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  • 50 years of UAB transplant: Father gets new lease on life

    50 years of UAB transplant: Father gets new lease on life Thanks to the discovery of a rare genetic condition and the skill of UAB surgeons, Brad Martin now has a better future.

  • Lisa Willett Named President-Elect of APDIM

    Lisa Willett Named President-Elect of APDIM Dr. Willett (center) with 2017-2018 CMRs Drs. Amanda Brito, Mack Brown, Rob Smola, and Karla WilliamsLisa Willett, MD (Professor, General Internal Medicine) is President-Elect of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), which is a part of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM).  APDIM is the international organization of accredited internal medicine residency programs. The association represents program directors, associate and assistant program directors, core faculty, program administrators and coordinators, fellowship coordinators, and other key faculty and staff involved in the internal medicine residency program.

  • UAB-led study shows drug effectiveness in reducing glucocorticoid-induced bone loss

    UAB-led study shows drug effectiveness in reducing glucocorticoid-induced bone loss The drug denosumab was superior to a commonly used drug in a 12-month study enrolling 795 patients.

  • 50 years of UAB Transplant: Former teen heart patient thankful for new future

    50 years of UAB Transplant: Former teen heart patient thankful for new future Megan Gagliardi is thankful to have a physical reminder of her heart transplant to reflect on each day. “I love my scar, and I love showing people what I’ve been through. It’s a huge part of me.”

  • Heartbeat Project Provides Therapeutic Memorials for Patients

    Heartbeat Project Provides Therapeutic Memorials for Patients Music Therapists Mary Fair and Kim HamrickThanks to a new music therapy initiative called the Heartbeat Project in the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, a former patient’s heartbeat was recorded, put to music, and incorporated into a song. Not only does having music therapy during treatment provide comfort for the patients, but through this innovative and encouraging program, family members may also have a lasting legacy to remember their loved one.

  • DOM Celebrates 5 New Endowed Faculty Positions

    DOM Celebrates 5 New Endowed Faculty Positions Left to Right: Troy Randall, PhD; Anupam Agarwal, MD; Martin Young, DPhil; Orlando Gutierrez, MD, MMSc; Sumanth Prabhu, MD; Amit Gaggar, MD, PhD; Stijn De Langhe, PhD; and Victor Thannickal, MDCongratulations to the five Department of Medicine faculty whose endowed chairs and professorships were approved at recent Board of Trustees meetings:Martin Young, DPhil (Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) Jeanne V. Marks Chair in Cardiovascular DiseaseOrlando Gutierrez, MD, MMsc (Associate Professor, Nephrology) Hilda B. Anderson Endowed Chair in NephrologyAmit Gaggar, MD, PhD (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) Endowed Professorship in Airway Biology Troy Randall, PhD (Professor, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) William J. Koopman[…]

  • SPARC winners share outcomes, insights a year later

    SPARC winners share outcomes, insights a year later SPARC, a UAB Medicine and Medscape innovation initiative, awarded three winners shared funding of $40,000 in grants for quality improvement projects at the end of 2016. The winners recently shared their outcomes and insights from their projects approximately a year after receiving the funding.

  • Special Care Unit Reports Encouraging Outcomes

    Special Care Unit Reports Encouraging Outcomes L to R: Special Care Unit team members Jennifer Sellers, PA; Mary Margaret Basham, MD; Medical Director Tracy Luckhardt, MD; Eva Otoupalova, MD; and Ashlyn Byrd, CRNPSince October 2016, the UAB Special Care Unit has employed a high touch and early mobilization strategy to wean patients from ventilators. Thanks to their hard work, led by Medical Director Tracy Luckhardt, MD (Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care), the ventilator wean rates now exceed the national average by 21%, and hospital readmissions have dropped significantly among these very complex patients. Kudos to the entire team for outstanding patient care efforts.

  • Proposed Medicare cuts may impact TAVR procedures

    Proposed Medicare cuts may impact TAVR procedures UAB researchers found that, from 2012-2014, Medicare was the primary payer for more than 90 percent of TAVR procedures.

