New Faculty

Beverly J. Bryant, M.D.
Associate Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on April 10,2017

Dr. Beverly J. Bryant, an experienced child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at Connections at Hattiesburg Clinic, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of psychiatry.

After receiving her B.A. with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981, Bryant earned her M.D. at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 1985. She was a house staff officer in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, from 1985-88 and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow in a joint fellowship program at the River View Hospital for Children and the Yale Child Study Center from 1988-90.

She served as medical director at the San Marcos Treatment Center, Texas, from 1990-92 before entering private practice in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry in Austin, Texas. In 1995 she became chairman of the Psychiatry Section at the Welborn Clinic, Evansville, Indiana. In 1997 she joined the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, as program director and staff psychiatrist in the Eating Disorder and Trauma Recovery Program and became program director of Child and Adolescent Inpatient Service there in 1999. In 2001 she moved to Hattiesburg and served as staff psychiatrist and medical director of the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Service, the Child and Adolescent Day Treatment Program and the Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Program for Adolescents at Forrest General Hospital/Pine Grove Recovery Center. In 2004 she was a founding member of Connections at Hattiesburg Clinic and began a 13-year association with the clinic. She concurrently served as medical director of a Specialized Treatment Facility in Gulfport from 2009-13.

An active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Medical Society, Bryant has more than 10 invited presentations nationally and has authored or coauthored three articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications.




Richard Paschal Cochran, M.D.
Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 27,2017

Dr. Richard Paschal “Pat” Cochran has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of surgery.

After receiving his B.S. in premedical studies from Davidson College in 1974, Cochran earned his M.D. at the Emory University School of Medicine in 1978. He did a general surgery internship and residency, as well as a surgical research fellowship in transplant immunology, from 1978-1984. He served as chief resident in general surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center from 1983-84. Cochran did his cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency at the University of Utah from 1984-86, where he also was chief resident in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery from 1985-86.

Cochran returned to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, where he helped start UTSMS’s heart transplant program and began his research in computer modeling of heart valves. In 1990 he was recruited to the University of Washington as an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery. He was promoted to associate professor in 1995; while there, he specialized in surgical correction of valvular heart disease and received an NIH grant for computer modeling of the diseased mitral valve. He was recruited to the University of Wisconsin, where he served as a tenured full professor and chair of cardiothoracic surgery from 1998-2002.

In 2002, he was asked to start a new heart surgery program at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute at the Central Maine Medical Center. As medical director of cardiothoracic surgery, he developed a novel “single stay unit” where patients with heart disease were admitted to one bed for all their care. In 2008, he was recruited to Maui Memorial Medical Center to start the first heart program in the state outside of Honolulu. He served as director of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Maui Memorial Medical Center. In late 2011, he took a short clinical hiatus to serve as medical director for a novel heart valve company and assisted in developing the European clinical implant trial. In early 2012, he returned to clinical practice, first as a full-time cardiothoracic surgeon at South Georgia Medical Center until 2014, then as a locum tenens surgeon from 2014-17, primarily at the International Heart Institute in Missoula, Montana; he also assisted other programs needing part-time coverage.

Cochran has been a fellow of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Surgeons. He also has been an active member of several professional organizations, including the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, the Pacific Coast Surgical Society and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Cochran is the author or coauthor of 76 articles in refereed journals, 77 abstracts and seven book chapters. He has given 15 invited presentations at national or international scientific meetings, 29 regional or local presentations and 11 poster presentations.

Cochran has served as principal investigator for numerous research projects that have garnered more than $1.5 million in funding and has been a coinvestigator on studies totaling more than $7 million.




Tobe Momah, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 27,2017

Dr. Tobe Momah, medical director of a federally qualified health center in Monroe, Louisiana, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine.

After earning his M.D. at the University of Nigeria College of Medicine, Enugu, in 2000, Momah received his M.Sc. from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, in 2004. He had a general surgery residency from 2005-07 and a family medicine residency from 2007-10 at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York.

Momah has served as a family physician in Louisiana since 2010. He has worked in the private medical sector and in the correctional health system. He became medical director of the federally qualified health center in 2013.

The author or coauthor of 18 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications, 17 books and 11 posters and oral presentations, Momah is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.




Tony Soo-Tung Wen, M.D.
Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 13,2017

Dr. Tony Soo-Tung Wen, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and ob-gyn residency program director at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology. He also serves as director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Division and director of the Units Network clinical trials.

After receiving his B.S. in psychology and his B.S. in biochemistry in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wen earned his M.D. in 1988 at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center, where he had obstetrics and gynecology residency training from 1988-90. He then had residency training in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the University of Texas-Houston School of Medicine, was co-administrative chief resident there from 1991-92, and had a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship there from 1992-94.

Wen joined the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. In 1997, he joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the same capacity before moving on to the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2004. He became residency program director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology there in 2010 and an associate professor of ob-gyn in 2012.

An active member of several scientific societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wen has given more than 25 invited lectures nationally. A peer journal reviewer for numerous scientific publications, he has authored or coauthored 29 articles in peer-reviewed journals, four book chapters and 53 abstract presentations.

The recipient of numerous scientific grants, Wen’s research interests include labor time management, periviable delivery, oxyhemoglobin saturation during labor and research curriculum evaluation. His primary research interest includes perinatal infectious diseases, labor, pregnancy complications and medical education.




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Misti Renea Thornton, M.L.I.S.
Instructor
Academic Information Services
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 13,2017

Misti Renea Thornton, the archivist at Rowland Medical Library, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in Academic Information Services.

After receiving her B.B.A. magna cum laude from Belhaven University in 2012, Thornton earned her M.L.I.S. at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2016. She has worked in the Rowland Library for 13 years, starting as a library technician in 2004, a library associate in 2011 and an archivist II in 2014.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the Society of American Archivist, the American Library Association, the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Thornton is a member of the Alpha Beta Gamma and the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Societies.




Bevilyn Yvonne Perkins, M.S.
Instructor
SHRP
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 13,2017

Bevilyn Perkins, a technologist in the Department of Surgical Pathology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in the School of Health Related Professions.

Perkins has a B.S. in biology health science from Alcorn State University, a B.S. in cytotechnology from UMMC and an M.S. in combined science (biology/chemistry) from Mississippi College.

She was faculty staff in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Buffalo, New York’s collaboration with the School of Health Related Professions at SUNY, Buffalo. She served as an adjunct instructor at both Tougaloo College and Hinds Community College.

Perkins is the recipient of the Mississippi Society of Cytopathology Award and the Outstanding Cytology Student Award.




Jason Vassar, D.M.D.
Associate Professor
Orthodontics
Joined the UMMC faculty on February 2,2017

Dr. Jason Vassar, owner of and practicing orthodontist at Bierdeman/Vassar Orthodontics in Jackson, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of orthodontics in the School of Dentistry.

After receiving his B.A. in Spanish magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2007, Vassar earned his D.M.D. cum laude at UMMC in 2011. He then earned his M.D.S. in orthodontics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, in 2015. He joined Bierdeman/Vassar Orthodontics in June 2015.

A diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Vassar is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontics and the American Dental Association. District 4 president elect of the Mississippi Dental Association, he serves as secretary/treasurer of the Jackson Dental Society.

Vassar’s research interests include dentoskeletal effects of rapid maxillary expansion appliance and fatigue load resistance in implant connections.




Peter William Pendergrass, M.D.
Associate Professor
Preventive Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 30,2017

Dr. Peter William Pendergrass, regional medical director and residency program director for the Texas Department of State Health Services, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of preventive medicine in the School of Medicine with a secondary appointment in the John D. Bower School of Population Health.

After receiving his B.A. in economics and biology from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, in 1980, Pendergrass earned his M.D. at the University of Texas McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, in 1986. He completed an internship in internal medicine in 1988 at the University of Missouri-Columbia, an internal medicine residency in 1990 and an endocrinology fellowship in 1992 at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, and a preventive medicine residency in 1994 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, where he also earned his M.P.H.

Pendergrass served as coordinator of the Bureau of Family and Personal Health Services for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District from 1994-96 and was a physician consultant for the Texas Medical Foundation from 1995-2005. He also served as bureau chief of the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control for the Texas Department of Health from 1998-2000. He became regional medical director at the Texas Department of State Health Services in 2006 and program director for the general preventive medicine and public health residency in 2012.

An active member of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Pendergrass has served on a number of committees for both organizations and the Texas Department of State Health Services and Health Care Financing Administration, among others. He has given 20 invited presentations at the local, state or national level and is the author or coauthor of a dozen articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Desiree B. Pendergrass, M.D.
Associate Professor
Preventive Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 30,2017

Dr. Desiree B. Pendergrass, associate professor of pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of preventive medicine and pediatrics in the School of Medicine with a secondary appointment in the John D. Bower School of Population Health.

After receiving her B.A. in chemistry from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, in 1983, Pendergrass earned her M.D. in 1987 at the University of Texas McGovern School of Medicine in Houston. She completed a pediatric internship at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1988, a pediatric residency at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, in 1990, and a preventive medicine residency from 1992-94 at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, where she also earned her M.P.H.

Pendergrass served as director of child health policy in the Bureau of Children’s Health at the Texas Department of Health from 1994-2000 before joining the Texas Medical Foundation as an associate clinical coordinator. In 2003, she became manager of the Child Medical Policy and Provider Relations Unit for the Department of State Health Services and in 2006 became manager of the Policy and Program Development Branch of the unit. She joined the Texas Tech University Health Science Center faculty in 2007 and became an associate professor of pediatrics in 2016. Pendergrass also was appointed to the clinical faculty of the Texas Department of State Health Services Preventive Medicine Residency in 2013.

An active member of several professional societies, including the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pendergrass has served on a number of committees for the Texas Tech University Health Science Center and the Texas Pediatric Society, among other organizations. She has given five invited presentations in Texas and is the author or coauthor of six monographs on clinical quality improvement and a peer-reviewed article in Texas Medicine.




Erin Bassford Taylor, Ph.D.
Instructor
Physiology and Biophysics
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 30,2017

Dr. Erin Bassford Taylor, recently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Physiology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology and biophysics.

After receiving her BS in biochemistry and molecular biology from Mississippi State University in 2004, Taylor earned her M.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology at MSU in 2006. She earned her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology at UMMC in 2015 and began her postdoctoral research fellowship.

