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Halloween fund-raiser makes for Spooky U

Dressed as his favorite dragon, Sam Steckman grabs a piece of candy from a scary skull at the second-annual Spooky U Oct. 24 outside the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The Halloween "Trunk or Treat" event, sponsored by the UMMC Medical Student Family Alliance, benefited Mississippi Children’s Home Services. 

Set back your clocks: DST to end Nov. 3

DS_fall_backDaylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. All clocks should be moved back one hour at that time.

Hourly employees who are on the job at that time will be paid for the additional hour of work.

In memoriam

B_williams_memoriamBilly Williams, former associate director of physical facilities, died Oct. 26. He was 77.

A native of Tilton, Williams was a night repairman at UMMC when the original ground-breaking took place in 1955. He retired after 45 years of continuous service.

He was a repairman for only nine months, moving up quickly to power plant operator, where he stayed for nine years. He became an electrician in 1965 and nine months later, was named electrical shop supervisor. He was promoted to maintenance supervisor in 1974, maintenance manager in 1988, assistant director of physical facilities in 1990 and associate director in 1997.

Memorials may be made to the Batson Children's Hospital.

Batson joins surgery faculty

Batson_ShuntayeDr. Shuntaye D. Batson, a recent surgical critical care fellow, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2002, Batson earned the M.D. at the Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C., in 2007. She had general surgery residency training at Howard University Hospital from 2007-12 and a surgical critical care fellowship at Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, from 2012-13.

A resident member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Batson has served as an administrative chief resident at Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C., and at Howard University Hospital.

Honor Society inducts SHRP new members

Students representing all 10 programs offered at the School of Health Related Professions were inducted into the 2013 Alpha Eta honor society class during an Oct. 18 ceremony at the school.

Faculty members in attendance include Dr. Emily McVey, front row, left, secretary/treasurer of the chapter; Dr. Amy Sullivan, front row, second from left, president-elect; Angie Garner, front row, second from right, president; and Dr. Kristi Moore, front row, right, nominations chairperson.

The society promotes scholarship and fellowship of allied health professionals and recognizes their achievements and contributions. (Enlarge Photo)

Surgery faculty welcome Dodge-Khatami

Dodge-KhatamiDr. Ali Dodge-Khatami, a specialist in cardiovascular surgery from Switzerland, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of surgery.

After having premedical studies at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, from 1985-86, Dodge-Khatami earned the Swiss Federal Diploma of Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1991. He had residency training in thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, emergency medicine and general surgery from 1991-93 at the Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve, Switzerland, and in general surgery and cardiovascular-thoracic surgery from 1993-96 at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland. He then had fellowship training in cardiovascular-thoracic surgery at RUSH-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Ill, from 1996-98 and congenital cardiac surgery at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill., from 1998-99.

Dodge-Khatami served as senior registrar at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, England, from 1999-2000, before joining the faculty of the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam as a cardiothoracic surgeon. In 2003, he received the Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, based on clinical and animal laboratory research on tracheal reconstruction and healing.

In 2003, he joined the University Children's Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland, as a staff cardiovascular surgeon committed to congenital heart disease, and in 2008, he became professor of cardiovascular surgery, chief of pediatric cardiac surgery and head of the Program for Congenital Heart Disease, University Heart Center, at the University of Hamburg-Eppendorf School of Medicine, Germany.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the Swiss Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Dodge-Khatami has authored or coauthored more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and six book chapters. A reviewer for several professional publications, he has presented at professional meetings across Europe and the United States.

Dodge-Khatami has gone on humanitarian missions for the development of pediatric and congenital heart surgery in Georgia, Macedonia, the Russian Federation, Honduras, Vietnam, the Ukraine and Libya.

Dentistry students sign ethics pledge

Kellie Watts, first-year dental student, signs the Dental Code of Ethics during the School of Dentistry's annual ethics ceremony Oct. 24 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Waiting to congratulate her are, from left, Dr. Gary Reeves, dean of the School of Dentistry, Dr. Joseph Young, president of the American College of Dentists, and Carson Cruise, D3 representative of the Students Ethics Council. 

