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2022 Trailblazer Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education Winners

Dr. Alan Penman and Dr. Vinayak K. Nahar received the 2022 Trailblazer Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education. The Trailblazer Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education recognizes our faculty’s time and effort to educate future physicians. Nominated by their peers, recipients of the award are recognized as effective teachers who engage, inspire, and mentor learners, demonstrate teaching innovations in curriculum design, and serve as a catalyst for enhancing teaching and learning.

Alan Penman 2005    Vinayak Nahar


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion 2023 Pillars Awards

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion had its 2023 Pillars awards, recognizing service and inclusive excellence. Dr. Abigail Gamble was recognized as a nominee for the Beacon Award, which recognizes faculty members who exhibit inclusive excellence in teaching, instruction, research, or clinical practice at UMMC.

Abigail Gamble 2016     

L.C. Dorsey Research Honor Society                                

Dr. Abigail Gamble was inducted into the L.C. Dorsey Research Honor Society, multidisciplinary network of social, behavioral, health, and citizen scientists who have produced or contributed to the production of exceptional minority health and health disparities research.



Lifetime Achievement Award, Finalist for the 2023 Regions TEACH Prize, and New Member of the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Mary Currier received the Lifetime Achievement Award, which acknowledges an alum who has made a significant contribution to improving health outcomes in diverse communities in the state of Mississippi.

Dr. Mary Currier has been recognized as one of seven UMMC finalists for the 2023 Regions TEACH Prize.

Mary Currier was selected as a member of the 2022-2023 class of the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence.

Mary Currier Mallette                                                                                                                                                               



 Dr. Inder Kaur (PGY-2 resident) was voted chief resident for the 2023-2024 class



Dr. Iram Aman (PGY-3 resident) served as a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine’s Continuing Medical Education Committee.      





National Committee Service/Appointments

  1. The American College of Preventive Medicine selected Dr. Amaan Kajani ((PGY-2 resident) as its Alternate Delegate to the Resident and Fellow Section of the AMA. Amaan will attend the meeting in Chicago, and will also be invited to attend either/both of the Section Council on Preventive Medicine meetings, which will be occurring June 10 and June 12 on site at the AMA meeting. Donna Grande, ACPM’s CEO will be hosting a dinner as well for the AMA Delegates, including Amaan.
  2. Dr. Joshua Mann was named Chair of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education’s Preventive Medicine Review Committee, and will also serve as a member of the ACGME’s Council of Review Committee Chairs.




Chad Blackshear
Dr. Seth Lirette
Das, B., Blackshear, C., Lirette, S., Slaughter, M., Ghaleb, S., Moskowitz, W., ... and Burch, P. (2022), “Impact of 2016 UNOS pediatric heart allocation policy changes on VAD utilization, waitlist, and post‐transplant survival outcomes in children with CHD versus Non‐CHD,” Clinical Transplantation, e14843.
Dr. Paul BurnsTeng, F., Sha, Y., Fletcher, L. M., Welsch, M., Burns, P., & Tang, W. (2023). Barriers to uptake of PrEP across the continuum among transgender women: A global scoping review. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 34(5), 299–314. DOI: 10.1177/09564624231152781

Burns, P. A., Anyimukwu, C., Omondi, A. A., Monger, M., Ward, L., & Poteat, T. (2023). Health-care providers' perspectives on an HIV patient navigation training to improve uptake of PrEP among Black sexual minority men. Health Education Research, cyad005. Advance online publication.

Xavier Hall, C. D., Harris, R., Burns, P., Girod, C., Yount, K. M., & Wong, F. Y. (2023). Utilizing Latent Class Analysis to Assess the Association of Intersectional Stigma on Mental Health Outcomes Among Young Adult Black, Indigenous, and Sexual Minority Women of Color. LGBT Health, 10.1089/lgbt.2022.0083.

