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Dentistry

Advanced General Dentistry

Dustin Pambianchi, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Advanced General Dentistry
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Dustin Pambianchi, a recent Advanced Education in General Dentistry house officer at UMMC, has joined the School of Dentistry faculty as an assistant professor of advanced general dentistry.

After receiving his B.S. in biology from Delta State University in 2008, Pambianchi earned his D.M.D. in 2014 at UMMC, where he completed his advanced education in general dentistry in 2015.

An active member of the Mississippi Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, Pambianchi served as dental school class president from 2010-14.




Care Planning

Oscar Andres Pappa, D.D.S.
Assistant Professor
Care Planning
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Oscar Andres Pappa, a former member of the Prosthodontics Department at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of dentistry in the Department of Care Planning and Restorative Sciences.

After receiving his B.S. in 2004 and D.D.S. with a cum laude distinction in 2008 at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, his native country, Pappa was a private practitioner in Guatemala City for two years. He then joined the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry as a prosthodontics resident.

One of his research projects involved the evaluation of shear bond strength of lithium disilicate to prosthetic teeth using a resin-based cement, a topic that was formulated in conjunction with Dr. Matthew Milner, a UMMC faculty member.

Pappa earned his certificate in prosthodontics in 2013 and completed an aesthetic dentistry and surgical implant fellowship in 2014, both at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, New Orleans.




Dentistry

Deepti A. Janorkar, B.D.S.
Assistant Professor
Dentistry
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 15,2014

Dr. Deepti A. Janorkar, a general dentist from Jackson, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of dentistry.

After receiving the B.D.S. from MGV Dental College and Hospital, University of Pune, India, Janorkar did a rotatory internship there. Janorkar then served as a general dentist in Nasik, India, for several years before coming to the Medical Center for a general practice residency and an advanced education in general dentistry residency.

Janorkar has served as a general dentist at the Family Health Care Clinic, Brookhaven, and at Mission First, Jackson.

Janorkar is an active member of the American Dental Education Association and the Indian Dental Association.




Endodontics

Richard Ted Rice, D.D.S.
Associate Professor
Endodontics
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 15,2014

Dr. Richard Ted Rice, an associate professor of endodontics at Roseman University, Utah, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of endodontics.

After receiving the D.D.S. from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1974, Rice served as a general dentist in the U.S. Navy from 1974-77 before entering private practice in Colorado. He did an endodontics residency at Loyola University, Chicago, from 1983-85 and first joined the Medical Center as an assistant professor of endodontics from 1985-87. Since that time, he has been in private practice in endodontics in Houma, Louisiana, Ocean Springs/Biloxi and Moline, Illinois (as Locum Tenants), and has served as an associate professor of endodontics at West Virginia University and at Roseman University.

The author or coauthor of 10 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Rice is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Endodontics, the American Dental Education Association and the Mississippi Dental Association.




Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology

Tina Rushing Woods, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Tina Rushing Woods, a School of Dentistry alum who has recently completed postgraduate training at the University of Florida School of Dentistry, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology in the School of Dentistry.

After receiving her B.S. in biology from Mississippi College in 1993, Woods earned her D.M.D. at UMMC in 1997. She entered private practice as in Greenville from 1997-98 and in 1998 moved to Murphy, North Carolina. She worked as an associate for one year and became partner in 2001 in Drs. Mims and Woods Dentistry, remaining in Murphy for six more years.

In 2007, Woods gained 600 hours of Spanish-language instruction at the Instituto de Lengua de Espanola in San Jose, Costa Rica, and became a full-time missionary in Honduras, Central America, with Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International. She had postgraduate training in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from 2012-15 at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where she served as chief resident from 2014-15.

An active member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Woods is the author and coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has given nine oral presentations at dentistry seminars and conferences nationwide. Her research interests include cancers of the mouth, head and neck.




Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology

Kevin M. Nelson, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 27,2014

Dr. Kevin M. Nelson, a private practice general dentist in Canton since 2002, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of oral-maxillofacial surgery.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from Mississippi College in 1997, Nelson earned the D.M.D. at UMMC in 2001, where he also completed a general dentistry residency the following year before beginning his practice in Canton.

He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Mississippi Dental Association and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Nelson served as president of the Mississippi Dental Association District IV from 2007-08.




Lindsay J. Montague, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 7,2014

Dr. Lindsay J. Montague has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of dentistry in the Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology.

Montague graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, with a B.S. in human nutrition, and she earned her D.M.D. at the University of Florida in 2011. She also completed her post-graduate training in oral and maxillofacial pathology at the University of Florida, where she served as chief resident from 2013-14.

An active member of the American Dental Education Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Montague has coauthored two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three abstracts, and has given three invited presentations nationally.

Her research interests include immunohistochemical analysis of Bcl-2 expression in glandular odontogenic cysts, DNA ploidy analysis as an adjunct diagnostic marker and lichenoid features of premalignant and malignant oral lesions.




Pediatric Dentistry

Emily A. Dasinger Heitzmann, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatric Dentistry
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 27,2014

Dr. Emily A. Dasinger Heitzmann, a private-practice pediatric dentist at Magnolia Family Dental Care in Ridgeland, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatric dentistry.

After receiving the B.S. in chemistry from Millsaps College in 2003 and the M.A. in teaching from Belhaven College in 2004, Heitzmann earned the D.M.D. in 2008 at UMMC, where she received her certificate in pediatric and special needs dentistry in 2010.

Heitzmann has accumulated more than three years of hospital dentistry and private-practice dentistry experience, having been an active member of Madison River Oaks Hospital since 2010 and an active staff member of Woman’s Hospital since 2013.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, she also is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Mississippi Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.




Periodontics and Preventive Sciences

Curtis P. Caskey, D.M.D.
Assistant Professor
Periodontics and Preventive Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 3,2015

Dr. Curtis P. Caskey, a periodontist at Mississippi Periodontics and Implants, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of periodontics and preventive sciences in the School of Dentistry.

After receiving his B.A. in biology from the University of Mississippi in 2006, Caskey earned his D.M.D. at UMMC in 2010. He had postgraduate training from 2010-13 at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, where he received his certificate in periodontics in June 2013. Since 2013 he has been a partner at Mississippi Periodontics and Implants in Ridgeland.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Caskey is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, American Board of Periodontology, the American Academy of Periodontology and the Mississippi Dental Association. He also serves as president of the Jackson Dental Society.

Caskey’s research interests include the effects of gender and hormones on resorption of alveolar bone in rats with periapical abscesses and treatment of periodontal intrabony defects using plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF).




Health Related Professions

Academic Information Services

Tamara Nelson, M.A.
Instructor
Academic Information Services
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 23,2014

Tamara Nelson, a former Mississippi Library Commission reference librarian, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in Academic Information Services.

Nelson comes to UMMC with seven years’ experience as a public school librarian and experience as a website content manager.

She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 and a Master of Arts Degree in library and information science from USM in 2009. Nelson will receive an Education Specialist Degree in library media from the University of West Alabama in August 2014.

Nelson worked as a school librarian and media specialist in the Jackson School District from 2007-12 and in the Madison County School District from 2012-14.

She is a member of the Mississippi Library Association and Mississippi Professional Educators.




Doctor of Health Administration Program

Angela Adair Burrell, R.N., M.S.N.
Associate Professor and Coordinator
Doctor of Health Administration Program
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 5,2015

Angela Adair Burrell, a part-time instructor in the School of Health Related Professions’ Department of Health Informatics and Information Management, Department of Radiologic Sciences and Department of Health Sciences, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor and coordinator of SHRP’s Doctor of Health Administration (D.H.A.) Program.

After receiving the B.S.N. from Mississippi College in 2001, Burrell served as a clinical nurse in the post anesthesia care unit at Central Mississippi Medical Center from 2001-05. She came to the Medical Center in 2005 as a clinical nurse, transitioned to the lead interventional radiology nurse for the Department of Radiology, and earned the M.S.N. at UMMC in 2009. She returned to the PACU at CMMC for two years before continuing her involvement with SHRP in 2010 as a part-time instructor in SHRP’s Department of Health Sciences. She also has served since 2010 as an instructor in the A.D. Nursing Program at Hinds Community College’s Nursing Allied Health Center.

She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Theta Beta Chapter and Phi Kappa Phi honoraria and the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing.




Health Information Management

Carisa D. Nixon, B.S., B.S.N.
Instructor
Health Information Management
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Carisa D. Nixon, a utilization and HWDRG reviewer at Information and Quality Healthcare and an outcome coordinator at Deaconess Home Health, Ridgeland, has joined the UMMC faculty as an instructor in health information management.

After receiving the B.S.N. from Union University, Jackson, Tenn., in 1997, Nixon served as a registered nurse at various health-care institutions in Vicksburg, Yazoo City and Jackson for 12 years before becoming a full-time student in the Medical Center’s H.I.I.M. program. She earned the B.S. in health informatics and information management at UMMC in 2011.

An active member of the American Health Information Association, the Mississippi Health Information Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Nixon has given 10 professional presentations throughout Mississippi.




Health Sciences

Joni Roberts, Dr.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Health Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 22,2015

Joni Roberts, doctor of public health, has joined the faculty in the School of Health Related Professions as an assistant professor of health sciences.

Roberts received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland, in 2005. She has a master’s degree in elementary education from American University, Washington, D.C., which she obtained in 2009. She recently earned her Dr.P.H. at Loma Linda (California) University. Her dissertation focused on barriers to prenatal care among urban Malawian women.

Roberts is a certified health education specialist, with research interests in maternal and child health – well baby and woman care, adolescent health and global health issues concerning accessibility and barriers to health care. She brings a passion for community engagement, and as a result, frequently volunteers for professional organizations both locally and internationally.

While pursuing her education, Roberts has served as a healthy living coordinator, health education intern and instructor. An abstract reviewer for the American Public Health Association, Roberts has given five presentations at national meetings and co-written an article in a peer-reviewed professional publication.

She currently reviews textbooks for Jones and Bartlett Learning and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education.




Instructional Development and Distance Learning

Rebecca Butler, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor
Instructional Development and Distance Learning
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 4,2014

Rebecca Butler, an independent instructional design consultant, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of instructional development and distance learning in the School of Health Related Professions.

After receiving a B.S. in business technology education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006, Butler earned an M.Ed. in instructional technology at the University of West Florida in 2008.

She began her career as an instructional technology specialist in the eLearning Department at Northwest Mississippi Community College from 2008-11 before joining the eLearning Department at Hinds Community College as an instructional design coordinator from 2011-12.

As an independent instructional design consultant since 2012, she has worked with the staff at Hinds and at Holmes Community College and with the Mississippi Community College Board in Jackson.




Physical Therapy

Kimberly Renee Willis, D.P.T.
Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 27,2014

Dr. Kimberly Renee Willis, a physical therapist who has practiced long-term with patients with neurologic conditions, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of physical therapy.

Before joining UMMC, she most recently worked with St. Dominic Health Systems as clinical coordinator of multiple teams, including neurology, oncology and pelvic health for men and women.

After receiving the B.S. in physical therapy from UMMC in 1995, Willis practiced in the neurologic clinical setting and returned to UMMC to earn the D.P.T. in 2006. She continued to develop her knowledge and skills in the progressive neurologic disorders and served as guest lecturer in the School of Health Related Professions’ Department of Physical Therapy.

The coauthor of a book chapter on exercise and physical activity in dementia, Willis has given numerous presentations on physical therapy-related issues. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Physical Therapy Association and the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association, for whom she serves as legislative chair.




Sherry Colson, D.P.T.
Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 9,2014

Sherry Colson, director of rehabilitation for Tara Therapy at a transitional care facility, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of physical therapy.

After receiving the B.S. in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi in 1981, Colson served as a staff physical therapist at health-care facilities in Mississippi for 22 years before joining Tara Therapy in 2003. While at Tara Therapy, she earned her D.P.T. at UMMC in 2009.

Past president of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association, Colson has served as a guest lecturer on physical therapy topics at UMMC and at Hinds Community College. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Hinds Physical Therapy Assistant School and is a past member of the Board of Physical Therapy and past president of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association.




Radiologic Sciences

Lee Brown, R. T.
Instructor
Radiologic Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 23,2014

Lee Brown, a UMMC alum, has joined the School of Health Related Professions faculty as an instructor in radiologic sciences.

After gaining more than 10 years of experience as a sales associate, sales manager and operations manager at retail locations in Birmingham, Ala., and Jackson, Brown earned the B.S. in radiologic sciences magna cum laude in 2013 from UMMC, where he received his Certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology in May.

He was the recipient of the Dr. Virginia Stansel Tolbert Award for Highest Academic GPA in SHRP and of the Ann Whitfield Fox Award for Highest Academic GPA in the Radiologic Sciences Program. He was inducted into the Alpha Eta Honor Society in SHRP and also served as class president of the Radiologic Sciences Class of 2013.

Brown, who has served as a radiologic technologist at UMMC since 2012, is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He is the author of two articles submitted to peer-reviewed professional publications and seven posters or exhibits presented at professional meetings.




Medicine

Anesthesiology

Cassandra M. Armstead-Williams, MD
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 14,2015

Dr. Cassandra M. Armstead-Williams, a recent pediatric anesthesiology fellow at the Mayo Clinic, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving her BS in physics from Stanford University in 2005, Armstead-Williams earned her MD at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 2010. She then completed pediatrics preliminary-year residency training at SUNY: Downstate Medical Center; anesthesiology residency training at New York University, Langone Medical Center; and a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Her fellowship research project, “Safety and Efficacy of Supraorbital and Supratrochlear Nerve Block for Treatment of Pediatric Headache,” was presented at the 2015 Society for Pediatric Anesthesiology annual meeting.




Daniel Castillo, M.D.
Associate Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 18,2014

Dr. Daniel Castillo, an anesthesiologist at the University of Florida at Jacksonville, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of anesthesiology. He will serve as director of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia.

Castillo is an intensivist and a cardiac anesthesiologist, and his clinical interests are echocardiography, ultrasonography and the perioperative management of patients with cardiovascular diseases.

After receiving the M.D. from the Colombian School of Medicine, Bogota, in 1995, Castillo had postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School (excitation – contraction coupling) from 1995-98, an internship in general surgery from 1998-99 at Boston University, an anesthesia residency from 1999-2002, including service as chief resident from 2001-02, and a critical care medicine fellowship from 2002-03 at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. He also was an anesthesia fellow from 2003-04 at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.

He joined the University of Miami faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor of anesthesiology and served as staff anesthesiologist at the VA Medical Center, Miami, where he directed the Anesthesiology Simulation Center at the Center for Patient Safety. In 2009, he joined the University of Florida at Jacksonville faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology and residency program director.

Recipient of the 2013 University of Florida College of Medicine Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award, Castillo has authored or coauthored 15 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiology, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Society of Education in Anesthesia and the Society of Cardiac Anesthesiologists.

Castillo has been invited to speak at grand rounds and as a visiting professor at numerous institutions in Florida, Arizona, Mississippi, Colombia and Jamaica. His research interests include improving patient safety through simulation research.




Dessislava Iliev, MD
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 12,2015

Dr. Dessislava Iliev, a recent pediatric cardiac anesthesia fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving her MD from the Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1996, Iliev had an internship in medicine from 1998-99 at Montefiore North Medical Center, Bronx, New York; a residency in anesthesiology from 1999-2002 at SUNY at Stony Brook; a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology from 2002-03 at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; and a fellowship in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology from 2014-15 at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Iliev joined the Hackensack (New Jersey) University Medical Center faculty in 2004 as a clinical assistant in anesthesiology before joining a private practice group the following year at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, N.J. She also practiced at Passaic Beth Israel Regional Medical Center in 2005 before joining Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, New York, where she served as an assistant professor in pediatric anesthesiology from 2005-10. She then served as an anesthesiologist at Phelps Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., from 2011-13, then began her own company, Ilievs Anesthesia, in New York City.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society, Iliev anesthesiology interests include pediatric cardiac anesthesiology, neonatal anesthesiology and regional anesthesiology.

She has had board certification in anesthesiology since 2006 and in pediatric anesthesiology since 2013.




Dessislava Iliev, MD
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 14,2015

Dr. Dessislava Iliev, a recent pediatric cardiac anesthesiology fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving her MD from the Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1996, Iliev did an internship in medicine from 1998-99 at Montefiore North Medical Center, Bronx, New York; a residency in anesthesiology from 1999-2002 at SUNY at Stony Brook, New York; and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology from 2002-03 at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Iliev served as a clinical assistant in anesthesiology at Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey; an assistant professor of pediatric anesthesiology at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, New York; and as an anesthesiologist at Phelps Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Sleepy Hollow, New York, before completing her fellowship in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology from 2014-15 at Boston Children’s Hospital.

A member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Iliev’s clinical interests include pediatric cardiac anesthesiology, neonatal anesthesiology and regional anesthesiology.

Iliev is board-certified in anesthesiology and in pediatric anesthesiology.




Douglas Richard Bacon, M.D., M.A.
Professor and Chair
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 4,2014

Dr. Douglas Richard Bacon, professor and chair of anesthesiology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as professor and chair of anesthesiology.

After receiving his B.A. in history cum laude and his B.S. in medicinal chemistry cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY AB) in 1981, Bacon earned his M.D. in 1985 at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He had residency training in internal medicine from 1985-86 at Millard Fillmore Hospital and in anesthesiology from 1986-88 at SUNY AB before serving a cardiothoracic anesthesia specialty year from 1988-89 at SUNY AB. He earned his M.A. in history at SUNY AB in 1994.

Chief resident in anesthesiology at its affiliated hospitals from 1988-89, Bacon joined the SUNY AB faculty in 1989 as a clinical instructor in anesthesiology. He was promoted to assistant professor of anesthesiology in 1990 and associate professor of anesthesiology in 1996 before joining the staff of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., in 2000. He served as an associate professor of anesthesiology from 2000-03 and professor of anesthesiology and history of medicine from 2003-12, and vice chair for faculty development at the Mayo Clinic Department of Anesthesiology before joining the Wayne State University faculty.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies, the American Medical Association, the American Association for the History of Medicine and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Bacon has served on numerous editorial boards, is a reviewer for 10 different anesthesiology or historical publications, and is an associate editor for the journal “Bulletin of the History of Anesthesiology.” He will be named editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Clinical Anesthesiology” on Oct. 1.

A highly sought speaker for national and international symposiums and meetings, Bacon has given more than 170 invited presentations, including 29 visiting professorships. He has authored or coauthored more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, five books and 30 book chapters, and more than 50 abstracts.

His research interests include the organizational history of anesthesiology in the United States and the world, the history of residency training in the United States, post graduate education in anesthesiology and anti-neoplastic chemotherapeutic agents and their anesthetic implications.




Henrique Ferreira Vale, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 2,2014

Dr. Henrique Ferreira Vale, a cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesiology fellow at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After earning the M.D. at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil, in 2006, Vale served as an intensive care physician at Rio Mar Hospital, Rio de Janeiro, from 2006-07, as an emergency room physician at Andarai Federal Hospital, Rio de Janeiro, from 2007-09 and as an intensive care physician at Ronaldo Gazolla County Hospital, Rio de Janeiro, in 2009. He then had a transitional year internship from 2009-10 at MetroWest Medical Center/Harvard Medical School Program, Framingham, Massachusetts, and residency training in anesthesiology from 2010-13 and a cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesiology fellowship from 2013-14 at UT Medical School, Houston.

The coauthor of seven poster presentations, one article in a peer-reviewed professional publication and one textbook chapter, Vale has given two presentations at professional meetings in Houston.




Hyung Sun Choi, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 2,2014

Dr. Hyung Sun Choi, a transplant anesthesiology fellow at Columbia University Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving the M.D. from the Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine in 2003, Choi had a general surgery internship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, from 2008-09, an anesthesiology residency at the NYMC-Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York, from 2009-12, a critical care fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, from 2012-13, and a transplant anesthesiology fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, from 2013-14.

Choi is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is the author of a commentary in “Survey of Anesthesiology” and three chapters in “The Essential Clinical Anesthesia Board Review.”




Ines H. Berger, Ph.D.
Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 5,2015

Dr. Ines H. Berger, an experienced anesthesiology/pain management physician, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of anesthesiology.

After earning the M.D. in 1986 and the Ph.D. in medical sciences in 1988 at the Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany, Berger did a research fellowship in experimental surgery there from 1987-89. She did an internship in surgery from 1989-90, a residency in anesthesiology from 1990-93, a fellowship in critical care medicine from 1993-94 and a fellowship in pain management in 1997 at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota. She also had clinical anesthesiology training from 1994-95 at Ruprechts-Karl University, Heidelberg, Germany. She completed an M.B.A. in management at Viterbo University, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in 2009.

Berger was on the SUNY, Buffalo, New York, faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology from 1995-96 and concurrently served as a staff anesthesiologist at VAMC Buffalo. She has been an instructor, assistant professor and consultant in anesthesiology at the Mayo Medical School from 1998-2003; an associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, medical director of pain medicine and pain fellowship director at MCG/GRU, Augusta, Georgia, from 2004-06; attending pain medicine, neuroscience service line director at the Neuroscience Center, Gundersen Lutheran, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, from 2006-10; and professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, medical director of pain medicine and pain fellowship director at MCG/GRU from 2010-14. She is an LTC in the Army Reserve Medical Corps.

An active member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Berger is author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, two case reports, six book chapters and 22 abstracts.




Lakshmi Narasimhulu Kurnutala, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 5,2015

Dr. Lakshmi Narasimhulu Kurnutala, a pain medicine fellow at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving the M.B.B.S. from the NTR University of Health Sciences/Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupathi, India, in 2003, Kurnutala had residency training in anesthesiology at Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India, from 2004-06.

After serving as an attending/senior resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, in 2007 and as an attending physician in the Department of Anesthesiology at ASRAM Medical College and Hospital, Eluru, India, from 2007-09, Kurnutala came to the United States for residency training in anesthesiology from 2009-13 and an internship in general surgery from 2010-11 at New York Methodist Hospital/Weill Medical College, Cornell University, Brooklyn, New York, and was chief resident in anesthesiology there from 2012-13. Kurnutala also had a neuroanesthesia fellowship at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, in 2013 and a pain medicine fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in 2014.

The author or coauthor of 11 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Kurnutala is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society and the Indian Society of Anesthesiologists.

Kurnutala's special interests include neuro-anesthesia, regional anesthesia and pain management.




Marissa Lyttle, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 29,2014

Dr. Marissa Lyttle, a regional anesthesia fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving the B.S. in bio-medicine from the Sophie Davis School of Bio-medical Education, New York City, in 2006, Lyttle earned the M.D. at New York Medical College, Valhalla, in 2008. She did an internal medicine internship from 2008-09 at Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola; an anesthesiology residency from 2010-13 at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York; and a regional anesthesia fellowship from 2013-14 in Pittsburgh.

