April 30, 2012 In News
Pending Senate confirmation, Barham’s term is effective immediately and ends on June 30, 2017.
The 11-member state board of health governs the Mississippi State Department of Health, helps shape the department’s policy direction, appoints the state health officer and approves Mississippi’s state health plan.
“I am pleased that Dr. Barham has accepted this appointment,” Gov. Bryant said. “He is a highly-qualified physician and also has outstanding leadership experience. I am confident that he will utilize his skills to make great contributions to the health of Mississippians.”
Barham is a board-certified radiologist and a fellow in the American College of Radiology. He has served as chief of radiology at the V. G. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson; chief radiologist at River Oaks Hospital in Flowood, Miss.; and chief of staff at Woman’s Hospital at River Oaks Hospital in Flowood. He also served as assistant clinical professor of radiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Barham now serves as medical director and chairman of the board of directors at Woman’s Hospital in Flowood, where he is also chief radiologist and director of breast imaging.
“It is a great honor to be appointed to a position on the Mississippi State Board of Health,” Barham said. “There is no greater responsibility than to be entrusted with the public health of our citizens. It will be a privilege to serve alongside of the outstanding members of the public health department, and I promise to be a quick learner and a diligent worker on the behalf of the people of Mississippi.”
Barham earned his medical degree at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. after graduating from Mississippi College. He completed his radiology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and remained on staff at the hospital until leaving the Army honorably with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He began his private radiology career in the Jackson area in 1975.
Barham is a member of the American Medical Association; the Mississippi State Medical Association; the American Society of Breast Imaging; and the Mississippi State Radiology Society, where he served in multiple positions, including president.
The Belzoni native is married to Judy O’Barr Barham. They have three adult children who all work in the medical field. The Barhams also have five grandchildren.