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Dentistry

Biomedical Materials Science

Yuanyuan Duan, D.M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Materials Science
Joined the UMMC faculty on Apr. 27,2014

Dr. Yuanyuan Duan, a dental materials scientist and prosthodontics specialist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of biomedical materials science in the School of Dentistry.

After receiving her dental degree from the Fourth Military Medical University, China, in 2002, Duan earned the master’s degree in 2004 and the Ph.D. in 2007, both in prosthodontics, at the Fourth Military Medical University.

After graduation, Duan worked as a prosthodontist and faculty member at the Fourth Military Medical University School of Dentistry. She then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Biomedical Materials Science at the Medical Center in 2014.

The author or coauthor of 30 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 22 abstracts and presentations, Duan is an active member of several professional organizations, including the International Association for Dental Research and the Academy of Dental Materials.

Duan’s research interests include fatigue testing and failure analysis of dental implant and dental ceramic; biomechanical study of dental implants and dental restorations using finite element method.




Care Planning

Oscar Andres Pappa, D.D.S.
Assistant Professor
Care Planning
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Oscar Andres Pappa, a former member of the Prosthodontics Department at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of dentistry in the Department of Care Planning and Restorative Sciences.

After receiving his B.S. in 2004 and D.D.S. with a cum laude distinction in 2008 at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, his native country, Pappa was a private practitioner in Guatemala City for two years. He then joined the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry as a prosthodontics resident.

One of his research projects involved the evaluation of shear bond strength of lithium disilicate to prosthetic teeth using a resin-based cement, a topic that was formulated in conjunction with Dr. Matthew Milner, a UMMC faculty member.

Pappa earned his certificate in prosthodontics in 2013 and completed an esthetic dentistry and surgical implant fellowship in 2014, both at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, New Orleans.




Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Lindsay J. Montague, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 7,2014

Dr. Lindsay J. Montague has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of dentistry in the Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology.

Montague graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, with a B.S. in human nutrition, and she earned her D.M.D. at the University of Florida in 2011. She also completed her post-graduate training in oral and maxillofacial pathology at the University of Florida, where she served as chief resident from 2013-14.

An active member of the American Dental Education Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Montague has coauthored two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three abstracts, and has given three invited presentations nationally.

Her research interests include immunohistochemical analysis of Bcl-2 expression in glandular odontogenic cysts, DNA ploidy analysis as an adjunct diagnostic marker and lichenoid features of premalignant and malignant oral lesions.




Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery

Kevin M. Nelson, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on May. 27,2014

Dr. Kevin M. Nelson, a private practice general dentist in Canton since 2002, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of oral-maxillofacial surgery.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from Mississippi College in 1997, Nelson earned the D.M.D. at UMMC in 2001, where he also completed a general dentistry residency the following year before beginning his practice in Canton.

He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Mississippi Dental Association and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Nelson served as president of the Mississippi Dental Association District IV from 2007-08.




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.




Health Related Professions

Academic Information Services

Tamara Nelson, M.A.
Instructor
Academic Information Services
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jun. 23,2014

Tamara Nelson, a former Mississippi Library Commission reference librarian, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in Academic Information Services.

Nelson comes to UMMC with seven years’ experience as a public school librarian and experience as a website content manager.

She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 and a Master of Arts Degree in library and information science from USM in 2009. Nelson will receive an Education Specialist Degree in library media from the University of West Alabama in August 2014.

Nelson worked as a school librarian and media specialist in the Jackson School District from 2007-12 and in the Madison County School District from 2012-14.

She is a member of the Mississippi Library Association and Mississippi Professional Educators.




Health Information Management

Carisa D. Nixon, B.S., B.S.N.
Instructor
Health Information Management
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Carisa D. Nixon, a utilization and HWDRG reviewer at Information and Quality Healthcare and an outcome coordinator at Deaconess Home Health, Ridgeland, has joined the UMMC faculty as an instructor in health information management.

After receiving the B.S.N. from Union University, Jackson, Tenn., in 1997, Nixon served as a registered nurse at various health-care institutions in Vicksburg, Yazoo City and Jackson for 12 years before becoming a full-time student in the Medical Center’s H.I.I.M. program. She earned the B.S. in health informatics and information management at UMMC in 2011 and expects to complete the D.N.P. program at UMMC in 2019.

An active member of the American Health Information Association, the Mississippi Health Information Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Nixon has given 10 professional presentations throughout Mississippi.




Physical Therapy

Sherry Colson, D.P.T.
Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jun. 9,2014

Sherry Colson, director of rehabilitation for Tara Therapy at a transitional care facility, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of physical therapy.

