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Medical alumni envision the future

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and vice dean of the medical school, discusses educational features of the proposed School of Medicine building with 1962 SOM alumni, from left, Dr. Rubye Martin, Dr. Jimmy Hays and Dr. Ed Ruff at a welcome lunch during the recent 2012 Medical Class Reunion.

BioMed Central taps Hicks for editorial board

HicksDr. Chindo Hicks, associate professor of medicine and director of the Cancer Bioinformatics Core in the UMMC Cancer Institute, has been selected to serve as an advisor to the Editorial Board on Bioinformatics and Statistics for all scientific journals published by BioMed Central.

BioMed Central is a science, technology and medicine publisher of 220 open-access online, peer-reviewed journals spanning all areas of biology and medicine.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Dr. Debbra Hunter, director of clinical operations in Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences

20 Years

* Dr. Melanie Wilson, professor of microbiology

15 Years

* Beverly Tabb, inpatient nurse in the Neuroscience ICU

10 Years

* Kevin Gilmore, ambulatory nurse in Pediatric Neurology

* Dr. Marilyn Harrington, assistant professor of nursing

* Linda Jackson, case manager for University Physicians

* Katrina Smith, unit secretary for University Physicians

5 Years

* Eshonda Frazier, certified medical assistant for University Physicians

* Esther McGee Patton, patient services coordinator in Patient Financial Services

* Alexander Whittington, student assistant in Orthopedic Surgery

Awad to present physiology seminar

A_AwadDr. Alaa Awad, assistant professor of medicine and cellular and molecular physiology at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, will present "Arginase/Nitric Oxide Interaction in Diabetic Nephropathy" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 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 Graham at 4-1820. 


Ceremony to reopen hospital cafeteria

A grand opening ceremony for the renovated cafeteria is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. All six dining stations will open for business at 11.

Cash, credit or debit cards and payroll deduction with valid UMMC employee identification will be accepted.

Food Services News and Notes

The Panini Grill will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, to relocate a cash register. The Wiser Bistro will be open for dinner on Sept. 5.

Once the new cafeteria has opened, retail hours for select food and beverage venues on campus will include:


Chick-fil-A: 6 a.m. Mondays through 11:59 p.m. Saturdays

Favorites: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

Full-service Grill: 24 hours a day

Pizza Station: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

Salad Sensations: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

Simply to Go: 24 hours a day

World Cuisine: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays

The Wiser Bistro

7 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

The Student Union Commons

7 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

Seattle’s Best Pavilion

7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays


6 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays

For more information, call Food and Nutrition Services at 4-2070.  

Okusa to deliver two Bower Lectures

OkusaDr. Mark D. Okusa, John C. Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Medicine, chief of nephrology and director of the Center for Immunity, Inflammation and Regenerative Medicine in the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, will give two 2012 John D. Bower Lectures on Thursday, Sept. 13, in room CW-106 of the Classroom Wing.

Okusa will present "Immune Mechanisms of AKI: Cues from the Microenvironment" from 8-9 a.m., and "The Nexus of Acute Kidney Injury, Chronic Kidney Disease and ESRD" from noon-12:50 p.m.

Lunch will be provided to the first 80 in attendance at the noon lecture. For more information, call Diana Carpenter at 4-5687.          

Friends seeks votes for $50k

Logo FOCHFriends of Children’s Hospital is one of five charitable organizations competing for a $50,000 prize in an online contest from Horne, LLP.

Individuals can vote for Friends by visiting the contest website at by Wednesday, Sept. 26, and selecting the "VOTE" tab at the top of the screen.

Upon entering a valid local ZIP code, Friends will be among five charities from which individuals may choose. Individuals may vote as many times as they like.

For more information, call Melanie Schade at 4-5273.


Jordan to present Hearin Distinguished Lecture

JordanDr. V. Craig Jordan, scientific director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Vincent T. Lombardi Chair of Translational Cancer Research and vice chairman of oncology at the Georgetown University Medical School, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "The Treatment and Prevention of Breast Cancer by Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulation: Something from Nothing," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited, and lunch will be available on a first-come basis from the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, e-mail Margie West at    

UMMC to take part in 2012 HeartWalk

Heartwalk_deshazoThe Medical Center will participate in the American Heart Association's Metro Jackson Area Heart Walk scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Mississippi state capitol.

Dr. Richard deShazo, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, is UMMC's champion and is recruiting team captains to participate and to recruit other UMMC faculty, staff and students to take part in the walk.

Captains can register their teams at UMMC's overall goal is $50,000.  

Pastoral care event to give voice to community

Pastoral Care Services will host a series of Pastoral Care Week events, “Giving Voice,” Monday-Friday, Oct. 22-26, in and around the Medical Center Chapel.

The festivities will include worship, sacred stories, liturgical dances, songs, diversity education opportunities and devotional discussions.

Scheduled events include:

Monday, Oct. 22

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Timothy McGregor, hospital chaplain

Noon Inaugural celebration in the University Hospital foyer: Dr. Ruth Black, the UMMC Choir and a “Ballet Magnificat” liturgical ballet

Tuesday, Oct. 23

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Marvin Turner, billing specialist for University Physicians

10:30 a.m. “Patient-centered Care: Giving Voice to Culturally Diverse Patients” panel in room 7A

Nighttime PCW staff and employee devotional

Wednesday, Oct. 24

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Hubie Nelson of Tabernacle Christian and former VAMC chaplain

11 a.m. Community Clergy Luncheon and Health Education Fair at the Norman E. Nelson Student Union

Thursday, Oct. 25

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Doris Whitaker, hospital chaplain

Morning Cultural Competency Stations

Nighttime PCW staff and employee devotional

Friday, Oct. 26

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Timothy McGregor, hospital chaplain   

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