Tellis B. Ellis, III, M.D.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Tellis B. Ellis, III was born in Jackson, Mississippi and was one of four children born to Tellis B. Ellis, Jr. and his wife Lucinda. Dr. Ellis attended high school at Jim Hill High School where he excelled at both football and basketball. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1965 at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi with a B. S. Degree in Science. While attending Jackson State Dr. Ellis was honored as a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Dr. Ellis was an outstanding football player for Jackson State and was recruited by the NFL to play professional football for the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay Wisconsin. After sustaining a knee injury which ended his hopes for a career as a professional athlete he made the decision to pursue a career in Medicine.
Dr. Ellis was accepted into medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and received his Medical Doctorate in 1970. He completed both his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College in 1974. Dr. Ellis then returned to Jackson, Mississippi where he completed his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1977. Dr. Ellis is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
Dr. Ellis is active at the local and national levels in the following professional societies and organizations: American Medical Association, Mississippi Medical Association, Jackson Medical Society, National Monitoring Board Member Jackson Heart Study, American College of Cardiology, National Medical Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, Jackson Medical Association, and Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association where he served as President. Dr. Ellis is an active member of the Jackson State University Alumni Association and was honored in 1975 with the First and Only Black Board Certified Internist in Mississippi Award.
Dr. Ellis is a founding partner of Jackson Cardiology Associates in Jackson Mississippi where he practices with four other Cardiologists. He is Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and an active staff physician at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, River Oaks Hospital, and Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.
Dr. Ellis is widowed and has one son; Tellis B. Ellis IV. He is the proud grandfather of Brian Ellis.
Dr. Ellis is a member of Pearl Street AME Church in Jackson, Mississippi. His medical special interest is Congestive Heart Failure and in his leisure time he enjoys fly fishing.
Richard Rayford, M.D.,PhD.,F.A.C.C.
Dr. Rayford was born in Byhalia, Mississippi and is one of eighteen children born to Henry and Freddie Mae Rayford. His parents instilled in their children the value of an education and the ability to achieve their goals through perseverance and hard work. Dr. Rayford attended Byhalia High School where he was elected “Mr. Byhalia” by the student body and graduated with honors at the top of his class. He completed his undergraduate studies at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. While a student at Grambling State, Dr. Rayford received the following honors: Dean’s List, President’s List, Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities, Distinguished Freshman and Senior Chemistry Major, Alpha Kappa Mu and Beta Kappa Chi Honor Societies and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Dr. Rayford pursued postgraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and in 1987 received his Ph. D. in Biochemistry.
Dr. Rayford received his Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He completed both his Internship and Internal Medicine Residency at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Rayford completed his Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1998. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
Dr. Rayford is an accomplished clinician, healthcare researcher, author, and educator. He is active in a number of local and national professional societies and organizations including the American Medical Association, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, National Medical Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association, and Jackson Medical Association.
Dr. Rayford joined Jackson Cardiology in Jackson, Mississippi in 1998 where he is currently in private practice with four other Cardiologists and is the Radiation Safety Officer for Jackson Cardiology Associate’s Nuclear Lab. He is an active staff physician St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, River Oaks Hospital, and Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.
Dr. Rayford met his wife Dr. Edith Smith-Rayford while attending medical school. Dr. Edith Smith Rayford is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at University Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi and they are the proud parents of a son, Richard II and a daughter, Margie Areias. The Rayford family are members of Terry Grove Baptist Church in Terry, Mississippi.
Dr. Rayford’s special interests in medicine are Interventional Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology. In his leisure time he likes to swim and play basketball.
Malcolm P. Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Malcolm Taylor was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His parents were native Mississippians and taught their children the value of education and to always stand up for what they believed was right. He completed high school at Rosa A. Temple in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Dr. Taylor then attended Tougaloo College and served as editor of the Hambre newspaper, President of the student body and earned a B.S. Degree in Physics.
He received his Medical Doctorate from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed both his Internship and Residency at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. and a Fellowship in Cardiology at the Georgetown University Hospital also in Washington, D. C. Dr. Taylor is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
Dr. Taylor is an accomplished clinician, medical educator and clinical researcher. He is active at the local and national levels in a number of professional societies and organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, National Medical Association, International Society for Hypertension in Blacks, and the Association of Black Cardiologists; where he has served as Treasurer, Vice-President, and President. Dr. Taylor is active in the Mississippi Medical and Surgery Association where he has served two terms as President. He was appointed by the Governor of Mississippi to serve on the Statewide Health Coordinating Council. He has served as Primary Investigator for a number of clinical studies and has been a Lecturer on Congestive Heart Failure, Hypertension, and Ischemic Heart Disease for many years.
