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Visitors make Valentine’s Day festive at BCH

Pharmacy student Sarah Davidson helps 2-year-old Batson Children's Hospital patient Aseanti Palm make a love bug for Valentine's Day Feb. 14 in the Children's Hospital lobby.

Pharmacy students and local Air Force and Army National Guardsmen served Valentine-themed treats and entertained patients.

Marie Wicks, Miss Mississippi, visited with children and autographed photos during the Valentine's Day party.

Alumni Drive section to close for construction

Blue constructA section of Alumni Drive extending from the Ronald McDonald House to the UMMC Credit Union will be closed so a contractor can perform additional road work from 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18 through Friday, Feb. 22, weather permitting.

Both lanes of this section of Alumni Drive will be barricaded.

Parking Lot 15 at the Office Annex and the Ronald McDonald House will be accessible.

Parking Lot 11 will be accessible from the east entrance across from the Student Union parking lot.

The Alumni Building driveway will be accessible from the east entrance by the Credit Union.

For more information, call (601) 927-7881.  (View Map)

Taste of the U to benefit UMMC Alliance

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Food, drinks and costumes from far-flung volcanic islands to nearby Louisiana swamps will transform the Jackson Medical Mall into a massive multi-theme party and fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 during the annual Taste of the U.

A panel of six celebrity judges will make awards to chef teams in several categories. This year’s judges are:

* Josh Marks, “The 7-foot Chef” and runner up on Season 3 of MasterChef;

* Wanda Collier-Wilson, president and CEO of the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau;

* Patty Roper, editorial director for Mississippi Magazine and the author of five entertaining and recipe books;

* Rebecca Turner, registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Affairs Program Manager for the Southeast Dairy Association and Founder of Runner’s FUEL

* Zack Athearn, owner and chef of City Grille in Madison; and 

* Byron Brown, journalist and evening anchor for News Channel 12.

This year’s Taste of the U honors Dr. Richard and Dr. Suzanne Miller, UMMC’s first couple of pediatric medicine and surgery.

Taste of the U benefits the UMMC Alliance, a non-profit that supports the needs of Medical Center patients and families, students and facilities. Last year’s Taste of the U entertained about 1,000 people and raised the Alliance nearly $60,000.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children and can be purchased from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, in the hallway leading to the Methodist Rehabilitation Center near McDonald's, at the Jackson Medical Mall main entrance during the event, or on the Taste of the U webpage.

State PT association honors Weber, Holmes

Dr. Mark Weber, left, professor of physical therapy, and Clarence Holmes, second-year PT student, receive commendation letters from Christi Mills, Mississippi Physical Therapy Association president, Feb. 12 at the School of Health Related Professions.

Weber, outgoing chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, was recognized for his four-year term of service on the board. Holmes was honored for his recent election as treasurer of the American Physical Therapy Association's Student Assembly.

Anesthesiology faculty welcome Maposa

Maposa, DouglasDr. Douglas Maposa, a senior pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of anesthesiology, chief of pediatric anesthesiology and medical director, Batson Children's Hospital.

Maposa earned his medical degree (M.B.Ch.B.) at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School, Harare, in 1989. He completed general medicine residency training at Mpilo Central Hospital, University of Zimbabwe, from 1990-91.

He went into general practice at Tshilidzini Hospital, Northern Province, South Africa, from 1991-93. Maposa then completed his residency training in anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Africa, Garankuwa, from 1993-95 and at Johannesburg Hospital, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, from 1995-97. He later completed advanced specialist training (fellowships) in pediatric anesthesia and pain at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 2002 and in neuro anesthesia at the University Health Network Toronto Western Hospital, Ontario, Canada, in 2003.

Maposa practiced as a consultant and attending anesthesiologist at the Helen Joseph Memorial Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, from 1997-98. This was followed by two years in private practice at Milpark and Rand Clinic, Johannesburg, from 1998-2000.  Maposa moved to New Zealand in 2000 and joined the Anesthesia  Department at the Lakeland District Health Board's Rotorua Hospital, remaining there until 2002, when he left to pursue a pediatric anesthesia and pain fellowship in Toronto.

After the fellowship training, Maposa joined the faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology at the UT Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, in 2003 as an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, becoming director of pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesiology in 2008.

Maposa is a three-time winner of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence at the UT Health Science Center. His areas of interest include pediatric cardiac anesthesia, operating room efficiency, quality improvement and teaching basic sciences for anesthesia.

Open House touts nursing programs

Dr. Jan Cooper, right, associate professor of nursing and director of the Clinical Simulation Center, demonstrates how a baby simulator functions to prospective students and parents during the School of Nursing's Open House Feb. 12. (Enlarge Image)

Program directors representing all of the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs talked with visitors who may be considering enrolling in one of the school's many programs.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Yolanda Cameron, materials distribution assistant manager, Shipping Receiving

* Stephanie Fisher, clinical system liaison, Information Systems

15 Years

* Ann Pace, project administrator, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs' Office

* Sparkle Robinson, administrative assistant, Pediatric Cardiovascular

* Edgar Zumbro, nurse, 2 MICU 

10 Years

* Sharunda Adams, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Kimberly Miller, nurse practitioner, Adult Clinical Support

5 Years

* Kimberly Bell, technician, Environmental Services

* Shionna Caldwell, unit secretary, Newborn Nursery

Training Center staff teach CPR at state capitol

As part of a national recognition of heart health, UMMC Training Center staff join representatives from the American Heart Association to provide CPR instruction to legislators and their staff Feb. 11 at the Mississippi Capitol.

