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Published in Alumni Publications on January 16, 2013

Class Notes

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Dr. Fred S. Evans (1957), retired since 2001, has been doing volunteer work at a charity clinic and for his church’s ministry to the needy in Pensacola, Fla. Evans was a member of the first medical school class to graduate from UMMC. He attended the last two years on a U.S. Navy scholarship and served in the Navy until 1981. An ophthalmologist, he practiced in Pensacola for 20 years before his retirement. He and his wife Pat, a Belzoni native, have two sons and four grandchildren.   


Dr. William Bill McKell (1962), who has retired from active practice, recently moved to Ridgeland from Gautier, where he volunteered for years as medical director of a free clinic for the uninsured. After medical school, he interned at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Hospital at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, served two years as a flight surgeon and returned to UMMC for a fellowship in internal medicine residency and gastroenterology. He practiced until 1996, in Jackson, Houston and Pascagoula. He also served on the clinical faculty in UMMC’s GI division.


Dr. Robert T. Carsley (1970) of Oxford announced plans to retire from active practice as of Dec. 1, 2012. Since 2008 he has been a provider of pediatric care and an instructor for Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital in Memphis. As a major in the U.S. Air Force, he was chief of pediatrics at the USAF Hospital, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, from 1973 to 1975. Before that he was chief resident of pediatrics at Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. Between 1975 and 2008, he was in general pediatric group practice in Olympia, Wash., an instructor of primary care nurse practitioners at Seattle University and instructor for the physician assistants program at the University of Oregon Medical Center. Carsley and his wife Kristin have two sons, two grandchildren and another grandchild on the way.

Dr. Claude Earl Fox III (1972) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., retired on Sept. 1 as the founding executive director of the Florida Public Health Institute and research professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he was recently appointed professor emeritus. He will continue to work with the Palm Beach County M.D./Master of Public Health program while maintaining the business he started 18 years ago as president of Med Plus Disability Evaluations Inc. Fox had previously served as professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University for five years and with the federal Senior Executive Service in Washington, D.C. Before that, he was State Health Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health for six years.
Dr. William James (Jim) Alexander (1974), an Infectious Disease Medicine specialist in Cary, N.C., has been an independent medical consultant to pharmaceutical firms since 2008. He completed internal medicine and infectious disease training at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he was also a clinical faculty instructor and earned his master of public health degree. From 1978 to 1987, he was County Epidemiologist for Jefferson County in Alabama. With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, he collaborated in the areas of sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis control and surveillance activities for viral hepatitis and HIV infection. Beginning in 1987 he held positions with several pharmaceutical companies. From 1996 to 1998 he was worldwide head of pharmacovigilance (drug-safety monitoring) and product safety for GlaxoWellcome. Alexander has contributed to clinical development programs supporting the approval of drugs for treating bacterial and viral infections, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and migraine.
Dr. William “Bill” E. Wheeler (1977) was recognized in July for his caring and compassion as the Cam Underhill Practicing Excellence Physician of the Year at Baptist Easley Hospital in Easley, S.C. The recipient of numerous nominations from patients and staff, the general surgeon has been with the hospital since 2006 and is serving his second year as president of the medical staff. Wheeler is also a previous winner of the Standards of Behavior Easley Award, which honors a member of the medical staff who demonstrates compassion, integrity and competence. Board certified in general surgery, Wheeler finished his residency in 1982 and was certified for additional qualifications in surgical critical care for 20 years. His first grandchild was born in July.


Dr. William Dore Binder (1980) has been appointed a member of the board of trustees of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Institute, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the AAAHC, the national accrediting body for a variety of health care organizations. After graduating from the School of Medicine at UMMC, he completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Tulane University in New Orleans and later earned a master’s degree in medical management from Tulane’s School of Public Health. Binder is a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and previously served as a representative of the ACOG on the AAAHC board of trustees.  He practices at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., where he serves on the board of trustees and is a past board chairman.
Dr. Charles K. “Ken” Lippincott (1980) of Tupelo received the American Psychiatric Association’s highest honor in 2011, when he was elected an APA Distinguished Fellow.  Since 1999, Lippincott has been a member of the psychiatric staff at North Mississippi State Hospital in Tupelo, where he became clinical director in 2006. At North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, he served as staff psychiatrist in the Behavioral Health Center for 21 years.

