"Good News" - March 23, 2015

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The Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program had a spectacular 2015 Match last week! We matched 38 categorical residents, 4 preliminary residents, and 4 med-peds residents through the National Residency Match Program. We have recruited a very talented, diverse group and are thrilled with our new interns! This exceptional class represents 27 medical schools and 21% AOA.

The Department of Medicine is proud to partner with Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School’s Corporate Work-Study Program. We have four wonderful students working at the reception desk in the Chair’s Office: Nya Wright, Quandre James, Amari Holt, and Ivery Bragg.

Three DOM Faculty have received Veterans Administration Merit Grants this funding cycle:

  • John Kappes, PhD (Hematology and Oncology)  Analysis of Human Uterine Mucosal Cells as Targets of HIV-1 Infection
  • Sumanth Prabhu, MD (Division Director, Cardiovascular Disease) Role of Regulatory T-Lymphocytes in Chronic Heart Failure
  • Paul Sanders, MD (Nephrology) Low Molecular Weight Protein Nephrotoxicity

Justin Van Beusecum
(Mentor: Ed Inscho, Nephrology) received a 2nd place award for his paper entitled “Toll-like receptor 4 antagonism during acute lipopolysaccharide treatment preserves afferent arteriolar autoregulatory behavior” in the UAB Graduate Student Research Day presentations given March 10-12, 2015.

Cynthia Brown, MD, MSPH (Director, Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) was selected as a top reviewer for the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Drs. Lou Bridges and Chander Raman (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) received a Medical Student Research Preceptorship award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation on behalf of UAB medical student Surabhi Vinod who will perform a summer research project entitled “Interferon gamma in pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.”

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! There will be no Medical Grand Rounds lectures for the next three weeks due to updates in the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. MGR will resume April 22, 2015.


Do you have Good News to share? If so, please email the Department of Medicine's Director of Communications, Carolyn Walsh.






"Good News" - March 16, 2015

Good News for the Week  pdf

Qiana Matthews, PhD (Infectious Diseases) has been selected by UAB’s Black Graduate Student Association as a 2015 Outstanding Mentor. The BGSA will honor her at their Annual Minority Achievement Gala on Saturday April 11, 2015.

Jasvinder Singh, MD (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) has received a $1.5 Million PCORI grant to use computer aids as a means of helping lupus patients make informed decisions about their treatment options.

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, NP-C, FAAN (Associate Director, Center for Palliative and Supportive Care; School of Nursing Professor) has received a $3.5 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study to determine whether palliative care provided when advanced heart failure patients are still well will result in better quality of life, mood, and less symptom burden, for patients and caregivers, when compared to usual heart failure care.

Ashwani Singal, MD (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) was accepted as a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.

Paula Kiley (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) is the Department of Medicine Employee of the Month. Paula is a Program Coordinator II who orchestrates a multitude of activities and events for the Division and the Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone and Autoimmunity Center, including the annual Lowe Conference. 

This Friday, March 20, you can watch the School of Medicine Match Day via Live Stream video.


Do you have Good News to share? If so, please email the Department of Medicine's Director of Communications, Carolyn Walsh.