She is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.




Tao Hong, MD
Associate Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 21,2015

Dr. Tao Hong, as associate professor of cardiothoracic anesthesia at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving his MD from Wuhan Medical Center, Jingzhou, China, in 1983, Hong earned an MS in immunogenetics at Tongji Medical University in 1988 and an MS in microbiology at Seton Hall University in 1991. He then began work towards a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Hong had an internship in the Department of Medicine at MCP Hahnemann University in 1999 and an anesthesiology residency there in 2002.

A practicing cardiac anesthesiologist since 2003, Hong has been with the Medical College of Georgia since 2011. In 2014 he was an anesthesia consultant at the Heart Center at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography, Hong is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, among others. The author or coauthor of 23 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, his interests include cardiac and renal anesthesia and critical care medicine.




Vanetta Levesque, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 20,2015

Dr. Vanetta Levesque, a recent cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellow at Duke University Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving her M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Levesque had a postdoctoral research fellowship from 2006-10 at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard, Boston; an anesthesiology residency from 2011-14 at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York; and a cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship from 2014-15 at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.

She is the author or coauthor of an article in the American Journal of Transplantation, a peer-reviewed professional publication, one book chapter in Trauma Anesthesia, second edition, and several poster presentation displayed at scientific meetings nationwide.




William Earl Gusa Jr., MD
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 26,2015

Dr. William Earl Gusa Jr., a pain medicine specialist and medical director of Grand View Hospice, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving his BS from Fordham University, Bronx, New York, in 1981, Gusa earned his MD at the Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1985. He had residency training in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut, from 1985-86 and in anesthesiology at SUNY at Buffalo Affiliated Hospitals from 1986-88. He also had a subspecialty year in pain management at SUNY from 1988-89.

Gusa has had more than a dozen years of experience as a staff anesthesiologist at various hospitals in the Northeast, including Day Kimball Hospital and Rockville General Hospital. He joined Grand View Hospital in 1994 as a staff anesthesiologist and medical director of Grand View Hospice. He also has served as medical director of Pain Medicine Specialists PA from 2001-15. His main clinical role has been seeing patients through his practice at Pain Medicine Specialists.

He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.




Dermatology

Stephanie Karin Jacks, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Dermatology
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 18,2014

Dr. Stephanie Karin Jacks, a pediatric dermatology fellow from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of dermatology.

After graduating summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., with a B.A. in public policy and political science in 2004, Jacks earned her M.D. at the George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., in 2009. She completed an internal medicine internship from 2009-10 at Ohio State University, Columbus, then entered the university’s Dermatology Residency Program in 2010, serving as chief resident from 2012-13. She then joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she completed her pediatric dermatology fellowship in 2014.

A member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, Jacks is the author or coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter. She is an active member of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Women’s Dermatologic Society and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.




Emergency Medicine

Allison Barrett, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Allison Barrett, who completed her residency in emergency medicine at UMMC in June, has joined the Medical Center faculty as clerkship director and assistant professor of emergency medicine in the School of Medicine.

Barrett received her M.D. from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 2010 after earning her B.S. at Davidson College in North Carolina in 2005. She studied abroad in New Zealand during her junior year of college, completing courses in psychology and political science at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch in 2003.

As a resident at UMMC, Barrett presented a series of lectures on a variety of topics, including respiratory distress, complicated deliveries, community-acquired pneumonia, gallbladder ultrasound and more. In both 2013 and 2014, she won the Highest Board Score Award for highest score on the residency in-training exam. In her final year of residency, she was presented with the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Spirit Award for remarkable energy and devotion to efforts that have positive impact.

She is a member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.




Brandon W. Dawson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Brandon W. Dawson, an emergency medicine resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, in 2006, Dawson earned the M.D. in 2011 at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Netherlands Antilles. He completed residency training in 2015.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, Dawson’s research interests include procedural safety by emergency physicians in emergency departments and the relationship between mentoring during medical school and residency match outcomes.




Chester Duane Shermer, M.D.
Associate Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 29,2014

Dr. Chester (Chet) Duane Shermer, previous owner of Emergency Medicine Associates of Jackson that provided exclusive service to Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of emergency medicine.

After receiving the B.A. in chemistry from Mississippi State University in 1991, Shermer earned the M.D. in 1997 at UMMC, where he did an emergency medicine residency from 1997-2001 and served as chief resident from 2000-01.

Shermer first joined the UMMC faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor of emergency medicine and served in that capacity through 2009. He graduated from the Officer’s Basic Leadership Course that year and has risen to the rank of major in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He has served as a physician at a number of emergency departments in the Jackson metropolitan area, including River Oaks, Southwest Regional Medical Center and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center.

He is the author or coauthor of nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Damon A. Darsey, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Damon Darsey, associate medical director of Mississippi MED-COM and associate medical director of the AirCare Critical Care Transport Team at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Darsey, who earned his undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University, completed his Master of Science Degree and, in 2010, his M.D. at UMMC, where he also did an internship and recently completed his residency in emergency medicine.

Between 2001 and 2005, he was a clinical instructor in UMMC’s School of Health Related Professions. The following year, he began a three-year stint as flight paramedic for the AirCare team.

As a medical student, he was named a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2009.

His current leadership positions include service on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Emergency Service Association and on the Board of Advisors for Carolinas Medical Center MedCenter Air.

Darsey’s grant awards have funded projects to develop a statewide broadband wireless system for improving out-of-hospital communication, medical care and coordination; and a statewide medical communications center and coordinated transfer center to improve the transfer of emergency patients.

He has made numerous lectures and presentations, including national presentations on advanced medical care and strengthening integration in medical communication centers.

Darsey has been published in Virtual Mentor and in the Southern Medical Journal and has an editorial post with the latter.

He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Air Medical Physicians Association, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the Mississippi State Medical Association and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials – International.




Denise C. Cornelius, Ph.D.
Instructor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Denise C. Cornelius, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in emergency medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology summa cum laude from Howard University, Washington D.C., in 2006, Cornelius completed a cancer biology program at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, in 2008. She earned the M.S. in biomedical sciences in 2010 and the Ph.D. in microbiology in 2012 at UMMC. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in obstetrics and gynecology and in pharmacology and toxicology in 2015.

An ad hoc reviewer for Hypertension, Cornelius is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association and the American Physiological Association. Recipient of the 2015 American Physiological Society Physiologists in Industry Committee Novel Disease Model Postdoctoral Award, she is the author or coauthor of 34 posters and presentations at national scientific meetings, 14 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter.




James R. Nichols III, D.O.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. James Nichols III, who recently completed a sports medicine fellowship at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Nichols earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences at Kansas City, Mo., in 2009, after finishing his undergraduate degree at Delta State University in Cleveland.

A winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Nurses’ Appreciation Award during his emergency medicine residency at UMMC, which he completed in 2013, Nichols also did a general surgery internship at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

He has been published by the professional journal AAOS Now and has lectured on a variety of topics, such as “Asthma and the Athlete,” wrist tendon injuries, elbow entrapment injuries, “Sports Emergencies and Other Common Dislocations,” and many more.

He is certified in advanced trauma life support and belongs to an array of professional societies, including the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association.




Mitchell O'Neal Glover IV, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Mitchell O’Neal Glover IV, a recent emergency medicine resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in chemical engineering cum laude from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, in 2006, Glover earned the M.D. at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2011. He had residency training in emergency medicine at UMMC from 2011-15 and served as chief resident from 2014-15.

He is an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.




Family Medicine

Kathleen M. Young
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 12,2015

Dr. Kathleen M. Young, a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of family and community medicine, director of behavioral science, and director of research at Albany Medical College, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine and director of the Judith Gore Gearhart Clinical Skills Center.

After receiving her BA in psychology and in English summa cum laude from Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, in 2001, Young earned her MA in clinical psychology in 2005, her MPH in public health nutrition in 2011, and her PhD in clinical psychology in 2011 at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Following an internship in medical psychology and substance use disorders at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, she completed a health psychology/integrated primary care postdoctoral fellowship in the UMMC Department of Family Medicine from 2011-13. She joined the Albany Medical College faculty in 2013.

The author or coauthor of 25 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter, Young is a highly sought speaker, having given 40 conference presentations nationally. She serves as associate editor of the journal Health Behavior and Policy Review, and as an ad hoc reviewer for the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, the American Journal of Health Behavior, and Families, Systems and Health.

Young’s research interests include obesity and weight management, innovation in medical education, and health-care provider wellness and impairment.




Kimberly A. Bibb, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 16,2015

Dr. Kimberly A. Bibb, a seasoned private practice physician, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biology summa cum laude from Tougaloo College in 1999, Bibb earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2003. She had residency training in family medicine at the University of Alabama Medical Center, Huntsville, from 2003-06.

Site director at Vicksburg-Warren Family Health Care from 2006-07, Bibb also has served as a staff physician and in private practice in the Jackson-metro area for seven years. She owned and operated her medical practice, Bibb Family Medicine, for the last two years.

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians and the National Medical Association.




Padmaja Sanapureddy, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 11,2015

Dr. Padmaja Sanapureddy, a family medicine resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine.

After receiving the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degrees from the Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India, in 2007, Sanapureddy was a researcher in the Department of Gastroenterology at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois, from 2009-10 and at the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience at UMMC from 2010-11. She had a psychiatry internship here from 2011-12 before beginning her family medicine residency.

A member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Psychiatry Association, Sanapureddy has authored or coauthored three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one poster presentation.




R. Stephen Manuel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 13,2014

Dr. R. Stephen Manuel, assistant dean of admissions at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine and associate dean of admissions for the School of Medicine.

After receiving the B.A. in psychology from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 1987, Manuel earned the M.S. in college student personnel in 1994 and the Ph.D. in educational administration in 2001 at Indiana State University, Terre Haute.

He first joined the Wabash College faculty in 1988 as assistant director of admissions before moving to Indiana State University, where he served as assistant director of admissions from 1990-95, associate director of admissions from 1995-98, and acting director of admissions from 1998-99. He joined Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, in 1999 as director of admissions, then moved on to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he served as assistant dean of admissions from 2005-14.

He is the author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals and numerous scientific articles, posters and professional symposium, conference and workshop presentations.




Medicine

Arnita Ford Norwood, PhD
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 12,2015

Dr. Arnita Ford Norwood, a registered dietitian and junior investigator in the Jackson Heart Study, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving her BS in biology cum laude from Jackson State University in 1994, Norwood earned an MPH in international health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1999 and an MPH in nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. She then earned her PhD in nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013.

Norwood has extensive professional experience in Jackson, having served as a policy coordinator for the Mississippi Smokeless States Alliance from 2001-04, as an evaluation consultant for the Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity from 2008-09, as a researcher at UMMC from 2011-12, as a research support manager at JSU from 2012-13, and as a project manager at UMMC from 2013-15. She is a junior investigator for the Jackson Heart Study, a co-investigator with the “Eat Right, Live Well” program funded by the Bower Foundation, and also is an adjunct professor in the College of Public Services at JSU.

An active member of the American Heart Association, the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Norwood is the coauthor of two articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Her research interests include planning, implementing and evaluating behavioral interventions for the prevention and management of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. She is also interested in examining how psychosocial and environmental determinants of health behaviors influence chronic disease prevention and management.




Avani Mahta, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on March 30,2015

Dr. Avani Mehta, a recent graduate of the UMass Memorial Medical Center Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the combined baccalaureate degree and M.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 2008, Mehta completed an internal medicine internship and residency from 2008-11 and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship from 2011-14 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

The author or coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Mehta has given two presentations at national medical organizational meetings. Mehta’s research interests have included a diagnostic yield analysis for a new guiding catheter in electromagnetic navigation and a meta-analysis looking at bronchiectasis specimen data.




Betzaida Rodriguez, M.D., R.Ph.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Betzaida Rodriguez, a nephrologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Rodriguez earned her medical degree at the University of St. Eustatius School of Medicine in the Netherlands-Antilles in 2006 after completing her Bachelor in Pharmacy Degree at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

She did her internal medicine residency at the LSU Medical Center in Lafayette, La., in 2011 and a nephrology fellowship at UMMC and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson two years later.

A registered pharmacist, she has worked as a pharmacist manager and as a staff pharmacist in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Rodriguez is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the Renal Physicians Association.




Bharat Kumar Malhotra, MBBS
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 14,2015

Dr. Bharat Kumar Malhotra, a recent graduate of the Kansas University School of Medicine, Wichita, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

He received his medical degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India, in 2005. After working in India as a general physician for two years, he came to the U.S. with his wife. Before his residency, he has worked as a clinical research assistant at Westchester Medical College, Valhalla, New York, and at Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago.

He is the author or coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Carter Payne Milner, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Carter Milner, who has completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Milner earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi before completing her M.D. at UMMC, where she did her residency in internal medicine. A member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, she was named the Fellow of the Year in the Department of Internal Medicine in 2013.

She is the author of various research/publications/presentations and won first place in 2012 at the UMMC ACP Poster Competition for “It’s All about the Bite: A Case of Babesiosis Presenting as Hemolysis” and first place in the same competition in 2011 for “Expecting the Unexpected: A Case of Sorafenib Causing Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura.”

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, she is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American College of Physicians.




Chelle R. Pope Wilhelm, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 3,2015

Dr. Chelle R. Pope Wilhelm, a UMMC graduate and recent clinical immunology and allergy fellow here, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving her B.S. in microbiology summa cum laude from Mississippi State University in 2003, Wilhelm earned her M.D. at UMMC in 2007. She then had postgraduate training here, including an internal medicine internship/residency from 2007-10, service as chief internal medicine resident from 2010-11, a pulmonary medicine fellowship from 2011-13 and a clinical immunology and allergy fellowship from 2013-15.

An active member of the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Wilhelm is coauthor of a book chapter, “Asthma Over 65: A Disease About Which Little Is Known,” in the textbook Asthma, Comorbidities, Co-Existing Conditions, and Differential Diagnosis. Her main research interest is asthma.




James Benjamin Brock, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. James Benjamin Brock, a fellow in infectious diseases at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in chemistry and the B.A. in Spanish from Millsaps College in 2005, Brock earned the M.D. in 2009 at UMMC, where he completed internal medicine/pediatrics residency training in 2013 and a fellowship in infectious diseases in 2015.

A diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine, Brock is an active member of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Brock has clinical interests in HIV medicine and sexually transmitted infections, and he is actively involved in HIV education. His research interests include implementation science of both HIV care and HIV prevention strategies.




James Daryl Pollard, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. James Daryl Pollard, a recent UMMC cardiology fellow, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his B.S. in chemistry summa cum laude in 2004 from the University of Southern Mississippi, Pollard earned his M.D. in 2008 at UMMC, where he had an internal medicine residency from 2008-11 before beginning the cardiology fellowship program in 2012.

He is an active member of the American College of Cardiology.




James Q. Sones, M.D.
Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. James Q. Sones has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of medicine and has been appointed chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases. He was formerly in private practice in Jackson.

In 1972, Sones earned his M.D. at UMMC, where he also did his internship and residency in internal medicine. His gastroenterology fellowship was at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where he was also an Upjohn Fellow in clinical pharmacology.

Board-certified in internal medicine, he has served on the staff of several Jackson-area hospitals, where he was also a consulting, courtesy or attending physician.

Sones is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians.

His research projects date back to 1977 and embrace the treatment of such ailments as Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C virus infection, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis and many more.

Sones has authored or co-authored several articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.




Jennifer Thomas Eubanks, M.D., Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Jennifer Thomas Eubanks, a doctor of medicine and a doctor of pharmacy, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.

After receiving her Pharm.D. in 2002 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Eubanks completed a primary care pharmacy residency at UMMC. Thereafter, she earned an M.D. at UMMC in 2008. She completed residency training in internal medicine in 2011 and a fellowship in hematology and oncology in 2015 at UMMC.

Eubanks is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. Her primary interest is in thoracic oncology with a focus on lung cancer.




Jessica Summers Everitt, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 20,2015

Dr. Jessica Summers Everitt, a clinical pharmacist in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving her B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2010, Everitt earned her Pharm.D. summa cum laude at UMMC in 2013. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at UMMC in 2014 before becoming a clinical pharmacist in the NSICU.

The author or coauthor of three articles in professional publications, Everitt has given more than two-dozen presentations at professional meetings in Mississippi and Tennessee. Her academic and clinical interests include medication management in patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease, antihypertensive drug therapy and diabetes management and education.




John L. Parks, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 5,2015

Dr. John L. Parks, a graduate of cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at the Medical University of South Carolina, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his B.A. in biology cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2004, Parks earned his M.D. in 2008 at UMMC. He was an intern and resident physician here in the Department of Internal Medicine from 2008-11. He then trained in cardiovascular disease fellowship from 2011-14 and an interventional cardiology fellowship from 2014-15 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

He is the co-author of a book chapter on percutaneous aortic valve therapies and a chapter on scleroderma heart disease. His clinical interests include complex coronary interventions and transcatheter aortic valve replacements.




Jorge L. Castaneda, MD
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 28,2015

Dr. Jorge L. Castaneda, a recent critical care medicine fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his MD from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru in 2005, Castaneda served as a medical physician for the Peruvian Fire Department and at the Hospital Regional La Merced Peru and worked as an emergency room physician at Cayetano Heredia Private Hospital in Peru. He also served as an occupational health assistant for CAFAE Peru.

Castaneda then had postdoctoral training in internal medicine from 2009-12 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and a clinical fellowship in nephrology from 2012-14 at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He returned to UTHSC for a clinical care fellowship in critical care medicine from 2014-15.

An active member of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), Castaneda has authored five research posters accepted for presentation at scientific meetings and has given an oral presentation during the Nephrology Young Investigator’s Forum at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Mid-Atlantic.




Kumar Pallav, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Kumar Pallav, a recent gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After graduating from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India, in 2005, Pallav had internal medicine residency training from 2007-10 at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, clinical and research fellowships in Celiac disease and gastroenterology from 2010-12 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, and a gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at UMMC from 2012-15.

The author or coauthor of nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 18 poster or oral presentations nationally, Pallav’s medical interests include esophageal disorders and Celiac disease.




Lillian F. Lien
Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 8,2014

Dr. Lillian F. Lien, diabetes specialist and associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of medicine and division chief for endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes. Knowing the extent of obesity and diabetes in the state of Mississippi, she is especially excited to collaborate with Medical Center faculty on the care of these patients and on improving overall health in this state.

After receiving the B.S. in biomedical engineering from Harvard University in 1994, Lien earned the M.D. at the Duke University School of Medicine in 1999. She had an internship in internal medicine from 1999-2000, a residency in internal medicine from 2000-02, and a fellowship in endocrinology, metabolism and nutrition from 2002-05 at Duke University Medical Center.

She joined the Duke University Medical Center faculty in 2005 as an associate in medicine and became an assistant professor of medicine in 2006, medical director of Duke Inpatient Diabetes Management in 2008 and an associate professor of medicine in 2013.

Throughout her career, Lien has had a passion for the management of chronic diseases and is especially devoted to safe care for all individuals with diabetes mellitus. On these topics, she is the author or coauthor of 40 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and serves as a journal reviewer for several scientific journals. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, the American College of Physicians and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. A nationally sought invited speaker, Lien’s research interests include inpatient diabetes, intravenous insulin and the metabolic syndrome.




Max R. Lopez, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 20,2015

Dr. Max R. Lopez, a recent internal medicine resident at the University of Vermont Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his B.A. in medical sciences in 2009 from Boston (Massachusetts) University as part of a seven-year accelerated combined B.A./M.D. program, Lopez earned his M.D. at Boston University Medical School in 2012. He then had residency training in internal medicine at the University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, from 2012-15.

An active member of the American Medical Association, Lopez has given numerous conference and medical education presentations. His research interests include quality improvement initiatives and residents’ attitudes toward the transition of care of patients from inpatient to outpatient settings.




Mohit Agarwal, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 15,2014

Dr. Mohit Agarwal, a nephrology fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the M.B.B.S. from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, in 2004, Agarwal did an internal medicine residency from 2005-08 at the William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan.

Agarwal served as a hospitalist at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, West Virginia, from 2008-09 and at Marion General Hospital, Marion, Ohio, from 2008-12 before coming to the Medical Center for a nephrology fellowship from 2012-14.

The author or coauthor of 10 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter, Agarwal has presented posters to meetings of the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology.




Nancy A. West, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on April 27,2015

Dr. Nancy A. West, a neuroepidemiologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

West earned the Ph.D. in epidemiological science at the University of Michigan in 2006. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Preventive Medicine Department at the University of Colorado School of Medicine before joining the faculty as senior instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Colorado Medical Campus.

A member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, West is the author or coauthor of more than 30 peer-reviewed professional publications and serves as a peer reviewer for a number of scientific journals, including the American Journal of Epidemiology and Experimental Gerontology. West has given a dozen invited presentations nationally and internationally.

Her research interests include identification of risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia, vascular factors in brain aging and dementia, and elucidation of racial disparities in dementia.




Netrali Patel, MD
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 9,2015

Dr. Netrali Patel joined the UMMC faculty in November 2015 as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and Family Medicine. She currently serves as a clinical director of the MIND Center. She was previously working for Meridian Health in New Jersey for three years as a geriatrician/ family practitioner before moving to Mississippi.

She graduated with President Honors from Florida Atlantic University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. She earned her MD at the Ross University School of Medicine in 2008. She completed her residency in family medicine at St Vincent's Medical Center in 2011. After her residency training, she completed her fellowship in geriatrics at St Luke's University Health Network in 2012, where she gained extensive skills in dementia evaluations/testing and comprehensive geriatric assessments.

Patel is dually board-certified in family medicine and geriatrics and is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine. She sees a wide range of patients, from neonates and adults to geriatrics.

Patel has conducted an extensive amount of research and presented numerous poster presentations, and she has received second prize for her presentation, "Reducing 30 Day Readmission Rates of Heart Failure Patients Residing in Long Term Care Settings." She has dedicated her time personally and professionally by providing screenings to uninsured patients through a mobile health unit in Florida and has volunteered her services to the Special Olympics and community religious organizations.

Her interests include dementia and memory evaluations/testing, preventative care, geriatric syndrome and comprehensive geriatric assessment, managing polypharmacy in the geriatric population, sleep disorders and depression in elderly, and women's health.




Patricia Stewart, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Patricia Stewart, an allergy and immunology fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Stewart did her internal medicine residency at UMMC, where she also earned her M.D., in 2009, after completing her undergraduate work at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Her professional experience includes a stint as a research chemist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg.

Among her many honors is the UMMC 2012 Spirit of the Internal Medicine Residency Program Award.

She is a member of the American College of Physicians, a fellow in training of the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, an affiliate member of the American College of Chest Physicians, and an in-training member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

A former member of the judicial council of the Mississippi State Medical Association, Stewart has been published multiple times, co-authoring articles for such journals as the International Journal of Molecular Science; the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Chest; and the Journal of Molecular Structure.

