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New faculty increase preventive medicine, anesthesiology, pediatric ranks

Published on Thursday, December 8, 2016

Published on December 08, 2016

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

Abigail Gamble, Ph.D.


Dr. Abigail Gamble has rejoined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Preventive Medicine in the John D. Bower School of Population Health and a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. She is also an early career investigator in the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

After receiving her B.A. in elementary education and liberal studies from Rowan University in 2003, Gamble earned her M.S. in health promotion in 2007 and her Ph.D. in health and kinesiology in 2011 at the University of Mississippi. She then joined the Mississippi State Department of Health as the evaluation lead for the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative.

The author or coauthor of more than 10 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Gamble has given more than 30 presentations nationally. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Physical Activity Policy Research Network Plus (PAPRN+).

A prolific scientific investigator, Gamble's research interests include minority health disparities and pediatric obesity prevention. Her previous research has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.



Chester H. Lake Jr., M.D.


Dr. Chester H. Lake Jr., an anesthesiologist with more than 30 years of experience, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving his B.A. in 1976 and his M.S. in 1978 from the University of Mississippi, Lake earned his M.D. in 1983 at UMMC, where he had an anesthesia residency from 1983-85. He then completed his anesthesia residency training at the University of Cincinnati in 1986.

Lake joined Jackson Anesthesia Associates in 1986 and served on the UMMC faculty from 1991-93 as an assistant professor of anesthesiology. He had a 20-year stint with Surgicare of Jackson - serving as medical director from 1993-2005 - while concurrently in private practice with Anesthesia Consultants of Flowood from 2000-13. He has since been associated with Anesthesia Consultants of Oxford, LifeLink Anesthesia in Memphis and Willow Anesthesia Services in Oxford, and was director of anesthesia at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford from 2015-16.

A diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Lake is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Mississippi State Medical Association. He served as president of the Mississippi Society of Anesthesiology on two occasions: 1995-96 and 2009-10.



Muhammad Ubaidulhaq, M.D.


Dr. Muhammad Ubaidulhaq, recently a pediatric resident at Children's Hospital of Michigan, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving his M.B.B.S. from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan, in 2005, Ubaidulhaq had an elective in pediatrics at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, Scotland. He then had a clinical research fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from 2009-10 and a pediatric categorical residency from 2010-13 and a pediatric neurology residency from 2013-16 at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

An active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society, Ubaidulhaq has given numerous oral presentations nationally. He is principal investigator of “A Retrospective Study of the Efficacy, MRI Changes and Developmental Outcome of Infants Exposed to Levetiracetam and Phenobarbital for Seizure Control,” and has published case reports and peer-reviewed papers. His interests include epilepsy and pain medicine.