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SOD unveils new restorative clinical lab

School of Dentistry faculty and students on hand for the ribbon-cutting to dedicate the school's newly renovated restorative clinical laboratory on the fourth floor of the school's building July 13 are, front row from left, Dr. Gary Reeves, SOD dean; Dr. Butch Gilbert, former interim SOD dean; Marla Martin, director of clinical operations; Dustin Pambianchi, D3 class president; John Harrison, D4 class president; and Dr. Larry Breeding, professor and interim dean of clinical affairs. Also pictured are the donors who helped raise funds to support to new lab and updated equipment. The ribbon-cutting was followed by a reception and tours of the lab. (Enlarge Photo)

AOA taps SOM student for national board

Clark_ChristopherChris Clark of Brandon, a fourth-year medical student and president of UMMC's Alpha Omega Alpha chapter, recently was elected to a three-year term as one of the student members of AOA's national board of directors.

Clark was a unanimous selection based on his accomplishments during his undergraduate years and the way he has distinguished himself during his medical school career.

"I have no doubt that Chris will serve AOA well and he will be a superb representative of our institution in that honorable forum," said Dr. Omar A. Abdulrahman, associate professor of pediatrics.

PT students don white coats

Students in the School of Health Related Professions’ Physical Therapy Program recite a pledge during the school's first White Coat Ceremony June 22 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. The event was in honor of the Class of 2014.

Miller to give women’s health presentation

Miller_VirginaDr. Virginia Miller, professor of surgery and physiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, will present "Personalized Medicine: Menopausal Hormone Treatments and Cardiovascular Risk Factors" at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 16, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Emily Lane Colvin at 5-2103. 


Medical alumni select first Hall of Fame class

The inaugural Medical Alumni Hall of Fame Awards were presented at the Medical Alumni Welcome Reception during the Mississippi Medical Association's annual session June 7 at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala.

The awards will be presented annually to five outstanding medical alumni and/or faculty, no more than two deceased, who have made outstanding contributions to their country, state or UMMC through their good deeds, services and contributions, all of which have perpetuated the good name of the School of Medicine.

This year's recipients were Dr. Edward Hill, Dr. Henry Laws II, Dr. Arthur Guyton, Dr. James D. Hardy and Dr. Blair E. Batson. Pictured, from left, are Laws; Blair Batson, Dr. Blair E. Batson's niece who accepted on his behalf; Hill; Dr. Rick Carlton, Medical Alumni chapter president; and Dr. Helen Turner, who accepted on behalf of the family of Dr. Arthur Guyton. Not pictured is Dr. Mart McMullan, who accepted on behalf of the family of Dr. James D. Hardy.
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Also during the reception, Dr. Luke Lampton, a family physician in Magnolia, received the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award. The award recognizes an outstanding alumnus who has demonstrated leadership in and has made significant contributions to the health field through basic research, education, clinical care, health service administration, public or civic duties.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

30 Years

* Alice Johnson, inpatient nurse in the Surgical ICU

* Calvin Torrey, researcher in the School of Medicine

25 Years

* Michael Schenk, director of biomedical illustration services

20 Years

* Altus McFarland, captain in Campus Police

* Denny Veach, painter supervisor in Building Maintenance

15 Years

* Dr. Elizabeth Christ, associate professor of pediatrics

* Frances Christian, ambulatory nurse for University Physicians

* Margaret Lamb, medical technologist in the Stem Cell Lab

10 Years

* Teresa Arnold, intervention technologist in Adult Cardiac Cath

* Kimberly Boyles, radiologic technologist for University Hospital

* Adrienne Dear, manager in Performance Improvement

* Cassandra Jackson, health information services supervisor for University Physicians

* Nona Mills, administrative assistant in the School of Medicine

* Olivia Poag, respiratory therapist in Pediatric Cardiac Cath

* Dr. Dorothy Scattone, assistant professor of pediatrics

* Jacqueline Williams, dispensary assistant in the School of Dentistry

5 Years

* Gloria Carter, health information services technician for University Physicians

* Jerome Clay, officer in Campus Police

* Michael Daniels, machinery mechanic in Building Maintenance

* John Herrington, children’s hospital administrator in Business Development

* Sherondia Knight, nursing assistant in the Wiser Hospital

* Lisa McWilliams, ophthalmic surgical technician for University Physicians

* Deborah Renfroe, business operations supervisor in the School of Nursing

* Laura Sanders, specialist in pediatric ECMO

* Francis Ubadineke, emergency room technician in University Hospital

* Dr. John Wofford, associate professor of medicine

Broussard to present at anesthesia event

BroussardDr. David Broussard of the Ochsner Medical Center will give the Anesthesia Clinical Conference presentation, "TEE for Non Cardiac Anesthesiologists," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914.

Terezhalmy to give dentistry presentations

Terezhalmy_GezaDr. Geza T. Terezhalmy, professor and dean emeritus of dental medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, will present "The Ins and Outs of Germ Warfare" and "Oral Medicine: Risk Stratification and Dental Management of Patients Taking Endocrine/Metabolic Agents" on Friday, July 20, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Dentists, hygienists and dental team members are invited, and attendees must register for each presentation. For more information, call 4-1300 or visit

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, 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

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