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  • Six faculty awarded incentive grants to submit a second R01

    Six School of Medicine faculty projects were recently funded through an AMC21 initiative giving NIH-funded investigators incentive to submit a second R01.

  • DOM Premieres Faculty Development Video Series

    DOM Premieres Faculty Development Video Series The Department of Medicine’s first ever medical education training video is now available online! The MedEd Moments Series addresses important and often unmet needs in topic areas including: Setting Expectations, Feedback, Learning Climate, Evaluation and more. “Setting Expectations” is the first learning episode in the series and was developed right here in our residency program. Kudos to Drs. J.R. Hartig, Jason Morris, and Lisa Willett for screenwriting and production, and to our amazing cast and crew for their star performances. Watch Now. 

  • UAB researchers testing innovative childhood obesity intervention

    UAB researchers testing innovative childhood obesity intervention UAB researchers will implement a new home-intervention model to teach mothers and children to form healthy habits right in the comfort of their homes.

  • MS3 Clerkship Rotations Now On Main UAB Campus

    MS3 Clerkship Rotations Now On Main UAB Campus Thanks to the dedication of a group of volunteers, both on the UAB Campus and at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, students are now able to do ambulatory clinic rotations on the main campus. Drs. Brooks Vaughan and Winter Williams, the co-directors of the Internal Medicine Clerkship, have developed a curriculum that the preceptors can use, even on busy clinic days. Student feedback regarding the outpatient medicine experience has dramatically improved as a result of these efforts. Kudos to all our volunteers: Stephen Stair, Stephen Bell, Jennifer Vigil, James Williams, Hernando Carter, and Michael Geer, Eric Tofil, Felicia Noerager, Reginald[…]

  • A “reset” of regulatory T-cells reverses chronic heart failure in mouse model

    A “reset” of regulatory T-cells reverses chronic heart failure in mouse model This research suggests a therapeutic approach to treating human heart failure.

  • UAB House Calls Helps Patients Meet End-of-Life Goals

    UAB House Calls Helps Patients Meet End-of-Life Goals Thanks to the UAB House Calls program, many frail, older patients who once bounced in and out of the emergency room or the hospital for their care are experiencing life changing results. By employing an interdisciplinary team—a physician, nurse practitioner, medical assistant, case manager and social worker—to visit in the home, this vulnerable population can better cope with serious and chronic illness. What's more, thanks to frank and honest discussions about their goals of care, many reach the end of their lives at home surrounded by family, rather than in the hospital. House Calls Medical Director Marianthe Grammas, MD (Assistant[…]

  • UAB BMT makes life-saving transplant possible for 3-year-old patient

    UAB BMT makes life-saving transplant possible for 3-year-old patient Above: Skye Savren-McCormick, left, and Hayden Hatfield Ryals. Photo credit: Mike Broadway Photography.Ayman Saad, MD (Associate Professor, Hematology and Oncology) and his team at UAB performed a bone marrow harvest that has produced a beautiful and an unexpected friendship. Hayden Hatfield Ryals signed up to be a marrow donor and ended up not only being a perfect match, but also saving the life of Skye Savren-McCormick, who was suffering from junvenile myelomonocytic leukemia at the time. Two years later, the pair is still close, and Skye was the flower girl in Hayden’s wedding. Great job to Dr. Saad and his[…]

  • Iyer to receive UAB’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award

    Iyer to receive UAB’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award Anand Iyer, M.D., will receive UAB's Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the 2018 Alumni Leadership and Recognition Awards on Friday, Sept. 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Alumni House. In 2017 Anand received the UAB Young Alumni Rising Star Award from the National Alumni Society.

  • 2018 Dean's Excellence Awardees

    2018 Dean's Excellence Awardees Congratulations to the 2018 Dean's Excellence Awardees in the Department of Medicine: Drs. Antony, Ballesteros-Tato, Barnett, Baskin, Frank, Kumar and Rowe. Keep up the good work!

