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Former governor pays tribute to King’s legacy

Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter joins Division of Multicultural Affairs and Department of Pastoral Services staff and Medical Center faculty, employees and students in a Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving in Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and on Behalf of Racial Unity Jan. 16 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The festivities included scripture readings, music, prayer, a hymn, a presentation on the life of Nelson Mandela and the announcement of art contest award winners.  Link to video (click here).

SHRP unveils latest classroom innovation

Dr. Jessica Bailey, dean of the School of Health Related Professions, leads a session during an open house for the school's new Collaboratory Jan. 16.
The Collaboratory is a 1,500-square-foot active-learning classroom featuring small-group learning spaces and 12 interconnected computer displays.
For more information, or to book the classroom, call 5-4029.

Outreach program encourages healthy living

During training to become community health advocates, Joyce Johnson, center, instructor in nursing, shows first-year medical students Lutasha Roberts, left, and Ellen Blair how to take blood pressure readings Jan. 8 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The Community Health Advocate Program is a population health-outreach effort through the Southern Remedy Healthy Living initiative.

Ophthalmic photographer garners accolades

Matt Olsen, director of ocular imaging in University Physicians Ophthalmology at Lakeland, received a first-, second- and third-place award from the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society at the 44th annual OPS Educational Program Nov. 15-19 in New Orleans.

His photographs were displayed in the scientific exhibition of the program.

Olsen received a First Place, Composite award for his photo, "Subretinal Hematoma in Silicone-filled Eye;" a Second Place, Fundus Photography Wide Angle award for his photo, "Racemose Angioma of the Optic Disc;" and a Third Place, Fundus Photography Wide Angle award for his photo, "Macroaneurysm with Preretinal Hemorrhage."

Teams, volunteers needed for Taste of the U

The Division of Information Systems team stayed on the case of the elusive Dr. Fine Swing during the 2013 Taste of the U event.

Members of the Taste of the U 2014 committee are seeking Medical Center faculty, staff and students participation in the annual extravaganza of food, theme music and costumes scheduled from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The event raises funds for the UMMC Alliance, a nonprofit group that benefits UMMC patients, families, students and facilities.

Participants are encouraged to put together office teams, pick a theme and a taste-portion menu and register for the event, or help out as a volunteer.

To register a chef team, call Melanie Lauderdale at 5-8319 or email her at; to volunteer, call Kathy Webster at 4-6377 or email her at; for more information about the event, call Laura DiStefano at 4-4056 or email her at; to purchase advance-sale tickets, visit; or to make a donation and become a sponsor, visit

Akerley joins UMMC microbiology faculty

Akerley, BrianDr. Brian J. Akerley, an assistant professor of microbiology and physiological systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of microbiology.

He received his B.S. in biology from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, in 1988, and his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995. He then pursued postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., from 1996-99.

Akerley briefly joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 1999 as an instructor in microbiology and molecular genetics before moving to Ann Arbor, Mich., to become an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School. In 2003, he became an assistant professor of microbiology and physiological systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

An active member of the American Society for Microbiology, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology and as an ad hoc reviewer for Molecular Microbiology, Infection and Immunity. He is the author or coauthor of 29 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and six invited papers and book chapters, and has given numerous invited presentations nationally.

Akerley's current research interests include pathogenic mechanisms of Haemophilus influenzae, a cause of middle-ear and lung infections, and factors that promote bacterial colonization of the lung after influenza A virus infection.

UMMC radiology faculty welcome Devaraju

Devaraju, VadivelDr. Vadivel Devaraju, a medical physicist and diplomat of the American Board of Radiology with specialization in diagnostic medical imaging physics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from India, earned his Master's of Science in biomedical engineering and his doctorate in medical imaging at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa. "Dr. Dev" was trained in diagnostic imaging physics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and later joined the University of Florida, where he served in quality assurance for the University of Florida Proton Therapy for approximately six years. He conducted research in collaboration with the faculty members of the radiology department on IRB-approved proposals.

