Rachel Harley Air Force Marathon WinnerRachel Harley, wins Air Force Marathon
(photo courtesy USAF)
Rachel Harley, a student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Nutrition Sciences, overcame rain and 15,000 runners to win the 20th annual U.S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Harley, whose winning time was 2:58:31, was competing in her first marathon.

“I feel awesome, this was my first marathon so I didn’t know how I would do,” said Harley in an article on the U.S. Air Force official website. “My dad and grandfather were both in the Air Force so this marathon was very special for me and I am thankful for those who serve our country.”

In addition to winning, Harley’s finishing time qualifies her for the Boston Marathon which will be held Monday, April 17, 2017.

WarrenLisa Warren, MSHA Class 23
Photo Courtesy: Bob Farley / f8Photo
Two alumni of the UAB School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Administration program have been named to the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2017.

Teresa Shufflebarger (MSHA Class 28), chief business development officer, Brookwood Baptist Health, and Lisa Warren (MSHA Class 23), CEO, Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, join a class of 50 community leaders that will explore Birmingham’s critical issues in health care, diversity, economic development, government and much more over the next year.

Other community leaders joining Shufflebarger and Warren include Anne Buckley, APR, chief communications officer at UAB; Gary Edwards, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham; Angela McClintock, director of Jefferson County Department of Human Resources; and Wes Smith, president of Mayer Electric Supply and past-president of the UAB National Alumni Society.

The UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program, ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, prepares students to assume executive leadership positions in a broad range of health services organizations. Leadership Birmingham was incorporated in 1982 and has selected one class of community leaders every years since 1983.
PT Alums ALAPTAJno-Finn, Gilbert, Johnson
at ALAPTA installation
The Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (ALAPTA), the statewide professional organization for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and physical therapy students, installed three University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy alumni to their leadership team.

Andrea Johnson will serve as president of the ALAPTA for 2016 - 2018. She replaces UAB PT alumna Ellen Strunk who is now in the role of past-president.

Fred Gilbert has been named PT Representative-at-Large. Gilbert is no stranger to APTA or to serving. In 2014, he was the first UAB PT student elected president of the APTA Student Assembly.

Miral Patel IMiral Patel, a student in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Biotechnology program, won “3rd Place – Poster Presentation” and his abstract was selected as one in four “best abstract - for oral presentation” at Summer Institute 2016 sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

Patel’s poster was titled “Expression of p16INK4A in Cervical Precancerous Lesions Unlikely to be Preventable by HPV Vaccines” and he worked with researcher Suguna Badiga, Ph.D., in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences under guidance and lab of Chandrika Piyathilake, Ph.D.

The UAB Biotechnology program teaches students how to take scientific ideas from the bench top to business in just 365 days. This one-year program offers a viable alternate path for graduates of science programs into practical and lucrative job tracks rather than into programs that take much longer to complete and are often too narrowly focused in specific disciplines.
Marshmallow Challenge 02Student leaders in the UAB School of Health Professions' Biomedical Sciences program held their annual retreat this weekend.

The BMD Student Organization Executive Council team members, including Seema Abu-Khajeel, Chris Burton, Carol Lin, Kelsey Maclin, Asia Michael, Leena Patel, Julia Pham, Makayla Ramsey, Cody Roberts and Ashlyn Swaney, met together for the first time in the BMD Suite on the 4th floor of the School of Health Professions Building.

In addition to mapping out strategies and goals for the 2016 - 2017 academic year, the Executive Council split into two groups for the "Marshmallow Challenge". In this challenge each team has 18 minutes to build a free-standing tower using only 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape and one yard of string - the catch is that the structure must hold the marshmallow at the top.

The winning team (pictured above) included Abu-Khajeel, Burton, Patel, Ramsey, and Swaney.

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Neerav Jadeja and John Kueven, alumni of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program, have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review annual “Rising Stars: 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.”

Neerav Jadeja, MSHA Class 36

Neerav JadejaNeerav Jadeja, MSHA Class 36Jadeja serves as administrator of Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California. His Becker's profile talks about a car accident he survived that led him to a career in health care.

As a student at the UAB School of Health Professions, Jadeja was president of MSHA Class 36. He started his career as COO of Shands Lakeshore, based in Lake City, Florida, in 2002. Beginning in 2008, he served as COO of Southwest Healthcare System’s Inland Valley and Rancho Springs Medical Centers.

Jadeja was also a member of Becker's Hospital ReviewRising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40” in 2014.

BMD Welcome Week 2016Getting back into the grind...

...doesn't have to be a grind.

How about FREE FOOD!

How about EVERYDAY!


The UAB School of Health Professions Biomedical Sciences program will feed you for free everyday the first week of school, August 29 - September 2, 2016.

Show up at 11:30 a.m. in SHPB 424 (for you newcomers that is the School of Health Professions Building, room 424) and get ready to chow down! Everyday has a new theme and the food to go along with it. Click the photo for more details.

OT PT OH IIIOT students experiential learningWe know you. You want to impact lives. You want to make a difference. You want to help others.

OT - PT Open House

Learn how we can help you do all of that and more at our OT - PT Open House.

  • DATE: August 19, 2016
  • TIME: 9 a.m. - Noon
  • PLACE: Room 125, School of Health Professions Building
  • (1705 University Blvd)

About OT & PT

UAB Occupational Therapy, ranked #25 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has graduates who post board pass rates consistently above the national average.

UAB Physical Therapy, ranked #20 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has offered outstanding educational programs in physical therapy for 50 years.


You Deserve More

OT PT OH IIPT students hands-on learningMeet current students and faculty. Have all your questions about admissions and the program answered. Tour the facility. Enjoy light refreshments.

You deserve more. More enrollment opportunity. More career opportunity. More earning opportunity.

Choose UAB OT or PT and you will have access to more!

RSVP to MSOT@uab.edu by August 12, 2016, to reserve your spot.

McFarland LLS WoYErin Lee McFarland (pictured on left)Erin Lee McFarland, an alumna of the UAB School of Health Professions' Physician Assistant Studies program, has been named Woman of the Year by the Virginia chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The 2009 UAB graduate raised $104,000 for blood cancer research to earn the honor. Her efforts were part of a two-month competition in Virginia that helped the chapter raise a record $467,000 this year. She was honored at a gala event in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

McFarland has worked as a PA for the Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Virginia, since graduating from the UAB PA program.