by her M.D. from the university’s School of Medicine in Birmingham. Her pediatric internship and residency was at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She recently completed her fellowship training in Salt Lake City, Utah.

An active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Freeman has made several professional presentations at the University of Utah and SCCM’s 42nd Critical Care Congress.




Cynthia Windham Karlson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Cynthia Windham Karlson, a clinical pediatric psychologist at the Children’s Cancer Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Karlson, who earned her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in 2011, received her Master of Arts there as well in 2007, four years after graduating from the University of Florida.

Her research interests include pediatric chronic pain conditions, and she has been the recipient of several research grants. She is the co-investigator and project coordinator for three ongoing research projects at the Medical Center.

Karlson is the lead author or coauthor of more than a dozen published articles; publication is pending for several more. She also co-wrote chapters in two medical textbooks.

She took the lead on five paper or symposium presentations at professional society meetings, including those for the American Psychological Association and the Society for Behavioral Medicine. She has participated in six invited and professional presentations and 41 poster presentations.

Her many awards and honors include honorable mention for the Eugene Walker Award, presented by the Society for Pediatric Psychology in February, and the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Kansas in 2010.

Karlson’s professional affiliations include the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the Society for Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychological Association.




Eric Dec, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Mar. 3,2014

Dr. Eric Dec, a medical genetics fellow at the University of California, Irvine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biochemistry in 1994 and the M.S. in biology/molecular genetics in 1997 from the University of Denver, Colo., Dec earned the M.D. at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2003. He served a medical literature search service from 2003-06 and was a resident physician in the Kettering Medical Center Program in Internal Medicine from 2006-09, a stem cell fellow at the University of California, Irvine California Institute for Regenerative Medicine from 2009-12, and a medical genetics fellow at UC-Irvine since 2012.

The author or coauthor of 11 abstracts or articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and five presentations, Stec is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and the American Society of Human Genetics. His research interest is in deriving iPS stem cell lines to address how VCP mutations effect neuronal and muscle degeneration in VCP disease.




Fernando Gomez, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Fernando Gomez, a pediatrics resident at UMMC from 2010-13, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology and history from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 2003, Gomez earned the M.D. at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, in 2010. He then completed his pediatrics residency at UMMC.

Before receiving his M.D., Gomez served as program director for the AMERICO Research Study from 2004-05. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.




Ivonne Galarza, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Ivonne Galarza, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at District Hospital, Ponce, P.R., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, in 1981, Galarza earned the M.D. at the Ponce (P.R.) School of Medicine in 1985. She then completed an internship in pediatrics from 1985-86 and a residency in pediatrics from 1986-88 at Miami (Fla.) Children’s Hospital.

Galarza served as a captain and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, from 1989-91 before joining the Department of Pediatrics at District Hospital in Ponce, P.R., from 1997-2000. In 2000, she became an assistant professor and director of the Introduction to Clinical Skills Course in the Department of Academic Affairs at the Ponce School of Medicine and an associate professor of pediatrics in 2005, later serving as chair of the Department of Pediatrics in 2008.

She has served as a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics since 1991 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has served in various positions in the AAP, including as vice president of the Puerto Rico chapter.

Galarza has produced numerous posters, presentations and abstracts. She was one of two principal investigators on a grant-funded project, “Evaluation of Dengue Epidemiology Outcomes and Prevention.” Her interests include advocacy and working within the community.




Jessica Sparks Lilley, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Jessica Sparks Lilley, a fellow in pediatric endocrinology at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor in pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. from Mississippi State University in 2003, Lilley earned her M.D. in 2007 at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pa., (CHOP) in 2010.

Her professional affiliations include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the American Heart Association and the National Lipid Academy.

Lilley, who has had specific training in the management of cholesterol disorders in children, is the author or coauthor of five published articles and two more accepted for publication. She has coauthored two medical textbook chapters and five abstracts.

Among her honors are an American Heart Association Epidemiology Tahoe Fellowship, the 2010 CHOP Pediatric House Staff Humanitarian Award and the 2011 Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology Outstanding Service Award, which stemmed from her advocacy work on sun safety in children following her own melanoma diagnosis – she is now a four-year survivor.




John Bradford Ingram, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. John Bradford Ingram, who recently completed specialized training at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving his B.A. in 2001 from the University of Mississippi, Ingram earned his M.D. at the Medical Center in 2005.

