Carolyn Da SilvaDa Silva with Faculty of the Year awardCarolyn Da Silva, PT, DSc, NCS, alumna of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Physical Therapy, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Physical Therapy Faculty Award, recognizing merit in teaching, service, and reseach. She is the first UAB alumna to win the William Gould Memorial honor from the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA).

The award was given to Da Silva during the organization’s annual conference.

“I was surprised and humbled to be given this award. I strive for excellence in my patient, student, and resident- centered work, while continuing to be a lifelong learner,” said Da Silva. “I am sincerely grateful for the mentoring I received from the distinctive faculty and post-professional students at UAB, in addition to the daily support I receive from my professional ‘family’ at TWU.”

Chuck StokesChuck Stokes (MSHA Class 17) EVP/COO, Memorial HermannThe prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, presented annually by the President of the United States, has been awarded to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Two alumni of the UAB School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Administration program hold significant roles in the hospital and the health system.

Chuck Stokes (MSHA Class 17) is EVP/COO of the Memorial Hermann Health System, and Kate Willis (MSHA Class 49) is the director of Service Line Operations for Sugar Land Hospital.

“We’ve always seen our overarching strength as ‘family caring for family’ and this recognition doesn’t happen without the commitment and dedication of every member of the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land family,” said Greg Haralson, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land.

Kilgore CAP Kilgore promoted to Lt. ColonelJames R. Kilgore, Ph.D., director of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhysician Assistant Studies program, has been promoted to Lt. Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, the official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.

Kilgore, who serves as director of Administration and Personnel for the Southeast Region of the CAP, was promoted on December 1, 2016. The Southeast Region Command supports more than 8,000 members in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Byron Moffett Boger AwardDonald Lein, Ph.D., presents award to Byron MoffettByron Moffett, DPT, alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDoctor of Physical Therapy program, is the 2016 recipient of the UAB Loretta R. Boger Award for Excellence in Clinical Education. Moffett, who is a physical therapist with Focus Physiotherapy in Huntsville, received the award for his “outstanding, identifiable contribution to clinical education for the UAB Department of Physical Therapy.”

Here is our Q&A with Moffett about the Boger Award honor, his work and what he calls the “most coveted currency on the planet.”

Scholarship Class of 2016

Ten students from the UAB School of Health Professions were named UAB National Alumni Society 2016 Scholarship Recipients including four who received the License to Learn Scholarship.

McKinley Barnett and Kaitlyn Thompson, students in the Health Care Management program, Danielle Winston, a student in the Biomedical Sciences program, and Menet-Allah Elbahrawi, a student minoring in Nutrition Sciences each earned the License to Learn Scholarship.

Other scholarship recipients included:

Rebecca ShapiroRebecca Shapiro, Genetic Counseling Class of 2017Rebecca Shapiro, UAB Genetic Counseling Class of 2017, traveled 140 miles for her undergraduate degree (Detroit to Kalamazoo) and 718 miles for her graduate degree (Kalamazoo to Birmingham). But to do her summer rotation, she chose to travel more than 11,000 miles. Where did she go? Why did she go? And why is she going again? The answers to that and much more in our latest UAB School of Health Professions student profile.

Name: Rebecca Shapiro
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Undergraduate Institution: Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Graduate Program: UAB Genetic Counseling, Class of 2017

UAB SHP: Why did you choose UAB Genetic Counseling?

Christian Service Mission 1Students in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Doctor of Physical Therapy program coordinated local service events in honor of the 2nd annual Global PT Day of Service which saw nearly 50 volunteers from Alabama State University, Samford University join UAB students and faculty serve others across the Birmingham.

Volunteers supported:

  • Special Equestrians (helping with horse therapy sessions)
  • Grace House's 3rd annual Pumpkin Festival (working game stations)
  • Christian Service Mission (organizing food donations in food pantry and equipment in workshop)
  • AMBUCS (organizing supplies, restoring adaptive trikes)
  • Athleta at the Summit (fitness screenings and talking with people about the #ChoosePT campaign)
  • UAB Hill Center (collecting clothing for patients in need at UAB's Spain Rehab's Inpatient Department)

PA ChildStudents in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Physician Assistant Studies program spent a portion of their summer on a medical mission in Guatemala. The second-year students served more than 700 patients in the rural village Chiquimula. For many of the patients, their encounter with the UAB PA students will be their only healthcare check up this year.

“Their village is very remote and there are no clinics or hospitals nearby so their access to health care is extremely limited,” said Bellamy Hawkins, a student in the Physician Assistant Studies program. “Plus, the families struggle to find work which keeps them impoverished and leaves them unable to afford to travel or pay for healthcare.”

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Billie and Marvin Racowsky (pictured left)Billie and Marvin Racowsky (pictured left)Marvin Racowsky developed an interest in medicine while serving in the air force. After service, he was looking for opportunities in medicine and discovered UAB’s PA program in LIFE magazine.

At this time, UAB PA was one of only two programs in the United States so Marvin moved to Birmingham where he met his wife Billie (who also became a PA) and gained invaluable support and experience from the faculty team at UAB.

Marvin and Billie have been practicing PA’s for more than 40 years, with their first 10 years of practice in rural areas. In that time they established eight thriving urgent care facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised two wonderful children, Samdon and Layme.