WearRed webDid you know that cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds? The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. That’s why the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine came out in force on February 2 for the American Heart Association’s “National Wear Red Day” to bring awareness to women’s heart health issues. 

More Good News for February 7, 2018

Congratulations to three physicians for the recent publication of their literature review on continuity of care in resident outpatient clinics in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education: Erin Snyder, MD (Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine), Brittany Payne, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor, Primary Care), and Jeremey Walker, MD (PGY-3). Read the Article: JGME website.

Nirav Patel, MD (Fellow, Cardiovascular Disease) recently published an article in the Journal of the American Heart Association on hospitalization rates and the outcomes associated with sarcoidosis in the U.S. Read the UAB News story.

Congratulations to Brian Czaya (Division of Nephrology) for his recent award of a 3-year NIH fellowship to study the crosstalk between symptoms of chronic kidney disease, and whether inhibiting molecular events blocks anemia in animal models of CKD. The work is being conducted in conjunction with his mentor Christian Faul, PhD (Associate Professor, Nephrology).

Surya Bhatt, MD (Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine) recently published an article in the journal Thorax on whether the time spent smoking is a stronger indicator to estimate COPD than number of packs of cigarettes smoked per year. This was an analysis of cross-sectional data from a large multi-center cohort of current and former smokers. The article is entitled, “Smoking Duration Alone Provides Stronger Risk Estimates of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease than Pack-Years.”

Congratulations to Stephen Kertesz, MD, MSc (Professor, Preventive Medicine) on his blog post on the Health Affairs website, “Opioid Prescription Control: When the Corrective Goes too Far.” His research showed, in two separate two-year analyses, opioid discontinuation (compared to continuation) in veterans was associated with increase in suicide death, and no decrease in overdose death. Dr. Kertesz will present a Medical Grand Rounds lecture on this topic in August. 

Congratulations to David Pollock, PhD (Professor, Division of Nephrology), on his nomination for the National Research Committee by the American Heart Association Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease.

The Department took second place honors at the SOM Diversity Fair this year! Six divisions—Endocrine, GI, GIM, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Pulmonary—presented tables with a wide array of international cuisines. Congrats to them, and to all who turned out to celebrate diversity across the School of Medicine.

Calling all clinician educators!  The Tinsley Harrison General Medicine service has redesigned the faculty "Scholars" program for AY 2018-19.  The DOM is investing financial support to have our best DOM clinician educators attend more on Tinsley. Contact your division director, Lisa Willett, or Martin Rodriguez for further information.  

Next week’s Medical Grand Rounds will feature Latesha Elopre, MD, MSPH (UAB Infectious Diseases) and Greg Payne, MD, PhD (UAB Cardiovascular Disease) presenting, “Filling the Academic Medical Pipeline: The Innovative Research of UAB’s Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Awardees,” at noon on Wednesday, February 14, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.

View this week's slides.

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