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Jones, Keeton to speak at fall faculty meeting

 Jones_KeetonDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. The agenda also will include a recognition of faculty with 20 years of service.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email drsingleton@umc.edu.


Society inductees swell Pullen chapter's ranks

Eric McDonald, M4, pretends to get stuck by Dr. Loretta Jackson-Williams, associate dean for academic affairs, as she places a pin on his lapel during the Jeanette Pullen Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony Sept. 8 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Twenty-seven fourth-year medical students and three residents were inducted into the honor society.


A Good Neighbor supports Children's Hospital

Beatrice Gilmore, a bus driver for JATRAN, receives free roses while making a stop outside Greenbrook Flowers on North State Street in Jackson Sept. 10 as part of the 21st annual Good Neighbor Day event.

Each year, Greenbrook florists give away roses by the dozen, asking recipients to keep one and give the other 11 away to friends, family or strangers. Donations during the event are accepted on behalf of Batson Children's Hospital.


Future nursing leaders sign honorable code

Dr. LaDonna Northington, center, professor and director of the Traditional B.S.N. Program in the School of Nursing, presents the Arnold P. Gold Foundation humanism pin to nursing student Libby Dove while Dove's classmates, Joshua Travis and Haley Hicks, sign the Code of Honorable and Professional Behavior during an annual ceremony Sept. 10 at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Nearly 150 second-semester undergraduate nursing students signed the code, promising to uphold its values of excellence in practice, diversity in thought, unselfish devotion to the welfare of others, respect, honesty and accountability.

As a reminder of the oath and their commitment to provide compassionate, high-quality care, the students each received a humanism pin and a novel detailing Florence Nightingale’s bedside observations.


Urology chief receives Weems Professorship

Dr. Charles R. Pound, left, professor, division chief and program director of urology, receives the W. Lamar Weems Professorship from its namesake, Dr. Lamar Weems, center, professor emeritus of surgery, while Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, presides during a Sept. 8 ceremony at the Country Club of Jackson.


SOM construction to alter U Drive traffic flow

 Construction flagConstruction of the new School of Medicine building will affect traffic on University Drive this weekend.

University Drive from the north section of Peachtree Street to the front of Parking Garage A will be closed for repaving on Saturday, Sept. 20. Access to Lot 4 will be closed, and five parking spaces in the northwest corner of Lot 19 will be closed as well.

Traffic from the south of Peachtree Street will be allowed to navigate east or west on University Drive depending on which side of the street the repaving is taking place at the time.

For more information, email Bryan Walker at tbwalker@umc.edu.


Palliative medicine specialist joins peds faculty

 Christian_PaineDr. Christian Paine, a pediatrician and palliative medicine specialist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biochemistry magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2005, Paine earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2010, where he also completed a pediatrics residency in 2013 and a fellowship in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine in 2014.

His research interests include pain management, ethics and integrative medicine/spirituality in a health-care setting.


Peds faculty adds child development expert

 Sarver_DustinDr. Dustin E. Sarver, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia’s Center to Promote Effective Youth Development and associate director in the Children’s Learning Clinic at the University of Virginia, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Center for the Advancement of Youth in the Division of Child Development.

After receiving the B.A. in psychology summa cum laude from Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, in 2005, Sarver earned the M.S. in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, in 2010. He then completed a clinical internship with the Charleston Consortium in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina from 2012-13. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida in 2013.

Sarver’s research and clinical interests are in child developmental psychopathology. He has authored or coauthored 18 peer-reviewed publications and has given presentations at numerous national and international conferences.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is a regular reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


Boston University postdoc joins peds faculty

 Sarvers_Nina WongDr. Nina Wong Sarver, a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY).

After receiving the B.A. in psychology cum laude from Cornell University, New York, in 2007, Sarver earned the M.S. in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, in 2010. She then completed a National Institutes of Mental Health-sponsored psychology internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, from 2012-13. She also earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2013.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the Asian-American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She has authored eight peer-reviewed publications and seven book chapters and serves regularly as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals.

Sarver specializes in the assessment and psychopathology of emotional disorders and in the development and dissemination of efficacious cognitive-behavioral treatments for children and adults with anxiety. Her research interests include the innovation and application of technology to enhance clinical practice, research and treatment dissemination.


