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SOD, dental hygienists help give kids smiles

Galloway Elementary student Lefore Press shows off his winning smile after having his teeth cleaned and sealed by dental hygiene students, from left, Afton Riles and Caitlin Penzien, during the annual Give Kids a Smile Day event Feb. 1 at the School of Dentistry.
More than 1,000 students from Dawson, Galloway and Walton Elementary Schools in Jackson received free dental screenings and care from students and faculty from the School of Dentistry and the School of Health Related Profession's Dental Hygiene Program, along with physical therapy and occupational therapy students and community supporters.
To view a video of the day's festivities, visit

Dr. Keeton’s town hall meeting now online

The town hall meeting hosted Jan. 30 by Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, is now available online.

During the meeting, Keeton made brief remarks on topics of current interest at the Medical Center, then he and his senior staff answered questions posed by members of the UMMC community.  The video lasts about an hour.

Keeton will host another campus-wide town hall meeting in September.

To view the town hall meeting, visit

Road construction to alter shuttle routes

Blue constructA road contractor will perform work on a section of road on the east side of Parking Garage A facing North State Street, stretching from the temporary construction entrance to the University Hospital "loop," from 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, through Friday, Feb. 8, weather permitting.

Both lanes of the road will be barricaded. Shuttle routes will be altered for the construction, but all shuttle stops will continue to be served. Medical Center employees and visitors who ride the shuttle should allow for more time for the route alteration.

For more information about the construction, call (601) 927-7875.  (Enlarge Map)

Cancer institute taps Hicks for review board

Hicks, ChindoDr. Chindo Hicks, associate professor of medicine, director of the Cancer Bioinformatics Core in the UMMC Cancer Institute and director of translational genomics and bioinformatics for the Children's Cancer Center, has been selected by the National Cancer Institute to serve on the Review Board for the Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs).

The SPORE (P50) is a Specialized Center grant mechanism for the support of a multi-project, interdisciplinary and often multi-institutional research program. The NCI SPORE program was initiated through a special appropriation from Congress in 1992. It is the largest Specialized Center grant mechanism awarded by the NCI.

Gift cards add up for Children’s Hospital

Bill Latham, second from right, owner of Babalu and Table 100, and Mary Allen Bennett present a check for $4,253 from a holiday gift card campaign at both restaurants to Friends of Children's Hospital board members Sidney Allen, left, and Rob Armour. The proceeds will benefit Friends of Children's Hospital.

This is the second year the restaurants have partnered with Friends of Children's Hospital for this project. 

AAEM selects Jones for physicians board

Jones, JonathanDr. Jonathan S. Jones, assistant professor of emergency medicine, has been elected as an at-large member to the American Academy of Emergency Medicine's Young Physicians Section Board of Directors. He will serve on the board for one year.

"We are very excited about the upcoming year and have several projects underway which should help our section grow," wrote Dr. Elizabeth Hall, president of the AAEM's Young Physicians Section, in notifying Jones of his election.

Jones will take part in the in the YPS Board of Directors meeting at the 19th annual Scientific Assembly on Feb. 12 in Las Vegas.

Gregory turns birdies into benefits for Batson

D. J. Gregory, third from right, presents a $25,000 check to Guy Giesecke, third from left, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, Jan. 29 on behalf of Gregory's Walking for Kids charity.

Gregory, who suffers from cerebral palsy, partnered with Pro Golf Association golfers to walk every hole and round of each 2012 PGA tournament event. Gregory's charity received a donation every time a golfer made a birdie.

Also on hand for the presentation are, from left, Batson Children's Hospital patient Malia Wallace and her brother, Michael, Tom Sikes, Walking for Kids board member, and Batson Children's Hospital patient Lilah Reynolds.

MBS dubs Brunson 'health-care visionary'

Dr. Claude Brunson, left, professor of anesthesiology and senior advisor to the vice chancellor for external affairs, receives Mississippi Blood Services' Healthcare Visionary Award from David Allen, MBS president and CEO, during the MBS annual meeting Jan. 24 at the Jackson Hilton.

The award is presented to a passionate physician committed to enhancing health care in the state and in the nation.

Anesthesiology faculty welcome Chan

ChanDr. Yieshan Melissa Chan has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology and assistant residency program director of the Anesthesiology Residency Program.

After receiving a B.S. in biology summa cum laude from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 1998, she earned her medical doctorate at the Texas Tech Health Science Center, Lubbock, in 2003.

Chan completed an internal medicine internship followed by anesthesiology residency from 2003-07 at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In addition, she completed courses in Managing Technical Professionals and Organizations and Transforming Leadership Strategy at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Mass.

