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Medical Center family helps usher in new year

The Public Affairs staff wishes the Medical Center family a happy and prosperous 2013.

Treasurer hands UMMC ‘closed account’ funds

State treasurer Lynn Fitch, fourth from left, presents a check for more than $34,000 to Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs. The funds were found in closed accounts under UMMC.

Also on hand were, from left, Dr. David Powe, chief administrative officer; Laura Jackson, deputy treasurer, external affairs; Sherri Hilton, assistant state treasurer, external affairs; Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs; Jesse Graham, deputy treasurer, internal affairs; Brian Rutledge, chief of staff, office of the vice chancellor; and Mart McMullan, special advisor to the vice chancellor.  (Enlarge Photo)

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Dr. Thomas Skelton, professor of medicine – cardiology

20 Years

* Tina Bennett, project manager, Finance

* Dr. Stephen Gandy, assistant professor of oral-maxillofacial surgery and pathology

15 Years

* Dr. Chris Arthur, associate professor of family medicine

* Dr. Rick deShazo, professor of medicine

* Cheryl Johnson, nurse, Surgical Suite

* Dr. Stephen Kemp, professor of medicine

* Ronda Larrys, medical technologist, Blood Bank

* Dr. John Norton, professor of psychiatry

* Virginia Smith, utilization review nurse, Coordinated Care

10 Years

* Bretta Blackman, business administrator, Obstetrics and Gynecology

* Cindy Bryan, nurse, Mirror Lake

* Christy Churchill, nurse, Labor and Delivery/Surgery

* Dr. William Cleland, professor of obstetrics and gynecology

* Wendy Creel, physical therapist, Physical Therapy

* Tanya Harrison, assistant buyer, Pharmacy

* Michael Hedgepeth, associate systems administrator, Information Systems

* Jana Jordan, inpatient nurse, Obstetric Receiving

* Dr. Irma Welch, assistant professor of family medicine

5 Years

* Mindy Barham, inpatient nurse, MICU

* Megan Bishop, inpatient nurse, MICU

* Amanda Purser, nurse practitioner, School of Medicine – Hypertension

* Jennifer Robinson, occupational therapist, Occupational Therapy

* Shelia Russell, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Dr. Bruce Schlakman, assistant professor of radiology

* Kelley Smith, nurse, Newborn Nursery

* Dr. Monica Sutton, assistant professor of pediatrics

* Dr. Junming Wang, associate professor of pathology

* Hattie Willis, unit secretary, Surgical ICU

Ross to discuss unconscious bias

Howard RossHoward Ross, founder and chief learning officer of Cook Ross, Inc., will present "Unconscious Bias - The Elephant in the Room," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The presentation will address how unconscious bias develops, how it impacts people and diversity efforts, and how it impacts the creation of successful cultural change. The seminar is presented by the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, call the Division of Multicultural Affairs at 4-1339 or visit

Godwin to present Anesthesia Grand Rounds

GodwinDr. Steven A. Godwin, professor and chair of emergency medicine and assistant dean of simulation education at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Where Do We Go from Here? Utilizing Simulation to Advance Patient Safety Training in GME," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914 or e-mail her at

Fuqua to present Hearin Distinguished Lecture

fuquaDr. Suzanne A. W. Fuqua, professor of medicine and molecular cell biology at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and co-director of the Nuclear Receptor Program at the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Novel Mechanisms of Hormone Resistance," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, e-mail Margie West 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. 

Vasdev to give anesthesia presentation

VasdevDr. Gurinder Vasdev, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "The Nuts and Bolts of Liver Transplant Anesthesia," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914 or e-mail her at

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