At the Batson Children’s Hospital, Ingram was a pediatrics resident from 2005-08, a pediatrics chief resident from 2008-09 and a child neurology resident starting in 2009, before undergoing training in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic last year.

Ingram, who has made a half-dozen academic presentations, has been a junior member of the Child Neurology Society since 2008.




Kathleen Berg, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Kathleen Berg, an instructor in pediatrics at Wake Forest University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology cum laude from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 2004, Berg earned the M.D. at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, in 2008. She then completed a pediatric residency from 2008-11 at Palmetto Health Richland at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia. From 2011-12, she did a fellowship in pediatric hospital medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Berg previously served as an assistant instructor and then as an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Wake Forest from 2011-13. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is board-certified in pediatrics.




Melissa M. Rhodes, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Feb. 17,2014

Dr. Melissa M. Rhodes, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. in biology and B.A. in religion from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1995, Rhodes earned her M.D. at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, in 1999. She did a pediatrics residency from 1999-2002 at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk, Va., a pediatric hematology/oncology/BMT fellowship from 2002-05, and a research fellowship from 2005-06 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Rhodes joined the Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty in 2005 as an instructor in pediatrics and became an assistant professor of pediatrics there in 2007. In 2008, she moved to Ohio State University as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

A journal reviewer for several publications, including Blood, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and the BMT, Rhodes is the author or coauthor of 16 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, two book chapters and 16 abstracts.

Her research interest includes lung function and bronchial responsiveness in infants and toddlers with Sickle Cell Disease, health literacy and readiness for transition in adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease, patent foramen ovale and stroke in Sickle Cell Anemia and the potential role of Losartan to reverse Sickle Cell nephropathy.




Mufeed Ashraf, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Mufeed Ashraf, a board-certified neonatologist and pediatrician, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the M.D. from Marmara Medical School in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1995, Ashraf received postgraduate training in pediatrics from 1996-2000 at the Cerrahpasa Hospital at Istanbul University. Ashraf then completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine from 2003-06, followed by a two-year pediatric residency at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong University in Rochester, N.Y.

In 2008, he joined the Lafayette (La.) General Medical Center as a neonatology attending physician.




Neelesh A. Tipnis, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 30,2013

Dr. Neelesh A. Tipnis, a pediatric gastroenterologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics and associate professor of medicine. He will serve as the Paul H. Parker Professor and Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology.

A native of Rockford, Ill., Tipnis received the B.S. in natural sciences (bacteriology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and earned the M.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 1997. He had a general surgery internship at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School from 1997-98, and a pediatric internship and residency training from 1998-2001 and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition from 2001-04 at the University of California-San Diego Medical Center. He is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology.

Tipnis served as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, from 2004-11 and as an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Diego from 2012-13.

A four-time selection on the Best Doctors in America list, Tipnis is an active member of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society, the American Gastroenterology Association and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, among others. An internationally invited speaker, Tipnis has authored or coauthored more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, nine book chapters and more than 30 abstracts. He has reviewed articles for several journals, including the Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, the American Journal of Gastroenterology and the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

Tipnis will develop the region’s only center for adult and pediatric gastrointestinal motility and functional bowel disorders to study severe forms of reflux, abdominal pain, feeding difficulties and constipation.




Neelesh A. Tipnis, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 3,2013

Dr. Neelesh A. Tipnis, a pediatric gastroenterologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics. He will serve as the Paul H. Parker Professor and Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology.

A native of Rockford, Ill., Tipnis received the B.S. in natural sciences (bacteriology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and earned the M.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 1997. He had a general surgery internship at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School from 1997-98, pediatric internship and residency training from 1998-2001 and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition from 2001-04 at the University of California-San Diego Medical Center. He is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology.

Tipnis served as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, from 2004-11 and as an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Diego from 2012-13.

A three-time selection on the Best Doctors in America list, Tipnis is an active member of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society, the American Gastroenterology Association and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, among others.

An internationally invited speaker, Tipnis has authored or coauthored more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, nine book chapters and more than 30 abstracts. He has reviewed articles for several journals, including the Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, the American Journal of Gastroenterology and the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

Tipnis will develop the region’s only center for pediatric gastrointestinal motility and functional bowel disorders to study severe forms of pediatric reflux, abdominal pain, feeding difficulties and constipation.




Nina Washington, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 3,2013

Dr. Nina Washington, a UMMC alum with a master’s in public health, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatric Rheumatology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, in 2002, Washington earned the M.P.H. in hospital leadership and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD., in 2005. She received the M.D. from UMMC in 2007.

