Faculty & Staff


Robert Bailey, DO

Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences (Neuroscience, Family Medicine, and OP&P)
(601) 318-6523

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.

Robert C. Bateman, Jr., PhD

Associate Dean, Research and Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry)
(601) 318-6016

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

Judy L. Caldwell, DO

Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences and Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences (Family Medicine, OP&P)
(601) 318-6010

After serving eight years on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman, Dr. Caldwell went to the University of Hawaii at Hilo, earning a BA in Biology. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from the college of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) in 1995. Her medical training was interrupted for a year each with Operation Desert Storm and a trip to Camp Pendleton; and an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship. She completed a rotating Internship and Family Medicine Residency at San Bernardino County Medical Center, San Bernardino County, California.

In 1994, Dr. Caldwell started as a clinical facilitator for the medical students at Western University of Health Sciences (WUHS)/COMP and continued until 2005. In 1998 and 1999 she participated in the Clinical Performance Exam Development Committee, Department of Family Medicine, at WUHS/COMP.

After residency, Dr. Caldwell held various positions as a Locum Tenens lasting until 2001. From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Caldwell worked in her private Osteopathic Family Medicine Practice in Southern California and continued as a Clinical Preceptor for WUHS/COMP. In 2006, as part of a Medicare demonstration project, she made house calls for Care Level Management in Fresno, California. Dr. Caldwell accepted a teaching position at Touro University Nevada (TUN), College of Osteopathic Medicine, as Assistant Professor of OMM in 2007.

Dr. Caldwell is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Paul Chastain, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Genetics, Biochemistry)
(601) 318-6492

Dr. Paul Chastain earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Texas A&M University. He spent five years as a Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Fellow and three years as an Environmental Pathology Fellow at the University of North Carolina before joining the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UNC as an Independent Investigator. His research focused upon determining the mechanism by which oxidative, UV- and chemical carcinogen-induced damage or DNA instability influence DNA replication, and how that disruption may increase the likelihood of disease onset. His research was funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and pilot project grants from the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility in the UNC-Chapel Hill. He published twenty-nine scientific publications, 1 book chapter, two software packages, and one patent.

Dr. Chastain joined WCUCOM in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and teaches medical biochemistry. His research interests include 1) determining the mechanisms (e.g., intra-S checkpoint, repair pathways) by which the cell protects itself from environmental and endogenous agents (e.g., UV radiation, chemical carcinogens, oxidative stress, environmental pollutants) and how disruption of these protective mechanism increases the chance of cancer and disease formation; 2) working with local, state, and federal organizations and outreach programs to decrease the effects of environmental pollutants on the health of fellow Mississippians; and 3) developing, writing, and implementing computational and mathematical tools (based on Matlab, ImageJ, SQL, C++, and Java) to store, retrieve and analyze biological data and gain critical knowledge from patient specimens.

Edward Friedlander

Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Steven Gustafson

Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences
(601) 318-6697

Randall Harris, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Sciences
(601) 318-6595

Dr. Randall Harris earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Vanderbilt University, where he studied the molecular genetics of adenoviruses.  In 1994 he joined the faculty of William Carey University as a member of the Department of Biological Sciences.  During his tenure there, he served as chair of the department for nine years.  He currently serves as Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he participates in the Medical Genetics and Medical Microbiology courses.  He has authored a variety of educational resources in Microbiology, including testbanks and quiz questions for publishers’ textbook websites.

Tanisha Hayes, DO

Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences (Pathology, Family Medicine, OP&P)
(601) 318-6749

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.

Kenneth Hisley PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences
(601) 318-6315

Dr. Kenneth Hisley has over 20 years of experience in the investigating and teaching the anatomical sciences.  Dr. Hisley earned his MS in Anatomy in 1996 and his Ph.D. in Anatomy in 2000 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, both from the Dental School there.  His doctoral dissertation investigation, performed in the Department of Radiology in the UM School of Medicine, involved the application of cardiac-gated magnetic resonance imaging to characterizing the morphology and hemodynamics of the human carotid bifurcation as potential diagnostic signs of blood flow pulsatility – one cause of plaque accumulation.