Previously, Devaraju has worked at the University of Pennsylvania with the medical imaging section of the Department of Radiology, carrying out research work and system administration. He also worked for an ultrasound company in the U.S., performing acoustic measurements on a wide variety of medical devices to verify compliance with U.S. FDA 510(k) regulations and IEC standards and submitted reports to the FDA.

He has several publications and conference presentations to his credit, the most recent one being "Challenges in Multiparametric MR imaging" presented at the RSNA conference in 2013. His current research focus is oncologic MR imaging and dosimetry.

Devaraju is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the American College of Radiology and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers of the USA. He is a fellow of the Chartered Engineer Institution of Engineers, India.

Manimekalai joins anesthesiology faculty

Manimekalai, NatesanDr. Natesan Manimekalai, an anesthesiologist with specialization and interest in obstetric anesthesiology, having originally trained as an obstetrician, has recently joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of anesthesiology and director of research for the department.

Manimekalai received the bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degrees and a postgraduate degree and training in obstetrics and gynecology with graduate medical training in anesthesiology.

After receiving medical training, Manimekalai joined Moses Taylor Hospital in Pennsylvania as a staff anesthesiologist. Manimekalai has also served as a faculty anesthesiologist at DCM Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, and Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla.

In 2007, Manimekalai joined as a faculty anesthesiologist at the University of Florida and Shands Hospital, Jacksonville, where she also served as medical director of the Obstetric Anesthesiology Division, director of the Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship and director of research. Manimekalai also has worked as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at major teaching hospitals in India, Kenya and Saudi Arabia prior to her U.S. experience.

An active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Society of Obstetric Anesthesiology and Perinatology, Manimekalai is a journal reviewer for the journal Anesthesia and Clinical Research. She has authored or coauthored four book chapters and a number of meeting presentations and abstracts and has given many invited speeches or poster presentations in the U.S. and India.

Among her research interests is the determination of dosing requirements of epidurals for labor pain in differing ethnic populations.


Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Tommie Bays, ambulatory nurse, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

* Adrianne Davis, dental assistant, School of Dentistry (Care Planning and Restorative Sciences)

* Dr. Edward Manning, professor of neurology

* Veronica Wheeler, medical technologist, Pavilion Clinical Lab

15 Years

* Tori Brown, surgical technician, Labor and Delivery/Surgery

* Shekila Dishmon, inventory and supply technician, Materials Management

* Becky Everett, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Deborah Poole, dietitian, Kidney Transplant

10 Years

* Mildred Arnold, technician, Environmental Services

* Ashley Houston, inpatient nurse, Batson Children's Hospital Emergency Department

* Rodrick Johns, nurse, Cardiovascular Holding Area

* Michael Watson, pharmacy technologist, Pharmacy

* Irene Williams, clinic operations supervisor, Internal Medicine-Lakeland

* Jacqueline Wilson, technician, Environmental Services

5 Years

* Jessylen Age, risk management coordinator, Chief Medical Office

* Deana Brandt, medical office assistant, Pediatric Administration

* Ellecia Cooper, medical office assistant, Batson Primary Clinic

* Traci Dickens, LPN, 5 Children's

* Shemeka Francis, patient care technician, 3 North

* Mary Green, surgical technician, University Hospital Surgical Suite

* Melissa Haydel, student records specialist, Student Services and Records

* Melissa Hubbard, dietitian, Outpatient Dialysis, Jackson Medical Mall

* Grant McAuley, Epic application coordinator/analyst, Information Systems

* April Simmons, inpatient nurse, Batson Children's Hospital Surgical Suite

* Hattie Thomas, technician, Environmental Services

* Marvin Turner, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Amanda Walton, inpatient nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Daniel Webb, sergeant, Campus Police

* Krystal Weir, nurse, 4 South

* Matt Westerfield, editor/writer, Public Affairs

* Jennifer Williams, inpatient nurse, Labor and Delivery/Surgery

SUNY pharmacologist to discuss ‘aged heart’

Li, JiDr. Ji Li, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at SUNY at Buffalo, N.Y., will present "AMP-activated Protein Kinase in the Aged Heart" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 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.

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