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  • About Us

    While the Department of Dermatology is young, we stand on the shoulders of dermatologists from the state of Mississippi who have cared for Mississippians and made outstanding contributions to the field of dermatology, including James Grant Thompson, MD, and Louis “Skip” Wise, MD, the earliest pioneers of dermatology in Mississippi.

    Nancye McCowan, MD, came to the UMMC in 2007. Within two years, she and J. Randall Jordan, MD, developed the Face & Skin Center in Ridgeland, MS. This multidisciplinary effort supported by the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences established a university presence in the field of cosmetic dermatology outside the medical center and re-established a dermatology presence at UMMC. Dr. McCowan also serves as the Department of Dermatology's residency program director.

    Julie Wyatt, MD, joined the faculty in 2009 and brought with her an interest in pediatric dermatology and complex medical dermatology. She cared for all hospitalized dermatology patients at the university until 2013 when the faculty developed a shared call schedule.

    Kimberley Ward, MD, joined the faculty in 2011 following an esteemed academic training and experience in private practice to establish an evidence-based cosmetic practice. Dr. Ward has added many new procedures and offerings at UMMC in the short time she has been here.

    Robert T. Brodell, MD, was recruited in 2012 to establish a Department of Dermatology and a residency training program in dermatology. With the help of Drs. McCowan, Wyatt and Ward, an application Program Information Form was completed and in April 2013 the program was approved by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to enroll the first residents in July 2013.

    William H. Black, MD, joined the faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor. He is the director of the department's Mohs surgery unit, as well as head of resident surgery education. He also is the lead dermatologist of UMMC's Multidisciplinary Melanoma Clinic.

    Jeremy D. Jackson, MD, also joined the faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor. Dr. Jackson's interests lie in lymphoma and general dermatology. He is the assistant program director of the department's residency program and assists Dr. McCowan in this role.

    Stephen E. Helms, MD, brought his expertise of occupational dermatology and patch testing to the department in 2013. Before becoming a member of the faculty at UMMC, Dr. Helms was in private practice in Ohio for 35 years. He also held part-time teaching positions at Northeast Medical University and Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine while in Ohio.

    Stephanie K. Jacks, MD, has helped grow the pediatric dermatology unit exponentially in the short time she's been here. The assistant professor joined the faculty in 2014 and is the clinical director of pediatric dermatology.

    Jasmine Hollinger, MD, is the newest addition to the department, having come on board in 2015. Dr. Hollinger's interests include general dermatology, teledermatology, disorders of pigmentation and issues related to skin of color.