Washington had residency training in pediatrics from 2007-2010 at the University of Chicago, Comer Children’s Hospital, and fellowship training in pediatric rheumatology from 2010-13 at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics, Palo Alto, Calif. During her fellowship, she was actively involved in advocacy for patients with juvenile arthritis via her work with the Northern California chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

A training member of the American College of Rheumatology, Washington has published an article, “Neonatal Outcome of Infants Born to Mothers with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus at the University of Mississippi Medical Center,” in the Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences. She also presented her fellowship research, “A Pilot Study of Striae Distensae on Medication Adherence during High Dose Steroid Treatment in Adolescents with Rheumatic Disease,” in poster form at the 2013 International Investigative Dermatology Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.




Nourelhoda Farah, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Nov. 11,2013

Dr. Nourelhoda Farah, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in cytotechnology from UMMC in 2005, Farah earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2010. She had residency training in pediatrics at UMMC from 2010-13.

The author or coauthor of one article in a peer-reviewed professional publication, three poster presentations and three oral presentations, Farah is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Mississippi Muslim Association.




Puja Nayvar Craddock, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Puja Nayvar Craddock, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.A. in biology/classical studies magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2005, Craddock earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2010. She then completed a residency in pediatrics here in 2013.

Craddock is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.




Rana El Feghaly, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 12,2013

Dr. Rana El Feghaly, a pediatrician with a main interest in inflammatory markers of disease in childhood infections and emerging new molecular technologies, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Feghaly completed he undergraduate training and her medical school in the Lebanese University in Beirut, where she received her M.D. in 2006. After a pediatric internship at Lebanese University from 2006-07, she completed a pediatrics residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse from 2007-10. She then began a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship in 2010 at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., which she completed before joining the Medical Center.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics. El Feghaly is board-certified in pediatrics.

She is the lead author of eight peer-reviewed articles, co-author of one, and the presenting author of eight abstracts in national and international meetings.




Ryan Head, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Oct. 28,2013

Dr. Ryan Head, a pediatrician with experience in a rural clinic setting, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from the Citadel, Charleston, S.C., Head earned the M.D. at the Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica, West Indies. He then had residency training in the Department of Pediatrics at UMMC.

An active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Mississippi State Medical Association, Head serves on the Central Medical Society. His previous research interest includes the rhodopsin gene in the tiger salamander.




Sarosh Batlivala, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 5,2013

Dr. Sarosh “Shawn” Batlivala, an interventional pediatric cardiac catheterization specialist, has joined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in interdisciplinary studies and biological studies cum laude from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 2001, Batlivala earned the M.D. at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, in 2005. Batlivala then completed a pediatric residency from 2005-08 at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He went on to serve as chief resident at the University of Florida College of Medicine from 2008-09, while also completing an Advanced Postgraduate Program in Clinical Investigation. From 2009-12 he was a pediatric cardiology fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. Before joining the Medical Center, he completed an advanced clinical fellowship in interventional pediatric cardiac catheterization at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

He is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology and is the author or coauthor of several articles in peer-reviewed publications. His interests include clinical ethics and he is actively involved in the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, having recently served as the national chair for the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees.




Simon Karam, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 19,2013

Dr. Simon Karam, an experienced educator with a strong interest in teaching delivery room management of high-risk neonates, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the doctor of medicine from Lebanese University, Beirut, in 2002, Karam completed a pediatrics residency at Balamand University, Beirut, from 2002-06. From 2008-11, he was a neonatology fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., where he also completed a pediatrics residency from 2011-13.

While at Virginia Commonwealth, Karam was involved in both basic science and clinical research. His clinical project looked at the toponin level in neonates on ECMO as a predictor of outcome. His research was presented at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting.

The coauthor of several articles in peer-reviewed publications, Karam was a volunteer pediatrician with the Lebanese Red Cross and received an award for Excellence in Service. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.




Steven A. Bondi, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 19,2013

Dr. Steven A Bondi, a battalion flight surgeon who has served in the Middle East, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in computer science with honors from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1990, Bondi received the J.D. cum laude from Harvard University in 1993. He earned the M.D. at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, N.Y., in 2004. He then did a pediatrics internship at Madigan Army Medical Center from 2004-07 and a pediatric critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 2010-13, serving as chief fellow during his last year.

