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The Faculty Scholarship webpage is designed to share the news of faculty accomplishments in medical education including publications, conference presentations, and grants. The webpage may also serve as a resource for faculty looking to identify collaborators with shared research interests. Entries are accepted throughout the academic year, and the page is updated monthly.

September 2022 features:


  1. Agor, A., and Ward, K.H.M. Camouflaging techniques for patients with central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia. International Journal of Women's Dermatology. 2020 Nov 27;7(2):180-183. doi: 10.1016/j.ijwd.2020.11.003. PMID: 33937487; PMCID: PMC8072492.

    Scarring alopecia is difficult to treat by medical and surgical approaches.  Camouflage becomes a critically important approach to managing these conditions in an effort to minimize the impact of this unsightly condition on the quality of life.

  2. Akulian, J., Bedawi, E.O., Abbas, H., Argento, C., Arnold, D.T., Balwan, A., Batra, H., Uribe Becerra, J.P., Belanger, A., Berger, K., Burks, A.C., Chang, J., Chrissian, A.A., DiBardino, D.M., Fuentes, X.F., Gesthalter, Y.B., Gilbert, C.R., Glisinski, K., Godfrey, M., Gorden, J.A., Grosu, H., Gupta, M., Kheir, F., Ma, K.C., Majid, A., Maldonado, F., Maskell, N.A., Mehta, H., Mercer, J., Mullon, J., Nelson, D., Nguyen, E., Pickering, E.M., Puchalski, J., Reddy, C., Revelo, A.E., Roller, L., Sachdeva, A., Sanchez, T., Sathyanarayan, P., Semaan, R., Senitko, M., Shojaee, S., Story, R., Thiboutot, J., Wahidi, M., Wilshire, C.L., Yu, D., Zouk, A., Rahman, N.M., and Yarmus, L.; Interventional Pulmonary Outcomes Group. Bleeding Risk With Combination Intrapleural Fibrinolytic and Enzyme Therapy in Pleural Infection: An International, Multicenter, Retrospective Cohort Study Chest. 2022 Jun 16:S0012-3692(22)01089-3. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2022.06.008. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35716828.

    This manuscript report results of the multicenter, retrospective observational study conducted in 24 centers across the United States and the United Kingdom. The study evaluated the risk of pleural bleeding as a complication when using intrapleural fibrinolytics to manage pleural infection. Based on its results, aside from specific scenarios, safety or risk of bleeding alone no longer should be a deterrent to the use of IET in pleural infection.

  3. Bhanat, E., Nahar, V. K., Dobbs, T., Butler, K., Thimothee, J., Parmar, R., Bergin, P., Russell, G., Jones, A., and Navalkelle, B. (2022). COVID-19 related Awareness among Healthcare Professionals and Students at the Medical Center in the Southern United States. Journal of Public Health in the Deep South, 3(1), 12-17. 

    This study aimed to assess the COVID-19-related knowledge among faculty and staff working in our healthcare system.

  4. Brumfiel, C.M., Jefferson, I.S., Wu, A.G., Strunck, J.L., Veerabagu, S., Lin, K., Brodell, R.T., and Rosman, I.S. A national webinar for dermatology applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2021 Feb;84(2):574-576. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2020.09.043. Epub 2020 Sep 17. PMID: 32950550; PMCID: PMC7497741.

    This national webinar attended by over 500 medical students from around the United States provided updated information about virtual interviews and other COVID-19 related changes to the application process.

  5. Chelf, S., Davis, R.E., Bass, M.A., Ford, M. Allison, F, Ali D., Leo, J.T. and Nahar, V.K. Osteoporosis knowledge and health beliefs among middle-aged men and women in the Southern United States. Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1515/jom-2022-0011

    This study evaluates the knowledge and health beliefs surrounding osteoporosis in a population of males and females 35-50 years old to determine sex-based differences in osteoporosis knowledge and beliefs and to assess the correlation between perceptions and health motivation. Males and females 35-50 years old perceive themselves to have a low susceptibility to osteoporosis. They do not consider osteoporosis a serious disease and have little motivation to mitigate its inception or progression. Their perceptions show that barriers to exercise impact health motivation more than the perceived benefits of exercise.

