Employee of the Month

Becky Murphy has been selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of the Becky MurphyMonth for July 2014!    Becky was notified July 1st by Jason Daniel, DOM Executive Administrator, Dr. Carlos Estrada, Division Director, and LaKisha Mack, DOM Operations Administrator. Becky is an Administrative Associate in the Division of General Internal Medicine.  Read more...

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