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  •  ED physicians treat Full Metal Jousters with medieval care 
  • Alliance boosters live high on the hog at 2012 Taste of the U
  • Women’s Health Center researchers study safety of . . . testosterone?

Sweet success for the ASB at Taste of the U

The Associated Student Body chef team won the Overall Showmanship award at the 2012 Taste of the U with a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme. Willie Wonka and his Oompa-Loompas received the Dr. Fine Swine trophy and bragging rights for the entire year. Look for more Taste photos later today on UMMC's Facebook page and in this week's CenterView.

Dedication welcomes pharm building to UMMC

Cutting the ribbon during the Feb. 23 dedication of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Instructional and Research Facility are, from left, Provost Morris Stocks, Dr. Helen Turner, Dr. David Allen, Chancellor Dan Jones, Dr. Ruth Black, Dr. James Keeton, Dr. Leigh Ann Ross, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, Dr. Barbara Wells, Dr. Jillian Foster, Dr. Alice Clark, Laura Luther, Ian Banner, Dr. David Powe and Joe Stevens. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran gave an address during the ceremony, which officially opened the state-of-the-art facility on the northeast corner of the Medical Center campus.

CV construction to impact street access

Renovations to the North Wing and new construction on green space between the North Wing and University Hospital will require that adjacent areas be cordoned off as part of construction to move the Medical Center’s cardiovascular center to a new location. Starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, vehicle and pedestrian access to the circular drive in front of the School of Medicine and the street in front of the School of Nursing building, and all adjacent walkways, will be restricted.

Individuals who use this street to access the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Classroom Wing and all other offices in the North Wing may use the University Hospital entrance or a temporary walkway between the School of Nursing building and the Classroom Wing. Individuals who park in Parking Garage A may access these areas through the University Hospital entrance. The northwest entrance to the School of Nursing building will remain accessible.

Shuttle Stop 14 at the circular drive will be closed during the construction. The School of Nursing shuttle (known as the Red Line) will stop at shuttle Stop 16 on Peachtree Street. Passengers going to and from the School of Nursing, the School of Medicine, the Classroom Wing and all other offices in the North Wing will have the option of taking either the Red Line or the Blue Line (the Main Campus shuttle), which also stops at Shuttle Stop 16.

The renovation is expected to be completed within 18 months. Once construction is completed, pedestrian and vehicular traffic to the circular drive will be restored.

To view a detailed graphic of the construction area and the revised Red Line shuttle route, visit For more information about the revised shuttle route for the Red Line, call the Department of Parking and Transportation at 4-1405 or visit Physical Facilities-Shuttle/Transportation on the UMMC Intranet.

WHRC staff raise heart disease awareness

Members of the UMMC Women's Health Research Center wear red in support of Go Red for Women, a campaign by the American Heart Association every February to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women.

Caldwell Award honors UMMC’s top resident

Dr. William A. Whitehead, right, chairman of the Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi Board of Directors, presents the 2012 Robert S. Caldwell, M.D. Memorial Award to Dr. Christopher M. Bean, a senior resident in the Division of Urology, while Dr. Cynthia A. Bean, instructor in ob-gyn, looks on.

Bean was recognized for his knowledge of medicine and excellence in care as well as his record documentation and leadership. The award, presented each year to the top resident at UMMC, also recognizes individuals that are considered avid teachers of medical students and fellow residents.

“During his residency, Dr. Bean has demonstrated character, leadership and a deep sense of caring for his patients and fellow residents,” said Dr. Charles Pound, chief of the Division of Urology. “His intellect and dedication is demonstrated by his consistent scoring in the upper 20th percentile on the annual in-service examination.”

Bean will begin a two-year fellowship in pediatric urology at the University of Cincinnati when he completes his residency at UMMC in June.

The award is named in memory of the late Dr. Robert S. Caldwell, a general surgeon from Tupelo who was instrumental in the founding of the Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi.

Neurosurgery faculty welcome Chamczuk

 chamczuk_andreaDr. Andrea Jennifer Chamczuk has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurosurgery.

After receiving her BSc with honors in biology and psychology from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1997, Chamczuk earned her MSc in clinical biochemistry at the University of Toronto, Ontario, in 2001. She then earned her MD at Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Netherlands-Antilles, in 2005. She subsequently completed her residency training in neurological surgery at the University of Buffalo (SUNY) in June 2011.

After being awarded the prestigious Cushing Fellowship Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, she went on to complete her fellowship training in neuroendoscopy in Holland and Germany. The coauthor of a half-dozen articles in peer-reviewed publications, Chamczuk has been an invited presenter at more than a dozen international conferences. She holds a joint patent for a rapid assay used as a method for diagnosing multiple sclerosis.

Donation supports Jackson Free Clinic

School of Medicine administrators present $150,000 in donated funds to members of the Jackson Free Clinic student board of directors Feb. 10 to support operation of the student-run clinic. Attending the presentation are, from left, Brittain Heindl, M4 and Free Clinic treasurer; Dr. Loretta Jackson Williams, associate dean for academic affairs in the SOM; Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and vice dean of the medical school; Bobby Tullos, M4 and Free Clinic director; Amika Sood, M4 and Free Clinic structure chairman; Stephen Sills, M3 and Free Clinic board member; Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the medical school; and Dr. Jerry Clark, dean of students.

