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MSMA installs Brunson as first AA president

Dr. Claude Brunson, left, professor of anesthesiology and senior advisor to the vice chancellor, was inaugurated as the 147th president of the Mississippi State Medical Association Aug. 15 at the Country Club of Jackson.

Brunson, shown here with Dr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, is the first African-American to serve in the role.

The MSMA had its annual meeting Aug. 15-16 at UMMC.

Ceremony fetes distinguished med alum, HOFs

Six current and former members of the UMMC faculty and their families were recognized during the UMMC Medical Alumni and Friends Awards Dinner Aug. 16 in Jackson.

Dr. James Keeton, left, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, received the 2014 Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award, joining newly inducted UMMC Medical Hall of Fame members or their family, from left, Dr. William Lamar Weems; Marilyn Currier, wife of the late Dr. Robert Currier; Dr. Neal Lehan, son of the late Dr. Patrick Lehan; and Dr. Mac Greganti.

Dr. PonJola Coney, senior associate dean for faculty affairs, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Center on Health Disparities at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, was unable to attend the event.

Coney was the first School of Medicine graduate to be appointed dean of a medical school (Meharry Medical College). Currier was the first chair of the Department of Neurology. Greganti is the John Randolph and Helen Barnes Chambliss Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill. Lehan served for 25 years as chief of the Division of Cardiology. Weems served for more than 20 years as director of the Division of Urology. (Click to enlarge image)

CHC boasts first graduate - and he’s not even 1

Stacey Smith, right, pediatric cardiovascular nurse care coordinator in Batson Children’s Hospital, holds Landon Berry while visiting with his parents, Jason and Meagan Berry, during a celebration of the first graduate of the Home Monitoring Program.

The Children’s Heart Center at UMMC is 1 of 52 sites in the country that participate in the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative, which improves care for the most high-risk infants between discharge from their initial open-heart surgery and admission for a Stage 2 heart procedure.

One key component of the collaborative is the Home Monitoring Program, in which daily vital signs and growth are followed closely by an R.N./N.P. The babies are seen every one-to-two weeks by a multidisciplinary clinic team to that includes nurses, nutritionists, social workers, speech therapists and cardiologists.

UMMC bids adieu to first chief medical officer

Dr. William H. Cleland, right, who will retire Aug. 31, receives a wristwatch from Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, during an Aug. 14 reception honoring his years of service at UMMC.

Cleland, who earned his MD and did his residency at the Medical Center, returned to work at UMMC in 2003. A professor of obstetrics and gynecology, he became UMMC’s first chief medical officer five years ago.

His plans during retirement include visiting his new grandchild and spending time with his family at his second residence on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“It’s been a pleasure. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” he said of his time at UMMC. “And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Dr. Keeton for his guidance and support in my work.”

Royal College of Surgeons invests SOD profs

 Dellinger_LivingstonDr. Tracy M. Dellinger and Dr. Harold Mark Livingston, professors in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Advanced General Dentistry, will be invested with their Fellowship in Special Care Dentistry by the Royal College of Surgeons-Edinburgh on Friday, Sept. 5, in Symposium Hall in Edinburgh’s New Town District.

Dellinger and Livingston have been members of the college since 2001.

The Royal College of Surgeons-Edinburgh has a 500-year history of education and advancement of surgical practice. With more than 20,000 fellows and members worldwide, the Faculty of Dental Surgery comprises approximately 3,000.

Special care dentistry – oral health care for adolescents or adults with either disability or impairment – is one of the 13 dental specialties recognized in the United Kingdom.

Round table reveals new Alzheimer’s advances

Dr. Tom Mosley, far right, professor of geriatric medicine and MIND Center director, makes a point while panelists, from left, Patty Dunn, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association/Mississippi Chapter, Mike Quayle, a Jackson businessman diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and Dr. Junming Wang, associate professor of research, listen during the Alzheimer's Research Round Table Luncheon Aug. 12 at the Manship restaurant in Jackson.

About 150 attended the event, which featured remarks by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, an advocate for Alzheimer's patients. The discussion focused on recent developments that may lead to the discovery of the causes of, and a cure for, Alzheimer's disease, which has stricken approximately 52,000 Mississippians.

The Alzheimer's Association/Mississippi Chapter co-hosted the event with the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce Partnership. Among the developments reviewed by Mosley and Wang were the discovery of a molecule that may become a biomarker for Alzheimer's, and advances in brain imaging.

Evening of enchantment benefits Heart Center

Leigh Reeves, left, Friends of Children's Hospital president, Jordan Haywood, center, Friends committee chair, and Sara Ray, chairman of the board, enjoy the Enchanted Evening Under the Stars, Presented by BankPlus gala Aug. 16.
The annual fund-raiser benefits Batson Children's Hospital. Proceeds from this year's event will support a $2 million pledge Friends made to the Children's Heart Center. 

