James Morris, MD, Completes Service as COM Alumni Council President

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As of today, James W. Morris, MD, FACS, completes his service as president of the UT College of Medicine Alumni Council at UTHSC.

As of today, James W. Morris, MD, FACS, completes his service as president of the UT College of Medicine Alumni Council at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). A long-time Lebanon, Tenn., resident who practices general surgery, Dr. Morris is a 1972 graduate of the UT College of Medicine. He also holds a BS degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He concludes his service during the annual UT College of Medicine Alumni Weekend, which is being held October 14 to 16 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.

Paul J. Huffstutter, MD, a 1973 graduate of the UT College of Medicine, was elected as the next president for the UT College of Medicine Alumni Council and will serve through September 2012. Dr. Huffstutter works as co-director of the Medical Simulation Center for the Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, a UTHSC College of Medicine campus. He also serves as assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the UT Graduate School of Medicine. A resident of Knoxville, Tenn., Dr. Huffstutter also holds a BS from UT Martin.

“Dr. Morris has been a remarkable ambassador for the UT Health Science Center during his tenure as president of the College of Medicine Alumni Council, “said Keith Carver, PhD, interim vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at UTHSC. “We look forward to continuing this tradition of leadership with Dr. Huffstutter, who has served as a key volunteer leader for the College of Medicine for many years.”

The president of the UT College of Medicine Alumni Council serves a two-year term and is elected by the 60 members of the Alumni Council. Responsibilities of the volunteer position include: working with the UT College of Medicine Alumni Council to present timely continuing medical education programs; developing informative alumni workshops and events; and collaborating with the UT Office of Development and Alumni Affairs on the annual alumni awards luncheon. Since its founding in 1911, more than 13,000 men and women have earned their medical degrees at UTHSC. On average about 300 alumni participate each year in the UT College of Medicine Alumni Weekend.