Bondi served as an attending pediatrician at Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kan., from 2008-10 before joining the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade as a brigade surgeon. From 2007-09, he was deployed to Tekrit, Iraq, with the 1-1 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion as the battalion flight surgeon.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, for whom he serves as chairman of the Fellows Committee in the Pediatrics Section.




Whitney P. Herring, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Whitney P. Herring, a pediatric resident at the Medical Center, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

She received her B.S. in general sciences from Mississippi State University in 2004 before receiving her Master’s of Public Health in 2006 from the University of South Florida and her M.D. from the Medical Center in 2010.

A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she is the coauthor of two published articles.




Physiology

Ana Carolina Taveiros Palei, Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jan. 1,2014

Dr. Ana Carolina T. Palei, a postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology and biophysics.

After graduating from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2006, Palei earned the Ph.D. in pharmacology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, State University of Campinas, Brazil, in 2010. She then did a postdoctoral research fellowship at UMMC from 2011-13.

She is the author or coauthor of 42 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and more than 30 abstracts in national and international conferences.




Junie Paula Warrington, Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Junie Paula Warrington, a neuroscientist with interests in prenatal brain vascular issues, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

Warrington earned her B.A. in psychology at Fort Valley State University, Ga., in 2007, and her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience in 2011 at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City. Her dissertation research on whole brain radiation therapy-induced cognitive impairments earned her the Outstanding Dissertation Award.

During a postdoctoral fellowship at UMMC, she worked with Dr. Joey Granger, Dr. Michael Ryan and Dr. Heather Drummond, researching the pathophysiology of pregnancy-induced hypertension.

This year, Warrington received an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate placental ischemia’s role in cerebrovascular abnormalities. The $93,000 grant followed a $50,000 pre-doctoral fellowship she received from the AHA in 2009, under the mentorship of Dr. William Sonntag, to investigate cognitive impairment after whole-brain irradiation therapy.

She is the author or coauthor of 12 peer-reviewed publications and serves as a reviewer on two journals. This year, Warrington also received the Fleur L. Strand Professional Opportunity Award, Caroline tum Suden Award, from the American Physiological Society.




Kristine Y. DeLeon-Pennell, Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jan. 1,2014

Dr. Kristine Y. DeLeon-Pennell, a postdoctoral fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After receiving the B.S. in biochemistry from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 2007, DeLeon-Pennell earned the Ph.D. there in 2011. She served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, from 2011-13 and at UMMC since 2013.

The author or coauthor of nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, two book chapters and seven abstracts, DeLeon-Pennell serves as a reviewer for a number of professional journals. She is an active member of the American Heart Association, the American Physiological Society and the Association for Women in Science.

DeLeon-Pennell also is actively involved in her community, including volunteering for the American Physiological Society PhUN week, judging science posters at the John Jay High School Science and Engineering Academy Science Fair, and speaking to junior high and high school students about science careers.

DeLeon-Pennell’s cardiovascular research interests include developing multidimensional approaches to examine the mechanisms whereby the innate and adaptive immune system influences remodeling of the left ventricle, particularly changes to the extracellularmatrix that cause or effect the pathophysiological process, and developing therapeutic strategies to prevent, slow or reverse the progression to heart failure.




Lisandra Eunice de Castro Brás, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jan. 1,2014

Dr. Lisandra Eunice de Castro Brás, a postdoctoral fellow at the Jackson Center for Heart Research at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of physiology.

After receiving a degree in biotechnology engineering from the University of Algarve, Faro, in 2002, de Castro Brás earned the Ph.D. in biological sciences at London’s Brunel University in 2009. de Castro Brás then served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, from 2009-11, at the San Antonio Proteomics Center at UTSCSA, Texas, from 2011-13, and at the Jackson Center for Heart Research since 2013.

An active member of the American Heart Association, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and the American Physiological Society, de Castro Brás serves as editor of the Journal of Cardiology and Clinical Research and the Journal of Biological Research and Development, and as a reviewer for a number of professional publications. de Castro Brás is also a reviewer for the AHA Peer Review Committee Cardiac Biology Reg and the author or coauthor of 17 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, four book chapters and 13 abstracts.

de Castro Brás’ research interests include applying multidimensional, translational and proteomic approaches to investigate the mechanisms whereby the left ventricle remodels post-myocardial infarction and dissecting the mechanism of scar formation post-MI, particularly products of proteolysis, and developing strategies to diagnose, slow or reverse the progression of heart failure.




Peter A. Hosick, Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 1,2013

Dr. Peter A. Hosick, a registered clinical exercise physiologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology and biophysics.

