Department Staff and Faculty
college of osteopathic medicine
Robert C. Bateman, Jr., PhD
Dr. Bateman obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. He then spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas before joining the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1988. Dr. Bateman retired from USM in June 2011 after 23 years, including the last ten as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Dr. Bateman has supervised the research of nine doctoral and six master’s graduates, published over thirty-five scientific articles and been awarded two patents. His research on the enzymology of bioactive peptide synthesis and degradation, the development of rapid sensors for diamines in biological samples, and the educational use of molecular visualization has been supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and others. Dr. Bateman serves as the WCUCOM Course Director for Medical Biochemistry as well as the Associate Dean, Research
Dr. Rance McClain received dual Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS) in 1991. He attended Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, in Kansas City, Missouri graduating in 1996. Dr. McClain completed a traditional rotating internship at Park Lane Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri and went on to finish his residency in Family Medicine at Medical Center of Independence in Independence, Missouri in 2000. Following residency, he joined the academic staff at KCUMB in the Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practice and the Department of Primary Care Medicine and Sports Medicine. During his employment at KCUMB he completed a Sports Medicine fellowship. He is board certified in Family Medicine as well as in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He also holds a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is a fellow of both the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.
Dr. McClain’s practice interests are centered on the incorporation of the principles of sports medicine and Osteopathic manipulative medicine in the delivery of primary care. He is known nationally and internationally as one of the foremost authorities on the care of combat sports athletes with over a decade of experience in the care of amateur and professional boxers and mixed martial arts (MMA) competitors. He has served as the chief ringside physician for international organizations such as Bellator MMA, Invicta Fighting Championship, M1 Global, Strikeforce and Titan Fighting Championship. He has published research on sports medicine, family medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine and academic medicine topics. Dr. McClain joined William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in August 2015 and is driven to increase the practice of Osteopathic primary care including Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in Mississippi and the gulf south.
Robert Bailey, DO
Dr. Robert Bailey is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (B.A.), the University of Southern MS (M.S.), and Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). He completed a rotating internship at Suncoast Hospital, completed Neurology residency at the University of South Alabama, and he completed his Naval/Marine Flight Surgeon training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute.
Dr. Bailey has served in general medicine, general neurology private practice, as a neurology consultant and physician with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, served on active duty with the United States Navy and Army, and has served on four combat tours with the United States Army, earning the Combat Medical Badge as well as the Combat Action Badge. He is a Naval/Marine and Army flight surgeon. Additionally, Dr. Bailey serves with the Alabama Army National Guard as an active reservist. Dr. Robert Bailey joined WCUCOM in 2010 as Professor of Medical Biochemistry.
Tanisha Denning, DO
Dr. Tanisha Hayes has an undergraduate degree from Temple University and a Master’s degree from MCP Hahnemann University (Drexel University). Dr. Hayes is also an American Medical Association National Scholarship Recipient (2005) who obtained a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM) in May 2006. After completing an Osteopathic Professional Training Internship (OPTI) in a rotating Intern/Family Medicine Tracked Residency in July 2007 at UMDNJ-SOM, she attended and completed an Anatomic/Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia in June 2011. Subsequently, Dr. Hayes held the Cytopathology Fellowship at the University of Virginia Hospital System in Charlottesville in June 2012, where she participated on the fine needle aspiration service, interdisciplinary tumor boards, and surgical pathology frozen section service. Dr. Hayes co-authored several papers during her pathology residency and presented two of them at the College of American Pathology annual meeting in 2010. Dr. Hayes is a member of multiple professional societies including the American Osteopathic Association, American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the College of American Pathologists. Since her arrival to WCUCOM in 2012, Dr. Hayes has participated in the laboratory/practical portion of the Osteopathic Principles and Practice for year one medical students, fulfilling her lifelong enthusiasm for osteopathy. She has also participated in the clinical and doctoring skills portion of the curriculum at the COM, in addition to duties in the Pathology course.
Stuart Leonard, PhD
Dr. Stuart Leonard received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Memphis in 2002. He then joined the Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans as a postdoctoral fellow trainee.
In 2005, he received independent research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIDA) and continued his research in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at LSUHSC. During this time Dr. Leonard also lectured in the nursing and dental pharmacology courses; he has also taught anatomy and physiology, endocrinology, and general biology undergraduate courses. He is a member of several professional and honor societies, and has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Leonard maintains research interests in the areas of behavioral pharmacology, neuroendocrinology, and cognitive neuroscience.
Barry Prior, PhD
Dr. Barry Prior graduated from the University of Georgia in 1996 and completed funded Postdoctoral Fellowships at Michigan State University and the University of Missouri. He was made Research Assistant at the University of Missouri. Dr. Prior taught Physiology at Mercer University School of Medicine to first and second year students. His research interests are in skeletal muscle physiology and cardiovascular physiology with special emphasis on muscle energetics and vascular remodeling.
Dennis C Rau, Jr., DO
Dr. Dennis C. Rau Jr. received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in Biddeford ME in 1998. He later earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, KY in 2008. In 2009 he completed his general rotating internship at Florida Hospital East in Orlando FL and completed his Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM/OMM) residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in NY.
Prior to coming to WCUCOM Dr. Rau utilized OMM in private practice treating a variety of neuromuscular complaints. His professional interests include visceral and cranial manipulation and he has extensive training in these areas. Dr. Rau joined WCUCOM in 2013 as Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Principles & Practice.