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Office of Public Affairs

The Division of Public Affairs is the strategic communications hub of the Medical Center. Public Affairs oversees all interactions with the news media and tells the Medical Center story through print and electronic communications for internal and external audiences, including UMMC's primary social media accounts.

In addition, Public Affairs provides a variety of services to the Medical Center community, including creative communications services, publicity for noteworthy activities, tours and event planning.

Our office can be reached by phone Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (601) 984-1100, or by email at

Our office is located on the first floor of the Holmes Learning Resources Center, across from the Office of the Vice Chancellor. The closest public parking lot to our office is in Lot D across from the Nelson Student Union, next to the School of Pharmacy. Walk through the School of Medicine, and we are right inside the LRC to the left.

Media guidelines and resources

Members of the professional news media who need assistance covering Medical Center activities should contact the office at (601) 984-1100.

All media who visit the campus must be accompanied by an escort from Public Affairs.


Letitia Thompson, right, vice president of cancer control for the American Cancer Society's South Region, presents Dr. John Ruckdeschel, UMMC Cancer Institute director, with the society's St. George Award during a reception Thursday in Jackson.

American Cancer Society honors Ruckdeschel with St. George Award

Friday, September 21, 2018

UMMC Cancer Institute director received praise for his years of work with the American Cancer Society to further patient therapies and support the organization's research and patient care efforts. Read More

Joe Pongetti, left, and JoJo Dodd both went from portraying Bully to becoming first-year medical students.

People of the U: JoJo Dodd and Joe Pongetti

Thursday, September 20, 2018

JoJo Dodd and Joe Pongetti now wear blue UMMC scrubs as M1s, but the two were among those donning the tan fur suit of Mississippi State University’s mascot, Bully, during their undergraduate days. As recently as July, Dodd portrayed the tenacious canine while visiting patients at Batson Children’s Hospital. Read More

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