An active member of the American Physiological Society, the American Heart Association and the American Association of Immunologists, among other professional organizations, Taylor is the author of coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed publications and more than 20 abstracts.




Brian E. Kogon, M.D.
Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 30,2017

Dr. Brian E. Kogon, chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Emory University/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of medicine and chief of pediatric and congenital heart surgery.

After receiving his BS in zoology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1991, Kogon earned his MD at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1995. He had a surgery internship, a surgery residency and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship from 1995-2003 at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, and a pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship from 2003-04 at Emory.

He joined the Emory faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor of surgery and became surgical director of Emory’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program the following year. He became an associate professor of surgery in 2011 and an associate professor of pediatrics in 2012. In 2013, he was named chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery.

An active member of several professional societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American Association for Thoracic Surgeons and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Kogon has given 26 invited presentations or lectures nationally. The author or coauthor of more than 120 articles in peer-reviewed publications, three books and book chapters and more than 30 abstracts and poster presentations, Kogon has served as a manuscript reviewer for six professional journals.




Karthik Kovvuru, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 30,2017

Dr. Karthik Kovvuru, recently a hospitalist at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his M.B.B.S. from Osmania Medical College, India, in 2007, Kovvuru had stints as a house officer at Sri Venkateshwara Nursing Home, India, and as an emergency room physician at Aditya Hospital, Hyderabad, India. He had internal medicine residency training from 2010-13 at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Maryland. He then joined Greenwood Leflore Hospital, where he has served as a hospitalist since 2013.

Kovvuru served as a member of multiple committees and participated in quality improvement projects aimed at "early mobilization in Intensive care Unit" and "COPD readmissions." He also has coauthored 13 posters presented at scientific meetings internationally. His interests include critical care and evidence-based medicine.




G. Kline Milner, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 3,2017

Dr. G. Kline Milner, an anesthesiologist at Jackson Anesthesia Associates, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving his B.S. in biology from Mississippi College in 1975, Milner earned his M.D. at UMMC in 1978. He had an anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, from 1978-81.

Milner served as a staff anesthesiologist for the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Medical Center, Ohio, from 1981-85 before joining St. Joseph Anesthesiologists, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has been with Jackson Anesthesia Associates since 1986 and served as chief of anesthesia for River Oaks Hospital from 2008-12.

An active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Mississippi Society of Anesthesiologists and the Mississippi State Medical Association, Milner has been a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology.




Chelsea Senitko, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 3,2017

Chelsea Senitko, a nurse practitioner on the Oncology Hospitalist Team at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Connecticut, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving her B.S.N. in 2010 at UMMC, she had American Association of Colleges of Nursing residency training and began serving as an adult and pediatric hematology nurse in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at UMMC. She served as a nurse educator then as a charge nurse before earning her M.S.N. at UMMC in 2015. She gained Family Nurse Practitioner board certification by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She then joined Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2015.

She is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Oncology Nursing Society.




John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D.
Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 3,2017

Dr. John C. Ruckdeschel, an international expert in lung cancer and previous director of two National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of medicine and director of the UMMC Cancer Institute.

After receiving his B.Sc. in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in 1967, Ruckdeschel earned his M.D. at Albany Medical College, New York, in 1971. He had postgraduate education at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; Beth Israel Hospital, Boston; the National Cancer Institute’s Baltimore Cancer Research Center, and at the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Salt Lake City.

Ruckdeschel joined the faculty at Albany Medical College, New York, in 1976 and worked his way up the ranks from assistant professor of medicine to professor of medicine. He also served as director of the Joint Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at AMC. He moved to Florida in 1991 and served as a professor of oncology and medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and as director and chief executive officer of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Under his direction, Moffitt attained NCI Comprehensive designation in nine years. In 2002, he became a professor of medicine and oncology and associate dean of cancer affairs at the Wayne State University College of Medicine, Michigan, and began serving as president and chief executive officer of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. He then became a professor of medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and CEO and director of the Nevada Cancer Institute in 2009 before becoming medical director of the oncology clinical program at Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, in 2012 and joining the University of Utah as a professor of medicine in 2013.

A fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians, Ruckdeschel is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

A member of the editorial boards of numerous scientific publications and a reviewer for a dozen others, Ruckdeschel has authored or coauthored more than 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals, more than 140 abstracts and numerous book chapters.

A Best Doctors in America selection, he has received several professional awards and has obtained robust grant support from major scientific organizations, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.




L. Ashley Grillis, Au.D.
Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 3,2017

Dr. Ashley Grillis has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences with clinical duties as a pediatric audiologist.

She has previously served as the educational audiologist at the Mississippi School for the Deaf in Jackson. Before locating to Mississippi, Grillis served as a clinical audiologist at Bridgewater Balance and Hearing in Knoxville, Tennessee.

After receiving her B.S. in biology in 2008 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Grillis obtained her Au.D. in 2013 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Knoxville.

Grillis is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Mississippi Speech Hearing Association. Her clinical interests include early intervention and unilateral hearing loss.




Candon Reeves Garbo, M.S.N., R.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on January 3,2017

Candon Reeves Garbo, an education coordinator at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

A 1986 graduate of the School of Nursing, Garbo served as a charge/staff nurse in labor and delivery and OB triage at UMMC for six years before serving as a temporary nurse for various ob-gyn clinics in the Jackson area. After a stint teaching eighth-grade science, she returned to the nursing profession in 2007 as a charge/staff nurse in labor and delivery and the newborn nursery at Woman’s Hospital in Flowood, where she became director of labor and deliver in 2011. In 2014, Garbo joined the staff at Andrews Women’s Hospital at Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, as a staff nurse in labor and delivery and OB emergency. A 2015 graduate of UMMC’s Health Care Administrator Program, Garbo joined Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in 2016 and concurrently worked as a staff nurse in labor and delivery at St. Dominic Hospital.

An active member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, Garbo is a Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society inductee.




Leon N. Sykes, M.D.
Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 5,2016

Dr. Leon N. Sykes, a trauma and acute care surgeon and surgical intensivist at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of surgery.

After receiving his B.A. from Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1974, Sykes earned his M.D. at the Ohio State University School of Medicine in 1978. He had a general surgery internship from 1978-79 and a general surgery residency from 1979-83 at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh; a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship from 1983-85 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and a trauma surgery and surgical critical care fellowship from 1985-86 at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.

Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Sykes is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of several professional organizations, including Alpha Omega Alpha.




Padma Garg, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 5,2016

Dr. Padma Garg, recently a pediatric critical care medicine fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her M.B.B.S. from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India, in 2001, Garg was a senior resident in pediatrics and neonatology in Mumbai and New Delhi, India, from 2002-09 and a registrar for NETS Emergency Transport Services, Australia, from 2009-10. She had a pediatric internship and residency from 2010-13 at the Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, and began her pediatric critical care medicine fellowship in 2013. She was appointed chief administrative fellow from 2015-16.

She has served on the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2011-12 as assistant district coordinator for the New York Region. An active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Garg has authored or coauthored four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and four posters presented at scientific meetings. She has given numerous platform and research presentations. She has worked on mouse models to study the role of Candida albicans in the development of neonatal bacteremia and presented her data at national meetings.




Ryan Michael Babl, D.P.T.
Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
Joined the UMMC faculty on December 5,2016

Dr. Ryan Michael Babl, formally a senior physical therapist at the St. Dominic Outpatient Rehabilitation and Hand Management Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of physical therapy in the School of Health Related Professions.

After receiving his B.S. in education-exercise science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 2003, Babl earned his M.S. in exercise science at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. He served as a strength and conditioning professional at Gravlee Fitness and Body Design, Mountain Brook, Alabama, for six years and earned his D.P.T. at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010. He became a physical therapist at Eskridge in White Physiotherapy, Homewood, Alabama, in 2011 and, 18 months later, joined St. Dominic.

The coauthor of a peer-reviewed article in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Babl has given several invited presentations nationwide. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association.




Michal Senitko, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 21,2016

Dr. Michal Senitko, recently an interventional pulmonary medicine fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his M.D. from Charles University First Faculty of Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic, in 2006, Senitko served as a clinical research associate at the Schering-Plough Research Institute (Merck Co.), Prague, Czech Republic, from 2006-09. He had internal medicine residency training from 2009-12 and a pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship from 2012-15 at UMMC before beginning his interventional pulmonary medicine fellowship in New Haven, Connecticut.

An active member of the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, and the World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, Senitko has authored or coauthored three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and a chapter in the textbook Respiratory Care: Principles and Practice. He also has authored and co-authored two posters, which were presented at regional and national scientific meetings.

His research interests include pleural diseases, racial disparities in lung cancer and benign tracheal diseases. His goal is to help to develop a unique, state-of-the-art interventional service that provides an expedited and comprehensive assessment of various diseases in the chest and excels in teaching, patient care and research.




Claudia Lares, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 7,2016

Dr. Claudia Lares, formerly an instructor in pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her M.D. from the Central University of Venezuela J.M. Vargas School of Medicine, Caracas, in 2004, Lares served as a medical adviser for Viagra, a physician and team leader of the rural medical center in Sucre, Caracas, a research assistant in patient enrollment and data management and a research associate coordinator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she had a pediatric residency from 2008-11. She then served as an instructor in pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis Children’s Hospital, Missouri, from 2011-13, and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, from 2013-14.

The author or coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three poster presentations at scientific meetings, Lares has participated in a number of research projects as a study coordinator and coauthor at the Albert Einstein Medical Center.




John D. Wofford III, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 7,2016

Dr. John D. Wofford III, an emergency medicine practitioner in North Carolina and affiliate faculty member at Wake Forest University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

After receiving his B.A. from Emory University, Atlanta, in 2005, Wofford had post-baccalaureate coursework at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, and earned his M.D. in 2011 at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had an emergency medicine residency from 2011-14. He has since served on the medical staff of Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital, Greensboro, North Carolina; Annie Penn Hospital, Reidsville, North Carolina; and MedCenter High Point, High Point, North Carolina.

An active member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians, Wofford has coauthored two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Sibali Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.
Instructor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 7,2016

Dr. Sibali Bandyopadhyay, a scientist at the UMMC Cancer Institute, has joined the UMMC faculty as an instructor in pathology.

