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Neurocritical care, neurology nursing, quality improvement specialists join faculty ranks

Published on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Published on January 21, 2016

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

Gilbert O. Mbeo, MD


Dr. Gilbert O. Mbeo, a recent neurocritical care fellow at Emory University, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of neurology.

After receiving his bachelor's degrees in medicine and surgery (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences, Kenya, in 2005, Mbeo had a medical internship at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, from 2006-07. He served as a research program coordinator and supervisor of the Neuro-HIV Research Group at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, from 2007-09, then had preliminary internal medicine residency training from 2009-10 at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Mbeo was an adult neurology resident at the Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 2012-13, where he also served as chief resident. He completed neurocritical care fellowship training at Emory University from 2013-15.

Board-certified in adult neurology, Mbeo is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the International Brain Research Organization. He is the author or coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and has given seven academic presentations internationally.

A member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary, his clinical interests include stroke, international neurology, neurocritical care and neuroinfectious disease.


Thomas W. Prewitt Jr., MD


Thomas W. Prewitt Jr., has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of surgery. His primary responsibilities are quality and patient safety in the Department of Surgery, and he is a medical officer under the Office of the CMO, where he is responsible for quality improvement.

After receiving his BA in psychology from the University of Mississippi in 1982, Prewitt earned his M.D. in 1987 at UMMC, where he was a general surgery intern and resident from 1988-90, senior resident in general surgery from 1993-94 and chief resident in general surgery from 1994-95. Prewitt also had a medical staff fellowship in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, from 1990-93.

A general surgeon for 15 years in Lenoir, North Carolina, Boone, North Carolina and Stillwater, Oklahoma, Prewitt first joined the UMMC faculty in 2009 as an associate professor of surgery and breast surgical oncologist, and was a 2010 recipient of the Carl G. Evers MD Society's All-Star Clinician Award. He left UMMC in 2012 to serve as director of the Healthcare Delivery Institute.

Founder of Caldwell Community IPA, Blue Ridge Surgical Group and Docrates.net, Prewitt is the author of coauthor of five articles in peer-reviewed professional journals, one book chapter and the HDI Advanced Training Program Curriculum. He has given four scientific presentations nationally.


Elizabeth Ann Williams, RN, MS


Elizabeth Ann Williams, a nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurology at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in nursing.

After receiving her ADN in nursing from Hinds Community College in 1984, Williams earned her BSN from UMMC in 1998 and her MSN in 2002 and her Post Masters of Science in 2004 at the University of Southern Mississippi. A registered nurse, she is certified as an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner.

Williams has more than 20 years of experience in nursing, starting as a telemetry staff nurse at Baptist Medical Center in 1994. Her long affiliation with UMMC began the following year, when she became an operating room staff nurse; she also has served the Medical Center as a radiology nurse, an interventional MRI nurse and a neurology nurse practitioner. From 2002-10 she served as a staff nurse and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Mississippi State Hospital.

An active member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners, Williams serves on the Access and Scheduling Committee and on the Education Planning Committee at UMMC.