U.S. News & World Report has once-again ranked Children’s of Alabama among the best children’s hospitals in the nation. Eight of Children’s pediatric specialty services – cardiology/heart surgery, diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology/GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology – were ranked among the top 50 in the U.S. in the 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospital rankings. It is Children’s seventh-consecutive year to be ranked. The complete listing and corresponding rankings can be found here. Children’s is the only pediatric facility in the state of Alabama to have been ranked and one of just 36 hospitals with eight or more specialties on the list of more than 180 hospitals that were surveyed. Thanks to all UAB Department of Pediatrics and Children's staff for your commitment to improve the health of the children of Alabama.

A reception was held on June 15 to honor the award recipients of the 2016 Dean's Excellence Awards at the Wallace Tumor Institute. See all the photos from the event here. Congratulations once again to Drs. Lauren Nassetta and Rich Whitley.Additional congratulations and recognition belongs to all Department of Pediatrics faculty who were nominated for this year's awards.

Other nominated faculty include: 

Hussein Abdul-Latif, M.D., Teaching, Senior Faculty
Jeffrey Alten, M.D., Service, Senior Faculty 
David Askenazi, M.D., Service, Senior Faculty 
Maaike Everts, Ph.D., Service, Senior Faculty 
Kathy Monroe, M.D., Service, Senior Faculty 

William Sasser, M.D., Diversity, Junior Faculty
Brian Sims, M.D., Ph.D., Mentoring, Senior Faculty
The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Board of Trustees has selected David Kimberlin, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Disease, to receive the RMHC 2016 Medical Award of Excellence. In 1986, RMHC created this award to honor a child healthcare advocate who made great contributions to improving the quality of life for children. Today, the award continues to honor a true pioneer in the medical community and acknowledges their extraordinary track record of accomplishment and service to medicine and children. The award carries with it a gift of $100,000 that will be contributed to the children’s charity of the awardee's choice.
David Kimberlin, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Disease, has been elected to serve as Chair of the UAB School of Medicine Faculty Council effective immediately. The Faculty Council Committee is considered the principal advisory committee to the dean of the School of Medicine and is responsible for providing written review and assessment of appointments, promotion, and tenure award for all clinical and basic science faculty.
Hussein Abdul-Latif, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology, recently received the Sam Eichold Camp Seale award in recognition for his years of service at one of the oldest diabetes camps in the country. Camp Seale Harris is the primary program ofSoutheastern Diabetes Education Services (SDES). The mission of SDES is to educate, encourage, and empower children with diabetes and their families to live well.

The award is named after Dr. Sam Eichold, who established the diabetes camp in Alabama more than 50 years ago. It is given once a year to a medical staff (nurse, physician, or diabetes educator) in recognition of their service for the children with diabetes who come to Camp Seale Harris.
The Cancer Outcomes Seminar Series is held on the first Thursday of each month from 10 - 11 a.m. in the Wallace Tumor Institute, Conference Room 101.  The first seminar will be held on July 7 and will feature Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH.  Her presentation is entitled “The Science of Surviving Cancer…  Looking Back to Inform the Future."
Sara Oliver, MD, MSPHUAB Medicine Magazine recently featured an alumni profile on 2008 graduate, Sara Oliver, M.D., MSPH. As an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer with Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Division of Viral Diseases, Dr. Oliver works on several projects on the front lines of public health. She is working to evaluate HPV vaccine uptake in vulnerable populations and led the investigation into an outbreak of ocular syphilis. As part of her job, Oliver has opportunities to travel domestically and internationally to support public health efforts. In addition, she is on call during certain weeks, available for “rapid response” to potential public health emergencies, such as Zika virus.  

The years Oliver spent training at UAB have served her well in her pursuit of a career in public health. She mentions Drs. David Kimberlin, Shannon Ross, and Suresh Boppana as some of the influential faculty who helped mold her clinical and research skills during her fellowship at UAB Department of Pediatrics and Children's of Alabama. Read the full article here.
On Wednesday, June 8, General Pediatrics faculty members Morissa Ladinsky and Jaime McKinney with Pediatric residents Danielle Franklin, Christen Roth (2nd years), Karlene Walker and Jamie Powell (interns) traveled to Livingston, AL, to teach 50 regional high school students attending the West Alabama Health Education Center’s Summer Enrichment program aka Never Ending Road to Discovery or N.E.R.D. Camp. These students were attending a week long career exploration program for teens with a genuine interest in health professions. Most all hail from disadvantaged or rural backgrounds and the majority will be first in their family to attend college. Following the session, the doctors visited Anderson Family Practice, one of a few primary care centers serving the western section of the Black Belt region. While the teens learned a great deal from our group and saw first hand that yes, their potential is real, our residents left with inspiration derived from being a true role model and with insights into health disparities that will guide and inspire them to better the health for the children of Alabama and beyond.
Aaron Yee, MDAaron Yee, M.D., Neonatology fellow, is the recipient of the 2016 Marshall Klaus Neonatal-Perinatal Research Award. This award is initiated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (SoNPM), and Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute with the goal of enhancing and supporting development of research skills among physicians training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. This is a highly competitive national award for Neonatology fellows, Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellows, and other fellows doing perinatal research. Congratulations to Dr. Yee!
Ariel Salas, M.D., Neonatology, recently received a $20,000 Novice Research grant from the Gerber Foundation. The purpose of the Novice Research Program is to encourage the development of medical research in infant and early childhood health and nutrition by awarding small grants to new researchers. Up to 10 awards may be given per year. These awards follow the Foundation's current focus on clinical/translational research in infant and early childhood health and nutrition. Congratulations to Dr. Salas!