She has been a presenter at a number of conferences, including those for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; and the 225th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.




Pegah Hosseini-Carroll
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 4,2016

Dr. Pegah Hosseini-Carroll has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine. She practices general gastroenterology with interests in colon cancer screening, obesity and women’s health.

Hosseini-Carroll completed her undergraduate education at Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in neuroscience in 2004. The following year, she obtained her Master of Science Degree, also in neuroscience. She earned her MD at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, in 2009.

Her graduate medical training was completed in Shreveport with a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology. She was Gastroenterology Chief Fellow from 2014-15.

Hosseini-Carroll is board-certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. She is married to Dr. Jonathan Carroll, assistant professor of surgery.




Rahat Noor, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on March 14,2016

Dr. Rahat Noor has joined the Medical Center Faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After earning his M.B.B.S. at the Aga Khan University Medical School, Karachi, Pakistan, in 2003, Noor did his internal medicine residency from 2006-09 at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan; a melanoma medical oncology fellowship from 2009-11 at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; and a geriatric medicine fellowship from 2011-12 at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Medical Specialties in geriatrics, Noor has worked as a hospitalist at River Region Health System, Vicksburg, since 2013.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association and the American Geriatrics Society, Noor is the author or coauthor of 13 publications, presentations and poster sessions.




Scott Gibson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Scott Gibson, a UMMC alum and recent geriatrics fellow here, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biochemistry from Mississippi College in 2007, Gibson earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2011. He then had internal medicine residency training from 2011-14 and a geriatrics fellowship from 2014-15 at UMMC.

Gibson is an active member of the American Geriatric Society and the American College of Physicians.




Shuja Yousuf, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Shuja Yousuf, a gastroenterology fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Yousuf served as an assistant professor of medicine (academic hospitalist) at UMMC for more than two years, until June 2011, and has had positions at various other medical centers and institutions, including hospitalist and medical director of the hospitalist program and the emergency room.

He did his residency in internal medicine at Temple University/St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa., and did a transitional internship at the University of Kashmir, Government Medical College, in Srinagar, Kashmir, India, where he also earned his M.B.B.S. in 1995.

Board-certified in internal medicine, he has been a lead author or co-author of several articles published in such publications as Circulation, the American Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.

He is a member of the American College of Physicians/ASIM, the American Medical Association, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterology Association.




Takeki Suzuki, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 8,2014

Dr. Takeki Suzuki, a cardiac electrophysiologist trained at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After earning the M.D. at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine, Japan, in 2000, Suzuki earned the M.P.H. at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2007. Suzuki returned to Japan to earn his Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine in 2011.

Suzuki was a rotating intern at the Japanese National Physician Graduate Medical Educational Program, U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa, from 2000-01; an internal medicine resident at the University of Tokyo Hospital from 2001-02; an internal medicine resident at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University, New York, from 2002-05; a cardiology fellow at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, from 2005-09; and a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellow at Johns Hopkins from 2012-14.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians and the Heart Rhythm Society, Suzuki has authored or coauthored 21 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has given 28 presentations internationally. His research interests include epidemiology of atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death and the role of imaging modalities and arrhythmia management.




Tanyanan Tanawuttiwat, MD
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 14,2015

Dr. Tanyanan Tanawuttiwat, a cardiac electrophysiologist trained at Johns Hopkins University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving her MD with first-class honor from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 2005, Tanawuttiwat served as a general physician at Photharam General Hospital, a provincial hospital in Ratchaburi, Thailand, from 2005-07. She then had internal medicine residency training from 2007-10 at the University of Illinois at Chicago/Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, a cardiology fellowship from 2010-13 at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship from 2013-15 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Recipient of the Women in Cardiology Trainee Award of Excellence from the American Heart Association in 2014, Tanawuttiwat has authored or coauthored 39 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, one book chapter and 17 posters presented at national scientific meetings. Tanawuttiwat is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology. She also is an active member of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American Heart Association.

She performs electrophysiology and catheter ablation in atrial and ventricular arrhythmias as well as device implants and lead extractions. Her main research interests include ventricular tachycardia ablation, catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation and evaluating new cardiac devices.




Venkatraraman Palabindala, MD
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 21,2015

Dr. Venkatraraman Palabindala, a hospitalist and clerkship director at Southeast Alabama Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his MBBS from the Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, Telangana and the NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, India, in 2007, Palabindala had residency training in internal medicine at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Maryland, where he was chief medical resident from 2011-12.

Palabindala joined Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, in 2012 as a hospitalist in its Department of Internal Medicine and has served on the department’s clinical teaching staff at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2013. In 2015 he also served SAMC as a home health director and as a clerkship director.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), the American College of Physicians, the American Diabetes Association and the American Medical Association, he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Palabindala is the founder and president of SHM’s Wiregrass chapter, which won the 2015 Silver Chapter Award. He has served on national committees for the SHM and currently serves on the organization’s IT committee. He plans to start a local SHM chapter in Jackson.

The author or coauthor of six articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications, Palabindala has given numerous presentations at scientific meetings and conferences in the U.S. and Canada. His primary focus is on quality and patient safety.




Vishnu Vardhan Garla, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Vishnu Vardhan Garla, a former endocrinology fellow, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Valedictorian of his high school class, Garla earned the M.B.B.S. from JJM Medical College in India. He was an observer at Princess Alexandria Hospital, Harlow, Essex, United Kingdom, from 2005-06 and was a house officer at CARE Hospital in Visakhapatnam, India, from 2006-07.

He then came to the United States and had residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at Marshall University, West Virginia, from 2009-13, serving as chief resident of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program from 2011-12. He then accepted an endocrinology fellowship at UMMC. He is working on completing his M.P.H. at East Tennessee State University.

The coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Garla is an active member of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society. His research interests include the role of AGPAT 1 in obesity-induced insulin resistance, and transitions of care from pediatric endocrine to adult endocrine.




Yuan-I Min, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 2,2014

Dr. Yuan-I “Nancy” Min, regulatory specialist at Hogan Lovells, LLP, in Washington, District of Columbia, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of medicine and an epidemiologist with the Jackson Heart Study.

A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Min was trained in both biostatistics and epidemiology, with an M.H.S. in biostatistics and a Ph.D. in epidemiology.

Min was on the research faculty at the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Trials, where she participated in coordinating center activities in several NIH-sponsored clinical trials and observational studies between 1999 and 2004. She played a leading operational role in data system design and maintenance, statistical analysis and performance monitoring.

Min was one of the grantees of the Department of Health and Human Services on a research integrity program that investigated issues related to quality assurance and data integrity in clinical trials. In 2004, she joined the MedStar Research Institute as a senior scientist, where she directed the statistics cluster in the Department of Epidemiology and Statistics.

In 2006, she joined Hogan & Hartson, LLP (the legacy firm of Hogan Lovells) as a regulatory specialist, with a focus on issues related to medical devices, and in 2014, she received regulatory affairs certification (RAC) from the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society.




Microbiology

John T. Bates, PhD
Instructor
Microbiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 12,2015

Dr. John T. Bates, a research assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in microbiology and Immunology.

A native of Natchez, Bates received his BS in biochemistry from Mississippi State University in 1998 and his PhD in microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005. He then completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from 2005-10, and the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, from 2010-14.

He joined the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

A member of the American Association of Immunologists, the American Society for Microbiology and the International Society for Vaccines, Bates is the author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and five poster presentations. His research interests include vaccine development and studying the immune response to adjuvants, an important component of many vaccines.




Neurobiology and Anatomical Science

Andrew J. Notebaert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomical Science
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 7,2014

Dr. Andrew Notebaert, a lecturer in anatomy and cell biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, has joined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of neurobiology.

He earned his Ph.D. in science education in 2009 at the University of Iowa, after doing research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also earned an M.S. in exercise science at the University of Iowa and his undergraduate degree at State University of New York at Buffalo.

Notebaert compiled years of lecture/lab experience at Indiana University, the University of Iowa and the University of North Carolina.

He is engaged in several research projects and has years of experience as a researcher studying the processes of teaching and learning.

Notebaert is the lead author on articles published in Research in Science Education, the International Journal of Neuroscience and the Journal of Athletic Training. He is the lead author or co-author of abstracts/reviews that have been published by the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology; Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise; and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal. One of his most recent presentations was at the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Conference.

Notebaert is a member of the American Association of Anatomists and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.




Chrysanthi Fergani, Ph.D.
Instructor
Neurobiology and Anatomical Science
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 12,2014

Dr. Chrysanthi Fergani, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroendocrinology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in neurobiology and anatomical science.

After receiving the D.V.M. from the University of Thessaly, Greece, in 2006, Fergani earned the M.Sc. in 2008 and the Ph.D. in neuroendocrinology in 2011 at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. She then did postdoctoral training in neuroendocrinology at the University of Michigan from 2011-12 and at UMMC from 2012-14.

An active member of several professional societies, including the Society for Neuroscience and the Society for Endocrinology, Fergani has coauthored five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and nine abstracts. She has served as an adjunct teacher in neuroendocrinology at Millsaps College since 2013.




Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences

Bernadette E. Grayson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 4,2014

Dr. Bernadette E. Grayson has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

She received her B.S. in biology from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1997. Grayson earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and the master’s in clinical research concurrently at the Oregon Health and Science University in 2009. She then began her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, the Society for Neuroscience and the Endocrine Society, Grayson is the author or coauthor of more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 12 abstracts.

Her research interests include the pathophysiology of obesity and diabetes, particularly the maternal, in utero and environmental factors important to the intergenerational transmission of metabolic disease. Her research spans the disciplines of developmental neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, behavioral neuroscience and integrative physiology.




Bradley J. Walters, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 1,2016

Dr. Bradley J. Walters, a recent postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences.

After receiving his B.S. in pre-medicine from Pennsylvania State University, State College, in 2001, Walters earned his Ph.D. in integrative biology and neuroscience at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2010. He joined St. Jude later that year.

The author or coauthor of 12 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one patent, Walters has given more than one dozen scientific presentations nationally. An active member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Neuroscience, the Society for Developmental Biology, the Association for Research in Otolaryngology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, his research interests include the study of development and regeneration in the inner ear and other tissues of the nervous system and the translation of key findings to the rehabilitation of sensorineural hearing loss and other neurodegenerative conditions.




Raymond J. Grill
Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 2,2015

Dr. Raymond J. Grill, associate professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences.

After receiving B.A. degrees in biology and psychology from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, in 1988, Grill earned the Ph.D. in anatomy and cellular biology at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1995. He was a postdoctoral fellow from 1995-98 and an assistant project scientist from 1998-99 in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California-San Diego, where he studied axonal regeneration in animal models of spinal cord injury.

Grill joined the University of Texas Health Science Center faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and an assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, where he developed a research program that explored long-term inflammation and its effects on outcome following spinal trauma. He became an associate professor there in 2013. In addition to his research program, Grill has also directed a campus-wide imaging facility.

Grill has received funding from a range of federal sources, such as the Department of Defense, through private foundations, such as the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and Mission Connect, a project of the TIRR Foundation of Texas. As a faculty member at UMMC, Grill’s goal is to contribute to a research program that focuses on the development of a pipeline from basic research in neurotrauma (spinal cord injury and brain injury) through preclinical testing to clinical trials in partnership with basic and clinical groups at UMMC and the VA Hospital.




Neurology

Duaa Jabari, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurology
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 3,2015

Dr. Duaa Jabari, a recent neuromuscular medicine fellow at Kansas University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurology.

After receiving his M.D. from the University of Tishreen, Syria, in 2004, Jabari had internal medicine training from 2004-05 and anatomical and clinical pathology training from 2005-08 at the University of Tishreen; a neurology residency from 2010-14 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; and a neuromuscular medicine fellowship from 2014-15 at Kansas University.

An active member of the American Academy of Neurology, Jabari has authored or coauthored five articles in peer-reviewed online publications, one journal article and six abstracts and poster presentations. His research interests include disease course and outcome in GBS and the diagnostic yield of muscle biopsy.




Gilbert O. Mbeo, MD
Assistant Professor
Neurology
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 26,2015

Dr. Gilbert O. Mbeo, a recent neurocritical care fellow at Emory University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurology.

After receiving his bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences, Kenya, in 2005, Mbeo had a medical internship at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, from 2006-07. He served as a research program coordinator and supervisor of the Neuro-HIV Research Group at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, from 2007-09, then had preliminary internal medicine residency training from 2009-10 at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Mbeo was an adult neurology resident at the Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 2012-13, where he also served as chief resident. He completed neurocritical care fellowship training at Emory University from 2013-15.

Board-certified in adult neurology, Mbeo is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Brain Research Organization. He is the author or coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has given seven academic presentations internationally.

A member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary, his clinical interests include stroke, international neurology, neurocritical care and neuroinfectious disease.




Neurosurgery

Chad W. Washington, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurosurgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Chad W. Washington, a native of Pontotoc, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurosurgery following the completion of his residency and fellowship training in neurosurgery and endovascular neurosurgery at Washington University in St. Louis.

After receiving his B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Millsaps College in 2001, Washington obtained his M.S. in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, in 2003. He then earned his M.D. at UMMC in 2007. Washington also completed an M.P.H.S. at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012.

Washington did a general surgery internship from 2007-08, a neurosurgery residency from 2008-13, and an endovascular neurosurgery fellowship in radiology from 2013-14 at Washington University. Sandwiched between his postgraduate training, Washington completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurosurgery from 2011-12 and was a neurosurgery registrar in fall 2012 at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

The author or coauthor of 19 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, four book chapters and 15 abstracts and presentations at scientific meetings nationwide, Washington is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.




Jason Edward Tullis, M.D.
Associate Professor
Neurosurgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 2,2014

Dr. Jason Edward Tullis, a former neurosurgery resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of neurosurgery.

After receiving the B.A. in English from Santa Clara University, California, in 1993, Tullis earned the M.D. at the Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska, in 2000. He had an internship from 2000-01 and residency training in neurosurgery from 2001-06 at UMMC.

Tullis entered private practice in 2006 with Neurosurgery Arkansas, Little Rock. Five years later, he joined OrthoArkansas, P.A., Little Rock, for whom he has worked for three-and-a-half years.

An active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Tullis has authored or coauthored four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Keith E. Tansey, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Neurosurgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 29,2016

Dr. Keith E. Tansey, a neurology and physiology faculty member at Emory University, Atlanta, and a physician in the Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of rehabilitation medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery and in the Department of Neurobiology.

He will also work as a senior scientist in the Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery at Methodist Rehabilitation Center and as a physician in the Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at the Jackson VA.

After receiving his B.S. and his M.S. in biology with a focus on biomechanics from Stanford University in 1985, Tansey earned his M.D. and his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, in 1994. From 1994-2002, he completed his residency in neurology at Washington University and fellowships in neurorehabilitation and spinal cord injury research there and at the University of California at Los Angeles.

He was board-certified in neurology and then earned subspecialty certifications in spinal cord injury medicine and neural repair and rehabilitation.

In 2002, Tansey joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as junior faculty and directed the Spinal Cord Injury Program there. In 2008, he joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty and directed the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

He serves on the boards of the American Society for Neurorehabilitation and the International Society for Restorative Neurology, and is the president-elect of the American Spinal Injury Association. He also works on scientific advisory boards, planning groups and a data safety and monitoring board for other national and international groups.

Tansey is an award-winning medical educator and an internationally sought speaker. He studies plasticity in neural circuits for pain, autonomic function and locomotion in animal models and humans after spinal cord injury, with an interest in shaping that plasticity to improve functional recovery.

He is the author or coauthor of many articles in peer-reviewed, professional publications, three book chapters and more than 100 meeting abstracts and poster presentations. He is currently co-editing a book, “Neurological Aspects of Spinal Cord Injury,” with colleagues from Heidelberg for the Springer Publishing Company.




Stuart Aaron Yablon, M.D.
Professor
Neurosurgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on April 25,2016

Dr. Stuart Aaron Yablon, medical director of the Brain Injury Program at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of neurosurgery.

After receiving his BS in biology from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1983, Yablon earned his M.D. at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1987. He then had an internal medicine internship at the Oral Roberts University School of Medicine, Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 1987-88; a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation from 1988-91 at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/New Jersey School of Medicine, Newark, where he was academic chief resident from 1990-91; and a brain injury/rehabilitation research career development fellowship from 1991-93 at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

In 1993, he became an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and served as co-director of the Brain Injury Program at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research. In 1996, he moved to Jackson to become director of the Brain Injury Program at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

In 2009, he returned to Texas as director of rehabilitation research at the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas. Two years later, he moved to Canada and joined the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry as an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, while also serving as medical lead of the Brain Injury Program at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta. He returned to Jackson in 2015 as medical director of the Brain Injury Program at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

An associate editor for the journal PM&R, Yablon has been listed among the Best Doctors in America for several years. A member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he has received more than $5 million in cumulative research funding for scientific projects by federal granting agencies and the pharmaceutical industry.

The author or coauthor of 75 articles in peer-reviewed academic publications, more than 130 abstracts and six book chapters, Yablon has given numerous invited presentations at scientific meetings and conferences internationally.




Obstetrics and Gynecology

D. Kyle Ball, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 5,2015

Dr. D. Kyle Ball, a veteran ob-gyn physician with 27 years of clinical practice in Jackson, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Mississippi State University in 1980, Ball earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1984. He had postgraduate training in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals, New Orleans, from 1984-88.

Ball served as an ob-gyn physician at the Clinic for Women of Central Mississippi in Jackson from 1988-2014. A fellow and diplomate of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, he is past president of the Tulane Ob-Gyn Society, the Southeastern Ob-Gyn Society and the Jackson Gynecic Society. He also has served on the Board of Trustees of Central Mississippi Medical Center and is an ob-gyn medical malpractice expert.




George Christopher Ball, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 10,2014

Dr. George Christopher Ball, an ob-gyn physician at the Clinic for Women of Central Mississippi in Jackson for nearly 30 years, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

After attending Mississippi State University for three years, Ball earned early admission into the School of Medicine at UMMC and earned the M.D. in 1981. He had postgraduate training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1981-85 and joined the Clinic for Women of Central Mississippi in July 1985.

A fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ball is an active member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Central Medical Society and the Gynecic Society, for whom he served as president in 1989. A member of Phi Kappa Phi, he is the coauthor of a journal article in Obstetric Gynecology and has made two presentations at professional conferences in Jackson.




Husam Abed, M.D.
Associate Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Husam Abed, director of the Urogynecology Division of Women’s Health Services in the Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

After receiving the doctor of medicine degree with honors from the Almustansiriya University School of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq, in 1993, Abed completed a transitional-year internship and an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Hurley Medical Center/Michigan State University, Flint, from 2000-05 and a female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, from 2005-08.

Abed served as a clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico until 2008, when he joined the Wayne State University volunteer faculty as a clinical assistant professor.

The author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Abed serves on the senior advisory board of the Fellow Pelvic Research Network and is an active member of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons’ Systematic Review Group.




John D. Isaacs Jr., M.D.
Associate Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 5,2015

Dr. John D. Isaacs Jr., a School of Medicine alum, former faculty member and longtime practitioner at the Mississippi Fertility Institute at Women’s Specialty Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

After receiving the B.A. in biological science from the University of Mississippi in 1984, Isaacs earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1989. He had an ob-gyn internship and residency here from 1989-93 and completed a reproductive endocrinology fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1995.

Before joining the Mississippi Fertility Institute at Women’s Specialty Center, Isaacs served as an assistant professor of ob-gyn in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at UMMC from 1995-99.

An ad hoc reviewer for the journals Fertility and Sterility and the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association and a special reviewer for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Isaacs is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is an active member of several professional organizations. He has authored or coauthored 18 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, seven book chapters and 16 abstracts and has made numerous presentations at scientific meetings throughout the U.S. and Canada.




Paul H. Moore III, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 5,2015

Dr. Paul H. Moore III, a UMMC alum with a private practice in Jackson, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2001, Moore earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2005. He had residency training in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, from 2005-09, a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Northeast Urogynecology, Albany, New York, from 2009-12, and a fellowship in pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction at the C. Paul Perry Pelvic Pain Center, Brimingham, Alabama, in 2002. He has been in private practice in Jackson since January 2013.

He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Urogynecologic Society and the International Pelvic Pain Society.




Rachael Foley Morris, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Rachael Foley Morris, a recent maternal fetal medicine fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from Loyola University New Orleans in 2003, Morris earned the M.D. at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Medicine, New Orleans, in 2008. She then had residency training in obstetrics and gynecology from 2008-12 at UMMC, where she was chief administrative resident in the department from 2011-12. She completed her postgraduate training with a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at UMMC from 2012-15.

A fellow of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Morris is the author or coauthor of 13 published articles, abstracts or presentations.




Ophthalmology

Brian Cuong Tieu, M.D., Ph.D.
Instructor
Ophthalmology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Brian C. Tieu, a current vitreo-retinal fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in ophthalmology.

After receiving his B.A. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, Tieu earned his M.D and Ph.D. in a combined degree program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2010. He then did an internal medicine internship from 2010-11 at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, and an ophthalmology residency from 2011-14 at the University of Texas Medical Branch before coming to UMMC for his vitreo-retinal fellowship.

An active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association, Tieu is the author or coauthor of eight articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 11 abstracts. His research interests include the role of Angiotensin II in Giant Cell Arteritis and aortic aneurysm/dissection, and retinal vascular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and vasculitis.




Jay Craddock
Assistant Professor
Ophthalmology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Jay Craddock, a house officer in the Department of Ophthalmology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of ophthalmology.

A 2004 summa cum laude biology graduate of Millsaps College, Craddock received his M.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2010. He completed a residency with UMMC’s Department of Ophthalmology in June, receiving the department’s Honor Award for excellence in the study of ophthalmology.

He has served since 2010 as house officer for the Department of Ophthalmology Residency Program and is a voting member of UMMC’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Academic Committee.

Craddock’s professional activities include membership in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association. Among his most recent research, presented in June 2013, was a study of seasonal, meteorological and calendar-date factors related to ocular trauma.




Orthopaedic Surgery

James (Jim) A. Hurt III, MD
Assistant Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 7,2015

Dr. James (Jim) A. Hurt III, a sports medicine/arthroscopy specialist at Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery.

After receiving his BS in biology magna cum laude from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, in 2003, Hurt earned his MD at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, in 2007. He had postgraduate training in preliminary general surgery that year at the LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Florida and Shands, Jacksonville, from 2007-09, an orthopaedic surgery residency from 2009-12 at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he was chief resident in orthopaedic surgery from 2011-12, and a Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center fellowship in Jackson from 2012-13.

