Dr. Walter “Mack” Gorton of Belzoni, who for four decades has cared for patients with some of the nation's highest rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, was celebrated Saturday as the 2016 Distinguished Medical Alumnus - much to his initial surprise.
“Several weeks ago when they told me about this, I nearly fainted,” he said in his remarks during an awards dinner in Jackson.
Gorton, a 1968 UMMC School of Medicine graduate, was one of six physicians honored, including the five latest inductees into the university's Medical Alumni Chapter Hall of Fame. They are Dr. Alton Cobb, Dr. Martin L. Dalton Jr., Dr. W. Briggs Hopson Jr., Dr. James “Jim” Martin and Dr. David Watson.
Sponsored by the Medical Alumni Chapter and the Office of Alumni Affairs at UMMC, the event paid tribute to those who “embody that spirit, that passion and that commitment we need in Mississippi,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.
Also commending the guests of honor was Dr. Jeffrey Vitter, University of Mississippi chancellor, who said, “Our greatest strength is our people. That value resonates around the world. … I continue to be wowed on a daily basis about the transformational value of the Medical Center.”