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Published in This Week on March 17, 2014

Medical Center alum joins pathology faculty

Neill_JamesDr. 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 American College of Pathologists and the Mississippi State Medical Association, Neill is the author or 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.          

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