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Congenital heart program celebrates milestones

The congenital heart program at Batson Children’s Hospital celebrates its third anniversary today.  The anniversary coincides with the completion of 1,000 cases with a success rate of over 98 percent. “Mississippi is now taking care of its own, with no patients or families needing to go out of state and with outcomes equal to the biggest and most established programs in the U.S.,” said Dr. Jorge Salazar, chief of pediatric and congenital heart surgery.  Salazar said the milestone was achieved through the hard work and dedication of hundreds of staff members across all disciplines and departments at UMMC, along with partners in the community. (enlarge image)

Top educators feted at Evers Award banquet

Jan Evers, standing center, congratulates the School of Medicine's top educators during the 17th annual awards banquet of the Carl G. Evers M.D. Society April 11 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Evers Award winners include, seated from left, Dr. David Brown, M1 Professor of the Year; Dr. Jack Correia, M1 Department of the Year - Biochemistry; Dr. Alexandra Brown, M2 Professor of the Year; and Dr. Kimberly Simpson, M2 Department of the Year - Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences; and standing from left, Dr. Chet Tharpe, M3 Attending of the Year - Department of Medicine; Dr. Michelle Horn, M3 and M4 Department of the Year - Medicine; Dr. Brandi McGehee, M3 Resident of the Year - Ob-Gyn; and Dr. Calvin Thigpen, M4 Attending of the Year.

Not pictured is Dr. Dominique Pepper, M4 Resident of the Year.  (enlarge image)

National accrediting body taps Woodward

Woodward_LA_mugDr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs and vice dean of the School of Medicine, has been appointed to the nationally recognized accrediting body for U. S. and Canadian medical schools.

Woodward will serve a three-year term beginning July 1 as a member of the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.

The U. S. Department of Education recognizes the committee for accreditation of medical degree education programs in the United States. Most state boards of licensure require that U. S. medical schools earn accreditation from the LCME, signifying that they meet national standards for a medical degree education.

According to Dr. Dan Jones, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, UMMC faculty have served as site visitors before, "but no one from the university has served on the LCME board itself."

"This high-profile, national position is important for Dr. Woodward and for our university," Jones said.   

SOM faculty town hall meeting this Wednesday

Keeton_JamesDr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, will conduct a town hall meeting for School of Medicine faculty from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in room R-153 (lower amphitheatre).

Boxed lunches will be provided on a first-come basis.  Attendees will be asked to "badge in" so they can receive a follow-up survey.

The presentation will be the first of two town hall meetings Keeton will host for medical school faculty during this calendar year. The next one will take place in the early fall.

The meeting will be videotaped for later playback for those unable to attend in person.

Keeton hosted a similar town hall meeting Jan. 30 for a campus-wide audience. To view that meeting, visit

For more information, call 4-1100.

Lawmakers, UMMC unite to protect children

Dr. James Keeton, right, vice chancellor for health affairs, and select Mississippi lawmakers receive a Champion for Children Award from Prevent Child Abuse Mississippi April 2 at the State Capitol.

Also accepting awards for their role in passing legislation to ensure the protection of abused children in the state are, from left, Rep. Bobby Howell, Rep. Tom Miles, Sen. Nancy Collins, Sen. Buck Clarke and Sen. Bruce Wiggins. Members of the Kappa Delta sorority at Millsaps College show their support in the background. (enlarge image)

Wilhelm receives customer service kudos

Dr. Andrew M. Wilhelm, back row, center, assistant professor of medicine (pulmonology), received a customer service award during the monthly hospital leadership meeting March 28 in the Classroom Wing.

Pictured with Wilhelm are his colleagues in the MICU, back row from left, Curry Lee,  Rachel Black, Amy Taylor, Deedy Sullivan, Megan Bishop, Shonda Aldridge, Travis Mosley and Scott Bridges, and, front row from left, Allison Moore, Sheila Ball, Nicolina Vaught, Maegan Cook and Tierria McGlothin. (enlarge image)

Wlhelm was recognized by the awards team for his passion for patients in the MICU, his collaboration with UMMC staff on behalf of the unit and his desire to help MICU staff provide the best care for patients while exhibiting a good working environment.  

