Dr. Wooldridge Selected for Nephrology Leadership Award
TUPELO, Miss.—The Mississippi Kidney Foundation recently presented Tom Wooldridge, M.D., with the Marcelo J. Ruvinsky, M.D. Nephrology Leadership Award.
The award was presented on the 51st anniversary of the Mississippi Kidney Foundation during the organization’s Board of Trustees Annual Meeting at Jackson Country Club on Aug. 16. Established by the Mississippi Kidney Foundation and Fresenius Kidney Care, the award is named for Dr. Ruvinsky, a nephrologist who retired in 2015 after 40 years of service in Jackson.
A Grenada native, Dr. Wooldridge earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology from Millsaps College in Jackson. He earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1972. He completed an internship in internal medicine at University Hospital of Jacksonville, Fla., and residency training in internal medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital, both in Jackson. He completed nephrology and clinical research fellowships at UMMC. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.
Dr. Wooldridge became the first nephrologist to practice in Tupelo in 1977. His practice, Nephrology and Hypertension Associates, now has six nephrologists in Tupelo and two in Oxford. The practice started with 21 dialysis patients and now treats over 1,000, He has served as chief of NMMC’s nephrology section since 2011.
Dr. Wooldridge is a member of many professional organizations, including the Mississippi Nephrologic Society, which he served as president 1994-95. He also serves on the Fresenius Regional Medical Advisory Board, Fresenius Corporate Advisory Board and Mississippi Task Force for Nephrology.
He also volunteers for and financially supports the Renal Evaluation and Assessment Program, which provides free screenings for kidney disease statewide.