Peter W. Pendergrass, MD, MPH joined the UMMC faculty in January 2017 as an associate professor of Preventive Medicine. He is board certified in general preventive medicine and public health and holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Pendergrass has extensive experience in population-based medical quality improvement having served as an expert consultant to the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in Washington, DC, and as a clinical coordinator to Texas Medical Foundation, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas. He also has wide-ranging experience in public health having served as the Coordinator of the Bureau of Family Health Services at San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the Bureau Chief for Communicable Disease for Texas Department of Health in Austin, Texas, and the Regional Medical Director for Region 1 of the Texas Department of State Health Services in Lubbock, Texas. In these positions, he gained considerable expertise in health policy, emergency preparedness and the medical care of persons with tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases.
His background in medical education includes serving as the program director for the general preventive medicine and public health residency of the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Vice Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the newly established Master of Public Health program at Texas Tech University, Lubbock. At UMMC, his primary appointment is in the School of Medicine with secondary appointments in the Graduate School in the Health Sciences and the School of Population Health.
Since arriving at UMMC, he has led the effort to develop a preventive medicine residency and secure accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. In addition, he serves as a consultant to the Mississippi Department of Health in the areas of epidemiology and healthcare associated infections. He has also participated in medical student education through the development of population health lectures on the United States Preventive Services Taskforce recommendations for adults and on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. He has also served as a preceptor for MSI Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs) and facilitator for MSIII small group sessions during the Family Medicine rotation. Lastly, he serves on the UMMC Population Health Curriculum Committee.