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Pain management specialist, longtime ob-gyn among new faculty

Published on Thursday, January 22, 2015

Published on January 22, 2015

The Medical Center is proud to announce the following additions to its faculty and leadership staff:

Ines H. Berger, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Ines H. Berger, an experienced anesthesiology/pain management physician, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of anesthesiology.

After earning the M.D. in 1986 and the Ph.D. in medical sciences in 1988 at the Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany, Berger did a research fellowship in experimental surgery there from 1987-89. She did an internship in surgery from 1989-90, a residency in anesthesiology from 1990-93, a fellowship in critical care medicine from 1993-94 and a fellowship in pain management in 1997 at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota. She also had clinical anesthesiology training from 1994-95 at Ruprechts-Karl University, Heidelberg, Germany. She completed an M.B.A. in management at Viterbo University, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in 2009.

Berger was on the SUNY, Buffalo, New York, faculty as an assistant professor of anesthesiology from 1995-96 and concurrently served as a staff anesthesiologist at VAMC Buffalo. She has been an instructor, assistant professor and consultant in anesthesiology at the Mayo Medical School from 1998-2003; an associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, medical director of pain medicine and pain fellowship director at MCG/GRU, Augusta, Georgia, from 2004-06; attending pain medicine, neuroscience service line director at the Neuroscience Center, Gundersen Lutheran, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, from 2006-10; and professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, medical director of pain medicine and pain fellowship director at MCG/GRU from 2010-14. She is an LTC in the Army Reserve Medical Corps.

An active member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Berger is author or coauthor of 13 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, two case reports, six book chapters and 22 abstracts.

D. Kyle Ball, M.D.


Dr. D. Kyle Ball, a veteran ob-gyn physician with 27 years of clinical practice in Jackson, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

After receiving the B.S. in biology magna cum laude from Mississippi State University in 1980, Ball earned the M.D. at UMMC in 1984. He had postgraduate training in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals, New Orleans, from 1984-88.

Ball served as an ob-gyn physician at the Clinic for Women of Central Mississippi in Jackson from 1988-2014. A fellow and diplomate of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, he is past president of the Tulane Ob-Gyn Society, the Southeastern Ob-Gyn Society and the Jackson Gynecic Society. He also has served on the Board of Trustees of Central Mississippi Medical Center and is an ob-gyn medical malpractice expert.

Yonggang Ma, Ph.D.


Dr. Yonggang Ma, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of physiology.

After receiving a degree in clinical medicine in 2002 and a master’s degree in neuropharmacology in 2007 from Shanxi Medical University, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China, Ma earned the Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology in 2010 at Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China. Ma then came to the United States for postdoctoral training, including a postdoctoral fellowship from 2010-13 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a postdoctoral fellowship from 2013-14 at UMMC.

An active member of the American Heart Association, the American Physiology Society and the American Society for Investigative Pathology, Ma is author or coauthor of 19 peer-reviewed abstracts, 33 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and three book chapters. Ma serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Cardiology and Clinical Research and the Journal of Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy and is a reviewer for several other scientific publications.

Ma’s current research interest is in post myocardial infarction cardiac remodeling, focusing on neutrophil polarization.