Dr. Jason Parham has been named the Department of Medicine’s new Executive Vice Chair.
Dr. Parham, a Mississippi native, attended medical school, residency and infectious diseases fellowship at UMMC. He obtained his Master of Public Health degree in 2009 from the University of Massachusetts. He joined UMMC faculty in 2011 and established the medical center’s antimicrobial stewardship program. The hard work of Dr. Parham and his team has been recognized as among the best on a national level. UMMC’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. The society has recognized a total 64 institutions since 2018 as having that gold standard.
Dr. Parham has continued to make major contributions to the department and the institution. He was named associate vice chair for quality for the department in 2016, and he led UMMC’s efforts to improve hand hygiene and reduce hospital-acquired infections in that capacity. He was named the division director for infectious diseases in 2017. Under his leadership, the division has thrived in all its missions. The Ryan White-funded Adult Specialty Care Clinic and inpatient consult services have expanded and the division has broadened its outpatient reach with new clinics as well. Congratulations to Dr. Parham!