One of the consequences of the internet is that news travels fast. These days, we learn within seconds about mass shootings, wildfires spurring out of control, airplane crashes, or hurricanes waiting to make landfall.

If you are over 30 years old, you likely recall vividly what you were doing you when our country was hit with one of the most horrific tragedies we had ever seen.

Congratulations to these faculty chosen for induction into the UMMC School of Medicine Alumni Hall of Fame!
Bernard Dreiling, MD
Bryan Barksdale, MD
Kenneth Bennett, MD
Joe Files, MD

Congratulations to the 2021 Department of Medicine Award Winners!
Mentoring Award: Dr. Marion Wofford
Master Clinician: Dr. Douglas Wolfe
Outstanding Service: Dr. Brett Jeter
Outstanding Service (Staff Member):
Sandy Sartin
Educator of the Year: Dr. Prakhar Vijayvargiya

The recent graduation ceremonies for our medical students were certainly different this year.  The usual cheering and other outbursts were muffled by masks worn at some graduation exercises, while sporadic loud yells (or shouts) of excitement pierced through the masks at other ceremonies.  Some attendees screamed, clapped, and whistled –– despite instructions to maintain a solemn demeanor until the designated time. 

Congratulations to all those who received promotion or tenure for the 2021-2022 academic year. These achievements reflect continued excellence and professional competence. This exciting milestone reflects a commendable level of academic growth and the remarkable value of our faculty members.

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.

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.

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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