Welcome new faculty members to the Department of Medicine!
Dr. Mohamed Hassanein – Division of Nephrology
Dr. Tulip Jhaveri – Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Beverly “Gwen” Windham has been appointed to the Clinical Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Jasmine Kency has been named Medical Director of the Office of Patient Experience (OPE). Dr. Kency will work directly with hospital executive leaders, OPE staff, UMMC medical staff and other stakeholders to sustain and grow work that supports patient and family centered care at UMMC.

Congratulations to the 2021 Department of Medicine Award Winners!
Mentoring Award: Dr. Marion Wofford
Master Clinician: Dr. Douglas Wolfe
Outstanding Service: Dr. Brett Jeter
Outstanding Service (Staff Member):
Sandy Sartin
Educator of the Year: Dr. Prakhar Vijayvargiya

The recent graduation ceremonies for our medical students were certainly different this year.  The usual cheering and other outbursts were muffled by masks worn at some graduation exercises, while sporadic loud yells (or shouts) of excitement pierced through the masks at other ceremonies.  Some attendees screamed, clapped, and whistled –– despite instructions to maintain a solemn demeanor until the designated time. 

Dr. Visnu Garla, Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, co-authored a paper out this month titled “Dapagliflozin in patients with cardiometabolic risk factors hospitalised with COVID-19 (DARE-19): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial” in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Division Spotlight: Digestive DIseases

ivision of Digestive Diseases provides outstanding care to those with gastroenterology and hepatology-related diseases. Dr. Sarah Glover, Professor and Division Director, has bolstered the division’s research mission with her distinguished work in hereditary alpha tryptasemia syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and most recently, COVID-19 and immunity.

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