Seventeen members of the Department began the academic year with a promotion in rank. Congratulations to all!
PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE
Dr. Mary Jane Burton
Dr. Burton was promoted to Professor of Medicine. Dr. Burton completed medical school, residency, and fellowship in infectious diseases at UMMC and practices medicine at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, where she serves as Section Chief of Infectious Diseases. She also serves as the Medical Director for the Viral Hepatitis Clinics as well as HIV and Hepatitis C Lead Clinician at the VA. She is the Team Lead for regional VA Hepatitis C treatment and has extensively conducted research in this area. She is also well-published in the field of HIV and other infectious diseases and serves on the Institutional Review Board for UMMC.
Dr. Michael Hall
Dr. Hall was promoted to Professor of Medicine. Dr. Hall completed medical school, residency, and fellowship in cardiology at UMMC followed by advanced fellowship in cardiovascular imaging at Wake Forest. He also holds a Master’s in Clinical and Population Translational Sciences from Wake Forest. Dr. Hall currently serves as the Interim Chair for the Department of Medicine. He also serves as director of clinical and population science in the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research and associate program director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program. Prior to becoming Interim Chair, he served as associate division director for the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases. Dr. Hall also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and in the Department of Radiology.
Dr. Zeb Henson
Dr. Henson was promoted to Professor of Medicine. Dr. Henson completed medical school and residency in medicine-pediatrics at UMMC and served as chief resident in internal medicine. He currently serves as Medical Chief of Staff at UMMC as well as the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency Program Director and M3 Medicine Clerkship Director. Dr. Henson has been named Clinical Professor of the Year, Pre-clinical Professor of the Year, AOA Teaching Faculty of the Year, Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year, and has been inducted into the Evers Society Hall of Fame and Norman C. Nelson Order.
Dr. Michelle Moss Horn
Dr. Michelle Moss Horn was promoted to Professor of Medicine. Dr. Horn completed medical school and residency in medicine-pediatrics at UMMC and served as chief resident in pediatrics. She currently serves as the Division Director for General Medicine and graduated from the Millsaps Business Advantage Program in 2021. She is 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. Dr. Horn has been awarded numerous teaching awards, including from the Evers Society and the Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Craig Long
Dr. Robert “Craig” Long was promoted to Professor of Medicine. Dr Long has received a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree from University of Mississippi and a doctor of medicine (MD) degree from UMMC. He then completed his training in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases at UMMC before going to University of Alabama at Birmingham for fellowship in advanced heart failure/transplant cardiology and training in pulmonary vascular diseases. He serves as medical director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program and began the Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology fellowship program, for which he serves as program director. He has been primary investigator for multiple clinical trials in the heart failure space including both medication and device therapy trials.
Dr. Angela Subauste
Dr. Angela Subauste was promoted to Professor of Medicine. Dr. Subauste completed medical school at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima Peru and internal medicine residency at Southern Illinois University. She then trained in endocrinology and metabolic diseases at the University of Michigan. Dr. Subauste’s clinical practice is within the Division of Endocrinology, where she sees patients in the clinic and in the hospital. She has conducted extensive research within the field of obesity and diabetes and teaches medical students, PA students, residents, and fellows frequently on topics related to endocrinology.
Dr. Calvin Thigpen
Dr. Samuel “Calvin” Thigpen was promoted to Professor of Medicine. A Rhodes Scholar, Thigpen completed medical school, residency, chief residency, and hematology-oncology fellowship at UMMC. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine as well as Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is past-Governor of the Mississippi Chapter of American College of Physicians and is the recipient of multiple accolades, including Nelson C. Order, Evers Hall of Fame, Clinical Professor of the Year, AOA Teacher of the Year, and Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Andy Wilhelm
Dr. Andrew “Andy” Wilhelm was promoted to Professor of Medicine. Dr. Wilhelm completed his medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency at UMMC in internal medicine. He completed pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He currently serves as Division Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division and in the past has served as Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Conerly Critical Care Hospital. He has participated in multiple critical care and COPD clinical trials and been involved with multiple pulmonary pilot programs through the Telehealth Center of Excellence. Dr. Wilhelm played an essential role in UMMC’s response to COVID-19 pandemic by leading multiple response teams and process protocols for ICU care of critically ill infected patients.
