Recognizing talent and teamwork
Monthly Extra Mile Award Presentation at Lakeland Medical Building
Exceptional patient care
Head and Neck Surgeons perform surgery with a resident
Department members, families and friends packed over 5,000 meal kits for undeserved children in the community.
Faculty and residents often participate in mission trips to areas like Kenya and Honduras.
The Soft Tissue Sinus Course is one of many special annual educational events.
The Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery first started in 1955 as a division of the Department of Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. James D. Hardy had been recruited from the University of Tennessee in Memphis to serve as chair of the surgery department, and Dr. Edley Jones of Vicksburg, Miss., became the first chief of the otolaryngology division and was one of the original faculty members. Dr. Jones had trained in the beginning specialty of eye, ear, nose and throat disease at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Temple University, and the Chicago Eye and Ear Infirmary. He served as chief of the division until 1960.
Dr. Godfrey Arnold was named chief of the division and served in that position from 1963-79. He received his training in otolaryngology at Vienna University and Berlin University. Dr. Arnold came to UMMC after serving as faculty at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. His interests in voice disorders led to national fame for his influence on laryngology and introduction of Teflon for vocal cord paralysis.
The residency program in 1963 began with Dr. Arnold as its program director. The first resident to actually complete the entire otolaryngology program was Dr. William Thomas Moore.
After Dr. Arnold's retirement, Dr. Myron Lockey of Jackson was division chief for about a year. Dr. Lockey completed his otolaryngology training at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas.
Dr. Winsor V. Morrison, who trained at Washington University in St. Louis and came to UMMC from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, followed as chief from 1981-93 at which time he retired. Dr. Vinod Anand finished his training at New York's Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and became division chief for the next eight years.
Dr. Scott Stringer, who trained at the University of Texas Southwestern, was recruited from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2001 to be chief of the division. In 2002, the division split from the surgery department and became its own department with Dr. Stringer as its first and only chair to date.
Under Dr. Stringer’s leadership, the department has experience incredible growth in the first two decades of its life. Our faculty members have come to be recognized as national leaders in research, education and clinical care in our field. By the way, our faculty compliment include over 50 otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech language pathologists and researchers with interest in several fields.
Our department prides itself on having fun, promoting a collegial environment, providing outstanding customer service, constantly pursuing excellence and improvement, fostering diversity and inclusion, working as a team and being at the forefront of our institution and the nation in terms of innovation.
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.
Our faculty is comprised of over 50 otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech-language pathologists and researchers with interest in several fields. We utilize talented and outstanding scribes in our ENT clinics, consisting of 15 residents, 10 advanced practice providers, and 9 nurses. We also have a large clinical support staff who provide an excellent patient experience at each encounter, along with a fully staffed administrative team who ensure all administrative department needs are met.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, is the state's only academic health science center. UMMC includes seven health science schools: medicine, nursing, dentistry, health related professions, graduate studies, population health, and pharmacy. (The School of Pharmacy is headquartered on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford.) Enrollment in all programs is more than 3,000 students.The Medical Center's three-part mission is to improve the lives of Mississippians by educating tomorrow's health care professionals, by conducting health sciences research, and by providing cutting-edge patient care. A major goal of the Medical Center is the elimination of differences in health status of Mississippians based on race, geography, income, or social status.With more than 10,000 full- and part-time employees, UMMC is one of the largest employers in Mississippi.