Turner, Subbarao recognized as Health Care Heroes
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty members Dr. Jim Turner and Dr. Italo Subbarao were recognized as Health Care Heroes during an awards ceremony presented by the Mississippi Business Journal on September 29 in Jackson.
The Mississippi Business Journal presents the awards each year to recognize health care professionals whose contributions have increased the well-being of the community. Awards are presented in the following categories: animal care, first responder, nurse, physician, professional, and volunteer.
Dr. Turner was appointed dean of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. Prior to that he served as interim dean and associate dean of clinical sciences; he is also a professor of clinical sciences. He moved to Hattiesburg from Charleston, West Virginia, where he worked in post graduate education and developed an emergency medicine residency program. Turner graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988 and completed his residency in emergency medicine from Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida. 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.
“It is an honor to be part of this university and to support the mission of increasing access to healthcare for all the people of Mississippi,” Turner said. “I humbly accept this honor on behalf of all the faculty and students of William Carey University.”
Dr. Subbarao is the senior associate dean and chief operating officer of the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining the WCUCOM faculty in 2012, he was director of the public health readiness office at the American Medical Association Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response. He is a leader in domestic and international disaster response, including terrorism, and is recognized for his work in interprofessional competency development and assessment. Subbarao is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medical School joint DO/MBA program in health care administration. He completed his emergency medicine residency training at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He completed additional fellowship training in disaster medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Subbarao has provided field and technical support for several large-scale events such as Hurricanes Katrina, Gustave and Ike, earthquakes in Haiti and Pakistan, and the shootings in Mumbai.
“I am honored to have received the award,” said Subbarao. “I believe the award recognizes the hard work completed this past year that led to the development of our HiRO (Healthcare Integrated Rescue Operations) telemedicine system, an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) capable of deploying an innovative telemedicine kit that can be used to potentially save lives in the future. I share this award with my co-investigator Paul Cooper, my research team, and my supportive Carey family.”