Cindy Bean, MD, MS
Dr. Cindy Bean serves as the Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at MCAM. She graduated summa cum laude from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry and received her Medical Degree (M.D.) summa cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Bean completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship and Master of Science in biomedical sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is board certified in general obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is currently board certified in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Bean's clinical interests include the specialized care of pregnant women with complicated medical and fetal disorders to provide the best outcome for the mother and her baby. Dr. Bean enjoys spending time with her husband, Christopher, and two children, Isabella and Hayes.
Sana Bhatti, MD
Dr. Sana Bhatti serves as a Pediatric Plastic Surgeon at Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Bhatti received her Bachelor of Science degree from Millsaps College and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She completed her plastic and reconstructive surgery residency from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and craniofacial fellowship from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida where she trained in pediatric plastic surgery and pediatric hand surgery. As a native Mississippian, Dr. Bhatti is excited to return to her home state and offer care for children with a wide range of congenital as well as trauma-related conditions. From the management of hand and upper extremity trauma and congenital anomalies, to the reconstruction of burn and other soft tissue injuries, and treatment of various breast pathologies, Dr. Bhatti offers consultation and treatment services tailored to each child’s individual needs. Her clinical interests include cleft lip and palate, ear abnormalities and reconstruction of congenital abnormalities and trauma-related conditions in children. Dr. Bhatti is board eligible in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking and yoga.
Cesar Cardenas, Jr., MD
Dr. Cesar Cardenas, Jr. will serve as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. Dr. Cardenas is a cum laude graduate of Texas A&M International University in Laredo with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine in Galveston. Dr. Cardenas completed his General Adult Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he served as Chief Fellow and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is actively involved in local and national psychiatric organizations and is currently a peer reviewer for various medical journals. His clinical interests are childhood trauma, first episode psychosis, and intercultural psychiatry and has presented at various conferences at the local and national level. He is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and currently board eligible for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Cardenas’ practice philosophy is that all children and adolescents should be evaluated in a biopsychosocial approach with the goal of implementing evidence based psychiatric treatment. He looks forward to treating children and adolescents with psychiatric and behavioral disorders and pervasive developmental disorders. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and looks forward to making a positive impact on children and their families across Mississippi impacted by mental illness. As a native Texan, Dr. Cardenas is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and cooking while spending time with his wife and children.
Aileen Danko, MD, FAAOS
Dr. Aileen Danko serves as a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine. After completing her Bachelor of Science at Duquesne University, she was a pediatric intensive care nurse at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital before deciding to enroll in medical school at Temple University of Medicine where she completed her Medical Degree. She completed her Orthopaedic surgery residency at Duke University Medical Center and a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery fellowship at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Danko’s passion has always been caring for children. She had a desire to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon from her interest in sports medicine and the mechanics of orthopaedic surgery. Treating children with fractures, sports injuries, congenital deformities, and much more gives children the opportunity to get back to their activities and best functional capabilities. Dr. Danko is board certified and is a Fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. She will perform her surgeries at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Mississippi's best hospital. Prior to joining MCAM, Dr. Danko has worked at the Nemours Children's Clinic as well as private practices in Georgia and south Florida. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children John and Caroline, attending the Florida Panther NHL games, going to Atlantic Beach, Florida, oil painting, making jewelry and running in the National Senior Games.
Kerstin Gerhold, MD, MSc
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.
Dr. Whitney Herring serves as the Medical Director of Pediatric Obesity Medicine and Nutrition program 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
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
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.
Michele Myers, MD
Michele Myers serves as a Pediatric Hospitalist at the Mississippi Center for Advanced Medicine providing quality inpatient pediatric care at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS. The pediatric hospitalist program will link cutting edge pediatric subspecialty care at MCAM with one of the country’s top hospitals to provide children and their families as well as referring providers an option for comprehensive children’s hospital services. Dr. Myers holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Cornell University and a Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and has some additional training in pediatric hematology and oncology. Dr. Myers is board certified in general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and serves on the board of the Feather Foundation, an organization that provides assistance to children whose parents have cancer. Dr. Myers’ warm personality and passion for serving children will help ensure children and their families are at ease in the hospital. She enjoys traveling, running, hiking and spending time with her husband, Brandon, and son, Finn Theodore.
Sharon Pennington, MD, MS
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
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 Quiqley, MD
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
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.
Tammuella "Tami" Chrisentery-Singleton, MD
Dr. Singleton serves as a Pediatric Hematologist, Director of MCAM’s Hemophilia Treatment Center and as Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology. Dr. Singleton will work out of MCAM’s new Slidell, Louisiana office location and will focus on serving children and adults with Hemophilia and Sickle Cell Disease across Louisiana and the Mississippi Coast. A Louisiana native, Dr. Singleton is a Cum Laude graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans for her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine - New Orleans for her Medical Degree (M.D.). She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center and her Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine/National Cancer Institute combined training program. Dr. Singleton also completed a Baxter/National Hemophilia Foundation fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine and is board certified in Pediatrics and in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology by the American Board of Pediatrics. Prior to joining MCAM, she spent six years at Louisiana State University School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of New Orleans in their Pediatric Hematology/Oncology division and the last eleven years in Tulane’s Pediatric Hematology division, Sickle Cell Center of Southern Louisiana and the Louisiana Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders. Dr. Singleton has authored numerous publications, served as a subject matter expert speaker around the world, and as the principal investigator on numerous studies pertaining to Hemophilia. Dr. Singleton treats adults and children with rare hematological conditions with a focus on transitional care. She also has significant training and expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound in hemophilia patients. She is currently an Ambassador for the American Society of Hematology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cycling, fishing, and cooking.
Varun Sreenivasan, MD
Dr. Varun Sreenivasan serves as the Director of Neuromuscular Medicine at MCAM in Madison. Dr. Sreenivasan received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree at Government Kilpauk Medical College in Chennai, India. He completed the first two years of his Neurology residency at the State University of New York in Buffalo and completed his third and fourth year at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Sreenivasan then completed his Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He is passionate about providing exceptional care to patients and their families and has participated in a medical relief mission to provide immediate care to victims of the flood in Leh, India. Dr. Sreenivasan’s clinical interests include muscular dystrophies, inflammatory myopathies and demyelinating neuropathies. In his free time, Dr. Sreenivasan enjoys traveling, hiking, reading science fiction novels, and listening to music.
Patricia Stewart, MD
Spencer Sullivan, MD
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.