Oct. 16, 2023

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New faculty join UMMC academic ranks

Published on Monday, October 16, 2023

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

Dr. Laura E. Fincher

Laura Fincher

Dr. Laura E. Fincher has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine in the School of Medicine.  

A 2008 graduate of the UMMC School of Medicine, Fincher did her residency in internal medicine, followed by fellowships in cardiovascular diseases and sports medicine at UMMC. 

She is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Vein & Lymphatic Society, and Society of Hospital Medicine and is certified in advanced cardiovascular life support and advanced trauma life support. She is a volunteer with the Joni and Friends ministry and the Junior League of Jackson.  

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Dr. Justin T. Mahaney

Justin Mahaney

Dr. Justin T. Mahaney, recently an anesthesiology resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology in the School of Medicine. 

Mahaney earned his medical degree in 2019 at the Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. He also holds a BS in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and has studied actuarial science while gaining experience in economics, corporate finance and other fields.  

Mahaney has participated in several research projects and presentations.  

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Dr. Lisa Deloris Slade

Lisa Slade

Dr. Lisa Deloris Slade, recently in private practice with At Home Primary Care of MS in Hattiesburg, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of instruction in the School of Nursing. 

She is currently working toward her PhD in Nursing, a clinical research degree, at UMMC after having earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the Medical Center in 2018. She earned her MSN (2006) and BSN (1998) at the University of Southern Mississippi.   

Slade worked for approximately 15 years as an RN before serving as a nurse practitioner at various institutions and clinics located in Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Collins and Jackson in such practice areas as chronic disease management/HIV, house call primary care, acute care/family care, minor care and more.  

Slade has served as an instructor at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville and as a member of the graduate adjunct faculty (online) for the University of Southern Mississippi and the Chamberlain University College of Nursing. 

She has a Controlled Substance License and is a Certified Medical Examiner of Commercial Drivers. Her professional organization memberships include those with the American Nurses Association, Mississippi Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Southern Nursing Research Society.  

Slade has made a number of scientific presentations and participated in several quality improvement projects. Twice, she has been named Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative. 

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