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AAMC honors Shirley for diversity support

Shirley_Aaron 2Dr. Aaron Shirley, one of Mississippi's civil rights icons, received the 2013 Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges Nov. 2 at the AAMC's annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.

Honored for his lifetime of service in support of diversity in medical education and the elimination of health disparities, Shirley is to deliver a "thought leader" lecture at the conference today.

Originally from Gluckstadt, Shirley completed medical school and an internship in Tennessee before entering private practice in Vicksburg. He set his sights on a pediatric residency out of state, but was invited to apply for a training slot at UMMC by then-chair of pediatrics Dr. Blair E. Batson.

He became the first African-American resident - and the first black learner in any program - at UMMC in 1965. He went on to serve as a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics for more than 40 years.

To view a press release about Shirley's award, click here

Wise chosen as top ambassador

Shane Wise of Ambassador Services, recently voted "Ambassador of the Year" by hospital staff in observation of a national celebration of health-care transporters, visits with a patient in the adult Emergency Room. Wise has been with the program since 2007.

The Ambassadors assist in transporting and guiding patients, visitors, and families in nearly all areas of the Medical Center. 

Anesthesiologist makes ‘Power 100’ ranking

Brunson_ClaudeDr. Claude D. Brunson, professor of anesthesiology, has been included among EBONY's 2013 Power 100 List, the publication's "annual celebration of black America's foremost movers, shakers and leaders."

As president-elect of the Mississippi State Medical Association, Brunson was listed in the "Health and Science Trailblazers" category.

"We are thrilled to honor these exceptionally talented people who have inspired and enthralled us, and who have helped to shape our lives," said Amy DuBois, EBONY editor-in-chief.

The 2013 Power 100 List will be included in the magazine's December/January issue, scheduled to be published today. To view the entire list, visit

Peds health-care jewel gets good scrubbing

As part of institutional maintenance, workers wash away grit and grime from the exterior of the eight-story Batson Children's Hospital last week.

Gandhi Award goes to pediatric cardiologist

Aggarwal_AvichalDr. Avichal Aggarwal, assistant professor of pediatric cardiology, received the 2013 Mahatma Gandhi Award from the government of India and the Non-Resident Indians Welfare Society of India on Oct. 4, the 144th birthday of Mahatma Ghandi.

The Honorable Baroness Sandip Verma, junior minister of Energy and Climate Change in the United Kingdom, presented the award to Aggarwal in the presence of international dignitaries during a function of the Global Achievers Conclave at the House of Lords in London, England.

Aggarwal said it was a "humbling experience to be considered and eventually chosen as a recipient of such a prestigious award."

"To attain such recognition in my field is a vision I could certainly never imagine."

The award recognizes people of Indian origin for their significant contributions in their respective fields in the country of their residence and in the service of wider global community.

Aggarwal, one of only 30 recipients worldwide, was instrumental in reviving the pediatric heart transplant program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He serves as medical director of the program.

"My goal is to continue working tirelessly toward serving children who are born with heart defects," he said. 

Holmes, Rogers make HEADWAE with award

Holmes_and_RogersThe Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities has selected a  School of Health Related Professions student and an SHRP faculty member to receive its Higher Education Appreciation Day - Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Award.

Clarence Holmes Jr., a Doctor of Physical Therapy candidate, and Penny Rogers, an assistant professor in the School of Health Related Professions' Occupational Therapy Program, will receive their respective HEADWAE awards at the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning 27th annual Higher Education Appreciation Day event Feb. 18 at the State Capitol in Jackson.

HEADWAE honors one outstanding faculty member and one outstanding student from each participating member institution of the MACU. The lieutenant governor serves as chair of HEADWAE, which is sponsored by the Mississippi Legislature and coordinated by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs in the Mississippi IHL.

Pediatric, thoracic surgeon joins UMMC faculty

Berch_BarryDr. Barry Robert Berch, a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon, has joined the Medical Center and Children's of Mississippi faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving the B.S. from Millsaps College magna cum laude in 1996, Berch was an AOA and magna cum laude graduate of UMMC in 2001. He did an internship in general surgery from 2001-02 and residency training in general surgery from 2002-07 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., where he was general surgery chief resident from 2006-07 and a surgical research fellow from 2004-05. Berch also completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt from 2007-09.

Berch is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics and an active member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Southeastern Surgical Society.

Dermatology faculty welcome new professor

Helms_StephenDr. Stephen E. Helms, associate professor of internal medicine at the Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine, Rootstown, and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Case Western Reserve College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor in the Department of Dermatology.

After receiving the A.B. from Youngstown State University, Ohio, in 1970, Helms earned his M.D. in 1973 at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus. He did an internship from 1973-74 at the St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Youngstown, Ohio, then entered an anesthesia residency program at the Cleveland Clinic from 1974-75, before completing his residency training in dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pa., from 1975-78.

Board-certified in dermatology in 1978, Helms was in private practice in Warren, Ohio for more than 30 years in addition to serving part-time at NEOMED and the Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine.

A fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Helms is an active member of several professional organizations and has given more than 150 invited lectures at professional meetings nationwide. He has authored or coauthored more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and four chapters in medical textbooks. He serves as a journal reviewer for Practical Dermatology, American Family Practice and Fundamental and Clinical Pharmacology.

His special interest is in contact dermatitis and he has participated in clinical research studies involving long-term safety of low-dose Doxycycline (Oracea) and Etanercept (Enbrel).

S-L pathologist joins otolaryngology faculty

Hunter_carolineCaroline Hunter, a local speech-language pathologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in otolaryngology.

After receiving the B.A. in communicative disorders from the University of Mississippi in 2008, Hunter earned the M.S. in speech-language pathology at the University of Montevallo, Ala., in 2010. She has served as a speech-language pathologist for the Laskin Therapy Group in Jackson from 2010-11 and within the Rankin County School District since 2011.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Edward Mangum, pharmacy tech, Cancer Center Pharmacy

15 Years

* Shannon Hoover, associate director of administration and finance, Pediatrics

* Marvin Jacob, CRNA, Anesthesia

* River Luckett, technician, Environmental Services

* Tonya Parkman, instrument and supply technician, Gastro Lab

* Yolanda Thomatis, administrative assistant, Charge Entry

* Revera White, central services specialist, Shipping Receiving

10 Years

* Melissa McJunkins, patient services coordinator, School of Nursing

* Malika Moore, call center representative, UP Access

* Stella Smith, administrative assistant, Biomedical Illustration Services

5 Years

* Ray Armstrong, inpatient nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Vinetta Jones, inventory manager, Operating Room Materials Management

* Tomeka Luckett, medical assistant, UP Pavilion Neurology

* Arleen McLemore, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Margaret Neely, director, Marketing

* Ross Ray, manager, Decision Support

* Erica Warren, customer care representative, UP Pavilion Orthopedics

Integrity talk to cover renal, urological docs

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 room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

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

Seminar to discuss inhibiting lipid accumulation

Hinds_TerryDr. Terry Hinds, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toledo, Ohio, will present "Heme Oxygenase Signaling to Biliverdin Reductase Inhibits Lipid Accumulation" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in room CW 308 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.   

Obamacare topic of healthy 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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