After his receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Hisley remained in the Department of Radiology as an Assistant Professor until 2007, investigating the automatic detection and characterization of volumetric pathological lesions in the liver and brain using image analysis of CT and MRI image sets.  He also taught basic and clinical anatomical imaging for the Dental School, the School of Physical Therapy and the Department of radiation Therapy.  Additionally, during this time, Dr. Hisley continued his interest in the application of imaging and analysis to anatomical education effectiveness in the Medical School and Radiology Department.  His work here involved the contrast and comparison of knowledge types gained from physical dissection vs. digital dissection.  This led to potentially-new techniques for improving the role of digital dissection within standard first-year. 

Dr. Hisley taught at two DO medical schools from 2007 to 2015 before coming to William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015.  At Des Moines University as an Assistant Professor, taught gross anatomy, neuroanatomy and embryology, and medical imaging.  He also set up a direct network link for clinical images to the Radiology Department of a major local hospital and assisted there in efforts to understand the clinical applications of fMRI.  He also collaborated actively with the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) at Iowa State University on immersive projects dealing with anatomical identification.  Finally, at DMU, he designed a system for linking simulated auscultation exercises with anatomical viewpoints in real-time for first- and second-year students and submitted a patent application for this idea.  At Touro University-California as an Associate professor, he developed methods for the integration of imaging, including ultrasound, into the dissection laboratory experience. He also continued his work in dissection laboratory progress tracking.

At William Carey, Dr. Hisley is continuing his work teaching the anatomical sciences for both clinical and pre-clinical students, including his role as Course Director of Anatomy in the Masters of Biomedical Sciences program.  His main academic mission at WCUCOM involves the comprehensive integration of medical imaging into the curriculum and the initiation of the Radiology Club. His imaging research investigations for generating complex digital 3D models of anatomical regions and fascial configurations with several departments continues.

Eng Huu

Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences

John M. Jones, DO

Chair of Osteopathic Principles and Practice and Professor of Clinical Sciences (Family Medicine, OP&P)
(601) 318-6314

Dr. John Jones received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (University of North Texas). From 1989-1999, he was Chair of the Osteopathic Principles and Practice Department at COMP/WesternU, becoming an Assistant Dean for his last two years there. In 1999-2001, Dr. Jones joined the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Professor and Assistant Dean. From 2000-2001, he served as President of the American Academy of Osteopathy. In 2002, he became a Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2004, he took a position at Touro University Nevada as Professor and founding Chair of the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department. In 2010, he joined WCUCOM as the founding Chair of Osteopathic Principles and Practice and Professor of Family Medicine.

Gabor Legradi, MD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Neurosciences, Anatomy)
(601) 318-6015

Dr. Gabor Legradi graduated from Semmelweis University Medical School in Budapest, Hungary in 1989. Dr. Legradi received postdoctoral training in Neuroanatomy and Neuroendocrinology and became a faculty member at Tufts University School of Medicine. In 2002, Dr. Legradi joined the faculty of the University Of South Florida College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the departments of Anatomy and Pathology & Cell Biology where he taught Neuroscience, Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy to medical and graduate students. Dr. Legradi has also published a series of peer-reviewed articles focusing on the role of neuropeptides in the brain. His research work has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Stuart Leonard, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology)
(601) 318-6001

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.

Darrell Lovins, DO, MPH, FACOFP

Professor of Clinical Sciences (Family Medicine)
(601) 318-6552

Darrell E. Lovins, D.O., M.P.H., FACOFP serves as course director for Doctoring Skills I and II. He assumed the duties of Dean, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine on April 1, 2011, after serving as interim Dean and Associate Dean, Clinical Sciences. He graduated from Bethel College (now Bethel University), St. Paul, MN with a degree in chemistry (biochemistry emphasis) in 1978. He received his medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO in 1983. Dr. Lovins performed his internship and residency training at the Naval Hospital, Pensacola, Florida, 1983 – 84 and 1986 – 88 respectively. He earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington, Seattle while completing fellowship training in Faculty Development and Research at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA. In 2007, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians conferred upon him the Fellow Award.

