UMMC adds to staff roster

Barbara Bruce

Barbara Bruce

Dr. Barbara Bruce, a pediatric neurologist, has joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) as an assistant professor of pediatrics. She will see patients through University of Mississippi Health Care.

An Illinois native, Bruce earned the B.S. at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1995 and the M.S. in applied physiology at the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1997, where she earned a master’s in pathology and the M.D. in 2001. Bruce completed residency training in adult neurology and in general pediatrics, then completed fellowships in child neurology and child neurophysiology at LSU/Children’s Hospital and clinical neurophysiology at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Since 2007, she has served as a child neurologist at Sutton Children’s Hospital in Louisiana. Bruce served as camp physician at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Camp Sunshine from 2006-2007. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Curt Tribble

Curt Tribble

Dr. Curt Tribble, a longtime thoracic surgeon who implanted the first left ventricular assist device, has joined UMMC as professor of surgery. He will see patients through University of Mississippi Health Care.

Tribble directed the LVAD/transplant team at the University of Virginia before helping develop and lead the Lifeflow LVAD Project at the University of Florida. He received the B.S. in biology in 1975 and the B.A. in English in 1976 from Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C., where he was valedictorian of his classes. He earned the M.D. at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn., in 1980. His postgraduate training included stints as an intern in surgery from 1980-81, a resident in surgery from 1981-85 and a resident in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery from 1985-87 at the University of Virginia.

He joined the UVA School of Medicine faculty in 1987 as an instructor in surgery and quickly rose through the ranks to professor of surgery there in 1994. In 2000, he was named Claude Jessup Chair in Surgery. Tribble left UVA in 2006 to become chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Florida, where he also served as program director of the thoracic residency and vice chair of the Department of Surgery.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Tribble is a member of several professional organizations. He is now serving a six-year term as a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Kenneth Kokko

Kenneth Kokko

Dr. Kenneth Kokko, a nephrologist, has joined UMMC as an associate professor of medicine and associate medical director of the Renal Transplant Service. He will see patients through University of Mississippi Health Care.

A 1992 M.D./Ph.D. graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, he completed his residency training there in 1997 before taking two fellowships in the University’s Division of Nephrology. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Transplantation.

He formerly directed Emory’s Renal Transplant Service, where he was an assistant professor in nephrology and assistant professor of surgery. Kokko is a diplomate of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine Nephrology.

Frank Criddle

Frank Criddle

Dr. Frank Criddle III, an internist and infectious disease specialist, joined University of Mississippi Medical Center as a hospitalist and assistant professor following three years as a staff physician at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center.

A 1991 graduate of UMMC, Criddle completed residency training in internal medicine at UMMC and began a two-year fellowship in infectious diseases at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in 1996.

Criddle, a Greenwood native, served as chief of infectious disease in the Air Force’s 81st Medical Group at Keesler Medical Center, Biloxi, before leading his own practice in infectious disease. He also worked as a clinical instructor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

Certified by the American Board of Infectious Diseases and the American Board of Internal Medicine, Criddle is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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