Volume 1, Number 5  • July 2014


Dr. Marquetta FaulknerMarquetta L. Faulkner, M.D. '81, M.B.A., FACP, FASN, has been appointed interim dean of Meharry Medical College’s School of Medicine and acting senior vice president for health affairs effective, June 27, 2014.

A 1981 graduate of Meharry’s School of Medicine, Dr. Faulkner, completed her residency at Hubbard Hospital and has served Meharry for 25 years as a faculty member.

She joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in 1989. Dr. Faulkner soon advanced her career within the Meharry community becoming, among her many positions, chief of nephrology in 1992, medical director of the Meharry-DCI Chronic Hemodialysis Unit in 1997 and medical director for the Meharry Medical Group in 2003. Most recently, she served as associate dean of Graduate Medical Education, vice-chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and assistant chief of service at Nashville General Hospital.

Dr. Faulkner is active in research, well-published and professionally and academically honored. She demonstrates a continuing commitment and dedication to the care of patients and the education of medical students and residents who have, in the past, recognized her as “Teacher of the Year” and brings a wealth of clinical and educational experience to her new posts.


Meet the Scholars

Obi and WillettNneka Obi is a 2016 doctor of dental surgery candidate at Meharry Medical College’s School of Dentistry. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Montclair State University in 2011. Obi also volunteers as the community chair of the E-board at Meharry Medical College. She is very active in the Nashville community and has volunteered with Hands on Nashville, Looby Community Center, Lessons in a Lunchbox and the Nashville Rescue Mission. Obi’s project will investigate the link between sleep apnea in children and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a predominately African-American and Latino population in North Nashville. She believes sleep apnea maybe misdiagnosed as ADHD. Her project will educate parents and caregivers about the symptoms of sleep apnea with the hope of reducing the misdiagnosis of ADHD and triage children and getting them into the proper treatment.

Renee Martin-Willett is a masters candidate at the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University and is concurrently working on a certificate at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. Martin-Willett has a BFA from the University of Southern California. As an undergraduate, she was honored with the Handtmann Photography prize, the only award of its kind for undergrads in the U.S. While completing a post-baccalaureate in pre-medical studies at the University of Vermont, she volunteered with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Her current research and commitment to refugee issues grew out of this work. Martin-Willett is partnering with Center for Refugees and Immigrants in Tennessee to evaluate the impact of their Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program on mental health and social inclusion.

The Community Scholars Program provides support for two graduate or post graduate trainees who are required to perform a community-engaged research project with a community partner during the academic year. Scholars will also participate in MV CERC, supporting the development of community-engaged and community-based research and building relationships between community and academic partners.

Each scholar will receive a scholarship of $5,000 to integrate community-engaged research principles and approaches into their studies and to be used to cover travel, books or other educational resources and a small amount of pilot funding for research.

MV CERC will be seeking applicants for the 2015 Community Scholars in February of 2015.  For more information about the application process, or for other scholarship opportunities, click here


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Dr. Bailey and Dr. RichieCongratulations to Rahn Kennedy Bailey, M.D., FAPA, chair and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Meharry Medical College and chair of the Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center; William D. Richie, M.D., FAPA, assistant professor of psychiatry at Meharry Medical College and Zohaib Sohail, a researcher with Meharry, on the publication of their article, Misconceptions of Depression in African Americans. The article was published by Frontiers in Psychiatry and can be found in the Affective Disorders and Psychosomatic Research section. To read the article, click here.

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Vladimir Berthaud, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.On June 18, 2014, Vladimir Berthaud, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., director of Meharry’s Division of Infectious Diseases and founder/executive director of Meharry’s Community Wellness Center of Excellence, along with a select group of Tennesseans, attended the first ever, invitation only meeting, the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative, which focused on HIV in the Southern United States and was held at The White House in Washington D.C. The meeting concentrated on the regional challenges the South encounters in addressing HIV/AIDS and was hosted by the new White House Office of National AIDS Policy director, Douglas M. Brooks, MSW.

Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy InitiativeAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Southern region of the U.S. has the highest HIV diagnosis rate of all of the U.S. regions. In 2011, 49 percent of HIV diagnoses that were reported were located in the Southern United States and, at that time, the Southern region accounted for only 37 percent of the U.S. population.

Four panels entitled, Regional Challenges and Opportunities, Voices of People Living with HIV, Federal Efforts in Southern States and Achieving Impact at the Local Level were featured during the meeting.  

Tennessee was represented on the final panel by Mrs. Tonya King, MPA, the director of the Ryan White Program Part B at the Tennessee Department of Health. King highlighted the services provided by the Ryan White Part B Program to people living with HIV in Tennessee such as the Tennessee Network of HIV Centers of Excellence, transportation, housing, medical case management, emergency financial assistance and oral health care.

