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'In my day, the Medical Center looked like this'

Dr. Perrin Smith of Columbus, left, Class of 1964, shows off his class yearbook to his great-niece, Ann Tucker of Jackson, a fourth-year student in the UMMC School of Medicine, during the Medical Class Reunion luncheon Aug. 22 in the Nelson Student Union.
The event was sponsored by the UMMC Office of Alumni Affairs.

Neurologist garners MS group's Hope Award

Representatives from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Alabama-Mississippi chapter present the 2014 Hope Award to Dr. Robert Herndon, left, professor of neurology, Aug. 21 in the neurology conference room.

Mandy Ferrington, development manager for the chapter, and Paul McNeill, chapter board member, were on hand for the presentation of the chapter’s most prestigious award for community service and leadership.

Culanthropy serves up celebrity, scholarship

Alex Eaton, chef at The Manship, serves his specially prepared dish to celebrity chef Cat Cora, second from right, while Dr. Kim Hoover, second from left, School of Nursing dean, Dr. Virginia Cora, professor emeritus of nursing, and David Joseph, manager of Table 100, look on during the 2014 Mississippi Culanthropy Aug. 19 at Table 100 in Flowood.

Eaton and chefs from eight local restaurants provided tapas-style dishes and Mississippi-based band Swing de Paris performed during the culinary philanthropic event that raised $38,500 for the Alma O. Brothers and Dr. Virginia L. Cora Scholarship in Nursing at UMMC, which will benefit psychiatric and geriatric nursing students.

Dr. Keeton receives distinguished alum award

Dr. James Keeton, center, vice chancellor for health affairs, receives the 2014 Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award from Dr. Dan Jones, left, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. Barbara Goodman, president of the UMMC Medical Alumni Chapter, Aug. 16 at the Country Club of Jackson.
During the event, five School of Medicine alums were inducted into the UMMC Medical Hall of Fame: Dr. PonJola Coney, the late Dr. Robert Currier, Dr. Mac Andrew Greganti, the late Dr. Patrick Lehan and Dr. William Lamar Weems.

Summit advances dialogue in cancer battle

Dr. Tate Thigpen, right, director of the UMMC Division of Hematology-Oncology, visits with Moreton Lecturer Dr. Derek Raghavan, president of the Levine Cancer Center, Carolinas HealthCare System and professor of medicine at the UNC School of Medicine at Charlotte, during a daylong cancer symposium Aug. 22 at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.
Raghavan spoke about the advances in biology and management of bladder cancer, among the most relevant new information touted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
More than 100 health-care practitioners attended the conference that focused on major advances in cancer prevention, detection, treatment and follow-up care.

OT students chill out before ALS challenge

First- and third-year occupational therapy students gather around Richard Edmonson Jr., center, a close friend of Dr. Peter Giroux, professor of occupational therapy in the School of Health Related Professions, minutes before participating in the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Edmonson, of Madison, was recently diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease, which affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes paralysis.

To view a video of the students taking the challenge, Click Here.

Occupational therapist earns leadership kudos

When a coworker told Candice Barber about a dog left unattended for days in a car in the stadium parking lot, the animal lover sprang into action.

Barber, an occupational therapist at Children's Hospital, found out the dog's owners had a family member in ICU at UMMC. Candice provided food, gift cards and gas cards for the family and helped with sleeping arrangements, and got permission for their dog to be allowed in the University Hospital lobby.

She was recognized Wednesday for her thoughtfulness and hard work by Children's CEO Guy Giesecke during the UHHS Leadership Meeting.

Reception to honor new SON associate dean

Harris_JanetThe Medical Center family is invited to a reception honoring Dr. Janet Harris for her contributions to the Medical Center from 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, in the first-floor lobby of University Hospital.

On Sept. 1, Harris will begin her duties as associate dean for practice and community engagement in the School of Nursing, which is hosting the reception along with Hospital Administration.

For more information about the reception, call Laura Hodge at 5-3941.

Anesthesiology faculty welcome new chair

 Bacon_DouglasDr. Douglas Richard Bacon, professor and chair of anesthesiology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as professor and chair of anesthesiology.

After receiving his BA in history cum laude and his BS in medicinal chemistry cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY AB) in 1981, Bacon earned his MD in 1985 at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He had residency training in internal medicine from 1985-86 at Millard Fillmore Hospital and in anesthesiology from 1986-88 at SUNY AB before serving a cardiothoracic anesthesia specialty year from 1988-89 at SUNY AB. He earned his MA in history at SUNY AB in 1994.

Chief resident in anesthesiology at its affiliated hospitals from 1988-89, Bacon joined the SUNY AB faculty in 1989 as a clinical instructor in anesthesiology. He was promoted to assistant professor of anesthesiology in 1990 and associate professor of anesthesiology in 1996 before joining the staff of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., in 2000. He served as an associate professor of anesthesiology from 2000-03 and professor of anesthesiology and history of medicine from 2003-12, and vice chair for faculty development at the Mayo Clinic Department of Anesthesiology before joining the Wayne State University faculty.

An active member of several professional organizations, including the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies, American Medical Association, American Association for the History of Medicine and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Bacon has served on numerous editorial boards, is a reviewer for 10 different anesthesiology or historical publications, and is an associate editor for the journal “Bulletin of the History of Anesthesiology.” He will be named editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Clinical Anesthesiology” on Oct. 1.

