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Dr. Claude D. Brunson Retirement Celebration

Celebrating the Career of Claude D. Brunson, MD
Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, External Affairs

Dr. Claude D. BrunsonDr. Claude Brunson leads the external affairs division at the Medical Center, a role he officially he assumed in 2010. His responsibilities include nurturing key relationships with constituencies outside the medical center campus to advance the missions of the medical center. An anesthesiologist and former chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at UMMC, he continues to practice medicine at the rank of full professor.

In 2013, Brunson was elected president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, the first African American to hold that position in the 160-year history of the organization. He was also the winner of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Diversity Educator Award in 2015.

A native of Auburn, Alabama, Brunson earned his B.S. degree from the University of Alabama after a four-year tour with the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman and field medicine technician with the Fleet Marine Force. He completed his medical degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his residency in anesthesiology at UMMC. After graduating, Brunson joined the faculty of the School of Medicine and later served as chief of the medical staff.

Among other accomplishments, Brunson is a graduate of the leadership course for physician executives offered by Harvard University. He has consistently been listed among the Best Doctors in America for many years beginning in 1988. He has been a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists since 2002, leading several committees including finance and scientific affairs. He has also served on expert panels of the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, he serves on the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure, currently as its President. Brunson serves as one of two Mississippi Commissioners on the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission where he holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Commission. Dr. Brunson is the Governor’s appointee to the Emergency Medical Services Committee, Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure and the Governor’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse.

Please join us on Saturday, June 22nd as we honor Claude for a lifetime of accomplishments. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Claude D. Brunson, M.D. Endowment Fund for the Department of Anesthesiology. We hope to honor Dr. Brunson with the first endowed chair of anesthesiology at UMMC!

Retirement party donation:
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