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Geriatrics, cytopathology, endocrinology fellows among new faculty

Published on Monday, August 10, 2015

Published on August 10, 2015

The Medical Center is proud to announce the following additions to its faculty and leadership staff:


Scott Gibson, M.D.


Dr. Scott Gibson, a UMMC alum and recent geriatrics fellow here, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biochemistry from Mississippi College in 2007, Gibson earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2011. He then had internal medicine residency training from 2011-14 and a geriatrics fellowship from 2014-15 at UMMC.

Gibson is an active member of the American Geriatric Society and the American College of Physicians.


Maria F. Gonzalez, M.D.


Dr. Maria F. Gonzalez, a recent cytopathology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving her M.D. with honors from Universidad Libre, Cali, Colombia, Gonzalez had a transitional medicine internship at Universidad del Valle, Cali. She served as a physician and medical coordinator of primary health programs in Cali, Colombia, before joining the faculty at Colegio Odontologico Colombiano, Cali, as an associate professor of physiology and assistant professor of histology and pathology, where she was chosen as the best teacher of the year.

In 2007, Gonzalez came to the U.S. to continue her postgraduate training. After a pathology observership at the University of Miami, Florida, from 2008-09, she started her residency training in pathology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, and finished her residency training in pathology at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine-Western campus, Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2013. Gonzalez did two fellowships: a surgical pathology fellowship from 2013-14 at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut, and a cytopathology fellowship from 2014-15 at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

An active member of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathology and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Gonzalez is the coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, five abstracts and seven posters presented at national meetings. Her research interests include a retrospective comparative study of breast needle localization and radioactive seed localization, cytopathology fine needle aspirations, breast pathology, gastrointestinal pathology and gynecologic pathology.

Vishnu Vardhan Garla, M.B.B.S.


Dr. Vishnu Vardhan Garla, a former endocrinology fellow, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Valedictorian of his high school class, Garla earned the M.B.B.S. from JJM Medical College in India. He was an observer at Princess Alexandria Hospital, Harlow, Essex, United Kingdom, from 2005-06 and was a house officer at CARE Hospital in Visakhapatnam, India, from 2006-07.

He then came to the United States and had residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at Marshall University, West Virginia, from 2009-13, serving as chief resident of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program from 2011-12. He then accepted an endocrinology fellowship at UMMC. He is working on completing his M.P.H. at East Tennessee State University.

The coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Garla is an active member of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society. His research interests include the role of AGPAT 1 in obesity-induced insulin resistance, and transitions of care from pediatric endocrine to adult endocrine.