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Pediatrician, radiologist, neurosurgeon join UMMC faculty

Published on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Published on March 17, 2016

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

Sriparna Mitra, M.B.B.S.


Dr. Sriparna Mitra has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics. She practices general pediatrics in ambulatory care.

Mitra received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) Degree from Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, Calcutta, India, in 2002, graduating with a certificate of merit for overall academic excellence. She completed a year of internship and worked as a medical officer in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at NRS Medical College and Hospital. She then completed pediatric residency training at UMMC from 2005-08.

Soon after, Mitra joined a community health center in the greater Jackson area as a staff general pediatrician and worked there for about eight years, serving an underprivileged population. She has a special interest in preventive care.

Mitra is board-certified in pediatrics. She is an active member and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is also a member of the Medical Council of India.


Robert William Morris, M.D.


Dr. Robert William Morris, a radiologist specializing in musculoskeletal imaging and procedures, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology.

After receiving his B.S. in chemistry with highest honor from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1998, Morris earned his M.S. magna cum laude at UMMC in 2002. He had postgraduate training from 2003-08, first as a transitional year intern at Baptist Health System, Birmingham, Alabama, then as a resident in diagnostic radiology and as a fellow/instructor in musculoskeletal radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before joining the UMMC faculty, he worked with Lakeland Radiologists, P.A. in Jackson from 2008-16.

An active member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiologic Society of North America and the Society of Skeletal Radiology, Morris is the author or coauthor of three articles in peer-reviewed professional publications.


Keith E. Tansey, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Keith E. Tansey, a neurology and physiology faculty member at Emory University, Atlanta, and a physician in the Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of rehabilitation medicine in the Department of Neurosurgery and in the Department of Neurobiology.

He will also work as a senior scientist in the Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery at Methodist Rehabilitation Center and as a physician in the Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at the Jackson VA.

After receiving his B.S. and his M.S. in biology with a focus on biomechanics from Stanford University in 1985, Tansey earned his M.D. and his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, in 1994. From 1994-2002, he completed his residency in neurology at Washington University and fellowships in neurorehabilitation and spinal cord injury research there and at the University of California at Los Angeles.

He was board-certified in neurology and then earned subspecialty certifications in spinal cord injury medicine and neural repair and rehabilitation.

In 2002, Tansey joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as junior faculty and directed the Spinal Cord Injury Program there. In 2008, he joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty and directed the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

He serves on the boards of the American Society for Neurorehabilitation and the International Society for Restorative Neurology, and is the president-elect of the American Spinal Injury Association. He also works on scientific advisory boards, planning groups and a data safety and monitoring board for other national and international groups.

Tansey is an award-winning medical educator and an internationally sought speaker. He studies plasticity in neural circuits for pain, autonomic function and locomotion in animal models and humans after spinal cord injury, with an interest in shaping that plasticity to improve functional recovery.

He is the author or coauthor of many articles in peer-reviewed, professional publications, three book chapters and more than 100 meeting abstracts and poster presentations. He is currently co-editing a book, “Neurological Aspects of Spinal Cord Injury,” with colleagues from Heidelberg for the Springer Publishing Company.