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second floor of the hospital this month. Additionally, Le Bonheur plans to expand its heart institute at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Dunlap Street. The two-story, $37.6 million, 55,000-squarefoot expansion will result in 19 additional beds for its cardiovascular unit and a new MRI and catheterization laboratory. Construction and development continues at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) as part of its 10-to-15-year campus master plan. The Tennessee Building Commission executive committee approved in March UTHSC’s lease of a 10-acre plot on Jefferson, Orleans, Court and Madison to Henry Turley Co. as a managing partner for apartments in the medical district. The developer will build 300 to 400 apartment units as part of a land lease development with UTHSC. “This will not be student housing,” said Ken Brown, PhD, Executive Vice Chancellor and COO of UTHSC. “The apartments will be open to all medical students in the area, hospital employees or anyone who wants to reside in the mediKen Brown, PhD cal district.” The university is in a two-year process of renovating three of the campus’ oldest buildings. The $70 million renovation in what is known as the historic quadrangle will create a new general administration building, new College of Nursing building and a building for basic sciences. The $47 million Dunn Dental expansion project is open for contractor bid and, according to Brown, the expansion will add an additional 70,000 square feet to the campus’ existing College of Dentistry building. The new building will house addi-


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Construction workers have begun renovation on the Historic Quadrangle at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

tional faculty offices, classrooms and a new dental clinic for adults with special needs. The university has submitted request to the state for a $10 million gross anatomy laboratory. The 20,000-square-foot laboratory will be housed on the fourth floor of UTHSC’s general education building. Additionally, Brown said UTHSC is in discussions with Memphis Bioworks concerning the possible purchase of the foundation’s vivarium, which is operated by TriMetis Life Sciences, and the surrounding green space, which at one time was home to Baptist Memorial Hospital. Also, Brown said the university is considering purchasing the Memphis Food Bank building on Dudley Street to expand its Plough Center for Sterile Drug and Delivery Systems’ pharmaceutical compounding facility. Renovations continue at the Memphis VA Medical Center. CEO David Dunning said all buildings are either under

renovation or will be renovated. VA Memphis plans to renovate its spinal cord injury rehabilitation pool and gym and build a new clinical laboratory this year, according to Sheena House, David Dunning chief of engineering service for the medical center. Construction continues at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on its $412 million, 625,000-square-foot advanced research center, which is one of the largest developments in the hospital’s history. The center will consist of eight floors and house new state-of-the art laboratories focusing on immunology, neurobiology, cell and molecular biology, gene editing, metabolomics, microscopy, epigenetics genomics, immunotherapy and RNA biology.          

UTHSC Chief Neurology, continued from page 10 don’t have to rehearse every weekend. We do it because we love it.” Prior to their performance and rehearsal at the Grand Ole Opry, the group met up only a few times during the last year, due to demands of work and life in general. Throughout his career in medicine, which included three years as a general surgery resident in Chattanooga and one transitional year in Memphis, Dr. Mays has enjoyed the escape playing music provides. He credits the UTHSC Neurology program’s supportive faculty and residents, as well as the shift in residency training in recent years, for allowing him the opportunity to have a good work-life balance and continue his musical hobby. “A lot of the seminars and educational activities that the Graduate Medical Education  Office offers us are all about work-life balance – dealing with stress in a healthy way, not getting burned out,” he said. “I have found and recommend it to other people, find something you love to do that’s not a chore, for me it’s been music. It’s a really good stress reliever.” 12


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The Barbershop Boys include Dr. Mays (far right), who plays the fiddle; Brad Hine, who plays banjo ukulele; Robbie Morris, who plays guitar; and Dave Calland, who plays upright bass.

DeSoto County

Medical services continue to be in high demand in DeSoto County, the fastest-growing county in Mississippi. “There’s already a large medical office presence on Airways in Southaven, and there’s still a demand for that area with two major hospitals so close in DeSoto County,” Weathersby said. Methodist plans to finish construction of a one-story, 14,000-square-foot medical office building on Getwell Road this summer. Kelley says it will be in close proximity to Methodist’s outpatient diagnostic center on Airways. Additionally, the hospital system is in the process of planning a $3 million expansion to its Methodist Hospital in Olive Branch. Kelley says the hospital system plans to add a catheterization laboratory, cesarean section room and four new intensive care unit patient rooms to the existing hospital.

Future Growth

Despite a scarcity of land scarcity, continued growth is expected “Look for medical growth along the I-40 corridor toward Fayette County and Olive Branch,” Weathersby said. “There is still land available to develop in those areas.”

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strain on medical students who are still trying to digest Gray’s anatomy. Dr. Rangarajan touches on this dilemma in a talk he has given titled “Dissecting the Education of a Surgeon.” “The crux of the talk is that medical education has really changed quite a bit because there’s so much more to know now than there was even 10 or 15 or 20 years ago,” he said. “If you think of things like the Human Genome Project and understanding genetics and understanding the basis of disease, there’s just so much more the physician has to know today, and at the same time medical school is still four years. “So my talk was really about how do you deal with the challenge of delivering that education in the same amount of time while still focusing on wellness and preventing physician burnout.” Dr. Rangarajan, who is engaged to Laura Wichman, a high school teacher he met in Columbus, Ohio, during his residency, has an anti-burnout program that includes keeping up with his energetic Golden Retriever named Pepper, playing tennis and cooking. His specialty is Thai food, which he developed a fondness for on a trip to Thailand several years ago. “The challenge is to find these uncommon ingredients, so I’ll spend Saturdays going to the Winchester farmers market, the Vietnamese market in Midtown and the Indian market in Southaven,” Dr. Rangarajan said. “After I’ve gone to four or five places to get everything I need, then I spend the rest of the day making five or six courses of Thai food. I think that’s my favorite thing.”

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