RIDGELAND, MS, July 09, 2019 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Charles S. O'Mara, MD, MBA with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. O'Mara celebrates over 45 years of practice experience in medicine and academia and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. O'Mara is considered an authority in the field of healthcare, and he currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs and Professor of Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). He took on these roles at UMMC after decades of professional success in private practice as a highly rated and recognized vascular surgeon. His current role at a prominent state-supported academic medical center allows him the opportunity “to give back in a way that has real meaning for many people,” beyond just one patient at a time.
Dr. O'Mara began his career path at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where he was a Carrier Scholar and received a Bachelor of Science in 1970. He then graduated summa cum laude with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1973. From 1973 to 1979 he continued his training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he completed the residency program in Surgery. He finished a vascular surgery fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1980. He then returned to Johns Hopkins as Assistant Professor of Surgery, staff surgeon, and Director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory.
In 1982 he moved back to his home state of Mississippi and joined the Cardiovascular Surgical Clinic in Jackson, where he was a partner and surgeon for the next 26 years. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. O'Mara continued his vascular surgery practice at Baptist Cardiovascular Surgery. In 2011 he completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Texas at Dallas. In 2013 Dr. O'Mara started at UMMC as Professor of Surgery. He was first in the role of Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, and soon thereafter he was appointed to his current position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs.
In addition to his practice of surgery, Dr. O'Mara has contributed over 60 papers, articles, and chapters published in esteemed professional journals and medical textbooks. At UMMC, he has been in a leadership role for numerous important institutional initiatives. As an active member of the community, he has served on the board of directors of Mississippi Baptist Health System, Mississippi Baptist Medical Center (MBMC), The MIND Center, and the Leukemia Society of Jackson, Mississippi. He has also served as president of the Southern Surgeons Club, the Callender Society, the Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and the Tulane Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery.
Over the course of his career, Dr. O'Mara has been honored and recognized for his work in numerous ways. He was awarded the Taylor Medal in Biology at the University of Mississippi, and he received the Arthur B. Priest Award in 1969 as the outstanding member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity in the U.S. and Canada. While at Tulane Medical School he garnered the Roche Award, the Dr. Walter G. Unglaub Memorial Award, the Oscar Creech Award, and the Isadore Dyer Memorial Prize, representing outstanding academic and clinical performance at Tulane. In 1988 he was named the Young Surgeon of the Year by the Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and in 1990 he was named Critical Care Physician of the Year at MBMC. He was a four-time winner of the Richard M. Nowell Award from the Callender Society (1990, 1992, 1996, 2000). He was the inaugural recipient of the Patient First Award in 2008 at MBMC. He led the program at MBMC that was ranked #1 in Mississippi for Vascular Surgery for 3 consecutive years (2011-2013), and he was recognized as being among the top five percent in the nation and 5-star rated in vascular surgery for these years. He has been featured in multiple editions of Who's Who in America.
Dr. O'Mara and wife Susan live in Ridgeland, are members of Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, and have four children and nine grandchildren. His personal interests have included tennis, golf, hiking and mountain climbing, photography, painting, travel, and activities with his grandchildren.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. O'Mara has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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