Dr. Hannah Gay to receive honorary doctorate from WCU - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Dr. Hannah Gay to receive honorary doctorate from WCU

Dr. Hannah Gay Dr. Hannah Gay
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from William Carey University 

Dr. Hannah Gay, professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at William Carey University's commencement on Saturday, August 9.

The honorary doctorate, awarded by WCU's Board of Trustees, will recognize Dr. Gay for her lifetime of selfless, Christian service as a medical doctor and missionary. Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, will present Dr. Gay with the degree.

Dr. Gay will also be the speaker for the 9:30 a.m. graduation ceremony, which will honor graduate students on the Hattiesburg campus. The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will be one of three graduation ceremonies held that day. The ceremony at 1 p.m. will be for undergraduate students on the Hattiesburg campus with a final ceremony at 4 p.m. for undergraduate and graduate students from the Tradition campus.

Dr. Gay, a Mississippi native, received her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry at the University of Mississippi. She earned her M.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1980, where she also completed residency training in pediatrics. Dr. Gay and her husband, Paul, served for six years in Africa as missionaries in Ethiopia before returning to the United States, where she joined the UMMC faculty in 1994 as a pediatric HIV specialist.

Along with colleagues Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, a University of Massachusetts Medical School immunologist, and Dr. Deborah Persaud, a Johns Hopkins Children's Center virologist, Dr. Gay earned international attention at an infectious diseases conference in 2013 where Persaud presented their case report on the "Mississippi Baby."

The report detailed how Dr. Gay administered an early, three-drug treatment regimen to a newborn infected with HIV, which appeared to have prompted remission of the HIV disease in the child. The report was then published in the New England Journal of Medicine. TIME Magazine later named the three to its 2013 list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

In July 2014, after 27 months of remission, the virus was again detected in the child during a routine clinic visit and blood test.

Dr. Gay has spoken at UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS special symposium in Durban, South Africa, and at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom.

Among other roles, Dr. Gay has served as a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine and the Ryan White Title IV HIVQUAL Advisory Committee.

Dr. Gay and her husband have four grown children and are active members of their Baptist church.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • 2 jailed after failed robbery in Hub City

    2 jailed after failed robbery in Hub City

    Friday, November 24 2017 10:53 AM EST2017-11-24 15:53:14 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    A pair of suspects are behind bars after an apparent drug deal went bad at a Hub City motel.  Hattiesburg police responded to the Deluxe Inn at 900 Broadway Drive for a report of a robbery.  “As officers were conducting their investigation, it was determined that the victim and suspect would both be charged,” said Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore.  Amos Ball and Laquan Jones were both arrested at the scene and charged with conspiracy to commit a ...

    More >>

    A pair of suspects are behind bars after an apparent drug deal went bad at a Hub City motel.  Hattiesburg police responded to the Deluxe Inn at 900 Broadway Drive for a report of a robbery.  “As officers were conducting their investigation, it was determined that the victim and suspect would both be charged,” said Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore.  Amos Ball and Laquan Jones were both arrested at the scene and charged with conspiracy to commit a ...

    More >>
  • 1 injured, 1 charged in Hub City stabbing

    1 injured, 1 charged in Hub City stabbing

    Friday, November 24 2017 10:44 AM EST2017-11-24 15:44:04 GMT
    Louis MaheaLouis Mahea

    A Hattiesburg man is behind bars after a Thursday night stabbing injured one in the Hub City. Louis Mahea, 52, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after an incident that happened at 706 Milton Barnes Avenue. According to Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore, officers were dispatched to a reported stabbing around 10 p.m. Thursday night. One man was found suffering from at least one stab wound at the scene, and taken to a local hospital for treatment according to Mc...

    More >>

    A Hattiesburg man is behind bars after a Thursday night stabbing injured one in the Hub City. Louis Mahea, 52, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after an incident that happened at 706 Milton Barnes Avenue. According to Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore, officers were dispatched to a reported stabbing around 10 p.m. Thursday night. One man was found suffering from at least one stab wound at the scene, and taken to a local hospital for treatment according to Mc...

    More >>
  • 1 injured, 1 jailed in Hattiesburg shooting

    1 injured, 1 jailed in Hattiesburg shooting

    Thursday, November 23 2017 9:40 PM EST2017-11-24 02:40:16 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    A Thursday night shooting injured one person and landed another behind bars in the Hub City.  Ahmed Atiefa was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault after a shooting at Fat Boys, located at 819 Edwards Street just after 6 p.m.  “A male threw a drink at the cashier, who was Atiefa, and he grabbed a gun and went around the counter and tried to kick the victim, and then shot the victim,” said Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore.  Th...

    More >>

    A Thursday night shooting injured one person and landed another behind bars in the Hub City.  Ahmed Atiefa was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault after a shooting at Fat Boys, located at 819 Edwards Street just after 6 p.m.  “A male threw a drink at the cashier, who was Atiefa, and he grabbed a gun and went around the counter and tried to kick the victim, and then shot the victim,” said Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore.  Th...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly