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UMMC celebrates Independence Day

UMMC Choir members Lolita Bolden, front, Caroline Birchett, center, and Tina Papp recite the Pledge of Allegiance during an Independence Day celebration June 29 in University Hospital. The event, sponsored by the Division of Multicultural Affairs, included a presentation, "Why I Am Proud to Be an American: Perspective of an African-American Female Physician in Mississippi," by Dr. Joyce Wade-Hamme of Jackson.

Medical Center reaches FB ‘like’ milestone

 Facebook FThe Medical Center’s main Facebook page recently crossed 5,000 “likes,” extending UMMC’s reach in delivering news stories, pictures and videos to interested fans.

The Batson Children’s Hospital Facebook page is closing in on 14,000 “likes.”

As the traditional media change, Facebook and other social media are increasingly important ways to interact with audiences. Public Affairs staff would like to thank the UMMC community for its support.

UMMC departments, divisions, centers or offices that operate a Facebook page are invited to say hello on the wall to receive a "like" back. Other UMMC social media includes Twitter at and YouTube at

Kolodney takes gavel as MDA president

Kolodney_headDr. Harold Kolodney, professor of oral oncology and behavioral medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Science, was inducted as the 2012-13 president of the Mississippi Dental Association at the organization's annual meeting in June.

Kolodney is certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics and specializes in prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics at the Oral Oncology Clinic.

Kolodney earned his D.M.D. at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. He completed a general dentistry residency at the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center, a general practice residency at the Genessee Hospital and a general prosthodontics residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he also completed a fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics.

Gov's race raises $10,000 for Batson Hospital

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's first "Gov. Phil Bryant's 5K Run for Health" in downtown Jackson netted $10,000 for the Batson Hospital for Children.

Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, and Dr. Omar Abdulrahman, associate professor of pediatrics, accepted a check from Gov. Bryant at the Governor's Mansion June 30.

The event included a 5K run and a one-mile fun run for children.

Hearin lecturer gives population study findings

Dr. Richard Allman, Parrish endowed professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, receives a plaque of appreciation from Dr. Debbie Konkle-Parker, associate professor of medicine, after giving the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture July 28.

Allman detailed methods and findings of a population study on aging that he directs.

The UAB Study of Aging has followed residents in five Alabama counties over the past 20 years. By charting the participants on a mobility scale, researchers have graphed the cohort’s mobility declines by age, race, gender, surgical procedure, chronic disease, income, education level and more.

Unlike diseases, Alman said aging can’t be stopped. However, its effects can be mitigated to improve quality of life.

“We want to identify risk factors that contribute to the loss of mobility,” he said. “From our observational studies we can develop interventions to help prevent people’s decline in mobility and identify earlier when the process starts.”

Data collected from the study have been included in more than 46 publications – from abstracts to book chapters. Allman’s talk was one in an ongoing series of Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lectures.

Peds palliative care director earns distinction

Boyte_headDr. Rick Boyte, professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care, is among 17 graduates of the Children’s Mercy Center for Pediatric Bioethics’ 2011-12 Certificate Course in Pediatric Bioethics.

A nine-month program that helps clinicians understand common pediatric bioethical issues, the pediatric bioethics course is the only program in the U.S. that focuses exclusively on pediatrics.

As part of the course, Boyte wrote a narrative paper on the rejection of brain death by parents.

Regions Bank supports UMMC programs

Regions Bank representatives Ronnie Smith, left, regional president; Alon Bee, second from left, city president; and Candie Simmons, right, regional marketing director; present a $28,000 check from the bank to Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, June 28, for the support of a number of service and educational programs at UMMC.

The money will benefit UMMC Honors Day Programs, the Mercy Delta Express Project, the Career Opportunity and Professional Development Lecture Series, the "Teaching the Teacher" Project, the Jackson Heart Study and the MIND Center.  (Enlarge Photo)

Two SOD faculty assist Latvian dental training

 Taybos_KrollsDr. George Taybos, professor of oral oncology and biobehavioral medicine, and Dr. Sigurds Krolls, professor emeritus of oral-maxillofacial surgery and pathology, were invited by the Stradins University Stomatology Institute to participate in the administration of oral examinations for the school’s medical and stomatology students in Riga, Latvia, in May.

While there, Taybos delivered a presentation to the Latvian Oral Medicine and Pathology Society.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Damian Bell, billing specialist for University Physicians

15 Years

* Shirley Sullivan, nurse educator in Diabetes Education

* Doris Thomas, patient financial services manager for University Physicians

10 Years

* Lucy Alexander, physical therapist in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Mary Gibson, instructor In geriatrics

* Jean Marks, inpatient nurse on 4 South

* Lara Monico, instructor in otolaryngology

* Jennifer Ray, occupational therapist in Adult Rehab Physical Therapy

* Felicia Windham, administrative assistant in the School of Medicine

5 Years

* Dr. Arun Aneja, house officer in Orthopedic Surgery

* Mary Bass, administrative assistant, School of Dentistry Patient Financial Services

* Jamie Brown, surgical tech in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Clifford Chalfant, medical technologist at the Grants Ferry Clinic Lab

* Jessica Gray, unit secretary in Fast Track

* Jeffrey Hood, nuclear medicine technician in Nuclear Medicine

* Jacqueline Johnson, financial counselor in Internal Access

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. 

Enchanted Evening to benefit Children’s Hospital

BP Enchanted Evening Logo 2012Friends of Children's Hospital will host Enchanted Evening Presented by BankPlus at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Mississippi Museum of Art's new art garden. All proceeds will benefit Friends. The event will include a live art auction, food, music by KARMA and a drawing. Participants are encouraged to wear white attire to the outdoor event. Tickets cost $100 each, and gala sponsorships and host committee positions are still available. For more information, call Melanie Schade at 4-5273 or e-mail  

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