They include, from left, Chastity Mitchell (AHA), Katherine Bryant (AHA), Chris Busby (UMMC), Myrna Saxon (UMMC), Elizabeth Williams (AHA), Michelle Schweinfurth (UMMC), Anya Jones (UMMC), Shayne Boackle (UMMC), Brenda Watt (UMMC), Nikki Hutson (UMMC) and Kimberly Hughes (American Cancer Society). (Enlarge Photo)

The group taught the "hands-only" CPR technique that requires no mouth-to-mouth contact, which is easier to learn than the conventional CPR method but can be critical to a cardiac arrest victim's survival.

"The goal is to train capitol staff and state lawmakers how to properly administer 'hands-only' CPR in case someone goes into cardiac arrest," said Michelle Schweinfurth, UMMC Training Center coordinator. "One never knows when they might witness someone in their community or at home experiencing sudden cardiac arrest."

Schwartz Rounds to discuss communication

Jimmy Gatewood, associate director of social work, will facilitate the third Schwartz Center Rounds, "Best Practices in Communication," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Dr. Benjamin Stronach, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, Susan Allbritton, manager of the orthopedic program, Cissy Bailey, nurse manager, and Jenni Robinson, occupational therapist, will serve as panelists.

Registration will take place at the door. Medical Center employees must bring their badges to scan. Lunch will be available to the first 200 in attendance.

For more information, call Michelle Brassfield at 4-1300.

Johnson to present physiology seminar

Johnson, RichardDr. Richard Johnson, professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, professor of physiology and biophysics and associate director of the Colorado Obesity Research Initiative at the University of Colorado, Denver, will present "Roll of Uric Acid in Hypertension and Kidney Disease" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 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.

Batra to give Cancer Institute presentation

BatraDr. Surinder Kumar Batra, professor, chairman and Distinguished Helen Freytag Professor of Cancer Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and associate director for training and education at the Eppley Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, will present "Emerging Roles of Mucins (MUC4) in the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Pancreatic Cancer" at noon on Friday, Feb. 22, in room G-151 on the first floor of the Guyton Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is sponsored by the UMMC Cancer Institute.

For more information, call 5-6802.           

Pugh to speak at JHS Celebration of Life

PughRobert Pugh, executive director of the Mississippi Primary Health Care Association, will present "The Affordable Care Act: An Overview" at the Jackson Heart Study's 13th annual "Celebration of Life," a JHS Community Block Party, from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Attendees should enter the mall from the Livingston Road entrance. Breakfast snacks and lunch will be available on a first-come basis.

For more information, call Darcel Odom at (601) 979-8709.

Senior executives to host MAP meetings

Senior executive leaders will present a series of half-our Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) meetings for hospital and clinic staff during February and March.

Meeting times, dates and locations include:

* 3:30-4 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in room S123;

* 2-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in room R153;

* 3:30-4 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in room S123;

* 3-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in room CW308;

* 1-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and

* 3-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the CBO Building in Clinton.

For more information, call 4-4104.

Bickford to give neurobiology presentation

Dr. Martha E. Bickford, professor of anatomical sciences and neurobiology at the University of Louisville, will present "The Pulvinar Nucleus and Visual Motion Coding" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

Craigo to present Anesthesia Grand Rounds

Craigo, PaulaDr. Paula Craigo, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Conundrums in Obstetric Anesthesia," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914.    

Blakely to give Hearin Distinguished Lecture

BlakelyDr. Randy D. Blakely, Allen D. Bass Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and director of the Vanderbilt/NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Serotonin and Autism: Unraveling 50 Years of Mystery," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis from the Hearin Foundation. The lecture is sponsored by the Mississippi Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Science and the Office of Research.

For more information, e-mail Margie West at

Jose to present Nelson Lecture

Jose, PedroDr. Pedro A. Jose, professor of medicine and physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and adjunct professor of biochemistry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, will give the Gertrude and Florian Nelson Cardiovascular Research Lecture, "Genetics and Pharmacogenetics of Essential Hypertension," at noon on Thursday, March 7, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The lecture is presented by the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center and is sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center. Boxed lunch will be available on a first-come basis.

For more information, call Betsy Davis at 5-1436.

Marrs to discuss Welty, art of diagnosis

Bioethics and Humanities WeltyDr. Suzanne Marrs, professor and Eudora Welty Scholar-in-Residence at Millsaps College, will present "Eudora Welty and the Art of Diagnosis" at noon Monday, March 18, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Marrs will discuss Welty's skillful observation in "The Demonstrators," "A Worn Path" and "Where is the Voice Coming From?" (Large Poster)

The program, sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Millsaps College and the Mississippi Humanities Council, will explore what a story has to offer to the understanding of patients, their illnesses, the contexts of illness and the potential for intervention and advocacy. The stories are available in The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty.

Lunch is available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Pam Wardlaw at 4-1198.

Conference to discuss peds congenital heart

JonasDr. Richard Jonas, chief of cardiac surgery and codirector of the Children's National Heart Institute, Children's National Medical Center, will be the keynote speaker at the Congenital Heart Conference on Saturday, April 27, at the Medical Center.

The conference, a multidisciplinary symposium on congenital heart disease, is presented by the Children's Heart Center and the Mississippi Radiological Society.

Dr. Makram Ebeid, division chief and director of the Pediatric Catheterization Lab and Hybrid Interventions, and Dr. David Wessel, chief of critical care medicine and cardiology, Children's National Medical Center, are scheduled to speak, along with three visiting experts in pediatric congenital heart disease: Dr. Nancy Ayres and Dr. Wayne J. Franklin of the Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Kelly Han of the Children's Heart Clinic in Minneapolis, Minn.

For more information or to register, call 4-1300 or visit   

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