After receiving the B.S. in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi in 1981, Colson served as a staff physical therapist at health-care facilities in Mississippi for 22 years before joining Tara Therapy in 2003. While at Tara Therapy, she earned her D.P.T. at UMMC in 2009.

Past president of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association, Colson has served as a guest lecturer on physical therapy topics at UMMC and at Hinds Community College. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Hinds Physical Therapy Assistant School and is a past member of the Board of Physical Therapy and past president of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association.




Radiologic Sciences

Lee Brown, R. T.
Instructor
Radiologic Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jun. 23,2014

Lee Brown, a UMMC alum, has joined the School of Health Related Professions faculty as an instructor in radiologic sciences.

After gaining more than 10 years of experience as a sales associate, sales manager and operations manager at retail locations in Birmingham, Ala., and Jackson, Brown earned the B.S. in radiologic sciences magna cum laude in 2013 from UMMC, where he received his Certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology in May.

He was the recipient of the Dr. Virginia Stansel Tolbert Award for Highest Academic CPA in SHRP and of the Ann Whitfield Fox Award for Highest Academic GPA in the Radiologic Sciences Program, He was inducted into the Alpha Eta Honor Society in SHRP and also served as class president of the Radiologic Sciences Class of 2013.

Brown, who has served as a radiologic technologist at UMMC since 2012, is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He is the author of two articles submitted to peer-reviewed professional publications and seven posters or exhibits presented at professional meetings.




Medicine

Anesthesiology

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.




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

Allison Barrett, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Allison Barrett, who completed her residency in emergency medicine at UMMC in June, has joined the Medical Center faculty as clerkship director and assistant professor of emergency medicine in the School of Medicine.

Barrett received her M.D. from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 2010 after earning her B.S. at Davidson College in North Carolina in 2005. She studied abroad in New Zealand during her junior year of college, completing courses in psychology and political science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch in 2003.

As a resident at UMMC, Barrett presented a series of lectures on a variety of topics, including respiratory distress, complicated deliveries, community-acquired pneumonia, gallbladder ultrasound and more. In both 2013 and 2014, she won the Highest Board Score Award for highest score on the residency in-training exam. In her final year of residency, she was presented with the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Spirit Award for remarkable energy and devotion to efforts that have positive impact.

She is a member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.




Damon A. Darsey, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Damon Darsey, associate medical director of Mississippi MED-COM and associate medical director of the AirCare Critical Care Transport Team at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Darsey, who earned his undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University, completed his Master of Science Degree and, in 2010, his M.D. at UMMC, where he also did an internship and recently completed his residency in emergency medicine.

Between 2001 and 2005, he was a clinical instructor in UMMC’s School of Health Related Professions. The following year, he began a three-year stint as flight paramedic for the AirCare team.

As a medical student, he was named a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2009.

His current leadership positions include service on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Emergency Service Association and on the Board of Advisors for Carolinas Medical Center MedCenter Air.

Darsey’s grant awards have funded projects to develop a statewide broadband wireless system for improving out-of-hospital communication, medical care and coordination; and a statewide medical communications center and coordinated transfer center to improve the transfer of emergency patients.

He has made numerous lectures and presentations, including national presentations on advanced medical care and strengthening integration in medical communication centers.

Darsey has been published in Virtual Mentor and in the Southern Medical Journal and has an editorial post with the latter.

He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Air Medical Physicians Association, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the Mississippi State Medical Association and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials – International.




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.




James R. Nichols III, D.O.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. James Nichols III, who recently completed a sports medicine fellowship at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Nichols earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences at Kansas City, Mo., in 2009, after finishing his undergraduate degree at Delta State University in Cleveland.

A winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Nurses’ Appreciation Award during his emergency medicine residency at UMMC, which he completed in 2013, Nichols also did a general surgery internship at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

He has been published by the professional journal AAOS Now and has lectured on a variety of topics, such as “Asthma and the Athlete,” wrist tendon injuries, elbow entrapment injuries, “Sports Emergencies and Other Common Dislocations,” and many more.

He is certified in advanced trauma life support and belongs to an array of professional societies, including the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association.




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

Betzaida Rodriguez, M.D., R.Ph.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Betzaida Rodriguez, a nephrologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Rodriguez earned her medical degree at the University of St. Eustatius School of Medicine in the Netherlands-Antilles in 2006 after completing her Bachelor in Pharmacy Degree at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

She did her internal medicine residency at the LSU Medical Center in Lafayette, La., in 2011 and a nephrology fellowship at UMMC and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson two years later.