After receiving her B.S. in chemistry in 1997 and her M.S. in chemistry in 1999 from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India, Bandyopadhyay had a chemical engineering research fellowship there from 2000-02. She then became a graduate research assistant in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Georgia, Athens, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2007. She had a postdoctoral fellowship from 2008-09 in the Department of Biochemistry at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, and from 2009-12 in the Department of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. She joined the UMMC Cancer Institute as a scientist in 2012.

Bandyopadhyay is the author or coauthor of 11 articles in high-impact peer-reviewed professional journals, such as Nature Medicine, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, PNAS, EMBO J, and JACS. She has made nine presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

At the UMMC Cancer Institute, she has been responsible for the overall management of the Flow Cytometry Core, sample analysis and cell sorting for several immunology, biochemistry and cancer biology groups. Her postdoctoral work was focused on a category of lipids, termed sphingolipids, using tandem mass spectrometry in combination with liquid chromatography for “lipidomic” analysis. Sphingolipids have critical roles in cell structure, cell-cell communication and signal transduction.

Along with her responsibility of the Flow Cytometry Core, she plans to continue her research at UMMC on sphingolipids and their involvement in various health disorders, such as obesity and cancer. Bandyopadhyay is open to collaborations with clinical and basic science faculty at the Medical Center.




Yuichiro Yano, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Preventive Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on November 4,2016

Dr. Yuichiro Yano, recently an American Heart Association Strategically Focused Prevention Research Network fellow at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, has joined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of preventive medicine and The MIND Center.

Yano earned his M.D. in 2002 and his Ph.D. in hypertension and diabetes in 2014 at Jichi Medical University, Tochigi, Japan. He was an intern and resident in medicine at Miyazaki Prefectural Hospital, Japan, from 2002-04, an internist at Saigo/Nango/Kitaura National Health Insurance Hospital, Miyazaki, from 2004-10, an assistant professor in the Division of Community and Family Medicine at the University of Miyazaki from 2010-12, and a clinical associate in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Jichi Medical University School of Medicine from 2012-15.

An active member of the American Heart Association and a fellow of the American Society of Hypertension, Yano has been an investigator with the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study and the Framingham Heart Study since 2013. An editorial board member of and journal reviewer for numerous scientific publications, he has authored or coauthored more than 65 articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and has received several awards, including the American Heart Association Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Disease or Hypertension Epidemiology and Prevention and the American Society of Hypertension Young Scholar Award. He has given five invited presentations internationally.

His research interests include hypertension and the brain. Yano also will engage in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and in the Jackson Heart Study.




Rajesh Talluri, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Data Science
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 24,2016

Dr. Rajesh Talluri, a recent postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of Data Science.

After receiving his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, in 2005, Talluri earned his Ph.D. in statistics at Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2011. While obtaining his Ph.D., Talluri served as a statistics consultant and had an internship in 2008 at UT-MD Anderson, where he was a postdoctoral fellow from 2011-16.

The author or coauthor of 10 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications, Talluri is responsible for 15 conference and seminar presentations. An active member of the American Statistical Association and the International Genetic Epidemiology Society, he has served as a journal reviewer for Genetic Epidemiology since 2011.

His research interests include statistical genetics, Bayesian modeling, decision modeling, machine learning, information theory, risk prediction models, survival analysis, survey data analysis and epidemiological methods.




Amit Anil Kumar Pandit, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 24,2016

Dr. Amit Anil Kumar Pandit, recently a critical care medicine fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of emergency medicine.

After receiving his M.D. from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 2009, Pandit had an emergency medicine residency from 2011-14 at the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottsville, followed by his critical care medicine fellowship. He was chief fellow of critical care medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering from 2015-16.

The author or coauthor of three chapters and one book review in leading scientific textbooks and publications, Pandit has given three presentations at scientific meetings nationwide.




Beverly L. Spicer, D.N.P.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 12,2016

Dr. Beverly L. Spicer, a nurse practitioner in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, has joined the UMMC faculty as an instructor in nursing. After receiving the B.S.N. summa cum laude with nursing honors from the Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas, in 1992, Spicer earned the M.S.N. in pediatric primary care in 1999 and the M.S.N. in adult acute care in 2003 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then earned the D.N.P. at UMMC in 2015. An RN from 1993-99 and a nurse practitioner in the Liver Transplant Service from 2000-04 at University Hospital, Birmingham, Spicer came to UMMC in 2004 as a neurosurgery research nurse and nurse practitioner and became an NP in the NeuroScience ICU in 2005. A member of Sigma Theta Tau and National Honor Society since 1991, Spicer is an active member of the American Nurses Association and the Mississippi Nurses Association. Recipient of the 2015 Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award, her research interests include the evaluation and use of a nurse-driven protocol for the removal of unnecessary indwelling urinary catheters.




Shreyes Gangadhara, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurology
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 10,2016

Dr. Shreyes Gangadhara, recently chief resident in the Department of Neurology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurology.

After receiving his M.B.B.S. from Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, India, in 2008, Gangadhara had a medical internship there from 2008-09 before coming to the U.S. He had an internship from 2011-12, a neurology residency from 2012-15 and a fellowship in vascular neurology from 2015-16 at USF.

An active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Medical Association, Gangadhara is a recipient of the Gold Humanism Award from the Arnold O. Gold Foundation. The coauthor of an article in the Asian Medical Students Journal, “Determinants Affecting the Psychological Well-Being of Adolescents – A Comparative Study,” he is also the author or coauthor of nine abstracts and formal presentations.

Gangadhara’s research interests include antihypertensive treatment of acute cerebral hemorrhage and treatment of acute ischemic stroke.




Juan D. Uribe Villa, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurosurgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 10,2016

Dr. Juan D. Uribe Villa, recently a fellow in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurosurgery.

A 2006 graduate of the Universidad CES School of Medicine, Medellin, Colombia, Uribe Villa had residency training in neurosurgery at UMMC from 2009-16, as well as his functional and stereotactic neurosurgery fellowship. Licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure since 2015, Uribe Villa is an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

The author of one article in a peer-reviewed professional publication, Universidad CES, in 2006, he has given four scientific presentations at the Medical Center.




Youssef Al Hmada, M.D.
Instructor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 10,2016

Dr. Youssef Al Hmada, recently a pathology resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pathology.

After receiving his M.D. from the University of Tishreen, Syrian Arab Republic, in 2003, Al Hmada had residency training in clinical pathology at Aleppo University, Syrian Arab Republic, from 2003-08. He served as a clinical pathologist at the Mobaid Medical Laboratory, Al-Rahameh Hospital, Aleppo, from 2008-11, before coming to the Medical Center in 2012 for residency training in pathology.

An active member of the Syrian American Medical Society, the College of American Pathologists and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Al Hmada is the coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications.




Franco H. Cabeza Rivera, M.D.
Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on October 10,2016

Dr. Franco H. Cabeza Rivera, recently a transplant nephrology fellow at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of medicine.

After receiving his degree in medicine and surgery from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru, he completed internal medicine residency at the University of Miami from 2009-12. Subsequently, he completed a nephrology fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine from 2012-14; a geriatric medicine fellowship from 2014-15 and a transplant nephrology fellowship from 2015-16 at the University of Miami.

A diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cabeza Rivera is the coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and seven other abstracts. An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Transplantation and the Transplantation Society, Cabeza Rivera has given more than 15 invited lectures nationally.

He is American Board of Internal Medicine certified on internal medicine and nephrology. 




Abigail Gamble, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Preventive Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 26,2016

Dr. Abigail Gamble has rejoined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Preventive Medicine in the John D. Bower School of Population Health and a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. She is also an early career investigator in the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

After receiving her B.A. in elementary education and liberal studies from Rowan University in 2003, Gamble earned her M.S. in health promotion in 2007 and her Ph.D. in health and kinesiology in 2011 at the University of Mississippi. She then joined the Mississippi State Department of Health as the evaluation lead for the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative.

The author or coauthor of more than 10 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Gamble has given more than 30 presentations nationally. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Physical Activity Policy Research Network Plus (PAPRN+).

A prolific scientific investigator, Gamble’s research interests include minority health disparities and pediatric obesity prevention. Her previous research has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.




Muhammad Ubaidulhaq, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 26,2016

Dr. Muhammad Ubaidulhaq, recently a pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving his M.B.B.S. from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan, in 2005, Ubaidulhaq had an elective in pediatrics at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, Scotland. He then had a clinical research fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 2009-10 and a pediatric categorical residency from 2010-13 and a pediatric neurology residency from 2013-16 at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

An active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society, Ubaidulhaq has given numerous oral presentations nationally. He is principal investigator of “A Retrospective Study of the Efficacy, MRI Changes and Developmental Outcome of Infants Exposed to Levetiracetam and Phenobarbital for Seizure Control,” and has published case reports and peer-reviewed papers. His interests include epilepsy and pain medicine.




Chester H. Lake Jr., M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 26,2016

Dr. Chester H. Lake Jr., an anesthesiologist with more than 30 years of experience, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving his B.A. in 1976 and his M.S. in 1978 from the University of Mississippi, Lake earned his M.D. in 1983 at UMMC, where he had an anesthesia residency from 1983-85. He then completed his anesthesia residency training at the University of Cincinnati in 1986.

Lake joined Jackson Anesthesia Associates in 1986 and served on the UMMC faculty from 1991-93 as an assistant professor of anesthesiology. He had a 20-year stint with Surgicare of Jackson – serving as medical director from 1993-2005 – while concurrently in private practice with Anesthesia Consultants of Flowood from 2000-13. He has since been associated with Anesthesia Consultants of Oxford, LifeLink Anesthesia in Memphis and Willow Anesthesia Services in Oxford, and was director of anesthesia at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford from 2015-16.

A diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Lake is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Mississippi State Medical Association. He served as president of the Mississippi Society of Anesthesiology on two occasions: 1995-96 and 2009-10.




