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Medicare, Medicaid director tours JMM

Dr. Cara James, third from right, director of the Office of Minority Heath at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, received a guided tour of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center, Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center and the Jackson Heart Study Clinic last Wednesday.
Among those accompanying James were, from left, Dr. Herman Taylor, director of the Jackson Heart Study; Carolita Heritage, M2; Primus Wheeler, executive director of the medical mall; Bridgette Stasher Booker, project director, minority health, Department of Family Medicine; Dr. Lynda Jackson-Assad, medical director, Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Heath Center; Michael Jones, UMMC chief community health officer; State Senator John Horhn; James; Dr. Claude Brunson, senior advisor to the vice chancellor for external affairs and Kristie Alverez, M2.  (Enlarge Photo)

MSMA, Alabama medical alumni tap Brunson

BrunsonDr. Claude Brunson, professor of anesthesiology and senior advisor to the vice chancellor for external affairs, was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Mississippi State Medical Association.

He was named to the position for the upcoming year at the MSMA annual meeting at Point Clear Resort and Convention Center in Mobile, Ala., June 7-10.

Brunson also was selected as an honoree of the Martha Myers Role Model Display by the Board of Directors of the University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association.

The display, housed in Volker Hall on the Alabama campus, highlights the accomplishments of physician alumni whose lives epitomize the ideal of service to their communities.

Brunson will be recognized at the school’s White Coat Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 19.   

Giveaway revs up final quarterly blood drive

Mississippi Blood Services personnel will visit the Medical Center June 18-22 for the last of UMMC's quarterly blood drives in 2011-12.

All donors will be entered into a drawing for a 2012 Dodge Ram and will receive an MBS “Road to Life” T-shirt.

Individuals donating blood at any MBS location through Tuesday, Sept. 4, will be eligible for the drawing. The drawing will take place at noon on Friday, Sept. 7, at Howard Wilson Dodge.

Times, dates and places for the UMMC blood drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 18, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine and at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the main Entrance to the Central Billing Office in Clinton;

* 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Batson Children’s Hospital entrance;

* 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the University Hospital entrance; and

* 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, June 22, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Identification is required to donate blood. For more information about UMMC's blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an e-mail at

Hypertension society recognizes LaMarca

LamarcaDr. Babbette LaMarca, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, has received the American Society of Hypertension Young Scholar Award.

The award, presented in May at the association's annual scientific meeting and exposition in New York, recognizes achievements of young investigators in hypertension and is the association's highest award given to young investigators.

The honor included $3,000 as a personal award and $3,000 toward laboratory expenses. LaMarca gave a talk during the meeting on her research in preeclampsia. Her research defined a pathway linking placental ischemia and immune-system activation with the development of preeclampsia. 


Microbiology faculty welcome Tang

TangDr. Aihua Tang has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in microbiology.

After receiving the Bachelor of Medicine in Nursing at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, in 2003, Tang earned the M.S. in microbiology at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Ill., in 2005 and the Ph.D. in microbiology at UMMC in 2012.

The author or coauthor of 11 articles in peer-reviewed publications, Tang is an active member of the American Society for Microbiology. Tang’s current research interest is in Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis, particularly in the role of Pseudomonas proteases during pathogenesis.

Adams joins anesthesiology faculty

AdamsDr. John L. Adams has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving the B.S. in chemistry summa cum laude from Rust College, Holly Springs, in 1988, Adams earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1992. He did residency training in internal medicine at Methodist Hospital Central, Memphis, Tenn., from 1992-93 and residency training in anesthesiology at the Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., from 1993-96.

After serving as a partner anesthesiologist for Surgical Anesthesia Associates, Central Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, from 1996-2003, Adams joined the River Region Medical Center staff, serving as staff anesthesiologist from 2003-10 and director of anesthesia from 2010-11. Most recently, he has served as director of anesthesia for the Akeso Management Group in Vicksburg.

Adams is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiology, the American Medical Association and the American Board of Anesthesiology.


UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Jacqueline Dorsey, certified ambulatory coder for University Physicians

* Fredrick Henry, food preparation specialist in Patient Food Services

15 Years

* Latesa Eskridge, imaging tech in Diagnostic Radiology

* Lynette Parks, imaging tech in Diagnostic Radiology

* Linda Walters, administrative assistant in Otolaryngology and Communicative Science

10 Years

* Edward Ashley, compliance analyst for University Physicians

* Sandra Gilmer, technical supervisor in Clinical Lab Administration

* Titus McGowan, central services specialist in Materials Management

* Audrey Vaughn, ambulatory nurse in Pediatric Surgery

* Ami Yates, ECMO specialist in Pediatrics

5 Years

* Dr. Svenja Albrecht, assistant professor of medicine

* Matthew Broome, associate systems administrator in Information Systems

* Jennifer Chappell, health professional educator in the School of Medicine

* Sharon Durr, nurse practitioner in Otolaryngology and Communicative Science

* Riverley Murriel, nurse in 2 Children’s

* Floydie Sanders, billing specialist for University Physicians

* Lillie Walker, health information services tech for University Physicians

* Sandra Williams, utilization review nurse in Coordinated Care

* Holly Zimmerman, instructor in Pediatrics   

Reception to honor Turner

TurnerThe Medical Center family is invited to a reception honoring Dr. Helen R. Turner, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Turner will retire from the Medical Center on June 29 after 29 years of service.

For more information, call Laura Hodge at 5-3941.

Ceremony to honor retiring faculty, staff

retirementThe 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 22, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. The reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

For more information, e-mail

Vasconez to present Hendrix Lecture

VasconezDr. Henry C. Vasconez, chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, will give the James Harvey Hendrix Jr. Lectureship in Surgery, "The Journey of Surgical Innovations: Crossroads of Art and Science," at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 22, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Theressa White at 4-5084.

Community health advocate trainers sought

HealthyLinkages_SouthernRemHealthy 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, 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

Dang to give oncology presentation

DangThaoDr. Thao P. Dang, associate professor of medicine at the University of Virginia, will present "North Pathway in Lung Cancer: Where Are We Now?" at noon on Monday, July 9, 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. 

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