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  • UMMC fellow studies marathon trainings' impact on immunity
  • Food and nutrition staff take cafeteria renovation in stride
  • New initiative brings 'rounding with a purpose' to Children's Hospital

LAMP guides nurse managers at UMHC

Michael Korpiel, chief operating officer for University Hospitals and Health System, gives a presentation on management principles during a LAMP leadership retreat Jan. 20 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. The daylong event was the first of its kind aimed at graduates of the Leading Through Applied Management Principles program, a joint initiative between the School of Nursing and UMHC that began in 2007. The retreat featured a variety of speakers and focused on promoting continued professional development for managers who have already completed the 18-month LAMP course.

ENA taps Wilson for 'exemplary' care

wilson_jonathanThe Emergency Nurses Association has selected Jonathan Wilson, clinical director of emergency services, as one of three Recipients of its Distinguished Recognition. The award recognizes and celebrates nurses and physicians with exemplary emergency care collaborative behavior. Wilson and the other award recipients will be honored at the ENA's State and Chapter Leaders Conference Feb. 23 in New Orleans.

Radiology faculty welcome Hardin

hardin_kathleenDr. Kathleen House Hardin, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After receiving the B.S. from Mississippi State University in 1991, Hardin earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1998. She did a transitional year internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis from 1998-99, and a residency in diagnostic radiology from 1999-2003 and a fellowship in women's imaging from 2003-04 at the University of Texas Southwestern.

A member of the American College of Radiology, Hardin has served as a radiologist at Madison Radiology Associates in Jackson since 2004.

Long joins medicine faculty

Dr. Robert Craig Long, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Mississippi in 1997, Long earned the Pharm.D. cum laude at Ole Miss in 1999. He then earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2005. He did an internal medicine internship from 2005-06, an internal medicine residency from 2006-08 and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases from 2008-11 at the Medical Center.

He completed a fellowship in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham that included training in the diagnosis and management of pulmonary hypertension. Long is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and the American College of Cardiology.

Biochemistry faculty welcome Pochampally

pochampally_radhikaDr. Radhika Pochampally, director of the Adult Stem Cell Core, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium, at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of biochemistry at the UMMC Cancer Institute.

After receiving the B.S. in microbiology from the University of Bombay, India, in 1993, Pochampally earned the M.S. in biotechnology at the University of Baroda, India, in 1995. She then earned the M.S. in cancer biology and microbiology in 1998 and the Ph.D. in cancer biology and microbiology in 2000 at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans. Subsequently, she pursued postdoctoral training focused on adult stem cell biology at Tulane University.

Pochampally has served on the faculty at the Tulane University School of Medicine as a member of the Center for Gene Therapy since 2004. A research instructor in pharmacology from 2004-05 and an assistant professor of pharmacology from 2006-11, she was a member of the Tulane Cancer Center and Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium from 2006-11.

Pochampally is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for Cancer Research and the International Society of Cell Therapy. She has been invited to speak to a number of professional organizations nationwide and has coauthored more than 37 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book chapter. An editorial board member of the Open Bone Journal, Pochampally is principal investigator of an NIH-R01 research study, "Role of miRNA in the Stromal Support of MSCs in Breast Cancers."

Pochampally envisions initiating a stem cell research interest group and bringing in her longstanding expertise in stem cell biology to the Cancer Institute.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

25 Years

* Barbara Cook, medical technologist in the Clinical Lab

* Daynelle Lee, director of clinical supply services in Respiratory Therapy

* Vanessa Lewis, house supervisor in Nursing Administration

20 Years

* Sue Ellzey, nurse manager in Adult Cardiac Cath

* Cindye Fava, technical supervisor in Clinical Lab Administration

* Mark Gray, assistant professor of radiology

15 Years

* Nancy Brockington, food preparation specialist in Food and Nutrition Services

* Ronald Manning, carpenter in Building Maintenance

* Susan Shands Jones, associate general counsel in Legal

10 Years

* Chrishanda Hunter, patient services coordinator in Medicine

* Latoya Mallard, patient access specialist in Admissions

* Greta Mitchell, patient services coordinator in Antimicrobial Services

5 Years

* Gerald Bates, painter in Building Maintenance

* Dr. Christopher Blewett, associate professor of pediatric surgery

* Debra Collins, nursing assistant in Medical Surgical Float

* Amanda Cribbs, CRNA in Anesthesia

* Belinda Ellis, clinical research nurse in Ob-Gyn

* Dr. Edwin Harmon, professor of surgery

* Charlotte Harrison, administrative assistant in Pathology

* Brenda Kirby, ambulatory nurse in the Surgical Suite

* Sandra Lowe, patient care technician in University Hospital

* Charles Merchant, associate systems administrator in Information Systems

* Lori Oxley, inpatient nurse in the Pediatric Unit

* Iva Perkins, instrument and supply technician for University Physicians

* Philip White, application developer in Information Systems

Flanigan to give research lecture

flanigan_timothyDr. Timothy Flanigan, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases for the Miriam and Rhode Island Hospitals and Dean's Professor of Medical Science and professor of medicine at the Brown University School of Medicine, will give the distinguished lecture, "Hope and Despair: Lessons Learned from the Global HIV Epidemic," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre). All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. The distinguished lecture is sponsored by the Office of Research, the Collaboration for Research in Communicable Diseases and the Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center. For more information, call Margie West at 5-5000.

Go Red for Women events to benefit AHA

Participants are needed for the Create a Go Red Dress contest to support the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Wear Red Day event scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3. University Heart staff and the University Comprehensive Stroke Center staff are asking UMMC departments to design red dresses to be displayed from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, in the clinical science walkway. In addition, Go Red for Women short-sleeved T-shirts will be available for $15 each from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and on Thursday, Feb. 2, outside the Methodist Rehabilitation Center and McDonald's. All T-shirt sales benefit the American Heart Association. UMMC employees with manager approval may wear the T-shirt to work Feb. 3. For contest rules or to register a team, e-mail Robyn Perkins at For more information about Go Red for Women, e-mail

Mayoux to give pharmacology seminar

Dr. Eric Mayoux of the Department of CardioMetabolic Diseases Research at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH and Co. KG, Germany, will present the Department of Pharmacology seminar, "SGLT-2 Inhibitor, an Emerging New Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes," at noon on Friday, Feb. 3, in classroom 4A. For more information, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690.

Rush to Brush to benefit dentistry clinic

Pediatric Dentistry at Batson Children's Hospital will host the 10th annual Rush to Brush 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run on Saturday, Feb. 4, on the Medical Center campus. All proceeds will benefit the Children's Dentistry Clinic at the Batson Children's Hospital, the only dental specialty program in the state dedicated to the oral health care of children with special health-care needs. The event is sponsored by University Dentists, UMMC's multidisciplinary dental faculty practice. The registration fee for the run/walk is $20 and the registration fee for the fun run is $10. For more information or to register online, visit or for more information about pediatric dentistry at UMMC, visit

Greene to speak at cystic fibrosis event

greene_lisaLisa Greene, author of Parenting Children with Health Issues and Special Needs: Love and Logic Essentials for Raising Happy, Healthier Kids, will be the keynote speaker at a Cystic Fibrosis Patient and Family Education event scheduled from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. At the event, Dr. Joseph M. Majure, professor of pediatrics, will be formally introduced as director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center. For more information or to register, call Sheila Hawkins at 4-2492 or e-mail her at

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