Otworth joins anesthesiology faculty

otworth_jamesDr. James R. Otworth has returned to the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving the B.S. at Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1977, Otworth earned the D.O. at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, in 1987. He served an internship at Meridia Huron Hospital, East Cleveland, Ohio, from 1987-88, an anesthesiology residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, from 1988-91, a critical care fellowship from 1995-96 and a hematology and oncology fellowship from 1998-99 at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and an internal medicine residency at Akron General Medical Center, Ohio, from 1996-98.

Otworth has approximately 20 years of experience as an anesthesiologist at several institutions in Ohio and has served as an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Ohio State University Medical Center from 2000-01. He first joined the Medical Center faculty in March 2011 as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Osteopathic Association.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

*Dr. Sylvia McCandless, assistant professor of physical therapy

20 Years

* Dr. Susan Hart-Hester, professor of family medicine
* Dell Lumpkin, nurse in Employee Health Service
* Larry Magee, medical technologist in the Toxicology Clinical Lab

15 Years

* George Burks, nurse in the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants
* Dr. Jerry Clark, assistant professor of medicine
* Sonja Huntley, nurse in the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants

10 Years

* Dr. Sheila Bouldin, associate professor of ob-gyn
* Michelene Brock, data analyst for the Jackson Heart Study
* Wendy Dykes, case manager in Coordinated Care Float
* Min Kang, inpatient nurse in University Hospital
* Darron Morris, biomedical engineering supervisor in Clinical Engineering
* Kathleen Nelson, ophthalmic technologist for University Physicians
* Jamie Whittington, billing specialist for University Physicians

5 Years

* Alicia Yoakum, nurse in the Pediatric ICU

Survey seeks to gauge fitness center interest

The UMMC Wellness Committee is collecting information to assess the feasibility of building an on-campus wellness and fitness center. The center would be a high-quality facility with services, programs and equipment on par with those of leading academic medical centers. It would be open to employees and their dependents, students and patients undergoing rehabilitation, as well as members of the general public.

A first step is to determine how much interest employees and students have in such a facility. The online survey will take about three minutes and all answers are completely confidential. Once all the answers are compiled and analyzed, the committee will share the results with the Medical Center community.

The deadline for taking the survey is Wednesday, Feb. 29. To take the fitness center survey, visit

Annual radiothon to benefit Children’s Hospital

logo_radiothonRadio stations from Jackson and Meridian will broadcast the 11th annual Mississippi Miracles Radiothon to benefit the Batson Children's Hospital from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 29-March 2. Jackson radio stations Y101.7, US 96.3 and Mix 98.7 will broadcast live from the Children's Hospital lobby; Meridian radio stations 97OKK, Kiss 104.1, Q101 and 105.7 The Beat will broadcast from Meridian. Radio hosts will interview current and former Batson Children's Hospital patients, their families and hospital staff and will ask listeners to call in pledges to benefit the hospital. The money will be used to purchase equipment and fund research and programs that ensure the hospital can provide the most advanced level of medical care for Mississippi's children. To make a donation, call 601-984-KIDS (5437) or 1-888-681-KIDS (5437).

MSU to host diversity conference

The President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities will sponsor Mississippi State University’s second diversity conference, “Enhancing Diversity in Higher Education: Undergraduate Retention and Recruitment of Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff,” Thursday-Friday, March 1-2.

Administrators, faculty, staff and students from institutions of higher learning throughout the state have been invited to the conference, according to Mark E. Keenum, MSU president.

“Diversity empowers and enriches any institution and the individuals within it,” Keenum said. “It gives us the opportunity to communicate, to know one another and to replace fear and prejudice with understanding and respect.”

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will give the keynote address for the conference, which will draw attention to opportunities for diversity, discuss best practices for accomplishing diversity goals and offer general recommendations for enhancing diversity initiatives.

The registration fee is $150 for faculty and $75 for students. For more information about the conference, call Adrienne Morris at (662) 325-8124 or e-mail

Community health advocate trainers sought

Healthy Linkages and Southern Remedy are seeking individuals to serve as trainers of community health advocates for a series of train-the-trainer programs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, Saturday, April 28, Saturday, June 23 and Saturday, July 21, in the Classroom Wing at UMMC. Community health advocates are lay persons trained to help individuals and communities adopt healthy behaviors. The goal of the training is to prevent and manage many chronic diseases that plague Mississippi. For more information about the programs or to volunteer, call Michael Jones at 5-9693 or e-mail

Akingbemi to present cancer seminar

AkingbemiDr. Benson T. Akingbemi, associate professor of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology at Auburn University, will present the Cancer Institute Seminar, "Endocrine Disruptors, Metabolic Syndromes and Endocrine Function of the Testis," at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in room G-151 on the first floor of the Guyton Library. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call 5-6802.


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