Dr. Pradeep Bathina is a faculty member in the Hospital Medicine division and is currently serving on the front lines caring for COVID patients. Here, Dr. Bathina shares about his background, his love of UMMC, and a memorable hobby.

This July, the interns and new fellows in the field of medicine begin an extraordinary journey, one where they will need to adjust to their roles as primary care providers in a very uncertain environment. As the house staff class of 2020-21, they may have anxiety about caring for patients diagnosed with Covid-19, understanding that there is not yet a cure for this highly infectious virus.

Dr. Tariq Shafi, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Nephrology Division, recently published the article “Resistant Hypertension and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in the US: Results From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)” in BMC Nephrology.

Dr. Michael R. McMullan has been named Associate Dean for Student Affairs for the School of Medicine. Dr. McMullan is a cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he also completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and cardiology fellowship training. He subsequently completed advanced training at Duke University in both adult congenital and valvular heart disease and in interventional cardiology.

Dr. Pradeep Vaitla, MD FASN, has been appointed to the Pancreas Committee of Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). In this role, Dr. Vaitla will represent Region 3, which includes Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Puerto Rico. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network is a unique public-private partnership that links all professionals involved in the U.S. donation and transplantation system.

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