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Otolaryngology, medicine, dentistry ranks grow with new faculty

Published on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Published on September 24, 2015

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

Claude F. Harbarger, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Claude Harbarger


Dr. Claude F. Harbarger joins the faculty ranks as an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences.

Harbarger earned his medical degree from UMMC in 2009. He completed his otolaryngology internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia, and completed a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children's Hospital of Alabama.

Harbarger is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the Society of University Otolaryngologists, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the Mississippi Society of Otolaryngology, the Society for the Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children, and is a specialty fellow member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Harbarger has several peer-reviewed articles and has presented at several national meetings, such as the American Society for Pediatric Otolaryngology. His specialty interests include pediatric endocrine, head and neck masses, hemangiomas and vascular malformations, management of airway lesions, sinus and chronic ear disease, congenital ear anomalies and management of hearing impaired and cochlear implantation.

Hailey Christine Henderson, M.S.


Hailey Christine Henderson, a recent graduate student clinician for Pelahatchie Public Schools, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology and communicative sciences.

Henderson received her B.S. in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Mississippi in 2012 and her M.S. in speech-language pathology from Jackson State University in 2015.

She is the coauthor of a peer-reviewed article, "Diary Reporting and Phonetic Transciption for Effective Speech Analysis in Children with Disabilities: What Itard Did Not Know," in the January 2014 issue of the Online Journal of Rural and Urban Research.

John L. Parks, M.D.


Dr. John L. Parks, a graduate of cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at the Medical University of South Carolina, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his B.A. in biology cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2004, Parks earned his M.D. in 2008 at UMMC. He was an intern and resident physician here in the Department of Internal Medicine from 2008-11. He then trained in cardiovascular disease fellowship from 2011-14 and an interventional cardiology fellowship from 2014-15 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

He is the co-author of a book chapter on percutaneous aortic valve therapies and a chapter on scleroderma heart disease. His clinical interests include complex coronary interventions and transcatheter aortic valve replacements.

Tina Rushing Woods, D.M.D.


Dr. Tina Rushing Woods, a School of Dentistry alum who has recently completed postgraduate training at the University of Florida School of Dentistry, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and pathology in the School of Dentistry.

After receiving her B.S. in biology from Mississippi College in 1993, Woods earned her D.M.D. at UMMC in 1997. She entered private practice as in Greenville from 1997-98 and in 1998 moved to Murphy, North Carolina. She worked as an associate for one year and became partner in 2001 in Drs. Mims and Woods Dentistry, remaining in Murphy for six more years.

In 2007, Woods gained 600 hours of Spanish-language instruction at the Instituto de Lengua de Espanola in San Jose, Costa Rica, and became a full-time missionary in Honduras, Central America, with Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International. She had postgraduate training in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from 2012-15 at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where she served as chief resident from 2014-15.

An active member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Woods is the author and coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has given nine oral presentations at dentistry seminars and conferences nationwide. Her research interests include cancers of the mouth, head and neck.