A highly sought speaker for national and international symposiums and meetings, Bacon has given more than 170 invited presentations, including 29 visiting professorships. He has authored or coauthored more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, five books and 30 book chapters, and more than 50 abstracts.

His research interests include the organizational history of anesthesiology in the United States and the world, the history of residency training in the United States, post graduate education in anesthesiology and anti-neoplastic chemotherapeutic agents and their anesthetic implications.

Toledo assistant prof joins pathology faculty

 MuldrewDr. Kenneth L. Muldrew, an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Toledo College of Medicine from 2010-14, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pathology.

After receiving the BS cum laude from the University of North Texas, Denton, in 1993, Muldrew earned the MPH in 1995 at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, and the MD in 1999 at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Upon completing medical school, he did an internal medicine internship from 1999-2000 and a pharmacology and toxicology fellowship from 2000-01 at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences, Little Rock. He then did residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology from 2001-06 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. Upon completing his primary residency, he did specialty training in medical microbiology as the Winchester Fellow in Medical Microbiology from 2006-07 at Yale University, New Haven, Conn. As an extension of his microbiology clinical training, he completed a Ruth S. Kirschstein, N.R.S.A. Clinical Research Fellowship from 2007-09 at the Yale University School of Medicine. He also completed training in diagnostic molecular genetic pathology, with a second subspecialty training in molecular genetic pathology, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from 2009-10.

The author or coauthor of 19 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and two book chapters, Muldrew has presented 20 abstracts at national and international meetings.

His current research interests include translation of genomic and genetic discoveries into clinical laboratory. His clinical interests include pharmacogenetics, next-generation sequencing and genomics, oncology markers and personalized cancer treatment, laboratory testing for inherited genetic diseases of children and adults, and molecular infectious diseases.

SHRP welcomes distance learning specialist

 Butler_RebeccaRebecca Butler, an independent instructional design consultant, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of instructional development and distance learning in the School of Health Related Professions.

After receiving a BS in business technology education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006, Butler earned an MEd in instructional technology at the University of West Florida in 2008.

She began her career as an instructional technology specialist in the eLearning Department at Northwest Mississippi Community College from 2008-11 before joining the eLearning Department at Hinds Community College as an instructional design coordinator from 2011-12.

As an independent instructional design consultant since 2012, she has worked with the staff at Hinds and at Holmes Community College and with the Mississippi Community College Board in Jackson.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Randy Hudson, carpentry supervisor, Building Maintenance (Carpentry Shop)

* Gwendolyn Malone, administrative assistant, Batson Children’s Hospital Coordinated Care

20 Years

* Angela Burns, patient care technician, Anesthesia

* Sylvia Tory, unit secretary, CCH-CICU

15 Years

* Jackie Caples, patient services coordinator, School of Dentistry (Patient Financial Services)

* Gwen Coleman, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Leanne Howard, social worker, Children’s Cancer Clinic

* John Jones, liver transplant anesthesia technician, Anesthesia

* Dr. Nils K. Mungan, associate professor of ophthalmology

10 Years

* Sheila Crowley-Hunt, CVOR surgical technician, Batson Children’s Hospital Surgical Suite

* Jennifer Duffie, ambulatory nurse, University Hospital Ambulatory Surgery

* Vanessa Hollingsworth, clinic operations supervisor, University Physicians Lakeland Otolaryngology

* Erma McClure, radiologic technologist, University Hospital Diagnostic Radiology

5 Years

* Diana Carpenter, administrative assistant, School of Medicine (Nephrology)

* Nakia Donley, materials management supervisor, Operating Room Materials Management

* Renee Gaines, respiratory therapist, Batson Children’s Hospital Respiratory Therapy

* Katina Henderson, unit secretary, University Hospital (5 North)

* Leland Husband, project manager, School of Medicine (Physiology and Biophysics)

* Rashanda Isaac, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

* Daniel Jemison, nurse, CCH (2 MICU)

* Joanna Miller, inpatient nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (4C Pediatric Unit)

* Tammi Powers, inpatient nurse, Batson Children’s Hospital (2C Pediatric Unit)

* Catherine Sanders, inpatient nurse, CCH (Surgical ICU)

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

Common Reading Collaborative to go atomic

 AtomicCityThe Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the University of Mississippi is sponsoring the 2014 Common Reading Experience, a simulcast from Oxford hosted by Denise Kienan, author of The Girls of Atomic City, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in room R153. 

Copies of the book are available free of charge while supplies last in room U158 of the Verner Holmes Learning Resource Center and in room N145 in the School of Medicine.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.​ Dinner will be available to the first 100 in attendance. For more information, call Pam Wardlaw at 4-1198 or e-mail her at

Tulane microbiologist to present two seminars

 LacknerDr. Andrew A. Lackner, professor of microbiology, immunology and pathology at the Tulane University School of Medicine and director and chief academic officer of the Tulane National Primate Research Center, will present two seminars 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,” will be 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

Kirk to discuss myofilament’s biggest ‘frenemy'

 KirkDr. Jonathan Kirk, research associate in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, will present “The Myofilament and Cardiac Dyssynchrony are Frenemies” from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.

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