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  • Student and Employee Health reached the milestones of having performed over 4,500 respirator fit tests and over 6,500 influenza vaccinations so far in 2023.
  • Dr. Josie Bidwell was elected to a 3-year term on the Board of Directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and the UMMC Lifestyle Medicine Clinic marked its 5th anniversary.

Josie Bidwell 2023 


  • Dr. Dave Vearrier’s application to start a medical toxicology fellowship program (sponsored by the Department of Emergency Medicine) received formal approval from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. 

David Vearrier 2020


  • Dr. Joshua Mann had two new co-authored papers accepted for publication, putting him at over 100 total publications for his career.

 Josh Mann 2023






Dr. Thomas Dobbs

Manuela Staneva

Staneva, M., Hobbs, C. V., & Dobbs, T. (2023). Spike in Congenital Syphilis, Mississippi, USA, 2016–2022. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 29(10), 1965-1972. 
Dr. Victoria Gholar

Gholar, Victoria M.; Taylor, Juanyce. Ensuring trainees are prepared to address broader societal factors that impact health. JBI Evidence Synthesis 21(10):p 1910-1911, October 2023. | DOI: 10.11124/JBIES-23-00427

Dr. Bill Hillegass

Anzalone, A., Sun, J., Vinson, A., Beasley, W., Hillegass, W., Murray, K.,
Hendricks, B., Haendel, M., Geary, C., Bailey, K., Hanson, C., Miele, L.,
Horswell, R., McMurry, J., Porterfield, J., Vest, M., Bunnell, H., Harper, J.,
Price, B., Santangelo, S., Rosen, C., McClay, J., and Hodder, S. (2023),
“Community Risks for Sars-Cov-2 Infection Among Fully Vaccinated Us
Adults by Rurality: A Retrospective Cohort Study From the National COVID
Cohort Collaborative,” PLOS ONE, 18(1):e0279968, 

Garg, P., Denton, M., Talluri, R., Ostrander, M., Middleton, C., Sonani, H.,
Varshney, N., and Hillegass, W. (2023), “Clinical Determinants and Impact of Hemorrhagic Lesions on Intestinal Pathology in Preterm Infants With Surgical Necrotizing Enterocolitis,” Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 16(1), 119–128, 

Hillegass, W. (2023), “Vascular Closure After Transfemoral Transcatheter
Aortic Valve Replacement: Further Randomized Trials Are Justified,”
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, 101(5):965-966, 

Moradi, H., Bunnell, H., Price, B., Khodaverdi, M., Vest, M., Porterfield, J.,
Anzalone, A., Santangelo, S., Kimble, W., Harper, J., Hillegass, W., and
Hodder, S. (2023), “Assessing the Effects of Therapeutic Combinations on
SARS-CoV-2 Infected Patient Outcomes: A Big Data Approach,” PLOS
ONE, 18(3), e0282587,  

Lee, M., Smolderen, K., Ionescu, C., Hillegass, W., Romain, G., and Mena-
Hurtado, C. (2023), “Lower Extremity Symptoms and Ankle-Brachial Index
Screening as Predictors of Cardiovascular Outcomes in Black
Adults,” Vascular Medicine, 28(3), 197-204, 

Garg, P., Lett, K., Ansari, M., Cunningham, H., Ware, J., Pittman, I., Riddick,
R., Sawaya, D., Berch, B., Morris, M., Varshney, N., Shenberger, J., Taylor,
C., Reddy, K., and Hillegass, W. (2023), “Outcomes by Disease Onset, Sex, and Intervention in Neonates with SIP and Surgical NEC,” Pediatric

Dr. Seth Lirette

Hajibonabi, F., Khalid, H., Duszak, R., Balthazar, P., Lirette, S., and Hanna,
T. (2023). “Are Academic Emergency Radiologists Systematically
Disadvantaged Compared with Diagnostic Radiology Subspecialty
Counterparts When it Comes to Promotion?,” Journal of the American
College of Radiology, 

Dr. Seth Lirette

Tran T. Le

Phillips, C., Le, T., Lirette, S., Welch, B., Glover, S., Dungey, A., Vick, K.,
and Grayson, B. (2023), “Immune Marker Reductions in Black and White
Americans Following Sleeve Gastrectomy in the Short-Term Phase of
Surgical Weight Loss,” PLOS ONE, 

