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Med students get fall preview at residency fair

UMMC family medicine residents Dr. William Davis, right, and Dr. Anna Marie speak to medical students about residency program options during the 2014 Family Medicine Interest Group Residency Fair Sept. 24 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

During the fair, medical students and residents visited with different health-care organizations to preview potential employment opportunities. (Enlarge Image)

Sanderson Farms champ putts around at BCH

Woody Austin, defending champion of the Sanderson Farms golf tournament, works on an art project with Batson Children's Hospital patient Yailine Olivera, 5, of Laurel during a Sept. 22 visit to the hospital.

The annual PGA Tour event, scheduled to begin on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Country Club of Jackson, benefits Mississippi’s only children’s hospital.

Medical Center announces holiday schedule

The official holidays for the Medical Center from Oct. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015 will include:

* Thanksgiving 2014: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28, 2014;

* Christmas 2014: Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 24-25, 2014;

* New Year's Day: Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015;

* Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 19, 2015;

* Memorial Day: Monday, May 25, 2015;

* Independence Day: Friday, July 3, 2015;

* Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 7, 2015;

* Thanksgiving 2015: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27, 2015; and

* Christmas 2015: Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25, 2015.

Employees also have an annual floating holiday of eight hours per fiscal year, to be taken with supervisor approval.

Orthopedic trauma fellow joins surgery faculty

 Spitler_ClayDr. Clay A. Spitler, a recent advanced clinical experience-orthopedic trauma fellow at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery.

After receiving the BS in biology magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2004, Spitler earned the MD at the Medical College of Georgia in 2008. He had residency training in orthopedic surgery at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from 2008-13, where he was chief resident from 2012-13. His fellowship at Harborview took place from 2013-14.

Spitler’s research interests include basic science studies which provide building blocks for clinical science and clinical projects that improve patient outcomes in orthopedic trauma.

UMMC faculty welcome pediatric pathologist

 Sullivan_LisaDr. Lisa Myers Sullivan, attending pathologist in pediatric pathology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pa., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving the BS in biologic anthropology and anatomy cum laude from Duke University, Durham, N.C., in 2000, Sullivan earned the MD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2005. She had residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, from 2005-09, where she served as chief resident from 2008-09, and a fellowship in pediatric pathology from 2009-10 and a research fellowship in cancer cytogenetics from 2010-11 at CHOP.

She joined the pediatric pathology faculty at CHOP in 2011.

An invited reviewer for the journal Cancer Genetics since 2010, Sullivan has given three invited presentations in Virginia and Tennessee. An active member of the College of American Pathologists, the United States and Canada Academy of Pathology and the Society for Pediatric Pathology, Sullivan has authored or coauthored 21 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and several abstracts.

Clinical excellence director joins nursing faculty

 Higgins_TinaTina Higgins, director of the Office of Clinical Excellence at UMMC from 2007-14, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of nursing.

After receiving the BSN at UMMC in 2005, Higgins earned the MSN here in 2007. She is currently enrolled in the Medical Center’s PhD in Nursing Program. She holds a Nursing Executive Advanced Board Certification from the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center.

Higgins has been associated with the Medical Center for years, having joined UMMC as a staff nurse in 2003 and working her way up to nurse manager in 2004 and director of the Office of Clinical Excellence in 2007. Before coming to UMMC, Higgins served as a staff nurse from 1995-2001, a nurse manager from 2001-02 and as director of nursing from 2002-03 at Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield.

She is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the Southern Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau International and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Higgins has won several awards, including the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Nurse Executive of the Year in 2007, the University of Mississippi School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni of the Decade in 2008, the Mississippi Nurses Association Non-traditional Nurse of the Year Nightingale Award in 2010, the Mississippi Business Journal Healthcare Hero Award in 2011 and the University Hospitals and Health Systems’ Leadership Excellence Award in 2011.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

* Barbara Qualls, pharmacy QA assistant, Pharmacy

25 Years

* Gloria Minniefield, accounting manager, Accounting Department

* Dr. Holly Peeples, associate professor of family medicine, School of Medicine

20 Years

* Dr. James C. Kolb, professor of emergency medicine, School of Medicine

* Dr. Greggory E. Tharp, associate professor of care planning and restorative sciences, School of Dentistry

15 Years

* Deette Brace, postmaster, Post Office

* Xue Jiang, human resources assistant, Total Rewards

* Tiffany Moore, inpatient nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital 4C

* Dr. Thomas J. Payne, professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences, School of Medicine

* Tracy Smith, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Dr. Tonia B. Taylor, assistant professor of occupational therapy, School of Health Related Professions

* Jason Zimmerman, clinical director, Adult Nursing Administration

10 Years

* Annetta Alexander Bracey, performance improvement coordinator, Batson Children’s Hospital Physical Therapy

* Walter Cunningham, medical illustrator, Biomedical Illustration Services

* Dr. Lubna Fawad, associate professor of pediatric oral health, School of Dentistry

