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UMMC's senior leader announces transition

Keeton_6_2014Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, has announced he will step down from his role at the end of the next academic year, June 30, 2015.
Keeton has served in the position since July 2009, the first six months on an interim basis.
A national search will be conducted to identify the next leader of the Medical Center. The process will yield two-to-three candidates for final selection by University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones, with the approval of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board.
To read more, click here.

Noted Wake Forest surgeon gives Field lecture

Dr. J. Wayne Meredith, second from left, Richard T. Myers Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery and director of surgical sciences at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, receives a plaque from Dr. Curtis Tribble, second from right, professor of surgery, in appreciation for Meredith’s presentation, "Moving Academic Surgery from a Profit Center to a Value Center," during the 14th Richard Jennings Field Jr. Lectureship in Surgery May 28 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Joining Meredith and Tribble are Dr. Richard Field III, right, son of Dr. Richard Jennings Field Jr., and Dr. Marc Mitchell, chair of the Department of Surgery.

Residents to receive teaching excellence honor

gold_humanism_logoOn Tuesday, June 3, six medical residents will each receive the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award at the Student Clinician Ceremony, which celebrates the transition of second-year medical students from their preclinical to clinical years.

The awardees, selected by the third-year medical students for demonstrating an enthusiastic commitment to teaching and serving as role models for the compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues, include Dr. Lauren Barry, Dr. Aprile Gilmore, Dr. Pavan Parikh, Dr. Benjamin Shepherd, Dr. Chasity Torrence and Dr. Lyssa Weatherly.  (Click to view poster)

Shuttle routes to be affected by road closure

road block 2Beginning June 9, the main campus road at the northwest corner of Parking Garage A will be closed for repairs. The construction is estimated to take 30 days to complete.

Entrances to and exits from Parking Garage A will not be affected.

The road closure will require adjustments to the shuttle bus routes for the red, blue and yellow lines during the construction.

Campus Police will lead emergency vehicles through the area if and when necessary.

For more information about the road closure, call the Construction Office at 4-1410; for more information about the shuttle routes, call Physical Facilities at 4-1420.  (Click for bus routes)

Postdoctoral fellow joins neurobiology faculty

FerganiDr. Chrysanthi Fergani, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroendocrinology, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in neurobiology and anatomical science.

After receiving the DVM from the University of Thessaly, Greece, in 2006, Fergani earned the MSc in 2008 and a PhD in neuroendocrinology in 2011 at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. She then did postdoctoral training in neuroendocrinology at the University of Michigan from 2011-12 and at UMMC from 2012-14.

An active member of several professional societies, including the Society for Neuroscience and the Society for Endocrinology, Fergani has coauthored five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and nine abstracts. She has served as an adjunct teacher in neuroendocrinology at Millsaps College since 2013.

Nelson leaves practice, joins dentistry faculty

Nelson_KevinDr. Kevin M. Nelson, a private practice general dentist in Canton since 2002, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of oral-maxillofacial surgery.

After receiving the BS in biology from Mississippi College in 1997, Nelson earned the DMD at UMMC in 2001, where he also completed a general dentistry residency the following year before beginning his practice in Canton.

He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Mississippi Dental Association and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Nelson served as president of the Mississippi Dental Association District IV from 2007-08.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* Mary Mixon, assistant administrator, University Hospital Administration

30 Years

* Dr. Wanda K. Fisher, assistant professor of nursing

20 Years

* Mollie Harrell, CRNA, Anesthesiology

* Randy Holly, ambulatory nurse, University Hospital (Gastro Lab)

* Kristie McGloster, administrative assistant, Neurosurgery

* Thadamenia Mixon, patient care technician, Anesthesia

* Kimberly Reeves, inpatient nurse, Surgical ICU

* Nancy Stegmann, clinical reimbursement specialist, Perioperative Services

* Gary Teasley, pharmacy supervisor, Pharmacy

* Amy Williams, talent acquisition director, Human Resources

15 Years

* Carol Baker, pharmacist, Mall Retail Pharmacy

* Kimberly Davis, physician scheduler, Scheduling

* Letoya Donelson, OR scheduler, Perioperative Services

* Laquanna Ford, EHR scan/indexing technician, Health Information Management

* Jessica Griffis, ECMO specialist, Pediatric ECMO

* Mildred Howard, administrative assistant, School of Medicine (Pediatric Allergy)

* Dr. Loretta E. Jackson-Williams, professor of medicine (Emergency Medicine)

* Rose Morgan, OR scheduler, Perioperative Services

10 Years

* Jennifer Bonner, nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (Newborn ICU)

* Wanda Bounds, first assistant perioperative nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (Surgical Suite)

* Maryann Bristerherrin, inpatient nurse, University Hospital (Surgical Suite)

