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Dentistry, family med faculty; PT; vascular lab garner kudos

Published on Thursday, January 19, 2017

Published on January 19, 2017

School of Dentistry and family medicine faculty collect signal achievements, a physical therapist is named to a statewide post and a vascular lab receives its first accreditation.

UMMC dentistry professor emerita receives 'rosy' honor

Gordy, left, receives the Red Rose Award from Betty Wong, Red Rose Award Committee chairperson, Tau Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma.
Gordy, left, receives the Red Rose Award from Betty Wong, Red Rose Award Committee chairperson, Tau Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma.

Dr. Frances Gordy, professor emerita of dentistry and an oral and maxillofacial radiologist, has received the 2016-17 Red Rose Award from the Tau Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Jackson.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Its Red Rose Award is presented to an outstanding woman educator and leader whose accomplishments have significantly benefited education and the status of women in educational leadership.

Gordy, who served as a professor of dentistry at UMMC, has taught most of the practicing dentists in Mississippi. A member of the School of Dentistry's first graduating class in 1979 and the first female graduate of the school, she continues to teach both didactic and clinical courses.



Family medicine faculty re-elected to national board office


Dr. Molly S. Clark, associate professor of family medicine, has been re-elected to a four-year term on the National Register of Health Service Psychologists Board of Directors. Clark, who has served as vice chair for the board since 2013, began her second term on Jan. 1.

The largest credentialing organization for psychologists, the National Register of Health Service Psychologists is an independent, nonprofit organization established in 1974 to improve health care by identifying psychologists who meet specific credentialing standards to consumers, health-care organizations and regulatory bodies.

Credentialed by the National Register since 2010, Clark has a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UMMC, provides direct treatment for patients and consults with UMMC faculty regarding issues related to behavioral health. She also is involved in training health-care providers to increase collaborative care roles among primary care providers and psychologists.

“I hope to use my second term to continue to work on committees that are designed to promote deliverable, relevant products to our membership as well as those that strengthen our core mission and values,” Clark said.



PT group elects UMMC physical therapist to treasurer post


Leah Ross, a physical therapist in the University Physicians Pavilion, has recently been elected treasurer of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association.

MPTA advances the physical therapy profession to promote and improve the health and quality of life for the people of Mississippi.

As treasurer, Ross will work closely with fellow board members to develop and maintain budgets and manage revenue, expenses and non-dues.

A 2014 summa cum laude graduate of the School of Health Related Professions Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Ross is a leader for the Pediatric Orthopaedic Program and the PT program leader for rheumatology.



UMMC vascular lab earns first IAC accreditation

UMMC's non-invasive vascular laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

The distinction “sets quality standards for the vascular laboratory and ensures patients get standardized testing that is based on best practices,” said Tom Wills, executive director of University Heart.

Patients at the non-invasive vascular lab located in University Heart undergo ultrasounds of arteries and veins. Registered vascular technicians perform the procedure to look for blockages and abnormalities.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's vascular surgery fellowship at UMMC requires that the non-invasive vascular lab be accredited. This is the first time the Medical Center has had an accredited non-invasive vascular lab, and the distinction is up for renewal every three years.