Dr. Michelle Horn has been named Division Director of General Internal Medicine and Hypertension.
Dr. Horn obtained her BS in Chemistry from Millsaps College and then completed medical school, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency, and a Pediatrics Chief Resident year here at UMMC. For the past 13 years, she has been a leader in student education for the Department of Medicine, in roles such as M3 Clerkship Director, M4 Course Director, M4 Transition to Residency Boot Camp Director, and Program Director for Student Education. The department has been awarded both M3 and M4 Department of the Year by the Carl G. Evers Society for over 10 years in a row, which is a direct result of Dr. Horn’s commitment and effort.
Dr. Horn has been awarded numerous teaching awards, including from the Evers Society and the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence. She has served on numerous School of Medicine and hospital committees relating to admissions, curriculum, risk management, medical executive, and faculty senate. Dr. Horn is also co-chair for an USMLE committee and a member of other USMLE committees associated with the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Horn follows in the footsteps of Dr. Marion R. Wofford, a leader in the department who has served as the Division Director of General Medicine and Hypertension for 17 years. Under her leadership, the division grew consistently in clinical, education, and research operations over that time. As a hypertension expert, she was one of the investigators for the NIH funded SPRINT trial which was fundamental in our understanding of this disease and how we treat it. She has also published an important paper related to metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Her support of her faculty and effort to create a culture that above all values education is the cornerstone of the success of the department in its educational mission. Moreover, she has served the institution in many other roles, including currently serving on the Promotions and Tenure Committee. She was instrumental in the early phases of the COVID pandemic and UMMC’s response. Dr. Wofford will continue to be a full time faculty member in the department and continue her clinical, educational, and other institutional responsibilities.