After receiving the B.S. in health and physical education magna cum laude from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2003, Hosick earned the M.S. in exercise and sports science at Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., in 2007 and the Ph.D. in human movement science-exercise physiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in physiology and biophysics at UMMC in 2013.

An active member of the American Heart Association, the American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine, Hosick has coauthored 20 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and given 18 scientific presentations throughout the Southeast.

His research interest is in the heme oxygenase enzyme system in exercise and as a potential treatment for chronic lifestyle diseases. He recently received a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health entitled “Biliverdin Reductase, the Renal Medulla, and Hypertension.”




Rodrigo O. Maranon, M.D., Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jan. 1,2014

Dr. Rodrigo O. Maranon, a postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After receiving the M.D. from the Medical School of the National University of Tucuman, Argentina, in 2007, Maranon earned the Ph.D. in biological science there in 2010. He taught physiology there since 2008 and served as an initiation fellow from 2007-08 and as a doctoral fellow from 2009-11 at the National University of Tucuman. Since 2011, Maranon has served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Dr. Jane Reckelhoff on the topic, “Sex Differences and Hypertension” in the Department of Physiology at UMMC.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Society of Nephrology and the American Physiological Society, Maranon is the author or coauthor of 15 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 10 abstracts during the last two years.




Rugmani Padmanabhan Iyer, Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Mar. 2,2014

Dr. Rugmani Padmanabhan Iyer, a cardiovascular physiologist and biochemist with expertise in myocardial infarction, microsurgeries, echocardiography and proteomics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After doing her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry at Delhi University, New Delhi, India, in 2002, and her Master’s in Biochemistry at the Allahabad Agricultural Institute Deemed University, Uttar Pradesh, India, in 2004, Iyer earned the Ph.D. at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, in 2011. Iyer did postdoctoral training at the Cardiovascular Proteomics Center at San Antonio, Texas, from 2011-13, and at the Mississippi Center for Heart Research at UMMC since 2013.

The author or coauthor of 11 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and four abstracts, Iyer is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Physiological Society and the American Society of Investigative Pathology. Iyer is also funded by an American Heart Association Fellowship for two years. Iyer’s research interest is in understanding the effect of MMP-9 and MMP-12 inhibition on post-myocardial infarction.




William A. Pruett, Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on May. 28,2013

Dr. William A. Pruett, a mathematician trained in representation theory, geometry and combinatorics with experience in mathematical modeling of physiological systems, especially calcium and its related hormones in an integrative setting, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After receiving a B.S. in mathematics summa cum laude from Millsaps University in 2005, Pruett earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at Baylor University in 2010. He has since served as a postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC.

Coauthor of a half-dozen articles in peer-reviewed publications, Pruett has presented a half-dozen abstracts and has given a number of formal presentations.




Zhen Wang, Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jan. 1,2014

Dr. Zhen Wang, a postdoctoral fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After receiving the B.S. in medicine in 1999 and the M.S. in pharmacology in 2004 from the Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, Wang earned the Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, in 2012. Wang has since served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UMMC.

A member of the American Physiological Society, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine and the American Heart Association, Wang has authored or coauthored 18 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, 15 abstracts and two book chapters.




Psychiatry

Daniela Rueedi-Bettschen, Ph.D.
Instructor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on Oct. 14,2013

Dr. Daniela Rueedi-Bettschen, a research instructor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in psychiatry.

After attending the University of Bern, Switzerland, to study veterinary medicine from 1993-95, Rueedi-Bettschen received the M.S. in biology of behavior in 2000 and the Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience in 2004 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow there in 2005 before moving to Massachusetts, where she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School in 2008. She has since served as a research instructor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

A member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers, Rueedi-Bettschen has authored or coauthored 20 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, two book chapters and numerous abstracts.




Donna M. Platt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 19,2013

Dr. Donna M. Platt has joined the Medical Center as an associate professor of psychiatry.

A native of North Wales, Pa., Platt received her B.A. in biology from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., in 1991. She earned her M.A. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1997, both in zoology, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

From 1997-2002, Platt completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in psychobiology at the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. She then served as an instructor in the same department at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center and as a core scientist using behavioral pharmacological techniques to understand the addictive effects of ethanol and other drugs of abuse. In 2009 she was promoted to assistant professor in Harvard’s Department of Psychiatry and core scientist in the Division of Neuroscience.

Platt is principal investigator and co-investigator on several National Institutes of Health-funded research projects and has contributed to dozens of articles pertaining to drug and alcohol abuse published in peer-reviewed publications.

