Welcome to UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology, a department of the University of Alabama School of Medicine at UAB. Since its establishment in 1945, the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been dedicated to the highest quality clinical, research and training programs. The department has grown into a national leader in obstetrics and gynecology, with innovative educational programs, groundbreaking research initiatives and a robust clinical practice.
The American Urogynecologic Society and the International Urogynecological Association have honored the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for work in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-sponsored Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, with the 2014 Best Paper in Basic Science award.
The award is given annually and was presented at the AUGS/IUGA Scientific Meeting.
As a baby slides out of the birth canal, on the way to its first breath, its body becomes coated in its mother's microbes. This first interaction with outside organisms could be key to shaping the development of the baby's immune system.
Our microbes, collectively called the microbiome, most often live in harmony with our bodies. They support the immune system, help to digest food and keep the metabolism on track, and fight off disease-causing bacteria. But researchers suspect that mom's microbiome could play a role in when her children are born, and what happens to them as they grow.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has enrolled the first patient in the United States in a Phase III clinical trial for a drug to treat preeclampsia in pregnant women that, if successful, would be a significant clinical breakthrough for reducing pre-term births and infant mortality.
“Currently, when patients have preeclampsia, all we have to offer is delivery of the baby as the ultimate treatment,” said Alan Tita, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in UAB’s School of Medicine and a lead investigator for the trial.
Luisa Hernandez, a Spanish Interpreter for the Obstetrics Complications Clinic (OBCC), thought that retirement after working in corporate America would be fulfilling, but soon found that she "was not ready." And, had she remained retired, now realizes that she would have missed a wonderful opportunity to help the Hispanic population that would become more rewarding to her than to them. Hernandez has been honored as the OB/GYN June Employee of the Month.
After 12 years as an AT&T Senior Product Manager, Hernandez decided to retire rather than be relocated to another state after the company merged with BellSouth. She went home with the intention of relaxing, but soon realized that with an empty nest and her husband working days that she needed something to occupy her time. She saw a job announcement for an Office Services Specialist III position at UAB and decided to respond.