Angela A. Omondi, Ashleigh M. Day, Rodney Washington & Paul A. Burns (2023) Attitudes and Misconceptions of Coronavirus Disease and Vaccination Among African Americans in Rural Mississippi, Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2023.2212443
Dr. Thomas DobbsDobbs T, Staneva M, Byers P. Surviving The Surge: Nonurgent Elective Procedures, Intensive Care, And Mississippi's COVID-19 Waves. Health Aff (Millwood). 2023 Mar;42(3):416-423. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2022.00961. PMID: 36877908.
Dobbs, Thomas MD, MPH; Heyer, Kate MPH; Lee, Grace MPH. Preparing for the Next Pandemic or Public Health Crisis. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice ():10.1097/PHH.0000000000001724, March 02, 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001724
HEALTH AFFAIRS FOREFRONT Getting Government To Work For Public Health Thomas E. Dobbs FEBRUARY 3, 2023
Conn’s Current Therapy, 2023. Diagnosis and Management of COVID-19. Thomas Dobbs, Luke Lampton
Dr. Victoria GholarAccepted for publication: Gholar V, Palokas M, Tacy J. Structural competency curriculum in health science education: a scoping review. JBI Evidence Synthesis.

Gholar, V. M., & Christian, R. (2023). Effectiveness of implementation strategies to improve nutrition education interventions in adults living in rural and/or low-income communities. JBI evidence implementation, 10.1097/XEB.0000000000000371. Advance online publication.

Dr. Seth LiretteVijayakumar, S., Nittala, M., Duggar, W., King, M., Lirette, S., Yang, C., ... and Howard, C. (2023), “The Influence of Patient and System Factors on the Radiotherapy Treatment Time in the Treatment of Non-metastatic Cervical Cancer Patients in a Rural and Resource-Lean State’s Safety-Net Hospital: Benefits of Strategic Planning,” Cureus, 15(3), e35954.
Dr. Seth Lirette
Taylor Ward
Clemmer, J., Ward, T., and Lirette, S. (2023), “Retrospective analysis of SGLT2 inhibitors in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction,” ESC Heart Failure, 
Dr. Jennifer Reneker

Lowell R, Conner NO, Derby H, Hill CM, Gillen Z, Burch R, Knight A, Reneker JC & Chander H Quick on Your Feet: Modifying the Star Excursion Balance Test with a Response Time Task. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(2), 1204; - 10 Jan 2023

Elkin TD, Zhang Y, Reneker JC. Gaze Fixation and Visual Searching Behaviors during an Immersive Virtual Reality Social Skills Training Experience for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Pilot Study. Brain Sci. 2022 Nov 18;12(11):1568. doi:10.3390/brainsci12111568. PMID: 36421892; PMCID: PMC9688560.
Zhang Y, Pena M, Fletcher L, Lal L, Swint JM, and Reneker J. “Economic Evaluation and Costs of Remote Patient Monitoring for Cardiovascular Disease in the United States: A Systematic Review”. April 2023 International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health care 39(1):e25 DOI: 10.107/S0266462323000156
Dr. Kedra Wallace

Shimoura CG, Wallace K, Mathis KW. Editorial: Renal injury and the brain. Front Med (Lausanne). 2023 Jan 4;9:1100487. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2022.1100487. PMID: 36687431; PMCID: PMC9848489. 

Anchan RM, Wojdyla D, Bortoletto P, Terry K, Disler E, Milne A, Gargiulo A, Petrozza J, Brook O, Srouji S, Morton CC, Greenberg J, Wegienka G, Stewart EA, Nicholson WK, Thomas L, Venable S, Laughlin-Tommaso S, Diamond MP, Maxwell GL, Marsh EE, Myers ER, Vines AI, Wise LA, Wallace K, Jacoby VL, Spies JB. A Comparative Analysis of Health-Related Quality of Life 1 Year Following Myomectomy or Uterine Artery Embolization: Findings from the COMPARE-UF Registry. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2023 Apr;32(4):423-433. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2022.0133. Epub 2023 Jan 13. PMID: 36637808; PMCID: PMC10079244.