The Meharry Community Wellness Center is home to one of the 12 HIV Centers of Excellence in Tennessee. The HIV Centers of Excellence provides a comprehensive approach to HIV/AIDS therapy.  

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Clivel Charlton, Ph.D.Clivel Charlton, Ph.D., chair and professor of neuroscience and pharmacology at Meharry Medical College, recently had his article, "Methylation reactions at dopaminergic nerve endings, serving as biological off-switches in managing dopaminergic functions," published in Neural Regeneration Research. Click here to access the article.


Guyana International Volunteer Experience (G.I.V.E.) team

G.I.V.E. students at orphanage

G.I.V.E students pose with dentist, Amanda Torres, (fourth from left, in pink) after giving dental hygiene lessons at the local orphanage.

G.I.V.E. logoUnder the leadership of student doctor, Joshua Anthony, MS-IV, the Guyana International Volunteer Experience (G.I.V.E.) team spent the week of June 21-28, 2014 immersed in the culture of Georgetown, Guyana providing supplies and services to Davis Memorial Hospital. The G.I.V.E. team, consisted of nine medical and dental students: Joshua Anthony, Rhae Battles, Kimberly Stubbs, Justin Jeffries, Adejuyigbe Adaralegbe, Deena Yousif, Sydne Ford, Alex Seelochan and Rushelle Julien. Through personal funds and donations, these students were able to amass over 100 newborn onesies, baby bottles, diapers, dental hygiene kits, iodine, chlorahexadine, surgical equipment, syringes, blood pressure cuffs, n95 masks, absorbent pads, gloves, gauze, glucose kits, etc., for the hospital and toys for the orphanage. While there, each student worked closely with a local attending in their expressed specialty of interest seeing patients and providing care. Students were also invited to appear on the television program, "Adventist Talk Back Live," at the National Communications Network (NCN) television station where they discussed their experience in Guyana and their motivation in serving the underserved. For more pictures, click here.

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SAME Care Team

SAME Care Team

Meharry’s SAME Care Team students gather to capture a picture with
the children at the Missionvale Care Centre.

“Seven time zones ahead of us, a township exists with a volunteer center dedicated to providing preventive measures, treatment and counseling to a community of nearly 15,000 inhabitants. Seven time zones ahead of us, is a public hospital with an emergency department who daily serves over 100 patients with limited resources. And, seven time zones ahead of us are countless children who have never left their township to view an ocean just five minutes away. All of this is exactly seven time zones ahead of you at the moment you are reading this article.”

—SAME Care Team

On June 20, 2014, 13 students from Meharry Medical College, known as the South Africa Medical Externship (SAME) Care Team, left Nashville, Tennessee eager for an experience that exceeded expectations. They had the opportunity to work between two sites in Port Elizabeth, South Africa: the Missionvale Health Clinic and Dora Nginza Hospital. Students had the opportunity to: offer door step care in the township with care takers; work alongside community physicians; provide care for inhabitants of the township surrounding Missionvale and to experience the diagnostic and therapeutic process in the busy emergency department of Dora Nginza Hospital.  

The 13 students who participated in the goodwill mission trip are: Italo Brown, Lauren Cooper, Amanda Fletcher, Ashley Ford, Elvis Francois, Keylon Glawson, Solita Jones, Movado Long, Olatunde Oso, Jenny Ousley, Nefertari Terrill-Jones, Jamia Washington and Tulani Washington-Plaskett

“This experience was phenomenal,” describes team member, Italo Brown. “As Meharrians, we share the onus of extending our service mission abroad," said Brown. "It was refreshing to see the community members so receptive to our efforts.” Despite what may be considered grave circumstances in South Africa, the people within the township were welcoming and extremely grateful for the services the students were able to provide. Twenty years post-apartheid and still, this township had no running water, no working toilets and no place to get rid of waste.  However, one could feel a sense of hope from the community members that was awe-inspiring. Team member Jenny Ousley summed this feeling up best. “I think all it takes sometimes is for someone to show us the possibilities we can manifest in our own lives that are beyond our own wildest imaginings,” said Ousley. "The medical care, counseling and other services provided were only an iota of the wealth of knowledge and insight of the South Africa health care system we received." The team was so impacted that the decision to continue a relationship with Missionvale and Dora Nginza is already underway.  

The SAME Care Team encourages as many students as possible to become involved in global health initiatives. They believe this is one way in which students will be able to develop an intimate understanding of how to tailor a medical program based upon the needs of those in various parts of the world. Team member Olatunde Oso’s words encapsulates the conclusion of this experience: “On this journey, I learned that there is no substitute for a sound education, great health care, access to equitable credit and skills management. . .that’s the difference between poverty and prosperity.”


