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Commencement yields graduate record

Dr. Tom Skelton, professor of medicine, hood his daughter, Dr. Laura Skelton Smith, during the University of Mississippi Medial Center's 2013 Commencement May 24 at the Mississippi Coliseum.
A record 681 physicians, dentists, nurses, allied health professionals and graduate students in the health sciences were awarded degrees during the ceremony.
Complete coverage of 2013 Commencement is available in this week's issue of CenterView, on newsstands now.

Rowland library to launch updated website

Roland_screenshotThe Rowland Medical Library's new, more user-friendly website will be available on Wednesday, May 29.

The site will feature single-click access to the most frequently used databases and forms, daily hours of operation and easier access to all of the library's resources.

To visit the new site on May 29, visit For more information about the Rowland Medical Library, call 4-1290.  

Millsaps honors UMMC faculty with degrees

One current and one former Medical Center faculty member each received honorary doctorates from Millsaps College during the school's Commencement May 11 at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson.

Dr. Aaron Shirley, chairman of the board for the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, director of community medical services and associate professor of pediatrics, received the Doctor of Public Service. The first African-American resident at the Medical Center, Shirley is credited with leading the development of the Jackson Medical Mall into a state-of-the-art ambulatory health-care facility. 

Rev. Ed King, an original faculty member in the School of Health Related Professions, received the Doctor of Divinity. A 1958 graduate of Millsaps, King served as an associate professor of sociology and medical ethics in SHRP from 1974-2005.        

Med mall shuttle route to add Lakeland stop

The shuttle route to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center will be extended to include the Lakeland Drive corridor with a stop at the LP Building at 764 Lakeland Drive beginning Monday, June 3.

The shuttle will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, excluding holidays.

For more information, call Physical Facilities-Parking and Transportation at 4-1405 or email  (Click for Map)


New nurses receive pins at ceremony

Kristin Hinton, left, BSN student and nursing student body president, receives a pin from Dr. Kim Hoover, dean of the School of Nursing, during the Class of 2013 Pinning Ceremony May 23 at Christ United Methodist Church.

Parking Lot 21 entrance to be relocated

The entrance to Parking Lot 21 will be relocated from the south end to the north end of the lot beginning Saturday, June 1.

On that date, vehicles may access the lot from the north end of the School of Health Related Professions parking lot. Access from the south entrance of Lot 21 will be permanently closed.

For more information, call 4-1477 or email

MA names four UMMC students ‘Trailblazers’

Dr. Jasmine Taylor, right, associate vice chancellor for multicultural affairs, presents Trailblazer Awards to senior UMMC students, from left, Mary Oyeleye, School of Dentistry, Renaldo D. Williams, School of Medicine, Demetrice McDuffy, School of Nursing, and La'Fera Pope, School of Health Related Professions, during the Division of Multicultural Affairs' annual "Tribute to Seniors" gala.  (Enlarge Photo)

The awards recognize UMMC students in each of four schools whose accomplishments and commitment have made a profound difference in or impacted positively the lives of other students at the Medical Center.

Medicine faculty welcome Pruett

PruettDr. Taylor S. Pruett, a board-certified physician in internal medicine specializing in inpatient medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

After receiving a B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Millsaps College in 2000, Pruett earned the M.D. at UMMC in 2005. She then had residency training in internal medicine from 2005-08 at Scott and White Hospital, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, Temple.

Pruett served as a staff physician, inpatient medicine, at Scott and White Memorial Hospital from 2008-10 before joining Mississippi Baptist Health Systems as a staff physician, inpatient medicine, from 2010-13.

National Ob-Gyn college selects Owens

OwensDr. Michelle Y. Owens, associate professor and vice chair of ob-gyn, was elected by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as its Young Physician-at-Large earlier this month.

Owens, who also serves as assistant fellowship director of maternal-fetal medicine and medical director of the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants, assumed the office May 9.

The ACOG is a nonprofit membership organization that advocates for quality health care for women and continuing education of its members. It promotes patient education and raises awareness of changing issues facing women's health care.

Simeone joins surgery faculty

SimeoneDr. Alan Arthur Simeone, a board-certified thoracic surgeon, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of surgery. His particular area of interest will be the treatment of heart failure, including mechanical circulatory support and cardiac transplantation, based on his extensive training and experience.

After receiving the B.S. from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1984, Simeone earned the M.D. at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, in 1993. He trained as an intern in the Department of Surgery at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H., from 1993-94; as a resident in general surgery at Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., from 1994-98; as a resident in thoracic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, from 1998-2001; as a fellow in the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., from 2004-05; and as a fellow in cardiopulmonary transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., from 2009-10.

