Dr. Zeb Henson was awarded the top awards from both the School of Medicine and the Department of Medicine this year. He was named Clinical Professor of the Year, which is selected by the senior class and given to the clinical professor who fosters learning, exhibits exceptional teaching, and inspires the class to strive for excellence in and out of the classroom. Dr. Henson was also awarded 2021 Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year by the internal medicine residency program.
Get to know Dr. Rajesh Bhagat, faculty in Pulmonary and Critical Care. A seasoned educator and clinician, Dr. Bhagat is the Director of the MICU at the VA Hospital.
Dr. Jessie Harvey has been named Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Harvey is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. She completed medical school, internal medicine residency, and pulmonary and critical care fellowship at UMMC.
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.
Dr. Lillian Lien was awarded the Laureate Award for the Mississippi Chapter of American College of Physicians at the MS/AL ACP meeting in Meridian, MS.
Dr. Kimberly C. Tarver has been named Division Director of Geriatrics. Dr. Tarver obtained her BS in Chemistry from Millsaps College and then completed medical school, internal medicine residency, and geriatrics fellowship at UMMC. Dr. Tarver follows in the footsteps of Dr. Mark Meeks, a leader in the department who has served as Division Director of Geriatrics for 28 years.
Dr. Andy Wilhelm has been named Division Director of the Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Division. Dr. Wilhelm follows in the footsteps of Dr. John R. Spurzem, a leader in the department who has served as the Division Director of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine for 11 years.
Congratulations to all awardees who were recognized at Resident and Fellow graduations!
Intern of the Year: Raina Muthukumaru
Resident of the Year: Samer Mehio
Spirit of the Program: Anna Carr & Amor Royer
Fellow of the Year: Paul Dotherow
Welcome New Faculty to the Department of Medicine!
Dr. Harshesh Amin, Dr. Josh Butler, Dr. Will Crews, Dr. Katrina Johnson, Dr. David Riem, and Dr. Megan Toole
Dr. Zeb Henson has been appointed UMMC’s Associate Chief of Staff effective June 1, 2021. He joined the UMMC faculty in 2009 and currently is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program Director. As a clinician, teacher, and mentor, Dr. Henson is respected, inspirational, well-rounded, and perfectly suited for this role.
Dr. Mike Bensler, electrophysiologist in the Division of Cardiology, shares about upbringing in Alaska, his path to Mississippi, and his love of UMMC.
The Procedure Service was started in 2019 with 4 Hospital Medicine faculty and 1-2 rotating internal medicine residents. In its first 3 months, over 120 procedures were performed in the hospital. The goals of the service are to provide excellence in patient safety and quality of inpatient procedures, improve patient care by streamlining procedure availability, and decrease unnecessary length of stay from delayed procedures for hospitalized patients.