UMMC honors distinguished faculty

UMMC honors distinguished faculty

University of Mississippi Medical Center administrators named five faculty members to receive Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professorships, an honor recognizing significant research accomplishments and excellence in teaching. 

The honorees' fields spanned the gamut of UMMC's three primary missions: education, research and health care. 

"The University of Mississippi is indeed honored to pay tribute to the contributions of Dr. Billy S. Guyton to medical education in Mississippi by awarding these distinguished professorships in his name," said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

Though Guyton Professorships recognize outstanding scholarship, there's no threshold for number of grants or dollar amount of grants for faculty to be considered.

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Thanks to Chen, patients see the light

Dr. C. J. Chen is an avid photographer and travel buff. 

He has a room outfitted with an elaborate stereo system where he spends time outside work listening to classical music, and he and his wife Lin have enjoyed ballroom dancing, the symphony, ballet and opera for years. They love visiting with their three children, all physicians living out of state, and six grandchildren. 

So when Chen steps down as chair of the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Department of Ophthalmology, a duty he's had the last 15 of his 36 years on the faculty, does that give him more leisure time? 

Possibly. 

"I'm not retiring," laughs Chen, who will remain a full-time faculty member after Dr. Kimberly Crowder, associate professor of ophthalmology and director of the ophthalmology residency program, becomes chair in July. 

"His work ethic is unsurpassed," Crowder said. "He's always thinking, and always working, and he always puts the needs of the department before his own needs. That's a great aspect of a leader."

Many current and former patients owe their sight to Chen, a native of Taiwan and one of the world's premier experts in surgical management of vitreoretinal diseases, especially those related to diabetes, ocular trauma and complicated retinal detachment. Since he arrived at the Medical Center in 1979 as an assistant professor of surgery, his department has been the beneficiary of his passion for research to improve treatment and patient outcomes, and his commitment to raising the bar on standards of care.

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Thanks to Chen, patients see the light

Retiree ceremony, USC neuroscientist's talk top week's events

Retiree ceremony, USC neuroscientist's talk top week's events

A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

 

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May grants, awards surpass $4.3 million

University of Mississippi Medical Center researchers garnered 22 grants - including 13 new, seven renewal and two startups for industry clinical trials - in May totaling $4,318,215.

The following faculty obtained the largest new awards during the month (note: award amounts are calculated as annual figures):

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May grants, awards surpass $4.3 million
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