Medical school names new ophthalmology chair
HUNTINGTON -- Dr. R. Mark Hatfield, a Charleston-based retina specialist, has been appointed administrative chairman of Marshall University School of Medicine's department of ophthalmology. Hatfield earned his doctor of optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry before graduating from the MUSOM in 1983. He completed his surgical internship at Marshall, an ophthalmology residency at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and a vitreoretinal fellowship at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's in Chicago.
He is the founder of Retina Consultants, which has five locations in West Virginia.
"I'm very pleased to accept this new position at my alma mater," Hatfield said. "Making health care more accessible to those across this region is very important to me."
Hatfield has received dozens of honors and awards throughout his career, including the 2013 Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus.
Orthopaedic surgery chair selected as a 'top doctor'
HUNTINGTON -- Dr. Ali Oliashirazi, professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and surgical director of the Mary H. Hodges Joint Replacement Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital, has been selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in the field of joint replacement surgery.
Oliashirazi was nominated by his peers and reviewed by a physician-led research team that examined his credentials and selected him for his excellence in medical care and practice. He was valedictorian at George Washington University School of Medicine before completing his residency in orthopaedic surgery at The Mayo Clinic. He founded Marshall Orthopaedics in 2001, and specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery.
Autism center's Aiello meets board requirements
HUNTINGTON -- Autism Service Center, a nonprofit agency based in Huntington, has announced that Maria Aiello has met the requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
BCBAs are professionals in applied behavior analysis who use specific and comprehensive principles of learning to address the behavior needs of individuals in diverse settings.
Aiello has been employed at ASC since 2010 as a behavior support professional. She graduated from Marshall University with a master's degree in counseling. Those seeking more information about ASC, which serves all individuals with developmental disabilities in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason Counties, can call 304-525-8014 or visit www.autismservicescenter.org.
Crawford as retention specialist at Rio Grande
RIO GRANDE, Ohio -- The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College has announced the hire of Dean Crawford as Recruitment and Retention Specialist.
The newly formed position is designed to increase student engagement and persistence throughout the entire Rio Grande experience.
"I am very excited to join the Rio Grande family and serve as a student advocate," Crawford said. "I see this position as a student voice within the administration. My goal is to alleviate the stresses of student life as best as possible, and make the transition to college, and from semester to semester easier."
Crawford previously worked at Ohio University Southern's Proctorville Center. He has a masters in public administration and bachelors in organizational communication from Ohio University.
Legal publisher recognizes attorneys
HUNTINGTON -- Legal directory publisher The Legal 500 has recognized 10 Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP attorneys in two practice areas. Three attorneys from the firms Huntington office were among those recognized.
Marc Williams, Melissa Foster Bird and Robert Massie where highlighted for their work in product liability and mass tort defense for automotive and transportation.
The Legal 500 publishers interview law firm commercial clients and attorneys each year and develop recommendations for inclusion based on responses.
Nelson Mullins has more than 500 attorneys and goverment relations professionals with offices in seven states and Washington D.C. For more information, visit www.nelsonmullins.com.
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