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The UMMC Division of Public Affairs has a full staff of writers, editors, photographers and designers that work daily to tell the UMMC story through the many print and digital outlets PA produces.

In addition, our news staff is a direct link to media representatives looking to do a story featuring a UMMC school, department, employee, patient or student or needing comments from one of our many subject-matter experts for an upcoming article or radio or video package.

Our news/communications staff is ready to help you with any story idea, information request or question about UMMC you may have. Please feel free to contact any of the people listed below, some with listed areas of responsibility that may help guide you to the most appropriate contact, for help.

  • Tom Fortner
    Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer
    (601) 984-1100
  • Marc Rolph
    Director of Public Affairs
    (601) 815-5133
  • Bruce Coleman
    Assistant Director of Internal Administrative Communications
    (School of Health Related Professions)
    (601) 984-4743
  • Ruth Cummins
    Assistant Director of Media Relations
    (Health Care)
    (601) 984-1104
  • Gary Pettus
    (School of Medicine)
    (601) 815-9266
  • Kate Royals
    (Schools of Dentistry and Nursing)
    (601) 984-1970
  • Annie Oeth
    (601) 984-1122
  • Karen Bascom
    Editor/Writer - Health Science Research
    (Research and the Schools of Graduate Studies and Population Health)
    (601) 815-3940