Dr. Wondwosen Kassahun-YimerMorris, Rachael, Ahmed SZ Moustafa, Wondwosen Kassahun-Yimer, Sarah Novotny, Brittney Billsby, Amira Abbas, and Kedra Wallace. “COVID-19 not Hypertension or Diabetes increases the risk of Preeclampsia among a high-risk population.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 24 (2022): 16631.
Hamid, A., Yimer, W. K., Oshunbade, A., Kamimura, D., Clark III, D., Fox, E., ... and Hall, M. (2023), “Impact of Diabetes and Hypertension on Left Ventricular Structure and Function: The Jackson Heart Study,” Journal of the American Heart Association, e026463.
Dr. Yufeng Zhang

Kinney, K., Zheng, Y., Morris, M., Schumacher, J., Bhardwaj, S., and Rowlett, J. (2023), “Predicting Benzodiazepine Prescriptions: A Proof-of-Concept Machine Learning Approach,” Frontiers in Psychiatry, 14:356, 

 Dr. Yunxi ZhangZhang, Y, Chandra, S, Peña, M T, Lal, L, Summers, R L, & Swint, J M (2023). “Framework for Evaluating and Developing Sustainable Telehealth Programs.” Telemedicine and e-Health.

Obi, Y, Zhang, Y, Chandra, S, Tio, M C , Wells, C, Dossabhoy, N, Shafi, T (2022, November). “Telehealth‐Assisted Home BP Monitoring for In‐Center Hemodialysis Patients: A Pragmatic Implementation Study.” SEARCH 2022 National Telehealth Research Symposium. Abstract published in Telemedicine and e-Health. Feb 2023. 

Goldwater, J, Harris, Y, Zhang, Y, Chandra, S, Summers, R (2022, November). “New Frontiers in Telehealth Research: A National Telehealth Data Warehouse.” SEARCH 2022 National Telehealth Research Symposium. Abstract published in Telemedicine and e-Health. Feb 2023. 

Dent, E, Zhang, Y, Lal, L, Swint, J, Pena, M (2022, November). “Evaluation of Patient Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients Receiving Medication Nutrition Therapy at a University Health Center in Mississippi.” SEARCH 2022 National Telehealth Research Symposium. Abstract published in Telemedicine and e-Health. Feb 2023. 

Wilhelm, A, Carlisle, A, Mahoney, M, Hughes, L, Zhang, Y, Davis, T, Lasource, C, Chandra, S. (2022, November). “Paradigm for establishing a multidisciplinary Telehealth team for managing complex multi‐system disorders like Post‐acute Sars‐CoV‐19 Syndrome (PASC).” SEARCH 2022 National Telehealth Research Symposium. Abstract published in Telemedicine and e-Health. Feb 2023. 

Goldwater, J., Zhang, Y., Harris, Y., Saurabh, C., and Summers, R. (2023), “A New Frontier in Telehealth Research: A National Telehealth Data Warehouse,” Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, 

Zhang, Y., and Kim, S. (2023), “Variable selection for high-dimensional incomplete data using horseshoe estimation with data augmentation,” Communications in Statistics - Theory and Methods, 

Zhang, Y., Peña, M., Fletcher, L., Lal, L., Swint, J., and Reneker, J. (2023). ”Economic Evaluation and Costs of Remote Patient Monitoring for Cardiovascular Disease in the United States: A Systematic Review,” International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 
Anshul Anugu
Chad Blackshear
Brian Christman
Dr. Abigail Gamble
Hunter Sylvester
Dr. Phillip Turk
Dr. Michael Welsch
Sylvester, H., Turk, P., Anugu, A., Blackshear, C., Christman, B., Welsch, M., and Gamble, A. (2023), “Telehealth Diabetes Prevention Intervention for the Next Generation of African American Youth Pilot Trial,” Southern Regional Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Abstract published in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 365(Supplement 1):S404-S405.