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Two SOM alumni, former peds fellow join UMMC faculty

Published on Thursday, October 29, 2015

Published on October 29, 2015

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

Ethel Gonzales Clemente, M.D.


Dr. Ethel Gonzales Clemente, a recent pediatric endocrinology fellow at Case Western Reserve University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. in biology from De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, in 1997, Clemente earned her M.D. cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas, Medicine and Surgery, Manila, in 2001. She completed her postgraduate internship, three years of pediatric residency, and served as chief resident in pediatrics at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital from 2001-06.

She served as a pediatrician at St. Cristo Medical Clinic, Pulilan, Bulacan, Philippines from 2007-09 before moving to the United States, where she had a pediatrics residency at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Paterson, New Jersey, from 2009-12. She did her pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, from 2012-15.

An active member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Endocrine Society and the Pediatric Endocrine Society, Clemente has been involved in research projects involving pediatric diabetes mellitus, neonatal thyroid function and obesity in urban youth.


Wayne Shannon Orr III, M.D.


Dr. Wayne Shannon Orr III, a UMMC graduate and recent complex general surgical oncology fellow at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving his B.S. in chemistry from Delta State University in 2000, Orr earned his M.D. at UMMC in 2006. He had a general surgery residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Memphis from 2006-13, a research fellowship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, from 2009-11 and a complex general surgical oncology fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, from 2013-15.

An active member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, among other national professional organizations, Orr is the author or coauthor of 12 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and two book chapters. He has given nine oral presentations and coauthored 16 poster presentations displayed at scientific meetings nationwide.


Chelle R. Pope Wilhelm, M.D.


Dr. Chelle R. Pope Wilhelm, a UMMC graduate and recent clinical immunology and allergy fellow here, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving her B.S. in microbiology summa cum laude from Mississippi State University in 2003, Wilhelm earned her M.D. at UMMC in 2007. She then had postgraduate training here, including an internal medicine internship/residency from 2007-10, service as chief internal medicine resident from 2010-11, a pulmonary medicine fellowship from 2011-13 and a clinical immunology and allergy fellowship from 2013-15.

An active member of the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Wilhelm is coauthor of a book chapter, “Asthma Over 65: A Disease About Which Little Is Known,” in the textbook Asthma, Comorbidities, Co-Existing Conditions, and Differential Diagnosis. Her main research interest is asthma.