The Medical Center is proud to announce the following additions to its faculty:
Private-practice peds dentist joins dentistry faculty
Dr. Emily A. Dasinger Heitzmann, a private-practice pediatric dentist at Magnolia Family Dental Care in Ridgeland, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatric dentistry.
After receiving the B.S. in chemistry from Millsaps College in 2003 and the M.A. in teaching from Belhaven College in 2004, Heitzmann earned the D.M.D. in 2008 at UMMC, where she received her certificate in pediatric and special needs dentistry in 2010.
Heitzmann has accumulated more than three years of hospital dentistry and private-practice dentistry experience, having been an active member of Madison River Oaks Hospital since 2010 and an active staff member of Woman’s Hospital since 2013.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, she also is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Mississippi Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Medical library gains associate professor, head of serials
Dr. Darryl Dean James, an eight-year veteran of the Texas Medical Center Library System, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor/head of serials/ERM in the Rowland Medical Library.
After receiving the B.A. in history in 1980 and the M.A. in history in 1981 from Delta State University, Cleveland, James earned the Ph.D. in history at Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 1986. Six years later, he obtained the M.S. in library science from the University of North Texas, Denton.
General manager of a book retailer in Houston for almost a decade, James joined the Texas Medical Center Library in 2006, where he served as cataloging and metadata librarian in 2006, print resources and metadata coordinator from 2006-07, assistant director of collections management in 2008 and associate director of collection development from 2008-13.
The author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, James was an active member of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association while in Texas. An avid writer of mystery stories with more than 30 published works, he is an at-large board member of the Mystery Writers of America.
Assistant admissions dean joins family medicine faculty
Dr. R. Stephen Manuel, assistant dean of admissions at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine and associate dean of admissions for the School of Medicine.
After receiving the B.A. in psychology from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 1987, Manuel earned the M.S. in college student personnel in 1994 and the Ph.D. in educational administration in 2001 at Indiana State University, Terre Haute.
He first joined the Wabash College faculty in 1988 as assistant director of admissions before moving to Indiana State University, where he served as assistant director of admissions from 1990-95, associate director of admissions from 1995-98, and acting director of admissions from 1998-99. He joined Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, in 1999 as director of admissions, then moved on to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he served as assistant dean of admissions from 2005-14.
He is the author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals and numerous scientific articles, posters and professional symposium, conference and workshop presentations.