Dr. Savannah Duckworth
Dr. Savannah Duckworth was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Duckworth attended medical school and residency at UMMC and practices in the Division of General Medicine. She serves as course director for the Introduction to the Medical Profession I course and the M3 Ambulatory Elective in Internal Medicine as well as the medical director of the Judith G. Gearhart Clinical Skills Assessment Center. Dr. Duckworth has received many teaching recognitions, including Clinical Professor of the Year, the prestigious Gold Humanism Society Leonard Tow Award, Evers Hall of Fame, Trailblazer Award, and Nelson C. Order of Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Pegah Hosseini-Carroll
Dr. Pegah Hosseini-Carroll was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Carroll completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Neuroscience at Tulane followed by medical school, residency, and gastroenterology fellowship at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Dr. Hosseini-Carroll currently serves as the program director for the gastroenterology fellowship program. She has received the Trailblazer Teaching and Gastroenterology Fellowship Teaching Awards and is a Medical Student Research Program mentor. She is serving a 2-year term as the secretary-treasurer for the Mississippi Gastroenterology Society and is slated to serve as the president in 2023.
Dr. Brett Jeter
Dr. Joshua “Brett” Jeter was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Jeter completed medical school and residency at UMMC and is part of the Division of Hospital Medicine and is one of the staff physicians of UMMC’s Procedure Team. Dr. Jeter currently serves as the assistant director of the M3 clerkship and sits on the House Officer Selection and School of Medicine Curriculum Committees. He also serves as a core faculty member for the internal medicine residency program. He has received the Service Award from the Department of Medicine, M3 Attending of the Year Award, and Trailblazer Teaching Award.
Dr. Bhagyashri Navalkele
Dr. Bhagyashri “Bhagy” Navalkele was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Navalkele completed medical school in India followed by residency at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in New Jersey and infectious diseases and infection prevention fellowship at Wayne State in Detroit. She currently serves as the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at UMMC and led the institution’s COVID-19 infection intervention efforts. For her contributions, she was named a “Community Hero” by the Mississippi Clarion Ledger and was awarded the Resilient Spirit Award by UMMC’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science. Dr. Navalkele is also involved in several ongoing studies involving COVID-19 prevention and testing.
Dr. Daryl Pollard
Dr. James “Daryl” Pollard was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Pollard completed medical school, residency, chief residency, and cardiology fellowship at UMMC. Dr. Pollard has published on electrocardiographic and echocardiographic findings within the Jackson Heart Study and is a member of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He currently serves on the Cardiology Fellowship Program Evaluation Committee and has served on the Department of Medicine Mortality Review Committee in the past. Dr. Pollard practices general cardiology and serves as a mentor and lecturer to students and trainees.
Dr. Michal Senitko
Dr. Michal Senitko was promoted to Associate Professor. After medical school in Prague, Czech Republic, Dr. Senitko completed his residency and pulmonary and critical care fellowship at UMMC followed by an interventional pulmonology fellowship at Yale University. He currently serves as section chief of Interventional Pulmonary and Co-director of Lung Cancer Screening Program. Dr. Senitko is a diplomate of American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, serving as its southern chapter representative and a member of American Thoracic Society’s Clinical Advisory Committee. His research interests include therapeutic bronchoscopy for central airway obstruction and airway mucosa’s response to respiratory viruses.
Dr. Kimberly C. Tarver
Dr. Kimberly “Kim” Tarver was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Tarver completed medical school, residency, and geriatrics fellowship at UMMC. She also completed additional training at The Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, California. She currently serves as the Division Director for Geriatrics and is the Director of Clinical Services for the MIND Center. She serves as a community educator and legislative advocate for persons with Alzheimer’s and related diseases as well as for their caregivers. Dr. Tarver also serves on the School of Medicine Admissions Committee and UMMC’s Ethics Advisory Committee.
Dr. Lyssa Weatherly
Dr. Lyssa Weatherly was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Weatherly completed medical school, residency, chief residency, and geriatrics fellowship at UMMC. She currently serves as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the School of Medicine and associate program director of the internal medicine residency program. She is Course Co-director for the M2 Introduction to the Medical Profession and M3 Bootcamp Transition to Clinical Medicine courses as well as chapter advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Weatherly has been awarded Clinical Professor of the Year, Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year, Evers Hall of Fame, and Nelson C. Order.
Dr. Kelly Wilkinson
Dr. Kelly Wilkinson was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Wilkinson completed medical school, residency, and hematology and oncology fellowship at UMMC. Dr. Wilkinson currently serves as the Program Director for hematology and oncology fellowship and is a member of the Mississippi Oncology Society Cancer Caucus Board of Advisors and the UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute. She serves on the Department of Medicine Morbidity and Mortality Review Committee and School of Medicine Admissions Committee. She currently practices General Oncology with a special interest in gynecologic malignancies, malignant melanoma and gastrointestinal malignancies.