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Radiologist, biochemist, CCHO earn national acclaim

Published on Thursday, November 5, 2015

Published on November 05, 2015

What do a nuclear medicine chief, a Cancer Institute associate professor and a community health officer have in common? Recognition by national academic and professional societies which brings recognition to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.   

Radiologist earns RSNA national committee appointment


Dr. Vani Vijayakumar, professor of radiology and chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine, has been appointed chair of the Nuclear Medicine Subcommittee of the Education Exhibits Committee by the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America.

Vijayakumar will serve a three-year term beginning at the conclusion of the society's annual meeting.

The subcommittee is responsible for reviewing and selecting all education exhibits in nuclear medicine proffered for the annual meeting through formal application, within budgetary and space limitations, and is responsible for developing AMA PRA Category 1 Credit programming within the education exhibits.



AAMC selects biochemist for women faculty award


Dr. Radhika Pochampally, associate professor of biochemistry at the UMMC Cancer Institute, has been selected by the UMMC Office of Faculty Affairs to receive a scholarship to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Mid-career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar in December.

The Office of Faculty Affairs sponsors up to two women faculty to attend the seminar each year. School of Medicine chairs are invited to submit nominations for the award in July to attend the seminar in December.

Interested candidates are encouraged to communicate with their chair and access frequently asked questions about the seminar at For more information, call Vickie Skinner at 5-0135 or email her at




Population health officer receives equity council invitation


Michael Jones, chief community health officer in the Office of Population Health, deputy director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute and adjunct instructor of nursing, has been invited to join the Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC).

Part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, SHEC is committed to the goal of achieving health equity.

Jones' membership term will begin Dec. 3-4 when he attends the annual council meeting in Atlanta. Council members are expected to attend three of four annual meetings and actively participate on at least one council committee.