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Flu “blitz” seeks to vaccinate all employees

Get Flu ShotThe Office of Student/Employee Health will offer free seasonal flu vaccinations for Medical Center faculty and staff during its annual “Flu Blitz” on Friday, Oct. 25.

The vaccinations will be available from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Clinical Science hallway, in the University Hospital lobby hallway, in the hallway between the Batson Children’s Hospital and the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Children, and in the Rowland Medical Library hallway.

In addition, flu vaccinations will be offered at various UMMC locations: from 8 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Central Billing Office in Clinton; from 9 a.m.-noon in the Grand Rounds Conference Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; from 12:30-3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, on the fourth floor of the Lakeland Medical Building; from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Pathfinders UMMC Health Fair in the Clinical Science hallway; from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union; from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 28-Nov. 8, in the School of Medicine hallway; and from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 28-Nov. 8, in the Office of Student/Employee Health (the clinic will be open until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and on Thursday, Nov. 7).

All Medical Center employees are encouraged to receive the flu vaccine. After the “blitz,” all employees may receive the vaccination in the Office of Student/Employee Health on the Medical Center’s main campus while supplies last. For more information, call Jane Free at 4-1185.

Vice chancellor to host basic science town hall

Keetons_James_2013Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, will lead a Town Hall Meeting for basic sciences faculty at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Keeton will give a few opening remarks and then take questions from the audience for the balance of the hour. All basic sciences faculty are invited.

A limited number of boxed lunches will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call 4-1100.

Wheeling down court for spinal cord awareness

Chad Gibson, left, and Jonathan Elliston, center, members of the National Wheelcats, play a friendly game of wheelchair basketball against a group of SHRP students, including Omari Pittman, third-year OT student, Oct. 17 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union gymnasium.

The Wheelcats, an organization of wheelchair athletes, visited SHRP to meet with faculty and students and discuss plans to host future enrichment activities at the Medical Center aimed at making students from all schools on campus more aware of issues related to spinal cord patients.

UHC lauds UMMC for supply chain excellence

Niemeyer_SteveThe University HealthSystem Consortium presented a 2013 UHC Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award to the Medical Center at the consortium's annual conference Oct. 17 in Atlanta, Ga.

UMMC is one of six institutions to receive the award at the conference, joining University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Denver Health, University of Utah Health Care and Wishard-Eskenazi Health.

"As Supply Chain Performance Excellence Award recipients, these organizations have demonstrated exceptional supply chain management," said Jake Groenewold, UHC senior vice president, supply chain. "These outstanding academic medical centers have established and executed successful supply chain performance improvement programs, and we are pleased to honor these organizations for their accomplishments that provide new insights for all UHC members."

"This is a tribute to both the entire UMMC Supply Chain staff and senior leadership for recognizing the important role that supply chain plays in today's health-care environment and moving forward," said Stephen Niemeyer, director of purchasing, Supply Chain Management. "Oftentimes, we are so driven that we can't see the actual body of work that is taking place.

"This award allows us an opportunity to celebrate being recognized as one of the best supply chain operations in all of UHC."  

Award winners excelled in five areas: physician alignment and stewardship, evidence-based evaluations, innovative supply chain approaches, focus on distribution and utilization processes and long-term commitment to continuous improvement.

Medical Center HEEDs diversity excellence

Taylor_JasmineINSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has selected the Medical Center as one of 56 institutions to receive its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.

The award is the only national honor highlighting universities in the U.S. for their commitment to diversity and inclusion. UMMC will be featured in the November issue of Insight Into Diversity, the oldest higher education publication in the nation to highlight issues in diversity.

"We are very proud as an institution to receive this honor because it is the entire university that's put a focus on diversity and inclusion," said Dr. Jasmine Taylor, associate vice chancellor for multicultural affairs. "The ultimate goal for all of these efforts is our mission. We want to deliver quality patient care that improves the health of all Mississippians.

"That's what all of this is about - improving patient care, research and training."

Anesthesia pub taps Calimaran for editor spot

Calimaran_ArthurDr. Arthur L. Calimaran, associate professor of anesthesiology, vice chair for education and program director of anesthesiology, was recently appointed associate editor of the Society for Education in Anesthesia's Publications Committee.

Calimaran will serve in the position along with Dr. Jonathan Hastie of Columbia University, N.Y.

The society is the largest organization committed to excellence in anesthesia education, serving as a resource for many leading anesthesiology educators.

Calimaran also serves in several national anesthesiology organizations and is an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology.

CAP selects Bhaijee Resident of the Year

Bhaijee_Feriyl 2Dr. Feriyl Bhaijee, chief resident of anatomic and clinical pathology, received the College of American Pathologists Resident of the Year Award at a ceremony Oct. 13 during the college's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Bhaijee was honored for her dedication to the highest standards of patient care and medical student and resident education.

The award recognizes her achievements as a next-generation pathologist who represents and communicates the specialty's value across interdisciplinary care teams in her program and, more broadly, to the public sector, from patients to policy makers.

