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VOL. 124 | NO. 207 | Wednesday, October 21, 2009

UTHSC College of Medicine Names Smith Interim Dean

By Taylor Shoptaw

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J. Lacey Smith
Michelle Howard
Tony Gattas
Rachael Bourassa
Dr. Jon Ver Halen
Nat Akin

J. Lacey Smith has been named interim dean for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Smith currently serves as the associate dean of clinical affairs for the College of Medicine and the chief medical officer and executive vice president for UT Medical Group Inc.

Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC attorneys Jerry D. Kizer, Russell E. Reviere, John D. Burleson, Robert O. Binkley Jr., Marty R. Phillips and Angela C. Youngberg have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Michelle Howard has joined Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis as director of patient access. Howard previously worked at NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell, La. Arlene Aguda has joined Saint Francis as director of revenue analysis. Aguda also previously worked at NorthShore Regional Medical Center.

James Morse, Keith Prewitt and Dr. Thomas Appleton have been honored as Outstanding Alumni by the University of Memphis’ College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Chapter. Meah King has been recognized as Outstanding Young Alumna and Maurice Elliot has been named Outstanding Friend.

Scott Barry has been elected president of the board of directors of SSR Ellers. Barry will succeed Ralph Richardson. Barry has been an SSR Ellers employee for more than 33 years. His expertise includes local code requirements and health department regulations for plumbing and fire protection systems. Also elected to the board were David Bradford, Tom Needham, Walter Blalack, Brad Davis and Patrick Smith.

Dr. Madison Michael has been named medical director for the Methodist University Hospital Neuroscience Institute. Michael is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and neurosurgeon at Semmes-Murphy Neurologic and Spine Institute.

Tony Gattas has joined Corporate Office Centers as general manager. Gattas will run day-to-day operations, negotiate contracts and lease office space to small businesses. Gattas has more than 10 years of experience in sales and high-level professional training. Prior to joining Corporate Office Centers, he served as director of career development for a large real estate firm and has operated in the real estate industry for the previous four years.

Rachael Bourassa has joined Beyond Colour Laser Skin Care & Euro Spa as a licensed massage therapist. Her primary focus is therapeutic massage.

Dr. Jon Ver Halen has joined the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Medical Group’s Germantown office. Ver Halen specializes in microvascular breast, head, neck and extremity reconstructive surgery.

Thirty new fellows have been inducted into the Memphis Bar Foundation. They are Phyllis Aluko, J. Steven Anderson, Stephen C. Bush, Kirk A. Caraway, Judge Charmiane Claxton, Judge Lee Coffee, Thomas Courtney, J. Michael Fletcher, Sara Flowers-Dent, Regina Guy, Jennifer S. Hagerman, George F. Higgs, Timothy R. Holton, Sean Antone Hunt, Yolanda D. Ingram, Danny W. Kail, Larry Ledbetter, Stephen F. Libby, Bobby F. Martin Jr., Bruce A. McMullen, Mitchell D. Moskovitz, Marc E. Reisman, Russell E. Reviere, Larry K. Scroggs, Judge Paula Skahan, Corey B. Trotz, Danny Van Horn, Judge Bernie Weinman, Sonja B. White and Judge Lee Wilson.

Nat Akin has been awarded an individual artist fellowship in literary arts by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Akin is an English instructor at Memphis University School and the faculty adviser for the MUS literary journal The MUSe.

First Horizon National Corp. has been recognized by Working Mother as one of the best 100 companies committed to family-friendly policies that allow mothers to succeed at home and work.

Ralph McNeely has rejoined First Tennessee as a senior loan officer. McNeely was a branch manager and producing loan officer for First Tennessee Home Loans from 1995 through 2008. He is a current member and former president of the Memphis Mortgage Bankers Association.

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