Kerstin Gerhold, MD, MSc

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Dr. Kerstin Gerhold will serve as a Pediatric Rheumatologist at Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. MCAM is excited to bring Dr. Gerhold’s world class training and expertise to children across the state. Dr. Gerhold has years of experience in pediatric rheumatology and management of chronic pain in youth, research and teaching; she has authored numerous articles in international, peer-reviewed journals along with two textbook chapters on chronic pain in youth. Prior to joining MCAM, Dr. Gerhold was Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and served as the section head of pediatric rheumatology. She established a pediatric pain program – Every Child Every Time – at the Children’s Hospital of Manitoba.Dr. Gerhold completed her medical training and a doctorate of medicine from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and completed her training in pediatrics, pediatric rheumatology and her Master of Science (MSc) in epidemiology from the Charité, Universitätsmedizin in Berlin. The Charité university hospital is currently ranked as the fifth best hospital in the world by Newsweek. Dr. Gerhold continued to work as a Pediatric Rheumatologist and researcher at the Charité and developed here her special interest in management of chronic pain in youth. Later on, she summarized her research work in a habilitation thesis, received recognition as university teacher and joined the faculty of the Charité at a level comparable to an assistant professor. Dr. Gerhold is excited to bring her unique skillset to Mississippi to serve pediatric rheumatology and children and help youth with chronic pain. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, being physically active, art exhibitions and performances, travelling, cooking, baking and spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Saima Hanif, MBBS

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Dr. Saima Hanif serves as a Pediatric Endocrinologist at Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine (MCAM) out of MCAM’s Old Canton Road campus in Madison. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree (MBBS) from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Hanif then completed her Pediatric residency from State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship from Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Rainbow Babies is recognized by U.S. News as a top ten children’s hospital for diabetes and endocrinology. Upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Hanif worked as an attending pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Virginia before joining MCAM. Dr. Hanif enjoys caring for all endocrine conditions, but some specific interests include diabetes, adrenal gland disorders and calcium and bone disorders. Dr. Hanif is board certified in General Pediatrics and is board eligible in Pediatric Endocrinology. Dr. Hanif will be caring for a broad range of endocrinological conditions at MCAM including diabetes, growth hormone deficiency, thyroid problems. Dr. Hanif is excited to expand patient access to sub-specialty care in her field and looks forward to tailoring her practice to meet needs of each of her patients particularly utilizing tele-medicine services. In her spare time, Dr. Hanif enjoys reading, travelling with her husband and spending time with her pet conures.

Whitney Herring, MD, MPH
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Dr. Whitney Herring serves as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Metabolic Clinic at MCAM. Dr. Herring received her Bachelor of Science degree in General Sciences and Pre-Med from Mississippi State University, her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of South Florida and her Medical Degree (M.D.) from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Prior to joining MCAM, Dr. Herring has been leading a pediatric obesity program for the last two and a half years and practiced general pediatrics for three years prior to that. Dr. Herring is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and board certified in obesity medicine by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Herring will be working alongside a pediatric dietitian to help build the program at MCAM through a multi-disciplinary approach. She is passionate about providing the best possible care that will result in making a lasting impact on children and their families. Dr. Herring is a mom to three young children and enjoys exercising, eating good food, traveling, shopping and gardening.

Jessica Sparks Lilley, MD

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Dr. Jessica Sparks Lilley serves as Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at MCAM. Dr. Lilley is a native Mississippian and graduated from Mississippi State University Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with her Medical Degree (M.D.). She completed her pediatric residency from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was also named Humanitarian of the Year, and her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology and lipidology from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lilley is board certified in pediatric endocrinology and pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is also a graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Pediatric Leadership Program. Dr. Lilley’s professional passions include Type 1 Diabetes and inherited lipid disorders. She became interested in pediatric endocrinology at a young age after seeing her beloved cousins live successfully with their endocrine disorders, including Type 1 diabetes, Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism, and growth hormone deficiency. She serves on the board of directors for the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, is a pianist who plays regularly for her church and enjoys hiking, adventures with her family, reading and Mississippi State athletics. Dr. Lilley is married to Smith, a pastor at Tupelo First United Methodist Church, and has three daughters, Emelyn, Abigail and Alexis and they have two dogs, Lafayette and Max.

