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Oh reference tree, oh reference tree!

Rowland Medical Library staffers Melissa Wright, reference librarian, and Misti Thonton, library associate, got into the holiday spirit last week and built this Christmas Tree out of reference books.

It has brought some smiles to students that desperately needed a lift during a tough week of final exams.

Olutade to head student-employee health

Olutade_JoyceDr. Ini-Abasi Joyce Olutade, an assistant professor of family medicine at UMMC from 1998-2007, has rejoined the UMMC faculty as an assistant professor of family medicine and medical director for Student/Employee Health.

After receiving the M.D. from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with honors in 1981, Olutade did a rotating internship from 1981-82 and residency training in ophthalmology from 1983-87 at the University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria. She also served as a medical officer in the National Youth Service Corps Civil Service Clinic in Ilorin, Nigeria, from 1982-83.

Olutade was a clinician in the STD Clinic at the Fulton County Health Department, Atlanta, Ga., from 1989-90 before continuing postgraduate training. She did a transitional medicine residency from 1993-94 at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, a family practice residency from 1994-96 at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, where she served as chief resident, and a faculty development fellowship from 1996-97 at Morehouse.

She joined the Morehouse School of Medicine faculty as a clinical instructor in family practice in 1997 and came to UMMC a year later as an assistant professor of family medicine. She has been in private practice in Ridgeland since 2008.

An active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, Olutade has been a two-time designee on the America's Best Doctor list.          

Medical Center party-goers enjoy holiday treats

Desserts galore were available for attendees of the Medical Center's annual holiday party Dec. 12 in the upper lobby of University Hospital.

National journal selects Beech for editorship

Beech_BettinaDr. Bettina Beech, associate vice chancellor of rural health and health disparities and professor of family medicine and pediatrics, was recently named editor of the journal Family and Community Health.

Her editorship will begin Jan. 1, 2014.

A quarterly publication of Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Family and Community Health provides a forum for the dissemination of creative, multidisciplinary perspectives and approaches for effective public health practice and community health programs.

Each issue spotlights a single area of interest for an international readership that spans multiple disciplines and practice specialties.

Pediatrics resident joins Medical Center faculty

Head_RyanDr. Ryan Head, a pediatrician with experience in a rural clinic setting, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biology from the Citadel, Charleston, S.C., Head earned the M.D. at the Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica, West Indies. He then had residency training in the Department of Pediatrics at UMMC.

A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Mississippi State Medical Association, Head is active in the Central Medical Society. His previous research interest includes the rhodopsin gene in the tiger salamander.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Cynthia Fletcher, medical technologist, Immunopathology

* Wanda Roach, inpatient nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

20 Years

* Edna Grant, central services specialist, Materials Management

* Ethel McNeal, instrument and supply technician, Newborn ICU

15 Years

* Jimmy Montgomery, materials handler, Shipping Receiving

10 Years

* Candace Dew, imaging technician, Holmes County Hospital Diagnostic Radiology

* Tanya Donnell, financial counselors supervisor, Internal Access

* Cheryl Dunaway, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Jimmy Gatewood, social work director, Utilization Management

* Dr. Lawrence Haber, professor of orthopedic surgery

* Janice Johnson, administrative assistant, Cancer Institute

* Kaylin Johnson, patient services coordinator, Oncology Clinic

* Janice Lewis, central services supervisor, Sterile Processing

* Latoya Miller, pediatric cardiology nurse, Pediatric ICU

* Wendolyn Wade, administrative assistant, Respiratory Therapy

5 Years

* Shannon Kennedy, LPN, 2 North

* Angela McKlemurry, nursing shift supervisor, radiation oncology/Cancer Institute hematology oncology

* Khari Newson, end user compliance specialist, Information Systems

Buffalo scientists to give pharmacology talks

Ignatowski_SpenglerA pair of researchers from Buffalo, N.Y., are scheduled to present pharmacology seminars at the Medical Center this week.

Dr. Tracey Ignatowski, research associate professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will present "Neuromodulator Actions of Brain-derived TNF during Neuropathic Pain" at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, in classroom 6A.

The following morning at 9, Dr. Robert N. Spengler, professor and director of research and development at Nano-Axis, Department of Biology, Buffalo State College, will present "Peritoneal Macrophage: A Conduit for Mediating Brain-Body Interactions," also in classroom 6A.

For more information about the presentations, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690.       

UMMC CEOs to host motivational meetings

Cook and Giesecke NOVKevin Cook, CEO of University Hospitals and Health System, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Children's of Mississippi, will host a Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meeting for Medical Center faculty and staff at 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 at 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Central Billing Office in Clinton.

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

Treatment disparities topic of psychiatry talk

Bailey_RahnDr. Rahn K. Bailey, professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn., will give the Psychiatry Grand Rounds presentation, "Treatment Disparities among African-American Men with Depression: Implications for Clinical Practice and Research," at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Lumba Johnson at 5-5588.

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