Associate Dean for Admissions, School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care, UMMC
Hometown: Jackson, MS
BA in Biology (1995)
MD in Medicine, UMMC (1999)
Currently, I serve as associate dean for admissions for the School of Medicine at UMMC, and I remain a practicing pulmonary and critical care physician although my clinical practice is less since taking on the admissions role. I have a passion for medical school admissions and have served on the medical school admissions executive committee for the past 10 years. My future career goals definitely involve a continued career in academic medicine.
I was always fascinated by the human body and how it functions so biology was a natural fit for my college major. One class of particular fondness was comparative anatomy. I found the class exciting because we performed animal dissections, and this put my mind in overdrive as I thought about the future and cadaver dissection in medical school.
I completed medical school at the School of Medicine at The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson before a 3-year Internal Medicine residency at UMMC and a 1-year stint as chief resident in Internal Medicine at UMMC, followed by fellowship training for three years in pulmonary and critical care medicine at UMMC. After one year in private practice with Jackson Pulmonary Associates I returned to my first love of academia at UMMC where I became professor of medicine and served as the Fellowship Program Director for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the executive vice chair for the Department of Medicine.
Fond memories from my undergraduate days: Of course, the beautiful campus at Ole Miss and the Grove on game day. More importantly though are the friendships formed that last until this day. Many of these friends were other students majoring in biology, premed, or pre-pharmacy.