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

35 Years

* Dr. Barbara J. Boss, professor of nursing (School of Nursing Instruction)

25 Years

* Tena McKenzie, manager, Children's Miracle Network, Office of Development

* Thelma Norwood, library technician, Academic Information Services

20 Years

* Charlotte Brown, unit secretary, Wiser Hospital Ante Partum

* Sharon Lee, Epic application coordinator/analyst, Information Systems

15 Years

* Don Johnson, biomedical engineering technician, Clinical Engineering

* Charlie Rouse, pharmacist, Pharmacy

10 Years

* April Giavotella, operations manager, Human Resources

* Dr. Craig K. Hallstrom, associate professor of medicine (Pediatric Critical Care)

* John Hays, inpatient nurse, Holmes County Hospital Inpatient Nursing

* Dr. Cornelius C. Lehan, assistant professor of dentistry (Care Planning and Restorative Sciences)

* Dr. Alicia A. Rose, assistant professor of dentistry (Care Planning and Restorative Sciences)

* Cory Spooner, materials handler, Shipping Receiving

* Bernice Wilkes, administrative assistant, University Physicians Flowood Family Medicine

5 Years

* Dr. Cyrillo R. Araujo, Jr., assistant professor of medicine (Radiology)

* Karen Golden, inpatient nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (2C Pediatric Unit)

* Tracy Goode, oncology nurse, Cancer Center Oncology Clinic

* Yolanda Griffin, biological safety officer, Environmental Health and Safety

* Leslie McGinnis, social worker, Utilization Management

* Katrina Peters, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Meaghan Schenk, oncology nurse, Cancer Center Oncology Clinic

* Jaquila Wilbert, financial counselor, Internal Access

* Twana Young, surgical support technician, Batson Children’s Hospital Surgical Suite


Meet an Iron Chef, support nursing scholarship

culanthropy_art2Tickets are available for the Mississippi Culanthropy, a philanthropic culinary extravaganza starring Jackson native and celebrity chef Cat Cora to support a scholarship fund in the School of Nursing, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Table 100 in Flowood.

Eight of the Jackson metro area's top chefs will be serving tapas dishes to attendees during the event.

Tickets cost $150 each or $250 for two. For more information or to puchase a ticket, click here or call 5-3302. To watch a commercial about this event featuring Cat Cora, click here

UMMC to unveil new University Heart building

The grand opening ceremony for University Heart is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the new University Heart building just east of University Hospital.

Reception and tours of the nearly 50,000-square-foot facility, which brings together many of University Heart's laboratories and treatment rooms under one roof, will follow the ceremony.

For more information, email Laura Hodge at

SHRP to host DHA information program Aug. 21

 SHRP_logoThe School of Health Related Professions will host an informational session on the Doctorate of Health Administration Program from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, in room SH134.

The DHA program is a professional doctorate that uses a cohort model and is designed for, but not limited to, part-time nontraditional students. The program uses an online option as the primary method of course delivery.

To register, visit (registration no longer active); for more information call Farrah Banks at 4-6332 or email her at

UMMC to offer annual Service of Remembrance

 DoveBatson Children’s Hospital will host its annual Service of Remembrance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The service will honor the memory of the Batson Children’s Hospital patients and UMMC pediatric patients who died in 2013. The service provides grief support to all bereaved parents and to UMMC medical staff.

The service is sponsored by the Batson Hospital Healing and Understanding through Grief Support (HUGS) Committee. All Medical Center faculty and staff are invited.

For more information, call Chaplain Linda McComb at 5-2108. 

Schwartz Rounds to compare career, calling

 Schwartz_Rounds_2Dr. Rick Boyte, professor of pediatrics and director of palliative medicine, and Dr. Christian Paine, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Palliative Medicine, will serve as panelists and Chaplain Doris Whitaker will facilitate the Schwartz Center Rounds presentation, “Career or Calling: Why Are You Here?” from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in classroom R-354 (upper amphitheatre).

Participants will reflect on and discuss ways in which health-care providers can be agents for positive change in a variety of settings.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. Attendees must bring their UMMC identification badges to be scanned for credit. Physician, nursing, social work and continuing education credit will be available.

For more information, call Cheryl Stingily at 5-5142 or e-mail her at

Tulane microbiologist to present two seminars

 LacknerDr. Andrew A. Lackner, professor of microbiology, immunology and pathology at Tulane University School of Medicine and director and chief academic officer of the Tulane National Primate Research Center, will present two seminars on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in room G151 of the Guyton Library.

The first seminar, “Overview and Opportunities for Collaboration with the Tulane National Primate Research Center,” is scheduled from noon-1 p.m., and the second seminar, “AIDS Pathogenesis and the Mucosal Immune System,” is scheduled at 4 p.m.

Lackner also will be available for a question-and-answer session in the afternoon. For more information, e-mail Dr. James Rowlett at

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