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USGAC selects Norquist for PCORI board chair

Norquist_Grayson 13Dr.  Grayson Norquist, professor and chair of psychiatry, was named chair of the Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Sept 19.    

The appointment becomes effective Sept. 23. Norquist has been a member of PCORI's board since it was first appointed by the GAO in 2010.

"Gray has dedicated his career to researching and improving health care for society's most vulnerable populations," said Dr. Joe Selby, PCORI executive director. "The board, and the communities they represent, will be well served by his leadership in engaging patients and stakeholders and commitment to funding rigorous research."

Norquist's research focuses on the use of telemedicine to reduce disparities in mental health treatment for those living in the Mississippi Delta and to improve the quality of care they receive at local community health centers.

The PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress that funds research that provides patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better health-care decisions.

HIV expert speaks at William Carey University

Dr. Hannah Gay, front row, second from right, associate professor of pediatrics, meets with members and officers of the William Carey chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, back row from left, Dr. John Jones and Johnny Schaub, and front row from left, Brittany Dong, Chelsea Thompson and Jessica Meador, Sept. 17 in Hattiesburg.

The meeting took place after Gay spoke to students, faculty and staff at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In her talk, "Cure," Gay recounted how she and colleagues at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School confirmed that she had functionally cured a Mississippi baby of HIV.

Gay will receive the annual Woman of Strength Award from Dress for Success Metro Jackson at its Little Black Dress with a Tie gala Oct. 3 at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Art Garden in Jackson.

MPTA names Burgess top physical therapist

Dr. Ruth Burgess, right, a physical therapist in the Physical Therapy Unit in the University Physicians Pavilion, receives the 2013 Ben Piazza Outstanding Physical Therapist Award from Christi Mills, Mississippi Physical Therapy Association president, during the MPTA's fall meeting Sept. 14 at the Clyde Muse Center at the Hinds Community College Rankin campus.

Over the course of 30 years, Burgess has worked in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home health care, academic practice and hospital outpatient practice. She's an active clinical instructor and mentors many students and new practitioners.

She also has contributed to physical therapy research in advancing evidence-based practice to improve patient care techniques.

Med assistant receives customer service kudos

Walker_TerryTerry A. Walker, a medical office assistant at the Batson Community Clinic, received a customer service award during the monthly hospital leadership meeting Sept. 18 in the Classroom Wing.

Walker was recognized by the awards team for exemplifying the Medical Center's values and standards of performance by helping reunite a lost 3-year-old child with his parents.

According to the award nomination, "When no one . . . could identify the child, she (Walker) contacted her manager and Campus Police. She then turned her attention to comforting the child.

"The employee took the child and, hand-in-hand, they walked several blocks until they located his parents."

Campus Police release August crime statistics

HandcuffsCampus Police reported eight larceny thefts and three arrests in August.

To report crime on campus, call Campus Police at 5-3072.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

25 Years

* Dr. Carolyn Bigelow, professor of medicine

20 Years

* Susan St. John, assistant buyer, Pharmacy

15 Years

* Lakisha Mitchell, quality assurance assistant, Pharmacy

10 Years

* David Fryant, senior network engineer, Information Systems

* Linda McGee, patient care technician, Children's Cancer Clinic

* Marsha Washington, emergency room technician, Fast Track

5 Years

* Tiffany Clark, medical laboratory technician, Family Medicine Clinic

* Paula Lambert, dialysis nurse, Inpatient Dialysis

* Monica Mosley, ophthalmic technologist, University Physicians Ophthalmology

* Gloria Parker, technician, Environmental Services

SEH to offer free TB skin tests at two locations

Student Employee Health will offer TB skin tests for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 23-24, in the Clinical Sciences walkway (tests to be read anytime from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 25-26) and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in the Batson-Wiser walkway (tests to be read anytime from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2).

For more information, call Jane Free at 4-1192.    

Malik to present pharmacology seminar

MalikDr. Kafait Malik, professor of pharmacology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, will present "Molecular Mechanisms Contributing to Angiotensin II-induced Hypertension" at noon on Monday, Sept. 23, in room 6A.

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

Rounds to discuss health-care dilemmas

Jimmy Gatewood, director of social work, and Dr. Rick Boyte, professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric pain and palliative medicine, will facilitate a discussion of the emotional impact of dilemmas in health care - those that are decided appropriately on legal grounds but which still may be perceived as unethical - during the next Schwartz Center Rounds, "It's Legal . . . But is it Ethical?" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in R-354 (upper amphitheatre).

Registration will be available at the door. Medical Center employees must bring their ID badges to scan. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, call Gatewood at 4-2476 or Michelle Brassfield at 4-1300.

Dulak to present physiology seminar

Dulak_JOsefDr. Jozef Dulak, professor and head of medical biotechnology, Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, will present "Cross-talk Between Heme Oxygenase-1 and MicroRNAs in Cancer and Stem Cells" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 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.

Vick to present on new weight management program

Vick_KennethDr. Ken Vick, associate professor of surgery, will give a “brown bag lunch” presentation on UMMC’s new comprehensive weight management program Wednesday, Sept. 25, noon-1 p.m. in CW106 of the Classroom Wing.  The program has both medical and surgical components and will serve a range of patients, from those who may periodically struggle to maintain a healthy weight to morbidly obese individuals who are candidates for surgical intervention.  The program is affiliated with UMMC’s Mississippi Center for Obesity Research.  Vick is medical director of the program and Dr. Angela Subauste, assistant professor of medicine, is overseeing medical approaches to weight management.  Healthy drinks and snacks will be provided at the event.

Cook, Giesecke to host MAP Meeting

Cook_GiesekeKevin S. Cook, CEO of UHHS, and Guy B. Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a Motivating, Achieving, Progressing (MAP) Meeting from 12:15-12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center employees are invited. For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104.

Wynn to conduct drugs in dentistry course

WynnDr. Richard L. Wynn, professor of pharmacology at the Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore, will present a course, "Drugs in Dentistry, Including Herbals and Natural Products," from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Dentists, hygienists and members of the dental team are invited. The course will present the most recent reports describing conventional drugs, herbal supplements and nutraceuticals impacting dental and dental hygiene practice.

For more information, email Joan Bounds at, visit the continuing education website or access course information at

CBMH, MIND Center to host dementia tour

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the MIND Center will host an introductory session on the Virtual Dementia Tour, a dementia simulation, for Medical Center faculty and staff from 10 a.m.-noon and again from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Clinical Skills Assessment Center in Suite 2515A at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The VDT helps teach people about the physical and mental challenges facing those living with dementia. Participants are asked to register for one of the two sessions. Transportation to and from the mall will be available.

For more information or to register for a session, email Pam Wardlaw at

Jones, Keeton to speak at fall faculty meeting

Jones_KeetonDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, will speak at the fall faculty meeting scheduled for noon Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. The event will include recognition of faculty with 20 years of service.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. Faculty who have met their 20-year service requirement, but have not received a chair may call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or e-mail her at

Insurance benefits review available online

To guarantee their insurance benefits for 2014, all Medical Center employees must review their current elections through Lawson Employee Self Service from Sunday, Sept. 15-Monday, Sept. 30, and schedule an appointment to meet with a Benefits Educator.

For more information, call Jynger Morris at 4-1128.

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