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Welcome to the Web site of the Department of Medicine (Internal Medicine) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the state's only academic health center. The focus of our department is threefold: education, clinical care and research. We respect and value each other as colleagues, co-learners and public servants, and consider it an honor to work together in this special place. Our department is committed to advancing education by setting the highest standards for professional development. Faculty members work one-on-one with students, residents and fellows to provide exceptional training and develop superb patient-care skills. Faculty members continue to participate in nationally funded research and publish in the highest quality journals.
On July 9, 2015, the Department of Medicine and the Medical Center were deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. William "Bill" C. Little, chairman of the Department of Medicine, who died suddenly at work.
A nationally recognized cardiologist, Dr. Little of Madison was the consummate clinician, teacher, researcher, administrator, friend and mentor to countless cardiovascular professionals throughout the world. He was universally known as a remarkable colleague and an even greater friend to his fellow physicians and trainees.
After graduating from Oberlin (Ohio) College, Dr. Little attended the Ohio State University School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Virginia and a cardiovascular disease fellowship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
He began his academic career at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and five years later joined the Wake Forest University School of Medicine where he became the country's longest-serving chief of cardiology. He came to the Medical Center in 2013 as the Patrick Lehan Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine.
A fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Little was also a recipient of the American Heart Association's Laennec Master Clinician Award and the American Physiological Society's Lamport Award for Cardiac Research. He served as chair of the NIH Cardiovascular Study Section, the VA Cardiovascular Merit Review Board and the Cardiovascular Disease Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
An accomplished researcher, Dr. Little was the author or co-author of more than 250 peer-reviewed professional publications, 39 of which have been cited more than 100 times each. His longstanding research interests included clinical cardiology, cardiac physiology and coronary artery disease.
Dr. Little especially enjoyed the company of his wife of 40 years, Constance Loydall Little, and their children and grandchildren: John and Gail Little, Anna and Luke, of Greenville, N.C; Elizabeth (Little) and Michael Glancy, and Ella, of Baltimore, MD. Dr. Little also enjoyed an active lifestyle that included cross-country skiing, fishing, biking and walking.
Although Dr. Little was chairman for only two years, he made many contributions to the department and UMMC and quickly gained great respect from his colleagues. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched during his time at UMMC. The Medical Center is proud to honor Dr. Little's legacy of exemplary achievement in education and research by establishing the William C. Little, MD, Memorial Cardiology Endowment.
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