Dr. Lovins served in the United States Navy for over 26 years retiring in 2005 as a captain. During his career his duties included being: a general medical officer; a family physician; family medicine residency faculty; a medical officer to the USS Lexington and USS Tortuga; and founding and co-founding the department of family practice and family medicine residency at Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, NC respectively. He completed his last naval assignment with the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board as Chief of Sea Services. His highest personal award is the Defense Superior Service Medal. Upon retirement, Dr. Lovins joined the faculty of the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (now University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine) and the Appalachian Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Consortium (A-OPTIC). He joined William Carey University in 2008 as the Associate Dean, Clinical Sciences. Throughout his career he has been active in training medical students and residents.

Elizabeth McClain

Associate Professor of Medical Education & Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Rance McClain

Professor of Clinical Sciences & Associate Dean, Clinical Sciences

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.

David McWhorter, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy)
(601) 318-6014

Dr. McWhorter earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in conjunction with Kent State University. In Dr. McWhorter's twenty-plus-years in academia, he has served as a course director and faculty member at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), Georgia campus-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM), Medical College of Georgia (MCG), Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolina Campus (VCOM-CC), and William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM). Currently, Dr. McWhorter serves as the Course Director for Clinical Anatomy I and II in the osteopathic medical program at WCUCOM, teaching gross anatomy, embryology, and neuroanatomy. He also teaches in the Gross Anatomy I and II courses of the MBS program at WCU.

Bobby Middlebrooks, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology)
(601) 318-6012

Dr. Middlebrooks received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in 1966. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate from 1966 - 1968 at the U.S. Army Biological Warfare Center at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. Dr. Middlebrooks was Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston from 1968-1972. He then spent two years at the University of New Hampshire (1972-1974) as an Assistant Professor of Natural Science.

In 1974, Dr. Middlebrooks joined the Biological Sciences faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he taught Immunology, Virology, and Microbiology. He is a nationally known researcher and teacher. He served in numerous administrative positions at the University of Southern Mississippi, most recently as Interim Provost (2007-2008). Dr. Middlebrooks joined WCUCOM in 2010 as Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology.

Clarke F. Millette, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Histology, Biochemistry)
(601) 318-6311

Dr. Clarke Millette received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Rockefeller University in 1975. After completing a two year research fellowship at Harvard Medical School, he remained there for twelve years as an assistant and associate professor. During that time, he taught Anatomy and Cellular Biology and also worked as a staff scientist in the Laboratory of Human Reproduction and Reproductive Biology. After leaving Harvard in 1989, Dr. Millette became a tenured professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine.

Dr. Millette joined the WCUCOM faculty in April 2010 and has major teaching responsibilities in Histology and Medical Biochemistry as well as participation in courses in Physiology and Neuroscience. Dr. Millette provides his expertise for almost 20 years as a member or chairman for numerous NIH committees, workshops, and review panels. He has worked as an Ad Hoc reviewer for the National Science Foundation and has been an editor or reviewer for more than 13 primary scientific journals. He served on the Program and Admissions Committee at Harvard Medical School for three years, representing two major departments in that capacity. He has served as a mentor for 26 graduate students, 10 postgraduate students, and 10 undergraduate students during his career as a medical researcher and educator. He has also published numerous journal articles and been a continuously NIH-funded researcher from 1977 - 2008.

At WCUCOM, Dr. Millette continues to serve at the national level, being named a reviewer for the PCORI program (Patient Center Oriented Research Initiative) and being chosen as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).

Steve Piper, DO, FAAEM, UHM/ABEM

Medical Director of Clinical Simulation and Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences (Family Medicine, OP&P)
(601) 318-6044