The CAP established the Resident of the Year Award in 2010 to recognize the outstanding contributions by a CAP junior member to the specialty of pathology, pathologists, laboratory medicine and patients.

Pediatrics faculty welcome Karam

Karam_SimonDr. Simon Karam, an experienced educator with a strong interest in teaching delivery room management of high-risk neonates, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the doctor of medicine from Lebanese University, Beirut, in 2002, Karam completed a pediatrics residency at Balamand University, Beirut, from 2002-06. From 2008-11, he was a neonatology fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., where he also completed a pediatrics residency from 2011-13.

While at Virginia Commonwealth, Karam was involved in both basic science and clinical research. His clinical project looked at the toponin level in neonates on ECMO as a predictor of outcome. His research was presented at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting.

The coauthor of several articles in peer-reviewed publications, Karam was a volunteer pediatrician with the Lebanese Red Cross and received an award for Excellence in Service. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

UMMC employees step up bone marrow effort

Employees in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, from left, Rhea Adams, Wendy Arinder, Susan Johnson, Cindy Butler and Jennifer Rowse, help load bags filled with 8,000 pairs of shoes collected during a Soles for Survivors shoe drive onto a truck Oct. 8 at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The unit sponsored the drive to raise money for the Bone Marrow Transplant and National Marrow Donation Program with help from the nonprofit Funds2Orgs, which sent the truck to collect the shoes.

Funds2Orgs buys shoes, refurbishes them and supplies them to needy people in impoverished countries around the globe.

Sanders joins medicine faculty

Sanders_SaraDr. Sara Shrock Sanders, a UMMC alum with fellowship training in geriatrics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving the B.S. in biological sciences magna cum laude from Mississippi College, Clinton, in 2005, Sanders earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2009. She completed an internship in internal medicine in 2010, residency training in internal medicine in 2012 and a fellowship in geriatrics in 2013 at the Medical Center.

A member of the American Geriatrics Society, Sanders is active in education with medical student and resident lectures, and is a community educator discussing geriatric care topics.

MSU gridiron family aids peds heart center

Megan Mullen, second from left, wife of Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen, presents a $25,000 donation for Friends of Children's Hospital to, from left, Dr. Ali Dodge-Khatami, professor of pediatric and congenital heart surgery, Terri Gillespie, chief nursing officer for Children's of Mississippi, Sara Ray, chairman of the board of Friends of Children's Hospital, Leigh Reeves, president of the board of Friends of Children's Hospital, and Dr. Jorge Salazar, chief of pediatric and congenital heart surgery and co-director of the Children's Heart Center, Oct. 14.

The Mullens have created the Mullen 36 Family Foundation to benefit 36 different foundations in the state of Mississippi. The first chosen beneficiary is Friends of Children's Hospital, and the donation will be included in the current campaign to raise $2 million for the Children's Heart Center at Batson Children's Hospital.

Pediatrics faculty welcome Tipnis

Tipnis_NeeleshDr. Neelesh A. Tipnis, a pediatric gastroenterologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics. He will serve as the Paul H. Parker Professor and Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology.

A native of Rockford, Ill., Tipnis received the B.S. in natural sciences (bacteriology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and earned the M.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in 1997. He had a general surgery internship at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School from 1997-98, pediatric internship and residency training from 1998-2001 and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition from 2001-04 at the University of California-San Diego Medical Center. He is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology.

Tipnis served as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, from 2004-11 and as an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Diego from 2012-13.

A three-time selection on the Best Doctors in America list, Tipnis is an active member of the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society, the American Gastroenterology Association and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, among others.

An internationally invited speaker, Tipnis has authored or coauthored more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, nine book chapters and more than 30 abstracts. He has reviewed articles for several journals, including the Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, the American Journal of Gastroenterology and the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

Tipnis will develop the region's only center for pediatric gastrointestinal motility and functional bowel disorders to study severe forms of pediatric reflux, abdominal pain, feeding difficulties and constipation.

Obesity warrior delivers Hearin lecture

Dr. John Hall, right, professor and chair of physiology, presents a plaque of appreciation to Dr. James Hill, professor of pediatrics and medicine and executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, following Hill's presentation of the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture Oct. 17 in classroom R354.

Hill, an international leader in the fight against obesity, presented "Promoting Wellness from the Leanest to the Fattest States in the U.S."

Hill is cofounder of the Move, which aims to inspire Americans to make small changes in how much they eat and move to prevent weight gain.

Washington joins pediatric faculty

Washington_NeenaDr. Nina Washington, a UMMC alum with a master's in public health, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, in 2002, Washington earned the M.P.H. in hospital leadership and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md., in 2005. She received the M.D. from UMMC in 2007.

Washington had residency training in pediatrics from 2007-2010 at the University of Chicago, Comer Children's Hospital, and fellowship training in pediatric rheumatology from 2010-13 at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics, Palo Alto, Calif. During her fellowship, she was actively involved in advocacy for patients with juvenile arthritis via her work with the Northern California chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

A training member of the American College of Rheumatology, Washington has published an article, "Neonatal Outcome of Infants Born to Mothers with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus at the University of Mississippi Medical Center," in the Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences. She also presented her fellowship research, "A Pilot Study of Striae Distensae on Medication Adherence during High Dose Steroid Treatment in Adolescents with Rheumatic Disease," in poster form at the 2013 International Investigative Dermatology Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

SHRP joins social media revolution

The School of Health Related Professions is now on Facebook. Visit to keep up to date on all SHRP student and faculty events.