Dr. Taylor is a founding partner of Jackson Cardiology Associates in Jackson, Mississippi where he is in private practice with four other Cardiologists. He is Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Director of the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at St. Dominick-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Jackson Mississippi. Dr. Taylor is an active staff physician at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, River Oaks Hospital, and Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He recently served as Governor for the Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and is the immediate past President of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc.
Dr. Taylor is an avid golfer and enjoys listening to Jazz music.
Berthrone L. Mock-Muhammad, M.D.
Dr. Mock-Muhammad is an accomplished invasive heart failure and cardiology electrophysiology device specialist who is a staff cardiologist affiliated with Jackson Cardiology Associates of Jackson Mississippi. He is a native of Mississippi. He attended Tougaloo College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1994. He is a Desert Storm/Gulf War veteran, where he served his country as a flight medic.
He received a Doctorate of Medicine degree from Meharry Medical College in 2000. He completed his internal medicine training and chief residency training at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Meharry Medical College. Dr. Mock-Muhammad trained in an integrated advanced subspecialty of Invasive Interventional Heart Failure combining collaborative training in Advance Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplantation, and Electrophysiology Cardiology Device training at Vanderbilt, University.
Dr. Mock-Muhammad has in the past completed a NIH sponsored clinical research under Electrophysiologist Dr. James Martin at the University of Iowa Medical Center in 1993. He has conducted research in electrolyte patch clamp cardiac cell experiments under Mohit L. Bhattacharyya, PhD at Meharry Medical College. He also participated in clinical research under Dr. Theodore Addai relating to left atrial volume assessment and correlation to heart failure outcomes while at Vanderbilt University.
He conducted numerous lectures via radio, TV, and print media among his peers and within the community on "Spirituality and Health," "Diastolic Heart Failure: Diagnosis & Treatment Strategies, " "Disparities in Stroke and Cardiovascular Outcomes between Blacks and Whites," "Screening Sudden Cardiac Death in Alternative Population Groups," and "New Applications and Integration of External Wearable Defibrillators in Modern Clinical Practice."
Dr. Mock-Muhammad has a passion for helping the underserved and has been a lead physician on medical missions in both Hati and Belize. He is a member of The Alpha Omega Alpha National Medial Honor Society Association of Black Cardiologist., National Medical Association, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, and The American Heart Association.
John P. Payne, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Payne completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX with a B.S. degree with honors in Physics. Dr. Payne received many honors and awards during this time including: Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics) Honor Society and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
He continued with his medical education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, Dallas, TX where he received his M.D. degree. His postgraduate education was at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, Dallas, TX, in the Department of Physiology. Thereafter, he trained at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX in Cardiovascular Disease with an additional year of training in Echocardiography (level 3), and postdoctoral work in cellular and molecular biophysics and clinical electrophysiology. He received these following awards and honors: NIH Pre-doctoral Fellow in Cardiovascular Diseases, NASA Graduate Student Researchers Grant, and Bugher Molecular Cardiology Research Fellow.
Dr. Payne is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He has been on the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine and the University Mississippi Medical Center. He has served on numerous advisory boards to industry and has played leaership roles in the Heart Rhythm Society.
Dr. Payne has been involved in many industry sponsored and multicenter clinical research studies. The most recent of these being MADIT-RIT with Boston Scientific, PROVIDE with St. Jude Medical, POWER-CRT with St. Jude. He has a particular interest in biomechanical analysis of ventricular activation delay in chronic systolic heart failure and resynchronization therapy.
Dr. Payne is on staff with Jackson Cardiology Associates and the G.V. (Sonny Montgomery) Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is on the Medical Board of Directors with Parent Heart Watch and is a member of Heart Rhythm Society, American Medical Association, Mississippi State Medical Society, and the Southern Society of Clinical Investigations.
Harsha S. Nagarajarao, M.D.
Dr. Nagarajarao is the newest addition to Jackson Cardiology Associates (JCA). Although Dr. Nagarajarao specializes in advanced percutaneous structural heart repair, his primary focus is percutaneous coronary intervention as well as advanced peripheral arterial interventions which includes treatment of complicated and high risk coronary lesions as well as peripheral arterial lesions. Dr. Nagarajarao comes to JCA from The University of Louisville where he received his training in percutaneous coronary, structural and peripheral interventions. Below are his specific areas of interest.