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Radiothon raises $416,209 for Batson Hospital

Former Batson Children's Hospital patient Aiden Robinson, 3, plays in the hospital's lobby while his mother, Kristel, shares his story during the 13th annual Mississippi Miracles Radiothon, which raised $416,209 for equipment, research and programs to provide the most advanced level of medical care for Mississippi's children.

Aiden had surgery when he was just eight weeks old because his skull had fused too early. He also was being monitored for a heart murmur and benign neurofibromas. 

To see highlights from the Radiothon, visit

Rural health leader receives diversity award

Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, presents the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning Diversity Award for Excellence to Dr. Bettina Beech, associate vice chancellor for rural health and health disparities.
Beech was among 11 award recipients from Mississippi universities who were recognized "for serving as a role model and strong advocate for the advancement of diversity" during the IHL's observance of Black History Month.

Physiological group taps Alexander for council

Barbara_AlexanderMembers of the American Physiological Society have elected Dr. Barbara Alexander, associate professor of physiology, as one of three new APS councilors.

Alexander, who has served in various positions within the APS and on its related editorial boards, researches how maternal hypertension during pregnancy affects birth weight and long-term blood pressure regulation in offspring.

Alexander and the other newly elected councilors will take office at the experimental biology meeting on Wednesday, April 30.

Established in 1887, the APS is the first U.S. society in the biomedical sciences field. It represents more than 11,000 members and publishes 14 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.         

Research chief to keynote scientists’ meeting

RIchard_SummersDr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, will give the keynote presentation, "Reconsidering the Scientific Method in the Information Age" at the 78th annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting scheduled Thursday-Friday, March 6-7, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

Summers, professor and chair emeritus of emergency medicine, will present the 2014 Dodgen Lecture at 3:30 p.m. March 6.

The meeting, which draws approximately 800 annually, provides a forum for members from all Mississippi institutions of higher learning to exchange ideas, establish collaborative efforts and view research presentations in 13 different divisional meetings.

For more information about the event, visit

Recruitment event draws graduate attention

Dr. Joey Granger, dean of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, explains to a group of visiting undergraduates and student candidates why they should earn master's and doctoral degrees at UMMC during the school's first recruitment event Feb. 27-28.

Nearly two dozen candidates from Mississippi, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Illinois met with department chairs, toured labs and investigated degree programs in neuroscience, microbiology, physiology, biomedical materials science and other disciplines.

MSA taps UMMC anesthesiologists for offices

Three Medical Center physicians were elected to statewide offices during the Mississippi Society of Anesthesiologists' annual meeting Feb. 22 at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson.

Dr. John Bethea, assistant professor of anesthesiology, was elected president-elect of the MSA; Dr. Page Branam, assistant professor of anesthesiology, was elected to a three-year term as secretary/treasurer; and Dr. John Lutz, house officer in anesthesiology, was elected as a resident member of the MSA's Executive Committee.

Celebration to mark MIND clinic grand opening

The MIND Center Clinic will host a grand opening celebration from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, in the University Physicians Pavilion.

The event will include comments from MIND Center leaders and a "gauze cutting" at 7 p.m.

For more information about the grand opening, call Corrie Dyess at 4-4467 or email her at  

To learn more about the MIND Center Clinic, click Read More.   

McMullan rejoins UMMC's medicine faculty

Mike_McMullanDr. Michael R. McMullan, former clinical chief of cardiology and director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at UMMC, has rejoined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of medicine and director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program.

A native of Decatur, McMullan received the B.S. in chemistry summa cum laude in 1987 from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, where he also was a summa cum laude Honors College Graduate. He earned the M.D. cum laude from UMMC in 1991 and had an internal medicine internship and residency here from 1991-94. He also served as chief resident, internal medicine, from 1994-95 and did a cardiology fellowship from 1995-97 at UMMC. He did an interventional, valvular and adult congenital heart disease cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., from 1997-98.

He originally joined the Medical Center faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor of medicine, where he started the Adult Congenital and Valvular Heart Disease Clinic. He became an associate professor of medicine and director of the Heart Station in 2002. He served as associate director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program from 2000-03, director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program and associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program from 2000-07, and clinical chief of the Division of Cardiology from 2005-07. Since 2007 he has been a partner in the Jackson Heart Clinic, P.A.

A Best Doctors in America selection, McMullan is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Mississippi State Medical Association and the American Heart Association, A fellow in the American College of Cardiology, he served as governor of Mississippi for that organization from 2005-08. He has served as course director for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, and was selected as the Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year and UMMC Clinical Professor of the Year. He also was selected to the Nelson Order and to the Blake Academy for Excellence in Teaching.

