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

Tanisha Denning, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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).

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

Director of Master of Biomedical Science Program; Associate Dean of Pre-Professional Sciences; Associate Professor of Biomedical Science
(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.

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.


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

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) 318-6209

Elizabeth Smith-Trigg

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