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SOD helps bring smiles to local kids

Naomi Nolan, Pecan Park Elementary first-grader, offers encouragement as her friend and classmate Fre'kyla Moore receives sealants during the School of Dentistry's Give Kids a Smile day Feb. 3. Approximately 700 students from Pecan Park and Brown Elementary schools received free dental exams at the School of Dentistry and at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center as part of the nationwide event sponsored by the American Dental Association. Also pictured are, clockwise from left, Eliza Brown, chief dental assistant in the pediatric clinic at the School of Dentistry, Dr. Neva Eklund, chair of pediatric and public health dentistry, and Mary Catherine Stone, third-year dental student.

UMMC pathologists receive CAP grant

The Medical Center’s Surgical Pathology Quality Improvement Group has received the prestigious John H. Rippey Grant for Laboratory Quality Assurance from the College of American Pathologists. The $15,000 grant supports innovative projects related to quality assurance, quality improvement in pathology or patient safety, which result in improved patient care.

The collaborative group is composed of surgical pathologists, pathology residents, hospital administrators and laboratory technologists who will be working with the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension at Mississippi State University to apply lean workflow techniques to improve the workflow in the surgical pathology laboratory.

The grant team was initiated and facilitated by Dr. Kathryn Brown, a third-year resident in the Department of Pathology, and Adam Carson of the Division of Information Systems.

Red dresses help AHA raise awareness

 Muna Saquan, pharmacy technologist, puts the finishing touches on the Central Pharmacy’s entry in the Create a Go Red Dress. More than 15 dresses were on display in the Clinical Sciences walkway Feb. 3 to support the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement.

UMMC radiologists speak at conference

 Five Medical Center radiologists were selected to speak at the Southern Radiological Conference 55th annual meeting Jan. 27-29 in Point Clear, Ala.

Dr. Sunit Sebastian, assistant professor of radiology, presented “MRI of Adrenal Lesions,” Dr. E. Patrick Farley, assistant professor of radiology, presented “Review of Degenerative Disc Disease,” Dr. Anson L. Thaggard, assistant professor of radiology, presented “All is Not Gold that Glitters: Non-malignant Findings in Cancer Imaging,” Dr. Andrew D. Smith, assistant professor of radiology, presented “Bosniak Cystic Renal Lesions,” and Dr. Frederico F. Souza, assistant professor of radiology, presented “Pitfalls and Artifact in PET/CT Imaging of the Body.” Dr. Daniel T. Hankins, assistant professor of radiology, served as program chairman for the SRC.

Souza will participate in the 2012 American Roentgen Ray Society Clinician Educator Development Program, a two-day workshop for junior faculty physicians to gain proficiency in teaching skills and designing educational activities.

Sebastian also was selected for the Health Disparities Research Scholar Award Program, an interdisciplinary professional development program to develop independent researchers in health disparities research through individualized mentored training. Sebastian is working on a Colon Health Intervention Program using CT colonography for colorectal cancer screening, especially in women 50 years and older who are not adherent to colorectal cancer screening guidelines. Dr. Lucio Miele, Ergon Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and director of the UMMC Cancer Institute, serves as Sebastian’s mentor.

In memoriam: Dr. Jesse L. “Bud” Wofford

wofford_jesseDr. Jesse L. “Bud” Wofford, a longtime thoracic surgeon who served on the medical staff at the Medical Center, died Jan. 26. He was 89.

Wofford began a long affiliation with UMMC in 1955 when he completed his surgical training at the Medical Center and served on the medical staff. While here, he trained numerous medical students, residents, nurses, respiratory therapists and thoracic surgery fellows. He and his wife, Mary, established the Medical Scholars Travel Award to support medical students in their pursuit of education and international medicine.

Wofford’s daughter, Dr. Marion R. Wofford, is a professor of medicine at UMMC.

Funeral services were Jan. 30 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, with burial at Lakewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 621 Duling Ave., Jackson, 39216 or to the Methodist Rehabilitation Center, 1350 East Woodrow Wilson, Jackson, 39216.

Pharmacology faculty welcome Sasser

sasser_jenniferDr. Jennifer Sasser has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pharmacology.

After receiving the B.Ch.E. with highest honor from the School of Chemical Engineering, George Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1999, Sasser earned the Ph.D. with distinction in pharmacology and toxicology at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, in 2005. She then had postdoctoral fellowship training in the Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics at the University of Florida, Gainesville, from 2006-11.

An active member in several professional organizations, including the American Physiological Society, the American Heart Association and the American Society of Nephrology, Sasser’s research interest includes the mechanisms of renoprotection by relaxin in hypertension.

An ad hoc reviewer for several publications, Sasser is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. She has co-authored approximately two-dozen articles in peer-reviewed publications and more than 40 abstracts.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* John McGlothen, patient care technician in the Short Stay Procedure Area

* Lulu Metzger, technician in Environmental Services

20 Years

* Alisa Johnson, business systems analysis manager for University Physicians

* Arta Young, health information services tech for University Physicians

15 Years

* Stacy Anderson, business operations supervisor for University Physicians

* Edward Holman, imaging tech supervisor in Diagnostic Radiology

* Ruby Smith, operations director in the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

10 Years

* Cametra Barber, unit secretary on 2 South

* Glenda Crain, ambulatory nurse in the Family Medicine Research and Teaching Center

* Ruthania Hudson, intermediate support analyst in Information Systems

* Heather Pierce, nurse administrative house supervisor in Batson Children’s Hospital

5 Years

* Thelma Bryant, coder in the GES Program

* Christina Busby, CVS nurse in Adult Cardiac Cath

* Cheffon Carter, PFS supervisor in Pre Arrival Access

* Joe Collier, officer in Campus Police

* Ofik Johnson, ambulatory nurse in Pre-anesthesia Testing

* Sarah Langham, nursing shift supervisor in Pediatric Psychiatry

* Cheryl Martin-Bolden, health information services technician for University Physicians

* Christopher Rachel, business operations manager at the Cancer Institute

* Janie Scarborough, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Flynn Wallace, business operations director in family medicine

* Cassandra Ward-Peterson, social worker in the Family Medicine Research and Teaching Center

* Dr. Mack Woo, assistant professor of anesthesiology

Olson to present Nelson research lecture

olson_ericDr. Eric Olson, Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Science, Annie and Willie Nelson Professor, Pogue Distinguished Chair in Research on Cardiac Birth Defects, and professor and chair of molecular biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, will give the Gertrude and Florian Nelson Cardiovascular Research Lecture, "Heart Making and Heart Breaking: The Molecular Circuitry of Cardiac Development, Disease and Regeneration," at noon on Thursday, Feb. 9, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre). The lecture is presented by the Center for Excellence in Cardiovascular-Renal Research and is sponsored by the American Heart Association. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Betsy Davis at 5-1436.

Greene to speak at cystic fibrosis event

greene_lisaLisa Greene, author of Parenting Children with Health Issues and Special Needs: Love and Logic Essentials for Raising Happy, Healthier Kids, will be the keynote speaker at a Cystic Fibrosis Patient and Family Education event scheduled from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. At the event, Dr. Joseph M. Majure, professor of pediatrics, will be formally introduced as director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center. For more information or to register, call Sheila Hawkins at 4-2492 or e-mail her at

Cooper to present anesthesia conference

cooper_johnDr. John R. Cooper Jr. of the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, will present the Anesthesia Clinical Conference, "Anesthetic Management of Thoracic Aneurysms," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in classroom 6A. For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914.

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