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Holloman named NAMI exemplary psychiatrist

Holloman_GarlandThe National Alliance on Mental Illness honored Dr. Garland Holloman, associate professor of psychiatry, as one of its 20 Exemplary Psychiatrists during the American Psychiatric Association's annual conference in San Francisco on May 20.

"We are proud to honor these psychiatrists for their exceptional dedication to people living with mental illness," said Michael J. Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director. "They have earned our respect and thanks."

NAMI's annual Exemplary Psychiatrists Awards honor psychiatrists who "go the extra mile in their commitment to excellent mental health care, reducing the stigma that has traditionally surrounded mental illness and working closely with NAMI members in their communities for public education and advocacy." NAMI State Organizations or NAMI Affiliates nominate each year's honorees.

Reckelhoff begins exec leadership program

Reckelhoff_JaneDr. Jane Reckelhoff, professor of physiology and director of the Women's Health Research Center, was accepted into a yearlong Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program at Drexel University's College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa.

One of 54 women in this year's program, Reckelhoff started online assignments and community building activities in May. Fellows begin the first of three weeklong, in-residence sessions when they meet for the first time in Pennsylvania in September.

Fellows also complete an Institutional Action Project, designed to address a strategic institutional priority. Projects not only help participants understand challenges facing academic health centers and the skills a leader must possess to address these challenges, but also often result in changes at their institutions.

More than 800 program alumnae worldwide serve in leadership positions, including department chairs, research center directors, deans and college presidents, as well as chief executives in health-care and accrediting organizations.

Biochemistry prof’s startup wins competition

Raucher_DrazenThermally Targeted Therapeutics, a company founded by Dr. Drazen Raucher, professor of biochemistry, won first place in the pre-revenue group at the 2013 Mississippi New Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition May 21 in Jackson.

At the competition organized by Innovate Mississippi, representatives from nearly 50 startups presented their business plans, vying for seed money and in-kind prizes. Raucher landed one of two first-place spots.

Raucher's company aims to commercialize a peptide he designed in his research at UMMC. The peptides, bound to a cancer-fighting drug, are injected into the bloodstream and aggregate at a tumor that's been heated. The peptide-and-drug package then penetrates the tumor cells and releases the drug.

By targeting drug delivery, Raucher's system promises to drastically cut the side effects of chemotherapy.

Raucher said he's grateful to Innovate Mississippi and for the major role played by the National Science Foundation's iCorp program, which supported Thermally Targeted Therapeutics' technology commercialization and marketing plan. He also recognized the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, which provides ongoing support for the presentation of his research.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Cheryl Lloyd, nurse educator, Women and Infants Services

* Kathryn Long, nurse educator, Diabetes Education

15 Years

* Marsha McKinney, associate director of materials management

* Dr. Herman Taylor, professor of medicine and director of the Jackson Heart Study

* Tishawn Thames, child life coordinator, Child Life Specialists

10 Years

* Carol Bailey, inpatient nurse, 2 MICU

* Mary Estes, unit secretary, Emergency Department

* Meredith Jeffords, nurse manager, Newborn Nursery

* Rolina Martinez, LPN, Heart Transplant

* Sara Presley, inpatient nurse, Newborn ICU

* Melanie Reid, radiologic technologist, Mall Diagnostic Radiology

* Barbara Taylor, case manager, Coordinated Care

* John Yaak, EHR data integrity technician, Health Information Management

5 Years

* David Current, physical therapist, Physical Therapy

* Linda Foster, inpatient nurse, 4 South

* Amy Hensley, respiratory therapist, Respiratory Therapy

* Meagan Heslep, poison information specialist nurse, Poison Control Center

* Haratio Keys, nurse, Surgical ICU

* Kendria Lyles, employee training manager, Human Resources

* Rachel O'Neal, inpatient nurse, 4 Children's

* Nicholas Stevens, associate systems administrator, Information Systems

* Rosanna Taylor, patient financial services representative, Internal Access

* Murray Tingle, call center representative, Access

* Dustin Wicker, transport, Adult Critical Transport

* Ying Zhao, inpatient nurse, 5 South

Phillip to present Anesthesia Grand Rounds

PhillipDr. Beverly K. Phillip, professor at Harvard Medical School and founding director of day surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Boston, will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Fast Track Recovery: Making it Really Happen," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kanesha Seals at 5-6507.

Zuckerman to give Freeland Research 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 discuss infectious diseases docs

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 Thursday, June 13, in room 3A.

For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

UMMC announces Road to Life blood drive

Mississippi Blood Services personnel will visit the Medical Center June 17-21 to kick off the first of four quarterly "Road to Life" Blood Drives.

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

Cohen-Gadol to present neuroscience talk

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

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