faculty spotlight: Dr. Leandro Mena

Dr. Leandro Mena is a clinician-researcher and public health advocate with expertise in the prevention and clinical management of sexually transmitted infections and the human immunodeficiency virus. He is the founding chair of the Department of Population Health Science at UMMC and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Mena directs the Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education & Policy at the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for Elimination of Health Disparities, and serves as the STD Medical Director for the state of Mississippi.

Congratulations to Dr. Ervin Fox for reaching the 20 year mark for service to the institution. Dr. Fox is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Clinical Noninvasive Laboratory for cardiac testing. Dr. Fox received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and medical degree from UMMC. He completed residency at Washington University and cardiology fellowship at Tulane University, where he was chief fellow. He then completed a clinical and research echocardiography fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and also holds a Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.

Congratulations to the Department of Medicine for being awarded both M3 and M4 Department of the Year by the Carl G. Evers Society. The Department of Medicine has won these awards for 18 of the past 20 years. This recognition is confirmation of the department’s commitment to education and a direct result of the efforts of our faculty, staff, and trainees.

The Alpha Mississippi Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society inducted their 2021 initiates on April 13th. Students, residents, and faculty are chosen based on their academic and professional achievement, leadership, service to others, and a commitment to scholarly and personal excellence.

The Department of Medicine considers teaching excellence an important mission. Congratulations to our many faculty and residents who have recently been selected for various teaching awards throughout the campus. Read more for full listing, including this year’s Trailblazer Awards and the Nelson C. Order of Teaching Excellence.

The internal medicine and medicine-pediatrics programs had another successful year in the Match! The Department of Medicine is proud to welcome 36 new residents for the 2021-2022 academic year. The incoming intern class represents 14 medical schools spanning across the globe. Click post for a complete listing.

Dr. Savannah Duckworth was awarded the Trailblazer of the Year award by the School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Education. This award honors one faculty member on campus who demonstrates commitment to excellence and innovation in undergraduate medical education.

Collaboration is key: Cardiology and hepatology Team Up to create a Multidisciplinary fontan clinic

A monthly Fontan clinic was initiated at University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in January of 2021. The goal of this clinic is to offer comprehensive care for the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) patients who have a history of undergoing palliative Fontan surgery as a child and are at increased risk for developing Fontan Associated Liver Disease (FALD) as they progress into adulthood.

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