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UMMC welcomes cardiothoracic anesthesiologist, orthopaedist, nursing instructor

Published on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Published on February 04, 2016

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

Tao Hong, MD


Dr. Tao Hong, as associate professor of cardiothoracic anesthesia at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of anesthesiology.

After receiving his MD from Wuhan Medical Center, Jingzhou, China, in 1983, Hong earned an MS in immunogenetics at Tongji Medical University in 1988 and an MS in microbiology at Seton Hall University in 1991. He then began work towards a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Hong had an internship in the Department of Medicine at MCP Hahnemann University in 1999 and an anesthesiology residency there in 2002.

A practicing cardiac anesthesiologist since 2003, Hong has been with the Medical College of Georgia since 2011. In 2014 he was an anesthesia consultant at the Heart Center at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography, Hong is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, among others. The author or coauthor of 23 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, his interests include cardiac and renal anesthesia and critical care medicine.


James (Jim) A. Hurt III, MD


Dr. James (Jim) A. Hurt III, a sports medicine/arthroscopy specialist at Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery.

After receiving his BS in biology magna cum laude from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, in 2003, Hurt earned his MD at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, in 2007. He had postgraduate training in preliminary general surgery that year at the LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Florida and Shands, Jacksonville, from 2007-09, an orthopaedic surgery residency from 2009-12 at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he was chief resident in orthopaedic surgery from 2011-12, and a Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center fellowship in Jackson from 2012-13.

Team physician for four North Carolina high schools and head team physician for Fred T. Foard High School in Hickory, Hurt is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Association, among others. His research interests include ACL reconstruction in young patients.


Deidra Morgan, MSN


Deidra Morgan, a pediatric recovery nurse at UMMC, has joined the Medial Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving her ADN from Hinds Community College in 2008, Morgan earned her BSN at Mississippi College in 2011 and her MSN at UMMC in 2015. She has served the Medical Center in pediatrics as a staff nurse in the Pediatric Post-Surgical Unit from 2008-10, as a clinical and charge nurse in the Eli Manning Children's Clinic from 2010-12 and as a recovery nurse in the Pediatric Post Anesthesia Care Unit from 2012-15.

An active member of the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau, she is also a member of honor societies Phi Theta Kappa and Mu Alpha Theta.