Noted speakers headline Wellness Symposium Oct. 3

By ECCC SUBMITTED NEWS,

Dr. Shea Hailey and Dr. Mike McMullan, two noted cardiologists with strong ties to East Central Community College, will present the college’s first Warrior Wellness Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium on the Decatur campus.

The physicians will speak to the science faculty and students interested in pre-med and related careers from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. There will be a reception with heart healthy snacks in the Vickers lobby from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.

An address on cardiovascular disease and prevention will begin at 6:45 p.m. The reception and address is free and open to the public.

McMullan is professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program, the only program of its kind in the state of Mississippi.

A native of Decatur, he attended ECCC and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He also completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and cardiology fellowship training at UMMC. He later went to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., for advanced fellowship training in adult congenital and valvular heart disease and interventional cardiology.

McMullan returned to UMMC to establish the Adult Congenital Heart Clinic at University Heart as well as serving as clinical chief of cardiology and as program director for cardiology and the Department of Medicine. After moving to the Jackson Heart Clinic in 2007, he returned to UMMC in 2014 in his current roles.

He is listed in the Best Doctors in America and was named one of Mississippi’s Healthcare Heroes in 2015.

Hailey is an interventional cardiologist at Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Meridian.

A native of Union, he is a graduate of ECCC and received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi. He received his doctor of osteopathic medicine from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Baptist Health Systems in Birmingham.

After serving several years as a hospitalist at Rush Health Systems in Meridian, he returned to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology.

Hailey is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention. He has earned numerous awards including the A.H. Russakoff M.D. Award for Exceptional Devotion and Commitment to Patient Care. 

The Symposium is part of ECCC’s Warrior Wellness initiative designed to create and sustain a culture of wellness on the college’s campuses and in the local communities.

Warrior Wellness was begun in fall 2016 thanks to initial grant funding from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation in the amount of $127,500. A second grant for $92,588 from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is allowing ECCC to enhance and expand its Warrior Wellness program during 2017-18.