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Pediatricians, neurosurgeon join UMMC's ranks

Published on Thursday, September 10, 2015

Published on September 10, 2015

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

Lauren Crane Tucker, M.D.


Dr. Lauren Crane Tucker, a recent UMMC pediatric resident, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 2008, Tucker earned her M.D. in 2012 at the LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport. She began residency training in pediatrics at UMMC in 2012.

As a resident, Tucker was actively involved in a quality improvement project at UMMC, creating guidelines for outpatient and inpatient treatment of community-acquired pneumonia with the Department of Infectious Diseases at Children's of Mississippi. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, she is working on a quality improvement project with the Department of Newborn Medicine to create guidelines to improve quality and accuracy of documentation in the newborn nursery.

Chad W. Washington, M.D.


Dr. Chad W. Washington, a native of Pontotoc, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurosurgery following the completion of his residency and fellowship training in neurosurgery and endovascular neurosurgery at Washington University in St. Louis.

After receiving his B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Millsaps College in 2001, Washington obtained his M.S. in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, in 2003. He then earned his M.D. at UMMC in 2007. Washington also completed an M.P.H.S. at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012.

Washington did a general surgery internship from 2007-08, a neurosurgery residency from 2008-13, and an endovascular neurosurgery fellowship in radiology from 2013-14 at Washington University. Sandwiched between his postgraduate training, Washington completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurosurgery from 2011-12 and was a neurosurgery registrar in fall 2012 at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

The author or coauthor of 19 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, four book chapters and 15 abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings nationwide, Washington is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Emily S. Weber, M.D.


Dr. Emily S. Weber, a UMMC alum who was serving as professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.A. in biology from Delta State University in 1977, Weber earned her M.D. at UMMC in 1981. She did a pediatrics internship in 1982 and a pediatrics residency from 1985-87 at UMMC, then did a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship from 1987-88 at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario.

She first joined UMMC in 1989 as an assistant professor of pediatrics before leaving in 1992 to become associate professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical surgery (emergency medicine) in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she served seven years. Weber was clinical associate professor of pediatrics from 2003-06, associate professor of clinical pediatrics in 2007 and professor of clinical pediatrics in 2013 at CHOP, where she was an attending physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine from 2003-14.

An active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Medicine, Weber has authored or coauthored 30 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.