CAT approves craniofacial center as CPT, CFT

The Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT) has fully approved the Pediatric Craniofacial Center as a Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Team (CPT, CFT) for five years, beginning Jan. 1, 2013.  (enlarge image)

The commission assures patients and families that the teams to which they are referred meet the Standards for Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams as set by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation.

In memoriam

Dr. Robert (Bob) Dye Sloan, first chairman and head professor of the Department of Radiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, died April 3 in Medford, Ore. He was 95.

A native of Clarksburg, W.Va., Sloan was a graduate of Washington and Lee University. He attended the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in radiology there. He also served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II and in the Air Force during the Korean War.

Sloan was joined the Medical Center faculty in 1955 and received the Teacher of the Year Award on several occasions by his students. He retired from UMMC in 1980.

Burial took place at Eagle Point National Cemetery in Medford. Memorials in his name may be made to the Maslow Project, 500 Monroe Street, Medford, OR  97501. The Maslow Project is a non-profit advocacy organization that provides support for homeless infants, children and teens and their families.       

Pediatrics faculty welcome Grenier

grenier_michelleDr. Michelle Ann Grenier has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pediatrics.

After receiving a BS in evolutionary biology from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., Grenier earned her MD at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Va., in 1988. She did postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., where she was a pediatric resident from 1988-91 and a pediatric cardiology fellow from 1991-92. She finished her clinical cardiology fellowship at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., from 1992-94.

Grenier joined the faculty of the University of Texas-Houston in 1994 as an assistant professor of pediatrics. She then served as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester from 1997-99, at the Emory University School of Medicine from 2002-04, at the Baylor College of Medicine from 2004-08, as an associate professor of pediatrics at the Mercer University School of Medicine from 2002-04 and at the University of Kentucky from 2008-09. Since 2009, she has served as an associate professor in the Department of Cardiology at Cincinnati's Children's Hospital.

Named to the Best Doctors in America database since 2010, Grenier is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and in the American College of Cardiology. She also is an active member of the American Heart Association, the Heart Failure Society of America and the American Society of Echocardiography. Her research interests include sudden cardiac death in young athletes, cardiomyopathy/heart failure, 3-D and 2-D imaging, and quality assurance.

The lead author and/or coauthor of more than 15 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and 15 book chapters, Grenier is on the editorial board for the American College of Cardiology and serves as a reviewer for the journal Physician and Sportsmedicine.

AAP elects pediatrician chapter treasurer

K SchneiderDr. Kathryn E. Schneider, assistant professor of pediatrics, was recently elected chapter treasurer/vice president-elect of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for 2013-2014.

Schneider is assistant training director for the pediatric residency program and is the daughter of Dr. Bev Evans, former chairman of pediatrics.

The Mississippi Chapter is a membership organization for pediatricians across the state that represents more than 330 primary and specialty care physicians. The organization provides quality continuing medical education for physicians and advocates for the health and well-being of Mississippi's children.

The organization supports physicians in practice by advocating for policy and practices that optimize their services and impact in their practices and their communities.

Schneider will help to shape the chapter's priorities and activities and maintain a sound financial basis for the organization.

Brodell joins ophthalmology faculty

Linda BrodellDr. Linda P. Brodell, a longtime ophthalmologist in Warren, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of ophthalmology.

After receiving the B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa., in 1977, Brodell earned her M.D. at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1981. She did an internship in the Department of Medicine at Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, Mo., from 1981-82 and a residency in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo., from 1982-85. Since 1985, she has been in private practice in Warren, Ohio.

A member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, she has served for 17 years as chief of ophthalmology at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. Included in the Best Doctors in America database, she has coauthored eight articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and one book review.

Field lecturer receives token of gratitude

Dr. Curtis Tribble, left, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, and Dr. Marc Mitchell, right, chairman of surgery, present a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Robert G. Sawyer, professor of surgery and the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia, for delivering the keynote address at the Richard Jennings Field Jr. Lectureship in Surgery April 10 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

10 Years

* Richard Boleware, engineering manager, Orthopedic Surgery

* Amy Morehead, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

* Ethel Perry, patient care technician, 2 North

* Rick Psonak, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery

* Melissa Robinson, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

5 Years

* Leeanne Chandler, occupational therapist, Batson Children's Hospital

* Annie Gates, financial counselor, Outpatient Dialysis Unit

* Shavonda Greenfield, billing and collections supervisor, Patient Financial Services

* Michael Jones, healthy linkages director, Department of the Chief of Staff

* Dr. Alvin Rembert, assistant professor of dentistry, Care Planning and Restorative Sciences

* Patrice Sims, library technician, Academic Information Services  

DIS to offer Kronos refresher courses

KronosThe Division of Information Services will offer refresher courses for Kronos users throughout April and May.

