Desiree B. Pendergrass, MD, MPH joined the UMMC faculty in January 2017 as an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics. She is board certified in both disciplines and holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Pendergrass has extensive experience in medical education having served as a member of the pediatric faculty at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock from 2007-17. While there, she served as medical director of the Pediatric Residents’ Continuity of Care Clinic and as a member of the Pediatric Clinical Competency Committee and the Program Evaluation Committee. In addition, she has worked extensively in the areas of clinical quality improvement and the development of public health/medical policy.
At UMMC, her primary appointment are in the School of Medicine (SOM) with a secondary appointment in the School of Population Health (SOPH). Since arriving at UMMC she has assisted with the development of the Preventive Medicine residency program application, the development of clinical preventive medicine services for the department, provides consultative services to the Mississippi department of Health (MSDH) in the areas of epidemiology and healthcare associated infections, and provides clinical services and supervises pediatric residents 5 half days per week at the Jackson Medical Mall and Batson North Clinics.
She also has participated in medical student education through coordinating the development of the preventive medicine department’s MSII population health curriculum and through the development of population health lectures on the United States Preventive Services Taskforce (USPSTF) recommended services for pregnant women and children and two lectures on vaccine preventable diseases and adult and pediatric immunization schedules. Dr. Pendergrass has also served as a preceptor for MSI Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs) and as a facilitator for the MSII population health small group sessions. Recently, she has begun working as a physician consultant for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), a clinical quality improvement project, at UMMC.