Irfan M. Asif, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UAB School of Medicine. Asif is a primary care physician with a specialization in sports and exercise medicine.
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Lisa Willett, M.D., MACM, program director for the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program and vice chair for Education and professor in the UAB Department of Medicine, has been named president-elect of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) Council.

The UAB Department of Surgery hosted the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) 28th Annual Meeting last week. More than 200 surgeons from all over the country traveled to Birmingham to attend the meeting.

The combined group of medical students, faculty and staff distributed essential medications to poverty-stricken neighborhoods and villages, diagnosed and treated hundreds of patients, and supplied reading glasses to over 100 individuals.

Nicholas Van Wagoner, M.D., Ph.D., has been promoted to associate dean for students. Van Wagoner holds two degrees from UAB and has been affiliated with the university for more than 20 years; he has served most recently as the assistant dean for students and as an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Infectious Disease.
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