Last Friday, a bus carrying 26 UAB residents from the Department of Pediatrics was involved in a severe accident following a retreat at Camp McDowell. The School of Medicine leadership is extremely grateful to everyone who has been involved in the care for its residents and their families during this difficult time.
Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, director of the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship, has been awarded a $600,000 grant by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to study anthracycline-related cardiotoxicity in childhood cancer survivors.
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.
Crayton “Tony” Fargason, M.D., has assumed an additional role at UAB Medicine as the Director of Neurodevelopmental Initiatives. Fargason will serve a key coordinating role between the UAB School of Medicine, the Department of Pediatrics and Children’s of Alabama.

UAB honored seven Outstanding Women during a special ceremony on March 15 in the UAB Alumni House. Three of those women have strong ties to the School of Medicine.

Hussein Abdullatif, M.D., professor in the Department of Pediatrics, is the senior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Teaching.
Elizabeth (Cason) Benton, M.D., has received the 2018 Paul V. Miles Fellowship Award from the American Board of Pediatrics, an honor that highlights a pediatrician who is dedicated to improving the quality of health care for children.
Using nonclinical navigators, the Family Navigation Program will provide support and services to children diagnosed with cancer and sickle cell disease, as well as to their families. The interdisciplinary team led by the UAB Department of Pediatrics was awarded a grant to create the Family Care Connect Program.
Nicole Jones, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, is the junior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Diversity Enhancement.
Leslie Hayes, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics in the UAB Department of Pediatrics, represented the UAB School of Medicine on a recent trip to South Africa to engage and teach health care leaders there.
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