Team physician for four North Carolina high schools and head team physician for Fred T. Foard High School in Hickory, Hurt is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Association, among others. His research interests include ACL reconstruction in young patients.




Lori K. Reed, MD
Associate Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 28,2015

Dr. Lori K. Reed, an orthopaedic surgeon at Summit Orthopedics, Woodbury, Minnesota, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery.

After receiving the BA in chemistry and biology summa cum laude from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, in 1995, Reed earned her MD at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, in 1999. She had an orthopaedic surgery residency from 1999-2004 at the University of Nebraska/Creighton University, Omaha, and a foot and ankle/lower extremity trauma fellowship from 2004-05 at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Tampa.

Reed joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery in 2005 and was promoted to associate professor of orthopaedic surgery in 2013. She joined Summit Orthopedics in 2015.

An active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, among others, Reed is the author or coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications. She also has given 34 scientific presentations nationally and internationally.

Her research interests include ankle fracture stability and postoperative complications of definitive open surgery after external fixator application.




M. Wade Shrader, M.D.
Professor
Orthopaedic Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 22,2015

Dr. M. Wade Shrader, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of othopaedic surgery.

A native of Pontotoc, Shrader received the B.S. in aerospace engineering summa cum laude from Mississippi State University in 1991. He earned the M.D. with honors at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, in 1999. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, from 1999-2004 and a pediatric orthopaedic surgery and scoliosis fellowship at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, from 2004-05.

Shrader served as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and managing partner (vice-chairman) of the CORE Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, from 2005-09 before joining the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Phoenix faculty as a clinical associate professor. He also served as division chief and the Louis Endowed Chair of Pediatric Orthopaedics, fellowship director and director of research at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.

A fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Shrader is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. The author or coauthor of more than 35 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and 15 book chapters, he has given more than 65 podium presentations internationally and has authored or coauthored more than 60 poster presentations for national meetings.




Orthopedic Surgery

Clay A. Spitler, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Orthopedic Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 18,2014

Dr. Clay A. Spitler, a recent advanced clinical experience-orthopedic trauma fellow at Harborview Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery.

After receiving the B.S. in biology magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2004, Spitler earned the M.D. at the Medical College of Georgia in 2008. He had residency training in orthopedic surgery at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from 2008-13, where he was chief resident from 2012-13. His fellowship at Harborview took place from 2013-14.

Spitler’s research interests include basic science studies which provide building blocks for clinical science and clinical projects that improve patient outcomes in orthopedic trauma.




Hyung Wook Kim, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Orthopedic Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 18,2014

Dr. Hyung Wook Kim, an interventional pain management fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery.

After receiving a B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology cum laude from Boston University in 1998, Kim earned his M.D. at Texas Tech University’s School of Medicine in 2002. He then completed an internal medicine internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., in 2003.

Kim first came to Mississippi in 2003 as the medical department head of Special Boat Team-22, a small Naval Special Warfare unit at the Stennis Space Center. Two years later, Kim moved to San Diego, Calif., to become the medical divisional officer at the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) School.

In 2008, Kim briefly left the Navy to begin a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Carolinas Rehabilitation, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C. He served as the chief resident there from 2010-11. He then re-entered active duty and became an attending physician and director of three physical medicine and rehabilitation divisions at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During his two years at Walter Reed, Kim also completed a six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Kim came to the Medical Center In 2013 to start his pain management fellowship.

Recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement and Commendation Medals, Kim is an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is the author or coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and four invited presentations.




Kenneth Patrick Powell, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Orthopedic Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 27,2014

Dr. Kenneth Patrick Powell, a UMMC alum and pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery.

Recipient of the B.B.A. from Millsaps College in 1995 and the B.S. in physical therapy from UMMC in 1999, Powell served as physical therapist at the Medical Center from 2000-03 before entering medical school. He earned the M.D. in 2007 at UMMC, where he had an orthopedic surgery residency from 2007-12. He also was a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, from 2012-13 before joining Cook Children’s Hospital.

An active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Powell’s research interest is in the incidence of hypertension in obese pediatric tibia vara and slipped capital femoral epiphysis populations.




Otolaryngology

Christopher Spankovich, Au.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 22,2015

Dr. Christopher Spankovich, a research assistant professor and clinical audiologist at the University of Florida, Gainesville, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of otolaryngology.

After receiving the B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 1999, Spankovich earned the M.P.H. at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, in 2002, the Au.D. at Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, in 2006, and the Ph.D. in hearing sciences at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, in 2010.

He then joined the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in the College of Public Health and Health Professionals at the University of Florida.

An editorial advisor for Audiology Today, he is the author or coauthor of 12 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and four book chapters and has given more than 35 presentations nationally. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Auditory Society and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

His research interests include epidemiological research in identifying risk factors for hearing loss and tinnitus; translational research on prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus related to noise, ototoxic drugs and aging; and clinical research in early identification of cochlear and auditory neural pathology.

Spankovich sees pediatric and adult patients with specific interest in tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance disorders.




Jenna L. Nassar, M.S.
Instructor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 24,2014

Jenna Nassar, a speech language pathologist at Select Specialty Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology.

After receiving the B.S. in speech and hearing science from the Mississippi University for Women in 2007, Nassar earned the M.S. in communicative disorders at Jackson State University in 2009. She then joined Select Specialty Hospital and served as an adjunct professor at JSU in 2011.

Nassar has additional graduate clinical experience in the Jackson Public School System and at the Central Mississippi Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic.




Rachel Tyrone, MS
Instructor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 4,2016

Rachel Tyrone, a recent graduate assistant at the Children’s Center for Communication and Development in Hattiesburg, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology.

After receiving her BA magna cum laude in 2014 from the University of Southern Mississippi, Tyrone earned her MS there in December 2015. She made the Dean’s List at USM from 2012-14, attended USM’s Senior Honors College in 2013 and was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society in 2013.




Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences

Claude F. Harbarger, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on April 10,2015

Dr. Claude F. Harbarger joins the faculty ranks as an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences.

Harbarger earned his medical degree from UMMC in 2009. He completed his otolaryngology internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia, and completed a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

Harbarger is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the Society of University Otolaryngologists, the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the Mississippi Society of Otolaryngology, the Society for the Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children, and is a specialty fellow member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Harbarger has several peer-reviewed articles and has presented at several national meetings, such as the American Society for Pediatric Otolaryngology. His specialty interests include pediatric endocrine, head and neck masses, hemangiomas and vascular malformations, management of airway lesions, sinus and chronic ear disease, congenital ear anomalies and management of hearing impaired and cochlear implantation.




Hailey Christine Henderson, M.S.
Instructor
Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 8,2015

Hailey Christine Henderson, a recent graduate student clinician for Pelahatchie Public Schools, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology and communicative sciences.

Henderson received her B.S. in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Mississippi in 2012 and her M.S. in speech-language pathology from Jackson State University in 2015.

She is the coauthor of a peer-reviewed article, “Diary Reporting and Phonetic Transciption for Effective Speech Analysis in Children with Disabilities: What Itard Did Not Know,” in the January 2014 issue of the Online Journal of Rural and Urban Research.




Mallory Upchurch, M.S.
Instructor
Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on March 30,2015

Mallory Upchurch, a speech-language pathologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology and communicative sciences.

Upchurch earned her B.S. in communication sciences and disorders in 2012 and her M.S. in communication sciences and disorders in 2014 at the University of Mississippi. Since 2014, she has provided therapy for children with various communication disorders in the pediatric outpatient clinic at Laskin Therapy Group in Ridgeland.

Her interests include pediatric swallowing, feeding and providing rehab services.




Mary Gunn Spragins, AuD
Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 28,2015

Dr. Mary Gunn Spragins, an audiologist at Northwest Mississippi Otolaryngology in Southaven, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences in the Division of Audiology.

After receiving her BA in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Mississippi in 2008, Spragins earned her AuD at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, in 2013. She has had three years of practicum experience at various health-care institutions in Arkansas and Tennessee, including Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Paragould; LeBonhuer Children’s Hospital, Memphis; and Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis. She completed her fourth-year AuD externship at Eastern Oklahoma Ear, Nose, and Throat in Tulsa. After completion of her fourth year, she joined Shea Ear Clinic, Memphis, where she worked for two years.

She is board certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the Mississippi State Department of Health. She is an active member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA).




Victoria Kivlan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 19,2016

Dr. Victoria Kivlan, a pediatric audiologist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of otolaryngology.

After receiving her B.A. in psychology from the Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, in 2008, Kivlan earned her Au.D. in 2015 at Idaho State University, Pocatello. While a Doctor of Audiology candidate, she was an intern audiologist at Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, and at four facilities in Boise, Idaho: Elks Hearing and Balance, the Boise School District, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the House of Hearing. She had a pediatric audiology clinical fellowship from 2014-15 at the University of Alabama Birmingham Civitan-Sparks Clinics before joining Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

A member of five national honor societies, including Golden Key, Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, Psi Chi and Phi Theta Kappa, Kivlan has served as president of the Student Academy of Audiology and co-chair of the Special Olympics and Healthy Hearing. She specializes in pediatric cochlear implants and electrophysiological measures of hearing. Her research interests include electrically evoked auditory brainstem responses in the pediatric population and association of Congenital Cytomegalovirus and hearing loss in children.




Pathology

Ali G. Saad, M.D.
Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 9,2016

Dr. Ali G. Saad, director of anatomic pathology, director of neuropathology and director of pediatric pathology at Baptist Health Medical Center and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pathology.

Saad earned his M.D. at The Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences, Beirut, Lebanon, in 1996. He had a surgery internship from 1997-98 and an anatomic pathology residency from 1998-2000 at the American University of Beirut. Saad was a resident in anatomic and clinical pathology from 2000-05 at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and had fellowships in pathology in the combined neuropathology program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Children’s Hospital from 2005-06; in pediatric pathology at Children’s Hospital Boston from 2006-07; and in pathology in the combined neuropathology program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Children’s Hospital from 2007-08 at Harvard Medical School.

In 2008, Saad joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital faculty as an assistant professor of pathology and director of gastrointestinal pathology. The following year, he became director of surgical pathology and director of anatomic pathology. He was interim pathologist-in-chief at Arkansas Children’s Hospital before moving to Saskatoon Health Region in Canada. In 2015, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida, to join Baptist Health Medical Center and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

The author or coauthor of 42 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and one book chapter, Saad has given seven platform and 48 poster presentations and seven invited lectures internationally. A fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Gastro-Intestinal Pathology Society, the American Association of Neuropathologists and the Society of Pediatric Pathology.

Saad’s areas of interest include oncologic surgical pathology, pediatric gastrointestinal disorders, hepatobiliary disorders and adult and pediatric neuropathology.




Dana Marie Grzybicki, MD, PhD
Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 19,2015

Dr. Dana Marie Grzybicki, a staff pathologist at major medical institutions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Aurora, Colorado, and most recently the quality systems research manager at Eastern Health Regional Authority, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pathology and director of the UMMC Graduate Program in Pathology.

After receiving her BS in biology from the University of San Francisco in 1980, Grzybicki trained and worked as a licensed medical technologist for six years at Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley, California before earning her MD at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1990. She then completed postgraduate residency training in anatomic pathology and subspecialty training in neuropathology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Veterans Administration Hospital, Iowa City. In addition, Grzybicki earned her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Iowa, completing her postgraduate medical and research training in 1997.

She began a 12-year academic career in Pittsburgh by joining the Duquesne University faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences. In 2000 she became a clinical assistant professor at Allegheny General Hospital and MCP Hahnemann University; two years later, she joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as an assistant professor of pathology with a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Informatics there in 2006. In 2007, she joined the University of Colorado Denver faculty as an associate professor of pathology in the School of Health Sciences, and in 2009, she became professor of pathology in the Department of Specialty Medicine at the Rocky Vista University of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado. In 2012 she joined the Eastern Health Regional Authority.

The author or coauthor of 47 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, nine invited reviews and one invited editorial, as well as a track record in both extramural and intramural grant funding, Grzybicki’s research interests are clinical and health services research focused on quality improvement and patient safety in pathology and laboratory medicine.




Elizabeth Chastain
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Elizabeth Chastain, a recent molecular genetic pathology fellow at the Washington University School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

Chastain earned the Bachelor of Science in biology from Southern Illinois University in 2002. After receiving her M.D. in 2008 from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Chastain completed a residency in the Department of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Emory University, serving as chief resident in 2011-12. She completed fellowships in hematopathology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 2013 and in molecular genetic pathology at the Washington University School of Medicine in 2014.

She is certified by the American Board of Pathology and is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for Molecular Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, FCAP, the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathologists, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.




Frank X. Torres, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on March 14,2016

Dr. Frank X. Torres, an anatomical pathologist at Eastern Health in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pathology.

After receiving his M.D. from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in 1983, Torres was accepted into a transitional residency program from 1983-84 and an anatomic pathology residency program from 1984-85 at State General Hospital, Hermosillo, Mexico. He then had anatomic pathology residency training from 1987-91 at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.

Certified by the American Board of Pathology, Torres was a senior staff member in the Department of Pathology at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, from 1991-2003 and again from 2005-11 and was a partner at Laboratory Medicine Service, P.A. in Laredo, Texas, from 2003-05. In 2011, he joined Eastern Health as divisional chief of anatomic pathology and became a staff pathologist there in 2014. While at Eastern Health, Torres also held a position as clinical assistant professor at Memorial University.

Torres has an interest in head and neck pathology and thyroid pathology. He also served as an ad hoc reviewer for the Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Torres is the author or coauthor of 17 abstracts, two book chapters and 10 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.




Grace Kao Mahowald, MD, PhD
Instructor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 12,2015

Dr. Grace Kao Mahowald, a recent medical intern at Massachusetts General Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pathology and director-in-training in the HLA Laboratory.

After receiving her BA in chemistry magna cum laude from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2001, Mahowald entered the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, where she earned her MD and PhD in immunology in 2011. She then had postgraduate training as an intern in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Mahowald is the author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications.




Jason M. Schallheim, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 15,2014

Dr. Jason M. Schallheim, who was a general pathologist at Providence Medford Medical Center, Oregon, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology in 1998 and the B.S. in chemistry in 1999 from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Schallheim earned the M.D. at the University of Utah School of Medicine in 2003. He did an internal medicine residency from 2003-04 at the University of Rochester, New York; an internal medicine residency from 2005-06 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Oregon; an AP/CP pathology residency from 2007-11 at the George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C., where he was chief resident from 2009-11; and a hematopathology fellowship from 2011-12 at the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland. He worked at Providence Medford Medical Center from 2012-14.

The author or coauthor of 11 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Schallheim is an active member of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.




Kenneth L. Muldrew, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 21,2014

Dr. Kenneth L. Muldrew, an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Toledo College of Medicine from 2010-14, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pathology.

After receiving the B.S. cum laude from the University of North Texas, Denton, in 1993, Muldrew earned the M.P.H. in 1995 at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, and the M.D. in 1999 at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Upon completing medical school, he did an internal medicine internship from 1999-2000 and a pharmacology and toxicology fellowship from 2000-01 at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences, Little Rock. He then did residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology from 2001-06 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. Upon completing his primary residency, he did specialty training in medical microbiology as the Winchester Fellow in Medical Microbiology from 2006-07 at Yale University, New Haven, Conn. As an extension of his microbiology clinical training, he completed a Ruth S. Kirschstein, N.R.S.A. Clinical Research Fellowship from 2007-09 at the Yale University School of Medicine. He also completed training in diagnostic molecular genetic pathology, with a second subspecialty training in molecular genetic pathology, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from 2009-10.

The author or coauthor of 19 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and two book chapters, Muldrew has presented 20 abstracts at national and international meetings.

His current research interests include translation of genomic and genetic discoveries into clinical laboratory. His clinical interests include pharmacogenetics, next-generation sequencing and genomics, oncology markers and personalized cancer treatment, laboratory testing for inherited genetic diseases of children and adults, and molecular infectious diseases.




Kim R. Geisinger, M.D.
Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 18,2014

Dr. Kim R. Geisinger, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pathology.

After receiving his B.S. from Drexel University in 1972, Geisinger earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1976. He was a house officer in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, from 1977-81, and was a cytology service fellow in the Department of Pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, from 1981-82.

He joined the Wake Forest University-Bowman Gray School of Medicine faculty, Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1982 as an assistant professor of pathology and became an associate professor of pathology there in 1986. In 1991, he became professor of pathology and director of surgical pathology and served in those positions for 21 years. He also served as professor of internal medicine (gastroenterology) there from 2009-12. He served as director of cytology at North Carolina Baptist Hospital from 1986-2012 before entering private practice in the middle portion of North Carolina and becoming an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012.

Senior associate editor of the journal Diagnostic Cytopathology since 2008, Geisinger is the author or coauthor of 257 articles and 11 invited review articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, 163 abstracts, four books and 41 book chapters, and is the book series editor of five different volumes. An accomplished speaker, Geisinger is a highly sought lecturer internationally who has given 246 invited presentations internationally. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the College of American Pathologists.

His professional interests include diagnostic cytology, gynecologic, gastrointestinal and orthopedic pathology, thoracic tumors, general surgical pathology and tele-pathology, rapid on-site evaluation of cytologic and histologic specimens and patient safety.




Kristen Adams, M.D.
Instructor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Kristen Adams, an anatomical and clinical pathology resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pathology.

After receiving the B.S. in pre-med cum laude from Mississippi College, Adams earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2012. In 2015, she was chief resident in anatomical and clinical pathology.

The author or coauthor of seven articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Adams is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the College of American Pathologists and the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Her research interests include evaluation of the role of eosinophil-derived neurotoxin in age-related dysphagia seen in children with eosinophilic esophagitis.




Lisa Myers Sullivan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 18,2014

Dr. Lisa Myers Sullivan, attending pathologist in pediatric pathology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pa., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving the B.S. in biologic anthropology and anatomy cum laude from Duke University, Durham, N.C., in 2000, Sullivan earned the M.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2005. She had residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, from 2005-09, where she served as chief resident from 2008-09, and a fellowship in pediatric pathology from 2009-10 and a research fellowship in cancer cytogenetics from 2010-11 at CHOP.

She joined the pediatric pathology faculty at CHOP in 2011.

An invited reviewer for the journal Cancer Genetics since 2010, Sullivan has given three invited presentations in Virginia and Tennessee. An active member of the College of American Pathologists, the United States and Canada Academy of Pathology and the Society for Pediatric Pathology, Sullivan has authored or coauthored 21 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and several abstracts.




Maria F. Gonzalez, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Maria F. Gonzalez, a recent cytopathology fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving her M.D. with honors from Universidad Libre, Cali, Colombia, Gonzalez had a transitional medicine internship at Universidad del Valle, Cali. She served as a physician and medical coordinator of primary health programs in Cali, Colombia, before joining the faculty at Colegio Odontologico Colombiano, Cali, as an associate professor of physiology and assistant professor of histology and pathology, where she was chosen as the best teacher of the year.

In 2007, Gonzalez came to the U.S. to continue her postgraduate training. After a pathology observership at the University of Miami, Florida, from 2008-09, she started her residency training in pathology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, and finished her residency training in pathology at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine-Western campus, Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2013. Gonzalez did two fellowships: a surgical pathology fellowship from 2013-14 at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut, and a cytopathology fellowship from 2014-15 at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

An active member of the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathology and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Gonzalez is the coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, five abstracts and seven posters presented at national meetings. Her research interests include a retrospective comparative study of breast needle localization and radioactive seed localization, cytopathology fine needle aspirations, breast pathology, gastrointestinal pathology and gynecologic pathology.




Michael Mahowald, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 14,2015

Dr. Michael Mahowald, a recent chief resident in clinical pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology and section director of the clinical microbiology and serology laboratories.

After receiving his BA in biology from Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, Mahowald earned his combined MD and PhD in molecular microbiology and microbial pathogenesis at Washington University in St. Louis in 2010. He was the W. M. Keck Postdoctoral Fellow at Washington University from 2010-11 and had residency training in clinical pathology and a fellowship in medical microbiology from 2011-15 at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Microbiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Mahowald is the author or coauthor of 11 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Saeed Bajestani, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Saeed Bajestani, a pathologist with subspecialty training in breast, renal and cytopathology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pathology.

After receiving the Doctor of Medicine from Mashad University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 1993, Bajestani completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Alzahra Eye Hospital, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Iran.

He completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology from 2004-08, a cytopathology fellowship from 2008-09 and a breast pathology fellowship from 2009-10 at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, where he was chief resident from 2007-08; and a renal pathology fellowship from 2014-15 at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

His previous academic appointments include assistant professor of ophthalmology and director of the Department of Optometry at the Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, from 2000-02, and clinical assistant professor of pathology at Ohio State University, Columbus, from 2010-14.

Recipient of the 2014 Faculty Teaching Award in Anatomic Pathology at Ohio State University, the 2008 Teaching Scholars Award from the Office of Faculty Development at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and the 2008 Ann Harwood-Nuss Resident Advocate Award from the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Bajestani is the author or coauthor of 12 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter.




Selly Strauch, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Selly Strauch, medical examiner of Forsyth County, N.C., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in biology/premedical and criminal justice in 2003 from the University of Evansville, Strauch completed a number of graduate-level courses in biochemistry and biology at Indiana University. She received her M.D. from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in 2008, and then completed an anatomical and clinical pathology residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2013.

She received UMMC’s Residents are Teachers Award in 2013. She was a recipient of the 2013 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Lucas Grant in conjunction with Patrick Lantz of Wake Forest.

In 2013, she completed a forensic pathology fellowship in the Wake Forest University Office of the Medical Examiner in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she was appointed Forsyth County medical examiner.

Her research interests include primary cardiac angiosarcoma, homicide and lunar cycle correlation, optic sheath hemorrhages in children, and perimacular retinal folds in adults.




Siraj M. El Jamal, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Siraj M. El Jamal, a former fellow of surgical pathology at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving the medical degree from the University of Tripoli, Libya, in 2006, El Jamal served as a research assistant at the University of Chicago from 2006-07. He had a pathology residency from 2007-10 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, a hematopathology fellowship from 2010-11 and a pathology residency from 2011-12 at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a surgical pathology fellowship from 2014-15 at the University of Louisville. El Jamal is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology, and hematopathology.

El Jamal served as a staff pathologist at SiParadigm Diagnostic Labs, Oradell, New Jersey, and as a visiting pathologist at Moncton Hospital, Canada.

A member of the editorial board for the journals Applied Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Morphology and Diagnostic Pathology and an ad hoc reviewer for several professional publications, El Jamal has authored or coauthored multiple articles in peer-reviewed professional publications. He has presented at numerous national and international meetings and is an active member of several professional societies, including the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

El Jamal’s areas of interest include hematopathology (lymph node and bone marrow pathology) and ancillary studies, including flow cytometry and FISH, and general surgical pathology.




