Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Summer Allen

Dr. Summer Allen completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at UMMC. Here, she shares about her time at UMMC, her two beautiful daughters, and her current practice in pulmonology and critical care.

First tell us about you and your time at UMMC.

I graduated college and was a teacher for four years before I decided to go to medical school.  Originally, I am from Dallas but moved to the coast with my mom right after I finished college in Texas. After teaching several years, I went to USM to finish my prerequisites and then applied to UMMC. I graduated medical school in 2010. I  finished fellowship in 2016 in pulmonary critical care and was chief fellow my last year.

Where are you now and what are you doing?

I live in Biloxi with my two daughters and two dogs. I work as a pulmonologist and intensivist at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport and also at Merit Hospital in Biloxi. My passion is using navigational bronchoscopy to biopsy lung nodules and diagnose lung cancer at an early stage.  I recently presented at CHEST conference in Nashville discussing lung biopsies using different navigational systems. I will soon be publishing a monthly article in the CHEST physicians newsletter on navigational bronchoscopies.  

When I am not at work, I am shuffling my daughters to gymnastics, soccer or basketball.  My daughters bring me so much joy and I love watching them play sports. I love to travel and recently went to Italy and Amsterdam as well as a trip to the beach and Vail this past July with my daughters. 

What do you miss most about UMMC?

I miss the camaraderie between residents and I miss the amazing friendships that developed in residency. There is a great bond that is created in residency and I still have best friends from that time. 

I also miss the intramural sports.  I played flag football, basketball, and volleyball.  We were volleyball champs 4 years in a row!  

Share a memory or more of your time here at UMMC.

Some fun memories include medical school parties at Hal and Mal’s and karaoke at Fenian’s.  

I am thankful for the training I received at UMMC and the mentors that guided me.  I could not have asked for a better education and training, and that has allowed me to be the doctor I am today. 

my daughters and me at Vail last summer

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