Amanda Criswell, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 26,2016

Amanda Criswell, an education manager at Conroe Regional Medical Center and adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Texas, Arlington, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving her B.S.N. from Alcorn State University in 2003, Criswell served as a registered nurse at Natchez Community Hospital for six years and as director of the LPN Program at Copiah Lincoln Community College for three years. In 2009, she joined Memorial Hermann Northwest, where she served as a registered nurse, a charge nurse and a trauma champion. She was an education manager for Conroe Regional from 2012-16 and adjunct faculty at UT from 2015-16. She received her M.S.N. from Prairie View A&M, Houston, Texas, in 2015.

Recipient of the 2016 HCA Innovators Award, Criswell is an active member of the American Nurses Association and the Emergency Nurses Association. She has served on numerous committees and boards.




Montoya Taylor, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 12,2016

Dr. Montoya Taylor, a recent interventional cardiology graduate of the Ohio State University Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Tougaloo College in 2004, Taylor earned his M.D. from Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2008. He then moved to Columbus, Ohio, and began his graduate medical training at the Ohio State University Medical Center. He completed an internal medicine-pediatrics residency from 2008-12, an adult cardiology fellowship from 2012-15 and an interventional cardiology fellowship from 2015-16.

He has coauthored eight articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 11 poster or oral scientific presentations. Taylor is an active member of several organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.




Funminiyi A. Taylor (Ajayi), M.D.
Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 12,2016

Dr. Funminiyi A. Taylor (Ajayi), an assistant professor of medical education in the Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

After receiving her B.S. in biology summa cum laude in 2001 from Howard University, Washington, D.C., Taylor earned her M.D. at the Howard University College of Medicine in 2003. She then had residency training in obstetrics and gynecology from 2003-07 at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, and fellowship training in maternal fetal medicine from 2007-10 at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

Taylor joined the Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C., in 2010 as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. In 2012, she moved to Kettering (Ohio) Medical Center to serve as an ob-gyn physician and in 2013 was a locums physician at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville; St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska; and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland. Taylor joined the Southern Illinois University faculty in 2015 and received her Master’s of Educational Technology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 2016.

A fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Taylor is an active member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. She has given five invited lectures and has coauthored four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and nine research abstracts. Her research interests include cognitive and constructivist learning theory in medical education, blended learning in medical education, training transfer in medical education and fetal ultrasound training for ob-gyn residents.




Cynthia Casey, D.N.P.
Associate Professor
Health Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 12,2016

Dr. Cynthia Casey, a part-time nurse in the Department of Neurology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of health sciences in the School of Health Related Professions.

After receiving her B.S.N. from the School of Nursing in 1993, Casey served as a charge nurse/staff nurse at UMMC before joining the Mississippi State Hospital staff in 1995 as a staff/charge nurse. In 1997, she became an instructor at Hinds Community College, serving as a teacher and advisor for almost a decade. While at Hinds, she received her M.S.N. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001; she also served as charge nurse/relief supervisor at Brentwood Behavioral Health in Jackson from 2001-08 and admission nurse at Sta Home Health in Jackson from 2003-04. She left Hinds to join the School of Health Related Professions in September 2016.

In 2006, she returned to Hinds as a learning lab manager, advisor, course coordinator, adjunct faculty and continuing education online instructor. The following year, she began working part-time at UMMC. She received her D.N.P. in 2012 from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, and became an associate professor and department chair of the health science program and director of the Master’s of Health Science online programs for UMMC.

Casey was instrumental in developing international relationships in Guatemala and implemented immersion experiences for students into the country. She also was instrumental in developing the first and only national honor society for associate degree nursing – Alpha Delta Nu – and started the Omega Chapter at Hinds.

Active in the American Nurses Association, the National Organization for Associate Degree Nurses and the Mississippi Nurses Association, Casey has served on the state board and state education committee of Sigma Theta Tau. She is currently on the Board for District 13 of the MNA and on the national board for the Organization of Associate Degree Nursing. She has given five presentations at scientific meetings and has served on numerous committees at Hinds and at UMMC.




Susan Elizabeth Shamburger, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 12,2016

Dr. Susan Elizabeth Shamburger, a breast imaging radiologist most recently with the Breast Care Center in Tupelo, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology. After receiving her B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Mississippi College in 1998, Shamburger earned her M.D. at UMMC in 2002. She had a surgery residency at the Alton B. Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, from 2002-03 before becoming a bioterrorism and disaster planning consulting physician for the Mississippi Department of Health from 2003-04. She then had a radiology residency at UMMC from 2004-08, followed by a radiology fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2008-09. Shamburger joined the Breast Cancer Center in 2009. In 2013, she became medical director of the breast cancer center and co-chair of the breast health subcommittee at NMMC. An active member of the Society of Breast Imaging, the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America, Shamburger is the coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications.




Utsav Nandi, M.D.
Instructor
Emergency Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 12,2016

Dr. Utsav Nandi, recently an emergency medicine resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in emergency medicine.

After receiving his M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar, in 2012, Nandi began his emergency medicine residency in 2012 and became chief resident in 2015.

The author or coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and seven posters presented at scientific meetings, Nandi was recently awarded the Emergency Medicine Foundation’s two-year Research Fellowship grant. He is also pursuing a graduate degree at UMMC’s inaugural Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program.

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




C. LaToya Mason, M.D.
Associate Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 12,2016

Dr. C. LaToya Mason, a former associate professor of anesthesiology at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of anesthesiology.

The former valedictorian of Jackson’s Forest Hill High School graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.S. in biochemistry. She then completed medical school and residency training in anesthesiology at the Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, and an obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.

Mason was a faculty member in the Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology from 2007-16. While at BCM, she was a recipient of two major institutional awards: the Fulbright & Jaworski Faculty Excellence Award and the BCM Rising Star Award. She was one of only 13 faculty physicians to receive the Rising Star designation.

A board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology since 2007, Mason is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, and the National Medical Association. Mason’s national committee involvement includes her appointment as chair of the SOAP Membership Committee and her membership in the ASA Educational Track Committee for Obstetric Anesthesia.

Mason is an associate editor of Shnider and Levinson’s Anesthesia for Obstetrics Textbook, fifth edition. She has authored several abstracts, book chapters and publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has been an invited speaker, workshop instructor and abstract presenter at numerous state and national scientific meetings, including the annual meetings of the ASA, SOAP and NMA. Mason’s other notable achievements include her recent selection as one of Xavier University of Louisiana’s Top 40 Under 40 Outstanding Alumni and one of the National Quality Health Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Healthcare. The latter award was conferred by the Congressional Black Caucus.




Shweta Kishore, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 12,2016

Dr. Shweta Kishore, a recent rheumatology fellow at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving her M.B.B.S. from Manipal University at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India, in 2009, Kishore had in internship and residency in internal medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, New Jersey, from 2011-14 before beginning her rheumatology fellowship in 2014.

An active member of the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians, she is the primary author of two posters which were presented at the Society of Hospital Medicine meeting in 2013. She will be presenting her poster, "Esophageal Dysmotility and Interstitial Lung Disease in Patients with Scleroderma: A Retrospective Study," at the upcoming ACR meeting.

Kishore has special interests in vasculitis, interstitial lung disease secondary to connective tissue diseases and systemic lupus erythematosus.




Swati Dhar, Ph.D.
Instructor
Radiation Oncology
Joined the UMMC faculty on September 12,2016

Dr. Swati Dhar, a former postdoctoral research fellow at the UMMC Cancer Institute, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in radiation oncology.

She completed her doctoral studies focusing on T cell immunotherapy for breast and prostate cancer at the Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer, Navi Mumbai, India, in 2009. She then served as a senior scientist in the R&D Department of Biocon LLC, India’s largest biopharmaceutical company, in 2010 before coming to the UMMC Cancer Institute in 2011 as a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Dr. Anait S Levenson. Presently, she is working in the lab of Dr. Yin-Yuan Mo on gene editing mechanisms.

The author or coauthor of 10 scientific peer-reviewed publications, one book chapter and more than 15 national and international presentations, she also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Libertas Academica publications. She also is an associate member at the American Association for Cancer Research. Her research interests include mechanisms of tumor immune evasion and role of non-coding RNAs in oncogenesis.




Yunyun Zhou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Data Science
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 29,2016

Dr. Yunyun Zhou, previously a computational biologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Data Science.

After receiving her B.S. in electrical engineering in 2004 and her M.S. in electrical engineering in 2007 from Nanjing University, China, Zhou earned her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Washington State University, Pullman, in 2012. She then joined the UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty as a computational biologist.

The author or coauthor of 17 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Zhou has been a participant in a number of National Institutes of Health-funded scientific projects. Her research interests include machine learning applications in quantitative biomedical data, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, etc.

She has established high throughput computational skills on NGS data analysis, such as WGS, mRNAseq, MethySeq, etc. She also has focused on tools development, such as translating her novel algorithms and research findings to user-friendly software and database with the hope of contributing precision medicine in high quality big-data areas.




Christina G. Marks, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 29,2016

Dr. Christina G. Marks has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After receiving her B.S. in mathematics and economics from Millsaps College in 2005, Marks earned her M.D. in 2009 at UMMC, where she was editor of The Murmur monthly student magazine and class treasurer. She was awarded ASB student of the year in 2009. At UMMC, she completed an internal medicine internship from 2009-10 followed by a diagnostic radiology residency from 2010-14. She completed a breast imaging and intervention fellowship at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 2015. She completed a vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2016.

Recipient of the 2014 Robert S. Caldwell, M.D. Memorial Award, Marks is the author or coauthor of two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three poster presentations.




Matthew Emery Kutcher, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 29,2016

Dr. Matthew E. Kutcher, a recent trauma and acute care surgery fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving his B.A. in biochemistry from Harvard College in 2002, Kutcher earned his M.D. at the Tufts University School of Medicine in 2007. He completed general surgery residency from 2007-14 at the University of California, San Francisco, then went to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2014 for a critical care medicine fellowship, followed by his trauma and acute care surgery fellowship.

The author or coauthor of 27 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, two book chapters and four poster presentations, Kutcher has given seven lectures at scientific meetings nationally. An active member of the American College of Surgeons and the Pediatric Trauma Society, Kutcher’s research interests include coagulopathy in trauma and critical illness, rescue of patients with surgical complications, therapeutic hypothermia and surgical outcomes.




KiOsha Diggs, M.S.N.
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 29,2016

KiOsha Diggs, a clinical research nurse in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a part-time instructor in nursing.

