Two new members appointed to the State Health Council

JACKSON, Miss. – James Patrick “Pat” Chaney, MD, of Amory, and Lee Ann Griffin, PharmD, of Jackson, were both recently sworn in as new members of the Mississippi State Board of Health after being appointed by Governor Tate Reeves .

Dr. Chaney, a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) since 1986. He is a former secretary / treasurer, vice -President and president of the Mississippi Chapter of ACOG, and also served as the past chair of the District VII Chapter Presidents Council committee in 2012.

He is a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, a current diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, and an active member of the medical staff at the Baptist Memorial Golden Triangle Hospital in Columbus and the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Columbus. Amory, where he also served as a former chief of staff. He currently practices at the Amory Physicians and Surgeons Clinic.

“I am originally from Mississippian and I love this state and its people. I hope that through this position on the State Board of Health, I can make a positive impact on the health of all Mississippians,” said Dr Chaney.

Griffin received her undergraduate and doctorate degrees in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi, and she is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Rhode Island. She is currently employed by Pfizer, where she has held a variety of positions including Medical Outcomes Specialist and Medical Outcomes Specialist Team Leader for the Gulf Coast and Plains regions.

She has also served as Director of Quality Improvement for Magnolia Health, National Medical Liaison Officer for Valeritas, Inc., and past Chair of the Board of Directors for the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. She was appointed to the Mississippi Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Board in 2011 to work on the development of the “One, Mississippi” health plan.

“I believe in the power of the Mississippians to improve our collective health. Everyone knows the multitude of challenges we face. There are no simple answers to our problems, but I want to be part of the team that determines the solutions. I am honored to be appointed by Governor Reeves and look forward to serving on the Board of Directors, ”Griffin said.

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