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Nelson Order recognizes excellent teachers

Dr. Norman C. Nelson, center, vice chancellor emeritus for health affairs, visits with the 2012 Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence awardees May 22 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Nelson Order recipients include, seated from left, Dr. Susan Warren, Dr. Roger Johnson, Dr. James Lott, Linda Croff-Poole, Mark Gray and Dr. Lisa Morton, and standing from left, Dr. Dennis Watts, Dr. Rene Wilkins, Dr. Zeb Henson, Dr. Vikas Majithia, Dr. Sheila Keller, Dr. Jennifer Robinson, Dr. Ladonna Northington, Dr. Buddy Ogletree and Dr. Laurie Warrington.

Nelson Order recipients not pictured include Dr. Sara Jane McCrary, Dr. Stephen Stray, Dr. Bill Daley, Dr. Ken Ball and Dr. Joyce Brewer.   (Enlarge Photo)

Sebastian selected to speak in Tennessee

SebastianDr. Sunit Sebastian, assistant professor of radiology and director of the Body Imaging Division, was selected to present grand rounds at two leading health education centers in Tennessee.

Sebastian presented “CT Colonography and the Bottom of the Pyramid” at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, on May 23. He also will present “Cystic Pancreatic Lesions: Radiologic-Pathological Correlation” to the Department of Pathology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, on May 29.       

Medical Center welcomes CDC director

Dr. Thomas Frieden, center, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discussed the Jackson Heart Study and the Pharmacy Cardiovascular Reduction Project in the Mississippi Delta with medical leaders at UMMC May 24.

Greeting Frieden are, from left, Dr. Leigh Ann Ross, associate dean of pharmacy, Dr. Mary Currier, Mississippi state health officer, Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs.  (Enlarge Photo)

Measuring the impact of interns

internThis summer, the Medical Center’s CenterView publication will feature a story on the valuable contributions interns provide to various departments and units at UMMC. You can help by letting us know their roles.

If you know of an intern who has made a positive impact on the institution or if you are currently working with an intern to bolster the Medical Center’s missions of top-tier education, outstanding clinical care and cutting-edge research, please e-mail us at         

Senior nursing students receive pins

Dr. Tina Martin (left), instructor in nursing and head of the Accelerated Nursing Program, looks on as accelerated BSN nursing student, Lindsey Moore, receives a pin from Dr. Marcia Rachel, professor of nursing, during the School of Nursing’s Class of 2012 Pinning Ceremony May 24 in the Christ United Methodist Church sanctuary.

DIS seeks participants in Epic survey

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students and all University of Mississippi students who will use Epic are invited to complete a questionnaire that will help the Division of Information Systems improve future implementations of new systems, upgrades or information technology processes. The pre-implementation segment of the survey should be completed before the Epic go-live on Friday, June 1. The post-implementation survey will be available July 1-Aug. 15 and again from June 1-July 15, 2013. For more information, call Melissa Barthold at 5-9933 or e-mail her at

U Crew sets sail in dragon regatta

Members of the U Crew, one of two University of Mississippi Medical Center entries in the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Dragon Boat Regatta, celebrate finishing the race May 12. Although they didn’t win first prize, members of the team represented UMMC well and said they had an enjoyable time. A team from Batson Children's Hospital also competed. (Enlarge Photo)

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Debra Hamilton, unit secretary in the CICU

* John Martin, supervisor in the Power Plant

* Marcia Moore, medical technologist in the Special Chemistry Clinical Lab


20 Years

* J. M. Boyanton, nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital Emergency Department 

* Dana Cole, ambulatory nurse in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

* Kelli Colley, assistant director of occupational therapy in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Kimber Dallas, student admissions officer in the Office of the Medical School Dean

* Vernon Evans, technician in Environmental Services

* Mickey Turner, ambulatory nurse in the Batson Specialty Clinic

* Dr. Parminder J. Vig, professor of neurology

* April Wogoman, ambulatory nurse in the Children’s Cancer Clinic   


15 Years

* Michelle Chambers, child life assistant in Pediatrics

* Michael Rule, respiratory therapist in Respiratory Therapy

* Dr. Felicia Tardy, assistant professor of clinical lab sciences

* Devine Thompson, patient access specialist in Admissions


10 Years

* Ashley Alexander, radiologic technologist in Diagnostic Radiology

* Jessica Bell, financial counselor in Transplant Administration

* Dr. Gene L. Bidwell, assistant professor of neurology

* Rebecca Cameron, respiratory therapist in Respiratory Therapy

* Dr. Eric M. George, instructor in physiology and biophysics

* Victoria Gholar, nurse recruiter in Nurse Recruitment and Retention

* Melinda Herron, scheduling operations supervisor for University Physicians

* Matrice Johnson, materials handler in Materials Management

* Ashley Kennedy, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Candace Lawrence, physician scheduling coordinator in Pre-anesthesia Testing

* Kattie Melvin, nurse in Surgery

* Devin Moseley, nurse educator in Learning and Development

* Joseph Mullins, nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Matthew Pulliam, nurse in the Neuroscience ICU

* Wesley Ray, flight transport nurse in Helicopter Transport

* Sarah Starnes, ambulatory nurse in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

* Stephanie Stringer, inpatient nurse in Obstetric Receiving

* Teneasha Taylor, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Minetta Veazey, employment and recruiting coordinator in Workforce Planning and Recruiting

* Nathaniel Watson, inpatient nurse on 2 MICU

* Dian Weston, administrative assistant in Anesthesiology


5 Years

* Robin Ammons, nurse in the Cardiology EP Lab

* Dr. Alejandro Chade, associate professor of physiology and biophysics

* Mary Fleming, health information services technician for University Physicians

* William Heath, imaging services director in Radiology Administration

* Ashley Hickman, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital Emergency Department

* Sara Hodges, respiratory therapist in Respiratory Therapy

* Johnny Hodnett, instructor in health sciences

* Brady Holder, ECMO specialist in Pediatric ECMO

* Mariel Hubbard, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital Emergency Department

* Miranda Kenner, histotechnologist in Surgical Pathology

* Deborah Lucas, administrative assistant in the School of Medicine

* Robert Mashburn, respiratory therapist in Respiratory Therapy

* Sarah Thompson, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Becky Wixson, cardiovascular interventional technology supervisor in Interventional Radiology Service


Kent to present Hardy Forum, Lecture

Kent_CraigDr. 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.

Lerman to present physiology seminar

LermanDr. Amir Lerman, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will present "Endothelial Function: From Bench to Clinical Practice" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 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. The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics.

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

Harris, Giesecke to host MAP meetings

 harris_giesecke 2Janet Y. Harris, interim CEO of UHHS, and Guy B. Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a series of Motivating, Achieving and Progessing (MAP) meetings for UMHC employees from 3-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, in the community room of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and from 2-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, in the CBO Building in Clinton. For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104.

Allman to present Hearin Lecture

AllmanDr. Richard Allman, Parrish Endowed Professor of Medicine, director of Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, director of the Education and Clinical Center for Aging and the Division of Gerontology Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "The UAB Study of Aging: Lessons Learned from Interdisciplinary Research," from noon-12:50 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and the Collaboration for Research in Communicable Diseases.

For more information, e-mail Margie West at

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