Mike Mattingly, MD

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Dr. Mike Mattingly serves as a Pediatric and Fetal Cardiologist and as the Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Mattingly graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received his Medical Degree (M.D.) from the University of Miami. He completed his Pediatric internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego before serving two years with the Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He then completed his Pediatric residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia and his Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at the University of Florida. Since fellowship, Dr. Mattingly has been stationed at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth where he has served both pediatric and fetal cardiology patients. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a two-time recipient of the Uniformed Services University Resident Teacher of the Year in Pediatrics and directed the medical student Pediatric Core Clerkship at the hospital. Dr. Mattingly is excited to serve children in Mississippi and help expand access to underserved areas for pediatric cardiology patients. In his free time, Dr. Mattingly enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin, and eight children. He enjoys reading fiction and watching college football as an avid University of Florida Gators football fan.

Tamina McMillan, MD

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Dr. Tamina McMillan serves as a Pediatric Urgent Care physician at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Born in South Korea and raised in Virginia, she is a graduate of Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. She then completed medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, which was the first medical school in the South for African Americans and currently one of the top medical schools in the country for physicians who want to practice primary care. After finishing medical school Dr. McMillan completed her pediatric residency at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Dr. McMillan has a passion for pediatric primary care and underserved children and has worked at two Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) prior to joining MCAM. At Nevada Health Centers, she built the pediatric department from the ground up to encompass multiple clinicians in a range of settings to include outpatient pediatric care, school-based care and a mobile medical unit. Dr. McMillan is also fluent in Spanish and looks forward to providing outstanding evaluation and treatment to all children and families that visit MCAM’s pediatric urgent care. Her personal passions include spending time with her husband and their four children, baking, cooking global cuisine, reading voraciously, practicing Spanish, lifting weights, writing and actively choosing joy in all that she does.

Melynda Noble, MD

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Dr. Melynda Noble works as the Medical Director for the Pediatric Urgent Care by MCAM. In this role, Dr. Noble serves as the physician leader for the urgent care clinic and will also be staffing the clinic approximately half of its operational hours. Dr. Noble has strong experience working with underserved pediatric patient populations and looks forward to making a lasting impact on the children in central Mississippi. A native of Kosciusko, Dr. Noble received her Bachelor of Science from Millsaps College and completed both her Doctor of Medicine and her pediatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Prior to joining MCAM, Dr. Noble worked in Greenwood, Mississippi where she worked as a general pediatrician and a pediatric hospitalist for the last twenty-seven years. She is board certified in general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. She was instrumental in the baby friendly initiative in Greenwood. She has a passion for quality healthcare for Mississippi’s children. Dr. Noble enjoys providing parents the information they need to understand their child’s illness and how to best care for them at home. In her spare time, Dr. Noble enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoys golf, beekeeping and working in her pollination garden.

Sharon Pennington, MD, MS

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Dr. Sharon Pennington serves as Chief Medical Information Officer and as a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist for the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Clinically, Dr. Pennington will focus on the development of a pediatric sickle cell program, non-malignant hematology and will develop a pediatric oncology program over the coming year. Dr. Pennington graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi and received her Medical Degree (M.D.) from the University of Mississippi Medical School. She completed her pediatric residency from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children’s Hospital and her pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship from Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pennington also holds a Master of Health Informatics and Information Management from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology by the American Board of Pediatrics and in clinical informatics by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Pennington has extensive expertise in electronic health record (EHR) systems including Epic, which is the system that MCAM is transitioning to in 2018 and also serves as one of the leading EHR systems for children’s hospitals across the country. Her clinical passions in caring for children include improving the quality of life and treatment patients with sickle cell disease, diagnosing and treatment of non-malignant hematological disorders, and helping parents navigate the potentially overwhelming reality of caring for a sick child. Dr. Pennington enjoys spending time with her husband, Ronnie, and their 4 children, as well as traveling to places she’s never been before. She enjoys cooking and is currently learning her way through Gordon Ramsey’s Master Class.

Amy Potter, MD

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Dr. Amy Potter serves as a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine in Madison. Dr. Potter is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her Medical Degree (M.D.) from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Potter completed a combined Pediatric and Internal Medicine residency and a Pediatric and Adult Endocrinology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Potter’s passion is caring for pediatric endocrinology patients and she will be focusing her Madison practice on children with diabetes, growth hormone deficiency, thyroid problems, and other endocrinological disorders. Dr. Potter is certified in Pediatric Endocrinology by the American Board of Pediatrics. Prior to joining the medical staff at MCAM, Dr. Potter spent over twelve years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and also has extensive experience as a medical writer. Dr. Potter is excited to bring her skillset to Mississippi and looks forward to serving pediatric endocrinology patients across the state. In her free time, Dr. Potter enjoys jewelry making, gardening and birding.

