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How are U enjoying the spring?

With the days growing longer and peak allergy season behind us, the editors of CenterView want to know how Medical Center faculty, staff and students are taking advantage of the sunny spring weather.

Are you getting out of the office and out of the gym to go running or take a bike ride? Are you hitting the golf course, playing some softball or just sprucing up the yard?

E-mail us at or visit our Facebook page at to let us know how you’re spending the spring, and we will publish a selection of how UMMC faculty, staff and students are staying fit and enjoying the fresh spring air in an upcoming issue of CenterView.


Evers Society recognizes SOM's best faculty

The Medical School's top educators were honored during the sixteenth annual awards banquet of the Carl G. Evers M.D. Society April 11 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Those who received awards include, seated from left, Dr. David Brown, Biochemistry, M1 Basic Science Professor of the Year; Dr. Jack Correia, Biochemistry, M1 Department of the Year; Dr. David Dzielak, Physiology and Biophysics, M2 Basic Science Professor of the Year; and Dr. Stephen Stray, Microbiology, M2 Department of the Year; and standing from left, Dr. Jarrett Corley, Surgery, M3 Resident of the Year; Dr. Kimberly Paduda, Pediatrics, M3 Clinician of the Year; Dr. Michelle Horn, Internal Medicine, M3 and M4 Department of the Year; Dr. Rishi Roy, Surgery, M4 Resident of the Year; and Dr. Zeb Henson, Internal Medicine, M4 Clinician of the Year.

Telemedicine association taps Henderson


Dr. Kristi Henderson, chief advanced practice officer and director of Telehealth, has been elected to serve on the American Telemedicine Association’s Institutional Council Executive Committee.

The ATA Institutional Council includes only ATA institutional members and provides a forum for communication throughout the industry and the public. A non-profit established in 1993 in Washington, D.C., membership in the association is available to individuals, health-care institutions and other organizations with an interest in promoting the use of telemedicine around the world.

Field Lecturer garners recognition

Dr. Keith Lillemore, center, chief of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, receives a plaque of appreciation from Dr. Thomas Helling, left, professor of surgery, and Dr. Marc Mitchell, chairman of surgery. Lillemore presented the keynote address at the 12th Richard Jennings Field Jr. Lectureship in Surgery April 11 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.    

Medicine faculty welcome Alexander Nickens

NickensDr. Myrna Ellen Alexander Nickens, the first female interventional cardiologist in Mississippi, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of medicine.

A 1978 graduate of Tougaloo College, Alexander Nickens received the M.D. from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn., in 1982. She did an internal medicine internship from 1982-83, an internal medicine residency from 1983-85, a cardiology fellowship from 1989-92 and an interventional cardiology fellowship from 1992-93 at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich.

A staff physician in public health services for Samaritan Health Systems in Detroit from 1985-89,  Alexander Nickens served on the Henry Ford Hospital staff from 1993-95 as an interventional/clinical cardiologist academic instructor and associate director of the Cardiology Inpatient Unit. She has served as a clinical clerkship mentor for residents and students at UMMC since 1995.

A member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, the American Medical Association and the Association of Black Cardiology, Alexander Nickens is the coauthor of four peer-reviewed professional publications.

She has an interest in heart disease in women, valvular heart disease and preventive cardiology for all ages above 15 years of age. All patients are welcomed to her practice at UMMC.

Rodriguez joins pediatrics faculty


 Dr. Ray J. Rodriguez has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics.

A 1979 graduate of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce, Rodriguez received the M.D. from the Ponce School of Medicine in 1984. He did a transitional internship from 1984-85 at Damas Hospital, Ponce, a pediatric residency from 1988-91 at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas, and an allergy immunology fellowship from 1993-95 and a clinical laboratory immunology fellowship from 1995-96 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.

Rodriguez served as a general medical officer in the Second Medical Battalion at Camp Casey, Korea, from 1985-86 and in the General Outpatient Clinic at Dewitt Army Community Hospital, Ft. Belvoir, Va., from 1986-88. He also served on the pediatric staff at the Womack Army Medical Center’s Pediatric Clinic in Ft. Bragg, N.C., from 1991-93 and was chief of allergy immunology at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas, from 1996-97. Since 1997, he has had an allergy immunology private practice in Puerto Rico.

In 2002, Rodriguez received his master’s in public health from the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, and his master’s in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received the juris doctor in 2007 from the University of Puerto Rico Law School in Rio Piedras.

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Rodriguez is a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Physician Executives and the American Bar Association. He has coauthored three articles for peer-reviewed publications.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* Diane Wells, LPN in Batson Children’s Hospital 

5 Years

* Doris Austin, administrative assistant in Health Information Management

* Rhea Bonasia, radiation therapist in Radiation Oncology

* Sharon Brooks, food preparation specialist in Food and Nutrition Services

* Brenda Carpenter, LPN in the School of Medicine

* Clifford Galloway, associate director of engineering services in Physical Facilities

* Jennifer Gedemer, transplant coordinator in Kidney Transplant

* Muffy Spears, patient care technician in Batson Children’s Hospital

UMMC event to promote health-care decisions

Natl DecisionsThe Office of Bioethics and Humanities and the Ethics Advisory Committee will sponsor a campus event that is part of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the American Medical Association's "National Health Care Decisions Day" on Monday, April 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the walkway between the old and new University Hospital.

