November 14, 2022

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New faculty join UMMC academic ranks

Published on Monday, November 14, 2022

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

Dr. Priyanka Ameta

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Dr. Priyanka Ameta, recently a pediatric nephrology fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine.

Ameta earned her MBBS in 2011 and a Doctorate of Medicine Pediatrics in 2014 at Rajasthan University for Health Sciences in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. She did a pediatrics residency at the University of Florida.

Ameta is the coauthor of peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts and contributed to several quality improvement projects, along with oral and poster presentations.

She was the recipient of a variety of medical school honors and awards, including those in pharmacology, ophthalmology and forensic medicine.

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Dr. Patrick Michael Ferriss

Portrait of Patrick Ferriss

Dr. Patrick Michael Ferriss, recently an emergency medicine physician at Merit Health River Oaks in Flowood, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine in the School of Medicine.

Ferriss earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009 at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at UMMC.

He has also worked in emergency departments at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka, Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko, and Merit Health Madison in Canton. He was owner/partner of Capital Emergency Physicians from 2013 to 2019 and has been employed by American Physician Partners since 2019.

His certifications include those in advanced trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support.

Ferriss has earned a number of professional and scholarship honors, including American Physician Partners Physician of the Year in 2021.

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Dr. Jose Ricardo Trigueros

Portrait of Ricardo Trigueros

Dr. Jose Ricardo Trigueros, who recently completed an infectious diseases fellowship at Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine in the School of Medicine.

Trigueros earned his medical degree at Dr. Jose Matias Delgado University School of Medicine in El Salvador, followed by his internal medicine residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York.

His initial Interest in the field of infectious diseases began after he participated in HPV-related cervical cancer research and prevention through the nonprofit organization, Basic Health International, and was part of a viral hepatitis research team at the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

He has participated in several case and poster presentations and has a particular interest in global health and neglected tropical diseases.