Stephen S. Raab, MD
Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 9,2015

Dr. Stephen S. Raab, chief of laboratory medicine at Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and professor of laboratory medicine at Memorial University, St. John’s, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pathology.

After receiving his BA in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1983, Raab earned his MD at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse in 1988. During medical school, Raab had a Dana Fellowship in epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He had postgraduate training in pathology as a resident and surgical pathology fellow from 1988-91 at Barnes Hospital, Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri; a cytopathology fellowship from 1991-92 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina; and a health policy fellowship from 1994-95 at the Department of Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.

Raab was an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, from 1992-96 and became an associate professor with tenure in 1997. Raab was director of cytology and director of outcomes research in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Allegheny University of Health Sciences, Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University, Pittsburgh, in 1997. He concurrently performed research at the John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences, Duquesne University. Raab became a full professor at both institutions in 2001. In 2002, Raab joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he became chief of pathology at Shadyside Hospital. In 2007, Raab joined the University of Colorado Denver as a professor of pathology, vice chair of quality and director of anatomic pathology. In 2011, he joined Memorial University and the Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority.

An active member of several professional societies, including the College of American Pathologists and the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Raab is the author or coauthor of 213 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications, eight book chapters, 225 abstracts and numerous other published articles. A highly sought speaker, he has given hundreds of presentations at scientific meetings, conventions and workshops internationally.




Thomas R. Dennis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on March 14,2016

Dr. Thomas R. Dennis, an assistant professor of pathology and associate director of cytogenetics in the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving his B.S. in biology/chemistry from Western Michigan University in 1973, Dennis embarked on a career in cytogenetics that included positions at such leading institutions as Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California; the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno; and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dennis was a chromosome microdissection specialist at the University of Nevada when he earned his Ph.D. there in cell and molecular biology/cytogenetics in 1999. While completing an American Board of Medical Genetics fellowship in clinical cytogenetics at the National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C., and a medical genetics residency at Georgetown University Medical Center in 2002, Dennis served as a research fellow in the Cancer Genetics Branch of the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, and was a special volunteer there from 2004-06 while also serving as an assistant professor of pediatrics, Division of Genetics, and associate director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

A cytogeneticist at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, Genetic Basis of Human Disease Division, Phoenix, Arizona, from 2006-08, Dennis served as director of cytogenetics at Shodair Children’s Hospital, Helena, Montana, from 2008-10. In 2010, he became a clinical cytogeneticist at Genzyme Genetics, Temple Terrace, Florida, and in 2011, he joined the Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Maryville, Tennessee, as director of cytogenetics. He has been at Virginia Commonwealth since 2013.

The author or coauthor of 16 articles in peer-reviewed publications and 27 abstracts, Dennis has presented two invited workshops in Rome, Italy. He is an active member of the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics, the American Cytogenetics Conference and the Society for Melanoma Research.




Varsha Manucha, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 20,2015

Dr. Varsha Manucha, an assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pathology.

Manucha completed her residency training in anatomic pathology at Boston Medical Center in 2005, where she was also the chief resident. Following her residency she did fellowships in surgical pathology (2005-06) and cytopathology (2006-07) at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore. Manucha earned her M.B.B.S. at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi University, India, in 1995 followed by her M.D. in pathology at the University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India, in 2000, and a senior residency in pathology there from 2000-03.

A diplomat of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology in 2006 and a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology in Cytopathology in 2007, Manucha served as a consultant in surgical pathology/cytopathology at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, India, from 2008-09 before joining the Temple University School of Medicine in 2010. Manucha also has served as director of the residency program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Temple University and director of cytology section.

A fellow of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the College of American Pathologists, Manucha is the author and coauthor of 33 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has given 21 academic presentations internationally.




Pediatrics

Anju Sukumaran, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 20,2015

Dr. Anju Sukumaran, a pediatric endocrinologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the M.B.B.S. from Trichur Medical College, India, in 1998, Sukumaran served as a physician in India for eight years. She then had residency training in pediatrics from 2007-10 at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Elmhurst, New York, and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology from 2010-13 at State University of New York at Buffalo, where she was chief fellow from 2012-13. Shen then joined Essentia Health and started a new pediatric endocrine department there in 2013.

An active member of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society, the Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Sukumaran has authored two publications and two abstracts and has made several presentations internationally. Her research interests include adrenal insufficiency in critically ill children and the effects of Sphingosine 1-Phosphate on Lipolytic activity in Adipocytes.




Anshu Maheshwari, MD
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 26,2015

Dr. Anshu Maheshwari, a recent pediatric gastroenterology fellow at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her bachelor’s of medicine and surgery from the University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College and associated Lok Nayak, GB Pant Hospital, New Delhi, India, in 2004, Maheshwari did pediatric residency training there from 2006-09. She then did her pediatric residency training at the University of Connecticut, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, from 2010-12 and her pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at the duPont Hospital, Wilmington, Delaware, from 2012-15.

Maheshwari’s research interests include risk factors of liver disease in obese children, serologic markers in children with celiac disease and improving quality of care for pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease.




Anza Stanley, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Anza M. Stanley, a pediatrics resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in chemistry magna cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2007, Stanley earned the M.D. at the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn., in 2011. She then completed a pediatrics residency from 2011-14 at UMMC.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is active in her community, participating in a number of volunteer and extracurricular activities, including the Race for the Cure, AIDS Walk and others.

Her research interests include healthy lifestyles for children and preventing pre-term births.




Atul Poudel, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Atul Poudel, a pediatric nephrology fellow at the University of Florida in Gainesville, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Poudel received the M.B.B.S. excellence with honor in 2006 from the College of Medical Sciences at Kathmandu University in Nepal, where he also did a transitional medical internship from 2005-06 and a pediatric medicine and surgery residency from 2006-07. Poudel then completed a pediatrics residency at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he was presented with the James Morrill M.D. Continuity Clinic Award for Excellence in Ambulatory Care. From 2011-14, he was a clinical fellow in pediatric nephrology and then a research fellow in glomerular and immunological disease research at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Before joining the Medical Center, Poudel served as instructor of pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation at the University of Florida from 2012-14.

He is board-certified in pediatrics and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Transplantation, the Society of Pediatric Research and the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology.

Poudel has presented in multiple local- and national-level meetings in the fields of pediatric nephrology, transplantation and hypertension. He has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and his research interest is in pathogenesis of minimal change nephrotic syndrome, hypertension and infectious complications after renal transplantation.




Cara J. Lasley, D.O.
Instructor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Cara Lasley, a recent pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pediatrics.

After receiving the B.A. in biology summa cum laude from Washington State University in 2006, Lasley earned the D.O. at the A.T. Still School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Ariz. in 2011. She then completed a pediatric residency from 2011-14 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Medical Association and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.




Caroline Ellender Compretta, Ph.D.
Instructor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 19,2015

Dr. Caroline Ellender Compretta, a recent postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.A. in English magna cum laude from Millsaps College in 1998, Compretta earned her M.A. in anthropology in 2006 and her Ph.D. in anthropology in 2012 from the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Most recently, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at UMMC from 2013-15.

In addition to her position as a postdoctoral research fellow, Compretta also served as the director of children’s services for Stewpot Community Services in Jackson from 2007-11 and as an adjunct instructor at Millsaps College from 2009-11.

Since arriving at UMMC, Compretta has been a co-principal investigator of the “FOOD: For Thought, For Life” Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council in Jackson and a co-investigator for the “Eat Right, Live Well” program funded by the Bower Foundation.

She has authored or coauthored five peer-reviewed journal articles and given 10 oral presentations at national scientific meetings. An active member of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology, her research interests include social determinants of health, the anthropology of children and youth, health disparities, and community engagement.




Charlotte Victoria Hobbs, MD
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 14,2015

Dr. Charlotte Victoria Hobbs, an assistant clinical investigator from NIH/NIAID's Laboratory of Immunology and Vaccinology and adjunct assistant professor of pediatric infectious disease and immunology at the NYU School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatric infectious disease with an appointment also in the Department of Microbiology.

After receiving her BS in biology from the University of Miami in 1997, Hobbs earned her MD at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 2001. She started her pediatrics internship from 2001-02 at the Louisiana State University Children’s Hospital and Charity Hospital, completed her pediatrics residency from 2002-04 at the University of Florida Shands Hospital, and then a pediatric infectious disease and immunology fellowship from 2004-07 at New York University, Bellevue Medical Center and NYU Langone Medical Center. While a fellow, Hobbs worked at both Cornell Medical Center's Department of Microbiology on a malaria vaccine candidate before transitioning to NYU's Department of Medical Parasitology, where she began work characterizing the effects of HIV treatments on malaria.

She joined the NYU faculty in 2007 as an instructor in pediatrics and assistant program director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Program. In 2008, she became an assistant professor of pediatrics at NYU. In 2010, she applied for and was awarded a position in the prestigious "Transition Program in Clinical Research" at NIH/NIAID with independent funding at the Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology, where she continued her program of research evaluating the impact of HIV treatments on malaria infection, immunity and transmission.

An ad hoc reviewer for five professional journals, she is the author or coauthor of 10 articles in peer-reviewed publications and guidelines. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Here at UMMC, Hobbs will be attending on service for Pediatric Infectious Disease as well as bringing her research program and expertise to the university.




Christian Paine, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Christian Paine, a pediatrician and palliative medicine specialist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biochemistry magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2005, Paine earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2010, where he also completed a pediatrics residency in 2013 and a fellowship in pediatric hospice and palliative medicine in 2014.

His research interests include pain management, ethics and integrative medicine/spirituality in a health-care setting.




Clinton M. Carroll, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Clinton Carroll, a former pediatric hematology-oncology fellow at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Carroll received a B.A. from Yale University in 2004 before earning an M.D. at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2008. He then completed a general pediatrics residency from 2008-10 and a pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship from 2010-15 at the Monroe Carell Junior Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The first author of three manuscripts and coauthor of two additional manuscripts, Carroll has presented his work locally and internationally and is the recipient of both the Robert C. Boerth Award and the 39th annual Amos Christie Award in Pediatrics from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

His clinical and research interests revolve around the care and diagnosis of children with cancer predisposition syndromes. In 2015 he earned an M.S.C.I. from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. His research for this program focused on Schimke Immunoosseous Dysplasia, a rare cancer predisposition syndrome.




Divya Shakti, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 2,2014

Dr. Divya Shakti, a senior non-invasive imaging fellow in pediatric cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Shakti received the M.B.B.S. from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, in 2005 and her M.P.H. in 2007 from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. From 2007-10, she completed a pediatrics internship and residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

Before joining the Medical Center, she completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology in 2013 and became a senior fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Shakti has authored or coauthored several peer-reviewed articles. An experienced researcher, she has served as the principal investigator of several studies, most recently, “Left Atrial Function in Children by Volumetric and Strain Analysis: Impact of Aortic Stenosis and Its Relief.”

Shakti is board-certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is an active member of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and the American Medical Association.




Dustin Sarver, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 18,2014

Dr. Dustin E. Sarver, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia’s Center to Promote Effective Youth Development and associate director in the Children’s Learning Clinic at the University of Virginia, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Center for the Advancement of Youth in the Division of Child Development.

After receiving the B.A. in psychology summa cum laude from Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, in 2005, Sarver earned the M.S. in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, in 2010. He then completed a clinical internship with the Charleston Consortium in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina from 2012-13. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida in 2013.

Sarver’s research and clinical interests are in child developmental psychopathology. He has authored or coauthored 18 peer-reviewed publications and has given presentations at numerous national and international conferences.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is a regular reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.




Emily S. Weber, M.D.
Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Emily S. Weber, a UMMC alum who was serving as professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.A. in biology from Delta State University in 1977, Weber earned her M.D. at UMMC in 1981. She did a pediatrics internship in 1982 and a pediatrics residency from 1985-87 at UMMC, then did a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship from 1987-88 at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario.

She first joined UMMC in 1989 as an assistant professor of pediatrics before leaving in 1992 to become associate professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical surgery (emergency medicine) in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she served seven years. Weber was clinical associate professor of pediatrics from 2003-06, associate professor of clinical pediatrics in 2007 and professor of clinical pediatrics in 2013 at CHOP, where she was an attending physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine from 2003-14.

An active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Medicine, Weber has authored or coauthored 30 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Ethel Gonzales Clemente, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 17,2015

Dr. Ethel Gonzales Clemente, a recent pediatric endocrinology fellow at Case Western Reserve University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. in biology from De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, in 1997, Clemente earned her M.D. cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas, Medicine and Surgery, Manila, in 2001. She completed her postgraduate internship, three years of pediatric residency, and served as chief resident in pediatrics at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital from 2001-06.

She served as a pediatrician at St. Cristo Medical Clinic, Pulilan, Bulacan, Philippines from 2007-09 before moving to the United States, where she had a pediatrics residency at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Paterson, New Jersey, from 2009-12. She did her pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, from 2012-15.

An active member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Endocrine Society and the Pediatric Endocrine Society, Clemente has been involved in research projects involving pediatric diabetes mellitus, neonatal thyroid function and obesity in urban youth.




Frank Abrokwah Osei, MD
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 17,2015

Dr. Frank Abrokwah Osei, a recent advanced pediatric non-invasive cardiac imaging fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Osei earned his BSc in human biology in 2000 and his MBChB in 2003 at the School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He was a house officer in the Department of Child Health in 2003 and a house officer in the Department of Surgery at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi from 2003-04. Afterwards, with his interest in pediatrics, Osei continued to take care of children and was a medical officer in the Department of Child Health from 2004-08 at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi. He was also involved in clinical research during this period.

Osei had his pediatric residency from 2008-11 at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital in Charleston; his pediatric cardiology fellowship from 2011-14 at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; and a fellowship in advanced pediatric non-invasive cardiac imaging from 2014-15 at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Osei is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academic Pediatric Association. He is the author or coauthor of a number of peer-reviewed abstracts and articles in professional journals and has presented some of these at professional conferences.




Holly Dawson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Holly Dawson, a pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from Augusta State University, Augusta, Ga, in 2005, Dawson earned the M.D. at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in Netherlands Antilles in 2011. She then did a pediatric residency from 2011-14 at the Medical Center.

She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.




Ivonne Galarza, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2013

Dr. Ivonne Galarza, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at District Hospital, Ponce, P.R., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, in 1981, Galarza earned the M.D. at the Ponce (P.R.) School of Medicine in 1985. She then completed an internship in pediatrics from 1985-86 and a residency in pediatrics from 1986-88 at Miami (Fla.) Children’s Hospital.

Galarza served as a captain and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, from 1989-91 before joining the Department of Pediatrics at District Hospital in Ponce, P.R., from 1997-2000. In 2000, she became an assistant professor and director of the Introduction to Clinical Skills Course in the Department of Academic Affairs at the Ponce School of Medicine and an associate professor of pediatrics in 2005, later serving as chair of the Department of Pediatrics in 2008.

She has served as a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics since 1991 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has served in various positions in the AAP, including as vice president of the Puerto Rico chapter.

Galarza has produced numerous posters, presentations and abstracts. She was one of two principal investigators on a grant-funded project, “Evaluation of Dengue Epidemiology Outcomes and Prevention.” Her interests include advocacy and working within the community.




Jagdish Desai, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Jagdish Desai, a recent neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow at the Children Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology.

After receiving the M.B.B.S. from Government Medical College Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, in 2007, Desai joined residency training in pediatrics from 2009-12 at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, where he was chief resident from 2011-12. Desai joined fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine from 2012-15 at the Children Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University, where he was chief fellow from 2014-15.

The coauthor of a European Journal of Pediatric Surgery article, “SNAPPE II Score As a Predictor of Survival in Infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: A Single Center Experience,” Desai is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

He was principal investigator of three clinical studies while at Children Hospital of Michigan: “Perfusion Index (PI) and Pleth Variability Index (PVI) as a Non Invasive Monitoring of Hemodynamics in Preterm Infants,” “Targeting Optimum FiO2 during Resuscitation in DR to Meet Current NRP Guideline in Preterm Infants of <32 Weeks of Gestation,” and “Outcomes and Interventions of Congenital Heart Disease in Preterm Infants: A National Database Analysis.”

He has presented his research work at various national meetings, including meetings of the Pediatric Academies Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Society for Pediatric Radiology. His work on “Outcomes of Congenital Heart Disease in Preterm Infants” was also nominated for a Young Investigator Award at the AAP Meeting in 2014.




Jana Sperka, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 8,2014

Dr. Jana Sperka, a pediatric critical care fellow graduate from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care. Her primary appointment will be in Tupelo.

After receiving the B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, in 2000, Sperka earned her M.D. at the Medical University of the Americas, Nevis, West Indies, in 2008. Sperka did a pediatrics residency from 2008-11 at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, and a pediatric critical care fellowship from 2011-14 at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Sperka has given multiple poster presentations, co-authored one book chapter and has an article approved for publication. Her research interests include transport medicine and global health.




Jasmine T. Kency, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Jasmine T. Kency, an internal medicine and pediatrics resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.A. in psychology summa cum laude from Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, in 2007, Kency earned the M.D. at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, in 2011. She then completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics from 2011-15 at UMMC. She currently serves as one of the pediatric chief residents for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kency is an active member of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.




Jessica Hassell, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on April 1,2015

Dr. Jessica Hassell, a recent pediatric resident at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. in psychology summa cum laude from Ohio State University, Columbus, in 2008, Hassell earned her M.D. from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2012. She then had residency training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Her research interests include the study of personality types in association with medical sub-specialty choice.




Julie Daina Kaplan, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 16,2015

Dr. Julie Daina Kaplan, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. in biology magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Catonsville, in 2000, Kaplan earned her M.D. at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, in 2004. She did a pediatrics internship and residency from 2004-07 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University, Missouri, and a medical genetics residency from 2007-09 at Stanford University, California.

After her residency training, Kaplan joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty in 2009 and served as medical director of the Newborn Screening Follow-up Program in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore from 2009-12.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Medical Genetics, Kaplan has authored or coauthored five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, one web-based journal article and 10 abstracts or presentations.




Justin R. Davis, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Justin R. Davis, a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biomedical engineering summa cum laude in 2001 from Texas A&M University, College Station, Davis earned the M.D. in 2006 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. He had categorical general surgery residency training from 2006-08 and a categorical pediatrics internship and residency training from 2008-11 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He served as chief resident and instructor of pediatrics at UAB from 2011-12 before completing his fellowship from 2012-15.

An active member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Davis has authored or coauthored two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has given several presentations nationally. His research interests include asthma education and caregiver education in the emergency department.




Kasey Ilene Davis, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 6,2015

Dr. Kasey Ilene Davis, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri Kansas City and clinical faculty at Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 2002, Davis earned her M.D. in 2006 at the University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas. She completed a pediatrics internship from 2006-07, a pediatrics residency from 2007-09 and a pediatric critical care fellowship from 2009-12 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before joining the University of Missouri Kansas City faculty.

The author or coauthor of six articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, one book chapter and one poster exhibit, Davis’ research interests include simulation in medical education, systems-based quality improvement and mediators of acute lung injury and sepsis.




Kathryn S. Thomas, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Kathryn S. Thomas, a pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in chemistry and the M.S. in biology from Mississippi College, Thomas earned the M.D. at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2011.

She then completed a pediatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2014.

Before joining the Medical Center, Thomas served as a high school math and science teacher in Yazoo County Public Schools in Yazoo City and a middle school math teacher in Tupelo Public Schools in Tupelo.

She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.




Kengo Inagaki, MD
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 28,2015

Dr. Kengo Inagaki, a recent fellow in the Department of Infectious Disease and the Physician Scientist Training Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the MD from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 2005, Inagaki had preliminary and pediatric postgraduate training from 2005-07 at Tsuchiura Kyodo General Hospital in Japan, and was a specialty senior resident in pediatrics and neonatology there from 2007-08. He then had a pediatric internship and residency at the Infants and Children’s Hospital at Maimonides Medical Center, New York, from 2008-11 before joining St. Jude/Le Bonheur as a fellow in pediatric infectious diseases in 2011.

An active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Japan Pediatric Society, Inagaki is the author or coauthor of peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and presentations.




Khyati Pandya, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 10,2014

Dr. Khyati Pandya, a pediatric electrophysiologist trained at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

After earning the M.B.B.S. at the K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai University, India, Pandya had postgraduate training in Mumbai at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. An assistant professor of cardiology at JIPMER Hospital, India, Pandya is a Diplomate of the National Board, India, and has earned the D.N.B. in pediatrics in 2001 and the D.N.B. in cardiology in 2005 in India.

Pandya completed a pediatric residency at Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 2009 and a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital, Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, in 2013. She then pursued a fellowship in pediatric electrophysiology at the Hospital for Sick Children.

The author of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter and co-author of the “Handbook on Pediatric Arrhythmias,” Pandya has presented numerous abstracts internationally. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society.

Pandya specializes in treating disorders of heart rhythm in children, both medically and invasively, with electrophysiology studies and catheter ablation performed in the pediatric cardiac electrophysiology laboratory. Pandya’s research interests include angiogenic responses to HEXIM1 overexpression in the adult murine heart, channelopathies and cardiac resynchronization therapy in children.




Lauren Crane Tucker, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Lauren Crane Tucker, a recent UMMC pediatric resident, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 2008, Tucker earned her M.D. in 2012 at the LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport. She began residency training in pediatrics at UMMC in 2012.

As a resident, Tucker was actively involved in a quality improvement project at UMMC, creating guidelines for outpatient and inpatient treatment of community-acquired pneumonia with the Department of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Mississippi. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, she is working on a quality improvement project with the Department of Newborn Medicine to create guidelines to improve quality and accuracy of documentation in the newborn nursery.




Maria Demma I. Cabral, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 2,2014

Dr. Maria Demma I. Cabral recently completed her fellowship training in adolescent medicine and has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Cabral received her B.S. in biology in 2002 and her M.D. in 2007 from the University of the Philippines, Manila. She was a general pediatrics resident from 2009-12 at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey, and further subspecialized in the care of adolescents from 2012-15 at Miami Children’s Hospital, Florida.

She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Her main interests are eating disorders and adolescent gynecology.




Marla Y. Johnson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Marla Y. Johnson, a former UMMC resident, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in animal biology magna cum laude from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, in 2003, Johnson attended the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, from 2004-06 and earned the M.D. at the Saba University School of Medicine, N.A., in 2008. She completed pediatric internship and residency training from 2008-11 at UMMC and was chief resident in pediatrics here from 2011-12. Since 2012, she has completed her neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock.

An active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, Johnson’s research interests include the use of cerebral-resistive index in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy undergoing therapeutic hypothermia.




Michael G. Holder Jr., M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 17,2015

Dr. Michael G. Holder, a former clinical academic dean and assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics and executive director of simulation and interprofessional education.