Platt serves as a grant reviewer for the NIH and other national and international grant-funding agencies. She is an editorial board member for the European Journal of Pharmacology and the Journal of Medical Primatology. She is also a member of numerous professional societies, including the Research Society on Alcoholism, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Society for Neuroscience.


James K. Rowlett, M.D.
Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 19,2013

Dr. James K. Rowlett, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of psychiatry.

Rowlett received his B.A. from Morehead State University in Kentucky, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He did his postdoctoral training at UMMC before joining the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He also was adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Rowlett’s memberships and committee service have included the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the American Psychological Association, the National Research Council, the National Institutes of Health and various other national and regional organizations. The list of his editorial activities is extensive; the publications he has worked with include Biological Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

Among his honors are the Director’s Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, election as a fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

Rowlett is involved in several research projects touching on a variety of issues, including drug abuse, age-associated cognitive decline, type 2 diabetes and anxiety disorders. He has made presentations to such organizations and institutions as the Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, Puerto Rico; Emory University; the National Institute on Drug Abuse; and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Rowlett is the principal author or coauthor of more than 100 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and other peer-reviewed publications. His abstracts, poster presentations and exhibits presented at professional meetings number nearly 20 within the last three years alone.

 




Zhiqiang Meng, Ph.D.
Instructor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 19,2013

Dr. Zhiqiang Meng, who has trained at Harvard Medical School for the past three years, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in psychiatry.

Meng earned a Ph.D. in zoology at the Kunming Institute of Zoology in China in 2010. He was a pilot research grant finalist for the New England Primate Research Center at Harvard Medical School. He has authored or coauthored seven peer-reviewed research papers.

Meng is a member several professional organizations, including the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Brain Research Organization.




Radiation Oncology

William Neil Duggar, M.S.
Instructor
Radiation Oncology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Dec. 9,2013

William Neil Duggar, freshly graduated from the CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics Residency Training Program at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in radiation oncology.

After receiving a B.S. in physics from Mississippi College in 2009, Duggar earned an M.S. in medical physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2010.

He served as a radiology assistant at U.S. Teleradiology from 2010-11 before coming to UMMC, first as an ambassador and finally to the Radiation Oncology Department as a physics resident.

A resident member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Duggar has given two poster presentations at the AAPM annual meeting.




Radiology

Vadivel Devaraju, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Nov. 25,2013

Dr. Vadivel Devaraju, a medical physicist and diplomat of the American Board of Radiology with specialization in diagnostic medical imaging physics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from India, earned his Master’s of Science in biomedical engineering and his Doctorate in medical imaging at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa. “Dr. Dev” was trained in diagnostic imaging physics at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and later joined the University of Florida, where he served in quality assurance for the University of Florida Proton Therapy for approximately six years. He conducted research in collaboration with the faculty members of the radiology department on IRB-approved proposal.

Previously, Devaraju has worked at the University of Pennsylvania with the medical imaging section of the Department of Radiology, carrying out research work and system administration. He also worked for an ultrasound company in the U.S., performing acoustic measurements on a wide variety of medical devices to verify compliance with U.S. FDA 510(k) regulations and IEC standards and submitted reports to the FDA.

He has several publications and conference presentations to his credit, the most recent one being "Challenges in Multiparametric MR imaging” presented at the RSNA conference in 2013. His current research focus is oncologic MR imaging and dosimetry.

Devaraju is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the American College of Radiology and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers of the USA. He is a Fellow and Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Engineers, India.




Surgery

Alan Arthur Simeone, M.D.
Associate Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on May. 13,2013

Dr. Alan Arthur Simeone, a board-certified thoracic surgeon, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of surgery. His particular area of interest will be the treatment of heart failure, including mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation, based on his extensive training and experience.

After receiving the B.S. from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1984, Simeone earned the M.D. at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, in 1993. He trained as an intern in the Department of Surgery at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H., from 1993-94; as a resident in general surgery at Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., from 1994-98; as a resident in thoracic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, from 1998-2001; as a fellow in the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., from 2004-05; and as a fellow in cardiopulmonary transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., from 2009-10.

Simeone served as an attending surgeon, thoracic transplantation and circulatory support, in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center from 2010-12 and as an assistant professor and attending surgeon in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., from 2012-13.

He is the author or coauthor of a dozen articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and two book chapters.




Ali Dodge-Khatami, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 9,2013

Dr. Ali Dodge-Khatami, a specialist in cardiovascular surgery from Switzerland, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of surgery.