  6. Cohen, N., Mathew, M., Davis, A., Brent, J., Wax, P., Schuh, S., Freedman, S.B., Froberg, B., Schwarz, E., Canning, J., Tortora, L., Hoyte, C., Koons, A.L., Burns, M.M., McFalls, J., Wiegand, T.J., Hendrickson, R.G., Judge, B., Quang, L.S., Hodgman, M., Chenoweth, J.A., Algren, D.A., Carey, J., Caravati, E.M., Akpunonu, P., Geib, A.J., Seifert, S.A., Kazzi, Z., Othong, R., Greene, S.C., Holstege, C., Tweet, M.S., Vearrier, D., Pizon, A.F., Campleman, S.L., Li, S., Aldy, K., and Finkelstein, Y. On behalf of ToxIC Pediatric Opioid Exposure Study Group. Predictors of severe outcome following opioid intoxication in children. Clinical Toxicology. 2022;60(6):702-707. PMID: 35333145

    This study utilized the national Toxicology Investigators Consortium pediatric opioid subregistry to investigate risk factors for severe outcome in pediatric patients with opioid intoxication. The study reported that exposure to fentanyl and age 10 years or older was associated with an elevated risk of ICU admission or death.

  7. Davis, J., Beneke, L.L., Marlin, M.B., and Vearrier, D. COVID-19’s effect on calls to the Mississippi Poison Control Center. Journal of Public Health in the Deep South. 2022 Sep;3(2).

    This observational study investigated the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on  total calls; calls related to bleach, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers; calls related to ivermectin exposures; calls related to hydroxychloroquine exposures; calls related to COVID-19; and suspected suicide calls to the Mississippi Poison Control Center. The study reported no change in overall call volume or suspected suicide calls, but spikes in calls for exposures to disinfectants and cleaning products, hydroxychloroquine, and ivermectin.

  8. Davis, R.E., Doyle, N.A., Samuel, K.D., Wilkerson, A.H., and Nahar, V.K. The relationship between trait emotional intelligence and problematic alcohol use among college students. Health Promotion Perspectives. 2022 May 29;12(1):101-109. doi: 10.34172/hpp.2022.13. PMID: 35854853; PMCID: PMC9277283.

    The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between emotional intelligence and problematic alcohol use among college students while controlling for drug use covariates.

  9. Desrosiers, A.S., Petruzzelli, C.J., Bobo, J.F., Hodge, B.D., Rodgers, J.L., Hollinger, J.C., Byrd, A.C., and Brodell, R.T. Clinical interventions aimed at expanding access to dermatologic care. Dermatology Online Journal. 2021 Mar 15;27(3):13030/qt9w82x2z1. PMID: 33865274.

    This article highlights the UMMC rural academic clinic and rural residency slot which have had a significant impact on the provision of care in rural Mississippi

  10. Elston, D.M., Grant-Kels, J.M., Levin, N., Alam, M., Altman, E.M., Brodell, R.T., Fernandez, A.P., Hurley, M.Y., Maize, J., Ratner, D., Schaffer, J., and Kantor, J. Fairness and transparency in medical journals. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 2021 Jul;85(1):31-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2020.10.027. Epub 2020 Nov 4. PMID: 33157176.

    The editors of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology discuss fairness and transparency in the editorial process in this brief editorial.

  11. Folch, E., Guo, M.Y., and Senitko, M. Therapeutic Bronchoscopy for Lung Nodules: Where Are We Now? Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2022;43:480–491

    This review article describes the recent advances in endoscopic and percutaneous thermal and non-thermal therapies for non-small cell lung cancer with the focus on their efficacy and safety.

  12. Ezekwe, N., Oberoi, J., and Brodell, R.T. "Numerous Nevi in a 6-Year-Old Boy". Pediatrics in Review: Official Journal of the American Association of Pediatrics. 2020  41 (supplement 1): S75–S78. https://doi.org/10.1542/pir.2018-0225

    A child with numerous pigmented papules was proven to have basal cell nevus syndrome.  This is a condition that must be biopsied early to make a definitive diagnosis leading to prompt definitive treatment of new lesions, sun avoidance and sunscreen use.

  13. Gromley, Z., Agwuncha, C., Nahar, V.K., and Gromley, A. The effectiveness of the metabolic map in promoting meaningful learning. Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 2022 Jan 5;122(3):125-131. doi: 10.1515/jom-2021-0173. PMID: 34982867.

    This study explored whether the Pathways of Human Metabolism Map as a study tool helps to connect basic metabolic pathways to clinical applications. Our data show that students who utilized the metabolic map in their studies reported that utilizing the map improved their understanding of medical biochemistry. Our research results suggest that providing study aids like the metabolic map encourages students to minimize rote memorization and promotes integration with clinical context.

