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Med students blanket UMMC cancer patients

First-year medical students, from left, Ashton Davis, Katie Thaggard, Maggie Wester and Kristen Ramey, work on blankets to be given to cancer patients at UMMC as part of their student service project for the Mississippi chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha.

The project was developed by Ben Pace, service project committee chair, and overseen by Clara Gomez-Sanchez, president of the chapter, and the AOA faculty counselor, Dr. Omar Abdul-Rahman.

Radiothon to broadcast miracles for Batson

RadiothonRadio stations from across central Mississippi will join forces for the 13th annual Mississippi Miracles Radiothon from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 26-28, to benefit the Batson Children's Hospital.

Returning to the radiothon are Jackson station Jack FM and Vicksburg stations KHits and River 101. These stations, along with Jackson's Y101.7, US 96.3 and Mix 98.7, will broadcast live from the Children's Hospital lobby. Meridian stations 97 OKK, Kiss 104.1, Q101, and 105.7 the Beat will broadcast from Meridian.

DJs will interview current and former patients with their families and the hospital staff who care for them, and will ask listeners to call in pledges to benefit the hospital. Donated money will be used to fund equipment, research and programs that ensure the hospital will be able to provide the most advanced level of medical care for Mississippi's children.

To make a donation, call 4-KIDS (5437).

Med Center now boasts ‘White Coat of Quality’

White Coat Gold SealThe Medical Center has earned the Surescripts' 2013 White Coat of Quality Award, according to Valentina Lengkong, quality technician for Surescripts, the most comprehensive ecosystem of health-care organizations nationwide.

UMMC was selected for the award because of its commitment to eliminating electronic prescription content errors. The award recognizes organizations that uphold the highest standards of quality in e-prescribing and is a featured part of Surescripts' quality program, which seeks to achieve 100 percent reliability in e-prescribing.

"The Surescripts White Coat of Quality program aims to improve the clinical quality of electronic prescriptions by recognizing vendors who have successfully implemented improvements to their technology and prescriber training," said Dr. Michael Todaro, director of pharmacy. "UMMC has worked diligently on implementing proven clinical quality guidelines and best practices that help our Epic specialists deliver continuous improvements to workflow to help prescribers and pharmacists realize the full benefits of e-prescribing and electronic information exchange.

"This achievement recognizes the outstanding work and achievement of our EPIC team partnering with our health care providers to assure the safest process for prescribing medications."

"We applaud (the) University of Mississippi Medical Center's dedication and commitment to improve and provide an efficient and safe e-prescribing process," Lengkong wrote.

Table set for 24th annual Taste of the U

Live music, creative themes and an eclectic menu of bite-size food are on tap for the Taste of the U, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 in the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

This is the 24th year for the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s fund-raising event, which will benefit the UMMC Alliance, a nonprofit charitable and social organization serving the needs of the Medical Center’s patients, families and facilities.

This year’s proceeds will be used to remodel the Department of Radiology reception area.

Around 20 teams have signed up to ply Taste-goers with dishes from around the world.

Among the celebrity judges are Maggie Wade, anchor for Mississippi News Now; Grant Nooe, chef and restaurant owner; and Dr. David Dzielak, director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. Toy Wolfe, UMMC dietitian, will rate the heart-healthy fare.

Several prizes are up for grabs in a silent auction, including a two-night hunting trip at Belle Island in Vicksburg with a dinner, guided hunts and a guaranteed buck trophy; two tickets to the Chancellor’s Box for the Saturday, Oct. 4 Ole Miss-Alabama football game in Oxford, along with parking passes and a three-room, three-night stay; a football signed by former Rebel quarterback Eli Manning and current head football coach Hugh Freeze; and two stadium-seat tickets to the Ole-Miss Alabama game.

Also, Mississippi State University fans can bid on autographed items that include a cowbell, baseball, white zip-up hoodie and a book by legendary MSU sports announcer Jack Cristil. Also available: jewelry, gift cards to local merchants and restaurants; a private dinner for four at the winner’s home; and more.

Tickets to Taste of the U are $25 for adults; $15 for students, interns and residents; $5 for children under 12. To purchase, visit To volunteer, call Kathy Webster at 4-6377 or email her at

Radiation Oncology faculty welcome Duggar

Duggar_williamWilliam Neil Duggar, freshly graduated from the CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics Residency Training Program at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in radiation oncology.

After receiving a B.S. in physics from Mississippi College in 2009, Duggar earned an M.S. in medical physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2010.

He served as a radiology assistant at U.S. Teleradiology from 2010-11 before coming to UMMC, first as an ambassador and finally to the Radiation Oncology Department as a physics resident.

