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Medicine, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology welcome new faculty

Published on Monday, July 18, 2016

Published on July 18, 2016

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

Lewis Wesley Aldred, M.D.


Dr. Lewis Wesley Aldred, a UMMC alum and recent internal medicine resident, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in medicine.

After receiving his BS in mathematics from the University of Mississippi in 2009, Aldred earned his M.D. in 2013 at UMMC, where he has had residency training in internal medicine.

An active member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians, Aldred has coauthored an article published in the Journal of MSMA, “Hypophosphatemia Masquerading as Meningitis.” He also has collaborated on 15 poster presentations and one oral presentation at scientific meetings.

Aldred serves as chief resident in internal medicine.


Thomas D. Amankonah, M.D.


Dr. Thomas D. Amankonah, former medical director of liver transplantation/hepatology at Loma Linda University Medical Center and medical volunteer in gastroenterology and hepatology in Ghana, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of medicine.

Amankonah completed his pre-medical education in Ghana. After completing a Polish language course at the University of Lodz, Poland, Amankonah went on to earn his Diploma of a Physician Degree at the Medical Academy of Gdansk, Poland, in 1986. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Provincial Hospital, Konin, Poland, before immigrating to the United States.

Amankonah was a postdoctoral research fellow in pediatrics research at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, and then transferred to Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for his residency and gastroenterology fellowship. He completed his fellowships in gastroenterology and in hepatology and liver transplantation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, in 2000.

Amankonah was an attending hepatologist/gastroenterologist for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Hayward, California, from 2000-07. He then joined the medical faculty at the UC Davis Health System in Sacramento, California, where he served as an associate health sciences clinical professor until 2010, when he joined the Swedish Health Services Organ Transplant Program in Seattle, Washington. He played an intimate role together with the transplant surgeons and hospital administration in establishing the Liver Transplant Program at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle and became the program's first medical director. In 2012, Amankonah joined the faculty of the Transplantation Institute of the Loma Linda University Medical Center as medical director of the Liver Transplant Program.

Amankonah is an active member of the Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the European Association for the Study of the Liver, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterology Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is the coauthor of several articles in peer-reviewed professional publications. His research interests include viral hepatitis (hepatitis B and C) and hepatocellular carcinoma.



Sara Elizabeth Brewer, D.O.


Dr. Sara Elizabeth Brewer, a recent pediatrics resident physician at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her BS in biology from Mississippi College in 2004, Brewer earned her MS in biomedical sciences at UMMC in 2008. She then obtained her D.O. from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, in 2012. She became a pediatrics resident at UMMC in 2013.

A member of Phi Kappa Phi and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Brewer has previous experience as a molecular diagnostics and tuberculosis laboratory technologist at the Mississippi Department of Health.



Jordan Michael Burnham, M.D.


Dr. Jordan Michael Burnham, a recent ophthalmology resident at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor and vitreoretinal surgery fellow in ophthalmology.

After receiving his B.S. in biology from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 2008, Burnham earned his M.D. at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Shreveport, in 2012. He then joined UMMC's Internship and Ophthalmology Residency Program.

The coauthor of four articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and 10 accepted abstracts, Burnham's research interests include Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography and vitreoretinal surgery techniques.