After receiving her B.S.N. magna cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010, Diggs joined UMMC as a staff nurse in the ob-gyn department. She earned her M.S.N. at the Medical Center in 2013 and became a clinical research nurse in 2014.

Diggs’ research interests include treatment advances in gynecology and obstetrics, as well as educator readiness in relation to childhood obesity.




Niraj James Shah, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 15,2016

Dr. Niraj James Shah, a recent transplant hepatology fellow at Carolina Healthcare System (Carolinas Medical Center), University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Charlotte, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his M.B.B.S. from St. John’s Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi University, Bangalore, India, in 2004, Shah served as a medical officer and clinical observer at several medical institutions internationally. He had an internal medicine residency from 2012-15 at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York, before starting his transplant hepatology fellowship in 2015.

Shah is the author or coauthor of three book chapters, 10 original research articles, one review article and 28 abstracts.




Sara Ball Robertson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 15,2016

Dr. Sara B. Robertson, a recent clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, University Case Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatric anesthesiology.

She received her BS in biology summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2006 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and recipient of the Taylor Medal in Biology. Robertson earned her M.D. at UMMC in 2010. She did her anesthesiology internship from 2010-11 and anesthesiology residency from 2011-14 at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences, and a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship from 2014-15 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia, Robertson has given numerous presentations and case reports at national scientific meetings. Her research interests include anesthetic management of laparoscopic pyloromyotomy in infants as well as regional anesthesia in children.




Hess McClellan Robertson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 15,2016

Dr. Hess McClellan Robertson, a recent anesthesiology critical care medicine fellow at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving his BS in biological engineering summa cum laude from Mississippi State University in 2006, Robertson earned his M.D. at UMMC in 2010. He completed an anesthesiology internship and residency at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences from 2010-14. He was a staff physician at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences for a year before beginning his anesthesiology critical care medicine fellowship in 2015.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society for Education in Anesthesia, Robertson has authored or coauthored four poster presentations. He is interested in process and quality improvement in the operating room and ICU environments.




Philip T. Merideth, M.D., J.D.
Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 15,2016

Dr. Philip T. Merideth, a former clinical associate professor in the UMMC Department of Psychiatry and recently a physician advisor for Beacon Health Options of Boston, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of psychiatry.

After receiving his BA in English cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 1982, Merideth earned his M.D. in 1987 at UMMC, where he then undertook two years of a pathology residency. Merideth earned his J.D. cum laude at the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1991, then returned to UMMC for a psychiatry residency. He became chief resident in the Yale University Department of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Partial Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1994 and was a child/adolescent psychiatry fellow at the Yale Child Study Center from 1995-97. He then had a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

In private practice as a forensic psychiatrist in Jackson since 1998, Merideth has served Mississippi State Hospital as a staff psychiatrist, a child/adolescent psychiatry consultant and a quality assurance coordinator. He also has provided psychiatric services as a consultant at the Region 8 Mental Health Center and as chief medical officer at Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare of Mississippi. He has had teaching experience at Memphis State University, the University of Mississippi School of Law and the Mississippi College School of Law. Merideth was a visiting professor at the Francisco Marroquin University Schools of Law and Psychology in Guatemala in 2004 and 2006.

Merideth has served as a flight surgeon in the Mississippi Army National Guard and has had leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the Mississippi State Medical Association. Merideth also has served terms as the chairman of the board of directors of Information and Quality Healthcare, president of the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure, president of the Central Medical Society of Mississippi, and physician member of the Mississippi Board of Nursing.

The author or coauthor of 35 articles in professional publications, he has been the associate editor of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association and has given 62 invited presentations and 31 peer-reviewed, national or international presentations.

Merideth is board-certified in adult, child/adolescent and forensic psychiatry. In his work at UMMC, Merideth is the director of the Division of Child Psychiatry and co-director of the new Student Counseling and Wellness Center.




Juan Antonio Medaura, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 15,2016

Dr. Juan Antonio Medaura, recently a nephrology fellow at the Harlem Hospital Center/Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, in 2008, Medaura seved as a health promoter, educator and outreach worker for the San Juan Basin Department of Health, Denver, Colorado, while taking outpatient rotations for Hudson River HealthCare, Inc. in Peekskill, New York, and Rose Medical Center, Denver. He had an internship and residency training in the Internal Medicine Department at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York, from 2011-14. He then began his nephrology fellowship at Harlem Hospital Center.

The author or coauthor of four posters presented at scientific meetings, Medaura’s research interest includes the treatment of acute kidney injury, renal replacement therapies, nephrolithiasis and electrolyte disorders.




Seena Haines, Pharm.D.
Professor
Pharmacy Practice
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 15,2016

Dr. Seena Haines, senior associate dean for faculty and professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Gregory School of Pharmacy, West Palm Beach, Florida, has joined the Medical Center faculty as professor and chair of pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy.

After receiving her BS in dietetics and nutrition from Florida International University, Miami, in 1995, Haines earned her Pharm.D. in 2000 and had specialty residency in ambulatory care from 2000-01 at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She joined the faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2001 as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice and became an associate professor of pharmacy practice there in 2006 and professor and associate dean for faculty in 2011. She served as acting dean in 2015.

An active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Pharmaceutical Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Haines has served as an editorial board member, reviewer and referee for more than 25 scientific journals and organizations.

The author or coauthor of 33 refereed manuscripts, abstracts, book chapters and reports, she has been awarded more than $675,000 in competitive research grants focused on scholarship of teaching and learning as well as the impact of pharmacist services in underserved populations. She has given three international and more than 75 national presentations at professional scientific meetings, and is the author or coauthor of 19 abstracts or poster presentations.




Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D.
Professor
Pharmacy Practice
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 15,2016

Dr. Stuart T. Haines, previously a professor and vice chair for clinical services in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and a fellow in the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development in the School of Pharmacy.

After earning his BS in pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences and his Pharm.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, Haines completed a pharmacy practice residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an ambulatory care pharmacy practice residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

A fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Haines is a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. He has received numerous professional awards, including the Ambulatory Care Achievement Award from the ACCP Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network, the Distinguished Achievement Award in Ambulatory and Community Practice from the APhA, and the ACCP Educator and Robert M. Elenbaas Service Awards.

Chair-elect for the Council of Faculties in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, a past-president of the ACCP, and a member of the task force that petitioned the Board of Pharmacy Specialties to recognize ambulatory care pharmacy practice as a specialty, Haines has served on numerous editorial boards for such publications as the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Current Medical Research and Opinion, the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy and the Pharmacists’/Prescribers’ Letter.

Haines is editor-in-chief of iForumRx.org, an online journal club for ambulatory care pharmacy specialists; a scientific editor for the journal Pharmacotherapy; and associate editor of the textbook Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. He has authored more than 100 scholarly papers and book chapters regarding diabetes, cardiovascular disease, ambulatory care pharmacy practice models and instructional methods.




Tarif Bakdash, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 15,2016

Dr. Tarif Bakdash, an associate professor of pediatric neurology and director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics to help build a pediatric movement disorders clinic to serve the children of Mississippi.

After receiving his medical degree from Damascus University, Syria, in 1988, Bakdash had a pediatric residency at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, from 1990-92; a child neurology fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, from 1992-95; an epilepsy fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, from 1995-96; a movement disorders fellowship at Rush St. Luke’s University, Chicago, from 1996-97; and a neurophysiology and sleep disorders fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Boston, from 1997-98.

In 1998, he joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, as an assistant professor of pediatric neurology and epilepsy. In 2002, he became director of the American Pediatric Neurology Clinic in Damascus and joined Damascus University the following year to direct its Bioethics Program. During that time, he became the academic coordinator at the World Health Organization. In 2009, Bakdash became the first secretary general for the disabled in Syria. In 2010, he moved to Billings, Montana, and became that state’s only child neurologist, serving at St. Vincent’s Hospital. In 2012, he became medical director of pediatric neurology at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri, and in 2014, he joined the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He is in the last year of the Master’s o Education in the Health Professions Program at Johns Hopkins.

An active member of the Syrian American Medical Society, Bakdash has given more than 100 invited lectures, workshops and presentations at medical conferences internationally and has authored or coauthored five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three book chapters and reviews. He has been involved in numerous global health and community service activities and is committed to building a community-based rehabilitation program to aid millions of Syrians with disabilities. Recently, he wrote a book, "inside Syria, a Physician's Memoir."




Kristen J. Alston, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 15,2016

Dr. Kristen J. Alston, a recent postdoctoral fellow in clinical health psychology in the Department of Family Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine.

After receiving her BS in psychology summa cum laude from Howard University, Washington, D.C., in 2009, and her MA in clinical psychology with a specialization in health psychology from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, in 2011, Alston had a clinical psychology internship at the Henry Ford Health Sciences Center, Detroit, Michigan, from 2014-15. She then earned her Ph.D. with specialization in health psychology at East Carolina University in 2015 and began her postdoctoral fellowship at UMMC that year.

The coauthor of an article in the Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, “Experiences of Pediatric Patients with Sickle Cell Disease in Rural Emergency Departments,” Alston has given two invited talks and authored or coauthored 11 scientific presentations at professional meetings. Her clinical interests include working collaboratively with residents, physicians and other health-care providers as a part of an integrated care team delivering direct consultative services and providing behavioral health clinical services to patients with comorbid behavioral concerns and acute/chronic health conditions, while her research interests include treatment adherence among pediatric sickle cell disease patients and chronic disease management in underserved patient populations.




Susana Maria Salazar Marocho, Ph.D.
Instructor
Biomedical Materials Science
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 1,2016

Dr. Susana Maria Salazar Marocho, a recent postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in biomedical materials science in the School of Dentistry.

After receiving her bachelor’s in dentistry from the Universidad de San Martin de Porres, USMP, Perú, in 2004, Salazar Marocho served as an instructor in fixed prosthodontics there from 2004-05 and as an instructor in complete denture prosthodontics, dental materials, implant dentistry and fixed prosthodontics from 2005-08 at the Sao Paulo State University “Julio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP-School of Dentistry), where she earned her master’s in restorative dentistry in 2008 and her Ph.D. in restorative dentistry in 2012. She was a postdoctoral research fellow from 2013-14 at the University of Sao Paulo, USP, Brazil, before beginning her postdoctoral research fellowship here.

