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Wintry weather visits UMMC campus

First-year medical students Kimberly Simmonds, left, and Katie Scott take a break between classes to put the finishing touches on a snowman Jan. 17.

The snow left almost as soon as it came: by 4 p.m., there was little evidence of the white stuff that had blanketed the campus that morning.  

Ceremony honors King’s legacy

Dr. Audwin Fletcher, professor of nursing, brings the "I Have a Dream" speech to life during the 2013 Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion: An Observance of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony Jan. 16 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Lodge to offer Hope on Medical Center campus

Discussing plans for the Mississippi Hope Lodge are, from left, Jerry Host, president and chief executive officer of Trustmark bank; Carol Pigott, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi; Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs; Deborah Bryant, First Lady of Mississippi; Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant; and Greg Bontrager, staff president and CEO of the American Cancer Association.

During the Jan. 11 Mid-South Board of Directors meeting at the Mississippi Museum of Art, the group announced that the lodge will be constructed on the Medical Center campus. The lodge will offer free shelter and support to the thousands of cancer patients and their families who travel to the Jackson area to receive treatment.  (Larger Image)

Sathyamoorthy joins anesthesiology faculty

KumarDr. Madhankumar Sathyamoorthy, also known as Dr. Kumar, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology. He will be working as a pediatric anesthesiologist at Batson Children’s Hospital.

After receiving the M.B.B.S. in 1999 from Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India, Sathyamoorthy earned the M.S. in genetics at Mississippi State University in 2001. He did his transitional year of residency training at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, Mich., followed by residency training in anesthesiology at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., from 2002-05. Recently, he completed his fellowship training in pediatric anesthesia at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, N.Y., from 2011-12.

Sathyamoorthy worked as staff anesthesiologist at St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, N.H., and was a partner in Granite State Anesthesia practice group from 2005-11. He worked at the Bay State Medical Center, Springfield, Mass., in 2011 before moving on to fellowship.

He had been on volunteer missions to  Columbia, China and Bangladesh, where he was involved in treating children with cleft lip and cleft palate. He served as secretary and treasurer for the New Hampshire Society of Anesthesiologists from 2009-11 and served as a member of the ASA committee on young physicians.

He is the author of two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three research papers and presentations.

Anesthesiology resident enjoys capitol day

Dr. Cassie Burns visits with Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives Philip Gunn Jan. 14 at the State Capitol in Jackson. Burns was selected as "Doctor for a Day" for the Mississippi Legislature.

Surgery faculty welcome Gupta

Dr. Bhawna Gupta, a skilled pharmaceutical scientist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of surgery.

After receiving the B.S. in pharmacy summa cum laude in 1997 and the M.S. in pharmaceutics summa cum laude in 1999 from the College of Pharmacy in New Delhi, India, Gupta earned the Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences summa cum laude in 2006 at Northeastern University, Boston. Gupta then served as a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, from 2008-10.

Gupta was a senior scientist at Schering-Plough Corporation, Summit, N.J., from 2006-08, where she gained valuable experience in product development of drugs undergoing clinical trials. Before coming to the U.S., Gupta was a research associate in the oncology division at Dabur Research Foundation, India, from 1999-2001.

Gupta was affiliated with various pharmaceutical societies, including the Controlled Release Society, the American Association of Indian Pharmaceutical Scientists and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. An active member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), Gupta has attended several writing workshops and is serving as the LinkedIn group manager for the AMWA-Southeast chapter.

Gupta has coauthored more than a half-dozen articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Cancer. Gupta has presented numerous poster and podium presentations at the pharmaceutical meetings.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Paul Miller, health information services technician, Mammography

* William Mitchell, buyer, Purchasing

* Copucine White, patient services coordinator, Dental Hygiene

10 Years

* Deirdre Folkes, administrative assistant, Continuing Health Professional Education

* Rachel Lowery, ambulatory nurse, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

* Jennifer McGary, administrative assistant, Radiology

* Sheri Robert, nurse, Batson 3C Pediatric Unit

* Michelle Schweinfurth, nurse educator, Emergency Medicine

5 Years

* Linda Atwood, nurse manager, Wiser Hospital Surgical Suite

* Laura Ayers, ophthalmic surgical technician, Lakeland Ophthalmology

* Jessica Carroll, inpatient nurse, 4 South

* Ammy Davis, pediatric cardiology nurse, Batson Hospital Pediatric ICU

* Amanda Hankins, athletic trainer, Orthopedic Surgery

* Shavonna Keys, patient services coordinator, Holmes County Patient Financial Services

