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A. Wallace Conerly, MD, vice chancellor emeritus for health affairs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and dean emeritus of the School of Medicine, died January 10, 2012 at the age of 76. Dr. Conerly died at his namesake facility, the Wallace Conerly Critical Care Hospital, of complications related to Parkinson’s Disease. During his tenure at UMMC, Dr. Conerly served in numerous administrative positions, including: director of continuing education; director of respiratory care, and medical director of the intensive care unit.
Dr. Conerly earned his undergraduate degree from Millsaps College in 1957 and completed his MD at Tulane University Medical School in 1960. After an internship in South Carolina, he served in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) as director of aerospace medicine at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia and was director of base medical services at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. He was awarded the USAF Flight Surgeon of the Year Award in 1962 and the USAF Commendation Medal in 1963. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1966 with the rank of Major.
Dr. Conerly practiced general medicine in Jackson, MS prior to pursuing academic medicine. He completed a cardiology fellowship at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, LA and residency in internal medicine at UMMC. He joined the UMMC faculty in 1973, and was the Mississippi Lung Association Fellow in Pulmonary Diseases from 1972 until 1974.
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