Maria E. Fermin, MD
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Residency: Steward Carney Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
Division: Hospital Medicine
Tell us about yourself. I am from Caracas, Venezuela, and obtained my medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, ‘’Luis Razetti’’ School of Medicine. I completed my internal medicine residency at Steward Carney Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and I am joining UMMC as an Assistant Professor. I enjoy spending time with my family, yoga, cooking for family and friends, and I am interested in photography.
What are you most looking forward to working at UMMC? I am looking forward to providing outstanding care to patients in an excellent academic environment.
Gabriel Hernandez, MD
Residency: Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial-University of Miami, Miller school of Medicine
Fellowship: Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Jackson Memorial – University of Miami, Miller school of Medicine
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant at Vanderbilt University
Tell us about yourself. I am originally from Peru and completed my medical school training at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Early in my training, I became passionate about cardiogenic shock and focused my research on mechanical circulatory support, which is perhaps the greatest paradigm shift in the history of heart failure treatment. With advances in technology, these devices have become miniaturized, thereby becoming an integral component of the interventional cardiovascular therapeutic armamentarium. My passion for these devices led me to pursue further training in interventional cardiology after finishing advanced heart failure.
What are you most looking forward to working at UMMC? I look forward to working at this institution along with its strong cardiovascular team. I believe that UMMC will help me pursue excellence in clinical and translational research and will uniquely position me to implement emerging drug- and device-based therapies for the management of all subtypes of heart failure, including patients with reduced and preserved ejection fraction, cardiogenic shock, complications associated with left ventricular assist devices, right ventricular failure and heart transplant recipients. With the support of the already developed transplant service, we may judiciously change patients’ outcomes and develop future research projects.
Talal Hilal, MD
Hometown: Aleppo, Syria
Residency: University of Kentucky
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic, AZ
Division: Hematology & Oncology
Tell us about yourself. I have an inquisitive attitude and enjoy the process of researching and acquiring a broad understanding of various topics. As such, I enjoy reading about history and philosophy. In hematology, my interest is in the biology and and treatment of lymphoproliferative disorders. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies and hiking with my wife.
What are you most looking forward to working at UMMC? I am excited to work with many excellent clinicians and researchers who are an invaluable resource in the advancement of care for patients in Mississippi.
Sivaprasad Nalluri, MD
Hometown: Chandrapadu, India
Residency: Internal medicine, Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Division: Hospital Medicine
Tell us about yourself. I am from a small town in South India. I graduated from Rangaraya Medical College, India, after which I decided to do my residency in the US. I graduated from Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY in 2014 after which I joined a private practice in Dayton, Ohio as a hospitalist where I worked for 5 years. I also taught family medicine residents and medical students during that period. I have decided to improve my scope of practice by joining a bigger clinical setting, hence accepted the job at UMMC.
What are you most looking forward to working at UMMC? Here, I look forward to expand my scope of practice, stay current on my clinical knowledge through teaching residents and students while providing the best service to my patients. I am confident that I will be a good team player and am excited to be a part of the UMMC family.
Kevin Sullivan, PhD
Hometown: Malvern, PA
Doctoral Training: University of Maine, Department of Psychology
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology
Tell us about yourself. I am a psychiatric epidemiologist specializing in neurocognitive disorders in older adults including Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment.
What are you most looking forward to working at UMMC? At UMMC, I’m most looking forward to joining a program with an exemplary history of aging research and to be at the forefront of exciting new directions in dementia epidemiology in Mississippi.
Syed Ali Tirmizi, MD
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
Residency: Seton Hall University/St Francis Medical Center, Trenton NJ
Division: Hospital Medicine
Tell us about yourself. I was born and grew up in Pakistan. After completing medical school, I decided to come to the US to experience the latest in medicine. I have been on a great educational and cultural journey since then. I am happy to be part of University of Mississippi and bring my experience from overseas and other regions of the country. I will be striving to learn all aspects of hospital medicine and contribute in scholarly activities. In my free time, I like to watch TV and spend time with my family.
What are you most looking forward to working at UMMC? I am excited to be a part of the diverse and energetic group of faculty in the department of Hospital Medicine. I am looking forward to learning from the diverse range of pathology at UMMC and contributing to the education of students and residents rotating through my department.
Kelly Wingerter, MD
Hometown: Winter Springs, FL
Internal Medicine Residency: University of Kentucky
Cardiology Fellowship: University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga
Tell us about yourself. I was born in Gretna, Louisiana and raised in central Florida. I went to LSU for undergrad and am a big LSU sports fan. I enjoy traveling with my husband, Tom, and we enjoy spending time with our golden retriever, Brandy.
What are you most looking forward to working at UMMC? I am excited for the opportunities within the cardiology department including involvement in the women’s cardiovascular disease program and the cardiology fellowship program.