After finishing residency, she worked in Arizona and Oklahoma as an attending anesthesiologist, and then most recently in Minot, N.D., where, in addition to practicing anesthesiology in a medical center, she was involved in teaching residents, medical students and nurse anesthetists at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as the School of Nursing.

Chan is a board-certified anesthesiologist and an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and has a strong interest in and passion for medical education.

VC recognizes Bogan’s distinguished service

Ivory Bogan, right, executive director of facilities management, receives a service pin from Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, to recognize Bogan's 40 years of distinguished service to the Medical Center during the vice chancellor's cabinet meeting Jan. 28.

Gonzalez joins otolaryngology faculty

GonzalezDr. Victoria B. Gonzalez, a licensed clinical audiologist, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences.

After receiving a B.A. in both psychology and communication sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, Gonzalez earned an Au.D. at the University of South Florida in 2009. She is also a doctoral candidate and is scheduled to earn a Ph.D. in hearing sciences from the University of South Florida in spring 2013.

Gonzalez served as a graduate teaching associate from 2009-12 in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida, where she also served as a clinical audiologist from 2010-12. In 2011, she was honored with the Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching. She is the coauthor of a peer-reviewed journal article in the International Journal of Audiology and has given numerous professional presentations.

An active member of the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Gonzalez serves as assistant section editor of resource reviews for the Ear and Hearing Journal.

Ob-Gyn faculty honor retiring professor

Dr. Rodney Meeks, second from right, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, receives a gift marking his 35 years of service to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology during a "Faculty Farewell Dinner" retirement event Jan. 30.

On hand for the presentation are, from left, Dr. Harriette Hampton, professor of ob-gyn, Dr. Mohamed Ghafar, assistant professor of ob-gyn and Dr. James Shwayder, chairman of the department.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Mary Carr, inpatient nurse, 7 West

* Jewel Bracey Pendleton, associate IT business administrator, Information Systems

20 Years

* Kathryn Doonan, teacher, Batson Children's Hospital Education

15 Years

* John Brinson, clinical coordinator, Respiratory Therapy

* Evelyn Frierson, laundry worker, Laundry and Linen

* Connie Richardson, clinical director, Adult Nursing Administration

* Lisa Vaughan, business operations director, School of Nursing Dean's Office

10 Years

* Kimberly Cain, oncology nurse, Cancer Center's Oncology Clinic

* Patricia Johnson, technician, Environmental Services

* Toneka Shorter, patient services coordinator, Batson Primary Clinic

5 Years

* Patricia Bernard, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Chasity Brisco, certified medical assistant, Grants Ferry Internal Medicine

* Valerie James, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Leslie Johnson, nurse, Orthopedic Surgery

* Kayla Jones, inpatient nurse, Surgical ICU

* Tasha Mosley, contract analyst, Contracts Administration

* Patrick Reid, groundskeeper, Ground Expense

* Sharon Summerall, phlebotomy supervisor, Central Lab Collection

* Brandy Wilson, nurse, 2 Children's

Campus Police release crime statistics

cuffs 2013Campus Police reported 12 larceny thefts, one motor vehicle assault, two assaults and three arrests in December 2012.

To report crime on campus, call Campus Police at 5-3072.

Red dress design contest to support AHA

University Heart invites all Medical Center departments to participate in a "Create a Go Red Dress" contest.  Prizes will be awarded to those who design the best dress.

The deadline to enter the contest is Wednesday, Feb. 6. For more information, to obtain a list of contest rules or to enter the contest, call Peggy Thompson at 4-2259 or e-mail her at

Dell’Italia to give SOM presentation

Dell'Italia JPGDr. Louis Dell'Italia, professor of internal medicine, Division of Cardiology, professor of cell, developmental and integrative biology, professor of pathology and co-director of the UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, will present "Does Isolated Mitral Regurgitation Require a New Paradigm for Medical Therapy and Surgery?" from noon-12:50 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The seminar is presented by the School of Medicine. For more information, call Maggie Cravey at 4-5578.

Chef teams, volunteers needed for Taste

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

Volunteers also are needed to help with event set-up, chef tables, beverage booths, event break-down and clean-up activities. To volunteer, call Stephen Dilatush at 5-3933 or e-mail him at

Blakely to present Hearin 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

Classes to make IMPACT on teen drivers

driverThe 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.

Pancake event to benefit Batson

Pancake day 2013IHOP restaurants in Jackson and Hattiesburg will offer a free short stack of pancakes to customers during the seventh annual National Pancake Day event on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The event raises awareness for Batson Children's Hospital, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. IHOP customers will be asked to donate to Children's Miracle Network.

For more information, call Matt Johnson at 4-1975 or e-mail him at

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