On Monday, Oct. 18, the Department recognized the exceptional contributions of our faculty and colleagues at the first annual Pediatric Faculty Achievement Awards Reception. These awards provide the department a chance to highlight faculty who've attained a level of excellence recognized by their peers. Please join us in congratulating the winners in each category. Click here to see photos. 

Lifetime Achievement in Pediatric Healthcare
Sergio Stagno, M.D.
Richard J. Whitley, M.D.
Research Achievement
William Britt, M.D.
Educational Achievement
Nancy Tofil, M.D., MEd
Service Achievement
Carolyn Ashworth, M.D.
Mentoring Achievement

Kathy Monroe, M.D.
Model of Excellence

The Pediatric Pulmonary Center
Brad Troxler, M.D. and Claire Lenker, LICSW, CCM

Community Educator
Mahmood Zaied, M.D.

Margaret M. Porter and Charles D. McCrary, two long-time members of the Children's of Alabama Board of Trustees, have been honored for their service to Children's of Alabama with the establishment of endowed chairs in their names. Porter began her volunteer leadership service to Children's in 1995. She served as board chairman in 2002 and 2003. McCrary began his volunteer leadership service to Children's in 1995 and served as board chairman in 2006 and 2007.

Daniel I. Feig, M.D., is the first holder of the Margaret M. Porter Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nephology. Dr. Feig serves as the division director of pediatric nephrology and is the medical director of the Pediatric Renal Transplant Program and co-director of the Renal Fellowship Program. Feig’s research interest focuses on the physiology of early onset essential hypertension as well as the prevention of hypertensive target organ damage.

Elizabeth Beierle, M.D., is the first holder of the Charles D. McCrary Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Beierle is a professor of surgery, and her research interest lies in the study of pediatric solid tumors, specifically the signal transduction pathways involved in neuroblastoma. Her patient care emphasis includes surgical oncology, neonatal surgery and burn and trauma care. Beierle also serves as surgical director of the Hepatobiliary Clinic. The multidisciplinary clinic provides specialized care for children with liver, gallbladder and bile duct disorders. Children's is only the second hospital in the southeastern United States to have a pediatric Hepatobiliary Clinic.

Click here to view the Children's press release. 

On Saturday, Oct.15, Children's Harbor was the site of the first ever Alabama Support Group for Spanish Speaking Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum. Drs. Justin Schwartz, Morissa Ladinsky, Marcella Frazier and Myriam Peralta united the Alabama Autism Society and over 30 families to create a community of support for these caregivers. An army of volunteer housestaff, clinical staff, Sparks Trainees, Interpreter Services leaders including Amado Santos, and Ben Tuanama were unflappable in their care of these challenging kids giving their parents intangible time to receive guidance and connect with others living the demanding and frightening path raising an autistic child in a place with little support or trust. We applaud the generosity of Audrey Lampkin and Children's Harbor for hosting and the UAB Benevolent Society who gave this team a large grant to continue this invaluable effort.  
Susan Walley, M.D., Pediatric Hospital Medicine, received a grant renewal from the Alabama Department of Public Health Youth Tobacco Prevention Program. The objectives of this program are to decrease tobacco use and initiation among middle and high school students in Birmingham, particularly related to emerging products such as electronic cigarettes, and promote policies that protect youth in Birmingham from nicotine initiation and exposure to secondhand smoke. The grant is from October 2016 to September 2017 in the amount of $48,00
Michelle Freeman, MD, FAAP, (pictured right) a community pediatrician at Dothan Pediatric Clinic (DPC) in Dothan, Ala., and Marsha Raulerson, MD, FAAP, (pictured left) a long-time pediatrician from Lower Alabama Pediatrics in Brewton, were honored with the Children’s of Alabama Master Pediatrician Award and the Wallace Alexander Clyde Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, respectively, at the Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) Annual Meeting and Fall Pediatric Update, held recently in Birmingham. The Wallace Clyde award was initiated in 1984 by the UAB Department of Pediatrics and Children’s to recognize outstanding physicians who have devoted a lifetime of service to children and their families; recipients are chosen by a select committee of leaders in the field of pediatrics. Click here to read more. Clickhere to see photos from the annual AAP Meeting. 
Researchers in the UAB Department of Pediatrics found that Alabama parents living in suburban areas use cellphones in the speaker mode, read and send text messages, and surf the web slightly more often than parents in rural areas. Cellphone use among parents who are transporting children is part of a dangerous distracted driving epidemic all too common in Alabama.

“Cellphone use is one of the most common driving distractions among young and adult drivers,” said Kimberly Massey, M.D., principal investigator of the study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and former fellow in the UAB Department of Pediatrics. “This study proves that further research on how to best implement injury-prevention interventions should be done to target high-risk areas with distracted driving behaviors, like Alabama suburbs.”

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The UAB Department of Pediatrics believes that recognizing the exceptional contributions of our faculty and colleagues is a vital aspect of our culture. The Department will be honoring individuals with the following awards on Monday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center. Please plan to join us as we recognize faculty at the first Pediatric Faculty Achievement Awards Reception.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Research Achievement Award
  • Educational Achievement Award
  • Service Achievement Award
  • Mentoring Achievement Award
  • Model of Excellence Award
  • Community Pediatric Educator Award
The UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine has awarded the second round of pilot grants. The three pilot grants have been given to collaborative teams comprised of one researcher from UAB and one from HudsonAlpha to pursue novel investigations. The pilot grant funding is $100,000 per year for up to two years. Randy Cron, M.D., Ph.D., Pediatric Rheumatology, received one of the three grants with Devin Absher, Ph.D., HudsonAlpha. Click here for more information. 
Students from the UAB School of Medicine named 20 faculty and six clinical departments winners of the 2016 Argus Awards. Hussein Abdul-Latif, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology, received the Argus Award for Birmingham Clinical Educator.

Created in 1996, the Argus Awards give medical students the chance to honor their mentors, professors, courses and course directors for outstanding service to medical education. Faculty members are nominated by course evaluations, and students vote to select award winners in each category.

Argus Award recipients and nominees were honored at a reception on Friday, Oct. 7 at Children’s Harbor. Click here to view Department of Pediatrics Nominees or here to view the all winners. Click here for photos from the event.
October typically ushers in autumn outings and all things pumpkin, but at Children’s of Alabama, it’s all about superheroes. Children’s will again partner with Books-A-Million to kick off its Superhero Month festivities and its “The Power of Children’s” campaign, recognizing patients and staff as real-life superheroes while raising awareness of Children’s impact statewide. 

The month-long celebration began Sept. 30 with a private superhero meet and greet at the hospital. Patients received capes and masks, and participated in arts and crafts activities. In addition, the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children will be illuminated in blue every night in October in honor of patients and staff. A variety of superhero-themed events – from art activities to a special visit from not-so-average window washers – are scheduled throughout the month. To view the Children's press release, click here