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Reception to honor adult hospital interim CEO

Janet Harris 6 2013A reception in honor of Dr. Janet Harris, chief nursing executive officer, for her service as interim CEO of the adult hospitals, is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, June 17, in the upper atrium of University Hospital.

All Medical Center faculty and staff are invited to share their appreciation to Harris. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information, call Pam Peeples at 4-1010.  

UMMC announces Road to Life blood drive

Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, shows off the 2013 Jeep Wrangler that is to be given away to a participant in the Mississippi Blood Services' "Road to Life" Blood Drive taking place through Sept. 2.

MBS personnel will visit the Medical Center June 17-21 to kick off the first of four quarterly blood drives at UMMC.

Those who donate blood in the Road to Life drive or at Mississippi Blood Services through Monday, Sept. 2, will be included in a drawing for a 2013 Jeep Wrangler from Howard Wilson Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Mississippi Blood Services.

All donors will receive an MBS "Road to Life" T-shirt. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 17, in the MBS donor coach between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in the MBS coach between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in the MBS coach between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the MBS donor coach at the Batson Children's Hospital;

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the MBS donor coach near the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 21, in the MBS donor coach at the University Hospital entrance.

For more information about the Road to Life Blood Drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an e-mail at

UMMC faculty earn tenure, promotions

More than 50 current Medical Center faculty will begin the 2013-14 academic year with a promotion in rank, newly granted tenure, or both.

"The Medical Center could not meet its mission were it not for the time and effort of our dedicated faculty," said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs.

To view the complete 2013 UMMC Faculty Promotion and Tenure list, click here 

In memoriam

Dr. William L. Woolverton

Woolverton smDr. William L. Woolverton, an internationally known behavioral science and drug-abuse researcher and mentor to dozens of medical residents and scientists-in-training, died June 13 at UMMC. He was 62.

Woolverton joined the UMMC faculty in 1993 as professor of psychiatry and human behavior. In 2010, UMMC leaders named him a Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor.

In his research, Woolverton aimed to improve the understanding of interactions between pharmacological, environmental and neurochemical variables that control drug abuse.

He served as vice chair of research in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, led the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience's behavioral core and was instrumental in starting UMMC's Program in Neuroscience. 

Originally from Birmingham, Ala., Woolverton earned his Ph.D. in pharmacological and physiological sciences at the University of Chicago in 1977 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia in 1980.

He is survived by his wife, Candy, and two children, Chris and Lucy. A memorial service took place June 16 at Wright and Ferguson in Ridgeland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Woolverton Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 12974, Jackson, MS  39236-2974.  

Martha Snavely

Martha Snavely, the wife of the Medical Center's first Department of Medicine chair, Dr. Robert Snavely, died June 9. She was 97.

Snavely was known for being active in UMMC events and activities throughout her life.

Memorials may be made in Snavely's name payable to the UMMC Department of Medicine Trainee Scholarship Fund and sent to the Office of Development.



Physiology faculty welcome Pruett

PruettDr. William A. Pruett, a mathematician trained in representation theory, geometry and combinatorics with experience in mathematical modeling of physiological systems, especially calcium and its related hormones in an integrative setting, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After receiving a B.S. in mathematics summa cum laude from Millsaps University in 2005, Pruett earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at Baylor University in 2010. He has since served as a postdoctoral research fellow at UMMC.

Coauthor of a half-dozen articles in peer-reviewed publications, Pruett has presented a half-dozen abstracts and has given a number of formal presentations.  

Robertson joins anesthesiology faculty

RobertsonDr. Charles M. Robertson, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Washington University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving the B.A. in 1997 and the M.D. in 2003 from the University of Virginia, Robertson had a surgery internship in 2004 and residency training in surgery in 2005 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He did a research fellowship in surgery at Washington University from 2005-07, an anesthesiology residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital from 2007-10 and a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Washington University from 2010-11.

He joined the Washington University faculty as an instructor in anesthesiology in 2011 and was promoted to assistant professor of anesthesiology there in 2012. He is the coauthor of seven articles in peer-reviewed publications.      