Simeone served as an attending surgeon, thoracic transplantation and circulatory support, in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center from 2010-12 and as an assistant professor and attending surgeon in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., from 2012-13.

He is the author or coauthor of a dozen articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and two book chapters.       

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Omega Holdiness, inpatient nurse, Wiser Hospital Labor Delivery/Surgery

* James Spencer, lead tech, Toxicology Clinical Lab

20 Years

* Carla Gill, nurse manager, Newborn ICU

* Lori Hollingsworth, lead tech, Adult Hematology Lab

* Karen Horne, cytotechnologist, Cytology

* Lee Manning, officer, Campus Police

* Donna Norris, program manager, Mississippi Med-Com

* Dr. Ian A. Paul, professor of psychiatry

* Tellie Roebuck, nurse, Gastro Lab

* Jolyn White, nurse practitioner, Rural Health Clinics

15 Years

* Jennifer Ashley, respiratory therapist, School of Medicine (Pediatric Allergy)

* Shonda Brown, medical office assistant, School of Nursing

* Patti Dickerson, respiratory therapist, Batson Children's Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* N. K. Latimer, senior administrator, Information Systems

* Terrence Shirley, administrator, Radiation Oncology (Cancer Center)

* Shundra Wilson, oncology nurse, Oncology Clinic (Cancer Center)

10 Years

* Julie Alpe, assistant professor in the School of Health Related Professions (Health Sciences)

* Brenda Anthony, technician, Environmental Services

* Mary Hagaman, administrative assistant, Office of Development

* Tia Hayes, nurse practitioner, School of Medicine (Nephrology)

* Leon Howard, materials handler, Shipping Receiving

* Tonya Mooney, chief dental assistant, School of Dentistry (Care Planning and Restorative Sciences)

* Briana Nelson, inpatient nurse, 4 Children's

* Mary Rodgers, nurse, Surgical Suite

* Jeremy Shivers, radiologic technologist, Diagnostic Radiology

* Michael Stamps, captain, Campus Police

* Emilee Taylor, clinical outcomes coordinator, Pediatric Cardiovascular

* Dr. Richard S. Wayne, professor of pediatrics

* Paul Williams, CRNA, Anesthesia

5 Years

* Stephanie Baker, pharmacist, Pharmacy

* Stacy Baugher, administrative assistant, Diagnostic Cardiology Clinic

* Margaret Blasingame, patient services coordinator, Neurology

* Leesong Corbitt, certified medical assistant, Internal Medicine Pavilion Suite G

* Baeily Dillon, inpatient nurse, 4 Children's

* Jimmy Flint, Epic report writer, Information Systems

* Gaurav Joshi, graduate assistant in the School of Dentistry (Biomedical Materials Science)

* Archana Kedar, researcher, School of Medicine (Digestive Diseases)

* Christopher Loftin, revenue cycle director, Central Billing Office

* Jacqueline Martin, pharmacy tech, Pharmacy

* Timothy McGregor, hospital chaplain, Pastoral Services

* Vanessa Moore, patient care technician, 2 Children's

* Deidra Morgan, inpatient nurse, Batson Children's Hospital Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Paul Reese, tutor, Multicultural Affairs

* Dr. John Sheehan, associate professor of medicine (Digestive Diseases)

* Steven Sheridan, nurse, Adult Cardiac Cath

* Alicia Thompson, respiratory therapist, Batson Children's Hospital Respiratory Therapy     

Senior leaders to host MAP meetings

MAP_May_graphic RSenior executive leaders will host a Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meeting for hospital and clinic employees from 1-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, in the Community Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center, and again from 3-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at the Central Billing Office.

For more information about the MAP meetings, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104.     

Pasco to give Cancer Institute presentation

Pasco_DavidDr. David S. Pasco, assistant director and research professor, National Center for Natural Product Research, and director, UMMC/NCNPR Cancer Drug Discovery Core, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, will present "Differential Sensitivity of Cancer-related Signaling Pathways to Various Classes of Natural Compounds" at noon on Thursday, May 30, in the room G-151 on the first floor of the Guyton Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is sponsored by the UMMC Cancer Institute.

For more information, call 5-6802.

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

Mengel to give ID documentation presentation

Dr. Marvin Mengel, a physician and attorney from Geneva, Fla., will present "Infectious Diseases," part of a series on 2013 Medical Documentation Guidelines sponsored by the Office of Integrity and Compliance, from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, June 13, in room 3A.

For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

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