A registered pharmacist, she has worked as a pharmacist manager and as a staff pharmacist in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Rodriguez is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the Renal Physicians Association.




Carter Payne Milner, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Carter Milner, who has completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Milner earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi before completing her M.D. at UMMC, where she did her residency in internal medicine. A member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, she was named the Fellow of the Year in the Department of Internal Medicine in 2013.

She is the author of various research/publications/presentations and won first place in 2012 at the UMMC ACP Poster Competition for “It’s All about the Bite: A Case of Babesiosis Presenting as Hemolysis” and first place in the same competition in 2011 for “Expecting the Unexpected: A Case of Sorafenib Causing Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura.”

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, she is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American College of Physicians.




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.




James Q. Sones, M.D.
Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. James Q. Sones of Gastrointestinal Associates, P.A., in Jackson has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of medicine and has been appointed chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases.

In 1972, Sones earned his M.D. at UMMC, where he also did his internship and residency in internal medicine. His gastroenterology fellowship was at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where he was also an Upjohn Fellow in clinical pharmacology.

Board-certified in internal medicine, he has been with Gastrointestinal Associates since 1981. He has served on the staff of several Jackson-area hospitals, where he was also a consulting, courtesy or attending physician.

Sones is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians.

His research projects date back to 1977 and embrace the treatment of such ailments as Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C virus infection, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis and many more.

Sones has authored or co-authored several articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.




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.




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.




Patricia Stewart, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Patricia Stewart, an allergy and immunology fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Stewart did her internal medicine residency at UMMC, where she also earned her M.D., in 2009, after completing her undergraduate work at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Her professional experience includes a stint as a research chemist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg.

Among her many honors is the UMMC 2012 Spirit of the Internal Medicine Residency Program Award.

She is a member of the American College of Physicians, a fellow in training of the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, an affiliate member of the American College of Chest Physicians, and an in-training member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

A former member of the judicial council of the Mississippi State Medical Association, Stewart has been published multiple times, co-authoring articles for such journals as the International Journal of Molecular Science; the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Chest; and the Journal of Molecular Structure.

She has been a presenter at a number of conferences, including those for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; and the 225th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.




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.




Shuja Yousuf, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Shuja Yousuf, a gastroenterology fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Yousuf served as an assistant professor of medicine (academic hospitalist) at UMMC for more than two years, until June 2011, and has had positions at various other medical centers and institutions, including hospitalist and medical director of the hospitalist program and the emergency room.

He did his residency in internal medicine at Temple University/St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa., and did a transitional internship at the University of Kashmir, Government Medical College, in Srinagar, Kashmir, India, where he also earned his M.B.B.S. in 1995.

Board-certified in internal medicine, he has been a lead author or co-author of several articles published in such publications as Circulation, the American Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

He is a member of the American College of Physicians/ASIM, the American Medical Association, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterology Association.




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.




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.




Sandy M. Wong, Ph.D.
Instructor
Microbiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Apr. 15,2014

Dr. Sandy M. Wong, an instructor in microbiology and physiological systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in microbiology.

After earning the B.S. in biology in 1983 and the Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology in 1996 at the University of California, Los Angeles, Wong had postdoctoral training from 1996-98 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and from 1998-2001 at Harvard Medical School, Boston. She served as a lecturer in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, from 2001-03 before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2003.

She is the author or coauthor of 22 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and four invited papers and book chapters. He research interest has included studies on mechanisms of pathogenesis for the human pathogens Vibrio cholerae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Presently, Wong is focused on characterizing the virulence determinants required by Haemophilus influenzae, another important pathogen of humans causing respiratory and middle ear infections.




Neurobiology

Andrew J. Notebaert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 7,2014

Dr. Andrew Notebaert, a lecturer in anatomy and cell biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, has joined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of neurobiology.

He earned his Ph.D. in science education in 2009 at the University of Iowa, after doing research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also earned an M.S. in exercise science at the University of Iowa and his undergraduate degree at State University of New York at Buffalo.

Notebaert compiled years of lecture/lab experience at Indiana University, the University of Iowa and the University of North Carolina.

He is engaged in several research projects and has years of experience as a researcher studying the processes of teaching and learning.

Notebaert is the lead author on articles published in Research in Science Education, the International Journal of Neuroscience and the Journal of Athletic Training. He is the lead author or co-author of abstracts/reviews that have been published by the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology; Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise; and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal. One of his most recent presentations was at the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Conference.

Notebaert is a member of the American Association of Anatomists and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.




Neurobiology and Anatomical Science

Chrysanthi Fergani, Ph.D.
Instructor
Neurobiology and Anatomical Science
Joined the UMMC faculty on May. 12,2014

Dr. Chrysanthi Fergani, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroendocrinology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in neurobiology and anatomical science.