Dr. Piper is a graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications with an Area Certificate in Film Studies in 1993. He worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and as a tutor while completing premedical coursework at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduating with an Associate in General Studies in 1997. He attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine on an Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship, graduating with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2002. After completing a Transitional Internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2003, he attended the Naval Flight Surgeon Course at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida, graduating in 2004. He volunteered for an overseas duty as the only flight surgeon assigned to the clinic at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, home of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command headquarters, where he provided primary care and aeromedical support during the Global War on Terrorism. He returned to the Gulf South in 2005, serving as a flight surgeon at Training Air Wing ONE in Meridian, Mississippi, for two years prior to completing an Emergency Medicine Residency at University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2010, and an Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans in 2011. He also did research with the Baromedical Research Institute and clinical work with Van Meter and Associates in Louisiana. At the culmination of his fellowship in June 2011, Dr. Piper presented an overview of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), proposing its addition to the list of hyperbaric oxygen therapy indications. It was approved by vote of the UHMS Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee and ratified by the UHMS Executive Board as the 14th indication in October 2011. Dr. Piper is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, his work is published in the peer-reviewed Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine Journal, and he has presented lectures at several conferences. In March 2012, he and his wife Jennifer welcomed their son Keegan. Dr. Piper felt called to osteopathic medical education and joined the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty in June 2012.

Johnny R. Porter, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology)
(601) 318-6013

Dr. Porter received his Bachelor Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Western Ky. University (WKU) in 1966. He then followed one of his WKU professors, William Norris, from WKU to the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) where he received a Master’s Degree in Biology under Dr. Norris’s direction. Dr. Porter received his PhD with Dr. Mary Coyne, a physiological neuroendocrinologist at Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1973.

Dr. Porter progressed through the academic ranks at LSUHSC from Instructor of physiology in 1973 to Full Professor of Physiology and Medicine in 1994. He was also made Full Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience in the late 1990’s at LSUHSC and Adjunct Professor of Physiology at Tulane Medical School during this same time frame. Dr. Porter was appointed Professor Emeritus of Physiology at the LSUHSC in 2010 upon his retirement and still holds that distinction.

Dr. Porter taught physiology courses in nursing, dentistry, dental hygiene, medical physiology, and graduate endocrinology during his Career at LSUHSC. Likewise he has taught several disciplines of physiology and he has been course director of Nursing, Medical School Physiology, Graduate Endocrinology, Dental Physiology, Dental Hygiene Physiology, a Special Topics in Oral Physiology and others. Dr. Porter was asked to be an adjunct professor of physiology at Tulane Medical School. In this position he has taught summer endocrine classes at Tulane Medical School and he has also taught endocrine control lectures in Biomedical engineering on the main Campus of Tulane.

In research, he has been the mentor to students at all levels as they have trained in his research laboratory. Dr. Porter has personally served as major professor of numerous Ph.D. and Master’s students. In addition, he has served on over 53 Graduate Committees at LSUHSC. He has also mentored several Post-doctoral and resident fellows in medicine and dentistry and over 60 high school students, medical students, dental student and various other student volunteers in his laboratory during his career at LSUHSC.

Dr. Porter has always been active in the regulation of the pituitary adrenal axis as his research interest. In recent years this research interest has been focused on the abnormal regulation of this neuroendocrine axis in obesity and food intake.

Most recently he has been interested in the adrenal steroid, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). This steroid is also produced by neurons in the brain as well as the adrenal gland and it is thus classified as a true neurosteroid. He has worked for 25 years with an obese rodent model, the obese Zucker rat. This animal model is an excellent model of human youth onset obesity. This model has been used extensively by Dr. Porter’s lab and other laboratories to emulate the abnormal neuroendocrine regulation downstream of leptin insensitivity in humans. This research has resulted in two invitations for plenary lectures at international congresses (international congress of steroids in Fukuoka Japan and the International Society of Neuropsychiatry in Cancun Mexico) in the past 8 years. Most recently he has been invited to give the prestigious Lancaster-Puckett lecture at his alma mater, Western Ky. University, 44 years post baccalaureate. This research has been well funded by the NIH, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association. Work on the neuroendocrine control of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis as it relates to premature labor also led to the funding of one of six recent National March of Dimes (MOD) Grants awarded for the 2006-2010 grant cycle. Dr. Porter joined WCUCOM in 2010 as Professor of Physiology.

Barry Prior, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology)
(601) 318-6466

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

Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences (OP&P, Family Medicine)
(601) 318-6189

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.


Everett A. Roark, PhD

Associate Dean of Pre-Clinical Sciences; Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Genetics, Microbiology)
(601) 318-6027

Dr. Roark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Jackson State. While attending Jackson State he participated in research projects at Jackson State University, the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Chicago and the Mississippi Medical Center. After graduation, Dr. Roark worked as a research technician at the University of Chicago where he investigated eukaryotic protein trafficking. He earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Genetics from Northwestern University.

