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AOA, MC law pitch in to refurbish center

Fourth-year medical students Haley Clark and Chris Clark, in foreground, assemble new furniture for the Mississippi Children's Justice Center last Friday.

The students, along with other members of UMMC's chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha partnered with members of the Mississippi College Law Student Bar Association in the philanthropic project to remodel the MCJC waiting room.

Smith presents abstracts at national meeting

Smith_AndrewDr. Andrew Smith, assistant professor of radiology and director of radiology research, presented research abstracts of two studies at the American Roentgen Ray Society's 2013 annual meeting recently.

Smith and a team of investigators from radiology, the School of Health Related Professions and the Center for Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, in collaboration with the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, used CT imaging and a serum biomarker to predict survival in patients with metastatic melanoma treated with anti-angiogenic therapy.

Smith and the radiology and Center for Biostatistics and Bioinformatics team also completed a similar research project using a CT imaging biomarker to predict survival in patients with metastatic kidney cancer treated with anti-angiogenic therapy. Smith was the primary investigator of both studies.   

Celebration to feature hero in organ donor memorial

WrotenChase Wroten, a Hinds Community College baseball player who died in 2011, will be among those featured on the Wall of Heroes during a "Donate Life Month"  celebration at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the foyer of University Hospital's main atrium.

Wroten’s parents made the decision to donate his organs after he suffered a fatal stroke during a baseball game.

The celebration will include speeches from donor families and transplant recipients. Refreshments will be available. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.


Heart society taps Borganelli for presentation

BorganelliDr. Mark Borganelli, associate professor of medicine (cardiology), has been invited to moderate a pre-recorded webinar, "Transvenous Lead Surveillance and Indications for Lead Extraction," one session of a three-part clinical decision-making seminar series, "Focus-lead Management," available on the Heart Rhythm Society's website in May.

A formal question-and-answer teleconference will follow the webinar later this summer. The webinar will be available through  

Campus Police release March crime stats

Hand cuffs 2013Campus Police reported three petit larceny thefts, one motor vehicle theft and seven arrests in March.

To report crime on campus, call Campus Police at 5-3072.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

* Dr. Robin Rockhold, professor of pharmacology and toxicology

20 Years

* Paul Davis, clinical technical director, Anesthesia

15 Years

* Stacy Baldwin, agency procurement officer and director of contracts, Contracts Administration

* Christopher Blair, CT technologist, University Hospital CT

* Carol Denton, chief integrity and compliance officer, Integrity and Compliance

10 Years

* Stephanie Henderson, dispatcher, Ambassadors

* Christina Higgins, director of nursing excellence, Office of Nursing Excellence

* Dr. John B. Smith, associate professor of dentistry (care planning and restorative sciences)

* William Woods, instructor in radiation oncology

5 Years

* Dr. Bryan Barksdale, professor of medicine (cardiology)

* Lavondia Brown, medical laboratory technician, Bacteriology Clinical Lab

* Renee Chamberlain, inpatient nurse, CICU

* Dr. Edward D. Green, assistant professor of radiology

* Dr. Stephen H. Hindman, professor of medicine (cardiology)

* Patricia Houston, ambulatory nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Tara McCook, unit secretary, Pediatric ICU 

* Brook McCrory, inpatient nurse, CICU

* Rhonda Meadows, nurse practitioner, Cardiology

* Charity Robinson, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Beverly Trotter, call center representative, Access

* Daniel Walker, nurse, Surgical ICU  

Samson to present women’s health lecture

Samson_RickDr. Rick Samson, chairman and professor of pharmacological sciences and graduate programs in the biomedical sciences at St. Louis University, will present the Women's Health Research Center lecture, "Bioinformatic Peptide Discovery," from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, April 29, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Emily Lane Colvin at 4-2103. 

Gatewood to facilitate Schwartz Rounds

Jimmy Gatewood, associate director of social work, will facilitate the next session of Schwartz Center Rounds, "When Co-workers Need Our Care," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Panelists will discuss the illness and loss of colleagues. Registration will be available at the door. Medical Center faculty and staff must bring their badges to scan.

For more information, call Michelle Brassfield at 4-1300.

Ballgame, videos highlight appreciation events

hospital week 2013A variety of activities are scheduled as part of the Medical Center's Employee Appreciation Week.

The celebration will commence on Thursday, May 2, with "UMMC Night" at Trustmark Park in Pearl, when the Mississippi Braves host the Tennessee Smokies. A section of the grandstand will be reserved for Medical Center employees.

Other events will include guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, and "We Are UMMC" video previews. UMMC employees are encouraged to enter the "Trading Spaces" contest in which administrators and directors will swap their on-campus parking spaces for a week with winning employees who park at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

To enter, visit the Circles Concierge Service Desk or send an email referencing "Trading Spaces" and including a valid employee number, extension number, department and shift to Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.

Myers to give physiology presentation

MyersDr. Martin Myers, Marilyn H. Vincent Professor of Diabetes Research and associate professor of internal medicine and molecular and integrative physiology, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, will present "Neural Mechanisms of Leptin Action" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.   

DIS to offer Kronos refresher courses

KronosThe Division of Information Services will offer refresher courses for Kronos users throughout April and May.

Four sessions will be available, including Employee Self-Service, Manager Self-Service, Timekeeping and Basic Scheduling, and Using the Advanced Scheduler. Attendees should have an existing Kronos access log-in.

The sessions are scheduled on Tuesday, April 30, Wednesday, May 1, Tuesday, May 7, Tuesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 21. Click here to access the Attendance Tracker Calendar and register for the desired session(s).

Attendees should register as soon as possible as space is limited and these courses are expected to fill quickly. For more information about the courses, call 5-9939.

Pollack to give grand rounds presentation

PollackDr. Charles V. Pollack Jr., professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, chairman of emergency medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital and former resident at UMMC, will present Grand Rounds on Cardiology Triage/Intervention, "Appropriate Therapeutic Solutions to Improve Outcomes in ACS," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, in classroom 6A.

The conference will include a discussion of the integral role of platelet activation and aggregation in ACS and in stent thrombosis and an analysis of current ACCF/AHA/SCAI and ACCP guidelines on unstable angina, NSTEMI, STEMI and the use of PCI.

Lunch will be provided for the first 40 in attendance. For more information, call Mary Johnson at 4-5582.

Mengel to discuss medical doc guidelines

Dr. Marvin Mengel, an internal medicine physician in Geneva, Fla., will present "Observation Vs. Inpatient" from noon-1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in room 5A.

The medical documentation guidelines presentation is sponsored by the Office of Integrity and Compliance.

For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

Bai to present microbiology seminar

BaiDr. Fengwei Bai, assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, will present the microbiology seminar, "Host Immune Response to West Nile Virus" at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in room 5A.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available at 4 p.m. in room N547.

For more information, call Angeline Green at 4-1700.

Zuckerman to present Freeland Lecture

ZuckermanDr. Joseph D. Zuckerman, professor and chairman of orthopaedic surgery at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, will present "Orthopaedic Resident Education: From Bench to Bedside," as part of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation's annual Alan E. Freeland Research Lecture Series and Resident Research Day from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, June 7, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

The program will include research presentations by chief residents Dr. Donald Baker, Dr. Tyler Marks, Dr. Rowland Roberson and Dr. James Woodall. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.

For more information, call 4-5153 or email Susan Alexander at


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