After receiving the D.V.M. from the University of Thessaly, Greece, in 2006, Fergani earned the M.Sc. in 2008 and the Ph.D. in neuroendocrinology in 2011 at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. She then did postdoctoral training in neuroendocrinology at the University of Michigan from 2011-12 and at UMMC from 2012-14.

An active member of several professional societies, including the Society for Neuroscience and the Society for Endocrinology, Fergani has coauthored five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and nine abstracts. She has served as an adjunct teacher in neuroendocrinology at Millsaps College since 2013.




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.




Ophthalmology

Jay Craddock
Assistant Professor
Ophthalmology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Jay Craddock, a house officer in the Department of Ophthalmology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of ophthalmology.

A 2004 summa cum laude biology graduate of Millsaps College, Craddock received his M.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2010. He completed a residency with UMMC’s Department of Ophthalmology in June, receiving the department’s Honor Award for excellence in the undergraduate study of ophthalmology.

He has served since 2010 as house officer for the Department of Ophthalmology Residency Program and is a voting member of UMMC’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Academic Committee.

Craddock’s professional activities include membership in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association. Among his most recent research, presented in June 2013, was a study of seasonal, meteorological and calendar-date factors related to ocular trauma.




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.




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.




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

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.




Elizabeth Chastain
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Elizabeth Chastain, a recent molecular genetic pathology fellow at the Washington University School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

Chastain earned the Bachelor of Science in biology from Southern Illinois University in 2002. After receiving her M.D. in 2008 from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Chastain completed a residency in the Department of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Emory University, serving as chief resident in 2011-12. She completed fellowships in hematopathology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 2013 and in molecular genetic pathology at the Washington University School of Medicine in 2014.

She is certified by the American Board of Pathology and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Molecular Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, FCAP, the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathologists, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.




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.




Selly Strauch, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Selly Strauch, medical examiner of Forsyth County, N.C., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in biology/premedical and criminal justice in 2003 from the University of Evansville, Strauch completed a number of graduate-level courses in biochemistry and biology at Indiana University. She received her M.D. from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in 2008, and then completed an anatomical and clinical pathology residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2013.

She received UMMC’s Residents are Teachers Award in 2013. She was a recipient of the 2013 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Lucas Grant in conjunction with Patrick Lantz of Wake Forest.

In 2013, she completed a forensic pathology fellowship in the Wake Forest University Office of the Medical Examiner in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she was appointed Forsyth County medical examiner.

Her research interests include primary cardiac angiosarcoma, homicide and lunar cycle correlation, optic sheath hemorrhages in children, and perimacular retinal folds in adults.




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

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.




Anza Stanley, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Anza M. Stanley, a pediatrics resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in chemistry magna cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2007, Stanley earned the M.D. at the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn., in 2011. She then completed a pediatrics residency from 2011-14 at UMMC.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is active in her community, participating in a number of volunteer and extracurricular activities, including the Race for the Cure, AIDS Walk and others.

Her research interests include healthy lifestyles for children and preventing pre-term births.




Atul Poudel, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Atul Poudel, a pediatric nephrology fellow at the University of Florida in Gainesville, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Poudel received the M.B.B.S. excellence with honor in 2006 from the College of Medical Sciences at Kathmandu University in Nepal, where he also did a transitional medical internship from 2005-06 and a pediatric medicine and surgery residency from 2006-07. Poudel then completed a pediatrics residency at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he was presented with the James Morrill M.D. Continuity Clinic Award for Excellence in Ambulatory Care. From 2011-14, he was a clinical fellow in pediatric nephrology and then a research fellow in glomerular and immunological disease research at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Before joining the Medical Center, Poudel served as instructor of pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation at the University of Florida from 2012-14.

He is board-certified in pediatrics and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Transplantation, the Society of Pediatric Research and the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology.

Poudel has presented in multiple local- and national-level meetings in the fields of pediatric nephrology, transplantation and hypertension. He has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and his research interest is in pathogenesis of minimal change nephrotic syndrome, hypertension and infectious complications after renal transplantation.




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.




Cara J. Lasley, D.O.
Instructor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Cara Lasley, a recent pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pediatrics.

After receiving the B.A. in biology summa cum laude from Washington State University in 2006, Lasley earned the D.O. at the A.T. Still School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Ariz. in 2011. She then completed a pediatric residency from 2011-14 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Medical Association and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.




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.