A resident member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Duggar has given two poster presentations at the AAPM annual meeting.

Physiology faculty welcome postdoc fellow

Wang_ZhenDr. Zhen Wang, a postdoctoral fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After receiving the B.S. in medicine in 1999 and the M.S. in pharmacology in 2004 from the Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, Wang earned the Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, in 2012. Wang has since served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UMMC.

A member of the American Physiological Society, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine and the American Heart Association, Wang has authored or coauthored 18 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, 15 abstracts and two book chapters.

Laparoscopic surgeon joins surgery faculty

McKinney_GeraldDr. Gerald McKinney, a highly trained surgeon specializing in laparoscopic surgery, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of surgery.

After receiving the BS in chemistry from Morehouse College, Atlanta, in 1985, McKinney earned the MD at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 1991. He had an internship in preliminary surgery from 1991-92 and residency training in preliminary surgery from 1992-93 at the University of Illinois Hospitals and Clinics, Chicago, an internship in surgery from 1995-96 and residency training in general surgery from 1996-2000 at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident from 1999-2000, and a laparoscopic fellowship at the Texas Institute of Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery from 2001-02.

McKinney served as an instructor in clinical surgery at the Morehouse School of Medicine from 2000-01, as a general and advanced laparoscopic surgeon at the Medical Group of Michigan City, Indiana, from 2002-03, and as an assistant professor of general and advanced laparoscopic surgery and director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at University Physicians and Surgeons, Inc., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, since 2003. Since 2009, he concurrently served as an adjunct professor of exercise science, sport and recreation at Marshall University.

A member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association, McKinney is the author or coauthor of nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has given 20 presentations at scientific or professional meetings.

McKinney's research interests include foregut disease and single sit laparoscopy.  

Baumann steps into lead role with chest physician group

Baumann_MichaelDr. Michael H. Baumann, professor of medicine and a member of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, has begun a one-year term as president of the American College of Chest Physicians. Baumann presided over the group’s annual meeting in Chicago last fall, attended by a record 5,000 participants.  During his tenure Baumann has emphasized delivering more clinical education to members of the college, particularly through simulation; occupying the group’s new headquarters outside of Chicago; and cultivating new members worldwide.  

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

40 Years

* Betty Scott, associate comptroller, Accounting Department

20 Years

* Ken Agbahiwe, inventory manager, Newborn ICU

* Teresa Anderson, data integrity specialist, Health Information Management

* Dr. Raouf Daoud, assistant professor of anesthesiology

* Mary Dixon, accounting clerk, Bookstore

* Pam Farris, nurse manager, Bone Marrow

* Rebecca Wilson, patient care technician, 5 South

15 Years

* Michelle Brewer, CRNA, Anesthesia

10 Years

* Leigh Anne Carr, social worker, Utilization Management

* Latasha Funches, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Delinsa Jones, patient care technician, 3 Children's

* Cory Steed, field support specialist, Information Systems

5 Years

* Glynda Due, medical technologist, Blood Bank

* Robert Duran, nursing shift supervisor, Inpatient Dialysis

* Peggy Farnham, administrative assistant, Dermatology

* Marcella Mason, LPN, 3 North

Schwartz Rounds to tackle pain's problems

Shwartz_Center_RoundsDoris Whitaker, UMMC chaplain, will serve as moderator and Dr. Christian Paine, house officer in pediatrics, and Dr. Andrew Ostrenga, pharmacist, will serve as panelists during the next Schwartz Center Rounds presentation, "The Problem of Pain," scheduled from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The presentation will focus on issues surrounding pain management from various perspectives. Registration will take place at the door.

Medical Center employees must bring their badges to scan. For more information, call Elizabeth Franklin at 5-5141.

Journal club to discuss men’s health disparities

Bruce_MarinoDr. Marino A. Bruce, executive director for faculty development, research and creative expression in the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University, professor of criminal justice and sociology at JSU and executive director of the Center for Health of Minority Males, will lead a discussion at the spring semester 2014 session of the Population Health Journal Club from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in room N521 (5A) in the North Wing of the School of Medicine.

The selected discussion reading will come from Economic Burden of Men's Health Disparities in the United States in the International Journal of Men's Health.

For more information, email Felicia Bowens at

Seminar to uncover how sex matters in HTN

Sullivan_JenniferDr. Jennifer C. Sullivan of the Department of Internal Medicine, Sections of Experimental Medicine, at Georgia Regents University, Augusta, will give the pharmacology seminar, "The 'Inflammatory' Nature of Hypertension: Does Sex Matter?" at noon on Monday, Feb. 24, in classroom 6A.

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

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