Pathology faculty welcome laboratory director

Volney PierceDr. Volney Eugene Pierce Jr., laboratory medical director of River Oaks Hospital and Madison River Oaks Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving the B.S. in zoology summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech University in 1977, Pierce earned the M.D. at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport, in 1981. He did an internal medicine internship at UMMC from 1981-82 and an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the Medical College of Georgia from 1982-86.

Pierce joined Pathology Associates of Alexandria, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria, La., in 1986 and served as a clinical instructor at the Tulane Medical School and laboratory medical director from 1992-93. He moved to the River Region Medical Center, Vicksburg, in 1994 and served as laboratory medical director before joining AmeriPath/Quest Diagnostics in 2004.

A fellow in the College of American Pathologists and an active member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Central Mississippi Medical Society and the North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology, Pierce serves as a laboratory inspector for the College of American Pathologists and is coauthor of two articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.

Laboratory director to join pathology faculty

Barbara_ProctorDr. Barbara J. Proctor, a UMMC alum who has served as medical director of the laboratories at Central Mississippi Medical Center and Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pathology.

After receiving the B.S. in biological sciences from Mississippi College in 1977, Proctor earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1981. She did a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology here from 1981-85, serving as chief resident from 1984-85.

While in private practice as a pathologist at Sturgis, Henderson, and Proctor Laboratory, Proctor practiced or was active staff at Central Mississippi Medical Center, Woman's Hospital and Hardy Wilson Hospital. She served as secretary-treasurer of the Medical Executive Committee from 2006-11.

A fellow of the College of American Pathologists, Proctor is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the Mississippi State Medical Association.          

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Ramona Marlett, inpatient nurse, Newborn ICU

* Judy Murray, business operations supervisor, Family Medicine

20 Years

* Dr. D. O. McDaniel, professor of surgery

15 Years

* Carolyn Banks, food service aide, Food and Nutrition Services

* Terry Stewart, food preparation specialist, Food and Nutrition Services

10 Years

* Cynthia Alexander, technician, Environmental Services

* Chasity Bounds, cardiovascular intervention technologist, Adult Cardiac Cath

* Marilyn Cupil, pharmacy technician, Pharmacy

* Sherry Hays, LPN, Renal Clinic

* Barbara Inman, IT project manager, Information Systems

* Tamara Lee, biomedical surgical equipment specialist, Clinical Engineering

* James McHann, administrative assistant, School of Nursing Instruction

* Daniel Trussell, CRM device specialist, School of Medicine (Cardiology)

5 Years

* Justin Brandon, inpatient nurse, Neuroscience ICU

* Julia Brown, nursing assistant, 4 South

* Coretta Carter, inpatient nurse, 4 Children's

* Frances Cleveland, education administrator, School of Medicine (Cardiology)

* Carolyn Fortenberry, unit secretary, Neuroscience ICU

* Jeffrey Grimsley, assistant CFO for accounting and reimbursement, Finance

* Kelley Hall, pediatric cardiology stepdown nurse, 5 Children's

* Cachanda Harris, customer service specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Brenda Julian, inpatient nurse, 3 South

* Carolee Kuchirka, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Kristi McDonald, inpatient nurse, Newborn Nursery

* Timothy Parks, security guard, Holmes County Hospital Physical Plant

* Henry Ross, energy management technician, Building Maintenance

* Stacey Wilson, pediatric cardiology stepdown nurse, 5 Children's

* Dr. Sue Windmill, assistant professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences

Ash Wednesday services scheduled March 5

The Department of Pastoral Services will host Ash Wednesday services from 7-7:30 a.m. and again from noon-12:30 p.m. on March 5 in the University Hospital Chapel.

Ashes and communion will be offered for those who wish to receive them. All Medical Center faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors are invited.

For more information, call Jeffery Murphy, chaplain, at 5-2106.

Duke obstetrician to discuss health-care reform

Haywood_BrownDr. Haywood L. Brown, Roy T. Parker Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Duke University Medical Center, will give the Ob-Gyn Grand Rounds presentation, "Health-care Reform and Its Impact on Academic Obstetrics and Gynecology," from 7-7:50 a.m. on Friday, March 7, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Robin Suggs at 5-9114 or email her at  

School of Medicine to reunite legacy members

The Medical Center will host the Legacy Medical Class Reunion to honor the School of Medicine Classes of 1935-1963 on Friday, March 7.

Events will include a lunch with Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, at 11 a.m. in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union; a "Back to the Future in Medical Education" presentation at 12:30 p.m. in the student union; campus tours at 1:30 p.m.; and a cocktail reception and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Jackson.

To register online, visit For more information, including lodging arrangements, call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 4-1115.

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