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

* Jessie Tucker, assistant grounds supervisor, Ground Expense

20 Years

* Clarissa Thompson-McGee, inpatient nurse, MICU

15 Years

* Donna Beckham, provider enrollment specialist, Finance

* Gloria Ervin, inpatient nurse, CICU

* Frances Spencer, medical office assistant, Pavilion Orthopedics

10 Years

* Mary Austin, physical therapist, Adult Rehabilitation

* Kimberly Hill, mental health technician, Pediatric Psychiatry

* Kayed Jwainat, compliance analyst, Compliance

* Alexandra Wier, CRNA, Anesthesia

5 Years

* Vanessa Bland, library technician, Academic Information Services

* Lindsey Briscoe, care coordinator nurse, University Heart Support

* Julia Fortenberry, pediatric cardiovascular stepdown nurse, 5 Children's

* Stacy Jackson, CT technologist, University Hospital CT

* Jazemine Richardson, EHR scanner and index analyst, Health Information Management

* Barbara Thomas, dental assistant, School of Dentistry (Perioperative and Preventive Sciences)

* Maribelle Vega, radiologic technologist, Diagnostic Radiology

* Shlonda Washington, unit secretary, Emergency Department

Schwartz Rounds to focus on non-compliance

Dr Rick BoyteJimmy Gatewood, director of social work, and Dr. Rick Boyte, director of palliative care and professor of pediatrics, will facilitate the Schwartz Center Rounds discussion, "The Perils of Non-compliance," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Scheduled panelists include Dr. Michelle Owens, associate professor of ob-gyn; Dr. Justin Brewer, house officer in ob-gyn; Kim Dukes, nurse manager in surgical ICU; and Doris Whitaker, chaplain.

Registration will be available at the door. UMMC employees must bring their ID badges. Lunch will be available courtesy of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities.

For more information, call Jimmy Gatewood at 4-2476.

Cohen-Gadol to present research lecture

Cohen-GadolDr. Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, associate professor of neurosurgery, Indiana University Department of Neurosurgery, Goodman Campbell Bain and Spine, will give the 2013 Orlando J. Andy Research Lecture/Neuroscience Grand Rounds presentation, "Fluorescence for Managing Complex Neoplastic and Vascular Lesions: New Development," from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, in the second-floor atrium mall-Bank Plus Conference Center in the Methodist Rehab Center.

For more information, call Robin French at 4-5705 or email her at

Sokol to give health literacy presentation

SokolPatricia E. Sokol, senior policy analyst for the Center for Patient Safety of the American Medical Association, will present "Understanding the Benefits and Barriers of Policy on Health Literacy: The National Agenda for Health Literacy" at noon on Wednesday, June 19, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Lunch will be available for the first 75 in attendance. The presentation is cosponsored by the School of Nursing.

For more information, call Jessica Hope Green Overby at 4-2810.

Gettys to present physiology seminar

GettysDr. Thomas W. Gettys, professor of nutrient sensing and adipocyte signaling and chief of the Experimental Obesity Division at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, will present "Remodeling of the Integration of Lipid Metabolism between Liver and Adipose Tissue by Dietary Methionine Restriction" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, in room CW 308 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.         

Ceremony to honor retiring faculty, staff

 UMMC Oval retire SMThe Medical Center family is invited to a ceremony and reception honoring its retiring faculty and staff with 25 years or more of service at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 21, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. For more information, email

Brennan to give transplant presentation

BrennanDr. Dan Brennan, medical director of kidney transplant at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., will give the University Transplant educational offering, "Rationale Acceptance of Today's Kidneys: Are Your SRTR Outcomes Really at Risk?" from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, in room 6A on the sixth floor of the Research Wing.

For more information, call Patricia Freeman at 5-1304 or email her at

Sarkar to give Cancer Institute presentation

SarkarDr. Fazlul Sarkar, professor of pathology at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and professor in the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics at Wayne State University, will present "The Role of miRNAs in the Regulation of Androgen Receptor Splice Variants" at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, in room G-151 on the first floor of the Arthur Guyton Research 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.

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