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CBMH Director and Staff

Ralph Didlake, MD

didlake,-ralph.jpgDr. Didlake is Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, professor of surgery, and director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, he completed his medical training and a residency in surgery at UMMC, followed by a fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Organ Transplantation.

Over the course of a 23-year practice of transplant, vascular and general surgery, he developed a deep interest in the human context and ethics of modern medicine and surgical care and obtained a master's in bioethics and health Policy from Loyola University's Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics in Chicago.

Dr. Didlake's focus is on the integration of biomedical ethics and professionalism across Mississippi clinical, educational and research efforts. Under his leadership, the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities developed a Quality Enhancement Program on Professionalism for use with UMMC faculty, trainees, staff and students in all affiliated UMMC schools. In addition, fellowship opportunities through the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities are expanding for undergraduate and graduate students in Mississippi universities to help incorporate interdisciplinary as well as interprofessional advances in health care education and practice. 

Amanitare Bailey, MA, MPH

bailey,-amanitare.jpgBailey is the education administrator for the cnter. With an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, a master's in higher education administration from the University of Mississippi, and a master's in public health from Jackson State University, Bailey has supported project development and management within Mississippi institutions, including the Institutions of Higher Learning and UMMC's Department of Surgery.

At the CBMH, she has managed the "Professionalism Across the Curriculum" efforts, assessing student educational needs, auditing strategic sites for QEP activities, developed Professionalism program materials, and runs the Poverty Simulations taken by all medical students and many others as well. Her research focuses on health disparities, access to health care, and health education.

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Caroline Compretta, PhD

compretta,-caroline.jpgCompretta is an assistant professor with appointments in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. A graduate of Millsaps College, she received her master's and doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Kentucky, with a dissertation on the relationships between service providers and recipients in faith-based social service programming.

She has expertise in qualitative research design, methods and analysis, and experience conducting community-engaged research and programs. Her research focuses on the social and political contexts of health, health disparities, food insecurities, child-centered research and community-based programs.

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Carrie Henderson, MD

Henderson is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care. With a BS in biochemistry and molecular biology magna cum laude from Centre College in Kentucky, she completed her MD at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, a pediatrics residency at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University where she also served as chief resident, and completed pediatric critical care fellowship from 2009-12 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center where she developed a strong interest in clinical ethics.

She joined the ethics committee at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, attended the intensive bioethics course at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and completed a completed a yearlong fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. '

Along with CBMH colleague Patrick D. Hopkins, she runs the medical ethics training portion of the core curriculum for M1 and M2 students, teaches clinical ethics courses for M4s, and has redesigned the ethics curriculum. Her research interests are in definitions of death, the legal and moral status of brain-dead but breathing patients, end-of-life care in pediatric patients, and pediatric palliative sedation therapy.

Patrick Hopkins, PhD

hopkins,-patrick.jpgHopkins is a professor with an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UMMC and in the Department of Philosophy at Millsaps College. With a BA in psychology and philosophy from Ole Miss, he had positions at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta and in the Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Medical School, Memphis, before completing a doctorate in Philosophy at Washington University, St. Louis, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship in applied ethics at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

Specializing in ethics, moral psychology, and neuroscience, his research focuses on empirical moral psychology in medical settings, clinical moral pathology, the legal status of various neurologic and genetic technologies, and the history of natural law theory and the impact on its future of contemporary neuroscience and cognitive science.

Pamela Steadman

wardlaw,-pam.jpgSteadman is the administrative assistant at the CBMH and brings great experience of the arts to the Center. A former President's List Scholar in vocal performance and classical piano at Mississippi State University, her intensive musical performance training for both piano and voice were complemented by coursework in the history, theory and pedagogy of music.

After receiving a paralegal degree from Hinds Community College (graduating Phi Theta Kappa), her subsequent positions as a private sector office manager in law and engineering firms and UMMC’s informational technology office, furthered her interest in the relationship between arts, humanities, law, medicine, and ethics.

At the CBMH, she coordinates the Frate Student Bioethics Fellowship as well as numerous other programs and is the front-line contact for all CBMH office matters.