First tell us about yourself (and family) and your time at UMMC.
My name is John Saxon. I grew up in Jackson, MS and started working at UMC (in the ER) when I was 16. I ended up going to medical school at UMMC, followed by internal medicine residency, a chief resident year in IM, and finally a cardiology fellowship. I am married to a pediatric hospitalist, Katie Berg, who used to work at Batson Children’s Hospital. We have two kids.
Where are you now and what are you doing?
In 2015, just a couple weeks after our first child was born, we all moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Katie joined Children’s Mercy Hospital as a pediatric hospitalist and I entered a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the Mid America Heart Institute and Saint Luke’s Hospital (MAHI). At the end of that fellowship, I did a 1-year fellowship in structural heart interventions, also at MAHI. After fellowship, I joined the Mid America Heart Institute as an Interventional Cardiologist specializing in Structural Heart Disease.
What do you miss most about UMMC?
The people. There are too many to name, and I’m sure I’ll leave someone out, but I really miss Carter, Matt, Andy, Chelle, Sara, Kellan, Cameron, William, the Michaels (Hall, Winniford, McMullan, Boler), John, Craig, Daryl, Chuck, Tom, Kimberly, Calvin, Zeb, Vince, Jimmy, Jessie, Teresa… the list goes on and on.
Share a memory or more of your time here at UMMC.
APDIM trip to Vegas. Pretending not to be nervous on roller coasters with Kimberly and Doug. Andy and Chelle’s wedding. Drinking too many Diet Mountain Dews on Rounds with Kellan. Cameron’s Office, which is like a museum of comedy. Dance parties on call with Jessie and Teresa. Chief roast videos. And about a million other memories that couldn’t possibly fit here. But the most important memories are the ones that happened every day, in even the most mundane moments. I will never forget all the people I worked with, and all the learning, teaching and growth that I saw at every level, on the largest and smallest scales. UMMC is an inspiring place to work, and I miss it every single day.