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Edelman details Children's Fund's hunger battle

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, gives the keynote address at the inaugural Marian Wright Edelman Distinguished Lectureship Series Oct. 3 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The event highlighted steps the Children's Defense Fund is taking to combat hunger in the nation, especially among children.

Critical care surgeon receives top quality kudos

Dr. Theresa E. (Elizabeth) Robertson, left, assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care, receives the Q Award from Dr. Chris Anderson, interim chair of surgery, during a recent awards ceremony at the Medical Center.

Robertson was nominated for the award by Rick Risher, an SICU nurse educator, who wrote that from the first day she became a fellow, “quality and safety was listed as being high on her agenda.”

“She has an intense desire to make improvements as they arise and fosters a spirit of investigation in all the staff to find creative solutions and dig deeper to head off safety issues before they are present,” Risher wrote in the nomination submission. “She always takes time to teach the nurses during rounds, holds frequent spontaneous in-services with our residents and strongly encourages participation from the nursing staff as well.

“She has a great attitude for collaboration and desires multiple viewpoints in decision-making . . . She has a strong desire to include anyone willing to learn, regardless of specialty.”

The Q Award is presented quarterly by Quality Administration to a Medical Center physician who promotes quality and improves patient safety.

To nominate a physician for the award, select the “Q Award” link under the UMMC Yellow Pages in the Support section of the UMMC Intranet.

Columbia fellow joins anesthesiology faculty

 Choi_HyungDr. Hyung Sun Choi, a transplant anesthesiology fellow at Columbia University Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving the M.D. from the Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine in 2003, Choi had a general surgery internship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, from 2008-09, an anesthesiology residency at the NYMC-Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York, from 2009-12, a critical care fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, from 2012-13, and a transplant anesthesiology fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center, New York, from 2013-14.

Choi is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is the author of a commentary in “Survey of Anesthesiology” and three chapters in “The Essential Clinical Anesthesia Board Review.”

Medicine faculty welcome regulatory specialist

 Min_Yuan_IDr. Yuan-I “Nancy” Min, regulatory specialist at Hogan Lovells, LLP, in Washington, District of Columbia, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of medicine and an epidemiologist with the Jackson Heart Study.

A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Min was trained in both biostatistics and epidemiology, with an M.H.S. in biostatistics and a Ph.D. in epidemiology.

Min was on the research faculty at the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Trials, where she participated in coordinating center activities in several NIH-sponsored clinical trials and observational studies between 1999 and 2004. She played a leading operational role in data system design and maintenance, statistical analysis and performance monitoring.

Min was one of the grantees of the Department of Health and Human Services on a research integrity program that investigated issues related to quality assurance and data integrity in clinical trials. In 2004, she joined the MedStar Research Institute as a senior scientist, where she directed the statistics cluster in the Department of Epidemiology and Statistics.

In 2006, she joined Hogan & Hartson, LLP (the legacy firm of Hogan Lovells) as a regulatory specialist, with a focus on issues related to medical devices, and in 2014, she received regulatory affairs certification (RAC) from the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society.

Cardiothoracic specialist joins surgery faculty

 Shake_JayDr. Jay G. Shake, director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit and director of quality and outcomes in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Scott and White Memorial Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute, Temple, Texas, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of surgery.

His expertise focuses on cardiovascular critical care and here he will be the director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and director of Adult ECMO. His clinical research is primarily in the area of techniques to deliver patient care with improved quality and safety.

After receiving a B.A. in 1988 and an M.S. in physiology in 1991 from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Shake earned the M.D. there in 1997. He had a surgery internship from 1997-98, a surgery residency from 1998-2003, a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship from 2003-06 and a surgical critical care fellowship from 2010-11 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. He also was a visiting fellow in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, in 2005.

Staff surgeon at HealthPartners-Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota, from 2006-08 and at Duluth Clinic, Duluth, Minnesota, from 2008-10, Shake served as an assistant professor of surgery at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station, from 2012-14.

An active fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Shake is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is the author of coauthor of 22 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, four book chapters and 26 abstracts or presentations.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Carol Tubbs, associate professor of occupational therapy, School of Health Related Professions

15 Years

* Carol Anderson, animal lab technician, Laboratory Animal Facilities

5 Years

* Brindley Kuiper, IT project manager, Information Systems

* Billie Leggett, physician scheduler, Scheduling

* Monica Massey, nurse, University Heart Cardiac Rehabilitation

* John McCoy, anesthesia technician, Anesthesia

* Charles McGehee, electrician, Building Maintenance

* Jessica Shaffery, inpatient nurse, University Hospital 3 South

* Carolyn Taylor, technician, Environmental Services

* Dena Walker, administrative assistant, School of Medicine

* Elizabeth Williams, technician, Environmental Services

* Dr. Lei Zhang, professor of nursing, School of Nursing

Washington urologist to talk prostate cancer

 Corey_EvaDr. Eva Corey, research professor of urology at the University of Washington, will present “Heterogeneity of Prostate Cancer and PCa Models for Preclinical Testing” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in room G-151 in the Arthur C. Guyton Research Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Freda Turpeau at 5-6802.

Auburn physiologist to explain biased signaling

 Tao_Ya_XiongDr. Ya-Xiong Tao, professor of physiology in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, will present “Melanocortin-4 Receptor: Pharmacological Chaperones and Biased Signaling” from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.

Sharp students to compete in first RICE Bowl

 RICE_Bowl_logoTop scholars from local colleges, including Belhaven University, Jackson State University, Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi, will join Medical Center students in the first RICE Bowl, an interactive health-care competition with audience participation, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Sponsored by the Office of Population Health and the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, the Rural Interdisciplinary Case Experience (RICE) Bowl is an academic quiz competition like none other, with team members answering questions and solving a complex health-care case. Attendees will have the opportunity to sound off during the event as well.

For more information or to register for the event, visit or email

WFU imaging leader to discuss cardio-oncology

 Hundley_WilliamDr. Greg Hundley, medical director of the Reynolds Tower Cardiovascular Imaging Facility at Wake Forest Health Sciences, will present “Cardio-oncology: New Insights from MRI Regarding Cancer Treatment-Related Cardiovascular Injury” from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in R354 (upper amphitheatre) as part of the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture Series.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis.

For more information, call Margie West at 5-5000.

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