Dr. Roark has been continuously funded throughout his research career as both a research technician and a graduate student. He has received several awards through his career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. His research interests include protein trafficking, bacterial pathogenesis, cell physiology and genetics. Dr. Roark has taught many biology classes including Genetics, Microbiology, Cell physiology, Graduate Genomics, Bioethics, and Histology. He has developed and taught several courses including online and brick & mortar.

Dr. Roark has taught Medical Genetics and Medical Microbiology since joining the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010.

Gregg Silberg, DO, RPh, FACOI, FAOCR

Director of Graduate Medical Education, Chair, Internal Medicine, Professor, Clinical Sciences

Richard Sloan, DO

Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences (OP&P, Family Medicine)
(601) 318-6098

Dr. Richard Sloan received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in biochemistry and biology from Cook College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1999.  He later earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2008.

Dr. Sloan underwent an additional year of medical training while at PCOM, as he completed an Undergraduate Fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  As a fellow, he assisted the faculty in teaching osteopathic principles and practice to medical students, as well as treating patients with osteopathic manipulation in family practice offices throughout Philadelphia.  In 2012, he completed his 4 year integrated Family Medicine/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (NMM/OMM) internship and residency at Florida Hospital in East Orlando.

Dr. Sloan has taken advantage of multiple opportunities to expand this training and knowledge in osteopathy in the cranial field to aid his patients.  Additionally, he has a professional interest in nutrition and its effect on health.  Dr. Sloan joined WCUCOM in 2012.

John K. Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology)
(601) 318-6788

Dr. Smith graduated from Boston College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2008 where he published in multiple peer reviewed journals and received several awards including The Charles Randall Research Award and the AACR’s Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award.

Dr. Smith completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Thoracic Head and Neck Medical Oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center shortly before joining the faculty at WCU-COM in 2011. His research interests include insulin receptor and insulin-like growth factor receptor involvement in tumor development and progression.

J. Keith Speed, DO

Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences (Family Medicine, OP&P)
(601) 318-6028

Dr. Speed Graduated from USM in 1974 with BS in Medical Technology and 1978 received Master of Science in Medical Technology. Worked in several hospitals throughout Mississippi in clinical laboratories where I served as Laboratory Manager. He graduated from WVSOM in 1985 with Doctor of Osteopathy and participated in rotating internship at Metropolitan General Hospital in Pinellas Park, FL. He began practice of Family Medicine in Tylertown, MS in 1986. He has served as preceptor for Family Medicine for students from various osteopathic and allopathic medical schools. He has also have served as medical missionary for the past 24 years throughout Central and South America. He is a medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration. He holds membership in the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Medicine, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association having served as past president and other committees and is a member of in the Civil Aviation Medical Association. He is a member of various civic clubs and boards of directors. He has special interest in emergency medicine and aviation medicine. Keith Speed, DO joined the WCUCOM family in August 2009.

Melissa Stephens

Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences

Italo Subbarao, DO, MBA

Associate Dean, Pre-Clinical Sciences & Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences (Family Medicine)
(601) 318-6046

Dr. Subbarao is the Associate Dean, Pre-Clinical Sciences & Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences (Family Medicine) at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was formerly Director of Public Health Readiness Office at the American Medical Association Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response, the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness an official AMA publication, and the Medical Director for the National Disaster Life Support Program Office. Dr. Subbarao is a leader in domestic and international disaster response including terrorism and is recognized for his work in interprofessional competency development and assessment. He has provided field and technical support to the Haiti Earthquake, the Mumbai Shootings, Hurricanes Gustave and Ike, Hurricane Katrina, the Pakistan Earthquake, and other large scale events. He has published and edited over 60 books and articles and has been an invited speaker to many domestic and international sponsored conferences which include US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations. Dr. Subbarao is an emergency medicine physician and has completed additional fellowship training in Disaster Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Subbarao completed his emergency medicine residency training at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he won three national resident research awards. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medical School joint DO/MBA program in Health Care Administration. He lives with his wife and son in Hattiesburg, MS. Sr. Subbarao joined WCUCOM in 2012.