After receiving his B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, in 1991, Holder earned his M.D. at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, in 1996. He completed both his general pediatrics residency training and his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. In addition to his clinical training, Holder has completed an academic medicine fellowship at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rootstown, and is seeking a Master’s Degree in health professional education from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

In addition to serving as attending physician in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital since 2005, Holder was the director of medical education for Akron Children’s and oversaw undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education services. He started the simulation program at Akron Children’s in 2007. In 2010, he was asked to join the leadership team of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron’s Center for Simulation and Integrated Healthcare Education as vice president, and designed and oversaw the construction of its flagship 35,000 simulation center.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Simulation in Healthcare and the National Medical Association, Holder also belongs to numerous academic honor societies, including Alpha Kappa Mu, Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Phi Omega. He is the author or coauthor of several abstracts and articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and is coeditor of the Handbook of Pediatric Drug Therapy. He has given numerous invited lectures and workshops nationally and has mentored undergraduate medical students, residents and pediatric fellows.

Holder is married to Dr. Nneka Azikiwe Holder, an associate professor of pediatrics at UMMC.




Nicole J. Borges, Ph.D.
Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 16,2015

Dr. Nicole J. Borges, assistant dean of medical education research and evaluation, Office of Academic Affairs, and professor of community health at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.A. in psychology from Boston University in 1988, Borges earned the M.A. in agency counseling 1993 and the Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 1998 at Indiana State University. She did an internship in clinical psychology from 1997-98 at Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Danville, Illinois, and a fellowship in clinical health psychology from 1998-99 in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

She joined the faculty at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, in 2001 as an assistant professor of behavioral sciences and received a joint appointment as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Akron, Ohio, in 2003. In 2006 she joined the Boonshoft School of Medicine as an associate professor of community health and became professor of community health there in 2011. She became assistant dean of medical education and research and evaluation in 2009.

An active member of several professional organizations, Borges serves on the AAMC Careers in Medicine Advisory Board and the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education executive board and was chair-elect of the Medical Education Scholarship, Research and Evaluation AAMC Central Group on Educational Affairs. She also is past-president of the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education and past-chair of the Health Psychology Section, Division 17, American Psychological Association.

An editorial and grant reviewer for a number of national and international journals, Borges has authored or coauthored more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three book chapters. A nationally sought speaker, Borges’ primary research interests include personality and medical specialty choice, physician career development and non-cognitive factors contributing to student success.




Nina Wong Sarver, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 18,2014

Dr. Nina Wong Sarver, a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Center for the Advancement of Youth (CAY).

After receiving the B.A. in psychology cum laude from Cornell University, New York, in 2007, Sarver earned the M.S. in clinical psychology at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, in 2010. She then completed a National Institutes of Mental Health-sponsored psychology internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, from 2012-13. She also earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2013.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the Asian-American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She has authored eight peer-reviewed publications and seven book chapters and serves regularly as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals.

Sarver specializes in the assessment and psychopathology of emotional disorders and in the development and dissemination of efficacious cognitive-behavioral treatments for children and adults with anxiety. Her research interests include the innovation and application of technology to enhance clinical practice, research and treatment dissemination.




Nneka Azikiwe Holder, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 17,2015

Dr. Nneka Azikiwe Holder, an attending physician at Akron Children’s Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.A. from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, in 1993, Holder earned her M.D. at Harvard Medical School in 1997. She completed pediatric residency training in 2000 and an adolescent medicine fellowship in 2003 at Children’s National Medical Center. She also received her M.P.H. in 2003 from the George Washington University School of Public Health.

A part-time associate in the CNMC Emergency Department from 2000-03, she has served as an attending physician at Akron Children’s Hospital since 2003.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Holder is the author or coauthor of six articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three presentations at scientific meetings.

Holder is married to Dr. Michael G. Holder Jr., an associate professor of pediatrics at UMMC.




Oscar M. Rodriguez, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on March 16,2015

Dr. Oscar M. Rodriguez, a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in 2002 and the M.D. in 2006 from Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala City, Rodriguez had postgraduate training in general pediatrics from 2007-10 at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; in pediatric pulmonology from 2010-13 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; and in sleep medicine from 2013-14 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital/University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

A member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Rodriguez has coauthored peer-reviewed articles in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society and the Journal of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He has also participated in abstract poster presentations at the American Thoracic Society and at the Associated Professional Sleep Society’s annual meetings.




Patricia Logan, PhD
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 14,2015

Dr. Patricia Logan, an associated professor of pediatrics, joined the Medical Center faculty in September 2014.

Logan received her Bachelors of Arts, Masters of Science and Doctoral degrees from Mississippi State University. She completed an APA-accredited internship in pediatric psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Logan has had several research and faculty positions since completing her training, including her most recent appointment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. Logan has expertise working with a wide spectrum of patients, including children and adolescents with congenital cardiac defects and comorbid social and emotional regulation difficulties.

In addition to her clinical experience, Logan has coauthored multiple manuscripts and has participated in scientific meetings at the state, local and national levels. She has also had positions in state-level associations to help advance the profession. In addition to being a licensed psychologist, Logan is recognized as a Health Service Provider in Psychology by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.




Pradeep Alur, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 19,2016

Dr. Pradeep Alur, a clinical associate professor at the Penn State College of Medicine and a neonatologist at York Hospital in Pennsylvania, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics.

After receiving his M.B.B.S. from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, in 1983, Alur had a one-year rotating internship at Gandhi Hospital, Hyderabad. He completed pediatric residency training in 1988 at Gandhi Medical College, Osmania University, and had additional pediatric residency training from 1993-96 at Case Western Reserve University, Metro Health Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio. He was chief resident in pediatrics from 1996-97 and had fellowship training in neonatology from 1997-2000 at Metro Health Medical Center.

Alur joined the Department of Neonatology faculty at the National University of Singapore in 2000 as an assistant professor of pediatrics and, two years later, became medical director of the NICU and the PICU at the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority. In 2003, he joined Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana Champaign, Illinois, as its ICU medical director, and in 2006, moved to the Penn State College of Medicine.

An invited speaker at numerous medical conferences nationally, Alur has authored or coauthored 28 articles in peer-reviewed publications internationally and eight invited publications and has served as a reviewer for the journals Pediatrics and Applied Clinical Informatics. He has instituted numerous quality improvement projects and has given several quality improvement presentations nationally.




Renate Dara Savich, M.D.
Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 10,2014

Dr. Renate Dara Savich, professor of pediatrics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as chief of the Division of Neonatology and Newborn Services. She was previously a professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque.

After receiving a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1978, Savich earned an M.D. at the Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, in 1982. Savich did a pediatrics internship from 1982-83 and a pediatrics residency from 1983-85 at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, before completing fellowship training in neonatal/perinatal medicine from 1985-88 at the University of California, San Francisco.

An attending neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of New Mexico since 1988, Savich has served in many roles during her 26 years at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. At Children’s Hospital of New Mexico, Savich has served as chief of the Division of Neonatology, medical director of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and most recently program director for the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program.

A fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, Savich is currently the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, representing more than 6,000 neonatologists in the U.S. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Perinatal Research Society and the American Thoracic Society.

An internationally sought speaker, Savich has presented more than 125 lectures at professional conferences and meetings and has garnered close to $2 million in grant funding for various research projects. A member of the editorial board of NeoReviews, Savich has served as a reviewer for seven different pediatrics publications and has authored or coauthored 17 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 53 abstracts.

Savich also has extensive involvement in neonatal global health and has recently been appointed as the AAP liaison to Ethiopia for the Saving 100,000 Newborns Initiative. She was appointed to the advisory board of PACE Global Health International, an organization in Mexico dedicated to improving maternal and neonatal outcomes through provider training in Mexico. Finally, she is the current chair of the planning committee for the 2016 NeoPrep, an intensive board review course in neonatal-perinatal medicine organized by the AAP.




Riddhiben Patel, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Riddhiben Patel, a recent pediatric neurology resident at the Children Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University, Detroit, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After earning her M.B.B.S. at Government Medical College Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, in 2006, Patel had internship training from 2005-06 at Government Medical College and Sir T Hospital, Gujarat. Patel then had general pediatrics residency training at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, New York, from 2009-12, before joining Children Hospital of Michigan in 2012.

An active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Patel is the author or coauthor of four publication and three presentations or abstracts at national meetings. Patel's research interests include epilepsy and tuberous sclerosis and clinical interests include headache and botox therapy and autism.




Robert D. Annett, Ph.D.
Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 22,2015

Dr. Robert D. Annett, formerly a professor at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado Neuroscience Institute and a 25-year faculty member of the University of New Mexico, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1976, Annett earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Loyola University of Chicago in 1985. He did a fellowship in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology at the University of California, San Francisco, from 1985-86.

After serving two years on the clinical faculty at Stanford University Medical Center, Children’s Health Council, and at the Stanford University Child Psychiatry Clinic, Annett joined the University of New Mexico Health Sciences faculty in 1988 as an assistant professor of pediatrics. He became an associate professor of pediatrics in 1996, a professor of pediatrics in 2004 and a research professor of psychology in 2009 at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He left New Mexico for Colorado in 2014.

An editorial board member of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and a journal reviewer for several other national publications, including Child Neuropsychology and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Annett is the author or coauthor of 50 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 20 abstracts. A fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Annett is a member of several professional organizations, including the Children’s Oncology Group and the International Neuropsychological Society. He has given more than 65 scientific presentations nationally and internationally.

Annett has been the recipient of a number of NIH grants for his work on child health outcomes. He was the principal investigator in New Mexico for the National Children’s Study. His current research interests include cortisol production and neuropsychological functioning in chronic kidney disease, preterm infants’ My-rhythm suppression, adolescent decision-making in clinical research and the impact of prenatal/neonatal environmental exposures within the Navajo Nation.




Sabahat Afshan, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 2,2014

Dr. Sabahat Afshan, a pediatric nephrology fellow at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Afshan received the M.B.B.S. in medicine and surgery from Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, Pakistan, in 1998. She then served as a house officer in the Departments of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bahawal Victoria Hospital, Bahawalpur, from 1998-99. In 2011, she completed a pediatrics residency at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York.

Afshan served as a general practice physician in the Akber Clinic in Bahawalpur from 1999-2000 and again from 2003-05. She completed a series of observerships from 2006-07 at St. Rose Pediatrics, Sheldon J. Freedman M.D. Ltd., and with the UMC Pediatrics Residency Program, all in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Afshan’s research interests include trends in contraceptive methods, breastfeeding and influencing factors in health mothers, and glomerular specificity and function of anti-DNA antibody in pediatric lupus nephritis.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, the American Society of Transplant and the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council.




Sadhana Dharmapuri, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Sadhana Dharmapuri, an assistant professor of pediatrics, has recently joined the Department of Pediatrics as chief of adolescent medicine.

After receiving a B.A. in English literature from Boston University, Dharmapuri earned an M.D. at the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Science, Poznan, Poland, in 2003. She did her residency training in pediatrics from 2004-07 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, then went on to pursue a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C, from 2008-11.

In 2011, she joined the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and served as director of the Eating Disorder Program at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin from 2012-15.

Dharmapuri is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine and the International Association of Adolescent Health. She has been an invited speaker at several national and regional lecture series as an expert in adolescent health and eating disorders.

In addition to her expertise in eating disorders, she has served as principal investigator for two Healthier Wisconsin Partnership grants, partnering with a rural community to address its youth substance abuse issues, implement intervention and prevention strategies and contribute to policy changes affecting youth services.

She is the coauthor of one refereed journal article, four abstracts and one book.




Salwa Morcos Gendi
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Salwa Morcos Gendi, a pediatric cardiology fellow at Rush University Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics. 

Gendi received the M.B. B.Ch. in 1982, the Master's Degree in cardiovascular medicine in 1989 and the M.D. in cardiovascular medicine in 2001 from the Cairo University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt. In 2013, she received the M.S. in clinical research from Rush University, Chicago, Ill.

Gendi completed an internal medicine residency in 1985, a cardiology residency in 1988 and an echocardiography fellowship in 1989 at Cairo University Hospital. In 2011, she completed a residency in combined medicine and pediatrics at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich. From 2011-14, she was a pediatric cardiology fellow at Rush University Hospital.

She served as a cardiologist and echocardiography specialist from 1986-2002 at Ultrasound Diagnostic Center in Kasr AlAini, Cairo University. During that time, she also served as a cardiologist and echocardiography consultant for Al Salam Mohandesein Hospital in Guiza, Egypt, and as an echocardiography specialist at Galal El Said Clinic in Cairo from 1991-2002.

From 2003 to 2007, she worked as a pediatric cardiologist and oversaw the Congenital Echocardiography Lab at Hamad Medical Center in Doha, Qatar.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Egyptian Cardiac Association and the American Society of Echocardiography.

Gendi is board-certified in pediatrics and internal medicine.

Her research interests include tissue Doppler, fetal medicine and patients with Fontan Circuit. She is the coauthor of 16 articles in peer-reviewed publications.

She enjoys working with mentally challenged children and acted as a chaperone for the Special Olympics during her residency at Hurley Medical Center.




Sara Silver, DO
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 4,2016

Dr. Sara Silver, a native of Blacksburg, Virginia, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology.

After receiving her BS in clinical laboratory sciences in 2003 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Silver earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008. She completed a traditional osteopathic rotating internship in 2009 at a Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine program at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills. Silver completed her pediatric residency in 2012 at the University of South Florida program at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Finally, she returned to VCU for her pediatric endocrinology fellowship, graduating in 2015.

She has joined the Medical Center as a full-time provider at the Children’s of Mississippi ambulatory clinic in Tupelo.

An American Osteopathic board-certified pediatric endocrinologist, Silver is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Association and the Endocrine Society. Her professional interests include diabetes mellitus, childhood obesity, growth disorders, puberty and post-traumatic hypopituitarism.




Scott A. Simpson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 20,2015

Dr. Scott A. Simpson recently completed an advanced fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with additional sub-specialty training in noninvasive imaging, including CT, MRI, and fetal echocardiography. He has now joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving his B.S. in microbiology from Colorado State University in 1999, Simpson earned his M.S. in pharmacology at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center in 2004. He then earned his M.D. at the Tulane University School of Medicine in 2008.

Simpson had a pediatrics internship from 2008-09 and a pediatric residency from 2009-11 at the Emory University School of Medicine.

The author or coauthor of nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and numerous oral and poster presentations at scientific meetings nationwide, Simpson is an active member of the American Society of Echocardiography, the Society for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance and the American Academy of Pediatrics.




Sophie Lanciers, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 18,2014

Dr. Sophie Lanciers, a pediatrician and pediatric gastroenterologist at Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrich in Luxembourg, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in medical sciences in 1986, Lanciers earned the M.D. cum laude at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, in 1991, where she also completed an anesthesiology and critical care residency in 1993. She then completed a research fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the International Institute for Infant Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Disease at Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.

Beginning in 1994, she had pediatrics residencies at Wyler Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, the Free University of Brussels, University Hospital Antwerp in Belgium, Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, and the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

She became a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, in 2000 and at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pa., in 2001.

Beginning in 2002, she served as co-director of pediatric gastroenterology and attending pediatric gastroenterologist at Tucson Medical Center before joining the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center faculty in Morgantown in 2008 as an attending pediatric gastroenterologist and assistant professor of pediatrics. The following year, she joined the Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrich faculty.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is board-certified in pediatrics. An experienced researcher, she is the author or coauthor of numerous articles in peer-reviewed publications, books, presentations and abstracts.




Spencer K. Sullivan, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Spencer K. Sullivan, an instructor of pediatrics in the Division of Hematology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Sullivan received the B.S. in applied science in 1995 and the M.D. in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. He then completed a pediatric residency from 2005-08 and a fellowship in blood banking and transfusion medicine from 2008-09 at the University of Virginia. Sullivan then completed a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at CHOP from 2009-12.

He is board-certified in pediatrics, blood banking and transfusion medicine and pediatric hematology/oncology.

He is an active member of the American Society of Hematology and the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society.

His clinical interests include pediatric hemostasis and thrombosis and coagulation.

Sullivan is involved in several basic science and translational research projects, including platelet-derived factor VIII for hemophilia A, megakaryocyte transfusions for therapeutic applications, correction of Glanzmann thrombasthenia using induced pluripotent stem cells, and FLI1 expression during megakaryopoiesis.




Sriparna Mitra, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 29,2016

Dr. Sriparna Mitra has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics. She practices general pediatrics in ambulatory care.

Mitra received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) Degree from Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta, India, in 2002, graduating with a certificate of merit for overall academic excellence. She completed a year of internship and worked as a medical officer in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at NRS Medical College and Hospital. She then completed pediatric residency training at UMMC from 2005-08.

Soon after, Mitra joined a community health center in the greater Jackson area as a staff general pediatrician and worked there for about eight years, serving an underprivileged population. She has a special interest in preventive care.

Mitra is board-certified in pediatrics. She is an active member and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is also a member of the Medical Council of India.




Susie B. Phillips, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Susie B. Phillips, a recent UMMC pediatrics resident, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.A. in biological sciences summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2007, Phillips earned her M.D. at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, in 2012. She began her pediatrics residency at UMMC that year.

She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Phillips has one published abstract and has coauthored one peer-reviewed research report.




Uwe Blecker, M.D.
Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Uwe Blecker, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch in Luxembourg, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in medical sciences in 1986, Blecker then earned the M.D. magna cum laude at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, in 1990. He then completed a pediatric residency from 1990-93 at Academic Children’s Hospital in Brussels. From 1993-94, he was a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. In 1994, he continued his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Wyler Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago. In 1994, he returned to Academic Children’s Hospital to complete his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Blecker served as director of the Sleep Lab and Pediatric Gastroenterology Admission Unit at the Free University of Brussels from 1995-96 before joining the Louisiana State University School of Medicine as associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the LSU Medical Center Pediatric Weight Management Program. In 1998, he joined the faculty at Thomas Jefferson University as associate professor of pediatrics and director of nutrition support services at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pa. In 2000, he became professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson. In 2001, he joined the staff of the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Drexel University in Philadelphia as professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. He returned to Tucson in 2002 as director of the Pediatrics and Gastroenterology Program at Tucson Medical Center and director of Pediatric Gastroenterology, P.C. He became professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center in 2008.

He is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Blecker has served as co-principal investigator or principal investigator for numerous studies, most recently “A Multi-Center, Randomized, Double-Blind Study of the Safety, Tolerability and Clinical Outcomes of Two Doses of Oral Pantoprazole in Children with Symptomatic GERD.”

He is the author of more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed publications, four books, six book chapters and nearly 300 communications at national and international meetings.




Valiparambil B. Praveen Kumar, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 20,2015

Dr. Valiparambil B. Praveen Kumar, an attending pediatrician at Essentia Health Fargo, North Dakota, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After earning the M.D. at Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore, India, Kumar had a residency at MR Medical College, Gulbarga, India; a fellowship in foot and ankle orthopedics from 2007-08 at the American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, Alabama; and a pediatrics residency from 2008-11 at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Elmhurt, New York.

An active member of the American Association of Pediatrics, Kumar has served as a physician in India and in Kuwait. He has presented six posters internationally.




Virginia Austin Harrison, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Virginia Austin Harrison, a pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.A. in biology summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2007, Harrison earned the M.D. at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2011, where she also completed a pediatric residency in 2014.

Harrison is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.




Viswanath Gajula, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 17,2015

Dr. Viswanath Gajula, a recent pediatric critical care fellow at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving his bachelor’s of biology and physics from Sri Chaitanya University, Vijayawada, India, in 2000, Gajula earned his bachelor’s of medicine and bachelor’s of surgery at Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, NTR University of Health Sciences, Hyderabad, India, in 2005. He had an internship at Gandhi Hospital in 2006 and received his master’s of science in environmental health management from the University of Findlay, Ohio, in 2008. He then had a pediatric residency at the Michigan State University-Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies from 2009-12 and the pediatric critical care fellowship from 2012-15.

An active member of several professional associations, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Gajula is the author or coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, three abstracts and presentations and one book chapter. His research interests include bronchiolitis in infants, pediatric cardiac surgery and post-operative bleeding complications.




Zachary G. Cannon, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Zachary G. Cannon, a pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

In 2005, Cannon received the B.S. in biomedical science from Texas A & M University, College Station. He then earned the M.D. with high honors at the Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies, in 2011.

Cannon completed a pediatric residency from 2011-14 at the Medical Center.




Pharmacology and Toxicology

Fan Fan, M.D.
Instructor
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Joined the UMMC faculty on March 1,2015

Dr. Fan Fan, a research scientist in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pharmacology and toxicology.

After earning the M.D. in 1989 at Qingdao Medical College, China, Fan completed a postdoctoral fellowship in immunology/molecular biology in 2001 at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. Fan also earned the M.S. in biomedical sciences/pharmacology in 2013 at UMMC.

A research specialist in the Department of Neurology and Pharmacology at MUSC from 2001-05, Fan also served as a research associate and research scientist in the Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, from 2005-10 before coming to the Medical Center.

An active member of the American Society of Physiology and the American Society of Hypertension, Fan is the author or coauthor of 24 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 32 abstracts. There are 548 citations of her publications. Fan is currently funded as a co-investigator on three active grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. Fan serves as an editorial board member for the MedCrave Online Journal of Toxicology and is a reviewer for several other scientific publications.

Fan’s research interests include identifying genes that contribute to the development of glomerular disease and vascular dementia; the regulation of myogenic response and autoregulation of renal and cerebral blood flow; and the mechanism by which hypertension and diabetes increase the renal formation of transforming growth factor in the kidney.




Physiology

Frank T. Spradley, Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Frank Spradley, a postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

Spradley earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree with Distinction at the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University, in Augusta in 2011, after completing his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina in Aiken.

He is the lead author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts in such publications as Hypertension, the American Journal of Hypertension, the American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology, Acta Physiologica, and Physiological Reports.

He has co-presented a variety of national oral presentations and has won an array of honors and awards, including the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Juan Carlos Romero and Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Postdoctoral Research Recognition Award, both in 2014.

He is a member of the American Heart Association and the American Physiological Society and has served as ad-hoc reviewer for such publications as the American Journal of Physiology, BioMed Central Public Health, Hypertension, the Journal of Experimental and Integrative Medicine, Physiological Reports and many more.




Taolin Fang, M.D., Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 1,2015

Dr. Taolin Fang, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After receiving the M.D. from Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, China, in 2001, Fang had a general surgery residency from 2001-04 followed by an orthopedic surgery residency from 2004-07 at Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University. While serving as an orthopedic surgeon at Zhongshan Hospital, Fang earned the Ph.D. in biomedical science (surgery) at the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers, at Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, in 2012. Fang served as a research associate in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UMMC from 2011-14, before joining the Department of Physiology and Biophysics as a postdoctoral fellow at UMMC in 2014.