The author or coauthor of 28 referees articles in professional publications, Salazar Marocho has given invited lectures and serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals.




Jose A. Lucar, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 1,2016

Dr. Jose Lucar, a recent infectious diseases fellow at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving his medical degree in 2007 from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru, Lucar worked in the Alexander von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute and had advanced training in infectious and tropical diseases control in a program sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This was followed by pre-residency house staff work at the British American Hospital in Peru. Lucar did his internal medicine residency from 2011-14 at the Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center Program, Washington, D.C., before beginning his infectious diseases fellowship in 2014.

Board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Lucar has given several invited lectures and has coauthored numerous scientific research presentations at professional meetings internationally. He is the lead investigator of an NIH-funded project describing sexually transmitted infections among a large cohort of HIV-infected individuals receiving care in the District of Columbia, a manuscript which will be submitted in the fall. Lucar will be developing the bone and joint infectious disease service at UMMC.




Amanda C. Capino, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor
Pharmacy Practice
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 1,2016

Dr. Amanda Caroline Capino, a recent pediatric pharmacy resident at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, has joined the School of Pharmacy faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

After earning her Pharm.D. at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina Campus, in 2014, Capino completed pharmacy residency training from 2014-15 at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy before beginning her pediatric pharmacy residency there in 2015.

The coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and six poster presentations, Capino has given eight platform presentations. An active member of the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, Capino’s research interests include sedation/analgesia, drug withdrawal, health literacy and medication adherence.




Danny R. Burgess, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 1,2016

Dr. Danny R. Burgess, a staff psychologist at Methodist Rehabilitation Center Outpatient Clinics and a private practitioner of clinical psychology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of psychiatry. He serves as director of the Center for Integrative Health and co-director of the Student Counseling and Wellness Center.

After receiving his BS in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001, Burgess earned his MS in clinical psychology (adult track) in 2004 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology (adult track) in 2008 at Auburn University, Alabama. He had a pre-doctoral clinical health psychology internship from 2007-08 and a postdoctoral clinical health psychology fellowship from 2008-09 at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics – Madison, before joining Methodist Rehabilitation Center in 2009. He has been in private practice with Clinical Psychology and Psychiatric Associates in Jackson since 2012.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, Burgess is the author or coauthor of nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 17 conference presentations. His research interests include in the classification of personality disorders and the clinical usefulness of the current diagnostic classification system.




Jordan Marie Ballou, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor
Pharmacy Practice
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 1,2016

Dr. Jordan Marie Ballou has joined the School of Pharmacy faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Ballou is based on the Oxford campus and her practice site at Tyson Drug Company in Holly Springs is part of the School of Pharmacy’s Community-Based Research Program. In Oxford, Ballou will be involved in the administration of the school’s Community Pharmacy Residency Program.

After receiving her BS in molecular and structural biochemistry from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, in 2009, Ballou earned her Pharm.D. at the Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Buies Creek, North Carolina, in 2015. She then was chief resident in the Community Pharmacy Residency Training Program at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Chapel Hill, from 2015-16.

Ballou has given one invited platform presentation and one poster presentation on her work, the implementation of depression screening in an independent community pharmacy. She is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc.




Prakrati Acharya, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 1,2016

Dr. Prakrati Acharya, a recent clinical fellow in medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving her M.B.B.S. from J. N. Medical College, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India, in 2012, Acharya began her internal medicine residency at Mount Auburn Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. While there, her research interest included understanding patients’ perspective on hospital readmission. She also actively participated in novel drug discovery projects in multiple myeloma and Waldenstrom’s macroglobinemia at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston.

The coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 10 posters presented at scientific meetings, Acharya has a patent on the composition and manufacturing processes of a toxicity-free botanical drug for treatment of chronic diseases. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society of Hospital Medicine.




Randall J. Arvay, Ph.D.
Chief Information Security Officer
Division of Information Systems
Joined the UMMC faculty on August 1,2016

Dr. Randy Arvay, chief of cyber security and quality assurance for the Joint Spectrum Center, and an assistant professor in the Department of Cyber Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, has joined the Medical Center as chief information security officer (CISO).

After receiving his BS in computer science at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, in 1993 and his MS in information systems at Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, in 2003, Arvay earned his Ph.D. in software engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, in 2014.

Arvay was a career U.S. Army officer from 1993-2016 and served as a network systems engineer. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications, and is the coauthor of two articles in peer-reviewed professional academic publications.




Bart A. Morris, M.S.
Instructor
Radiation Oncology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 18,2016

Bart A. Morris, a recent medical physics resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in radiation oncology.

After receiving his B.S. in physics from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, in 2011, Morris earned his M.S. in medical physics in 2014 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He then entered medical physics residency training.

The author or coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, Morris is an active member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the Health Physics Society’s Deep South Chapter.




Richard Wells, M.B.ChB.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 18,2016

Dr. Richard Wells, a recent pulmonary vascular disease fellow at Stanford Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After graduating from the University of Toronto in 2003 with a BSc. (Hons) with high distinction in biochemistry, Wells received his medical degree in 2008 from the University of Glasgow, and served as a foundation house officer at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, United Kingdom, for one year. He completed residency training in internal medicine from 2009-12 at Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine Western Campus, Springfield, Massachusetts, and a pulmonary disease and critical care fellowship from 2012-15 at the Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans. During his final year of pulmonary and critical care fellowship, he served as a senior administrative fellow. He completed an additional year of fellowship training in pulmonary vascular diseases from 2015-16 at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, California.

Wells is an active member of the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is the lead author of an article published in the Southern Medical Journal, “Factors Associated with Emergency Department Visits for Asthma Exacerbation,” and for the last four years he has given several poster and oral presentations at the American Thoracic Society International Conference.




Jennifer May M. Villacorta, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Neurosurgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 18,2016

Dr. Jennifer May M. Villacorta, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Wayne State University, Detroit, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurosurgery. She is the admitting physician for spinal cord injury services at Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

After receiving her BS in physical therapy in 2002 and her M.D. in 2007 from the University of the Philippines, Manila, Villacorta completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences from 2009-13 and a spinal cord injury medicine clinical fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, from 2013-14. She joined the Wayne State University faculty and served as medical director for SCI outpatient services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Detroit.

An active member of several professional associations, including the Association of Advanced Wound Care, the American Spinal Injury Association, the Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Villacorta is the author or coauthor of two posters presented at national scientific meetings and a contributor to PMR book series. Her special interests are in the comprehensive management of spinal cord injury patients, including neurogenic bowel and bladder management, wound care management, spasticity, respiratory and osteoporosis.




Pradeep Kumar Vaitla, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 18,2016

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Vaitla has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine. He trained in transplant nephrology at Emory University, Atlanta, from 2015-16.

After receiving his medical degree from Osmania Medical College, India, he completed Internal medicine residency training at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center from 2010-13, followed by a nephrology fellowship at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, from 2013-15.

An active member of the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Hypertension and the American Society of Transplantation, Vaitla is the author or coauthor of 13 abstracts in peer-reviewed professional publications.




Jennifer C. Reneker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Physical Therapy
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 18,2016

Dr. Jennifer C. Reneker, a physical therapist who practiced clinically before serving as an assistant professor of physical therapy at Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of physical therapy in the School of Health Related Professions.

After receiving her BS in biology from the University of Akron, Ohio, in 1998, Reneker earned her MS in physical therapy at Walsh University in 2000. She served as a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center, Ohio, for the past 13 years and joined the Walsh University faculty as an assistant professor of physical therapy in 2010. Reneker received her Ph.D. in public health, specializing in epidemiology, from Kent State University, Ohio, in 2015.

The primary or senior author of 11 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, four abstracts and 12 peer-reviewed scientific and professional presentations, Reneker is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is principal investigator of two research studies on physical therapy intervention in sports-related concussion.




Parvesh Mohan Garg, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 18,2016

Dr. Parvesh Mohan Garg, a recent pediatric resident at the Icahn School of Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital Center, New York, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving his M.B.B.S. in 2000 and his M.D. in 2005 from the Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India, Garg served as a senior registrar in pediatrics and neonatology in Delhi, India, from 2005-09, and in neonatology at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, Syndey, Australia, from 2010-11. He then had a neonatal fellowship from 2011-14 at the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina, where he served as chief fellow from 2012-14, and began his pediatric residency at Icahn in 2014.

The author or coauthor of eight articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and eight posters presented at professional meetings nationwide, Garg has given three platform presentations nationally.




James A. York, M.D.
Instructor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. James A. York, formerly a partner at North Metropolitan Radiology Associates, LLP, Atlanta, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in radiology.

After receiving his BA in chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1988, York earned his MD in 1992 at the Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, where he had an internship in medicine from 1992-93. He had a diagnostic radiology residency from 1993-97 at MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, and a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology from 1997-98 at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. A radiologist for Vista Radiology, PC, in Knoxville, Tennessee and director of interventional radiology at Blount Memorial Hospital, Maryville, Tennessee, from 1998-2000, he began his partnership with North Metropolitan Radiology Associated in 2000 and served as chief of radiology, vice chief of radiology and director of interventional radiology at Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville and Duluth, Georgia.

The author or coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, York has given 10 continuing medical education presentations nationally.




Renjithkumar Kalikkot Thekkeveedu, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Renjithkumar Kalikkot Thekkeveedu has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal Perinatal Medicine.

After receiving his medical degree from Kozhikode Medical College, Calicut University, India, in 2001, Kalikkot had pediatric residency training from 2003-06 at Trivandrum Medical College, Kerala University, Trivandrum, India, and from 2010-13 at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. He completed his neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kalikkot’s research interests include the role of NFE2 related factor in hyperoxic lung injury, cystic PVL in VLBW newborn and saccharomyces boulardii in acute diarrhea. He has presented his research in various national and international conferences.

In 2015, Kalikkot received the travel award for his research presentation at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in San Diego. His quality improvement project, “Increasing the Number of Timely Consult Calls,” also won the award for outstanding project presentation for clinical postdoctoral fellows.

Kalikkot has coauthored a peer-reviewed article, “Efficacy of Saccharomyces Boulardii in the Treatment of Acute Watery Diarrhea of Infants and Children – A Double Blind Randomized Trial,” that appeared in the Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics.