Four sessions will be available, including Employee Self-Service, Manager Self-Service, Timekeeping and Basic Scheduling, and Using the Advanced Scheduler. Attendees should have an existing Kronos access log-in.

The sessions are scheduled on Tuesday, April 16, Monday, April 22, Tuesday, April 30, Wednesday, May 1, Tuesday, May 7, Tuesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 21. Click here to access the Attendance Tracker Calendar and register for the desired session(s).

Attendees should register as soon as possible as space is limited and these courses are expected to fill quickly. For more information about the courses, call 5-9939.

Park to present Anesthesia Grand Rounds

ParkDr. Christine S. Park, associate professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, and Institute for Healthcare Studies Center for Education in Medicine, Simulation Technology and Immersive Learning in Chicago, Ill., will give the Anesthesia Grand Rounds presentation, "Connecting Simulation-based Education to Outcomes," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in classroom 3A.

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

Fegan to present health equity lecture

FeganDr. Claudia M. Fegan, chief medical officer at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) will give the UMMC Health Equity Lecture, "The Struggle for Health Care Justice," at noon on Friday, April 19, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Lunch will be available to the first 100 in attendance. The seminar is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor and the Bower Foundation.

The Health Equity Series is a program of the Division of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, call 4-1339.  

Avruch to give Hearin Distinguished Lecture

AvruchDr. Joseph Avruch, professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, chief of the diabetes unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the NIH-sponsored Boston Area Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "mTOR, IGF2 MRNA Binding Proteins and Type 2 Diabetes," at noon on Thursday, April 25, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided by the Hearin Foundation.

For more information, email Margie West at

Duszak to deliver grand rounds presentation

DuszakDr. Richard Duszak, chief executive officer of the Harvey L. Neiman ACR Health Policy Institute, will give a Grand Rounds lecture, "Evolving Payment Models in Radiology: Are You Prepared for What Comes after Fee-for-Service?" at noon on Thursday, April 25, in classroom 4A.

Duszak also will give the keynote address, "Reinventing Radiology: A Vision for the Future," during the Mississippi Radiological Society's spring meeting that evening at Shapley's in Ridgeland.

For more information, call Beth Edmonds at 4-2695. 

Conference to discuss peds congenital heart

Jonas RDr. 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

Class to make IMPACT on teen drivers

Impact Teen DrivingThe Batson Child Safety and Community Outreach Program will host a Drivers IMPACT class for teenage children of Medical Center faculty and students to help them become aware of the reality of dangerous driving.

The one-day class 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 class is scheduled for Saturday, April 27. Space is limited.

For more information, call Elizabeth Foster at 5-6921.

Med alumni, students to host Bulboff tourney

margieThe Alumni Office and School of Medicine students will host the 33rd annual Margie Bulboff Memorial Golf Classic for Students, Residents, Alumni and Faculty on Saturday, April 27, at the Refuge.

The four-man scramble shotgun start will begin at 1 p.m. All handicaps are welcome and teams or partners are not required.

The event will include a barbecue dinner sponsored by Trustmark National Bank. Registration cost $45 per player. Early registration is available.

To register online, visit For more information about the event, email Kurt Nelson, tournament chairman, at

Transplant Guild to host Derby fund-raiser

Day_at_Derby_2013The University Transplant Guild will host its fourth annual "Day at the Derby" fund-raiser to benefit University Transplant patients from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Cotton Market Venue.

Tickets cost $75 each and include food and drink. Derby-style attire is encouraged. Participants will have the opportunity to watch the Kentucky Derby on a big screen TV.

The event will include a silent auction and drawdown. Music will be provided by the Jackson All Stars and the Dirty Laundry Band.

For more information or to donate items for the silent auction, call 4-5078 or email

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