  14. Hassan, O.M., Medepalli, V.M., Zieman, D., Ortego, J.R., Brodell, R.T., and Nahar, V.K. (2022). Translucent Cyst around the Eyelid. Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, 14(4), 175-176.

    This case demonstrated that eccrine hidrocystoma can be easily diagnosed through teledermatology based on clinical appearance and transillumination of the lesion.

  15. Holmes, M., Tabba, D., Mockbee, C.S., Helms, S.E., Brodell, R.T., and Nahar, V.K. Teledermatology:  Allergic Contact Dermatitis After Prior Burn Injury.  Journal of Dermatology Nurses Association.  2022 14(5): 238-239.  Doi: 10.1097/JDN 0000000000701

    A case of  blistering, iatrogenic allergic contact dermatitis following use of triple antibiotic that was diagnosed utilizing teledermatology is presented.

  16. MacDonald, S., Byrd, C., Barlow, E., Nahar, V.K.,  Martin, J., and Krenk, D. Efficacy of Red Cell Salvage Systems in Open Acetabular Surgery. Advances in Orthopedics, vol. 2022, Article ID 8276065, 6 pages, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1155/2022/8276065

    The aim of this retrospective study is to evaluate the effectiveness of CS in decreasing allogenic blood transfusion in acetabular surgery, contribute to the body of literature regarding cell saver use in acetabular fractures, and to identify risk factors for large intraoperative blood loss.

  17. Morrissette, S., Etkin, C.D., Brodell, R.T., and Pearlman, R.L. The Use of Clinical Data Registries to Improve Care and Meet Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation Requirements. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2022 48 (10):549-51. Doi:  10.1016/i.icia.2022.06.003

    The DataDerm registry is used as an example to demonstrate that specialty specific registries can be easily utilized to meet the OPPE requirements of the Joint Commission.

  18. Morrissette, S., Pearlman, R.L., Kovar, M,. Sisson, W.T., Brodell, R.T., and Nahar, V.K. Attitudes and perceived barriers toward store-and-forward teledermatology among primary care providers of the rural Mississippi. Archives of Dermatological Research. 2022 Jan;314(1):37-40. doi: 10.1007/s00403-021-02208-z. Epub 2021 Feb 25. PMID: 33630147; PMCID: PMC7905757.

    This survey-based study of primary care physicians utilizing teledermatology consultations at the University of Mississippi Medical Center revealed that the time required to order a consultation was the primary barrier to more frequent utilization of this service.

  19. Pearlman, R.L, Badon, H., Whittington, A., Brodell, R.T., and Ward, K.H.M.  The iso-oncotopic response: immunotherapy-associated bullous pemphigoid in tumour footprints.  Clinical and Experimental Dermatology.  (2022) 47: 1358-1385.  https://doi.org/10.1111/ced.15177

    This article describes a patient displaying the concept of an immunocompromised district within the scars created by treatment of keratinocytic cancers   Classic bullous pemphigoid developed principally in these scars.

  20. Pearlman, R.L., Brodell, R.T., and Byrd, A.C. Enhancing Access to Rural Dermatological Care: The Time to Start Is Now. JAMA Dermatology. Published online May 25, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2022.1470

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been taking an “all of the above” approach to access to care problems in our rural state.  This editorial discusses the establishment of a rural academic dermatology office, a rural free clinic, and a rural residency slot as well as aggressive efforts to teach rural primary care physicians with Project ECHO and offering efficient teledermatology consultations to these physicians who care for many patients who are unwilling or unable to visit a distant medical center for dermatologic care.  The successes of these efforts are chronicled.

  21. Pearlman, R.L., Condie, D.L., Nahar, V.K., and Black, W.H. Adoption of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among Dermatologic Surgeons: A Survey Study of American College of Mohs Surgery Members. Dermatology Surgery. 2022 Mar 1;48(3):373-376. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000003351. PMID: 35025847.

    This survey-based study demonstrated that less than half of surgical dermatologists, especially older physicians have received their HPV vaccination.  The importance of vaccination as an approach to prevent HPV and HPV induced malignancies in physicians is discussed.

  22. Pearlman, R.L., Wilkerson, A.H., Ferris, T.S., Griffin, D.B., Cobb, E.K., McCowan, H.K., Bhattacharya, K., Leo, J.T., Melton, S.C., and Nahar, V.K. Skin cancer knowledge, attitudes, and practices among non-medical skin care professionals: A narrative review of cross-sectional and interventional studies. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. 2021 Aug;20(8):2437-2457. doi: 10.1111/jocd.14260. Epub 2021 Jun 10. PMID: 34047438.

