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Disney on Ice performers skate to Batson

Vivian Collins, Batson Children’s Hospital patient, talks with Walt Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse during a surprise visit Nov. 14 in the Children’s Hospital lobby.

Mickey and Minnie performed in the Disney on Ice presentation of Treasure Trove last weekend at the Mississippi Coliseum.

Anesthesiology faculty welcome Baig

BaigDr. Harris R. Baig, an anesthesiologist with a special interest in cardiac and transplant anesthesia, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

Baig is a graduate of Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan. He had residency in anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 1992-95. Baig later continued in fellowship training in obstetric anesthesia at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, from 1995-96.

As assistant professor at the Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan, from 2001-12, Baig helped establish a cardiac surgery department and led it until 2006. He also was instrumental in setting up a liver transplant program at the same institute.

Before joining UMMC, Baig also served four years as a clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport.

Original hospital corridor to be remodeled

const signA portion of the corridor adjacent to the south side of the new cafeteria that connects the original University Hospital building to the Clinical Sciences walkway will be closed for construction beginning Monday, Nov. 19.

Detour signs will be posted in the area to help pedestrians find an alternative route around the construction site.

For more information, call the Construction Department at 4-1410.

Click here to download pdfs (Cafeteria Renovation) (Corridor Closing)

Cox joins family medicine faculty

CoxDr. James J. Cox Jr. is a family practitioner with an interest in sports medicine who has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of family medicine.

After receiving his BA from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1972, Cox earned his DO degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Davie, Fla., in 1995. He did a rotating general medicine internship from 1995-96 and a family medicine residency from 1996-98 at Palmetto General Hospital, Hialeah, Fla.

While in private practice in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine at Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., from 1998-2008, Cox initially served as a clinical instructor of family medicine and of osteopathic manipulative medicine and, later, as assistant professor of family medicine and osteopathic principles and practice at Nova Southeastern University. He also served as a clinical assistant professor and attending physician at the Sanford L. Ziff Health Care Center, Davie, Fla.

Cox also has served as a clinical instructor in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, Fla., from 2008-10. Cox comes to the Medical Center from Jupiter, Fla., where he was in private practice in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Academy of Osteopathy, Cox has given two dozen presentations to professional organizations nationwide. He has authored or edited numerous scientific course books and book chapters.   

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Robbie Johnson, human resources assistant, Workforce Planning and Recruitment

20 Years

* Percilla Cavett, technician, Environmental Services

* Gloria Davis, chart review auditor, University Physicians

* Carmelita Johnson, health information services supervisor, University Physicians

* Carl Parnell, painter, Building Maintenance

15 Years

* Candice Kittrell, Epic application coordinator, Information Systems

* Ernest Proctor, materials handler, Materials Management

10 Years

* Diana Aycox, accountant, Payroll Office

* Debra Baker, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Amanda Banks, patient access specialist, Admissions

* Shirlean Booker, library tech, Academic Information Services

* Shalonda Franklin, patient care technician, Batson Children’s Hospital

* Mary Guest, ambulatory operations chief, University Physicians

5 Years

* Stacy Baughn, director of business operations, Pharmacy

* George Davis, pharmacist, Pharmacy

* Matt Gatlin, inpatient nurse, 2 MICU

* Janie Guice, executive director, Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program

* Richard Jones, groundskeeper, Ground Expense

* Dr. Majid Khan, associate professor of radiology

* Charlie Noel, pharmacist, Pharmacy

* Marcus Palmer, technician, Environmental Services

* Barbara Patton, LPN, University Physicians

* Demetrice Thompson, cashier, Food and Nutrition Services

CI scientists to host research symposium

cancer inst logoUMMC Cancer Institute scientists will host a "Cancer Research Day" event to showcase their research, hear what others in the medical community are doing and inform community groups about how research money is being spent, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The symposium will offer an opportunity for researchers from Jackson-area colleges and universities to meet with UMMC and University of Mississippi researchers and discuss further research collaborations. The event will include presentations from Cancer Institute scientists and a poster session.

Scientists, physicians, residents, students and cancer-related community organizations are invited. For more information, e-mail Veronica Mayes at

Reading project to discuss Fadiman book

Book TaylorThe Division of Multicultural Affairs, the School of Medicine Student Affairs Office, the School of Medicine Academic Affairs Office and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities will sponsor a Diversity Dialogue Session, "UMMC Common Reading Project: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," at noon on Friday, Jan. 25, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The format will include an interactive discussion with experts on pertinent topics in medical ethics.

Participants should read the selected book by Anne Fadiman before the event. Lunch will be available to the first 100 in attendance.

For more information, call 4-5012 or 4-1339. 

Tetel to present neurobiology seminar

TetelDr. Marc J. Tetel, associate professor and neuroscience program director at Wellesley College, will present "Nuclear Receptor Coactivators: The New Players in Steroid Action in Brain and Behavior" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in room G151 in 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.   

Crawley to speak at annual neuroscience event

CrawleyDr. Jacqueline Crawley, Robert E. Chason Chair in Translational Research at the MIND Institute, University of California-Davis School of Medicine, will present "Mouse Models of Autism to Test Hypotheses about Causes and to Discover Treatments" from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The presentation is part of the annual Neuroscience and Behavior Research Day event sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences and the Mississippi Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. 

A poster presentation is scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon in the conference center.

For more information, call Linda LaBier at 4-5898.  

UMMC announces December blood drive

ms blood dec 2012Mississippi Blood Services personnel will visit the Medical Center Dec. 3-7 for UMMC's quarterly blood drive. All donors will receive an MBS T-shirt. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine and at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the School of Dentistry lounge;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Batson Children's Hospital entrance;

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;

* 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the University Hospital entrance; and

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the second-floor conference center at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

For more information about UMMC's blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an e-mail at

Deadline looms for compliance training

The Medical Center employees' mandatory annual compliance training will be available online on HealthStream through Friday, Nov. 30.

No make-up sessions will be offered. Those who fail to complete the training on time will be subject to disciplinary action.

To access the training, visit the UMMC intranet and select "HealthStream" under the "General Information" tab.

For more information, call the Office of Integrity and Compliance at 5-3944. 


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