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May 3, 2006




(Jackson, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Dr. Kelly Segars, of Iuka, to the Mississippi Board of Health. The board provides policy direction for the State Department of Health, as well as approves the State’s health plan and rules and regulations of the Agency. The MBH is also responsible for appointing a State Health Officer to operate the agency.


“Dr. Segars is a good choice to fill this position,” Governor Barbour said. “His years of medical practice will enable him as a voting member to make decisions that will benefit the health of Mississippians. I am confident he will serve successfully on this board.”


Dr. Segars has practiced medicine for more than 30 years and currently works as chairman of the board of First American National Bank in Iuka. He is board certified in geriatrics and is a Fellow with the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Segars is a member of a variety of medical associations, including the American and Mississippi State Medical Association, Flying Physicians Association, Northeast Medical Association, and the Southern Association for Geriatric Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Segars is actively involved with the American and Mississippi Bankers Association.


A veteran of the United States Army, Dr. Segars was awarded the American Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Medal for his service as First Lieutenant in the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and earned his doctor of medicine from the University of Mississippi Medical School.