Welcome entering medical, dental and graduate classes of 2018. Congratulations on your matriculation into Meharry Medical College!

We challenge each of you to fully grasp and explore our mission, "Providing opportunities for people of color, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and others regardless of race or ethnicity." You have been awarded an opportunity that thousands across the nation sought. However, we, as an institution, saw something special in each and every one of you that we felt would contribute to what we stand for here at Meharry. We have faith that you will not only meet, but exceed every expectation we have for you.

While on your journey at this illustrious institution, we urge you to take heed of the great and rich history we have that YOU now belong to. You are now a part of an amazing network of individuals that have had the opportunity to maneuver through these classrooms for over 100 years. We have continually produced some of the best health care professionals in the nation. Our alumni graduates are prepared and ready to carry out our creed in every facet of their lives.

I challenge you to take full advantage of all the opportunities that attending Meharry Medical College has to offer. We all have a variety of anecdotes of our arrival here and, in a few short years, you will have your stories of departure. William Shakespeare offers words for such moments, “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts..." Take chances and audition for all the parts you can handle but, most importantly, make sure you always have your reoccurring role as professional students.

Our university operates much like a big family, and as you are our new little brothers and sisters, we are here to help you along the way. If you need help, simply ask. We have a distinctive bond that is shared between the good men and women amongst ALL THREE schools. This bond strengthens us when we are together and sustains us when we are apart. Meharry Medical College, there is none like it.

Overall, welcome to the Meharry Medical College family! We look forward to hearing great things from each of you!

Yours truly,
The Pre-Alumni Association


Deirdre C. Holloway Waterman, M.D. ’70Deirdre C. Holloway Waterman, M.D. ’70, a practicing ophthalmologist, has now added another career to her repertoire, that of being elected the first female mayor of Pontiac, Michigan. And, she runs the city primarily with volunteers. Read more.


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Tawana Lee Ware, D.D.S., ’02, M.S.D.A.A.W.D.As the newly elected president of the American Association of Women Dentists, Tawana Lee Ware, D.D.S., ’02, M.S.D., assistant professor of pediatric dentistry with Meharry’s School of Dentistry, was recently featured in an article on the website,, where she discussed her feelings about women assuming leadership roles in the field of dentistry, the Affordable Care Act and the development of equipment that is ergonomically designed for women dentists. is a member-driven website dedicated to general dentists, specialists and other dental professionals. Its goal is to deliver useful, trustworthy and relevant news, features, columns and more, that assists oral health care providers in making their practices better, faster, smoother and more profitable. Read the article, in its entirety here.

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Rolf Behrents, D.D.S. '73, M.S., Ph.D.On July 1, 2014, Rolf Behrents, D.D.S. ’73, M.S., Ph.D., began his tenure as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO). For more than 93 years, the AJO-DO has been the official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists. The AJO-DO affords its readers with original peer-reviewed articles that examine all phases of orthodontic treatment. Illustrated throughout, the publication includes tables, photos (many in full color), and statistical data. Coverage includes successful diagnostic procedures, imaging techniques, bracket and archwire materials, extraction and impaction concerns, orthognathic surgery, TMJ disorders, removable appliances and adult therapy. Read story here.


Major renovation work has begun on the ceiling area in parking Lot E. Lot E is located in the garage of the LRC and all parking spaces in this lot are reserved.

Temporary reserved parking spaces have been created in Lot D to accommodate those who currently use Lot E reserved spaces. Meharrians who have been issued Lot D decals should use the Lot D Annex and Lot F during this renovation period. Temporary reserved parking signs have now been erected in Lot D.

Compliant with Meharry Parking Policy, vehicles illegally parked in reserved parking spaces will be ticketed and possibly towed at the owner’s expense.

The purpose of this renovation is to address the water leakage problems which have persisted for years. Due to malfunctioning drain pipes, large puddles of water form in the Lot E parking area creating flooding issues. For safety reasons, there will be limited pedestrian access to the rear of the LRC during the renovation.

All Meharrians are encouraged to use the front entrance of the LRC to enter the building. When possible, please make arrangements for all deliveries to be made to the front of the building. Emergency vehicles may still have/need to use the LRC rear entrance.  

Please execute extreme caution when walking near or through this area. Contact Dr. Bernard Ray or Mr. George Kelly with any questions or suggestions.

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Construction work has begun on the new surface parking lot being built in front of the OIT building and accessed from the circular driveway in front of the Hubbard Hospital entrance. Use extreme caution when walking on the sidewalks near OIT and the Hubbard Hospital while construction is underway and remember, because this driveway is reserved for emergency vehicles responding to campus emergencies, it is illegal to park in the area in front of the Hubbard Hospital Entrance. Contact campus operations or Dr. Bernard Ray with any questions.

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