PGY-4 Residents

Cassandra Buchanan Renfro, DO

RenfroChief Resident
Undergraduate: Appalachian State University
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN
Internship: Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Manchester CT
Career Interests: Spinal Cord Injury
Personal Interests: hiking, running, traveling, spending time with my cats and dogs.
Why I chose UAB: I came to UAB for the location and exposure to multiple disciplines and diseases. The access to different services allows you to see many patients that you would not find in other locations.

Hammad Aslam, MD

AslamUndergraduate: University of Georgia
Medical School: Georgia Regents University (Medical College of Georgia)
Internship: Internal Medicine at Georgia Regents University (Medical College of Georgia)
Career Interests: Spinal Cord Injury
Personal Interests: Speaking, writing, health and nutrition, weightlifting, tennis
Why I chose UAB: UAB has strong inpatient spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) services. Spain Rehab is a very well known rehab facility and one of the few that serves as a Model System for both SCI and TBI. In addition, UAB's strong outpatient clinics will further my knowledge and allow me to be a well-rounded physiatrist.

David Forbush, MD

ForbushUndergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: UAB Medical School
Internship: Baptist Health System
Career Interests: General Rehab
Personal Interests: I enjoy the fun in and around Birmingham: Oak Mountain State Park. Red Mountain Park. Tannehill State Park. McWane Science Center.
Why I chose UAB: I found the large, diverse patient exposure challenging.

Don McCormick, MD

McCormickUndergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: UAB Medical School
Internship: Surgery - Baptist Health System 
Career Interests: Interventional Spine
Personal Interests: Beekeeping, Disc Golf, Classic Cars
Why I chose UAB: After coming to UAB for medical school, Birmingham became a second home. Spain Rehabilitation at UAB offers diverse training which will be an invaluable experience in my future career.

PGY-3 Residents

Alexander Cotter, MD

CotterUndergraduate: University of Alabama
Medical School: UAB
Internship: UTHSC in Memphis, TN
Career Interests: General rehabilitation and pain management
Personal Interests: Hiking, Cooking, Homebrewing
Why I chose UAB: When I rotated during medical school, everyone was so friendly and supportive. Great community and well rounded program.

Lucie E. Mitchell, DO

MitchellUndergraduate: College of the Holy Cross
Graduate School: GA Campus, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Manatee Memorial Hospital
Career Interests: MSK, Sports Med, Pain
Personal Interests: Traveling, Photography, spending time with my family
Why I chose UAB: I knew I would get the training needed to ensure that I not only have a great experience while training, but something meaningful. The atmosphere and culture at UAB made me feel like this is where I would thrive and be a successful physician.

Elise Salerno, MD

SalernoUndergraduate: Haverford College
Medical School: UAB
Internship: Residency in General Surgery at the University of Virginia
Career Interests: Inpatient post-stroke care and long-term rehabilitation of amputees
Personal Interests: My family and I love spending time outdoors in and around Birmingham. I also enjoy running and playing the guitar.
Why I chose UAB: UAB combines friendly, knowledgeable faculty with high patient acuity and case volume that is perfect for learning. I do not know of any other program with more elective time offered to let residents explore career interests. There is a clear dedication to residents and their professional development here.

Elise Tran, DO

TranUndergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (Fort Worth, TX)
Internship: Surgery- Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY)
Career Interests: stroke, pediatrics physiatry, sports medicine
Personal Interests: working out, music, travelling, food, arts
Why I chose UAB: Strong program in both outpatient and inpatient rehab while providing a good selection of rehab electives to allow the residents to explore the world of physiatry.

PGY-2 Residents

Amber Clark

Undergraduate: Tougaloo College
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Dance Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Sports Medicine, Ultrasound and General Inpatient Rehab
Personal Interests: Dance, Volunteering in my church and community, Thrifting, Dollar Tree Hauls and enjoying time spent with family and friends
Why I chose UAB: Why not UAB?! I am thrilled to be a part of such a strong, well-rounded and supportive program! I am certain the training and opportunities I am offered here will most assuredly launch me into a very successful career wherever I am placed post graduation. I know this program with help me not only make an impact in the personal lives of my patients, but also on both national and global levels.

Lauren Hutts

Undergraduate: Berry College
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Internship: Mercer University - Internal Medicine
Career Interests: General Rehab
Personal Interests: video games, arts and crafts, spending time with friends and family
Why I chose UAB: UAB is well-rounded and offers the depth and variety of training necessary to succeed no matter what direction I want to take my career.

John Pantuosco

Undergraduate: Clemson University
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolinas Campus
Internship: Rowan School of Medicine, New Jersey
Career Interests: Interventional pain, sports medicine, MSK, teaching
Personal Interests: sports, music, meditation
Why I chose UAB: wonderful people, well rounded program, lots of electives and opportunities to explore personal interests in the field, love the south

JP Tortorich

Undergraduate: Birmingham Southern College
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health, General Surgery
Career Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury
Personal Interests: Hiking, live music, collecting vinyl records, spending time with family
Why I chose UAB: I was drawn to UAB by the program's solid foundation in inpatient rehab, the diverse patient population, and the opportunity to work in Model Systems training environments at Spain Rehabilitation Center. The well-balanced nature of the program and the faculty's dedication to resident growth and development create a positive atmosphere as I pursue a future in physiatry.