NimmagaddaWebThe Department is delighted to announce that Dr. Janaki Nimmagadda will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry upon the completion of her UAB Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in June 2013.  Dr. Nimmagadda will focus much of her time as a faculty member at The Children's Hospital of Alabama as part of the Department's planned expansion of clinical and educational activities. Dr. Nimmagadda came to UAB in July 2011 following the completion of her general psychiatry residency at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C.  She presently serves as Chief Resident for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.  Dr. Nimmagadda is also married to Dr. Clinton Martin, another Chief Resident for the Child and Adolescent Fellowship.

Recruitment-of-new-faculty-2013The Department of Psychiatry would like to announce the recruitment of four new faculty members: Drs. Cayce Paddock, Li Li, Ross Grimes, and Michelle Benjamin.  Drs. Paddock and Li will complete their residency training with us in June, and transition to the role of Assistant Professor. Dr. Grimes joined the Department in 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow, and now serves as the Clinical Director of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Adolescent Inpatient Unit. Dr. Benjamin transitions to us from the Department of Neuropsychology as a postdoctoral fellowship with a focus on psychotherapy. It was also announced earlier this year that Drs. Taylor Preston and Nina Kraguljac have also agreed to join the Department upon completion of residency training in June 2013. Drs. Preston and Kraguljac have both served as Chief residents for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Meador-Woodruff-JamesDr. James Meador-Woodruff, Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chairman, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Research Mentorship Award of the American Psychiatric Association.  This award is presented annually to one academic psychiatrist who fosters the pursuit of trainee research within a university department.  Considerations for receiving this award include both direct mentorship of individual students and the promotion of novel research-oriented training activities within a department or residency training program. The American Psychiatric Association is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing more than 33,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world.

Kerman-McCullumsmithDr. Robert McCullumsmith was recently elected to membership, and Dr. Illan Kerman was elected to associate membership at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) is a non-profit, professional society solely dedicated to the advancement of brain disorders including scientific understanding, prevention, and improvements in treatments. 

CPM1 270x20312-266x200UAB Psychiatry is proud to announce that seven faculty members were named to the annual ‘Best Doctors’ list. The Best Doctors in America list includes the nation’s most respected specialists and primary care physicians. These are the doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their fields. Choosing from thousands of the nation’s top physicians, seven psychiatrists within the Department were included in this latest edition of the Best Doctors in America. Among these were Drs. Lee Ascherman, Jacqueline Feldman, James Meador-Woodruff, Samuel Rubin, Ray Thweatt, F. Cleveland Kinney, and Richard Shelton.