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M-4 shares Match Day spotlight

Anastasia Redmond, 2 1/2, helps her father, Paul, read news of his residency match during the School of Medicine's Match Day 2013 ceremony March 15. Redmond matched in pediatrics at UMMC.

Parade-goers share Irish luck with BCH

Volunteers help collect donations for the Batson Children's Hospital from holiday revelers along the downtown Jackson parade route March 16 before the Mal's St. Paddy's Day Parade. Benefitting from beautiful spring weather, the parade drew an estimated crowd attendance of 75,000. (Enlarge Photo)

Medical Center to host March blood drive

blood shirt mar 2013Times and Dates for the Medical Center's third quarterly blood drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 18, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 21, outside the Batson Children's Hospital entrance;

* 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the University Hospital entrance; and

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Bailey Ave. side of the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Identification is required to donate. For more information, call Renee Howard at 4-2884.

Liver transplant program revived after hiatus

Jackson resident Karen Battle, right, UMMC's first liver-transplant patient in 22 years, speaks with reporters March 14 along with Medical Center transplant team members, from left, Dr. Brian Borg, associate professor of digestive diseases and the state's only transplant hepatologist and Dr. Christopher Anderson, associate professor of transplant surgery and division chief of liver transplant and hepatobiliary surgery.

The renewal of UMMC's liver transplant program means Mississippians are able to stay closer to home for pre-operative visits, transplantation and follow-up care. When the program stopped in 1991, approximately 60 patients a year had to go outside Mississippi for liver transplantation.

Check out the UMMC video of Battle's procedure, recovery and news conference.

Trauma surgeon named decade’s top doc

Dr. John Porter, right, professor of surgery-trauma, receives the Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 10 Years Award from Michael Korpiel, left, chief operating officer for University Hospital.

"Dr. Porter has repeatedly been nominated by his peers for his dedication to the highest quality patient care," Korpiel said. "His hard work and determination are exceptional and consistent."

UMMC orthopedist to lead OTA course

Graves_MatthewDr. Matt Graves, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, Hansjorg Wyss Chair of Orthopedic Trauma in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation and residency program director in orthopedic surgery, will chair the Orthopaedic Trauma Association's spring Comprehensive Fracture Course for residents April 10-13 in Lombard, Ill.

The course will cover fundamental principles of fracture care distributed among six topics: articular, diaphyseal, foot and ankle, geriatrics, pediatrics and polytrauma/pelvis/acetabulum.      

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Daphne Davis, pharmacist, Pharmacy 

20 Years

* Dr. Denise Krause, associate professor of biomedical materials science

* Suzette Robinson, library technician, Academic Information Services

15 Years

* Christopher Grissett, senior Citrix systems administrator, Information Systems

* Annie Knox, catering supervisor, Food and Nutrition Services 

10 Years

* Angela Garner, assistant professor of dental hygiene

* Liza Veazey, nurse educator, Pediatric ICU

* Tekeisha Wade, PAS supervisor, Internal Access-Admissions 

5 Years

* Cedrick Chism, senior systems administrator, Information Systems

* Agnes Hayes, researcher, School of Medicine

* Rodriquez Mallett, certified medical assistant, Pavilion Orthopedics

* Willie Robinson, security guard, Campus Police

* Kimberly Sims, business partner, Human Resources

* Tomika Smith, health-care benefits coordinator, Medicaid Eligibility

* Ronnie Sumrall, carpenter, Building Maintenance

Busija to present pharmacology seminar

BusijaDr. David W. Busija, Regents Professor and Chairman, Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine, will present "Mitochondrial Mechanisms in Cerebral Vascular Control in Health and Disease" at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 18, in room 6A.

For more information, call Pam Banks at 4-1690. 

Health Info Management to host presentations

HIM peopleAs part of a national recognition of health information professionals, Health Information Management will host the following campus presentations:

* Tracy Permenter and Mark Crews of M*Modal will give a presentation on the Changes and Impact of ICD-10 at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 18, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing;

* a representative from 3M will discuss the challenges of transitioning to ICD-10 at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in classroom 3A; and

* Angela Morey of SHRP, Tonya Mitchell of Hinds Community College and Leigh Williams of HIM will discuss educational and career opportunities in health information management at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Lori Smith at 5-9534 or email her at

Campus parking available for rad racers

Color me radMedical Center faculty, staff and students participating in the Color Me Rad 5K race, part of the Zippity Doo Dah Weekend event to benefit Batson Children's Hospital March 23, may park on the UMMC campus that morning only with a valid identification badge.

Approximately 8,000 runners are expected to participate in the sold-out color bomb race at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Jackson is the tenth stop on the Color Me Rad tour, and proceeds from the race will go to Friends of Children's Hospital.

For more information about the race, visit

Waterhouse to give neurobiology presentation

waterhouse_barryDr. Barry D. Waterhouse, professor of neurobiology and anatomy and vice-dean for biomedical graduate and postgraduate studies at Drexel University, will present "What's New in the Brain with Dopamine's Little Brother . . . Norepinephrine?" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 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.  

Heckler to give Hendrix lecture presentations

Heckler_FredrickDr. Frederick R. Heckler, system division chief of plastic surgery in the West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, Pa., will give two James Harvey Hendrix Jr. Lectureship in Surgery presentations: "Confessions of a Non-academic Academician" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Fairview Inn in Jackson, and "Local Flaps for Facial Cutaneous Defects" at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Fairview Inn in Jackson.

The presentations are sponsored by the Department of Surgery - Division of Plastic Surgery.

For more information, call Theressa White at 4-5084.   

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