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.

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.

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.

Dr. Michelle Horn has been named Division Director of General Internal Medicine and Hypertension. Dr. Horn obtained her BS in Chemistry from Millsaps College and then completed medical school, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency, and a Pediatrics Chief Resident year here at UMMC.

Dr. Calvin Thigpen has been named Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Thigpen received his BS in chemistry and math from the University of Mississippi and a BA in philosophy and psychology in 2001 from the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, where he spent two years as a Rhodes Scholar. He then returned to Mississippi…

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Cathy LeeChing, MD
Elizabeth Fryoux, MD
Yang Guo, MD
Shahzeb Khan, MD
Zack Knott, MD
Brandon Lennep, MD
Jarrett Morgan, MD

Congratulations to all those who received promotion or tenure for the 2020-2021 academic year. These achievements reflect continued excellence and professional competence. This exciting milestone

Learn more about Dr. Michelle Horn, faculty member in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of Student Education and Clerkships for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Horn shares about her love of Mississippi, all things UMMC, sports, and what it’s like to balance a career and family.

We are proud to present MORE education awards received by members of the Department of the Medicine, including Pre-Clinical and Clinical Professors of the Year and the annual Carl Evers Awards.

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