Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Taste of the U benefits the UMMC Alliance, a non-profit that supports the needs of Medical Center patients and families, students and facilities. Last year’s Taste of the U entertained about 1,000 people and raised the Alliance nearly $60,000. (Download High Resolution Image)This year’s Taste of the U honors Drs. Richard and Suzanne Miller, UMMC’s first couple of pediatric medicine and surgery.The Millers arrived in Mississippi in 1969, a time when a relative handful of Medical Center faculty covered all the various specialties in the adult and pediatric areas. The Department of Pediatrics consisted of five physicians and, before Richard Miller, the state had no pediatric surgeon. “When you’re starting a new specialty in the hospital and in the state, referring physicians aren’t aware of you,” Richard Miller said. “Pediatric surgery gradually got going and more patients came in.”At the same time, he increasingly took on administrative duties. “It got so that nearly half my time was spent in administration, the other half in pediatric surgery,” he said. “The seven-day workweek got longer.” Among other positions, he served as associate dean for clinical affairs in the School of Medicine, medical director of the University Hospital and as a member or chair of numerous committees.Suzanne Miller, in all likelihood Mississippi’s first pediatric pulmonologist, specialized in treating patients with cystic fibrosis. In the 1970s, CF was a fatal disease of childhood. On her arrival, the average lifespan of a Mississippi cystic fibrosis patient was eight years, about half the national average. Now most CF patients now survive well into adulthood.“About 30 patients originally came to the CF clinic,” she said. “The Medical Center now cares for about 200 adult and pediatric patients.”BancorpSouth is the Taste of the U 2013 presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include Hollis Cobb Associates, BankPlus, Brown Bottling Group, Business Interiors and Sodexo.Taste runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with dancing until 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children and can be purchased at the Jackson Medical Mall main entrance during the event or online at umc.edu/alliance.
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