We are proud to announce our Resident Intern Class of 2017-2018! We matched 24 Pediatric Residents, four Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residents, one Genetics-Pediatric Resident, and one Child Neurology Resident. We are so proud to have these incredibly strong, academically talented, well-rounded interns joining our Residency Programs this July.

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The UAB Commission on the Status of Women presents these awards annually to honor women in the UAB and Birmingham communities who have mentored or served other women, taken a courageous stance or overcome adversity to achieve a goal. Carolyn S. Ashworth, M.D., General Pediatrics, was the recipient of the Becky Trigg Outstanding UAB Faculty Member. Click here to read more about her devotion to her colleagues, leadership, and courage.
Stephen Russell, M.D., associate professor of internal pediatrics and pediatrics, recently published his third novel, "Control Group."

Books will be available in print and e-book format on Amazon and in Audiobook format from audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes. Locally, they will be sold at the new location of Little Professor in Homewood.

Russell has two upcoming book signings at Little Professor in Homewood on April 4 from 5 - 7 p.m., and at Emmet O’Neal Library in Mountain Brook on April 9. See more on his website at www.authorstephenrussell.com.

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We invite you to spend some time reviewing the activities of a successful 2016 and the stories of our patients, and the men and women who provide their care and support. You may access the report here or via the link provided below. 

In addition, click here to download the Children’s of Alabama 2016 Research Annual Report.  Please feel free to share the link and/or the PDF with your colleagues, family, and friends.

http://annualreport.childrensal.org
The Second Annual Pediatric Science Day was held on March 9, 2017 in the Bradley Lecture Center. The organizers are pleased to announce the day was another huge success! Nineteen pediatric presentations were showcased including presentations by 15 pediatric fellows, three residents, and one medical student. Additionally, 11 posters were presented, ten by pediatric fellows and one medical student. We were thrilled that Dr. Michael Haller, Professor and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Florida, was able to join us as the featured Grand Rounds speaker. He was an integral active participant during both the platform and poster sessions, and gave a very informative grand rounds presentation on his experiences into the type 1 diabetes research world. Two fellows and one resident were highlighted with best abstracts in their section: Dr. Corey Falcon (second year Hematology & Oncology fellow), Dr. Colm Travers (third year Neonatology fellow), and Dr. Erika Bishop (third year Pediatric resident). The day was even more complete as many faculty members took time to enjoy the presentations and the poster session. Special thanks to the seven faculty who took time to review the abstracts: Drs. Tofil, Wu, Cohen, Lebensburger, Nassetta, Iyer and McCormick. We look forward to next year - Pediatric Science Day 2018!

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Namasivayam Ambalavanan, M.D., Neonatology, has been selected to serve as a member of the NIH Lung Injury, Repair, and Remodeling (LIRR) Study Section by the Center for Scientific Review. His term will be July 2017 - June 2021. Members will review applications that focus on lung development and the response of non-vascular pulmonary tissue or cells to injury, repair, fibrosis, and barrier function.
Russell Cunningham Memorial Research Program AnnouncementCongratulations to UAB School of Medicine Medical Students Mary Margaret Barr and Anisha Khanijow who have been selected as the 2017 Russell Cunningham Memorial Research Scholars. Each will receive $3,200 to work with their research mentor for eight weeks during the summer. Ambika Ashraf, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology, will mentor Mary Margaret’s project, “The pathophysiology and natural progression of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in pediatrics,” and Suresh Boppana, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Disease, will mentor Anisha’s project, “Acquisition of HCMV from breast milk: correlates of protection.”
 
The Russell Cunningham Memorial Research Program was established to honor the memory of Dr. Russell Cunningham, a long-time member of the Department of Pediatrics and a strong advocate for medical student education.
Kick Butts COllageLeaders from the Alabama Department of Public Health, Children’s of Alabama, the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network and the Jefferson County Department of Health shared some startling research Monday about teen smoking in Alabama at the Birmingham Kick Butts Day rally held at Kelly Ingram Park. National Kick Butts day was March 15. 

“Nationally about 90 percent of smokers start using tobacco regularly by the time they are 18, and we know from the December 2016 Surgeon General’s Report that three million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2015. The nicotine in tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, is addictive. Teenagers, with their developing brains, are more likely to become addicted to nicotine than adults so it is crucial to prevent them from using tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, in this critical period of their lives,” said Susan Walley, M.D., Pediatric Hospital Medicine.

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The UAB Commission on the Status of Women recently selected the 2017 Outstanding Women Awards. Carolyn S. Ashworth, M.D., General Pediatrics, has been selected as this year’s Becky Trigg Outstanding UAB Faculty Member award recipient.
The commission will present awards to those honored as Outstanding Women for 2017 at a reception on Thursday, March 23 at the UAB Alumni House. Click here for more information on these awards. 

The UAB Regional NICU’s ‘Golden Week Program’, was selected as an honorable mention recipient for a 2017 Gage Award. This is a national award given by the America’s Essential Hospitals. The strategic priorities of America’s Essential Hospitals include identifying and disseminating evidence-based best practices that enhance the quality of care for all – especially vulnerable population. The ‘Golden Week Program’ is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary, quality improvement initiative, which was started at the UAB RNICU to improve the overall clinical outcomes of extremely preterm infants. This program was conceived by Charitharth (Vivek) Lal, M.D., Neonatology, who is the Program Director. The ‘Golden Week Program’ core committee includes Colm Travers, M.D. (Fellow Liaison); Kimberly Nichols, RN (Nursing Liaison), Donna Purvis, RN (Nurse Manager) and Susan Roberts, RT (Respiratory Therapist). The award will be accepted by the team at VITAL 2017 – America’s Essential Hospitals annual conference in June in Chicago, IL.