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Pediatrician, pathologist, ob-gyn join UMMC faculty

Published on Thursday, February 12, 2015

Published on February 12, 2015

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

Valiparambil B. Praveen Kumar, M.D.


Dr. Valiparambil B. Praveen Kumar, an attending pediatrician at Essentia Health Fargo, North Dakota, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After earning the M.D. at Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore, India, Kumar had a residency at MR Medical College, Gulbarga, India; a fellowship in foot and ankle orthopedics from 2007-08 at the American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, Alabama; and a pediatrics residency from 2008-11 at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Elmhurst, New York.

An active member of the American Association of Pediatrics, Kumar has served as a physician in India and in Kuwait. He has presented six posters internationally.

Varsha Manucha, M.D.


Dr. Varsha Manucha, an assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pathology.

Manucha completed her residency training in anatomic pathology at Boston Medical Center in 2005, where she was also the chief resident. Following her residency she did fellowships in surgical pathology (2005-06) and cytopathology (2006-07) at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore. Manucha earned her M.B.B.S. at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi University, India, in 1995 followed by her M.D. in pathology at the University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India, in 2000, and a senior residency in pathology there from 2000-03.

A diplomat of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology in 2006 and a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology in Cytopathology in 2007, Manucha served as a consultant in surgical pathology/cytopathology at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, India, from 2008-09 before joining the Temple University School of Medicine in 2010. Manucha also has served as director of the residency program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Temple University and director of cytology section.

A fellow of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the College of American Pathologists, Manucha is the author and coauthor of 33 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has given 21 academic presentations internationally.

Paul H. Moore III, M.D.


Dr. Paul H. Moore III, a UMMC alum with a private practice in Jackson, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2001, Moore earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2005. He had residency training in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, from 2005-09, a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Northeast Urogynecology, Albany, New York, from 2009-12, and a fellowship in pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction at the C. Paul Perry Pelvic Pain Center, Brimingham, Alabama, in 2002. He has been in private practice in Jackson since January 2013.

He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Urogynecologic Society and the International Pelvic Pain Society.