James Kilgore-5a James R Kilgore, Ph.D., PA-C
Program Director, Assistant Professor                             
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 482
Birmingham, AL  35294
  Dr. Kilgore is a 1976 graduate of the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is a 1981 graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine Physician Associate program. He has a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies and a PhD in Health Administration. Dr. Kilgore has served in numerous positions within the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants including President and at the American Academy of Physician Assistants as a BOD member, numerous committee chairs, Political Action Committee Chair and as a member of the Physician Assistant Foundation serving as the President during 2011-12 and 2012-13. Dr. Kilgore has a long career in clinical medicine and research including working in diverse areas such as Nephrology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Family Practice. Dr. Kilgore is an Associate Scientist in the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine (UCEM), serves on the UAB Graduate Healthcare Advisory Council and the advisory council of the Alabama Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program. He has participated in the development and testing of several well-known pharmacological and vaccine products. In his spare time he is an avid pilot and is currently a Search/Rescue pilot with CAP-USAF at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL where he serves as Chief of Staff.  
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Monifa T. Akinloye-Gilford
Assistant Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 480
Birmingham, AL 35294-1212
(205) 974-6941
Dr. Gilford joined the faculty of the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program in Spring of 2015.  She is a native of Los Angeles, CA and completed her undergraduate studies at California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA; receiving a BS in Public Administration with a Health Services concentration. Dr. Gilford received a second BS degree in Health Science, as well as a PA certificate from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science Physician Assistant Program.  After practicing for 1 year as an Internal Medicine PA-C she went on to further her education and received a Doctorate of Medicine from Windsor University School of Medicine, then completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham - Selma Family Medicine Program.
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John Baddley, MD
Associate Medical Director-Associate Professor
1900 University Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35294-0006
Professional Training
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine, LSU Medical Center
Fellowship: Infectious Diseases, UAB

Research Interests
Dr. Baddley attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at the LSU Medical Center and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UAB. Dr. Baddley is a Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is also Chief of Infectious Diseases at Birmingham VA Medical Center. Dr. Baddley’s research interests include the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of fungal infections, transplant infectious diseases and hospital infection control.


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Kara L Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C
Assistant Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 480
Birmingham, AL  35294
Ms. Caruthers, Assistant Professor and Program Co-Director, Biomedical and Health Sciences Program, joined the faculty of the Surgical Physician Assistant Program in February 2010. She holds a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from UAB (2009) and a Master of Science in molecular, cellular, and systemic physiology with a Certificate in anatomy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2005). Prior to enrolling in the SPA Program at UAB, she was an anatomy instructor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She works clinically in the Emergency Medicine Department at UAB Hospital/UAB Highlands.
William R. Drace, MA, PA-C
Assistant Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 484
Birmingham, AL  35294
Mr. Drace, Assistant Professor, joined the faculty in October of 2003. He graduated from UAB’s Surgical Physician Assistant program in 1978. He completed a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Drace’s extensive surgical background began as a Navy Corpsman and Operating Room Technician. Prior to accepting this faculty position, Mr. Drace worked with a Birmingham, Alabama based Cardiothoracic Surgical Practice for twenty-five years. Mr. Drace precepted Senior Physician Assistant Students from UAB from 1998 - 2003. It was this interaction that motivated him to accept a full-time faculty position. Mr. Drace brings a wealth of clinical and technical skills to the program.
      Chad Epps   Chad Epps, MD
Associate Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 451
Birmingham, AL  35294                                                 
   Chad Epps, MD is an Associate Professor and Director of Simulation. Dr. Epps has extensive experience working in human simulation and the development of simulation curricula for education and assessment of a variety of healthcare professionals. He holds many professional memberships including the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Dr. Epps received his B.S. in Biology from Augusta College and M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Florida before moving to New York City to continue his training in Anesthesiology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Epps served as a fellow in Human Simulation at Mount Sinai’s Human Emulation Education and Evaluation Lab for Patient Safety and Professionalism (HELPS) Center.
      Harrelson Paul       Paul Harrelson, MPAS, PA-C                                        
Associate Program Director, Clinical Coordinator,
Assistant Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 487
Birmingham, AL  35294
  Mr. Harrelson, Assistant Professor, holds a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska, and is a graduate of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program at Wake Forest University. He currently works part-time in general surgery, and prior to joining the faculty worked as a Physician Assistant specializing in pain management. He is the President of the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants.  
      john hurt-5       John Hurt, MSPAS, PA-C                                            
Assistant Professor
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 466
Birmingham, AL  35294
  Mr. John Hurt graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham where he obtained a BS in Biology/Chemistry in 1999. He attended the UAB Physician Assistant Program from 2000-2002 earning a second bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant studies. He later completed his Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska in 2013. He has practiced clinically in cardiovascular surgery, cardiology, inpatient medicine and GI surgery as well as emergency medicine. Mr. Hurt was recognized as the Preceptor of the Year in 2011 from the UAB Physician Assistant Program and in May 2013 accepted a full time faculty position in our Physician Assistant Program. He continues to work clinically in the Emergency Department one day a week teaching our first and second year students. His interests include emergency medicine, surgical disease, surgical techniques as well as primary care. He is responsible for instructing our History and Physical examination courses. He is also an instructor in our Surgical Techniques courses as well as ACLS. He loves Auburn football and spending time with his wife and two boys playing football, fishing, catching bugs, hunting and exploring the outdoors.

     Kristopher Maday2015       Kristopher Maday, MS, PA-C, CNSC
Academic Coordinator, Assistant Professor                       
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 485
Birmingham, AL  35294
  Kristopher Maday joined the faculty in 2011. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 2002 and his Master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Surgical Physician Assistant Program in 2007. Upon graduating, he accepted a position as one of the first five physician assistants with the Department of Trauma, Burns, and Surgical Critical Care at UAB Hospital to staff the Trauma/Burn Intensive Care Unit. During his tenure, he became certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS), and Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS). In 2010, he became nationally board certified as a Nutritional Support Clinician (CNSC). He is an active member of American Academy of Physician Assistants, Alabama Society of Physician Assistants, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He practices clinically with UAB. Prior to this he practiced  Emergency Medicine at Cullman Regional Medical Center.  
      stephanie 04   Stephanie McGilvray, MMSc, PA-C
Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Professor                             
1705 University Blvd.
SHPB 486
Birmingham, AL  35294
  Ms. McGilvray joined the faculty of the Surgical Physician Assistant Program in February, 2012. She holds a Master of Medical Science Degree in Physician Assistant from Emory University (2000). She also holds a Master of Education in Exercise Technology from the University of South Alabama (1995) and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Troy University (1994). Ms. McGilvray’s prior work experience as a physician assistant include working in the UAB Trauma and Burn ICU and working for Alabama Sports Medicine. Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Ms. McGilvray worked as an athletic trainer for HealthSouth developing their outreach program in the Auburn area. She currently works clinically as a physician assistant for UAB.  
      ReiffDonald       Donald Reiff, MD                                                   
Medical Director
  Dr. Reiff is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed his residency in General surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2003, and currently serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Trauma/Burn Intensive Care Unit at UAB University Hospital. He is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at UAB.