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Golden Tongue Blade Award

The Golden Tongue Blade Award is given annually to an NMMC physician by NMMC employees, because of outstanding contributions to customer service, teamwork, quality of care and leadership.

2012-2013

Wayne Slocum, M.D.

Wayne Slocum, M.D., is the recipient of North Mississippi Medical Center’s 2012-2013 Golden Tongue Blade Award.


Dr. Slocum grew up in Baton Rouge, La. He graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. He attended medical school at LSU, where he was elected to the American Osteopathic Association honorary medical society. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he served as chief administrative resident.


Since completing his residency in 1987, he has been in practice in Tupelo at OB/GYN Associates. He is board-certified and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is a member and officer of the Mississippi section of ACOG. Dr. Slocum is a member and past president of the Northeast Mississippi Medical Society. He is a past chief of staff for NMMC.


He and his wife, Yvette, have three children. They are members of All Saints Episcopal Church, where he has served on the Vestry and in numerous other positions.

2011-2012

Dr. Barney Guyton

Barney J. Guyton, M.D.

Barney J. Guyton, M.D., is the recipient of North Mississippi Medical Center’s 2011-2012 Golden Tongue Blade Award.

Dr. Guyton has been a gastroenterologist at Digestive Health Specialists since 1979. He received his medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed a residency and a fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty of gastroenterology.