Dr. Hamidreza MoradiMoradi, H., Bunnell, H., Price, B., Khodaverdi, M., Vest, M., Porterfield, J.,
Anzalone, A., Santangelo, S., Kimble, W., Harper, J., Hillegass, W., and
Hodder, S. (2023), “Assessing the Effects of Therapeutic Combinations on
SARS-CoV-2 Infected Patient Outcomes: A Big Data Approach,” PLOS
ONE, 18(3), e0282587, 
Dr. Philip Turk

Skallsjö, K., von Bültzingslöwen, I., Hasséus, B., Johansson, J.-E., Öhman, J., Raber-Durlacher, J., Huysmans, M.-C., Laheij, A., van Leeuwen, S., Hovan, A., Garming-Legert, K., Nguyen, H., Turk, P., Rozema, F., Blijlevens, N., and Brennan, M. (2023), “Oral Health in Patients Scheduled for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in the Orastem Study,” PLOS ONE, 18(5):e0285615,

Goyal, R., Slipher, S., Turk, P., Carnegie, N., Little, S., and De Gruttola, V.
(2023), “Estimating Contact Network Properties by Integrating Multiple Data Sources Associated With Infectious Diseases,” Statistics in Medicine, 

Wofford, M., Brown, C., Walston, B., Whiteside, H., Rigdon, J., and Turk, P.
(2023), “The Skin Color and Gender of High-Fidelity Simulation Manikins in
Emergency Medicine Residency Training and Their Use in Cultural Humility
Training,” Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 24(4):668-674, 

Fox, C., Ekaney, M., Runyon, M., Nguyen, H., Turk, P., McKillop, I., and
Murphy, C. (2023), “Assessing Platelet Mitochondrial Dysfunction in a
Murine Model of Acute Acetaminophen Toxicity,” Journal of Medical

Dr. Kedra Wallace

Ashley Griffin, Brittany Berry, Shauna-Kay Spencer, Teylor Bowles, Kedra Wallace. "Indoxyl Sulfate administration during pregnancy contributes to renal injury and increased blood-brain barrier permeability,” Int. J Mol Sci, 2023:24:11968.

RM Anchan, JB Spies, S Zhang, D Wojdyla, P Bortoletto, K Terry, E Disler, A Milne, A Gargiulo, J Petrozza, O Brook, S Srouji, CC Morton, J Greenberg, G Wegienka, EA Stewart, WK Nicholson, L Thomas, S Venable, S Laughlin-Tommaso, MP Diamond, GL Maxwell, EE Marsh, ER Myers, AI Vines, K Wallace, VL Jacoby. "Long Term Health-Related Quality of Life and Symptom Severity Following Hysterectomy, Myomectomy, or Uterine Artery Embolization for the Treatment of Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids,” American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2023:25:S0002-9378(23)00328-9.

Raymond Anchan, Daniel Wojdyla, Pietro Bortoletto, Kathryn Terry, Emily Disler, Ankrish Milne, Antonio Gargiulo, John Petrozza, Olga Brook, Serene Srouji, Cynthia C Morton, James Greenberg, Ganesa Wegienka, Elizabeth A Stewart, Wanda K. Nicholson, Laine Thomas, Sateria Venable, Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, Michael P Diamond, G. Larry Maxwell, Erica E. Marsh, Evan R. Myers, Anissa I. Vines, Lauren A. Wise, Kedra Wallace, Vanessa L. Jacoby, James B. Spies. "A comparative analysis of health-related quality of life one year following myomectomy or uterine artery embolization shows comparable HR-QoL and symptom severity score reductions for Uterine Fibroids,” from the COMPARE-UF Registry. J Womens Health. 2023:32(4):423-433.

Dr. Yufeng ZhengZheng, Y., and Blasch, E. (2023). “Facial Micro-Expression Recognition Enhanced by Score Fusion and a Hybrid Model from Convolutional LSTM and Vision Transformer,” Sensors, 23(12):5650,

Xiaoqian Zhu

Shrestha, S., Zhu, X., London, S., Sullivan, K., Lutsey, P., Windham, B.,
Griswold, M., and Mosley T. (2023). “Association of Lung Function with
Cognitive Decline and Incident Dementia in the Atherosclerosis Risk in
Communities Study,” American Journal of Epidemiology, 6,

Srishti, S., Zhu, X., Kamath, V., Sullivan, K., Deal, J., Sharrett, A., Schneider, A., Palta, P., Gottesman, R., Windham, B., et al. (2023), “Factors Associated with Poor Olfaction and Olfactory Decline in Older Adults in the ARIC Neurocognitive Study,” Nutrients, 15(16), 3641,