Dr. Rathel “Skip” Nolan (1982) has been awarded a fellowship by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which represents physicians, scientists and other health-care professionals specializing in infectious diseases. Nolan, medical director of the Division of Infection Prevention at UMMC, is helping lead an effort to ensure that an influenza vaccine is administered every year to all UMMC faculty, staff and students who come in contact with patients.
Dr. Randy Easterling (1984) has been appointed to a two-year term to the American Medical Association’s Political Action Committee Board of Directors. A family medicine physician practicing in Vicksburg, Easterling is past president of the Mississippi State Medical Association. He is the current president of the state Board of Medical Licensure.
Dr. John Proctor (1986) of Franklin, Tenn., has been appointed an emergency medicine representative to the Professional and Technical Advisory Committee of the Joint Commission, which evaluates and accredits health care organizations and programs across the country. He is president of TeamHealth, Midsouth Division, one of the nation’s largest providers of hospital-based clinical outsourcing. After graduating from medical school, he completed his residency in emergency medicine at UMMC in 1990. He finished pediatric emergency medicine training and sub-board certification at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he served as director of emergency department operations from 1993-96.  Proctor received his MBA from Vanderbilt in 1998. He is also an executive trustee for the National Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee and a Board of Directors member for the Emergency Medicine Foundation and the Emergency Nurses Association Foundation.  


Dr. Mary Barraza Taylor (1991) returned to UMMC in April 2011 to co-direct the new congenital heart center with Dr. Jorge Salazar. The Natchez native is the division chief of Pediatric Critical Care and medical director of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Services. The ECMO program supports infants and children with respiratory failure, post-operative cardiac surgical patients and adult respiratory and cardiac failure patients. After graduating from UMMC, Taylor completed pediatrics residency and fellowships in pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care at Vanderbilt University, where she was on staff for 12 years. She also concluded a senior fellowship in cardiac ICU at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Susan A. Chiarito (1993) of Vicksburg was elected president of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians on July 17, succeeding outgoing president Dr. William B. Jones of Greenwood. She pursued her medical degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine after practicing eight years of nursing, having earned her B.S. in nursing at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Board certified in family medicine, she practices at Mission Primary Care Clinic in Vicksburg and has mentored medical students at UMMC since 2000. Chiarito and her husband Vince have two daughters.


Dr. Syed Tanvir Ahmed (2004 residency program), who practiced family and emergency medicine in Lawrence County, Mississippi for six years until May 2012, has moved to West Bloomfield, Mich. He graduated from UMMC’s family medicine residency program in 2004. During his years in Mississippi, he also served as clinical assistant professor at UMMC in the Department of Family Medicine. Board certified in family medicine, Ahmed is a fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in Ontario, which establishes certification standards for family medicine physicians and accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. 

