roup shot L to R: Ravi Bhatia, MD (Division Director, Hematology and Oncology; Deputy Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center) Wendy Madden, RN (BMT Nurse Manager) Michele and Jimmy Roberson (wife/patient); Alina Franke and Christoph Kleeburg (donor/boyfriend) and Antonio Di Stasi, MD (Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology)L to R: Ravi Bhatia, MD; Wendy Madden, RN; Michele and Jimmy Roberson; Alina Franke and Christoph Kleeburg; and Antonio Di Stasi, MDAlina Franke registered to donate her bone marrow in Hamburg, Germany, in 2009. She wound up being the one person in 24 million to be the perfect match Jimmy Roberson needed to save his life. Now, almost three years after his transplant via the UAB Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program, Roberson invited Franke to visit him in the United States. They met for the first time last week. Read the full story at UAB News.

More Good News for September 13, 2017

The medical students honored seven DOM faculty and the Internal Medicine departments on three campuses during the 2017 Argus Awards for their extraordinary teaching and mentorship. Congratulations to each of these amazing clinician-educators!

Best Educators: 

  • Patient Doctor Society: Michael Saag, MD (Professor, Infectious Diseases)
  • Cardiovascular Module: Harish Doppalapudi, MD (Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Disease)
  • Pulmonary Module: Kevin Leon, MD (Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care)
  • Gastrointestinal Module: James Willig, MD (Associate Professor, Infectious Disease)
  • Renal Module: Vineeta Kumar, MD (Associate Professor, Nephrology)
  • Endocrine Systems: Shawn Galin, PhD (Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care)

 Other Honors:

  • Best MS1 Organ Module: Cardiovascular. Co-Director Harish Doppalapudi, MD (Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Disease)
  • Caduceus Club Award for Excellence in Clincal Education, Birmingham Campus: Winter Williams, MD (Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine)
  • Best Clinical Departments: Internal Medicine Birmingham, Huntsville, and Montgomery

Lisa Curtis, PhD (Assistant Professor, Nephrology) and colleagues have been published in APSselect. Their paper which explores sex- and age-dependent effects in protective pathways in acute kidney injury is considered one of the best original research papers published by American Physiological Society.

Trisha Parekh, DO (Instructor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) has been selected to participate in the 2017 Health Disparities Research Training Award Certificate Program. She will be doing research on the social determinants of health in COPD, focusing on specific health disparities and how this affects inequalities in COPD patients and how this relates to adverse health outcomes.

In a paper published in Scientific Reports, Ganesh Halade, PhD (Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) and colleagues showed that giving mice a form of the fatty acid-derived bioactive molecule lipoxin improved heart function after experiencing a heart attack. Read the full story at UAB News here.

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds: Matt Might, PhD, Inaugural Director of the Hugh Kaul Personalized Medicine Institute at UAB, will present "The Algorithm for Precision Medicine" at noon on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.

The 8th Annual Geriatric Quality Symposium will be held next Thursday, September 21. In addition to the always inspiring celebration of our Geriatric Scholars program, we will have a panel discussion with three national leaders.

  • Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM: Scholar Project Poster Viewing & Video Presentations
    10:00 AM-11:00 AM: Quality Outcomes Reports and Awards
  • West Pavilion Conference Room E
    11:45 AM-1:00 PM: The Journey Towards Age-Friendly Health Systems, a panel discussion with Drs. Terry Fulmer, Clifford Ko, and Deb Cleeter-Bailey (Lunch available for first 100 attendees.)

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