After having premedical studies at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, from 1985-86, Dodge-Khatami earned the Swiss Federal Diploma of Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1991. He had residency training in thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, emergency medicine and general surgery from 1991-93 at the Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve, Switzerland, and in general surgery and cardiovascular-thoracic surgery from 1993-96 at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland. He then had fellowship training in cardiovascular-thoracic surgery at RUSH-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, Ill., from 1996-98 and congenital cardiac surgery at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill., from 1998-99.

Dodge-Khatami served as senior registrar at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, England, from 1999-2000, before joining the faculty of the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam as a cardiothoracic surgeon. In 2003, he received the Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, based on clinical and animal laboratory research on tracheal reconstruction and healing.

In 2003, he joined the University Children’s Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland, as a staff cardiovascular surgeon committed to congenital heart disease, and in 2008, he became professor of cardiovascular surgery, chief of pediatric cardiac surgery and head of the Program for Congenital Heart Disease, University Heart Center, at the University of Hamburg-Eppendorf School of Medicine, Germany.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the Swiss Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Dodge-Khatami has authored or coauthored more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and six book chapters. A reviewer for several professional publications, he has presented at professional meetings across Europe and the United States.

Dodge-Khatami has gone on humanitarian missions for the development of pediatric and congenital heart surgery in Georgia, Macedonia, the Russian Federation, Honduras, Vietnam, the Ukraine and Libya.




Barry Robert Berch, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 30,2013

Dr. Barry Robert Berch, a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon, has joined the Medical Center and Children’s Healthcare of Mississippi faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving the B.S. from Millsaps College magna cum laude in 1996, Berch was an AOA and magna cum laude graduate of UMMC in 2001. He did an internship in general surgery from 2001-02 and residency training in general surgery from 2002-07 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., where he was general surgery chief resident from 2006-07 and was a surgical research fellow from 2004-05. Berch also completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt from 2007-09.

Berch is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics and an active member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Southeastern Surgical Society.




Carolyn A. Cushing, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Feb. 3,2014

Dr. Carolyn A. Cushing has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery.

After receiving the B.A. in microbiology and psychology cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, Cushing earned her M.D. cum laude at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2006 and completed a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency there in 2012. She furthered her training with a hand surgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2013.

Cushing is an active candidate member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. At UMMC, she will focus on hand and general plastic surgery.




Gerald McKinney, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Associate Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jan. 6,2014

Dr. Gerald McKinney, a highly trained surgeon specializing in laparoscopic surgery, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of surgery.

After receiving the B.S. in chemistry from Morehouse College, Atlanta, in 1985, McKinney earned the M.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 1991. He had an internship in preliminary surgery from 1991-92 and residency training in preliminary surgery from 1992-93 at the University of Illinois Hospitals and Clinics, Chicago, an internship in surgery from 1995-96 and residency training in general surgery from 1996-2000 at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident from 1999-2000, and a laparoscopic fellowship at the Texas Institute of Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery from 2001-02.

McKinney served as an instructor in clinical surgery at the Morehouse School of Medicine from 2000-01, as a general and advanced laparoscopic surgeon at the Medical Group of Michigan City, Indiana, from 2002-03, and as an assistant professor of general and advanced laparoscopic surgery and director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at University Physicians and Surgeons, Inc., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, since 2003. Since 2009, he concurrently served as an adjunct professor of exercise science, sport and recreation at Marshall University.

A member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association, McKinney is the author or coauthor of nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has given 20 presentations at scientific or professional meetings.

McKinney’s research interests include foregut disease and single sit laparoscopy.




Gregory Alan Timberlake, M.D.
Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jun. 24,2013

Dr. Gregory Timberlake, director of trauma services and medical director of surgical intensive care at UMMC from 2001-11, has rejoined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of surgery.

A native of Washington, D.C., Timberlake earned his M.D. at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1977. He completed an internship at University of Virginia Hospitals and residency training in general surgery in 1983 at the Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, Calif. He later completed a fellowship in trauma/critical care at the Tulane University Medical Center and Charity Hospital of New Orleans in 1986.

Before he first joined the Medical Center, Timberlake has appointments at a wide range of institutions, including Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, in Bethesda, Md., and West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1973 and retired as Rear Admiral (Upper Half) in 2010.

A member of dozens of professional organizations, including the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the American College of Surgeons, Timberlake has authored and coauthored dozens of research articles for peer-reviewed publications.




