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Laurel Physician Keynotes Meeting of Medical and Dental Alumni Association

Dr. R. Kevin Ivey of Laurel

Serving on successful medical mission trips to Honduras touched the heart of Laurel surgeon Dr. Kevin Ivey.

The 1985 Mississippi College graduate will discuss his journey to use his skills to help others when he lectures on the Clinton campus.

Leaders of the MC Medical and Dental Alumni Association are sponsoring the March 22 program. The meeting before an audience of MC students begins at 6:30 p.m. that Thursday at Swor Auditorium.

During one week spent in Guaimaca, Honduras, Dr. Ivey was part of a team of medical professionals doing 42 basic surgical procedures in May 2015. Many of the patients traveled six to 10 hours to receive “what we consider ordinary care in the United States,” he said. “It is a humbling experience of how different our daily lives are compared to the rest of the world.”

Ivey joined fellow Mississippi College graduates, Drs. Eddie Donahoe, David Broome, Mark Reed and Harry Phillips, on the medical mission trip. Their work is featured in a story in “Beacon” magazine, MC’s alumni publication, in the summer of 2015.

“This was a stark reminder of the call we followers of Christ have to help the other and there are plenty of others in all corners of the world,” Dr. Ivey said.

Dr. Ivey practices general surgery at the Laurel Surgery Clinic in Jones County and the South Central Regional Medical Center. The MC alumnus graduated in 1989 from the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson. He did his residency at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

A member of the executive board of the Mississippi College Medical and Dental Alumni Association, Dr. Ivey is an excellent choice to address current students.

“Dr. Ivey is a highly respected surgeon who is passionate about supporting Mississippi College,” says MC biology professor Nathan A. Tullos. “We are excited our undergraduate and graduate biology students will have the opportunity to hear his lecture.”

No doubt, students at his alma mater will reap benefits from his vast medical experience and wisdom, Tullos said. Dr. Ivey practiced medicine for 29 years.

The Medical and Dental Alumni Association sponsors the spring lectures presented by the university’s graduates to spark interest in specialties in the healthcare field. The group also directs funds, awards and scholarships to students in the pre-medical and pre-dental curriculum on the Clinton campus.