Mitchell joins family medicine faculty

Mitchell_JohnDr. John R. Mitchell, a UMMC alum with a degree in pharmacy, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of family medicine and director of the Mississippi Office of Physician Workforce.

A native of Oxford, Mitchell received the B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi in 1974. After practicing pharmacy at multiple sites in Mississippi and Louisiana, Mitchell earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1986. He had a family medicine internship and residency training from 1986-89 at Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency, Ala., and a primary care faculty development fellowship from 2002-03 at Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Mitchell entered private practice in Pontotoc in 1989 before joining North Mississippi Medical Clinics in 1994. In 2001, he joined the North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, and served as assistant medical director for the NMMC Family Medicine Residency, medical director at Cedars Nursing Home, Tupelo, and Graceland Nursing Home, Pontotoc. In 2006, he served as medical director of the NMMC Work Link Clinic, Tupelo, and returned to a faculty teaching position in the Family Medicine Residency Program at North Mississippi Medical Center in 2009. Since 2012, he has served as a hospitalist at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc.

Mitchell served as a pharmacist in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from 1976-79, achieving the rank of captain, and as a physician in the Mississippi Army National Guard from 1983-92, achieving the rank of major.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association, Mitchell has served as president of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians and of the Northeast Mississippi Medical Society.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Willie Haggard, chief dental assistant, School of Dentistry

* Edward Mangum, pharmacy technician, Cancer Center Pharmacy

* Ruby Williams, researcher, Microbiology

20 Years

* Marna Walker, clinical analyst, School of Dentistry

15 Years

* Dr. Larry Breeding, professor of dentistry (Care Planning and Restorative Sciences)

* Terri Jones, education administrator, Office of Medical Education

* Barbara McCraw, accounting specialist, Accounting Department

* Leslie Wilkinson, ambulatory nurse, University Hospital Surgical Suite

10 Years

* Jeanna Harris, ambulatory nurse, General Pediatric Surgery

5 Years

* Katina Bell, unit secretary, Adult Rehabilitation Center

* Jeremy Benson, flight paramedic, Helicopter Transport

* Dr. George W. Booz, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology

* David Clarke, social worker, Home Dialysis

* Mary Craft, Epic application coordinator/analyst, Information Systems

* Angela Ellis, transport, Adult Critical Transport

* Harford Ellis, biomedical engineering technician, Outpatient Dialysis-Jackson Medical Mall

* Brooke Neal, nurse educator, Home Dialysis

* Rebecca Smith, education administrator, School of Dentistry

* Monica Wade, administrative assistant, School of Nursing

* Douglas Weathersby, technician, Environmental Services

* Sterling White, emergency room technician, Emergency Department

Neuroinflammation inhibitors topic of seminar

DoerksenDr. Robert J. Doerksen, professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Mississippi, will present "Rational Design of Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3 Inhibitors for the Control of Neuroinflammation and Cerebral Infections" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 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.

MPB's program on addiction to prescription drugs Oct. 31


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."

Talk to cover renal, urological documentation

Dr. Marvin Mengel, an Orlando, Fla.-based diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology expert, will give the Medical Documentation Guidelines-2013 presentation, "Documentation: Renal and Urological," from noon-1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in classroom 5A.

The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Integrity and Compliance. For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

Affordable Care Act topic of equity lecture

Therese HannaTherese Hanna, executive director of the Center for Mississippi Health Policy, will present "Key Components of the Affordable Care Act" at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The presentation is part of the UMMC Health Equity Lecture Series, a program of the Division of Multicultural Affairs sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor and the Bower Foundation.

Lunch will be available for the first 100 in attendance. CE, CME and CNE credit will be available.

For more information, call Multicultural Affairs at 4-1339.

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