Medical Center faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to complete advance directives and have them scanned into their medical records. For more information, call Susan Shands Jones at 4-1031.

Fridman to give cancer lecture


Dr. Rafael Fridman, director of the Protease Program at Wayne State University and at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, will present "Discoidin Domain Receptor Tyrosine Kinases: New Players at the Tumor-stromal Interface" at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 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.

Friends of RML to host used book sale


 Friends of the Rowland Medical Library will host a used book sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, April 17-20 and a reception from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the second-floor foyer of the Verner Holmes Learning Resource Center.

Records, framed art, paperbacks and hardback books will be available for sale, and the event will include a silent auction and a drawing. For more information, call Linda Bouchillon at 4-1290.

Jones, Keeton to speak at faculty meeting

Dr. Jones and Dr. Keeton

The spring faculty meeting is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, April 18, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Dr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, will provide an update on the university and the Medical Center for the next fiscal year. Retiring faculty will be recognized. Faculty with 20 years of service will be recognized at the fall faculty meeting.

Box lunches will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Academic Affairs at 4-5009.

Celebrity hat auction to benefit CCC

Mississippi Magazine will auction 16 celebrity-signed "I Love Mississippi" hats through Sunday, April 22, to benefit the Mississippi Children's Cancer Clinic in the Batson Children's Hospital. The auction will take place on eBay.

Celebrities include Ray Romano, Doris Roberts, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Lily Tomlin, Sela Ward, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, Luci Arnaz, Michael Feinstein, Dolly Parton, Debbie Allen, Marilou Henner, Phyllis George, Mary Ann Mobley, Mary and Sam Haskell, and Eli Manning. For more information about the auction, visit


Celebration to honor organ donation

Anderson HarrisDr. Christopher Anderson, associate professor of surgery and transplant surgeon, Janet Harris, interim CEO of the adult hospitals, and two organ recipients will speak at a presentation as part of a national organ donor celebration at noon on Tuesday, April 24, in the front lower lobby of University Hospital.

Representatives from the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will be on hand to answer questions about signing up on the Mississippi Organ Donor Registry. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.

Refreshments and information on organ donation in Mississippi will be available. For more information, call Sara Balch at 4-2454 or e-mail

Ceremony to honor anatomical donors

The Medical Center family is invited to a Ceremony of Thanksgiving to honor the institution's anatomical donors at noon on Wednesday, April 25, in the Medical Center Cemetery.

The ceremony recognizes those individuals who gave their bodies to the Medical Center for health professional education and research. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Shuttle service to the ceremony will be available in front of the School of Dentistry. For more information, send an e-mail to

Saha to give multicultural presentation

SahaDr. Somnath Saha, associate professor of medicine, public health and preventive medicine and medical informatics and clinical epidemiology at the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, will give a “Health Equity Presentation” at noon on Wednesday, April 25, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The presentation will include a discussion of racial and ethnic disparities in the quality of health care, their potential sources and how health professionals can help make health care more equitable. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.

Box lunches will be available to the first 100 in attendance. For more information, call Multicultural Affairs at 4-1340.

Community health advocate trainers sought

Healthy Linkages

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, 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

Guyton to present Freeland lecture

guyton_gregoryDr. Gregory Guyton, an orthopedic surgeon on faculty at Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Md., and son of the late Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, will present “Brief History of Workers Compensation in Orthopedics” as part of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation's 2012 Alan E. Freeland Research Lecture Series and Resident Research Day at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in room CW106 in the Classroom Wing.

Following the presentation, chief residents Dr. Austin Barrett, Dr. Patrick Powell, Dr. Bradley Kellum and Dr. Scott Wingerter will present their final research from 8-10 a.m. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.

The presentation is sponsored by the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation in conjunction with an educational grant from the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation. For more information about the event, call Susan Alexander at 4-5153.

Jacob to give Hearin Distinguished Lecture

JacobDr. Howard Jacob, Warren P. Knowles Chair of Genetics, director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center, vice chair of research in the Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and professor of physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Benchside to Bedside - Applying Genomic Sequencing," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation. For more information, call Margie West at 5-5000.

Kent to present Hardy Forum, Lecture

KentDr. K. Craig Kent, A. R. Curreri Professor of Surgery, chairman of surgery and professor of vascular surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, will speak at the James D. Hardy Surgical Forum and Lecture on Wednesday, May 30, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Kent will present "Evolution in the Treatment of Vascular Disease . . . A Case Study of How Quickly Medicine Can Change," at 8 a.m. and will give the James D. Hardy Lecture, "Research in Surgery is Alive and Well," at 4 p.m.

Case presentations are scheduled for 9 a.m. and chief resident papers are scheduled for 1 p.m. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Cheryl Dunson at 5-1226.

Supply Chain releases enhanced webpage

A new Resource Link page on the Supply Chain website now provides greater communication for individuals or departments seeking to fulfill requests for non-patient-care items, such as filing cabinets, desk trays, hanging file folders, binders and report covers.

The page is most helpful when one department has excess items that another department needs. Listings will remain for 30 days or until the item has been allocated to fulfill a specific need. For more information, e-mail Kimberly Tucker at or visit the page at

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