Michael Friel, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 5,2013

Dr. Michael Friel, a plastic surgeon, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

Originally from Springfield, Pa., he earned his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering in 1999 and his M.D. in 2003, both from Tulane University, where he served as the student body president. Friel completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and went on to a clinical fellowship in hand surgery and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. He completed a residency in plastic surgery at Temple University in 2012. Following that, he completed a one-year fellowship as the vonDeilen-Curtis fellow in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at the Indiana University/Riley Hospital for Children.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. He authored or coauthored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles. He has presented research at national and international conferences on craniofacial surgery and cleft lip and palate care.

He serves on the editorial board of Annals of Plastic Surgery and is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association. He is a surgical volunteer with Operation Smile and has been a part of four international missions with the organization.




Sebron Wood Harrison, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Aug. 5,2013

Dr. Sebron Wood Harrison, a thoracic surgeon, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After graduating from UMMC in 2006, Harrison completed a five-year surgical residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He was honored with the 2007 UAB Surgical Intern of the Year Award. During his residency, he participated in research surrounding pancreatic necrosis and restrictive blood utilization. He also served as general surgery administrative chief resident.

In 2011, he moved north to work as a thoracic surgery resident in Manhattan at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Harrison has authored or coauthored seven publications.




Shawn Avril McKinney, M.D.
Associate Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Nov. 11,2013

Dr. Shawn Avril McKinney, an assistant professor of surgery, breast oncology, at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, Huntington, W.V., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of surgery specializing in breast disease.

After receiving the B.S. in chemistry magna cum laude from Xavier University, New Orleans, in 1993, McKinney earned the M.D. at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., in 1997. She had residency training in surgery from 1997-2002 at the Morehouse School of Medicine and a fellowship in surgical breast oncology from 2002-03 at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.

She has been with University Physicians and Surgeons, Inc., at the Joan C. Edwards Comprehensive Breast Center ever since.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, McKinney is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the National Consortium of Breast Centers. She has made 12 invited presentations nationwide, all covering various aspects of breast disease.

Her specific interests include young patients diagnosed with breast cancer and reducing minority disparities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and research.




Shuntaye D. Batson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 16,2013

Dr. Shuntaye D. Batson, a recent surgical critical care fellow, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2002, Batson earned the M.D. at the Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C., in 2007. She had general surgery residency training at Howard University Hospital from 2007-12 and a surgical critical care fellowship at Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, from 2012-13.

A resident member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Batson has served as an administrative chief resident at Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C., and at Howard University Hospital.




Stanley P. Kokocki, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Sep. 30,2013

Dr. Stanley P. Kokocki, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Florida, Tampa, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving the B.A. in biology from St. Louis (Mo.) University in 1977, Kokocki was an M.S. candidate in biochemistry at DePaul University, Chicago, from 1977-79 before earning the M.D. at the St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, in 1983. He did a year of residency training at the Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y., from 1983-84; a general surgery residency at the Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1984-89, where he was chief resident from 1988-99; and a cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency at the Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C., from 1990-93, where he was chief resident from 1992-93.

Kokocki entered private practice as a general, vascular and thoracic surgeon in Central Florida from 1993-95 before joining the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a clinical fellow/associate from 1995-96. He returned to private practice in 1996 and served as president of Citrus Surgical Associates until 2002, when he became a clinical associate/fellow and assistant program director at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y. He served as chief of thoracic surgery there from 2003-04 before moving to Florida, where he has served as section chief of thoracic surgery at the Bay Pines VAMC, associate section chief of cardiothoracic surgery and staff cardiothoracic surgeon at the James A. Haley Tampa VAMC, and assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the International Society for Endovascular Surgery, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Cardiology, Kokocki is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Association of VA Surgeons and the International Society of Cardiac Surgical Critical Care. His research interests include off Pump vs. on pump coronary artery bypass surgery and coronary artery revascularization in diabetics.




T. Elizabeth Robertson, M.D.
Instructor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2013

Dr. Elizabeth Robertson, a general and trauma surgeon, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in surgery.

Robertson received her B.A. in 1998 and her M.D. in 2003 from the University of Virginia. She completed her residency training in general surgery in 2005 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., where she was chief resident. In 2007, she completed a research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Before joining UMMC, she served as general and trauma surgeon for St. Louis Surgical Services and served on staff at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

A member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Women Surgeons, Robertson has produced numerous research posters and presentations and has contributed to a number of articles published in peer-reviewed publications.





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