* Nancy Coleman, nursing house supervisor, Batson Children’s Hospital Administration  

* Jesselyn James, inpatient nurse, University Hospital (5 North)

* Stephanie Lucas, operations director, Physiology and Biophysics

* Misty Pittman, rehabilitation technician, University Hospital (Occupational Therapy)

* Jena Soltys, nurse case manager, University Hospital (Coordinated Care)

* Catherine Turman, nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)

* Kedra Tenner Washington, transplant coordinator, Kidney Transplant   

5 Years

* Sarah Bedi, inpatient nurse, University Hospital (7 East)

* Dr. Alison J. Brown, research fellow, Physiology and Biophysics

* Angela Brown, ambulatory coder, Charge Entry

* Jennifer Brown, nurse, University Hospital (2 North)

* Kristy Bryant, inpatient nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (Newborn ICU)

* Kelsey Henry, MRI technologist, University Hospital

* Leslie Hobbs, ambulatory operations director, Neurology Administration

* Randy Khalaf, occupational therapist, University Hospital (Occupational Therapy)

* Sherrye Matthews, nurse, University Hospital (Surgical Suite)

* Sara McCoy, ambulatory nurse, University Hospital (Gastro Lab)

* Naekhia McDonald, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

* James Patterson, carpenter, Building Maintenance

* Scott Redd, reimbursement analyst, Patient Financial Services

* Gladys Sweet, business operations supervisor, Charge Entry

* Sarah Walker, nurse, Holmes County Hospital (Inpatient Nursing)

* Leigh Williams, revenue cycle director, Charge Entry

* Alex Wilson, field support manager, Information Systems

* Dr. Fouad A. Zouein, research fellow, Physiology and Biophysics


UAB surgery chairman to present Hardy Forum

BlandDr. Kirby I. Bland, Fay Fletcher Kerner Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB), will present the James D. Hardy Surgical Forum and Lecture on Wednesday, June 4, at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Bland will present the forum, “Breast Cancer: International Template Provided by Surgeons for Bench and Translational Research,” at 8:30 a.m., which will be followed by chief resident presentations and lunch. Bland will then give the James D. Hardy Lecture, “Preserving Surgical Academia in the Centenary of the Flexnerian Academic Health Center,” at 2:30 p.m. PGY 3 presentations will follow at 4 p.m.

For more information about the presentations, call Cheryl Dunson at 5-1226.

Quality advocate to deliver exchange seminar

Gibson_webRosemary Gibson, senior advisor to the Hastings Center and an editor for JAMA Internal Medicine’s “Less is More Perspectives,” will discuss issues of quality and patient safety as part of the Faculty Scholarship Exchange Seminar series at noon on Wednesday, June 4, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. One attendee will be selected to receive a signed copy of Gibson’s critically acclaimed book, “Wall of Silence.” Lunch will be available to the first 75 in attendance.

For more information, email Jessica Green Overby at

UNC orthopedist to present Freeland Lecture

HurwitzDr. Shepard R. Hurwitz, executive director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and professor of orthopedics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give the Alan E. Freeland Research Lecture, “Being Involved with Orthopaedic Research,” at 1 p.m. Friday, June 6, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

Hurwitz's presentation will be followed by chief resident research presentations at 2 p.m. and research awards at 4 p.m. as part of the Resident Research Day.

For more information about the Alan E. Freeland Research Lecture Series and Resident Research Day, call Amy Kraus at 4-5153. 

Research office to offer clinical trials workshop

The Office of Research will host a workshop for new and experienced investigators, “Clinical Trials at UMMC,” from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, June 11, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

The two-part workshop will provide an introduction to conducting industry- and investigator-initiated clinical trials at UMMC.

Part 1 will focus on the role principal investigators play in attracting and initiating studies, protocol review and development, and an overview of the Office of Research and Institutional Review Board processes; Part 2 will focus on study coordinators and will include a detailed look at the OoR and IRB processes, how to develop a clinical trial budget, how to set up a study in EPIC and procedures for invoice and billing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information or to register, email Cari Fowler at

Blood drive participants may enter car drawing

Blood donors will have the opportunity to enter into a contest to win a brand-new Jeep Cherokee when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center June 16-20 for the Medical Center’s quarterly blood drive.

All donors participating in the drive will receive an MBS T-shirt. Proper photo identification is required to donate blood.

MBS suggests that all donors eat at least four hours before giving blood and drink plenty of fluids before and after making a donation.

Scheduled times, date and places for the drive include:

•  7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, June 16, in the MBS Coach between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

•  7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, in the MBS Coach between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

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

•  10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the MBS Coach near the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;

•  7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in the MBS Coach near the Batson Children’s Hospital entrance; and

•  10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, June 20, in the MBS Coach at the University Hospital entrance.

For more information about the blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an email at

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