Most physicians and surgeons are looked up to as super-heroes by those placed in their care, but one UMMC cardiologist has earned that distinction from a local publication. And sometimes it's not enough to be an outstanding teacher, researcher and health-care provider - being savvy at business can reap benefits as well, as a group of UMMC faculty have learned.
Dr. Mike McMullan, professor of cardiology and director of UMMC's adult congenital heart program, has been named a 2015 Healthcare Hero by the Mississippi Business Journal.
The award identifies and honors outstanding men and women in the health-care industry whose contributions have increased the well-being of the community. They're recognized in six categories: animal care, first responder, nurse, physician, professional and volunteer.
McMullan was lauded during a breakfast and awards ceremony Nov. 17 at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson.
An alumnus of the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, McMullan returned to UMMC in 2014 after a seven-year absence, during which he was a partner in a local physician practice. Through the years, he's served UMMC as clinical chief of cardiology, director of the cardiology fellowship training program and clinical chief of the Division of Cardiology.
UMMC faculty, from left, Dr. Laquisha L. Burks, instructor in otolaryngology and communicative sciences, Dr. Christopher Spankovich, associate professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences, Dr. Julie Kaplan, associate professor of pediatrics (genetics), Dr. Neal Liu, assistant professor of pediatrics (gastroenterology), Dr. Neeta Mehta, associate professor of dentistry (advanced general dentistry), Dr. Jung S. Ryu, instructor in biochemistry, and Dr. Valipramibil B. Praveen Kumar, assistant professor of pediatrics at UMMC Grenada, recently received the Millsaps College Business Advantage Program for Professionals Award.
Dr. Stan Ward, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, not pictured, also received the award.
The eight faculty were selected from a pool of highly qualified nominees to participate in the program, a certificate course that gives working professionals an exciting and comprehensive exposure to the most essential business topics, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, supply chain, management and strategy.
The Office of Faculty Affairs and the Hearin Foundation Grant funds the scholarships. Nominations are received from school deans and School of Medicine chairs each spring for the fall course. For more information, visit http://www.millsaps.edu/esom/bap-pro/.
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