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Third Pediatric Endowed Chair Announced

Published on Thursday, May 1, 2014

By: Jen Hospodor at 601-984-1105 or

Published in News Stories on May 01, 2014
In the midst of the storm of the season, colleagues, friends and family braved the elements to stand by professor emeritus Dr. Paul Parker at the announcement of completed funding for the Paul H. Parker Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology, a position meant to enhance research and clinical care in pediatric gastroenterology.

Parker, a University of Mississippi School of Medicine graduate who began the pediatric gastroenterology program in 1981, is still shocked by the tribute.

“I never even in my wildest dreams imagined that I would have a chair named after me,” Parker said.

The chair will be held within the Department of Pediatrics and is only the third funded chair in the department, following the Suzan B. Thames Professor and Chair of Pediatrics and the D. Jeanette Pullen Professor and Chair of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.

Dr. Rick Barr, the Thames professor and chair of pediatrics, said having endowed chairs helps raise the profile of the entire institution.

“It signals a real commitment to excellence from the institution,” he said.

The first holder of the chair is Dr. Neelesh Tipnis, division chief and associate professor of pediatric gastroenterology. Prior to joining the Medical Center, he was associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the University of California in San Diego, California, practicing in UC San Diego’s affiliated hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital.

Tipnis, who said he is honored to be named chair, said, “The endowed chair recognizes the importance of Dr. Parker’s commitment to improve the lives of children in Mississippi. I am excited to continue this mission in Dr. Parker’s name as the institution builds a dynamic and far reaching pediatric gastroenterology program.”


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