Peds prof emeritus, ob-gyn fellow earn distinctions
Published on Tuesday, July 6, 2021
AAP honors pediatrics professor emeritus for lifetime contributions
Dr. Sandor Feldman, professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University Mississippi Medical Center, will receive the Lifetime Contribution to Education in Infectious Diseases Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Infectious Diseases.
The annual award recognizes a section member who has devoted lifetime efforts to the postgraduate education of physicians, specifically those who have participated in the education of members of the AAP, an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists.
An AAP fellow, Feldman became the first pediatric infectious disease specialist in Mississippi after beginning work at UMMC in 1987. Before then, he contributed to the understanding and treatment of sickle cell anemia at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a program that provided sick care, wellness care, nutrition, transportation and vaccinations to children. Feldman was a trailblazer in treating AIDS in immunocompromised children at St. Jude.
After retiring from UMMC, Feldman became a vaccine and epidemiology consultant for the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Feldman said he is humbled by the national honor.
“Being acknowledged nationally by my peers in pediatric infectious diseases and the national pediatric community is an honor for which I am grateful," he said.
Medical company bestows Caldwell Award upon ob-gyn fellow
Dr. Kimberly Simmons, an obstetrics and gynecology fellow at UMMC, has received the 2021 MACM Caldwell Award, given each year to honor the accomplishments of a senior-level resident.
Presented by the Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi, the Caldwell Award pays tribute to residents known for excellence in medical care, patient relations, leadership and achievements in teaching medical students and fellow residents.
MACM has recognized UMMC’s top resident since 1982. The honor is named for Dr. Robert S. Caldwell, a Tupelo surgeon who was a founding member of the MACM board of directors.
A graduate of William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Simmons graduated from the School of Medicine at UMMC in 2017 and did her residency in ob-gyn at the Medical Center.
The Mize native's many other awards include the Urogynecology Resident of the Year, 2020-2021, and the Carl G. Evers, MD Society All-Star Resident, 2017-2018.
Simmons' husband, Dr. Lee Sullivan of Columbus, is a third-year orthopaedic surgery resident at UMMC and a 2019 graduate of the School of Medicine.
"Dr. Simmons was an outstanding resident and chief administrative resident,” said Dr. J. Martin “Marty” Tucker, chair of ob-gyn at UMMC. "We are very proud of her and her accomplishments. I am very pleased she is part of our team now as a maternal fetal medicine fellow.”