Employee of the Month

Bon Butler has been selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of theBonButlerEOM Month for February 2015!     Bon is an Administrative Support Specialist in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease.  She was notified today by Dr. Sumanth Prabhu, Division Director, and by Megann Cain,  Senior Director of Development and Strategic Planning/DOM Chief of Staff. 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