Bob Shepard

Bob Shepard

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Public Relations Manager, Health and Medicine

bshep@uab.edu • (205) 934-8934

Leads external communications for units within health and medicine. Shepard and his team proactively tell the story of UAB health and medicine, including patient stories, innovative research and new therapies, through original content and extensive collaborations with local, national and international media. The team works reactively to ensure appropriate experts are connected with media within their deadline.

Specific beats include: Civitan International Research Center; CCTS; emergency medicine; Health System Administration; School of Medicine (administration, student news, education); neurology; neurosurgery; orthopedic surgery; Reynolds Historical Library; Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences; Lister Hill Library; Acute Care Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Precision Medicine, Informatics

UAB’s Addiction Recovery Program, along with community partners, hosts the End Addiction Birmingham Recovery Walk to draw attention to substance abuse issues.
A UAB study suggests a new bone boosting drug is more effective than commonly used bone loss medications in preventing fractures in women with osteoporosis.

UAB’s Civitan Rett Syndrome Clinic has been named a Center of Excellence by rettsyndrome.org, one of the nation’s leading advocacy groups.

UAB is joining the All of Us Research Program, an effort led by the National Institutes of Health to drive precision medicine research.
UAB joins two other Alabama hospitals as part of the Department of Public Health’s serious infectious disease network.
UAB has created new clinical space with a $10 million renovation of the Whitaker Clinic at UAB Hospital.
Due to the current opioid crisis, UAB Hospital has launched an Addiction Scholars Program to train health care professionals across the hospital in caring for patients with addiction issues.
For the fourth consecutive year, UAB Medicine has earned “Most Wired” status for use of information technology in improving patient care.
The next class of UAB School of Medicine students will receive their traditional white coats at a ceremony Aug. 13.
UAB, Alabama’s leader in precision medicine, joins with Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha in CSER2, an NIH project to bring genomic medicine to more children with birth defects or genetic disorders.
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