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Pediatrics Physician Addresses Medical and Dental Alumni Association

Dr. David S. Braden, a 1980 Mississippi College graduate
Dr. David S. Braden, a 1980 Mississippi College graduate

Practicing pediatric cardiology at the Mississippi Children’s Heart Clinic in Jackson, Dr. David S. Braden will be the guest speaker at his alma mater.

Dr. Braden will address a November 21 meeting of Mississippi College’s Medical and Dental Alumni Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1980 and is a member of the MC Hall of Fame. The event Thursday begins 7:30 p.m. in Swor Auditorium on the Clinton campus.

Dr. Braden’s lecture will offer professional insights to future physicians and dentists now pursing degrees at the Baptist-affiliated university. Faculty members and other school leaders will attend the program.

A Tupelo native, Dr. Braden is a 1984 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. He completed his internship followed by his residency in the UMMC’s Department of Pediatrics. He later completed his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Medical College of Georgia. He’s practiced medicine more than 20 years.

During his career, Dr. Braden, 61, served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander in the Medical Corps where he received the Leadership Award. He practiced pediatrics in Brookhaven and is a former pediatric professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The Mississippian’s special interests include exercise in children with cardiac disease. He’s written extensively on the subject in medical journals.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that one in 77 U.S. children had a heart condition in 2016. They are the most common type of birth defect, affecting nearly 40,000 births in the nation each year.

Dr. Braden was the recipient of the Holliman Award for his outstanding service with the pediatric faculty at the UMC Children’s Hospital in 1996. He’s a former member of the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Jackson.

Dr. Braden and his wife, Karen, are the parents of four children.

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