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Forrest General Healthcare Foundation announces inductees for 2018 Doctors’ Hall of Fame

William B. Strong, Jr.

Michael J. Stonnington

Steven M. Murphey

Nagen Bellare

The Forrest General Healthcare Foundation has chosen four for induction into the Doctors’ Hall of Fame, which honors physicians who have contributed to the improvement of health care in Hattiesburg and at Forrest General Hospital.

This year’s inductees:

Nagen Bellare, M.D., who died in March 2017, began medical school at Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India, at age 16. He came to America in 1967 and began his internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. In 1988, he founded Hospice in Tulare County, Calif.

At Forrest General, Bellare was president, Forrest General Medical Staff; chairman, Medical Quality Improvement Committee; chairman, Department of Medicine; co-chairman, Cancer Care Committee; medical director, Cancer Center; member of the Cancer, Transfusion and Quality Improvement committees; and a member of Board of Managers Healthcare Alliance. Bellare was also a member of the American Society of Executive Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, Mississippi State Medical Association, and South Mississippi Medical Society. At Hattiesburg Clinic, he served on the Board of Directors and as secretary and treasurer of the Executive Committee.

Michael J. Stonnington, M.D., graduated from the University of Virginia in 1988 and attended medical school at Duke University, where he graduated in 1992.

In his 17 years at Forrest General, Stonnington has been a founding co-director of Orthopedic Trauma Services; chair, Department of Surgery; vice president of the Medical Staff, and is currently president of the Medical Staff; member of the Medical Executive Committee, Accreditation Committee, Bylaws Committee, Disaster Planning Committee, Infection Prevention Committee, Trauma Committee, Trauma Council, Allied Health Committee, Quality Management Committee, Surgery Q.I. Committee, Credentials Committee, and he is a past president of Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a leader in Orthopedic Traumatology. In addition, he is an adjunct clinical professor at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A Lieutenant Colonel, he served in the U.S. Air Force for five years.

Steven M. Murphey, M.D., graduated from Mississippi State University in 1980 with his master’s degree in Engineering. He then attended medical school at the University of Mississippi, where he graduated in 1984. Murphey completed his internship and Radiology residency at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans.

During his 28 years at Forrest General, Murphey has served on the Radiology Quality Assurance Committee, Credentials Committee, Medical Records Committee, chairman of the Department of Imaging, QCIC Committee (Radiation Safety), and as an officer of Hattiesburg Clinic. He is a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, American College of Radiology, Radiology Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the Mississippi Radiological Society.

William B. Strong, Jr., M.D., received his bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College in 1972 and his medical degree from the University of Mississippi in 1976. Dr. Strong completed his Pediatric internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and received additional medical training in Anatomic Pathology from the University of Tennessee Memphis, as well as Anesthesiology training from the University of Texas, Medical Branch Galveston in 1980.

During his 37 years at Forrest General, Strong has served in various roles, including secretary, Medical Staff; chairman, Anesthesiology Department Committees; a member of the Quality Committee and Credentials Committee; and represented the Anesthesia Department on the Medical Executive Committee.


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