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Happy Thanksgiving week

The Division of Public Affairs staff would like to wish all Medical Center faculty, staff and students a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

Accounts payable effort benefits CJC patients

The Accounts Payable Department recently collected more than 1,000 hand-knitted hats, toys, snacks and toiletry items for the Children's Justice Center.

Tanya Henry, accounting manager, said the department wanted to help children that were part of the Medical Center family.

"We also wanted to serve the ones that were the most underserved," she said.

Rebecca Mansell, Mississippi Children's Justice Center director, said the CJC was thrilled by what she called a "labor of love."

"We're thankful for whatever we get, but we're not used to receiving such large quantities," Mansell said. "This is overwhelming."

The Accounts Payable Department also is collecting canned goods to replenish a local food pantry and items for the Jackson Free Clinic.

"We just hope it will inspire other departments," Henry said. "We have a need right here and the Children's Justice Center really needs support year-round."

Kokocki joins surgery faculty

KokockiDr. Stanley P. Kokocki, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Florida, Tampa, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving the B.A. in biology from St. Louis (Mo.) University in 1977, Kokocki was an M.S. candidate in biochemistry at DePaul University, Chicago, from 1977-79 before earning the M.D. at the St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, in 1983. He did a year of residency training at the Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y., from 1983-84; a general surgery residency at the Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1984-89, where he was chief resident from 1988-99; and a cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency at the Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C., from 1990-93, where he was chief resident from 1992-93.

Kokocki entered private practice as a general, vascular and thoracic surgeon in Central Florida from 1993-95 before joining the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a clinical fellow/associate from 1995-96. He returned to private practice in 1996 and served as president of Citrus Surgical Associates until 2002, when he became a clinical associate/fellow and assistant program director at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y. He served as chief of thoracic surgery there from 2003-04 before moving to Florida, where he has served as section chief of thoracic surgery at the Bay Pines VAMC, associate section chief of cardiothoracic surgery and staff cardiothoracic surgeon at the James A. Haley Tampa VAMC, and assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the International Society for Endovascular Surgery, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Cardiology, Kokocki is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Association of VA Surgeons and the International Society of Cardiac Surgical Critical Care. His research interests include off Pump vs. on pump coronary artery bypass surgery and coronary artery revascularization in diabetics.            

Pediatrics faculty welcome Tipnis

Tipnis_NeeleshDr. Neelesh A. Tipnis, a pediatric gastroenterologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics and associate professor of medicine. 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, and a 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 four-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 adult and pediatric gastrointestinal motility and functional bowel disorders to study severe forms of reflux, abdominal pain, feeding difficulties and constipation.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Sharron Smith, human resources leave specialist, Employee Relations

20 Years

* Madalyn Conner, inpatient nurse, 3 Children's

* Hurene Smith, insurance verification specialist, Batson Children's Hospital Administration

* Geneva Thompson, administrative assistant, Trauma Surgery/Critical Care

15 Years

* Kelly Land, instructor in medicine

* Dr. Rick Lin, professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences

* Antonio Taylor, technician, Environmental Services

* Arlillian West, PAS supervisor, Internal Access-Admissions

10 Years

* Jan Aru, ambulatory nurse, Ambulatory Surgery

* Gloria Belle, patient care technician, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Gail Howell, program administrator, Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

* Dr. Bela Kanyicska, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences

* Angela Smith, inpatient nurse, Ante Partum

* Blakeley Ward, CRNA, Anesthesia

5 Years

* Inez Carr, unit secretary, Newborn Nursery

* Tracy Dobbins, nurse case manager, Coordinated Care

* Rachel Harkness, supply chain information systems manager, Materials Management

* Dawn Lockley, dental assistant, Care Planning and Restorative Science

* Penny Lowery, research integrity manager, Integrity and Compliance

* Deidra O'Connor, psychometrist, School of Medicine

UMMC CEOs to host motivational meetings

Cook and Giesecke NOVKevin Cook, CEO of University Hospitals and Health System, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a series of half-hour Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meetings in December. Medical Center faculty and staff are encouraged to attend at least one of the meetings.

The meetings are scheduled at 3:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, in room S123; 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in room S123; 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in room CW106; 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in room 7A; 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, in meeting room 3536 on the third floor of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Central Billing Office in Clinton.

For more information about the MAP meetings, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104. 

Neurobiology talk to cover genomic instability

Stambrook_PeterDr. Peter J. Stambrook, professor of molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, will present "Nuclear Equivalence and Genomic Instability: From Discovery to Practice" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 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.

NIH fellow to discuss cellular quality control

Scott_IainDr. Iain Scott, research fellow in the Center for Molecular Medicine, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., will present "Nutrition, Acetylation and Mitochondrial Quality Control" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in room CW308 of 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.

Corbett lecturer to discuss photophobia

Digre_KathleenDr. Kathleen B. Digre, professor of neurology and ophthalmology and adjunct professor of ob-gyn at the University of Utah School of Medicine, will give the third annual James J. Corbett, MD Lectureship in Neuro-ophthalmology, "Come Out of the Dark - Progress in Understanding Photophobia," from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, in the School of Health Related Professions.

For more information, call Pearlie Brownlow at 4-5502.   

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