Holly Dawson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Holly Dawson, a pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from Augusta State University, Augusta, Ga, in 2005, Dawson earned the M.D. at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Netherlands Antilles in 2011. She then did a pediatric residency from 2011-14 at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.




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.




Kathryn S. Thomas, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Kathryn S. Thomas, a pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in chemistry and the M.S. in biology from Mississippi College, Thomas earned the M.D. at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2011.

She then completed a pediatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2014.

Before joining the Medical Center, Thomas served as a high school math and science teacher in Yazoo County Public Schools in Yazoo City and a middle school math teacher in Tupelo Public Schools in Tupelo.

She is an active member of the American Academy of 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.




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.




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.




Salwa Morcos Gendi
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Salwa Morcos Gendi, a pediatric cardiology fellow at Rush University Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics. 

Gendi received the M.B. B.Ch. in 1982, the Master's Degree in cardiovascular medicine in 1989 and the M.D. in cardiovascular medicine in 2001 from the Cairo University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt. In 2013, she received the M.S. in clinical research from Rush University, Chicago, Ill.

Gendi completed an internal medicine residency in 1985, a cardiology residency in 1988 and an echocardiography fellowship in 1989 at Cairo University Hospital. In 2011, she completed a residency in combined medicine and pediatrics at Hurely Medical Center in Flint, Mich. From 2011-14, she was a pediatric cardiology fellow at Rush University Hospital.

She served as a cardiologist and echocardiography specialist from 1986-2002 at Ultrasound Diagnostic Center in Kasr AlAini, Cairo University. During that time, she also served as a cardiologist and echocardiography consultant for Al Salam Mohandesein Hospital in Guiza, Egypt, and as an echocardiography specialist at Galal El Said Clinic in Cairo from 1991-2002.

From 2003 to 2007, she worked as a pediatric cardiologist and oversaw the Congenital Echocardiography Lab at Hamad Medical Center in Doha, Qatar.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Egyptian Cardiac Association and the American Society of Echocardiography.

Gendi is board-certified in pediatrics and internal medicine.

Her research interests include tissue Doppler, fetal medicine and patients with Fontan Circuit. She is the coauthor of 16 articles in peer-reviewed publications.

She enjoys working with mentally challenged children and acted as a chaperone for the Special Olympics during her residency at Hurley Medical Center.




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.




Spencer K. Sullivan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Spencer K. Sullivan, an instructor of pediatrics in the Division of Hematology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Sullivan received the B.S. in applied science in 1995 and the M.D. in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. He then completed a pediatric residency from 2005-08 and a fellowship in blood banking and transfusion medicine from 2008-09 at the University of Virginia. Sullivan then completed a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at CHOP from 2009-12.

He is board-certified in pediatrics, blood banking and transfusion medicine and pediatric hematology/oncology.

He is an active member of the American Society of Hematology and the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society.

His clinical interests include pediatric hemostasis and thrombosis and coagulation.

Sullivan is involved in several basic science and translational research projects, including platelet-derived factor VIII for hemophilia A, megakaryocyte transfusions for therapeutic applications, correction of Glanzmann thrombasthenia using induced pluripotent stem cells, and studying FLI1 expression during megakaryopoiesis.




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.




Uwe Blecker, M.D.
Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Uwe Blecker, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch in Luxembourg, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in medical sciences in 1986, Blecker then earned the M.D. magna cum laude at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, in 1990. He then completed a pediatric residency from 1990-93 at Academic Children’s Hospital in Brussels. From 1993-94, he was a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1994, he continued his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Wyler Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago. In 1994, he returned to Academic Children’s Hospital to complete his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Blecker served as director of the Sleep Lab and Pediatric Gastroenterology Admission Unit at the Free University of Brussels from 1995-96 before joining the Louisiana State University School of Medicine as associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the LSU Medical Center Pediatric Weight Management Program. In 1998, he joined the faculty at Thomas Jefferson University as associate professor of pediatrics and director of nutrition support services at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pa. In 2000, he became professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson. In 2001, he joined the staff of the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Drexel University in Philadelphia as professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He returned to Tucson in 2002 as director of the Pediatrics and Gastroenterology Program at Tucson Medical Center and director of Pediatric Gastroenterology, P.C. He became professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center in 2008.

He is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Blecker has served as co-principal investigator or principal investigator for numerous studies, most recently “A Multi-Center, Randomized, Double-Blind Study of the Safety, Tolerability and Clinical Outcomes of Two Doses of Oral Pantoprazole in Children with Symptomatic GERD.”

He is the author of more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed publications, four books, six book chapters and nearly 300 communications at national and international meetings.




