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Choice lecturer discusses atherosclerosis

Dr. Peter Libby, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of cardiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, accepts a plaque from Dr. Joy Intapad, left, instructor in physiology and biophysics, and Dr. Paula Warrington, instructor in physiology and biophysics, for giving the Students and Postdoctoral Fellows' Choice Distinguished Lecture Aug. 22.

Libby discussed how basic science research findings on inflammatory factors were translated over decades into phase-three clinical trials of pharmaceuticals in thousands of people.

Libby researches the role of inflammation in atherosclerosis. He said understanding the factors that create it is very important.  

BCH staff hone cardio skills at ‘boot camp’

The Children's Heart Center recently hosted a "Cardiac Boot Camp" to educate Batson Children's Hospital employees about the complexities of caring for patients with heart disease.

"We have put this 'boot camp' together because we have hired so many new nurses and heart center employees and the growing population of congenital cardiac children that affects all aspects of the hospital," said Ashley DiBardino, cardiac ICU educator.

Nearly 200 staff members attended the camp, which explored different aspects of caring for patients with heart disease, including surgical options for correcting defects, how to identify various lesions, medications patients may be taking and ECMO's role in transplantation.

"With the development and growth of the Congenital Heart Program, we now have a new population of patients - those with complex congenital heart disease," said Dr. Mary Taylor, chief of pediatric critical care and co-director of the Children's Heart Center. "These children will require specialized care when they present with other childhood illnesses and injuries.

"It is important that we include all parts of our medical community in the education about the care of patients with congenital heart disease."

Taylor said plans are to make the conference an annual event.

In memoriam

Xiaming_Ou_mugDr. Xiao-Ming Ou, associate professor of psychiatry and wife of Dr. Junming Wang, associate professor of pathology, died Aug. 25. She was 54.

A native of Beijing, China, Ou received the B.S. in biology from Shaanxi Normal University in 1982 and the M.S. at Xi'an Medical University in 1990. She earned the Ph.D. in neuropharmacology and neurobiology at the University of Antwerp in 1998.

Ou did postgraduate training in the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Ottawa, Canada, from 1998-2001, then joined the faculty at the University of Southern California from 2002-06. She came to the Medical Center in 2007.

A memorial service took place Aug. 27 at Ott and Lee Funeral Home.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Diane Coleman, physician scheduler, Scheduling

* Thomas Hasie, plumbing shop assistant supervisor, Building Maintenance

* Steve Therrell, manager, Cardiovascular Noninvasive Diagnostic

15 Years

* Dr. Katharine Gregg, associate professor of medicine

* Malesta Purvis, inpatient nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

10 Years

* Jade Barr, pharmacist, Pharmacy

* Tracelia Doss, social worker, Utilization Management

* Jessica Goff, inpatient nurse, Surgical Suite

* Phillip Herrin, network engineer, Information Systems

* Dereck Jackson, ambassador, Ambassadors

* Kenneth Rainey, chief CRNA, Anesthesia

* Donna Westerfield, ambulatory nurse, Children's Cancer Clinic

5 Years

* Trici Bowman, cancer registrar, Cancer Research and Registry

* Melissa Duncan, CRNA, Anesthesia

* Elizabeth Flynn, researcher, Physiology and Biophysics

* Heather Greer, nurse, Cardiology

* Christopher Holt, end user computer specialist, Information Systems

* Deborah Kendrick, medical office assistant, Pavilion Suite K

* Rosemary Luckett, customer service specialist, Patient Financial Services

* Misty Nielsen, nurse, 4 South

* Carla Phillips, inpatient nurse, 4 South

* Loretta Taylor-Carr, business operations supervisor, Central Billing Office

* Marla Vanlandingham, Epic application coordinator, Information Systems

* Mary Wells-Veillette, chief of staff, Decision Support

* Stacy Walker, accounting manager, Office of the Comptroller

* Linda Wiggins, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

* Jessica Williams, inpatient nurse, 2 South

Abdelmalak to give anesthesia grand rounds

AbdelmalakDr. Basem Abdelmalak, director of anesthesia for bronchoscopic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, will give the anesthesia grand rounds presentation, "Beyond the Target Debate: Clinician's Recipe for Safe Intraoperative Glycemic Management," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, in classroom 3A.

