Good News Update: May 25, 2015View the slides.
Nick Van Wagoner, MD (Infectious Diseases) and Chad Steele, PhD (Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine) will serve as Co-Chairs for the Department of Medicine Culture Work Group.
Andrew Duxbury, MD (Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care) has been selected as one of Birmingham’s Top 50 Over 50 by Positive Maturity, a Birmingham non-profit that promotes wellness among seniors. Dr. Duxbury is being recognized for his efforts in optimizing the function of older adults, particularly around the issue of overmedication of the elderly.
Amanda Brito, MD (PGY1) Jill Neely, MD (PGY2) and Shabnam Sarker, MD (PGY3) took amazing care of a patient at the VA last week who had been admitted to medicine service observation for new onset ascites from liver cirrhosis. The Vietnam veteran shared his heartfelt appreciation for everyone who participated in his care. The Department salutes you! Keep up the good work.
DOM Employees of the Month for April and May
- Becky Wallace is an Administrative Associate in Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. She supports the Division Director, Dr. Victor Thannickal, and the Division's Administrative Office with contagious enthusiasm. She makes people feel special and valued and sets an example with a selfless team spirit.
- Peggy O'Neal is a Financial Associate in Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. She is an outstanding member of the Division's administrative team. She approaches her responsibilities with enthusiasm, a keen eye to detail, and a high degree of accuracy.
As past president of the American Physiological Society, David Pollock, PhD (Nephrology) participated in the signing of an historic agreement for research collaboration with the leaders of the Cuban Society of Physiological Sciences. The memorandum of understanding was executed on April 28, formalizing an agreement for the exchange of scientific information and resources between the two organizations.
Family and friends of the late Terry Phillips were so impressed with the care he received during his final days in the Palliative and Comfort Care Unit, they created a special tribute in his memory. The Hidden Valley Art Station is named for Terry’s home in Oneonta, offering caregivers and loved ones an opportunity to create art as a means of therapy during serious illness. The Station and its specially commissioned artwork was dedicated on May 11 in the PCCU break room. It will be furnished with paper, crafts and art supplies by the Student Alumni Society.
Ashwani Singal, MD (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Evan Raff, MD (UAB Hospitalist), and Habeeb Salmeh, MD ((incoming Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellow) have been published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Their article “PNPLA3 gene polymorphisms is associated with predisposition to and severity of alcoholic liver disease” is mentored research that performed a meta-analysis of ten studies and confirms the association of this genetic polymorphism with the risk of entire spectrum of alcoholic liver disease.
Next week’s speaker for Medical Grand Rounds is Ravi Bhatia, MD (Director of Hematology and Oncology). He will present "Chronic myelogenous leukemia. Reaching for the cure."
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Welcome Ravi Bhatia, MD
Ravi Bhatia, MD, Professor and Director of the division of Hematology and Oncology, and Deputy Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Bhatia spent the past eight years as director of the Division of Hematopoietic Stem Cell and Leukemia Research at City of Hope, in Duarte, California, one of the nations’ most successful leukemia treatment centers. Here, he answers a few questions about his new role at UAB. Read More...
Makadon Lectures on LGBT Health Disparities
Harvey Makadon, M.D., has a clear message for healthcare professionals: we must begin to recognize that significant health disparities exist among the LGBT community and develop a more culturally competent approach to delivering care to this at-risk population. In his talk, “Achieving Health Equity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People,” delivered at Medical Grand Rounds on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Makadon presented compelling Read More...