Dr. Savannah Duckworth, Assistant Professor in General Medicine, has graduated from the Society of General Internal Medicine’s prestigious TEACH (Teaching Educators Across the Continuum of Healthcare) program.

The Trailblazer Teaching Award recognizes educators who have demonstrated a record of innovating, engaging, and inspiring others through their service to students in the School of Medicine.  Ten faculty were awarded this year from the Department of Medicine.

Congratulations to the many trainees and faculty who presented or presided at the Southern Regional Meeting and Southern Society of General Internal Medicine meetings last month in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dr. Zeb Henson has been appointed Chief of Medical Staff for the university. Henson, formerly the Associate Chief of Staff within the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and the Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program Director.

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Division Director of Rheumatology, will be leaving UMMC next month. We appreciate his 20 years of service to UMMC. In light of his leaving, the following appointments have been made in the Department:
– Gailen Marshall to serve as interim Division Director of Rheumatology
– Jimmy Stewart appointed Vice Chair of Faculty Development for the Department of Medicine
– John Spurzem named Chair of the Department of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee

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