In Memoriam

Dr. Leonard D. Ball III (1967) of Granger, Ind.; Jan. 5, 2012; age 69
Dr. Frances Shaw Barnes (1943) of Montgomery, Ala.; Aug. 8, 2012; age 90
Dr. Roy M. Barnes (1949) of Port Gibson; Feb. 20, 2012; age 86
Dr. Emile M. Baumhauer Jr. (1948) of Pascagoula; June 23, 2012; age 85
Dr. Harold D. Brewer (1958) of Plant City, Fla.; Nov. 5, 2012; age 85
Dr. James S. Broome (1966) of Marion, Mass.; March 24, 2012; age 72
Dr. Carroll L. Busby (1945) of Plainview, Texas; Feb. 12, 2012; age 86
Dr. Cathy A. Butts (1980) of Gautier; July 6, 2012; age 56
Dr. David I. Carlson (1962) of Brandon; July 9, 2012; age 74
Dr. James R. Cavett Jr. (1943) of Madison; June 1, 2012; age 92
Dr. Milam S. Cotton (1959) of Madison; Feb. 2, 2012; age 77
Dr. Melissa Harvey Dockery (1982) of Little Rock, Ark.; May 24, 2012; age 56
Dr. Perry Neil Duggar (1966) of Jackson; May 15, 2012; age 76
Dr. Guy Robert Farmer Sr. (1961) of Calhoun City; Jan. 19, 2012; age 75
Dr. Jewell W. Fortenberry Jr. (1980) of Atlanta, Ga.; Oct. 18, 2012; age 56
Dr. Cherie Friedman (1953) of Oxford; Jan. 17, 2012; age 84
Dr. Anthony J. Gentile (1946) of Scranton, Pa.; May 6, 2012; age 89
Dr. H. Lamar Gillespie Sr. (1953) of Hattiesburg; May 2, 2012; age 81
Dr. Walter D. Gunn Sr. (1949) of Lake Village, Ark.; Jan. 31, 2012; age 87
Dr. L.C. Henson (1954) of Kilmichael; July 1, 2012; age 84
Dr. Toni Bertolet Henthorn (1988) of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Sept. 29, 2012; age 50
Dr. Gary D. Holdiness (1983) of Kosciusko; May 6, 2012; age 54
Dr. L. Gerald Hopkins (1961) of Oxford; Oct. 19, 2012; age 82
Dr. M. Beckett Howorth Jr. (1944) of Oxford; Oct. 31, 2012; age 89
Dr. Ernest J. Johnson (1961) of Tucson, Ariz.; Aug. 25, 2012; age 75
Dr. Sharpe W. Johnson (1983) of Jasper, Ala.; July 9, 2012; age 77
Dr. Herbert A. Kroeze (1952) of Madison; June 10, 2012; age 88
Dr. Floyd L. Lummus (1960) of Tupelo; Oct. 21, 2012; age 77
Dr. Malcolm Sidney Moore Sr. (1958) of Tupelo; May 17, 2012; age 78
Dr. Jeffrey E. Newman (1969) of Seattle, Wash.; Jan 22, 2012; age 68
Dr. John M. Pearson (1957) of Hattiesburg; Sept. 2, 2012; age 81
Dr. John R. Sanders (1971) of Tupelo; Sept. 29, 2012; age 66
Dr. Glenn Norman Smith (1978) of Hattiesburg; March 16, 2012; age 58
Dr. Joe K. Stephens (1954) of West Point; March 2, 2012; age 80
Dr. William Granville Tabb Jr. (1941) of Ridgeland; Feb. 8, 2012; age 94
Dr. Robert L. Thompson (1961) of Chapel Hill, N.C.; July 20, 2012; age 75
Dr. John E. Williams (1961) of Long Beach; Nov. 5, 2012; age 77

Dr. Patricia Cook Moynihan (1965) of Franklin, Tenn., who helped pave the way for more women to enter the field of academic surgery, died on July 30, 2012; she was 77. One of only a few women in her graduating class at UMMC’s School of Medicine, the Bay Springs native completed a general surgery residency there under Dr. James Hardy before joining the faculty of Johns Hopkins University in 1970 as the institution’s first female pediatric surgery fellow. Two years later she was appointed an assistant professor of pediatrics and surgery at UMMC, then left Jackson in 1978 to become an associate professor of pediatric surgery at the Tulane Medical Center. In 1991, seven years after being appointed professor at Tulane University, she was recruited to join East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine as professor of surgery and pediatrics. She retired from ETSU in 2004. Moynihan is survived by two sons and six grandchildren.

Dr. William Lewis Roberts (1990), a prominent clinical chemist and pathologist, died on July 26, 2012, at age 52. An Ohio native, Roberts worked from 1995 to 1998 as an assistant professor of pathology at UMMC following the conclusion of his fellowship at Yale University’s School of Medicine. In 1998 he joined ARUP Laboratories and the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, where he became a full professor of clinical chemistry in 2007 and remained until his death. At ARUP, a national reference laboratory and nonprofit enterprise of the University of Utah and its Department of Pathology, he directed the automated core laboratory and served as the chemistry group medical director, chair of the capital equipment committee and executive member of the research institute. As a clinical chemist, Roberts authored 144 peer-reviewed publications, eight review articles and 13 book chapters. His publications had been cited nearly 2,700 times before his death. He is survived by his parents, his wife and two children.