Jessica C. Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology, Foundations of Medicine)
(601) 318-6019

Dr. Taylor earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Exercise Science. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2008. She was continuously funded throughout her graduate studies through a Biomedical Sciences Departmental Fellowship and the University of Missouri Predoctoral Exercise Training Grant. She did postdoctoral training in Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

She has received several awards throughout her career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. Dr. Taylor’s research interests include neural control of the circulation, peripheral arterial disease and exercise physiology.


Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Professor of Clinical Sciences
(601) 318-6437

Dr. Turner was appointed as the WCUCOM Dean in early 2013 after serving as interim Dean and Associate Dean, Clinical Sciences. He Turner graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine from Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida and completed his Bachelors of Science degree at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia. He received his Fellow from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in 1998 and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine in 2008.

He has worked as an Osteopathic Family Physician and Emergency Physician in Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, and West Virginia. He is married to Sherry Turner, D.O. and has a 22 year old daughter, Ashley.

Dr. Turner current serves on the Board of Directors for the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine. He is an inspector for the American Osteopathic Association for, medical colleges and emergency medicine residencies, as well as multiple committees. He relocated to Hattiesburg from Charleston, West Virginia, where he worked in post graduate education and developed an emergency medicine residency program.

Jim C. Weir, DDS, JD

Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Pathology)
(601) 318-6290

Dr. Jim C. Weir is a native of Meridian, Mississippi. He graduated from Millsaps College in 1971 with a B.S. in biology. He received his D.D.S. degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry in 1974. He completed residency training in Oral Pathology at Emory University School of dentistry in 1976. He also earned a J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1985.

From 1976 to 1980 he served on the faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center as Assistant Professor of Pathology and Oral Pathology. In 1981 he accepted the position of Head of the Department of Oral Pathology at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Upon retirement from LSU, he was Professor and Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Assistant Dean for Admissions. He is currently Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Professor of Pathology, Histology, and Oral Health at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Weir is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. He is a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Eastern Society of Teachers of Oral Pathology. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, he has been actively involved in the practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, serving as Director of the Oral Pathology Biopsy Service at the LSU School of Dentistry from 1981-2009.

During his career, Dr. Weir has authored 31 scientific articles and abstracts in National or International journals. He has presented over 500 continuing education lectures on a local, state, and national level. He has also been the recipient of fifteen “Teacher of the Year” awards from his students. He and his wife, Nancy, currently reside in Hattiesburg, MS. They have four children: Christie, Marcie, Abby and Katie. Dr. Weir joined WCUCOM in 2010.


LaDonna Davidson

Administrative Assistant / Recruiter for College of Osteopathic Medicine
(601) 318-6235

Mallorie Davis

Assistant Director of Student Services
(601) 318-6771

Donna Day

Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs
(601) 318-6316

Andrew Dorman

Director of Clinical Simulation
(601) 318-6706

Sharwynne Drennan

Administrative Assistant for the Clinical Simulation Lab
(601) 318 6060

Courtney Fortune

Clinical Rotations Counselor
(601) 318-6790

Kristen Graves

Rotations Grade Coordinator/Data Entry Clerk
(601) 318-6772

Misti Harrison

Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
(601) 318-6086

Kimberly Jackson

Administrative Assistant to the Faculty
(601) 318-6097

Rosemary Kitchens

Administrative Assistant to the Registrar

Bridgette Lee

Administrative Assistant to the WCUCOM Dean
(601) 318-6610

Shelia Martin

Administrative Assistant/Grades Coordinator
(601) 318-6788

Makayla Merritt

Director of Clinical Rotations
(601) 318-6087

Sarah Middleton

Elective Clinical Rotations Counselor
(601) 318-6250

Lorna Mitchell

Financial Aid Counselor for WCUCOM
(601) 318-6009

Ginger Myers

Administrative Assistant to OPP Faculty
(601) 318-6559

Libby Saxon

Administrative Assistant/Recruiter
(601) 318-6097

Elizabeth Smith-Trigg

Administrative Assistant for the Associate Deans
(601) 318-6731

Barry Williams

Director of Operations for WCUCOM
(601) 318-6785