GHHS service project aids ICU patient families

Members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, front row from left, Osa Ogiamien and Jonah Gunalda, second row from left, Jon Buchanan, Crystal Wright and Caleb Graham, and back row from left, Marla Chapman, Clara Gomez-Sanchez and Colette Jackson, prepare 150 gift bags of hospital maps, encouragement cards, food coupons, puzzle books and toiletry items for families of ICU patients.

Part of their annual service activities, the GHHS members collected the items from students, employees and local donors.

The GHHS honors medical students, residents and role-model physician teachers for demonstrating excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. The society recognizes, supports and promotes the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Sheila Smith, medical laboratory technician, Jackson Heart Study

20 Years

* Dr. Alan Penman, professor of medicine (biostatistics)

* Brenda Ward, administrative assistant, Internal Auditor

15 Years

* Dawna Cox, ambulatory nurse, Emergency Medicine

* Dr. Yi Pang, assistant professor of pediatric neonatology

10 Years

* Jeremy Johnson, inpatient nurse, University Hospital Emergency Department

* Stephanie Land, cancer registrar, Cancer Research and Registry

5 Years

* Mary Butler, billing specialist, Charge Entry

* Saundra Byrd, physician scheduler, Scheduling

* Allen Ford, respiratory therapist, Batson Children's Hospital

* Feleshecia Hawkins, physician scheduler, Scheduling 

* Caroline Kimbrough, graphics designer, Printing

* Shenicka Perry, access financial coordinator, Internal Access-Admissions

* Charles Quinn, nurse, Neuroscience ICU

* Lauren Ryan, clinical research nurse, Newborn ICU

* Kevin Wilbert, operations director, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Vanishing minority men topic of equity talk

Nivet MarcDr. Marc Nivet, chief diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, will present "Disappearing Acts: Minority Males in the Health Professions" at noon on Monday, Oct. 21, in lecture room 1A in the School of Health Related Professions.

The presentation is in conjunction with the Health Equity and Leadership Institute, a newly funded project by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to increase academic achievement and advancement of underrepresented males interested in health careers.

Lunch will be available for the first 100 in attendance. For more information, email Dr. Juanyce Taylor at

Drexel dean to speak on modulating circuits

Van_BockstaeleDr. Elizabeth J. Van Bockstaele, founding dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies and professor of pharmacology and physiology at the Drexel University College of Medicine, will present "Cannabinoid Modulation of Noradrenergic Circuits: Modulating the Modulators" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in room 6A in the School of Medicine.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

Anesthesia rounds focus: placenta accreta

Higgins_NicoleDr. Nicole Higgins, assistant professor and medical director of obstetric anesthesiology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill., will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Anesthetic Management of Placenta Accreta" at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Keneshia Reed at 5-6507.

Physiologist discusses new HTN pathways

Ortiz_PabloDr. Pablo Ortiz, associate professor of physiology at Wayne State University and senior staff investigator of hypertension and vascular research at the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich., will present "Role of the Thick Ascending Limb in Salt Sensitive Hypertension: Finding New Pathways" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in room CW308 in the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820. 

Cancer Institute talk focuses on stem cells

Abdel_MageedDr. Asim B. Abdel-Mageed, professor of urology and pharmacology and Zimmermann Endowed Professor of Cancer Research at the Tulane Cancer Center and director of molecular oncology research in the Department of Urology at the Tulane University School of Medicine, will present "Tumor-tropic Stem Cells: Friends or Foes?" at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in room G-351, the third-floor conference room in the Arthur Guyton Research Center.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is sponsored by the Cancer Institute Seminar Series.

For more information, call 5-6802. 

Postdoc fellow to weigh in on bariatric surgery

Grayson_BernadetteDr. Bernadette E. Grayson, postdoctoral fellow in the Woods/Seeley Laboratory at the Metabolic Disease Institute at the University of Cincinnati, will present "Bariatric Surgery: A Cure or a Curse" from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, in room G151 of the Guyton Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

Metro Jackson Heart Walk seeks participants

Heartwalk 2013University Heart is seeking participants to serve as a team captain or to join its team as a walker in the Metro Jackson Heart Walk scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Mississippi State Capitol.

Dr. Mart McMullan, professor of surgery and senior advisor to the vice chancellor for clinical affairs, is the Heart Walk Champion. The walk supports the American Heart Association and provides direct research support to UMMC.

Registration and opening ceremonies are to begin at 8 a.m. with the walk to follow at 9:15 a.m.

T-shirts are available for $15 each and will be sold from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, in the lobby next to the Methodist Rehabilitation entrance.

For more information, email Angela Gartrell at or visit and select "Join an Existing Team" and select "UMMC."

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