March 8, 2018

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Pediatric hospitalist, nursing professor join UMMC faculty

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

Christie Devlin-Schroll, M.D.


Dr. Christie Devlin-Schroll, a pediatric hospitalist at Memorial Hospital Gulfport, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, in 1992, Devlin-Schroll earned her M.D. at the Mercer University School of Medicine while serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1992-96. She had an internship and residency training in pediatrics at Keesler Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, from 1996-99.

Devlin-Schroll served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1996-2003 as a captain and major. During that time, she was on staff at the Pediatric Clinic, Medical Center, Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, Georgia as chief of pediatrics and staff pediatrician. From 2004-2007 she served as a locum tenens physician in Louisiana and Mississippi before joining Memorial Hospital Gulfport as a staff pediatrician. She served as chief of pediatrics at Memorial Hospital Gulfport from 2010-12; she has been a pediatric hospitalist there since 2013.

Devlin Scholl is the recipient of the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award, the Air Force Training Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, among other honors. She is board certified in general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Elsa Torres, Ph.D., R.N.


Dr. Elisa Torres has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of nursing. Torres came to UMMC from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has been on faculty since 2013.

After receiving her B.A. in psychology in 1991 and her B.S.N. in 1996 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Torres worked as a staff nurse in labor and delivery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for six years. She subsequently earned her M.S.N. in 2004 at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her M.S. in clinical research in 2008 and her Ph.D. in nursing in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She subsequently completed the NINR Summer Genetics Institute, a two-month NIH on-campus intensive training course, followed by a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Iowa, where she was on faculty from 2011-13.

Torres is the primary author of seven peer-reviewed articles, co-author of three additional articles and has six published abstracts. She has received extensive NIH research training, including an F31 and KL2. Torres has been principal investigator of four research projects and has given six invited research presentations and 20 conference presentations.

Torres’ research expertise is in physical activity. Her current program of research is the biological mechanism by which physical activity decreases depressive symptoms and risk for Alzheimer’s disease.