Tanvir Rizvi, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Tanvir Rizvi, a well-trained and experienced neuroradiologist and a former clinical instructor in neuroradiology at the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After completing the All India Senior School Certificate examination at Saint Xavier Senior Secondary School, Jaipur, in 1987, Rizvi earned his M.B.B.S. in 1994 and his M.D. in radiodiagnosis in 1997 at SMS Medical College, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. He also obtained his DNB in radiodiagnosis in 1999 from the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, India, and his DM in neuroradiology in 2005 from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Rizvi finished residency training in radiodiagnosis in 1997 at SMS Medical College.

From 1998-2005, he served as an assistant professor at RNT Medical College, Udaipar. He also finished his training in neuroradiology in 2005 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences; he was the second candidate in India to accomplish a training in neuroradiology leading to a certificate of DM in neuroradiology. He also finished fellowships in diagnostic neuroradiology in 2012, in nuclear medicine in 2013 and in diagnostic neuroradiology in 2014 at the University of Virginia Health Systems, where he became a clinical instructor in body imaging in 2014 and in neuroradiology in 2015.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, Rizvi is the author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications, two book chapters and four abstracts. Peer reviewer for a number of medical journals, his research interests involve spinal vascular malformations, brain tumors and imaging of movement disorders.




Stella March Powell, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Stella March Powell, a staff radiologist at Advanced Imaging of Alabama, Anniston, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After receiving her BS in computer engineering and in computer science in 1988 and her MS in computer science in 1992 from the University of South Florida’s College of Engineering, Tampa, Powell earned her M.D. in 1996 at the University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine, Memphis, where she had a diagnostic radiology residency from 1996-2000. She served as a radiologist in Nashville, Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee, for two years before becoming solo radiologist for Grandview Medical Center, Jasper, Tennessee, in 2002. She joined Kings Daughters Medical Center in 2008 as staff radiologist, then moved to Advanced Imaging of Alabama in 2015.

Certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American College of Radiology for breast MRI, Powell’s special interests are in cross sectional imaging, ER radiology, woman’s imaging and pediatrics.




Eduardo Scortegagna Jr., M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Eduardo Scortegagna Jr., a recent abdominal imaging fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After receiving his medical degree from the University of Passo Fundo/UPF, RS, Brazil, in 2003, Scortegagna had a radiology residency from 2004-07 at the Federeal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), SP, Brazil, and specialization training in emergency and nonvascular interventional radiology from 2007-08 at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), SP, Brazil. He served as an attending radiologist at Sao Luiz Hospital and Maternity in Sao Paulo from 2008-12, then had an interventional radiology fellowship from 2012-13, a magnetic resonance imaging fellowship from 2013-14, a neuroradiology fellowship from 2014-15 and an abdominal imaging fellowship from 2015-16 at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

An active member of the Radiological Society of North America and the American College of Radiology, Scortegagna has produced 20 scientific presentations and abstracts internationally. The coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter, Scortegagna’s research interests include hepatobiliary and genitourinary imaging.




Shamsi Berry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Health Informatics and Information Management
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Shamsi Berry, a recent instructor in anthropology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of health informatics and information management in the School of Health Related Professions.

After receiving her BS in anthropology from the University of California, Davis in 1998, Berry earned her MS in biological anthropology in 2003 and her Ph.D. in biological anthropology in 2011 at the University of New Mexico. She earned an MS in clinical research at the University of New Mexico in 2014 and a graduate certificate in biomedical informatics at Oregon Health and Science University in 2013. At the University of New Mexico, she served as a visiting lecturer and biomedical informatics fellow in the school’s Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center from 2011-15.

Berry, who also served as a chief orthodontic research assistant at the University of New Mexico from 2009-11, is the author or coauthor of 23 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and abstracts. An active member of the American Medical Informatics Association and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, she has one national study under review, a National Institute of Justice grant, “Facilitating Forensic Research in Multiple Fields Using a Unique Computed Tomography Dataset.”




Jacob Moremen, M.D.
Instructor
Surgery
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Jacob Moremen, having completed a three-year thoracic track cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Indiana University, is joining the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in surgery.

After receiving his BA in education magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2004, Moremen earned his M.D. at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2008. He completed his surgical residency at Mercer University School of Medicine and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon in 2013.

A member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Moremen is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. The author or coauthor of more than a dozen book chapters and articles in scientific publications, Moremen’s research interests include pain control in thoracic surgery, early recovery pathways and resident education.




Sarah Marie Hasler Jones, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Sarah Marie Hasler Jones, a former practicing pediatrician at Jackson Pediatric Associates in Ridgeland and Jackson, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her BS in biology summa cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005, Jones earned her M.D. in 2009 at UMMC, where she had pediatric residency training from 2009-12. She then joined the Jackson Pediatric Associates staff and served as an affiliated faculty member at UMMC.

The author or coauthor of 4 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Jones is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is working in the new complex care pediatric clinic at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center and has a special interest in the care of medically complex patients.




Bryan J, Hierlmeier, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Bryan J. Hierlmeier, a recent anesthesiology resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving his BS in biomedical science from the University of South Florida, Tampa, in 2006, Hierlmeier earned the M.D. at the St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, British West Indies, in 2010. He began his anesthesiology residency at UMMC in 2011 and was chief resident of anesthesia in 2014. He then completed a cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship from 2015-16 at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

An active member of the Society for Education in Anesthesia, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Hierlmeier has given a dozen scientific presentations nationwide. His interests include cardiothoracic anesthesia, perioperative transesophageal echocardiography, major vascular anesthesia, resident education and anesthetic care costs.




Adam Clark Byrd, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Dermatology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Adam Clark Byrd, a recent internal medicine and dermatology resident at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of dermatology.

A lifetime native of Louisville, Mississippi, Byrd received his BS in general management from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, in 2000. He served as a cavalry officer in the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, Louisiana, from 2001-05 and was awarded for valor for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-04.

Byrd took premedical coursework at Mississippi State University in 2006 and, while serving as an officer in the Medical Service Corps Branch of the Mississippi Army National Guard in Jackson, earned his M.D. at UMMC in 2011. He then began his residency training in Minneapolis while serving as a major in the Medical Corps Branch of the Minnesota Army National Guard in Cottage Grove.

Upon graduation from his residency, Byrd was elected by the faculty at Minnesota to receive the Rob Sias Award for Clinical Excellence, given annually to the graduating resident to whom faculty would most readily refer their family for dermatologic care.

The recipient of various military awards, including Army Commendation Medals and Army Achievement Awards, Byrd is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association and the Mississippi Medical Association. The coauthor of two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, he has given four oral presentations and invited lectures at scientific meetings nationwide.

Byrd continues to serve as a field surgeon in the Mississippi Army National Guard.




Dianne E. Grunes, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pathology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Dianne E. Grunes, an assistant professor of pathology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving her BS in biology cum laude with departmental honors from the Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, in 2006, Grunes earned her M.D. at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, in 2010. She then had an anatomic and clinical pathology residency from 2010-14 at the Icahn School of Medicine, where she was chief resident 2012-13, and a cytology fellowship at New York University and Bellevue Hospital from 2014-15. She joined the Icahn School of Medicine faculty in 2015.

An active member of the American Society of Cytopathology, the College of American Pathology and the American Society of Clinical Pathology, Grunes is the coauthor of six articles in peer-reviewed professional publications. She has given four oral presentations nationally and has coauthored seven poster presentations.




Parvesh Mohan Garg, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Parvesh Mohan Garg, a recent pediatric resident at the Icahn School of Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital Center, New York, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology.

After receiving his M.B.B.S. in 2000 from Seth G. S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India, Garg earned his M.D. in pediatrics there in 2005. He served as a senior registrar in pediatrics and neonatology in Delhi, India, from 2005-09 and as a senior registrar in neonatology at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, in Sydney, Australia, from 2010-11 before moving to the United States in 2011 for a neonatology fellowship at East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, North Carolina, where he was chief fellow from 2012-14. He began his pediatric residency at the Icahn School of Medicine in 2014.

The author or coauthor of eight peer-reviewed journal articles, Garg has given three platform presentations nationally and has developed eight scientific poster presentations. His area of interest in neonatal AKI and necrotizing enterocolitis.

He was the national president of the fellow section of the Society of Pediatric Research from 2013-14.




Shradha Ahuja, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 5,2016

Dr. Shradha Ahuja, a recent internal medicine resident at St. Barnabas Hospital Health System, Bronx, New York, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine. She entered her residency training after earning her M.D. in 2011 at K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai, India.

An active member of the American College of Physicians, Ahuja has coauthored seven articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three presentations at scientific conferences.




Kelly Wilkinson, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Kelly Wilkinson, a recent hematology and oncology fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving her BS in biology magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2006, Wilkinson earned her M.D. in 2010 at UMMC, where she had an internship and residency in internal medicine from 2010-13 before beginning her hematology and oncology fellowship.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, Wilkinson is an active participant in the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians. She has coauthored an article in the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association and five poster exhibits presented at scientific meetings in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Wilkinson has several ongoing scholarly projects and looks forward to a career in medical oncology with a special interest in gynecologic malignancies.




Chasity Lynne Torrence, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Chasity Lynne Torrence, a recent general psychiatry resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of psychiatry.

After receiving her BS in biological medical sciences summa cum laude from Mississippi College in 2008, Torrence earned her M.D. at UMMC in 2012 and entered general psychiatry residency.

An active member of the Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association, among other professional organizations, Torrence is the coauthor of two articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and two poster exhibits presented at the Mississippi Academy of Sciences’ annual meeting and two poster exhibits presented at the UMMC Annual Neuroscience Research Day.

She is a graduate of the Mississippi State Medical Association’s Leadership Academy and a cofounder of the Psychiatry Outreach Program, which is a growing effort to serve the mental health needs of Jackson’s uninsured and homeless populations with an emphasis on meeting people where they are. Her research interests include art therapy’s effects on patient satisfaction and length-of-stay in a general psychiatric unit.




Timothy James Ragland, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Timothy James Ragland, a recent radiology resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After receiving his BA from the University of Mississippi in 2007, Ragland earned his M.D. in 2011 at UMMC, where he had in internal medicine internship from 2011-12 before beginning his radiology residency in 2012.