* Shelley Lee, cytotechnologist, Cytology

* Mary Moore, assistant professor of nursing

* Lenox Oudkerk, environmental services technician, Environmental Services

* Sharell White, unit secretary, Batson 5C Pediatric Unit

Schricker to speak at SOD research event

SchrickerDr. Scott Schricker, associate professor of dentistry at Ohio State University, will present "Developing Nanoscale Materials for Dental Materials and Biomaterials" as part of the School of Dentistry's Research Day event from 8-9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The event also will include student poster presentation from 9:30-10 a.m.; poster viewing and judging from 10-11:30 a.m.; lunch from 11:30-noon and awards from noon-1 p.m. in second-floor conference rooms C-D in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

For more information, call Deborah Hayes at 4-6025.

Godwin to present Anesthesia Grand Rounds

GodwinDr. Steven A. Godwin, professor and chair of emergency medicine and assistant dean of simulation education at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Where Do We Go from Here? Utilizing Simulation to Advance Patient Safety Training in GME," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914 or e-mail her at

Fuqua to give Hearin Distinguished Lecture

fuquaDr. Suzanne A. W. Fuqua, professor of medicine and molecular cell biology at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and co-director of the Nuclear Receptor Program at the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Novel Mechanisms of Hormone Resistance," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre).

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

For more information, e-mail Margie West at

Reading project to discuss Fadiman book

fadiman coverThe Division of Multicultural Affairs, the School of Medicine Student Affairs Office, the School of Medicine Academic Affairs Office and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities will sponsor a Diversity Dialogue Session, "UMMC Common Reading Project: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," at noon on Friday, Jan. 25, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The format will include an interactive discussion with experts on pertinent topics in medical ethics. Participants should read the selected book by Anne Fadiman before the event.

Lunch will be available to the first 100 in attendance. For more information, call 4-5012 or 4-1339.

Orens to discuss lung transplantation

ORENS 2 real fileDr. Jonathan B. Orens, professor of medicine and associate director and clinical chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present "Lung Transplantation: From James Hardy to the Current State of the Art," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and residents are invited. The seminar is presented by the School of Medicine.

For more information, call Maggie Cravey at 4-5578.

Chef teams needed for Taste of the U

Taste 23 realThe 2013 Taste committee is seeking chef teams to reserve booth space and plan menus for the Saturday, Feb. 23 Taste of the U event, which raises money for the UMMC Alliance.

Last year, nearly $60,000 was raised for patient, student, facility and employee needs. Recently, funds raised at Taste supported the Children's Justice Center at UMMC and outings for three pediatric ventilator patients who live at Batson Children's Hospital.

This year, Taste will honor Dr. Richard Miller and Dr. Suzanne Miller, emeritus faculty members, for their more than 80 years of combined service to the Medical Center and community.

Hunter Gibson and the Gators will perform and a silent auction and drawings will continue throughout the evening.

For more information or to sign up a chef team, call Melanie Lauderdale at 5-8319 or e-mail her at

UMMC employees to wear red, support AHA

Go Red shirt 2013The Medical Center and the American Heart Association will host a "Wear Red Day" event to support women affected by heart disease on Friday, Feb. 1.

AHA "Keep Calm and Go Red" T-shirts are available online at The shirts may be picked up at various Medical Center locations, including the main campus, the Central Billing Office, Holmes County Hospital, the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center, Grants Ferry and Select Specialty Hospital.

With manager approval, UMMC employees may wear the wrinkle-free T-shirts Feb. 1. Jeans will not be allowed.

All T-shirt orders must be made online by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. All proceeds will benefit the AHA.

For more information, e-mail Peggy Thompson at, or visit Go Red T-shirt Flier.

Vasdev to give anesthesia presentation

VasdevDr. Gurinder Vasdev, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "The Nuts and Bolts of Liver Transplant Anesthesia," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914 or e-mail her at

Classes to make IMPACT on teen drivers

The Batson Child Safety and Community Outreach Program will host Drivers IMPACT classes for teenage children of Medical Center faculty and students to help them become aware of the reality of dangerous driving.

The one-day classes will include a defensive driving course, a first-responder and trauma patient reenactment and a tour. Participants will have a discussion with a motor vehicle crash survivor about rehabilitation and daily limitations.

The cost is $100 per student. The classes are scheduled for Thursday, March 14 and Saturday, April 27. Space is limited.

For more information, call Elizabeth Foster at 5-6921.  

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