  • Multiple Myeloma Clinic Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

    Multiple Myeloma Clinic Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Two assistant professors in the Division of Hematology and Oncology Racquel Innis-Shelton, MD, and Kelly Godby, MD, co-direct the Multiple Myeloma Clinic at UAB which celebrated its fifth anniversary this month. Over the past 5 years, they have seen a three-fold increase in Multiple Myeloma patients receiving treatment at UAB, and they are currently running 8 different clinical trials. Congratulations to all the hard-working faculty, staff, and investigators who are making life-changing treatments possible—like the stem cell transplant that helped one of our own UAB employees send her Multiple Myeloma into remission.

  • DOM Takes Advantage of UAB Wellscreens

    DOM Takes Advantage of UAB Wellscreens Did you know that you could get $50 for just 15 minutes and a finger stick? Well, you can, thanks to the UAB Employee Health Wellscreens campaign. John Kennedy, MD (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) is encouraging everyone in the DOM to adopt a wellness mindset and take advantage of this opportunity. It’s fast and easy! Just ask Jonathan Ingram (DOM-IT). Jonathan was able to do a walk-in wellscreen in North Pavilion this week, and he reports that the process is painless, and the results are informative. In fact, he may be swearing off pizza and cheese sticks for[…]

  • R21 grant will explore new options for tobacco cessation

    R21 grant will explore new options for tobacco cessation Researchers will train community health workers to promote tobacco cessation among young African-American men in rural Alabama with the support of UAB experts through telehealth.

  • Immune cell target identified that may prevent or delay heart failure after pressure overload

    Immune cell target identified that may prevent or delay heart failure after pressure overload The infiltration of macrophages into the heart is a required step on the path to heart failure in a preclinical model.

  • DOM Celebrates 2018 TRS Winners

    DOM Celebrates 2018 TRS Winners The Department was thrilled to celebrate the next generation of innovative scientists at the 34th Annual Department of Medicine Trainee Research Symposium last week. 96 posters were entered in the abstract competition, and we extend our sincere thanks to everyone who mentors and supports the outstanding graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, residents, and fellows across our department. We also heartily congratulate our first-place finalists!• Qing Zhao, PhD (Postdoctoral Scholar, Gastroenterology and Hepatology) “Metabolic inhibition of microbiota-reactive CD4 T cells for the prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases”• Nirav Patel, MD (Fellow, Cardiovascular Disease) “Trends and Cost of Orthotopic Heart Transplantation and Left Ventricular Assist[…]

  • Vaccine for a strain of avian influenza to be tested in clinical trial at UAB

    Vaccine for a strain of avian influenza to be tested in clinical trial at UAB The Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic will be testing the efficacy of a vaccine that could help combat a rare strain of avian influenza.

  • Annual UAB symposium focuses on health from a global perspective

    Annual UAB symposium focuses on health from a global perspective The Health Disparities Research Symposium highlights the work of undergraduate, graduate, faculty and community investigators.

  • Clinicians Promote New Colorectal Cancer Clinic

    Clinicians Promote New Colorectal Cancer Clinic Did you see the giant inflatable colon in front of TKC on Friday!? It was there to highlight our newest multi-disciplinary clinic focusing on colon cancer treatment! The clinic opened last week, just in time for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The lead physicians—including DOM’s Grant Williams, MD (Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology) and Nipun Reddy, MD (Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology)—all participated in a Facebook Live event discussing prevention and treatment, and how patients now have access to colorectal cancer care in a “one-stop shop.” Catch up on their social media interview.

  • Exosomal microRNA predicts and protects against severe lung disease in extremely premature infants

    Exosomal microRNA predicts and protects against severe lung disease in extremely premature infants This microRNA is a biomarker for bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a disease that can lead to death or long-term disease in extremely low birth-weight infants.

  • Mouse healing may reveal targets to delay or prevent human heart failure

    Mouse healing may reveal targets to delay or prevent human heart failure UAB research shows that splenic leukocytes resolve inflammation in heart failure.

  • Dean's Excellence Award winner profile: Surya Bhatt, M.D.

    Dean's Excellence Award winner profile: Surya Bhatt, M.D. Surya Bhatt, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, is the junior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Research.

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