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Visionary woman, clinical mentor earn distinction

Published on Thursday, March 5, 2015

Published on March 05, 2015

The Women's Foundation of Mississippi and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation each recently recognized a member of the Medical Center faculty for distinguished service.

Women's foundation to honor visionary ob-gyn

Portrait of Dr. Michelle Owens

The Women's Foundation of Mississippi has selected Dr. Michelle Owens, associate professor of ob-gyn, as one of five 2015 Women of Vision honorees.

A board-certified maternal fetal medicine specialist, Owens serves as the Young Physician at Large representative to the Executive Board of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The honorees were selected for fostering economic security for women and girls in Mississippi. Joining Owens as honorees are writer Patti Carr Black, Tougaloo College president Dr. Beverly Hogan, and Women's Foundation founders Jean and Tim Medley.

Carol Penick, executive director of the Women's Foundation of Mississippi, said the 2015 honorees are a distinguished, passionate and committed group.

"These honorees have contributed their time, talent and treasure to make a significant difference in the lives of Mississippians," she said. "I am honored to be in their presence."

The 2015 Women of Vision honorees will be recognized at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Trustmark Ballroom at the Jackson Convention Complex.

For more information about the event, email


Clinical investigation society taps immunology director for mentorship award


The Southern Society for Clinical Investigation selected Dr. Gailen D. Marshall Jr., professor of medicine and pediatrics and director of the Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, for the organization's inaugural Postdoctoral Trainee Mentor of the Year Award at its annual meeting Feb. 27 in New Orleans.

The award recognizes faculty members who have distinguished themselves in mentoring students, postdoctoral trainees and junior faculty. Marshall was nominated for the award by Dr. Richard D. deShazo, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and several current and former trainees.

Marshall said he was "humbled and grateful" to be the first recipient of the award.

"It recognizes what is really the most important aspect of an academic medical career - that privilege to inspire, train and facilitate future clinicians, educators and researchers," Marshall said. "These young colleagues will take what they have learned from me and others and will improve and advance the care of patients far beyond anything I have even dreamed of.

"I am most grateful to have had a career that has allowed me to be involved with so many fine young colleagues."