Pediatrics faculty welcome gastroenterologist

 Lanciers_SophieDr. Sophie Lanciers, a pediatrician and pediatric gastroenterologist at Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrich in Luxembourg, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in medical sciences in 1986, Lanciers earned the M.D. cum laude at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, in 1991, where she also completed an anesthesiology and critical care residency in 1993. She then completed a research fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the International Institute for Infant Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Disease at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.

Beginning in 1994, she had pediatrics residencies at Wyler Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, the Free University of Brussels, University Hospital Antwerp in Belgium, Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, and the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

She became a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, in 2000 and at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pa., in 2001.

Beginning in 2002, she served as co-director of pediatric gastroenterology and attending pediatric gastroenterologist at Tucson Medical Center before joining the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center faculty in Morgantown in 2008 as an attending pediatric gastroenterologist and assistant professor of pediatrics. The following year, she joined the Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrich faculty.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is board-certified in pediatrics. An experienced researcher, she is the author or coauthor of numerous articles in peer-reviewed publications, books, presentations and abstracts.


Medical Center staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

40 Years

* Dr. John E. Hall, Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine

25 Years

* Darell Jenkins, respiratory therapy technician, University Hospital Respiratory Therapy

20 Years

* Dr. Robert Galli, professor of emergency medicine, School of Medicine

* Dr. William McCluskey, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, School of Medicine

15 Years

* Nicole Bishop, nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Hanne Nanavaty, nurse educator, Batson Children’s Hospital Administration

* Barbara Robertson, revenue cycle associate director, Patient Financial Services

* Maya Thompson, inpatient nurse, University Hospital 4 South

10 Years

* Julie George, clinical pharmacy specialist, Mall Pharmacy Care Clinic

* Terry Richardson, occupational therapist, University Hospital Occupational Therapy

* Kathleen Strong, pharmacy QA assistant, Cancer Center Pharmacy

* Glenda Thomas, ambulatory nurse, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

* Daniel Tucker, systems administrator, Information Systems

* Dr. Walter W. Woody, assistant professor of cardiology, School of Medicine

5 Years

* Martika Bailey, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Perry Ball, stock/equipment technician, University Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Angela Booze, nurse case management manager, University Hospital Coordinated Care

* Dr. Lisa M. Byrd, assistant professor of nursing, School of Nursing

* Ronald Chambers, pharmacy technician, Pharmacy

* Katherine Feldman, physician liaison, Physician Marketing

* Sarah Foster, occupational therapist, University Hospital Occupational Therapy

* Phaedra Hailey, nurse manager, Grants Ferry Administration

* Dr. Thomas S. Helling, professor of surgery, School of Medicine

* Travis Holtsinger, communications specialist, Mississippi Med-Com

* Amanda Johnson, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Julie Kelley, Med Com training center manager, Center for Emergency Services

* Peggy Murphy, nurse, Bone Marrow

* Troy Webb, MRI technologist, University Hospital MRI


Pediatrician to discuss diabetic cell 'landscape'

 Simmons_RebeccaDr. Rebecca Simmons, professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, will present “The Epigenetic Landscape of the Beta Cell in Type 2 Diabetes” from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.


Giving spirit to be displayed during blood drive

 MS Blood imageBlood donors will have the opportunity to show the Magnolia State’s giving spirit when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center Sept. 22-26 for the quarterly “Mississippi Gives” Blood Drive.

All donors will receive an MBS “Mississippi Gives” T-shirt. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the School of Dentistry’s student lounge;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Batson Children’s Hospital entrance;

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center’s Bailey Avenue entrance;

* 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in the front circle of the South Point Building in Clintonl and

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the University Hospital entrance.

For more information about the blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an email at rhoward@umc.edu.


Wisconsin physiologist to talk HTN, immunity

 Mattson_DavidDr. David L. Mattson, interim senior associate dean of research and professor of physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will present the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology seminar, “Immune Cells and Salt-sensitive Hypertension,” at noon on Monday, Sept. 22, in classroom 6A.

For more information, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690.


Scientist to discuss infection, schizophrenia

 EEllsDr. Jeffrey Eells, assistant professor of basic science at Mississippi State University, will present “Latent Toxoplasma Gondii Infection and Schizophrenia: Behavioral Insights from a Genetic Mouse Model” from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in room 6A (N617) in the School of Medicine.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.



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