Pamboukian Instrumental in Guidelines Development

Salpy PamboukianUntil now, there were no standardized recommendations from the medical community regarding patient selection, surgical preparation, inpatient management and long-term care considerations for mechanical circulatory support patients. That changed this month with the release of new guidelines published in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

"There have never been guidelines that were this structured or this comprehensive," said University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) cardiologist Salpy Pamboukian, M.D., who co-chaired the committee that drafted the guidelines. She is also medical director of the mechanical circulatory support device program at UAB and co-section head of the section of advanced heart failure, cardiac transplant, mechanical circulatory support and pulmonary vascular disease in UAB Heart and Vascular Services. "There have been a lot of published papers on the management of patients with mechanical assist devices, but never really a best-practices guidelines document; never a comprehensive set of expert-reviewed and agreed-upon recommendations – until now."

Read more at http://www.uab.edu/news/latest/item/3067-uab-expert-co-authors-new-guidelines-for-mechanical-heart-support

Employee of the Month

Becky Wallace has been selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of BeckyWallacethe Month for March 2015!     Becky is an Administrative Associate in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine.  She was notified by Jason Daniel, DOM Executive Administrator and Megann Cain, Senior Director of Development and Strategic Planning/DOM Chief of Staff. Read more...

Research Spotlight

Kirk Habegger, PhDKirk Habegger, PhD

Dr. Kirk M. Habegger is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2006. He conducted his postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Drs. Matthias Tschoep and Randy Seeley at the Metabolic Diseases Institute of the University of Cincinnati from 2009 to 2013. He was promoted to the faculty at UC in the Department of Medicine, before leaving to start his group at UAB.

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