* Annette Fletcher, patient services coordinator, Lakeland Otolaryngology

* Dr. John T. Lam, associate professor of pathology, School of Medicine

* Mary Thomas, surgical support technician, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Tabitha Wells, instructor in infectious diseases, School of Medicine

5 Years

* Charles Barrett, field support specialist, Information Systems

* Donna Brown, end-user compliance specialist, Information Systems

* Dr. Fauzia K. Butt, assistant professor of transplant surgery, School of Medicine

* Scott Crume, end-user compliance specialist, Information Systems

* Melanie Ellis, nurse practitioner, Pediatric Neonatology

* James Featherston, nurse, Cardiovascular Holding Area

* Mary Kipchumba, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

* Leah Knapp, medical laboratory technician, Pavilion Clinical Lab

* Jennifer Martin, medical assistant, Neurology Administration

* Michael Martin, field support specialist, Information Systems

* Stephen Miranda, data security engineer, Integrity and Compliance

* Elizabeth Mullins, patient representative, Ob-Gyn

* Bessie Norman, pharmacy technician, Pharmacy

* Dr. Satyaseelan Packianathan, assistant professor of radiation oncology, School of Medicine

* William Page, dialysis nurse, Inpatient Dialysis

* Denise Powell, medical assistant, Pediatric Clinical Support

* Dr. John M. Purvis, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, School of Medicine

* Dr. Richard J. Roman, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, School of Medicine

* Kimberly Sims, ophthalmic technologist, Lakeland Ophthalmology

* Kyle Thigpen, IT support analyst, Information Systems

* Lyndsey Tucker, medical technologist, Pavilion Clinical Lab

* Dr. Jan M. Williams, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, School of Medicine

Tulane nephrologist to discuss kidney injury

 Batuman_VecihiDr. Vecihi Batuman, chief of the Nephrology Section at the V.A. Medical Center, New Orleans, and the Dr. A. Rudolph and Ruth Ryder Huberwald Professor of Medicine, Section of Nephrology-Hypertension, at Tulane University Medical School, will present “Inflammatory Pathways in Acute Kidney Injury and the Renoprotective Role of Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase Activating Polypeptide-38 (PACAP38)” at noon on Monday, Sept. 29, in classroom 6A.

The presentation is sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. For more information, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690.

UT-Southwestern urologist to give Wiener talk

 Cadeddu_JeffreyDr. Jeffrey Cadeddu, professor of urology and radiology, Ralph C. Smith, MD, Distinguished Chair in Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery and director of the Clinical Center for Minimally Invasive Urologic Cancer Treatment, will present the Julian Wiener Lecture in Urology on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the River Hills Club in Jackson.

After a 7:30 a.m. breakfast, Cadeddu will discuss “LESS in 2014 – Is it Worth It?” at 8 a.m. Urology resident presentations will follow at 9 a.m. before Cadeddu gives the Julian Wiener Lecture, “Kidney Tumor Ablation: An Alternative to Surgery or Surveillance,” at 10 a.m. Lunch will follow at 11:30 a.m.

The Julian Wiener Lecture in Urology is presented by the Department of Surgery. For more information, call Cathy Humphrey at 4-6603.

Indiana endocrinologist to talk GLP-1 therapies

 Mather_KierenDr. Kieren Mather, professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, will present “Cardiovascular Benefits of GLP-1 Therapies – Real or Fantasy?” from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 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 Center for Obesity Research. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.

Washington urologist to talk prostate cancer

 Corey_EvaDr. Eva Corey, research professor of urology at the University of Washington, will present “Heterogeneity of Prostate Cancer and PCa Models for Preclinical Testing” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in room G-151 in the Arthur C. Guyton Research Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Freda Turpeau at 5-6802.

Sharp students to compete in first RICE Bowl

 RICE_Bowl_logoTop scholars from local colleges, including Belhaven University, Jackson State University, Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi, will join Medical Center students in the first RICE Bowl, an interactive health-care competition with audience participation, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Sponsored by the Office of Population Health and the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, the Rural Interdisciplinary Case Experience (RICE) Bowl is an academic quiz competition like none other, with team members answering questions and solving a complex health-care case. Attendees will have the opportunity to sound off during the event as well.

For more information or to register for the event, visit or email

WFU imaging leader to discuss cardio-oncology

 Hundley_WilliamDr. Greg Hundley, medical director of the Reynolds Tower Cardiovascular Imaging Facility at Wake Forest Health Sciences, will present “Cardio-oncology: New Insights from MRI Regarding Cancer Treatment-Related Cardiovascular Injury” from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in R354 (upper amphitheatre) as part of the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture Series.

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

For more information, call Margie West at 5-5000.

Penn State physiologist to give research talk

 Lang_CharlesDr. Charles Lang, distinguished university professor and vice chairman of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa., will present the Physiologists in Training Distinguished Research Lecture, “Age-associated Acceleration of Alcoholic Myopathy,” from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

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

The lecture is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.

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