An editorial board member of the Annals of Plastic Surgery and the International Journal of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Fang is a peer-reviewed journal referee for five professional publications and is the author or coauthor of 36 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three book chapters. Fang also has three granted patents on development of the antimicrobial materials.

Fang’s current research interests include renal and cardiovascular physiology, role of autonomic nervous system, leptin and melanocortins in obesity-induced hypertension.




Yonggang Ma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Physiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 1,2015

Dr. Yonggang Ma, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of physiology.

After receiving a degree in clinical medicine in 2002 and a master’s degree in neuropharmacology in 2007 from Shanxi Medical University, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China, Ma earned the Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology in 2010 at Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China. Ma then came to the United States for postdoctoral training, including a postdoctoral fellowship from 2010-13 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a postdoctoral fellowship from 2013-14 at UMMC.

An active member of the American Heart Association, the American Physiology Society and the American Society for Investigative Pathology, Ma is author or coauthor of 19 peer-reviewed abstracts, 33 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three book chapters. Ma serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Cardiology and Clinical Research and the Journal of Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy and is a reviewer for several other scientific publications.

Ma’s current research interest is in post myocardial infarction cardiac remodeling, focusing on neutrophil polarization.




Physiology and Biophysics

Ji Li, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Physiology and Biophysics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Ji Li, an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo-State University of New York (SUNY), has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of physiology and biophysics.

Li received the B.S. in biochemistry in 1989, the M.S. in biophysics in 1992 and the Ph.D. in cell biology in 1998 from Lanzhou University. He had postdoctoral training in molecular medicine from 1998-2000 at Sichuan University, was a visiting fellow in signal transduction from 2000-02 at the National Institute on Aging (NIA)/National Institutes of Health (NIH), and had postdoctoral training in geriatrics and cardiology from 2002-03 at Yale University.

He served as an associate research scientist at Yale from 2003-07 before joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming as an assistant professor. In 2008, he became director of UW’s Center for Cardiovascular Research and Alternative Medicine. The following year, he joined the University at Buffalo-SUNY faculty.

Investigator and coinvestigator of active grants and fellowships from several national scientific institutions, such as the NIH, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, Li has been involved in more than 10 research projects. The author or coauthor of more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three book chapters, Li has given more than 40 national and international presentations.

President of the Chinese American Diabetes Association, Li is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Physiology Society, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. He serves on the editorial board of a number of professional publications and is a reviewer for more than 20 journals.




Romain Harmancey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Physiology and Biophysics
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 5,2015

Dr. Romain Harmancey, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of physiology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology and physiology from the Universite Paris XI, Orsay, France, in 2001, Harmancey earned the M.S. in biology and genetics in 2002 and the Ph.D. in pharmacology in 2006 at Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. Harmancey came to the United States in 2007 for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Texas Medical School.

An active member of the American Heart Association’s Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, the Endocrine Society and the American Physiological Society’s Cardiovascular Section, Harmancey serves as a reviewer for scientific journals, including Circulation Research, Endocrinology, the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology and the British Journal of Pharmacology. Harmancey has authored or coauthored 16 research communications in peer-reviewed professional journals and 21 abstracts presented at national and international scientific conferences. Recipient of a Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Harmancey’s research interest includes the molecular mechanisms controlling substrate utilization in the heart and their role in the pathophysiology of obesity and diabetes-associated cardiovascular diseases.




Preventive Medicine

Joshua R. Mann, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor
Preventive Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Joshua R. Mann, a UMMC alum who has more than 13 years of service to the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as professor and chair of preventive medicine.

After receiving his B.S. in chemistry from Delta State University in 1992, Mann earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1996. He completed a transitional internship in 1997 at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama, and a preventive medicine residency in 1999 at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia. Concurrently, he earned his M.P.H. at the University of South Carolina School of Public Health, Columbia, in 1999.

He served as director of research at the Medical Institute for Sexual Health, Austin, Texas, from 1999-2002 before joining the University of South Carolina School of Medicine faculty as an assistant professor of clinical family and preventive medicine and medical director of the school's Employee/Student Health Services. In 2005, he became director of the school's Preventive Medicine Residency Program, and in 2006, he was promoted to associate professor of clinical family and preventive medicine. He was awarded tenure at the rank of associate professor in 2012.

A member of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Christian Medical and Dental Association, Mann is the author or coauthor of more than 55 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications. He is an editorial board member of the Disability and Health Journal, and serves as an ad hoc peer reviewer for multiple journals. In 2011-12, he chaired the General Preventive Medicine Section of the Preventive Medicine Milestones Working group for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which accredits residency training programs for physicians in the United States. This working group developed the inaugural training milestones that are now required for all general preventive medicine residency programs.

Mann's professional interests include prenatal risk factors for childhood disabilities, the health of people with a disability, religion/spirituality and health, and perinatal mental health.




Psychiatry

Crystal Stack Lim
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Crystal Stack Lim, a licensed psychologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry.

Lim in 2002 received the Bachelor of Science in psychology with highest honors from the University of Florida at Gainesville. She received the Master of Arts in 2006 and the Ph.D. in 2009 in clinical psychology, both from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Lim completed a clinical internship in the Departments of Clinical and Health Psychology and Psychiatry in 2009 at the University of Florida at Gainesville. She served as a post-doctoral associate in the University of Florida’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in 2009-11. Since 2011, she has been employed as a research assistant professor in that department.

Lim is a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida and is currently obtaining her license to practice psychology in the state of Mississippi.

Her professional activities include membership in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Society of Pediatric Psychology, and the American Psychological Association.




Daniel C. Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 15,2016

Dr. Daniel C. Williams, supervisory psychologist in the Addictive Disorders Treatment Program (ADTP) at the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of psychiatry.

After receiving his B.S. in psychology from Brigham Young University in 2001, Williams earned his M.S. in clinical psychology in 2004 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2007 at the University of Memphis, with an emphasis in adult psychopathology and psychotherapy. He then joined the VAMC as an ADTP outpatient operations manager before becoming an operations manager in the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program in 2009.

In 2010 he was awarded Clinician of the Year. He has served as the ADTP team leader and supervisory psychologist since 2012. In 2015, he served as the acting associate chief of staff for mental health at the VAMC.

Williams has served as a consultant for the VA Office of Mental Health Services since 2011, training providers in evidence-based psychotherapies. He has actively participated in the University of Mississippi Medical Center/Veterans Administration Medical Center Psychology Training Consortium since 2007, winning Clinical Mentor of the Year in 2011 and 2015. In July, he will become the program director of the Psychology Training Consortium.

Williams’ research focuses on implementation of evidence-based practices in health-care systems and qualitative research methodology. He has been a co-investigator on multiple grants.

Williams’ clinical work emphasizes evidence-based interventions for addictive and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. The author or coauthor of 11 peer-reviewed professional publications and 10 conference presentations, Williams has served as an ad hoc reviewer for Psychotherapy Research and the Journal of Constructivist Psychology.




Eric Joseph Vallender, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 10,2014

Dr. Eric Joseph Vallender, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of psychiatry.

After receiving a B.S. in biochemistry with high distinction and the B.A. in anthropology in 2000 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Vallender earned a Ph.D. in genetics at the University of Chicago in 2006, for which he received the Committee Award for Outstanding Performance. He did his postdoctoral training in the Division of Neuroscience, New England Primate Research Center, Harvard Medical School, from 2006-09.

Vallender was appointed an instructor in psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, in 2009 and became an assistant professor in 2012.

A member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Neuroscience, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the International Society for Psychiatric Genetics, Vallender serves as an editorial board member of “Brain Behavior and Evolution” and is an ad hoc reviewer for a number of journals. He has given more than 20 invited seminars or conference presentations nationwide and has authored or coauthored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters.

His primary research interest is on comparative and evolutionary genetics associated with human brain, behavior and mental health disorders.




Mark Edmund Ladner, M.D.
Associate Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on April 25,2016

Dr. Mark Edmund Ladner, a staff psychiatrist at the Jackson VA Medical Center for more than a decade, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of psychiatry.

After receiving his B.A. in history cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 1987, Ladner earned his M.D. at UMMC in 1992. He had a psychiatric residency at UMMC from 1992-96, serving as chief resident of psychiatry from 1995-96 and receiving the Jacquith Award for Outstanding Senior Resident.

In 1996, Ladner became director of outpatient psychiatry at the Madison County Medical Center and served as secretary of the medical staff, psychiatric services chief and director of the Partial Hospital Program there through 1999. He then entered private practice in psychiatry, providing outpatient treatment at his private office in Jackson.

Ladner joined the Jackson VA Medical Center in 2004. While there, he has served as team leader for the Jackson VA Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, acting chief of psychiatry from 2015-16, president of the medical staff from 2010-12, public affairs representative for mental health in 2009, medical director of the Psycamore Partial Hospital Adult Evening Program in Jackson and part-time staff at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and Merit Health River Region in Vicksburg.

A fellow in the American Psychiatric Association since 2010 and past president of the Mississippi Psychiatric Association, Ladner is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the Southern Psychiatric Association and the Mississippi State Medical Association. The author or coauthor of 14 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, he has given numerous invited presentations throughout the Southeast.




Patrick D. Hopkins, Ph.D.
Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 20,2015

Dr. Patrick D. Hopkins, a Millsaps College professor and affiliate faculty of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of psychiatry.

After receiving the B.A. in philosophy and psychology from the University of Mississippi in 1988, Hopkins worked as a research technician in a neuroanatomy laboratory, then went on to earn the M.A. in philosophy in 1993 and the Ph.D. in philosophy in 1996 at Washington University. A postdoctoral research fellow at Bowling Green State University from 1996-97, he had special training in a clinical ethics rotation from 1997-98 at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

A visiting assistant professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder from 1997-98, Hopkins served as an assistant professor at Ripon College from 1998-2000 before joining the Millsaps faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor. He became an associate professor there in 2004 and a professor in 2010.

Since 2005, Hopkins has served on the Institutional Review Board at UMMC and in 2014 was accepted to and attended a competitive neuroscience bootcamp at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Neuroscience and Society.

The author or coauthor of 26 major articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and the editor of three anthology textbooks, Hopkins has given more than 40 presentations nationwide. Former president of the Mississippi Philosophical Association, his areas of specialization include ethics, biomedical ethics, moral psychology and neuroscience, theoretical psychopathology and philosophy of technology.




Sally L. Huskinson, Ph.D.
Instructor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 29,2014

Dr. Sally L. Huskinson, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in psychiatry.

After receiving her B.S. in psychology from Idaho State University, Pocatello, in 2007, Huskinson earned her M.S. in psychology in 2011 and her Ph.D. in psychology in 2012 at West Virginia University, Morgantown. She then entered the postdoctoral program at UMMC.

The author or coauthor of six articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 12 paper and poster presentations, Huskinson has served as a guest reviewer for several journals. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

Her research interests include unpredictable drug and non-drug alternatives as determinants of cocaine choice, delay discounting and the choice to take a drug, abuse-like effects of designer drugs in rats, and neuroactive steroid-benzodiazepine interactions.




Scott M. Rodgers, M.D.
Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 1,2014

Dr. Scott M. Rodgers, associate dean for medical student affairs, associate professor of psychiatry and associate professor of education and medical administration at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor and chair of psychiatry.

After receiving the B.S. in zoology and the B.A. in German literature cum laude from Duke University in 1988, Rodgers earned the M.D. at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1994, where he was the Justin Potter Scholar. He had residency training in pediatrics from 1994-95, and in psychiatry from 1995-98, including service as chief resident from 1997-98, and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry from 1998-2000, including service as chief resident in 2000, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

He joined the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2000 as an assistant professor of psychiatry and became associate professor of psychiatry there in 2008. He also served as assistant professor of Education and Medical Administration from 2005-08 and assistant dean for medical student affairs from 2005-06. He became associate dean for medical student affairs in 2007 and associate professor of education and medical administration in 2008.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Medical Colleges, Group on Student Affairs and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Rodgers has given 18 invited presentations nationally and is the author or coauthor of 12 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Radiation Oncology

Jason Stanford, M.S.
Instructor
Radiation Oncology
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 17,2015

Jason Stanford, a physicist, dosimetrist, radiation therapist and radiologic technologist with a diverse clinical experience in radiation oncology and radiology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in radiation oncology.

After receiving his B.S. in radiation therapy from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and his M.S. in medical radiation physics from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago, Illinois, in 2013, Stanford completed postgraduate residency training at UMMC and the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center from 2013-15. He is expecting his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering with medical physics concentration from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in December 2015.




Jun Lu, PhD
Assistant Professor
Radiation Oncology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 14,2015

Dr. Jun Lu, a medical physicist at SUNY Upstate University Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiation oncology.

After receiving his BS in physics from Peking University, China, in 1988, Lu earned his PhD in physics in 1996 at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. He was a visiting scientist at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute from 1997-98 and had a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, Instituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy, from 1998-2000. A research associate at the University of Rochester from 2001-04, he had a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from 2004-07.

He joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 as a medical physicist before moving to SUNY Upstate University Hospital in 2011. He was board certified by the American Board of Radiology as a therapeutic medical physicist in 2011.

An active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the International Society for Optical Engineering, Lu has authored or coauthored seven articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, four proceedings and nine meeting presentations and abstracts. He holds two patents: “Modulation Gantry Rotation Speed and Image Acquisition in Respiratory Correlated (4D) Cone Beam CT Images” and “Systems and Methods for Segmentation of Radiopaque Structures in Images.”




Krishna C. Vallabhaneni, Ph.D.
Instructor
Radiation Oncology
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 9,2016

Dr. Krishna C. Vallabhaneni, a postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in radiation oncology.

Vallabhaneni has a master’s degree in biochemistry and biotechnology from Sri Ramachandra University, India. Following his research training in cancer biology at the National Center for Biological Sciences, India, Vallabhaneni received an international fellowship for the “Molecular Medicine” Ph.D. program at Hannover Medical School, Germany, where he earned his Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology in June 2012. He has been a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Radhika Pochampally’s lab at the UMMC Cancer Institute since December 2012.

Vallabhaneni has more than eight years of research experience in stem cell biology. He is an author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and more than 20 abstracts, and he is a peer reviewer for seven journals.

Vallabhaneni has been the recipient of nationally and internationally recognized prizes and awards for excellence in the field of stem cell and cancer research. He has received the 2016 Trustmark postdoctoral publication award, the MSC2013 travel grant award to Ohio, the Young investigator Travel Scholarship to Cambridge, United Kingdom, and the HBRS travel grant to Hamburg, Germany.

His research interests include the role of extracellular vesicles from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in breast cancer progression and metastasis.




Madhava Kanakamedala, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiation Oncology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Madhava Kanakamedala, chief resident in radiation oncology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiation oncology.

He received a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery Degree in 1996 from Guntur Medical College in Guntur, India, and completed an internship at Government General Hospital in Guntur in 1997. From 1999-2002, Kanakamedala worked as a post-graduate in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Mehdi Nawaz Jung Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center in Hyderabad, India, and earned the M.D. in radiation therapy/radiation oncology.

Kanakamedala was a trust doctor in oncology at Singleton Hospital in Swansea, United Kingdom, from 2004-06. He researched in stereotactic radiosurgery from 2007-08 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He worked as a clinical fellow in radiation oncology at UMMC from 2008-10.

He most recently has served as chief resident in radiation oncology at UMMC and received a House Staff of the Year Award in 2013 from the radiation oncology service at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson.




Tsui-Ting Ho, Ph.D.
Instructor
Radiation Oncology
Joined the UMMC faculty on April 25,2016

Dr. Tsui-Ting Ho, a highly motivated cancer researcher with in-depth experience in advanced molecular biology techniques, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in radiation oncology.

After receiving the B.S. in pharmacy and the M.S. in pharmaceutical sciences from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Ho earned her Ph.D. in biopharmaceutical sciences in 2012 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2013, she joined the UMMC Cancer Institute as a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Yin-Yuan Mo’s laboratory.

In addition to being an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research, Ho is the first-author or coauthor of 10 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 38 scientific poster presentations.

As the co-holder of one patent, “MicroRNAs in Multidrug Resistance of Human Cancers,” Ho’s research interests include “Targeting Non-coding RNAs with the CRISPR/Cas9 System,” “Regulation of PCGEM1 in Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer” and “Systematic Identification of Long Non-coding RNAs Required for Expression of Androgen Receptor Splice Variants.”




Radiology

Ali Fatemi-Ardekani, PhD
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 19,2016

Dr. Ali Fatemi, clinical faculty medical physicist at Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Canada, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After receiving his BS in science/biology from Tehran University, Iran, in 1998, and his BS in medical physics and applied radiation sciences from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, in 2006, Fatemi earned his PhD in MRI physics at McMaster University in 2010. He had residency training in radiation oncology physics at Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto, from 2010-13.

Fatemi joined the staff of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dr. Bliss Murphy Cancer Center, St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 2013 as a clinical medical physicist and an assistant professor of radiation oncology. The following year, he moved to the Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Science, ON, Toronto, as a clinical faculty medical physicist and affiliated scientist.

The author or coauthor of seven articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, one book chapter and 16 conference proceedings, Fatemi has given numerous presentations at scientific meetings and conferences internationally. His research interests include MRI-guided radiation therapy (MRIgRT), MRI microstructural imaging (SWI, QSM, DWI, DTI and STI), MRI neuroimaging, MRI cardiac imaging and automated quality assurance (aQA).




David Joyner, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. David Joyner, a diagnostic neuroradiology fellow at the University of Virginia Health System, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

A 2004 biomedical and biological engineering graduate of North Carolina State University, Joyner received his M.D. in 2008 from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. After a transitional year internship at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, Joyner completed a diagnostic radiology residency at UMMC in 2013 and a diagnostic neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System in June 2014.

His work experience includes a number of publications, poster presentations, educational exhibits and oral presentations.




Ellen E. Parker, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2015

Dr. Ellen E. Parker, formerly a staff radiologist in the Veterans Health Administration National Teleradiology Program, San Bruno, California, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology in the Division of Neuroradiology.

After receiving her B.S. with a major in classical studies and a minor in chemistry magna cum laude from Millsaps College in 1996, Parker earned her M.D. at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. She was a general surgery intern from 2000-01, an otorhinolaryngology resident from 2001-02 and a diagnostic radiology resident from 2002-06 at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City. She was an ACGME Fellow in diagnostic neuroradiology from 2006-07 and a clinical instructor in diagnostic neuroradiology from 2007-08 at the University of California San Francisco.

The author or coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter, Parker has given eight abstract presentations nationally.




Erik D. Weiss, M.D.
Instructor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 20,2015

Dr. Erik D. Weiss, a recent radiology resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a fellow in body imaging.

After receiving his B.A. in history from Yale University (Timothy Dwight College), New Haven, Connecticut, in 1999, Weiss earned his M.D. at the Yale University School of Medicine in 2004. He earned his M.P.H. at the Yale School of Public Health in 2010. He is a fellow of Timothy Dwight College, Yale University.

Weiss was a general surgery intern from 2004-05 and a general surgery/urology resident from 2005-06 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; a radiology resident from 2006-09, a nuclear medicine resident from 2010-11, and fellow/chief resident in nuclear medicine from 2011-12 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center.

Weiss is the author or coauthor of 11 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and abstracts.




Garth Campbell, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Garth Campbell, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as assistant professor of radiology.

A 2003 mechanical engineering graduate of Mississippi State University, Campbell completed a year of graduate training in the MSU Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, completing an internal medicine internship at UMMC in 2009.

Campbell completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at UMMC in 2013, then an interventional radiology fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System in June 2014. He was house officer in radiology at UMMC from 2008-13 and was a contract radiologist for Rush Health Systems in Meridian.

He is a member of the Society of Interventional Radiology, the American College of Radiology and Alpha Omega Alpha.




Harpreet Talwar, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 20,2015

Dr. Harpreet Talwar, medical director of the Virginia Clay Forman Breast Care Center at Texas Harris Southwest Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology and chief of breast imaging.

After receiving her medical degree from Christian Medical College, Punjab, India, in 2000, Talwar did a radiology residency at the University of Florida Health Science Center, Jacksonville, from 2005-09 and a breast imaging and breast intervention fellowship at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, in 2010.

Talwar joined Radiology Associates of North Texas, Fort Worth, and has served at Texas Harris Southwest Hospital since 2011. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology and a member of the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging.




Krystal S. Smith, D.O.
Instructor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 18,2014

Dr. Krystal S. Smith, a former radiology resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in radiology in the Breast Imaging Department.

After receiving a B.S. in biology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003, Smith earned her D.O. from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2009. She then completed a radiology residency at UMMC, where she received the 2012 Radiology Resident Medical Student Teacher of the Year Award.




Robert William Morris, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 29,2016

Dr. Robert William Morris, a radiologist specializing in musculoskeletal imaging and procedures, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After receiving his B.S. in chemistry with highest honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1998, Morris earned his M.S. magna cum laude at UMMC in 2002. He had postgraduate training from 2003-08, first as a transitional year intern at Baptist Health System, Birmingham, Alabama, then as a resident in diagnostic radiology and as a fellow/instructor in musculoskeletal radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before joining the UMMC faculty, he worked with Lakeland Radiologists, P.A. in Jackson from 2008-16.

An active member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiologic Society of North America and the Society of Skeletal Radiology, Morris is the author or coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




William Kirk Haney, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 10,2014

Dr. William Kirk Haney, a radiologist at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After serving in the military, Haney received the B.A. in biology from the University of Mississippi in 1987 and earned the M.D. at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Memphis, in 1991. He did a radiology residency at UMMC from 1991-95.

Haney joined Magnolia Medical Center, Corinth, in 1995 before moving to North Mississippi Medical Center in 2001.




Rowland Medical Library

Darryl Dean James, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Head of Serials/ERM
Rowland Medical Library
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 27,2014

Dr. Darryl Dean James, an eight-year veteran of the Texas Medical Center Library System, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor/head of serials/ERM in the Rowland Medical Library.

After receiving the B.A. in history in 1980 and the M.A. in history in 1981 from Delta State University, Cleveland, James earned the Ph.D. in history at Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 1986. Six years later, he obtained the M.S. in library science from the University of North Texas, Denton.

General manager of a book retailer in Houston for almost a decade, James joined the Texas Medical Center Library in 2006, where he served as cataloging and metadata librarian in 2006, print resources and metadata coordinator from 2006-07, assistant director of collections management in 2008 and associate director of collection development from 2008-13.

The author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, James was an active member of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association while in Texas. An avid writer of mystery stories with more than 30 published works, he is an at-large board member of the Mystery Writers of America.




Surgery

Benjamin Clayton McIntyre, M.D.
Associate Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on March 14,2016

Dr. Benjamin Clayton McIntyre, a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of surgery.