Virginia Austin Harrison, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Virginia Austin Harrison, a pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.A. in biology summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2007, Harrison earned the M.D. at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2011, where she also completed a pediatric residency in 2014.

Harrison is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.




Zachary G. Cannon, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014
Dr. Zachary G. Cannon, a pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

In 2005, Cannon received the B.S. in biomedical science from Texas A & M University, College Station. He then earned the M.D. with high honors at the Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies, in 2011.

Cannon completed a pediatric residency from 2011-14 at the Medical Center.




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.




Frank T. Spradley, Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

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

Spradley earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree with Distinction at the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University, in Augusta in 2011, after completing his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina in Aiken.

He is the lead author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in such publications as Hypertension, the American Journal of Hypertension, the American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology, Acta Physiologica, and Physiological Reports.

He has co-presented a variety of national oral presentations and has won an array of honors and awards, including the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Juan Carlos Romero and Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Postdoctoral Research Recognition Award, both in 2014.

He is a member of the American Heart Association and the American Physiological Society and has served as ad-hoc reviewer for such publications as the American Journal of Physiology, BioMed Central Public Health, Hypertension, the Journal of Experimental and Integrative Medicine, Physiological Reports and many more.




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.




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

Crystal Stack Lim
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Crystal Stack Lim, a licensed psychologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry.

Lim in 2002 received the Bachelor of Science in psychology with highest honors from the University of Florida at Gainesville. She received the Master of Arts in 2006 and the Ph.D. in 2009 in clinical psychology, both from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Lim completed a clinical internship in the Departments of Clinical and Health Psychology and Psychiatry in 2009 at the University of Florida at Gainesville. She served as a post-doctoral associate in the University of Florida’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in 2009-11. Since 2011, she has been employed as a research assistant professor in that department.

Lim is a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida and is currently obtaining her license to practice psychology in the state of Mississippi.

Her professional activities include membership in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Society of Pediatric Psychology, and the American Psychological Association.




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

Madhava Kanakamedala, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiation Oncology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Madhava Kanakamedala, chief resident in radiation oncology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiation oncology.

He received a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Degree in 1996 from Guntur Medical College in Guntur, India, and completed an internship at Government General Hospital in Guntur in 1997. From 1999-2002, Kanakamedala worked as a post-graduate in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Mehdi Nawaz Jung Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center in Hyderabad, India, and earned the M.D. in radiation therapy/radiation oncology.

Kanakamedala was a trust doctor in oncology at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, United Kingdom, from 2004-06. He researched in stereotactic radiosurgery from 2007-08 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He worked as a clinical fellow in radiation oncology at UMMC from 2008-10.

He most recently has served as chief resident in radiation oncology at UMMC and received a House Staff of the Year Award in 2013 from the radiation oncology service at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson.




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

David Joyner, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. David Joyner, a diagnostic neuroradiology fellow at the University of Virginia Health System, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

A 2004 biomedical and biological engineering graduate of North Carolina State University, Joyner received his M.D. in 2008 from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. After a transitional year internship at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, Joyner completed a diagnostic radiology residency at UMMC in 2013 and a diagnostic neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System in June 2014.

His work experience includes a number of publications, poster presentations, educational exhibits and oral presentations.




Garth Campbell, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Garth Campbell, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as assistant professor of radiology.

A 2003 mechanical engineering graduate of Mississippi State University, Campbell completed a year of graduate training in the MSU Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, completing an internal medicine internship at UMMC in 2009.

Campbell completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at UMMC in 2013, then an interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System in June 2014. He was house officer in radiology at UMMC from 2008-13 and was a contract radiologist for Rush Health Systems in Meridian.

He is a member of the Society of Interventional Radiology, the American College of Radiology and Alpha Omega Alpha.




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

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.




Christopher M. Bean, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Christopher M. Bean, pediatric urologist at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center in Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Urology.

Before his stint in Cincinnati, Bean worked at UMMC in the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, for five years, until 2012. He also worked for two years at the National Cancer Institute, Genetics Branch, of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., from 2001 to 2003.

A 1997 graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Bean is a 2007 graduate of the School of Medicine at UMMC, where he also completed an internship and a fellowship in the Department of Surgery.

Bean has co-authored numerous articles for such publications as the Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, the Journal of Pediatric Urology and the Korean Journal of Urology.

The extensive list of abstracts and presentations he authored or co-authored covers such topics as resident participation in hypospadias repair, split appendix technique, urethral reconstruction, infant robotic pyeloplasty and many more.

Bean has received several honors, including the NIH Cancer Research Training Award and the 2012 Robert S. Caldwell, M.D., Memorial Award presented by the Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi to the top resident at UMMC.

