Departmental Reorganization and Leadership Changes
Recently, the Department of Psychiatry began a process of reorganization to bring its clinical mission into better alignment with the UAB Health System. Historically, the Department has had an Adult Psychiatry Division, defined by the age of patients rather than location or type of clinical services provided and included the 47 adult inpatient beds in the Center for Psychiatric Medicine and outpatient clinics for adult patients located both in the Center for Psychiatric Medicine and our Callahan Eye Foundation Outpatient Programs.
Effective July 1, the 47 inpatient beds have been absorbed into our Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, which historically has covered our psychiatric services in the UAB Emergency Department as well as consultative services for patients in University Hospital and various non-psychiatric specialty programs across UAB. This consolidation of the department’s adult inpatient beds, emergency and consultative services will bring the department into far better alignment with the Health System/Hospitals, and will be designated as our new Hospital Division. Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith will serve as the director of this new division. The adult outpatient clinics will be consolidated into a new Adult Ambulatory Division, and will be under the leadership of Dr. Rob McCullumsmith.
Welcome to the New Psychiatry Interns
This year has been another successful year for the Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Seven new residents joined the department in June. The new residents are Hong Chai from Zhejiang Medical University, China; Stephen Brackett from the University of Alabama School of Medicine; Megan Browder from East Tennessee State University; Iga Lentowicz from Akademia Medyczna Bialystock, Poland; Jesse Martinez from The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio; Parvathy Nair from Lady Hardinge Medical College, India and Lauren O’Connor from Northwestern University, Chicago.
2011 Resident Graduation Banquet and Awards Ceremony
The Department of Psychiatry held its annual Graduation Banquet and Awards Ceremony on the evening of Friday, June 17th at The Historic Cahaba Pumping Station Museum in Birmingham with dinner catered by The Fish Market. The event was one of the most well-attended in recent memory, with more than 100 people participating in the evening’s festivities. Dr. Laura Montgomery-Barefield, the department’s Residency Training Director, hosted the presentation of awards, the recipients of which are listed below.
Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith featured on local news broadcasts
Dr. Cheryl McCullumsmith, Director for the Division of Consult Liaison Psychiatry, has been featured frequently on local news broadcasts discussing coping strategies and normal behavior after the tragedy of the April tornadoes. On Monday, May 9th she was the featured doctor on “Ask the Doctor”-a weekly news segment of the Fox 6 mid-day news. Dr. McCullumsmith answered questions from callers on when to seek mental health care after a stressful situation like the one caused by the tornadoes in April. Through her role as Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at UAB, Dr. McCullumsmith played a pivotal role in the UAB Emergency Room hours after the tornadoes hit our area.
Kira Fonbah, M.D.
Kira Fonbah, M.D. is joining the faculty of the UAB Department of Psychiatry upon completion of her residency training this summer. She will join the department as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she will be a great addition to our wonderful group of clinician-educators. Dr. Fonbah received both her undergraduate degree, in International Studies and French, and her medical degree from UAB. She subsequently completed her General Residency training within our department and is now finishing her Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Fonbah’s clinical responsibilities will be in outpatient services at both UAB and The Children’s Hospital of Alabama. She will be developing a specialty service with college age late adolescents and young adults. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Fonbah to the faculty.