After receiving his B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1999, McIntyre earned his M.D. at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, in 2003. His general surgery training was completed at the University of Cincinnati in 2008, and he served as the Robert H. Bower administrative chief resident there from 2007-08. After leaving Cincinnati, he went on to complete a residency in plastic and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville from 2008-10. Following his training in Virginia, he then moved to Wellington, New Zealand, to complete a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery with a special focus on cancer reconstruction.

McIntyre joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine faculty in 2011 as an assistant professor of surgery and served as a staff surgeon at Providence Hospital, Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Palmetto Baptist Hospitals and Palmetto Baptist Parkridge Hospitals in Columbia and at Lexington Medical Center in Lexington, South Carolina.

A diplomat of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, McIntyre is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology. He serves as associate editor of the journal Microsurgery and is the author or coauthor of 11 abstracts, articles in peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

He has given 22 presentations and invited lectures nationally and internationally, and his research interests include outcomes in microsurgery and outcomes/survival in head and neck sarcomas. His clinical practice focuses on all aspects of plastic surgery, but special emphasis is placed on breast reconstruction, breast surgery, body contouring, oculoplastics and facial nerve disorders.




Christopher M. Bean, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Christopher M. Bean, pediatric urologist at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center in Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Urology.

Before his stint in Cincinnati, Bean worked at UMMC in the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, for five years, until 2012. He also worked for two years at the National Cancer Institute, Genetics Branch, of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., from 2001 to 2003.

A 1997 graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Bean is a 2007 graduate of the School of Medicine at UMMC, where he also completed an internship and a fellowship in the Department of Surgery.

Bean has co-authored numerous articles for such publications as the Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, the Journal of Pediatric Urology and the Korean Journal of Urology.

The extensive list of abstracts and presentations he authored or co-authored covers such topics as resident participation in hypospadias repair, split appendix technique, urethral reconstruction, infant robotic pyeloplasty and many more.

Bean has received several honors, including the NIH Cancer Research Training Award and the 2012 Robert S. Caldwell, M.D., Memorial Award presented by the Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi to the top resident at UMMC.

He is certified by the American Board of Urology Part One and is a member of the Society for Pediatric Urology, the American Urological Association and the American Medical Association.




Gregory A. Stanley, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 2,2014

Dr. Gregory A. Stanley, an assistant professor of vascular and endovascular surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2003, Stanley earned his M.D. at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine in 2007. He completed general surgery residency training from 2007-11 in the Early Specialization Program in Vascular Surgery, followed by a vascular surgery fellowship from 2011-13 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He joined Columbia University in 2013.

An active member of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American College of Surgeons, Stanley is a reviewer for the Journal of Endovascular Therapy. He has given 19 invited presentations throughout the country and in the Bahamas, and is the author or coauthor of seven articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three book chapters.

His clinical and research interests include aortic dissection, thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, and peripheral vascular disease.




James J. Wynn, M.D.
Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. James Wynn, vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Mason Distinguished Chair in Transplant Surgery and Immunology at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of surgery in the Division of Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery.

A Davidson College undergraduate, he earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta in 1980, where he also did his internship and residency in general surgery.

Wynn completed his fellowship in transplantation surgery at the University of Florida School of Medicine in 1987.

A diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, he also has served at the Medical College of Georgia as chief of the section of general surgery, chief of the section of transplant surgery and program director of the General Surgery Residency Program.

In 2013, he was honored with the Medical College of Georgia Exemplary Teaching Award.

Wynn was a visiting assistant professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine for six months in 1992.

He is the former president of the United Network for Organ Sharing and is former chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Wynn has served in leadership positions for a multitude of other professional organizations and committees and is ad hoc reviewer for a variety of publications, including the American Surgeon, the American Journal of Transplantation, Surgical Endoscopy and the New England Journal of Medicine.

He has been published by Vox Sanguinis, Transplantation, the International Journal of Artificial Organs, the American Journal of Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine and many more publications as lead author or co-author.

Wynn has been principal investigator, primary investigator or co-investigator for an array of research projects.

He is a member or fellow of multiple scientific and professional societies, such as the American College of Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Society of Transplantation, the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation.

His primary clinical interests include kidney and pancreas transplantation and hemo- and peritoneal dialysis access.




Jay G. Shake, M.D.
Associate Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 2,2014

Dr. Jay G. Shake, director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit and director of quality and outcomes in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Scott and White Memorial Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute, Temple, Texas, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of surgery.

His expertise focuses on cardiovascular critical care and here he will be the director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and director of Adult ECMO. His clinical research is primarily in the area of techniques to deliver patient care with improved quality and safety.

After receiving a B.A. in 1988 and an M.S. in physiology in 1991 from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Shake earned the M.D. there in 1997. He had a surgery internship from 1997-98, a surgery residency from 1998-2003, a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship from 2003-06 and a surgical critical care fellowship from 2010-11 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. He also was a visiting fellow in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, in 2005.

Staff surgeon at HealthPartners-Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota, from 2006-08 and at Duluth Clinic, Duluth, Minnesota, from 2008-10, Shake served as an assistant professor of surgery at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station, from 2012-14.

An active fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Shake is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is the author of coauthor of 22 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, four book chapters and 26 abstracts or presentations.




Jonathan David Carroll, MD
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 19,2016

Dr. Jonathan David Carroll, an assistant professor of general surgery at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving his BS in chemistry from Mississippi College in 2002, where he also had post-graduate studies, Carroll earned his MD at UMMC in 2007. He had general surgery internship and residency training at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, from 2007-12, and joined the LSU faculty in 2012.

Board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery, Carroll is an active member of the American College of Surgeons and the John C. McDonald Surgical Society, which he has served as secretary and vice president. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing tennis.




Michael Henderson, M.B.Ch.B.
Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on March 2,2015

Dr. Michael Henderson, chief quality officer at the Cleveland Clinic, has joined the Medical Center faculty as professor of surgery and chief medical officer.

After earning the M.B.Ch.B. at St. Andrews University, Scotland, in 1969, Henderson had medical and surgery residency training in Dundee and Edinburgh, Scotland. After moving to the United States in 1978 as a research fellow in portal hypertension at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, he joined the Emory faculty as an assistant professor of surgery in 1980. He became associate director of the Clinical Research Center there in 1981, was promoted to associate professor of surgery in 1984 and became assistant director of liver transplant there in 1986.

In 1989, Henderson again was promoted to professor of surgery, and two years later, became director of liver transplant. His academic career included NIH funding focused on liver disease, hepatic hemodynamics and randomized clinical trials for management of variceal bleeding.

Henderson left Emory in 1992 to become chairman of general surgery and director of the transplant center at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. As professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, he established the Quality and Patient Safety Institute for the Cleveland Clinic Health System in 2006 and became its first chief quality officer in 2010.

An active member of a host of professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association and the American Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Association, Henderson also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Patient Safety and is on the editorial board of the Annals of Surgery. His recent activity has included the Advisory Board of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and the Expert Panel of the World Health Organization on Leadership in Patient Safety. A highly sought lecturer internationally, Henderson has authored or coauthored 229 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 88 book chapters.




Thomas W. Prewitt Jr., MD
Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 26,2015

Thomas W. Prewitt Jr. has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of surgery. His primary responsibilities are quality and patient safety in the Department of Surgery, and he is a medical officer under the Office of the CMO, where he is responsible for quality improvement.

After receiving his BA in psychology from the University of Mississippi in 1982, Prewitt earned his M.D. in 1987 at UMMC, where he was a general surgery intern and resident from 1988-90, senior resident in general surgery from 1993-94 and chief resident in general surgery from 1994-95. Prewitt also had a medical staff fellowship in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, from 1990-93.

A general surgeon for 15 years in Lenoir, North Carolina, Boone, North Carolina and Stillwater, Oklahoma, Prewitt first joined the UMMC faculty in 2009 as an associate professor of surgery and breast surgical oncologist, and was a 2010 recipient of the Carl G. Evers MD Society's All-Star Clinician Award. He left UMMC in 2012 to serve as director of the Healthcare Delivery Institute.

Founder of Caldwell Community IPA, Blue Ridge Surgical Group and Docrates.net, Prewitt is the author of coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional journals, one book chapter and the HDI Advanced Training Program Curriculum. He has given four scientific presentations nationally.




Wayne Shannon Orr III, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 3,2015

Dr. Wayne Shannon Orr III, a UMMC graduate and recent complex general surgical oncology fellow at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving his B.S. in chemistry from Delta State University in 2000, Orr earned his M.D. at UMMC in 2006. He had a general surgery residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Memphis from 2006-13, a research fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, from 2009-11 and a complex general surgical oncology fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, from 2013-15.

An active member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, among other national professional organizations, Orr is the author or coauthor of 12 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and two book chapters. He has given nine oral presentations and coauthored 16 poster presentations displayed at scientific meetings nationwide.




Nursing

Nursing

Betsy L. Mann, D.N.P.
Assistant Professor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 11,2014

Dr. Betsy L. Mann, former dean of health-care education at East Central Community College, has joined the Medical Center as an assistant professor of nursing.

After receiving the B.S.N. in 1999 and the M.S.N. in 2004 at UMMC, Mann earned the D.N.P. in 2009 at Samford University. She received the post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner at UMMC in 2013.

After serving five years on the East Central Community College faculty, Mann became dean of health-care education there in 2007. In 2012, she joined the Medical Center as a part-time assistant professor of nursing. A former charge nurse and staff nurse at medical facilities in Philadelphia and Jackson, Mann also has served as a nurse practitioner at family medical clinics in Philadelphia, Union and Decatur.

The author of two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, she received a dual enrollment practical nursing program grant from the Mississippi State Board of Community and Junior Colleges. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Association and the Mississippi Nurses Association.




Chelsey Andries, MSN
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 4,2016

Chelsey Andries, a School of Nursing graduate and pediatric care coordinator in the Center for Telehealth, has joined the UMMC faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving her BSN in 2010 and while earning her MSN in 2015 from UMMC, Andries served as a staff nurse and nurse educator for Children’s of Mississippi. She joined the Center for Telehealth in 2015.

Recipient of the Chief Nursing Officer Circle of Excellence Award since 2014, Andries has given several staff teaching sessions and one poster presentation at UMMC. She is an active member of the American Society of Pediatric Nurses and the Mississippi Nurses Association.




Christina D. Higgins, M.S.N.
Assistant Professor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 31,2014

Tina Higgins, director of the Office of Clinical Excellence at UMMC from 2007-14, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of nursing.

After receiving the B.S.N. at UMMC in 2005, Higgins earned the M.S.N. here in 2007. She is currently enrolled in the Medical Center’s Ph.D. in Nursing Program. She holds a Nursing Executive Advanced Board Certification from the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center.

Higgins has been associated with the Medical Center for years, having joined UMMC as a staff nurse in 2003 and working her way up to nurse manager in 2004 and director of the Office of Clinical Excellence in 2007. Before coming to UMMC, Higgins served as a staff nurse from 1995-2001, a nurse manager from 2001-02 and as director of nursing from 2002-03 at Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield.

She is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the Southern Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau International and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Higgins has won several awards, including the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Nurse Executive of the Year in 2007, the University of Mississippi School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni of the Decade in 2008, the Mississippi Nurses Association Non-traditional Nurse of the Year Nightingale Award in 2010, the Mississippi Business Journal Healthcare Hero Award in 2011 and the University Hospitals and Health Systems’ Leadership Excellence Award in 2011.




Deidra Morgan, MSN
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 21,2015

Deidra Morgan, a pediatric recovery nurse at UMMC, has joined the Medial Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving her ADN from Hinds Community College in 2008, Morgan earned her BSN at Mississippi College in 2011 and her MSN at UMMC in 2015. She has served the Medical Center in pediatrics as a staff nurse in the Pediatric Post-Surgical Unit from 2008-10, as a clinical and charge nurse in the Eli Manning Children’s Clinic from 2010-12 and as a recovery nurse in the Pediatric Post Anesthesia Care Unit from 2012-15.

An active member of the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau, she is also a member of honor societies Phi Theta Kappa and Mu Alpha Theta.




Elizabeth Ann Williams, RN, MS
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 26,2015

Elizabeth Ann Williams, a nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving her ADN in nursing from Hinds Community College in 1984, Williams earned her BSN from UMMC in 1998 and her MSN in 2002 and her Post Masters of Science in 2004 at the University of Southern Mississippi. A registered nurse, she is certified as an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner.

Williams has more than 20 years of experience in nursing, starting as a telemetry staff nurse at Baptist Medical Center in 1994. Her long affiliation with UMMC began the following year, when she became an operating room staff nurse; she also has served the Medical Center as a radiology nurse, an interventional MRI nurse and a neurology nurse practitioner. From 2002-10 she served as a staff nurse and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Mississippi State Hospital.

An active member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners, Williams serves on the Access and Scheduling Committee and on the Education Planning Committee at UMMC.




Ellen Peters Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2014

Dr. Ellen Peters Williams, dean of nursing at Northwest Mississippi Community College, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of nursing. She will be based at the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.

After receiving the B.S.N. in 1980 and the M.S.N. in 1982 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing, Memphis, Williams earned the Ph.D. in nursing at UMMC in 2012.

After 10 years as a staff nurse at various health-care institutions in north Mississippi and Memphis, Williams joined the Northwest Mississippi Community College faculty as an instructor of nursing and worked her way up to dean of nursing in 2008. She has clinical nursing experience as a medical-surgical nurse and a mental health nurse. She served as director of nursing at Senatobia Hospital from 1994-95 and she served as dean of nursing at Northwest Mississippi Community College from 2008-14.

The author or coauthor of six articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Williams in an active member of several professional organizations, including the Mississippi Nurses Association, the Southern Nursing Research Society and the Beta Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.




J. Michelle Palokas, DNP
Associate Professor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on April 25,2016

J. Michelle Palokas, director of inpatient services for University of Mississippi Health Care, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of nursing.

After receiving her BSN cum laude from the Mississippi University for Women in 2002, Palokas joined UMMC as a senior staff nurse in pediatric hematology/oncology. In 2006, she moved to Mississippi Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, where she served as a hospital education coordinator while earning her MSN cum laude from UMMC. In 2007, she joined University of Mississippi Health Care as a pediatric staff nurse and quickly became a nurse manager in pediatrics. In 2012, she was named director of inpatient services and earned her DNP at UMMC two years later.

An active member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, Palokas is a member of the Theta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and of Phi Kappa Phi. She has served on several committees at the Medical Center and has chaired the Nursing Communication Quality Improvement Team, the Patient Care Value Analysis Team, the Nursing Administrative Practice and Standards Sub-council and the Batson Practice and Standards Sub-council.




Jennifer Hargett, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 8,2014

Jennifer Hargett, a former nurse educator at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving the B.S.N. cum laude from Mississippi University for Women in 2007, Hargett earned the M.S.N. at UMMC in 2012. She came to UMMC as a registered nurse in 2007 and became a nurse educator in 2009. She achieved national nursing certification as an orthopedic nurse certified (O.N.C.) in 2010.

An active member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Theta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Hargett also serves as an American Heart Association instructor.




Kathleen A. Rhodes, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 11,2014

Kathleen Rhodes serves as an instructor in the Accelerated BSN Program at the School of Nursing.

She has more than 25 years of nursing practice experience in various areas, including medical-surgical, hemodialysis, cardiac and pediatrics.

She completed certifications from the Heart Rhythm Society IBHRE Cardiac Rhythm Device Therapy (2005) and Cardiac Electrophysiology Exam (2006) for Allied Professionals. In 2010, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the Mississippi University for Women and is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

She has enjoyed practicing at the School of Nursing’s Mercy Delta Express Clinic since 2011. She is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International.




Kayla Logan Carr, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 11,2014

Kayla Logan Carr, a family nurse practitioner and UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

Carr earned the B.S.N. in 2010 and the M.S.N. in 2013 at UMMC. Before becoming a faculty member, she worked as a registered nurse in women’s health, medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics and community health. Carr has worked with the Mercy Delta Express Project since 2011, where she currently practices as a family nurse practitioner.

She completed research and thesis work in the Mississippi Delta as a Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College student, and continues to seek practice and research opportunities with rural and medically underserved populations. Carr’s areas of research interest include innovations in global and rural health care delivery systems, access to health care for vulnerable populations and school-based health centers as interprofessional learning environments.




Kimberly Dawn Easterling Douglas, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 20,2014

Kimberly Douglas, a nurse educator and UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

Douglas earned the B.S.N. in 1998 and the M.S.N. in 2013 at UMMC.

During her 15-year career in nursing, she has served in various roles at the Medical Center, starting as a staff nurse in the Adolescent Medicine and Outpatient Surgery Unit and working her way up to nurse educator in the Department of Hospital Education. She also has served as clinic nurse in the Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic, staff nurse in the General Pediatric Inpatient Unit, staff nurse in the Ambulatory Surgery Unit, supervisor and nurse manager in the Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery Unit and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and nurse educator in Perioperative Services.

An active participant in several Medical Center committees, Douglas’ research interest is in implementing a pediatric early warning scoring system in Batson Children’s Hospital.




Lanise C. Lacey, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 29,2016

Lanise C. Lacey, lead nurse practitioner and acute care nurse practitioner in UMMC’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving the B.S.N. from UMMC in 2001, Lacey earned her M.S.N. at UMMC in 2009. She is in UMMC’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Program and is expected to graduate in 2018.

An experienced registered nurse, Lacey has been affiliated with the SICU for 15 years, including stints as a charge nurse from 2001-2009, a staff acute care nurse practitioner from 2009-14 and as lead nurse practitioner since 2014. She is a member of several UMMC committees, including the Surgical Intensive Care Unit Alliance and the Hospital Acquired Conditions Workgroup and is a committee member of the Medical Center’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program.




Margaret Jeanne Fortenberry, M.S.
Assistant Professor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 7,2014

Margaret Jeanne Fortenberry, chief nursing officer at Woman’s Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of nursing.

After receiving the B.S.N. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1981, Fortenberry served as a clinical nurse with NICU, ER and CCU experience from 1981-1990.

She joined South Mississippi Home Health as a wound, ostomy and continence nurse in 1990 before moving to River Oaks Hospital in 1998 as a wound/ostomy nurse and staff educator. While at River Oaks, Fortenberry served as director of education for four years and nurse manager for two years before joining Woman’s Hospital in 2005.

She was named CNO of the Year for Health Management Associates in 2010 and received a Nursing Excellence Award from HMA as well.

Fortenberry is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Mississippi Organization for Nurse Executives, the American Organization for Nurse Executives and the Mississippi Hospital Association.

Past Susan G. Komen Race chair, Fortenberry served as vice president of Susan G. Komen Board and was named Volunteer of the Year by the organization in 2012. She also was a past board member of the Make a Wish Board and chaired the Peace Love and Wishes fund-raising event for five years. She also served as past March of Dimes Race chair and volunteered on March of Dimes Signature Chefs.




Marlie Lawrence, BSN
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 9,2016

Marlie Lawrence, a staff nurse at UMMC for five years, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving her BSN magna cum laude from Mississippi College in 2011, Lawence joined UMMC as a staff nurse in the Adult Oncology Unit. The following year, she became a staff nurse in the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Batson Children’s Hospital. She is expected to receive her MSN from UMMC in December.

Nominated for several DAISY awards at the Medical Center, Lawrence is a member of the Omicron Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Mississippi chapter of the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses. She has coauthored a pair of poster presentations at the Medical Center and has participated in medical mission trips to the Amazon region of South America.




Monica Nichols White, M.S.N., M.A.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on May 11,2014

Monica Nichols White, a staff nurse at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving a B.A. in English and journalism from Tougaloo College in 2000, White earned an M.A. in mass communication at Loyola University, New Orleans, in 2003. She received a B.S.N. in 2010 and an M.S.N. in 2014 from UMMC.

After serving two years as a communications consultant for Positive Innovations in Jackson and three years as director of communication for Dryades YMCA in New Orleans, White joined Virginia College of Jackson as an instructor in 2007. In 2010, she became a staff nurse and charge nurse at Madison River Oaks Hospital in Canton before coming to UMMC the following year.

White is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She has received nominations for the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses for three consecutive years.




Pamela Linette Lee, MSN
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 4,2016

Pamela Linette Lee, a registered nurse for almost 15 years, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a part-time instructor in nursing.

After receiving her BS in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1998, Lee earned her BSN in 2004 and her MSN in 2011 at UMMC. She is currently seeking a PhD in nursing education and administration from William Carey University, Hattiesburg.

Lee first joined the Medical Center in 2001 as a staff nurse/charge nurse in renal and critical care transition. She is an experienced medical-surgical staff nurse, having served in trauma, kidney transplant, critical care transition and other areas, home health and education. She has served as a nurse manager for adult psychiatry and adult medical psychiatry. She is a certified BLS and ACLS instructor and has National Medical Surgical Nurse Certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is currently the nurse manager of the inpatient Pediatric Psychiatry area.

A service member in the United States Army Reserves, Greenwood, from 1993-99, Lee is a 2013 recipient of the Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses Association’s Presidential Award and an active member of the Mississippi Nurses Association. She is active in the community and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.




Robin Christian, D.N.P.
Associate Professor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 7,2014

Dr. Robin Christian, assistant professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Graduate Nursing at the Alcorn State University School of Nursing, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of nursing,

After receiving the B.A. from Millsaps College in 1988, Christian earned the M.S. in 1989 and the B.S.N. in 1993 at the University of Memphis and the M.S.N. in 1998 and the D.N.P. in 2009 at Texas Christian University. She also became an accredited trainer for the Joanna Briggs Institute Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program, Adelaide, Australia, in 2008.

With more than 15 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner, Christian served health-care institutions in Dallas, Texas, from 1998-2008 before joining Alcorn State University as an assistant professor of nursing and nurse manager.

The author or coauthor of six articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Christian has given numerous presentations at professional meetings throughout the U.S. and was the keynote speaker for Shadow Health Instructional Webinars in 2013. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Nurse Practitioners and the Mississippi Nurses Association. A member of the Beta Alpha Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau honorary, Christian is a peer reviewer for the Journal for Nurse Practitioners and for Gastroenterology Nursing.




Sharon Dietrich McElwain, D.N.P.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 20,2014

Dr. Sharon Dietrich McElwain, formerly a family nurse practitioner at CareHere Clinic in Jackson, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving the B.S.N. in 1991 from Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, McElwain earned the M.S.N. in 2000 at Loyola University, New Orleans, and the D.N.P. in 2013 at UMMC.

After serving as a registered nurse for almost decade, she became a family nurse practitioner, working at family practice and women’s clinics throughout Louisiana and Texas. She came to Mississippi in 2009 and joined the Madison Canton Medical Clinic. The following year, she began her association with UMMC, serving as a family nurse practitioner in the School of Nursing-based clinic at Brown Elementary School in Jackson. She joined the CareHere Clinic in 2013.

A member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society, McElwain is an active member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.





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