September 20, 2021

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New faculty join UMMC academic ranks

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

Dr. Anum Akhlaq

Anum Akhlaq 2021

Dr. Anum Akhlaq, recently an internal medicine resident at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of internal medicine.

Akhlaq received her medical education at the FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2015. She was chief internal medicine resident at Orange Park Medical Center.

A member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians, Akhlaq is certified in advanced cardiac life support and in basic life support.

She is fluent in three languages, including Urdu and Hindi. Among her hobbies are traveling, basketball and cooking.

Dr. Evangeline Deer

Evangeline Deer 2021

Dr. Evangeline Deer, recently a postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pharmacology/toxicology in the School of Medicine.

Deer earned her master’s degree in biology from Mississippi College before completing her PhD in environmental science/toxicology at Jackson State University in 2019.

She began her post-doctoral research fellowship in experimental therapeutics & pharmacology in 2019 at UMMC after doing a research fellowship at the Medical Center in neurobiology/anatomical sciences. Previously, she had been a research investigator at Tougaloo College in Jackson and a research fellow at Rhodes College in Memphis, the University of Southern Mississippi and UMMC.

Deer has worked as a biology instructor at Holmes Community College and at Jackson State University.

She has numerous publications and papers to her credit, as well as various honors, including the President’s New Investigator Plenary Award (SRI) and the Cardiovascular Section Steven M. Horvath Professional Opportunity Award (APS), both in 2021.

Dr. C. Morgan Nelson

Morgan Nelson 2021

Dr. C. Morgan Nelson, recently an anesthesiology fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

Nelson earned her medical degree in 2016 at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana, before entering her residency in anesthesiology at UMMC. Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, she began her anesthesiology fellowship in 2020.

Nelson has volunteered for several medical mission tips, including those to Kenya, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She has helped raise thousands of dollars for pediatric cancer research.

Her husband is Dr. John Shaughnessy, a general surgery resident at UMMC.