For more information, call Keneshia Reed at 5-6507. 

Mengel to discuss clinical documentation

Dr. Marvin Mengel, an Orlando, Fla.-based diabetes, metabolism and endocrinology expert, will give two presentations on Thursday, Sept. 5.

The first, a Medical Documentation Guidelines-2013 presentation, "New Rules from Medicare - How It Will Change the Way You Practice," is scheduled from noon-1:30 p.m. in classroom 4A. All Medical Center faculty are invited.

Mengel's second discussion on clinical documentation is for Batson Children's Hospital physicians at 4 p.m. in room S123. All physicians and nurse practitioners are invited.

The presentation will include a discussion about the Clinical Documentation Improvement Program, the role of clinical documentation specialists and strategies for improving clinical documentation in preparation for the implementation of ICD-10.

The presentations are sponsored by the Office of Integrity and Compliance. For more information or to register, email Nikki Smith at

Graham to present Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Dr. Alice M. Graham, executive director of the Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force, will give the Psychiatry Grand Rounds presentation at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, in room 716 (7A).

For more information, call Lumba Johnson at 5-5588.

Cook, Giesecke to conduct MAP meetings

Cook_GiesekeKevin Cook, CEO of UHHS, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a series of Motivating, Achieving and Progressing (MAP) Meetings for hospital and clinic employees on Monday, Sept. 9.

The MAP meetings are scheduled from 1-1:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall, and from 3-3:30 p.m. at the Central Billing Office.

For more information, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104. 

Drake to present neurobiology seminar

Drake_RichardDr. Richard L. Drake, director of anatomy and professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, will present "Anatomy Education: The Future is Now" from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in room R153 (lower amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640. 

Tanabe to speak during sickle cell seminar

Tanabe_PaulaDr. Paula Tanabe of the Duke University School of Nursing will give a presentation during the 2013 Sickle Cell Seminar, scheduled from 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Among other speakers, Tanabe will discuss the importance of using evidence-based practice when caring for adults and children in the emergency department. Nurses, nurse practitioners and other interested health-care professionals are invited.

For more information or a copy of the brochure, visit

Patriotism to show during quarterly blood drive

September Blood Drive ArtBlood donors will have the opportunity to show their true colors when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center Sept. 16-20 for the second of four quarterly "Road to Life" Blood Drives.

The theme for the drive is "Red, White and You! Donate Blood." All donors will receive an MBS "Red, White and You!" T-shirt. Identification is required to donate blood.

Times, dates and places for the drive include:

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the donor coach at the University Hospital entrance;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the student lounge in the School of Dentistry building;

* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the MBS donor coach at the Batson Children's Hospital;

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the community room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center; and

* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the MBS donor coach at the University Hospital entrance.

For more information about the Road to Life Blood Drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an e-mail at

Pyter to give neurobiology presentation

Pyter_LeahDr. Leah Pyter, visiting research assistant professor in the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will present "Cancer-induced Changes in Brain Behavior and Immunity" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in room G151 of the Guyton Building.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

Alexandrov to speak at stroke symposium

AlexandrovDr. Andrei V. Alexandrov, professor and director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at the University of Alabama Hospital, will be the featured speaker at the University Comprehensive Stroke Program's 2013 Stroke Symposium from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at Table 100 in Flowood.

Anyone interested in the care of stroke patients is invited to the one-day conference. CE credit is available to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, therapists and social workers.

Fees range from $95 to $125; those who register by Wednesday, Sept. 18, can receive a $25 discount.

For more information or to register, call Pam Hargett at (601) 613-5836.

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

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