Rae Quigley, MD

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Rae Quigley serves as a Pediatric Hospitalist at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine providing quality inpatient pediatric care at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. The pediatric hospitalist program links cutting edge pediatric subspecialty care at MCAM with one of the country’s top hospitals to provide children, families and referring providers an option for comprehensive children’s hospital services. Dr. Quigley graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Mississippi State University. She completed medical school and her pediatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and is board certified in general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Prior to joining MCAM, Dr. Quigley has served as a pediatric hospitalist for two years at Singing River Health System. Dr. Quigley has a passion for providing high quality, personalized patient care to each child, striving for them to leave the hospital with the best possible outcome. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her pup.

Ray J. Rodriguez, MD, JD, MPH, MBA

Pediatric Allergy

Dr. Ray Rodriguez serves as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. In his role as CMO, Dr. Rodriguez oversees the pediatric hospitalist program which is a partnership between MCAM and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. In addition to serving as a full-time pediatric allergist, he also plays a key role in physician recruiting, credentialing, program development and organizational strategy. Rodriguez is a native of Puerto Rico and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He holds a Medical Degree (M.D.) from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Puerto Rico Law School, his Master in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Puerto Rico and his Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Rodriguez completed his Pediatric Residency from William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, his Allergy Immunology and Clinical Laboratory Immunology Fellowships from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He has experience in a variety of settings including solo practice, academic medical center settings and at military hospitals including Dewitt Army Community Hospital in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, Womack Army Medical Center in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and as Chief of Allergy Immunology at William Beaumont Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and American Academy of Pediatrics. In his spare time, Dr. Rodriguez enjoys spending time with his wife Ivonne and two children Roxanne, and Ryan.

Jasmine Sandhu, MD

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Dr. Jasmine Sandhu serves as a Pediatric Urgent Care physician at Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. A central Mississippi native, Dr. Sandhu received her Bachelor of Science in Neurosciences from Tulane University, her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical University of the Americas and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Prior to joining MCAM, Dr. Sandhu built the pediatric programs, including the pediatric burn program at the states only burn center at Merit Health, where she served as director of inpatient pediatric medicine, pediatric hospitalist, and pediatric burn hospitalist. Dr. Sandhu serves on the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish Mississippi, and is the first physician in the state to do so. She also serves as the Medical Director for Kids Kastle, a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care facility. Dr. Sandhu is fully fluent in four languages including Spanish and is certified in general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Sandhu considers herself an advocate for all children and feels that it is an absolute privilege to care for children in the community. She considers it the biggest honor to have a parent trust her for their child’s care. Dr. Sandhu has spent her career caring and advocating for the underserved pediatric population in Mississippi. In her free time, she enjoys family time, watching her children play soccer and golf, volunteering, traveling with her family, playing tennis, and eating! 

Sterling Simpson, MD, MSc

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Dr. Sterling Simpson serves as a Pediatric Pulmonologist at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Buffalo. He earned his Master of Science in Physiology from Syracuse University and his Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York at Syracuse. Dr. Simpson completed his pediatric residency from Winthrop University Hospital, SUNY Stony Brook Medical Center and his fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, which is ranked as a top program for Pediatric Pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report. Prior to joining MCAM, Dr. Simpson has worked as a Pediatric Pulmonologist at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee and Prisma Children’s Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Simpson is board certified in General Pediatrics and in Pediatric Pulmonology by the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has had a passion for caring for children with breathing problems since medical school and believes in a whole-family approach to evaluation, listening to both the child and the parents intently and patiently when gathering information. He believes in not only treating the symptoms of pulmonary diseases, but most importantly addressing the root causes of those disorders as well. He also welcomes difficult and unique patient circumstances and realizes that treating breathing problems often incorporates addressing other systems of the body. Among other things at MCAM, Dr. Simpson will manage children with asthma, chronic cough, cystic fibrosis, difficulty breathing and airway problems. In his free time, Dr. Simpson enjoys spending time with his two children, running, crossfit and cooking heart healthy meals. He welcomes Spanish-speaking patients and is working towards becoming fluent in Spanish.

Spencer Sullivan, MD

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Dr. Spencer Sullivan is the President and CEO of the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine and also serves as the Director for the Hemostasis and Thrombosis program. Dr. Sullivan received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and his Medical Degree (M.D.) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a pediatric residency and a fellowship in Blood Banking and Transfusion medicine at the University of Virginia and a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is an active member of the American Society of Hematology and the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society. His clinical interests include pediatric hemostasis and thrombosis and coagulation. Dr. Sullivan is involved in several research projects, including gene therapy for hemophilia. In his spare time, Dr. Sullivan enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa, and four daughters; Scarlett, Ashlyn, Nora and Blaire, and is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.