CenterView: July 05, 2016
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Dr. Hannah Gay, center, welcomed Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, right, and Dr. Deborah Persaud, who, during pediatric grand rounds Wednesday, discussed the lessons in fighting HIV learned through the "Mississippi Baby" case on which they collaborated. Gay is retiring from UMMC later this month.
Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, colleagues of UMMC pediatrician Dr. Hannah Gay in the case, spoke to faculty and residents during pediatric grand rounds, sharing history, lessons and victories in the fight against HIV.
Men who have sex with other men are at high risk for HIV infection. Too often, their primary care providers are too uncomfortable to talk with them about it, or simply don’t know the answers to their questions about sexual health outcomes. UMMC infectious diseases specialist Dr. Leandro Mena is the newest addition to a social media-based national campaign, #AskTheHIVDoc, that’s educating patients and providers alike.
Entering dental and medical students searching for a way to get a leg up before their first official day of class in August have uncovered the mother lode of prep courses at UMMC: A summer-time pre-matriculation program that one alumnus describes as a “six-week” head start.
Children’s of Mississippi’s new Complex Care Clinic is helping families whose children see multiple subspecialists to coordinate their appointments and travel arrangements. Directed by Dr. Sara Weisenberger, the clinic is housed in the former Blake Clinic space at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.
Ryan Hallock last infused factor IX to manage his hemophilia B six months ago. Dr. Spencer Sullivan, assistant professor of pediatrics who treated Hallock as part of a gene therapy clinical trial for the bleeding disorder, said the early results are the closest gene therapy has come to a functional cure for this disease.
As health-care organizations like UMMC have moved from paper records systems to electronic health records, they have increasingly become the target of cybercriminals - individuals or programs that seek to steal health-care information electronically. A series of educational initiatives by the Division of Information Systems and the Office of Compliance will inform UMMC faculty, staff and students about how they can avoid being victimized by these cyberthieves.