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Message from the Interim Chair

Headshot of Dr. Melissa Scholes, Interim Chair.Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. I am honored to serve as interim chair of our department after our former leader, Dr. Scott Stringer, stepped down after more than 2 decades of service. Dr. Stringer led the department with the central tenet of constant improvement in the pursuit of excellence. This included an unwavering dedication to patients, trainees, faculty, and staff. I plan to continue that tradition of excellence in all that we do and support our department on its continued trajectory of superior clinical care, education, and research pursuits.

Our faculty is comprised of over 50 otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists and researchers with interest in several fields. Each of us is committed to the common goals of educating the next generation of health care professionals and providing compassionate, quality care.

Central to all that we do are our vision and core values.

Department Vision

Our vision is to be recognized for delivering the very best service to our patients, our students, our citizens, and each other. We will select great people, value their contributions, and support them in fulfilling their aspirations as a member of our successful team. Together we will establish lofty goals and confidently pursue them knowing that we will succeed.

Department Core Values

  • Commitment to Customers: Deliver an effortless customer experience
  • Constant Improvement: Pursue excellence and improvement in all we do
  • Supportive Environment: Promote a fun, supportive and collegiate work environment
  • Teamwork and diversity: Develop talent by hiring the best and encouraging teamwork and diversity of thought
  • Leader in Innovation: Strive to be at the forefront of our institution and the nation in terms of innovation across all three mission areas

We look forward to serving you.

Melissa Scholes, MD
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Interim Chair and Professor