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.

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.

Dr. Licy Yanes Cardozo has been named Director of Resident Research for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Yanes Cardozo is an Associate Professor in both the Departments of Medicine and Molecular and Cell Biology. Dr. Yanes Cardozo has been awarded numerous accolades on campus, including the Department of Medicine Research Fellow Award, multiple Excellence in Research Awards, and the Stanley Chapman Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Jessica (Jessie) Lavender has been named Director of the Primary Care Track for the internal medicine residency program. Dr. Lavender is an Assistant Professor in General Internal Medicine and Hypertension. She completed medical school, internal medicine residency, and chief residency at UMMC. As a resident, she was chosen as “Resident of the Year” by the Evers medical student society.

UMMC Cardiologists went big for go red month

In addition to Black History Month, February was also Go Red for Women month. This campaign serves to increase awareness that 1 in 3 women die of cardiovascular disease. Throughout February, UMMC cardiologists, UMMC Women’s Heart Clinic and University Heart Valve Clinic were busy informing the public of the importance of cardiovascular disease, especially in women.

Dr. Frederick H. Asher has been named Division Director for the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine. He completed medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2002 and internal medicine residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2005.

Get to know Dr. Morgan McLeod, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. McLeod practices inpatient and outpatient adult and pediatric medicine and hosts the “Kids and Teens” radio show every Thursday on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Congratulations to many members of the Department who were recognized with nominations for Pillars Awards this year. The Pillars Recognition of Service and Inclusive Excellence Awards acknowledge the work of faculty and trainees who work to further diversity and a “climate of inclusion” at UMMC and within the surrounding community.

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