He is certified by the American Board of Urology Part One and is a member of the Society for Pediatric Urology, the American Urological Association and the American Medical Association.




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.




James J. Wynn, M.D.
Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. James Wynn, vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Mason Distinguished Chair in Transplant Surgery and Immunology at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of surgery in the Division of Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery.

A Davidson College (North Carolina) undergraduate, he earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 1980, where he also did his internship and residency in general surgery.

Wynn completed his fellowship in transplantation surgery at the University of Florida School of Medicine in 1987.

A diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, he also has served at the Medical College of Georgia as chief of the section of general surgery, chief of the section of transplant surgery and program director of the General Surgery Residency Program.

In 2013, he was honored with the Medical College of Georgia Exemplary Teaching Award.

Wynn was a visiting assistant professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine for six months in 1992.

He is the former president of the United Network for Organ Sharing and is former chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Wynn has served in leadership positions for a multitude of other professional organizations and committees and is ad hoc reviewer for a variety of publications, including the American Surgeon, the American Journal of Transplantation, Surgical Endoscopy and the New England Journal of Medicine.

He has been published by Vox Sanguinis, Transplantation, the International Journal of Artificial Organs, the American Journal of Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine and many more publications as lead author or co-author.

Wynn has been principal investigator, primary investigator or co-investigator for an array of research projects.

He is a member or fellow of multiple scientific and professional societies, such as the American College of Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Society of Transplantation, the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation.

His primary clinical interests include kidney and pancreas transplantation and hemo- and peritoneal dialysis access.




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.




Nursing

Nursing

Betsy L. Mann, D.N.P.
Assistant Professor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on May. 11,2014

Dr. Betsy L. Mann, former dean of healthcare education at East Central Community College, has joined the Medical Center as an assistant professor of nursing.

After receiving the B.S.N. in 1999 and the M.S.N. in 2004 at UMMC, Mann earned the D.N.P. in 2009 at Samford University. She received the post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner at UMMC in 2013.

After serving five years on the East Central Community College faculty, Mann became dean of healthcare education there in 2007. In 2012, she joined the Medical Center as a part-time assistant professor of nursing. A former charge nurse and staff nurse at medical facilities in Philadelphia and Jackson, Mann also has served as a nurse practitioner at family medical clinics in Philadelphia, Union and Decatur.

The author of two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, she received a dual enrollment practical nursing program grant from the Mississippi State Board of Community and Junior Colleges. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Association and the Mississippi Nurses Association.




Ellen Peters Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. Ellen Peters Williams, dean of nursing at Northwest Mississippi Community College, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of nursing, She will be based at the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.

After receiving the B.S.N. in 1980 and the M.S.N. in 1982 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing, Memphis, Williams earned the Ph.D. in nursing at UMMC in 2012.

After 10 years as a staff nurse at various health-care institutions in north Mississippi and Memphis, Williams joined the Northwest Mississippi Community College faculty as an instructor of nursing and worked her way up to dean of nursing in 2008. She has clinical nursing experience as a medical-surgical nurse and a mental health nurse. She served as director of nursing at Senatobia Hospital from 1994-95 and she served as dean of nursing at Northwest Mississippi Community College from 2008-14.

The author or coauthor of six articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Williams in an active member of several professional organizations, including the Mississippi Nurses Association, the Southern Nursing Research Society and the Beta Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.




Jennifer Hargett, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jun. 8,2014

Jennifer Hargett, a former nurse educator at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving the B.S.N. cum laude from Mississippi University for Women in 2007, Hargett earned the M.S.N. at UMMC in 2012. She came to UMMC as a registered nurse in 2007 and became a nurse educator in 2009. She achieved national nursing certification as an orthopedic nurse certified (O.N.C.) in 2010.

An active member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Theta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Hargett also serves as an American Heart Association instructor.




Kathleen A. Rhodes, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on May. 11,2014

Kathleen Rhodes serves as an instructor in the Accelerated BSN Program at the School of Nursing.

She has more than 25 years of nursing practice experience in various areas, including medical-surgical, hemodialysis, cardiac and pediatrics.

She completed certifications from the Heart Rhythm Society IBHRE Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy (2005) and Cardiac Electrophysiology Exam (2006) for Allied Professionals. In 2010, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the Mississippi University for Women and is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

She has enjoyed practicing at the School of Nursing’s Mercy Delta Express Clinic since 2011. She is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International.




