SimsSMALLCongratulations to Brian Sims, M.D., Neonatology, on his recent election to the Society of Pediatric Research (SPR). Dr. Sims joins Drs. Trent Tipple and Gregory Friedman as this year's new SPR members from UAB.
LebensburgerCongratulations to Jeffrey Lebensburger, M.D., Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, for his invitation from the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI) to be a 2016 CRTI Summer Workshop Faculty Member. Jeff attended this workshop as a trainee. As a successful faculty member, he is now being asked to give back! This is a special honor!
We are very excited to report that 100 percent of our 2015 Med-Peds and Pediatric Graduates have passed the American Board of Pediatrics Certification Exam on their first attempt---for the 4th year in a row! We are extremely proud of our graduates, and the hard work they have invested. We want to thank our awesome Faculty and Fellows for their strong dedication and commitment to helping our residents accomplish their goals.

Dev. Med. ClinicThe Department of Pediatrics would like to formally announce its recently launched Developmental Medicine Clinic (DMC).  The clinic, which is located in Clinic A at Children’s of Alabama’s Park Place Building, serves children of all ages for whom parents, health care providers, or other caregivers have identified concerns related to development, behavior, social skills, and/or learning.Drs. Justin Schwartz and Snehal Khatri, developmental-behavioral pediatricians, staff the clinic and provide expertise in conditions such as:


  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays
  • Developmental or behavioral assessment of children with genetic conditions (e.g. Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, Prader-Willi, etc.) or other medical conditions
  • Management of common behavioral conditions (sleep, toileting, etc.)
The clinic is currently accepting new patient referrals. For more information about the clinic, what to expect from a visit, downloadable intake packets and referral forms, and more, please visit the website.
SPR AwardeesCongratulations to Trent Tipple, M.D., Neonatology, and Gregory Friedman, M.D., Pediatric Hematology/Oncology,  on their recent election to the Society of Pediatric Research (SPR).
GRANT MCCORMICK MARTINThe Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) recently awarded Alexandra Martin, M.D., and Ken MCormick, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology, a grant for their clinical research trial titled, "The Effect of GABA or Combination GABA/GAD on the Progression of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in Children." The project is funded for $612,000. 
cha logoThe Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) project, “Decreasing Hospital Length of Stay for Post-operative Adolescent Spinal Fusion Patients,” was selected as one of three finalists in the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) Pediatric Quality Award (PQA) in the category of Waste Reduction/Improved Efficiency. This project represents an inter-professional effort led by Leslie Hayes, M.D., in concert with PICU nursing, PICU nurse practitioners and Joe Khoury, M.D., from the Children's of Alabama orthopedic group. All semifinalists present their projects at the National CHA Quality and Safety Conference in New Orleans, LA in March 2016, where the overall winner will be selected.
The UAB Pediatrics division of Emergency Medicine received funding from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a community project called Sound Off. The project led by Kathy Monroe, M.D., and Michele Nichols, M.D., is a starter site for the Sound Off FEMA Grant, which works with Birmingham Fire and Rescue and a local school to provide fire safety education. 
P 5341 GeneMutation0133 450x300Click here to read the article in Alabama Newscenter, Sickle Cell Disease Cure in Sights of UAB Stem Cell Institute, which features sickle cell researchers, Tim M. Townes, director of UAB Stem Cell Institute and Fred Goldman, M.D., director of the Lowder Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at Children’s of Alabama. 
b metro top doctorsBetween Children’s of Alabama and the UAB Department of Pediatrics, over 90 faculty members were recognized in B-Metro’s Top Doctors magazine. More than 2,600 local physicians voted online answering which doctors they would refer a family member to in a variety of specialties. 
To see the doctors recognized by their peers and the community, click here to view the issue