Sam Serley Senior CLASS finalistSam Serley, a senior in the Health Care Management program and a middle blocker for the UAB volleyball team, is one of only 10 volleyball players from around the country to be named as finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. The award recognizes athletes who excel in community, classroom, character and competition.


Jordan Smith UAB Physician Assistant student Jordan Smith was named as the 2012 winner of the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants Susan and Tom Lusty Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded yearly to a student in an accredited PA program.

RonaldWyattRonald M. Wyatt, M.D., MSHA, has been named the medical director in the Division of Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S.  In his role, Wyatt will promote quality improvement and patient safety to internal and external audiences, work to influence public policy and legislation for patient safety improvements and serves as the lead patient safety information and education resources within The Joint Commission.

Drex DeFordChief Information Officer Drex DeFord announced he is leaving Seattle Children’s Hospital next month to take over the same role at Boston-based Steward Health Care. DeFord is a 1997 graduate of the Master of Science in Health Informatics program in the Department of Health Services Administration.

Steward is a 10-hospital system and one of the 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations as designated by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

Read more about DeFord’s move on FierceHealthIT.

Kay Clements, MA, RHIA, Robert Garrie, MPA, RHIA, and Midge Ray, MSN, MEd, RN, all associate professors in the Health Information Management program in the Department of Health Services Administration, have been reapproved by the American Health Information Management Association as coding system trainers. The three faculty members trained to become proficient in the two parts of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System or otherwise known as ICD-10-CM/PCS.

jessicahartlineJessica Hartline has been chosen to become the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s student representative. She is the first UAB undergraduate to be selected to represent all nuclear medicine students in the national organization.

Michelle CardelMichelle Cardel, a doctoral student in nutrition sciences, has been chosen as a finalist in the Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award. Out of 900 abstracts submitted, Cardel was named as one of the top five finalists.

Cardel received high scores for her abstract, “Greater consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids are related to increased lean mass and decreased total and visceral adiposity in a racially diverse sample of children.”  Her mentor was José Fernandez, Ph.D., associate professor and vice chair for education for the Department of Nutrition Sciences. She will present her oral abstract during The Obesity Society’s Thirtieth Annual Scientific Meeting on September 23, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.


Miriam Van Dyke won first place at UAB ExpoMiriam Van Dyke, Nuclear Medicine Technology student, won first place in her category at UAB Expo.SHP Honors swept the health sciences category no. two at the Fifth Annual UAB Expo: An Exposition of Undergraduate Scholarships on April 20, 2012. Out of the 126 presentations, SHP had 15 students’ present posters of their research.

Placing first was Miriam Van Dyke, a Nuclear Medicine Technology student, on “Survey of Radiological Emergency Preparedness: Nuclear Medicine Technologists (SREP: NMT).”

Emma Johnson, a Respiratory Therapy student, placed second with “Infectivity of M. Tuberculosis Genes mce 4C and D in Latent Tuberculosis.”

Girls in Science & Engineering dayMore than 140 girls from 41 different middle schools spent their Saturday dissecting sheep hearts and studying live reptiles at the Second Annual “Girls in Science and Engineering Day.” The full-day event is the brainchild of UAB Physical Therapy student Alison Barnard and medical student Farah Khan.