A member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa, Ragland has given oral presentations on new cancer therapies and pediatric osteosarcoma imaging.




Katherine Leigh Ragland, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Radiology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Katherine Leigh Ragland, a recent radiology resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After receiving her BS in biology and psychology from the University of Georgia, Athens, in 2006, Ragland attended Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, for a year before coming to UMMC, where she earned her M.D. in 2011. She then had an internal medicine internship here from 2011-12 before beginning her radiology residency in 2012.

A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Ragland has coauthored three scientific poster exhibits presented at national meetings.




Ryan Cory Perkins, M.D.
Instructor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Ryan Cory Perkins, a recent internal medicine-pediatrics resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in medicine.

After receiving his honors BA in biochemistry magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2008, Perkins earned his M.D. at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, in 2012. He then completed an internal medicine-pediatrics internship and residency at UMMC from 2012-16.

The coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, four abstracts and two quality-improvement projects, Perkins has a particular interest in Cystic Fibrosis. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians. He serves as a chief resident in internal medicine.




Jessica Perkins, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

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

After receiving her BS in biological science magna cum laude from Mississippi State University in 2009, Perkins earned her M.D. in 2013 at UMMC, where she had pediatric residency training.

The coauthor of one book chapter in a peer-reviewed professional publication, Perkins has given four invited presentations. She is the August 2013 recipient of the UMMC nursing staff’s “U Matter” Award.




Minal Patel, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Minal Patel, a recent pediatrics resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

Patel earned her M.B.B.S. at Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Medical College, Rajkot, Gujarat, India in 2005 and had a year of internship training there before moving to the U.S. She had observerships at East Michigan Family Care and at Cinnaminson Primary and Walk-in Care, New Jersey, and externships at Global Health Care in Illinois and at Pediatric Clinic at Niles, Illnois, from 2009-11. In 2013 she came to UMMC to begin her pediatrics residency.

An active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association, Patel’s research interests include sex determination and differentiation in patients with 45, X/46, XY mosaicism and hospital length-of-stay for bronchiolitis patients.




Mary Morgan McLeod, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Mary Morgan McLeod, a recent internal medicine and pediatrics resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her BA in biology from the University of Mississippi in 2007, McLeod earned her M.D. in 2012 at UMMC , where she had an internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics.

A 2015-16 member of the Resident’s Council and a 2011 Gold Humanism Honor Society inductee, McLeod is the 2016 recipient of the resident teaching award for pediatrics. She is an active member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics.




Susan Elizabeth McKey, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Susan Elizabeth McKey, a recent pediatric resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

After receiving her BS in microbiology magna cum laude from Mississippi State University in 2007, she served as a researcher in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UMMC for two years before entering medical school in 2009. She earned her M.D. at UMMC in 2013, and completed her pediatric residency here from 2013-16.

The coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and two poster presentations, McKey is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.




Jessie Lavender, M.D.
Instructor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Jessie Lavender, a recent internal medicine resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in medicine.

After receiving her BS in chemistry magna cum laude from Mississippi College in 2007, Lavender earned her M.D. at UMMC in 2012. She had a yearlong Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency before returning to the Medical Center for postgraduate training in internal medicine.

A volunteer at the Jackson Free Clinic and the Compassion Care Clinic, Lavender’s interest is in primary care.




Jasmine T. Kency, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Jasmine T. Kency, recently pediatric chief resident in the Department of Pediatrics at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving her BA in psychology summa cum laude from Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, in 2007, Kency earned her M.D. in 2011 at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile. She then had an internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at UMMC from 2011-15 and was pediatric chief resident from 2015-16.

A 2014 Outstanding Resident Teacher in Pediatrics, Kency has served on numerous committees at the Medical Center. She is an active member of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association.




John Clark Henegan Jr., M.D.
Assistant Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Clark Henegan Jr., recently chief fellow of the Hematology and Oncology Program at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

An honors scholar at the Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College, Henegan received his BS in chemical engineering summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2002 before earning his M.D. at UMMC in 2008. He then began postgraduate training in internal medicine and medical genetics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he was chief resident of the medical genetics program from 2011-12. He then had a hematology and oncology fellowship at UMMC, where he served as chief fellow of hematology and oncology from 2015-16.

Department of Medicine Fellow of the Year for three consecutive years at UMMC, Henegan is the author of 12 publications and abstracts. His research interests include heritable genitourinary malignancies and improving cancer outcomes.




Lewis Wesley Aldred, M.D.
Instructor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Lewis Wesley Aldred, a UMMC alum and recent internal medicine resident, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in medicine.

After receiving his BS in mathematics from the University of Mississippi in 2009, Aldred earned his M.D. in 2013 at UMMC, where he has had residency training in internal medicine.

An active member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians, Aldred has coauthored an article published in the Journal of MSMA, “Hypophosphatemia Masquerading as Meningitis.” He also has collaborated on 15 poster presentations and one oral presentation at scientific meetings.

Aldred serves as chief resident in internal medicine.




Sara Elizabeth Brewer, D.O.
Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Sara Elizabeth Brewer, a recent pediatrics resident physician at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her BS in biology from Mississippi College in 2004, Brewer earned her MS in biomedical sciences at UMMC in 2008. She then obtained her D.O. from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, in 2012. She became a pediatrics resident at UMMC in 2013.

A member of Phi Kappa Phi and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Brewer has previous experience as a molecular diagnostics and tuberculosis laboratory technologist at the Mississippi Department of Health.




Jordan Michael Burnham, M.D.
Instructor
Ophthalmology
Joined the UMMC faculty on July 1,2016

Dr. Jordan Michael Burnham, a recent ophthalmology resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor and vitreoretinal surgery fellow in ophthalmology.

After receiving his B.S. in biology from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 2008, Burnham earned his M.D. at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport, in 2012. He then joined UMMC’s Internship and Ophthalmology Residency Program.

The coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and 10 accepted abstracts, Burnham’s research interests include Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography and vitreoretinal surgery techniques.




Thomas D. Amankonah, M.D.
Associate Professor
Medicine
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 20,2016

Dr. Thomas D. Amankonah, former medical director of liver transplantation/hepatology at Loma Linda University Medical Center and medical volunteer in gastroenterology and hepatology in Ghana, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of medicine.

Amankonah completed his pre-medical education in Ghana. After completing a Polish language course at the University of Lodz, Poland, Amankonah went on to earn his Diploma of a Physician Degree at the Medical Academy of Gdansk, Poland, in 1986. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Provincial Hospital, Konin, Poland, before immigrating to the United States.

Amankonah was a postdoctoral research fellow in pediatrics research at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, and then transferred to Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for his residency and gastroenterology fellowship. He completed his fellowships in gastroenterology and in hepatology and liver transplantation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, in 2000.

Amankonah was an attending hepatologist/gastroenterologist for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Hayward, California, from 2000-07. He then joined the medical faculty at the UC Davis Health System in Sacramento, California, where he served as an associate health sciences clinical professor until 2010, when he joined the Swedish Health Services Organ Transplant Program in Seattle, Washington. He played an intimate role together with the transplant surgeons and hospital administration in establishing the Liver Transplant Program at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle and became the program’s first medical director. In 2012, Amankonah joined the faculty of the Transplantation Institute of the Loma Linda University Medical Center as medical director of the Liver Transplant Program.

Amankonah is an active member of the Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the European Association for the Study of the Liver, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterology Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is the coauthor of several articles in peer-reviewed professional publications. His research interests include viral hepatitis (hepatitis B and C) and hepatocellular carcinoma.




Kemal Topaloglu, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics, Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 6,2016

Dr. Kemal Topaloglu, professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine, Adana, Turkey, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and as an associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical Sciences.

After receiving his medical training at Cukurova University, Faculty of Medicine from 1982-88, Topaloglu had a residency in pediatrics at the Istanbul Zeynep Kamil Children’s Hospital in Turkey from 1989-93, a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Loyola University of Chicago from 1993-96 and a fellowship in human molecular genetics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, from 1997-99.

He joined the faculty at Mersin University, Turkey, in 1999 as an assistant professor of pediatrics before moving to Cukurova University two years later. At Cukurova University, he became an associate professor of pediatrics in 2002 and a professor of pediatrics in 2007. He also had a one-year sabbatical from 2012-13 at the Oregon Health and Science University, Beaverton.

A prolific writer, Topaloglu is the author or coauthor of 57 articles jn peer-reviewed scientific publications. On nine separate occasions he has been invited to speak at international conferences, and his various research projects have received funded of more than $500,000 collectively. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Human Genetics, the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the Endocrine Society.




Ashley L. Karel, MSN
Instructor
Nursing
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 6,2016

Ashley L. Karel, a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner for the Warren-Yazoo Mental Health Service, Vicksburg, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

While serving as a senior nurse technician at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, Karel earned her BSN at UMMC in 2008. A resident of Vicksburg, she served as a registered nurse at St. Dominic, River Region Health System (Vicksburg) and GI Associates and Endoscopy Center (Jackson) while she earned her MSN from UMMC, which she received in 2011. Karel then joined the Warren-Yazoo Mental Health Service in June 2011.

Named to Vicksburg’s “Top 20 Under 40” list in 2012, Karel is an active member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.




Sara H. Gleason, M.D.
Associate Professor
Psychiatry
Joined the UMMC faculty on June 6,2016

Dr. Sara H. Gleason, a staff psychiatrist at the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of psychiatry.

After receiving her BA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1989, Gleason earned her J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School in 1992. She became an associate attorney at the Boston firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., before moving to Mississippi.

A teacher at Jackson Prep from 1995-97, Gleason completed post-baccalaureate premedical coursework at Millsaps College before enrolling in the School of Medicine. She earned her M.D. at UMMC in 2004 and served as a house officer in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior here from 2004-08.

Gleason joined the Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield, as a staff psychiatrist in 2008 and then moved to the VA in 2012. During the last four years, she served at VA facilities in both Jackson and Biloxi. She has been an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at UMMC since 2012.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and an executive council member of the Mississippi Psychiatric Association, Gleason is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Mississippi State Medical Association. She is coauthor of an article in the Journal of Emergency Nursing, “Using a Single-Item Rating Scale as a Psychiatric Behavioral Management Triage Tool in the Emergency Department.”




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.”




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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).




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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).




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.”




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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).




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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