  • August 2018: Casondra Matthews

    August 2018: Casondra Matthews Casondra Matthews has been selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of the Month for August 2018! Casondra is a Program Manager II in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. She was notified by Kara Newton, Division Administrator, Elizabeth Westfall, Program Director III, and Department of Medicine representatives Cynthia Joiner, Assistant Vice Chair for Research, and Shane Wiley, Interim Executive Administrator.    Casondra has been with the Division for many years and is a valued member of the team. She regularly goes above and beyond to assist multiple investigators with grant submission, and she always helps her co-workers with[…]

  • Thannickal receives $8.9 million grant to continue testing of new drug for IPF

    Thannickal receives $8.9 million grant to continue testing of new drug for IPF The grant, received from the NIH, aims to provide a better option for patients than what is already available.

  • DOM Runs 5K for Equal Access Birmingham Free Health Clinic

    DOM Runs 5K for Equal Access Birmingham Free Health Clinic L to R: Sal Kamal, MD; Win Williams, MD; Jason Morris, MD; Todd McCarty, MD; Oliver Sinquefield, MD; Jordan Tannenbaum, MD; and Danielle Witt, MDUAB Internal Medicine took the award for most competitors in the Equal Access Birmingham Heart + Sole 5K thanks to strong turnout by residents, fellows and faculty. Our top faculty runner was Todd McCarty, MD (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) who finished #8 overall. Shout outs to all participants, especially to the enthusiastic Dr. Well-Be, for their support of the EAB cause!

  • Six DOM Programs Earn “Top 50” Rank in US News & World Report Best Hospitals List

    Six DOM Programs Earn “Top 50” Rank in US News & World Report Best Hospitals List US News & World Report continues to rank Cardiology, Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonary, and Rheumatology among the Top 50 programs in the U.S. Rheumatology remains #10, Nephrology and Pulmonary moved up further in the Top 20, and Cardiology moved into the Top 20. These improvements are driven in part by falling 30-day mortality for our patients. Congratulations to each of our Divisions and to all our faculty, staff, residents, and fellows! A program is highly ranked only when each patient receives care from a high-functioning team.

  • UAB Cardiovascular Center to host annual symposium

    UAB Cardiovascular Center to host annual symposium The focus of the seventh annual symposium will be on heart failure.

  • Children’s book encourages quality family time amid hectic lifestyles

    Children’s book encourages quality family time amid hectic lifestyles In “The Overworked Shoes,” Barbie Randall tells the story of a couple whose busy lifestyle left little quality time for their family, and a strange encounter that would change their lives forever.

  • Department of Medicine Welcomes New Fellows

    Department of Medicine Welcomes New Fellows L to R: Laura Hughes, MD; Elizabeth McAlister; Fellows Amanda Schnell, Maggie Guthrie, Marcum Collins and Lee Day; and Angelo Gaffo, MD, from the Division of RheumatologyThe Department of Medicine is delighted to celebrate 47 new fellows for the 2018/19 academic year. Our subspecialty training currently comprises 14 ACGME accredited programs and 3 non-ACGME programs with 152 total fellows. Welcome aboard!

  • Doxorubicin disrupts the immune system to cause heart toxicity

    Doxorubicin disrupts the immune system to cause heart toxicity The drug targets enzymes that control the immune response and spleen macrophages.

  • Bradley Reports MIND Trial Findings That Lowering Blood Pressure Can Reduce Dementia Risk

    Bradley Reports MIND Trial Findings That Lowering Blood Pressure Can Reduce Dementia Risk Virginia Wadley Bradley, PhD (Professor, Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care) co-led the group that administered the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial’s (SPRINT) Memory and Cognition in Decreased Hypertension (MIND) study. Preliminary results reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference indicate that lowering systolic blood pressure reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment, often a precursor to dementia. These benefits are in addition to the previous findings of the SPRINT study that cardiovascular complications, from heart attacks to heart failure and even death, were significantly reduced with the same treatment. These findings and others inform new guidelines that normal systolic blood[…]

  • Kirklin named to American Heart Association GSA Board of Directors

    Kirklin named to American Heart Association GSA Board of Directors Kirklin has been involved with the American Heart Association in various capacities for more than 20 years.

  • New efforts to control opioids become ‘funhouse mirror image’ of prior policies

    New efforts to control opioids become ‘funhouse mirror image’ of prior policies Published in Addiction, a new paper lays out some of the factors that lead policymakers to look for easy answers to complex problems related to opioid addiction.

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