Kayla Logan Carr, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on May. 11,2014

Kayla Logan Carr, a family nurse practitioner and UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

Carr earned the B.S.N. in 2010 and the M.S.N. in 2013 at UMMC. Before becoming a faculty member, she worked as a registered nurse in women’s health, medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics and community health. Carr has worked with the Mercy Delta Express Project since 2011, where she currently practices as a family nurse practitioner.

She completed research and thesis work in the Mississippi Delta as a Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College student, and continues to seek practice and research opportunities with rural and medically underserved populations. Carr’s areas of research interest include innovations in global and rural health care delivery systems, access to health care for vulnerable populations and school-based health centers as interprofessional learning environments.




Margaret Jeanne Fortenberry, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 7,2014

Margaret Jeanne Fortenberry, chief nursing officer at Woman’s Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of nursing.

After receiving the B.S.N. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1981, Fortenberry served as a clinical nurse with NICU, ER and CCU experience from 1981-1990.

She joined South Mississippi Home Health as a wound, ostomy and continence nurse in 1990 before moving to River Oaks Hospital in 1998 as a wound/ostomy nurse and staff educator. While at River Oaks, Fortenberry served as director of education for four years and nurse manager for two years before joining Woman’s Hospital in 2005.

She was named CNO of the Year for Health Management Associates in 2010 and received a Nursing Excellence Award from HMA as well.

Fortenberry is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Mississippi Organization for Nurse Executives, the American Organization for Nurse Executives and the Mississippi Hospital Association.

Past Susan G. Komen Race chair, Fortenberry served as vice president of Susan G. Komen Board and was named Volunteer of the Year by the organization in 2012. She also was a past board member of the Make a Wish Board and chaired the Peace Love and Wishes fund-raising event for five years. She also served as past March of Dimes Race chair and volunteered on March of Dimes Signature Chefs.




Monica Nichols White, M.S.N., M.A.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on May. 11,2014

Monica Nichols White, a staff nurse at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving a B.A. in English and journalism from Tougaloo College in 2000, White earned an M.A. in mass communication at Loyola University, New Orleans, in 2003. She received a B.S.N. in 2010 and an M.S.N. in 2014 from UMMC.

After serving two years as a communications consultant for Positive Innovations in Jackson and three years as director of communication for Dryades YMCA in New Orleans, White joined Virginia College of Jackson as an instructor in 2007. In 2010, she became a staff nurse and charge nurse at Madison River Oaks Hospital in Canton before coming to UMMC the following year.

White is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She has received nominations for the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for three consecutive years.




Robin Christian, D.N.P.
Associate Professor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 7,2014

Dr. Robin Christian, assistant professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Graduate Nursing at the Alcorn State University School of Nursing, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of nursing,

After receiving the B.A. from Millsaps College in 1988, Christian earned the M.S. in 1989 and the B.S.N. in 1993 at the University of Memphis and the M.S.N. in 1998 and the D.N.P. in 2009 at Texas Christian University. She also became an accredited trainer for the Joanna Briggs Institute Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program, Adelaide, Australia, in 2008.

With more than 15 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner, Christian served health-care institutions in Dallas, Texas, from 1998-2008 before joining Alcorn State University as an assistant professor of nursing and nurse manager.

The author or coauthor of six articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Christian has given numerous presentations at professional meetings throughout the U.S. and was the keynote speaker for Shadow Health Instructional Webinars in 2013. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Nurse Practitioners and the Mississippi Nurses Association. A member of the Beta Alpha Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau honorary, Christian is a peer reviewer for the Journal for Nurse Practitioners and for Gastroenterology Nursing.




Pharmacy

UMMC Cancer Center

Dr. Fazlul H. Sarkar
Triplett/Behrakis Distinguished Professor of Biomolecular Sciences
UMMC Cancer Center
Joined the UMMC faculty on Jul. 1,2014

Dr. David D. Allen, dean and professor and executive director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy, has announced that Dr. Fazlul H. Sarkar, Distinguished Professor at Wayne State University and professor at Wayne State’s Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, will join the School of Pharmacy faculty this summer.

Sarkar will serve as Triplett/Behrakis Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biomolecular Sciences, research professor and associate director for translational research at the National Center for Natural Products Research, associate director for translational research at the UMMC Cancer Institute, and professor of radiation oncology at UMMC.

Sarkar has published more than 525 scholarly articles and nearly 300 abstracts. His research interests include understanding the role of NF-kB and its upstream and downstream signaling molecules in solid tumors, including the role of miRNAs and cancer stem cells, and in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of action of “natural agents” for cancer prevention and therapy.

Sarkar’s laboratory pioneered the development of Isoflavones and DIM (B-DIM) for clinical use, and his basic science research findings led to the initiation of a multiple Phase I and Phase II Clinical Trial at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.





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