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MDA honors Crews for humanitarian efforts

Dr. Karen Crews, professor and director of the Division of Oral Oncology and Bio-behavioral Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology, received the Mississippi Dental Association’s 2012 Humanitarian Award at the organization’s annual meeting in June.

Outgoing MDA president Dr. J. Kevin Holman presented the award.

Crews volunteers annually for Oral Cancer Awareness Week, is a member of the American Heart Association Circle of Red, has served on the executive committee for the Baptist Medical Cancer Center’s Red Dress Campaign and serves as director of the ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research.

The ACT Center has treated more than 20,000 patients since opening in 1999 and has expanded to sites across the state.

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.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Dr. George Moll, professor of pediatric endocrinology

20 Years

* Wendy Ellis, compliance analyst in Integrity and Compliance

* Dr. Yangzheng Feng, associate professor of pediatric neonatology

* Rose Williams, program administrator in the School of Health Related Professions

15 Years

* Dianna April-Collins, unit secretary on 5 South

* Nathaniel Austin, senior metallurgical lab assistant in Biomedical Materials Science

* Darlene Bryant, administrative director in Risk Management

* Cheryl Gentry, Epic applications coordinator in Information Systems

* Sheila Smith, medical technologist in the Bacteriology Clinical Lab

* Dr. Elizabeth Starnes, instructor in surgery

* Teresa Jones, technician in Environmental Services

10 Years

* Bernadine Boone, billing specialist for University Physicians

* James Bounds, inpatient nurse in the Emergency Department Chest Pain Unit

* Jeffery Sheppard, IT support analyst in Information Systems

5 Years

* Tifney Cates, cashier in Food Services

* William Lee, LPN on 4 North

* Latrena Montgomery, nurse at Holmes County Hospital

* Chad Primer, monitor technician for Nurses-Monitor Technicians

* Dr. Rana Riaz, assistant professor of psychiatry

* Shunna Smith, tutor in Multicultural Affairs

* Jeffrey White, associate director in Building Maintenance

Retirement Benefits Fair slated July 11-13

retirement_jarRepresentatives of the 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan, the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan, the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Plan and the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) will be available to answer questions, enroll new participants and assist current participants with any changes they would like to make to their retirement packages during a Retirement Benefits Fair from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 11-13 in the Classroom Wing.

The representatives will be available on Wednesday, July 11, in rooms 210, 211 and 212; on Thursday, July 12, in rooms 108 and 109; and on Friday, July 13, in rooms 210, 211 and 212.

For more information about the fair, call Angela Jones at 4-1137, Jynger Morris at 4-1133 or Susan Brown at 5-9832 or e-mail them at, or

Xu to present physiology seminar

xuDr. Jun Xu, assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Tufts University and investigator at the Autism Consortium in Boston, will present "Sex Differences in Health and Disease: The Involvement of Epigenetic Chromatin Remodeling" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Horton Graham at 4-1820.  


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.

Staudt to give anesthesia presentation

StaudtDr. Susan Staudt of the Medical College of Wisconsin will give the Anesthesia Clinical Conference presentation, "Tricky Problems with Kids - An Update," at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, in classroom 3A.

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

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