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Hospital staff give nursing exec grand send-off

Dr. Janet Harris, left, chief nursing executive officer, greets one of the many well-wishers who turned out for a reception in her honor on Aug. 28 in the University Hospital lobby.

Harris is leaving her post for a full-time role as associate dean for practice and community engagement in the School of Nursing. Harris has led clinical nursing programs at UMMC since 2007.    

Ceremony to officially open University Heart

The grand opening ceremony for University Heart is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the new University Heart building just east of University Hospital.

A reception and tours of the nearly 50,000-square-foot facility, which brings together many of University Heart's laboratories and treatment rooms under one roof, will follow the ceremony.

For more information, email Laura Hodge at

Forum advances current transplant education

Dr. Christopher Anderson, left, interim chair of surgery, visits with Dr. William Chapman, the Eugene M. Bricker Chair of Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, during the first Mississippi Transplant Forum Aug. 28-29 in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.
The conference provided education on current topics in the transplantation of kidneys, liver, pancreas and heart.

Florida anesthesiologist joins UMMC faculty

 Castillo_DanielDr. Daniel Castillo, an anesthesiologist at the University of Florida at Jacksonville, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of anesthesiology. He will serve as director of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia.

Castillo is an intensivist and a cardiac anesthesiologist, and his clinical interests are echocardiography, ultrasonography and the perioperative management of patients with cardiovascular diseases.

After receiving the M.D. from the Colombian School of Medicine, Bogota, in 1995, Castillo had postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School (excitation – contraction coupling) from 1995-98, an internship in general surgery from 1998-99 at Boston University, an anesthesia residency from 1999-2002, including service as chief resident from 2001-02, and a critical care medicine fellowship from 2002-03 at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. He also was an anesthesia fellow from 2003-04 at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.

He joined the University of Miami faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor of anesthesiology and served as staff anesthesiologist at the VA Medical Center, Miami, where he directed the Anesthesiology Simulation Center at the Center for Patient Safety. In 2009, he joined the University of Florida at Jacksonville faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology and residency program director.

Recipient of the 2013 University of Florida College of Medicine Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award, Castillo has authored or coauthored 15 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiology, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Society of Education in Anesthesia and the Society of Cardiac Anesthesiologists.

Castillo has been invited to speak at grand rounds and as a visiting professor at numerous institutions in Florida, Arizona, Mississippi, Colombia and Jamaica. His research interests include improving patient safety through simulation research.

Neurobiology faculty welcome Grayson

 Grayson_BernadetteDr. Bernadette E. Grayson has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

She received her B.S. in biology from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1997. Grayson earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and the master’s in clinical research concurrently at the Oregon Health and Science University in 2009. She then began her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, the Society for Neuroscience and the Endocrine Society, Grayson is the author or coauthor of more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 12 abstracts.

Her research interests include the pathophysiology of obesity and diabetes, particularly the maternal, in utero and environmental factors important to the intergenerational transmission of metabolic disease. Her research spans the disciplines of developmental neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, behavioral neuroscience and integrative physiology.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* Dr. Ching-Jygh Chen, professor of ophthalmology, School of Medicine

30 Years

* Dr. Daniel Quon, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and pathology, School of Dentistry

25 Years

* Michael Luttrell, technician, Environmental Services

20 Years

* Dr. Hannah D. Gay, professor of pediatric infectious diseases, School of Medicine

10 Years

* Jennifer Barnes, clinical trials coordinator, Cancer Research and Registry

* Dr. Roland F. Garretson, associate professor of digestive diseases, School of Medicine

* Dr. Gailen D. Marshall, professor and chief of allergy and immunology, School of Medicine

5 Years

* Melissa Ambrosino, project manager, Office of Rural Health and Disparities

* Dr. Kristy D. Goff, assistant professor of endodontics, School of Dentistry

* Gregory Pearson, nurse, Holmes County Hospital Inpatient Nursing

* Dr. Guri Tzivion, associate professor of biochemistry, School of Medicine, UMMC Cancer Institute

* Dr. Juan D. Uribe, neurosurgery house officer, School of Medicine

UCLA traveling scientist to present two lectures

 Jentsch_DavidDr. David Jentsch, professor of psychology and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and associate director for research at the Brain Research Institute, University of California at Los Angeles, will give two presentations as a Distinguished Traveling Scientist Thursday-Friday, Sept. 11-12.

Jentsch will present “Scientific Advocacy in the Age of Extremism,” from 1-2 p.m. on Sept. 11 in the Wells Auditorium of the Pharmacy Building, and “Reward, Interrupted: Inhibitory Control and its Relevance to Addictions,” from noon-1 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the Wells Auditorium.

The presentations are sponsored by a Society for Neuroscience grant to the Mississippi Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences and the Faculty Scholarship Exchange Seminar Program in the Office of Academic Affairs.

For more information, call Dr. James Shaffery at 4-6684 or email him at

CE symposium to address maternal-fetal care

 Jaekle_RonDr. Ron Jaekle, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, director of perinatal services, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and medical director of the Perinatal Treatment Center - Center for Women's Health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, will speak at the Division of Continuing Health Professional Education's "Maternal Fetal Symposium 2014: State-of-the-Art Care," from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine physicians, neonatologists, pediatricians, sonographers, nurse practitioners and nurses are invited.

Dr. Jennifer C. Shores, associate professor of pediatrics and director of fetal cardiology, and Dr. James M. Shwayder, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology, will serve as conference directors for the event, presented by the UMMC Center for Maternal and Fetal Care.

For more information or to register, email Lynn Conerly at or visit

Jones, Keeton to speak at fall faculty meeting

 Jones_KeetonDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. The agenda also will include a recognition of faculty with 20 years of service.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email


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