Nov. 16, 2017

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Ob-gyn, otolaryngology, peds gain new faculty

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

Keisha Bell Catchings

Keisha M. Bell, M.D.

Dr. Keisha M. Bell, a UMMC alum, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in obstetrics and gynecology.

After receiving her B.S. in biology cum laude from Tougaloo College in 2005, Bell earned her M.S. in biomedical science in 2007 and her M.D. in 2012 at UMMC. She then did her internship and obstetrics and gynecology residency at UMMC from 2012-16, serving as chief resident from 2015-16. After graduating, Bell joined MomDoc, Inc. in Arizona, where she practiced for a year.

An active member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Bell has received numerous awards, including the UMMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chief Resident Award and Best Teaching Resident Award and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Award for Excellence in Obstetrics. Her research interests include prevention of recurrent preterm birth in Mississippi.

Sarah Faucette

Sarah Petty Faucette, M.D.

Dr. Sarah Faucette, a recent audiology extern in the VA Portland Health Care System’s Audiology and Speech Pathology Service and at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of audiology.

Faucette is the primary audiologist for the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders study, an ancillary of the ARIC project, at The MIND Center.

After receiving her B.S. in educational interpretation for deaf children from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2006, Faucette served as director of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Davidson County, Lexington, North Carolina; instructor in American Sign Language at Davidson Community College, Lexington; and an American Sign Language teacher at West Johnston High School, Benson, North Carolina. She subsequently earned her Au.D. at East Carolina University, North Carolina, in 2017, where she is also a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders. Her clinical interests include amplification, tinnitus, and hearing loss in the aging population.

The author or coauthor of two articles in peer-reviewed professional publication, Faucette has served as principal investigator of three research projects. An active member of several professional organizations, including the American Auditory Society, Faucette has authored or coauthored eight research presentations at scientific sessions nationally. Her research is primarily focused on the effects of aging on hearing.



Lisa-Gaye Camille Thomas, M.B.B.S.

Dr. Lisa-Gaye Camille Thomas, a recent pediatric critical care fellow at the University of Miami/Holtz Children’s Hospital, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After earning her M.B.B.S. with honors in medicine and therapeutics at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in 2007, Thomas had a medical internship at Princess Margaret Hospital, Nassau, Bahamas, from 2007-08. Senior house officer at Princess Margaret Hospital from 2008-11, Thomas had pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center, from 2011-14 before her pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of Miami/Holtz Children’s Hospital.

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Thomas has given 11 educational presentations nationally. Her research interests include quality improvement and postoperative apnea in PICU patients less than 60 weeks old after undergoing general anesthesia.