    This survey-based study demonstrated that non-medical skin care professionals have the motivation and the ability to triage skin cancers to physicians.

  23. Penman, A., Borst, A., Hubbard, S., and Vearrier, D. Low-cost Options for Keeping Cool During Extreme Hot, Humid Weather. Journal of Mississippi State Medical Association. 2022;63(8):21-213.

    This review article describes recommendations for low-cost cooling options that may be useful for Mississippians during hot humid weather.

  24. Pitts, L.E., Wilkerson, A.H., Ferris, T.S., Harrigill, M., Brar, H.S., Sharma, M., and Nahar, V.K. (In Press). A Review of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Status in USA College-Aged Individuals Affecting Transition to and Adjustment in College. Journal of Health and Social Sciences.

    The aim of this paper was to review previous studies on IBD in college students in order to analyze the influence of their disease on their ability to adjust to college life and perform well academically.

  25. Preda-Naumescu, I., Paladi-Noel, I., Preda-Naumescu, A., Huynh, T.N., and Nahar, V.K. (In Press). Dermatopathologist Perceptions of Overdiagnosis, Physical activity among Long-Term Melanoma Survivors, and Lifestyle Modifications in Hidradenitis Suppurativa [Commentary].  Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association.

    Commentary on dermatopathologist perceptions of overdiagnosis, physical activity among long-term melanoma survivors, and lifestyle modifications in hidradenitis

  26. Preda-Naumescu, A., Penney, K., Pearlman, R.L., Brodell, R.T., Daniel, C.R., and Nahar, V.K. Nail Manifestations in COVID-19: Insight into a Systemic Viral Disease. Skin Appendage Disorders. 2021 Aug 17;183(6):1-6. doi: 10.1159/000518087. PMID: 34580633; PMCID: PMC8450840.

    This review focuses on nail conditions in patients with COVID-19.  Proper categorization of nail disease can assist in the diagnosis of COVID-19 and avoid needless worry about concomitant diseases.

  27. Sharma, M., Asare, M., Lakhan, R., Kanekar, A., Nahar, V.K., and Moonie, S. Can the Multi-Theory Model (MTM) of Health Behavior Change Explain the Intent for People to Practice Meditation? Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine. January 2021. doi:10.1177/2515690X211064582

    This study aimed to test if a fourth-generation multi-theory model (MTM) could explain the intent for starting and maintaining meditation behavior in a sample of US adults. Based on this study, it can be concluded that MTM offers a pragmatic framework to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based (theory-based) meditation behavior change interventions.

  28. Shenoy, T., Nahar, V.K., Goodwin, M., Helms, S.E., Brodell, R.T., and Black, W.H. (In Press). Forestalling Lidomageddon: Local Solutions to the Nationwide Shortage of Lidocaine. Skin. 2022  6(5):  441-444.    Doi.org/10.25251/skin.6.5.17

    The nationwide shortage of lidocaine with epinephrine requires a number of possible approaches to maintaining stockpiles of this drug.  Compounding and alternative drugs (diphenhydramine) are discussed.

  29. Thomley, M.E., Roland, D.L., Noble, C.A., Sharma, M., Shipley, S.R., and Nahar, V.K. (2021). Skin Cancer in Skin of Color: The Importance of Expanding Education and Prevention Efforts to Include This Community. Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association, 13(2), 106-109.

    This article explores the importance of both public and provider education regarding the prevention and timely diagnosis of skin cancer in skin of color.

  30. Wilkerson, A.H., Davis, R.E., Sharma, M., Harmon, M.B., McCowan, H.K., Mockbee, C.S., Ford, M.A., and Nahar, V.K. Use of the multi-theory model (MTM) in explaining initiation and sustenance of indoor tanning cessation among college students. Archives of Dermatological Research. 2022 Mar 2. doi: 10.1007/s00403-022-02338-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35235004.

    The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to explore and explain the initiation and sustenance of indoor tanning cessation among college students using the multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change. Findings from this study demonstrate the utility of the MTM in explaining indoor tanning cessation and designing intervention strategies and clinical recommendations to encourage indoor tanning cessation among college students.


  1. Vearrier, D.J. Toxicology Literature Review, American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly 2022, San Francisco, CA. October 2022.

    This conference presentation discussed some of the most important peer-reviewed toxicology publications from the past year.

  2. Vearrier, D.J. Heavy Metals, American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific, Assembly 2022, San Francisco, CA. October 2022.

    This conference presentation reviewed the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of heavy metal poisoning in the emergency department.