WendyDemark_WahnefriedA UAB School of Health Professions professor was one of three winners of the 2011 Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Awards. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., professor,  Department of Nutrition Sciences, and associate director for cancer prevention and control, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, received $500. She was nominated by Krista Casazza, Ph.D., also of the Department of Nutrition Sciences.

Holt_LynnSince the early 1990's, a method to reduce the risk of genetic diseases in families with known disorders, called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), was created to test embryos prior to in vitro fertilization. Lynn Holt, MS, CGC, director of the UAB Genetic Counseling program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, wrote an article on PGD for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Read her article.

Hurst_ChristinaChristina Hurst, MS, CGC, assistant director of the genetic counseling program in the UAB Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, has been selected for the UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA).  Twenty-four participants from across campus have been chosen to participate in the fourth year of the program and will complete the program in May 2012.  As a member of the HLA program, Hurst will participate in an off-site opening retreat this month as well as monthly program sessions and group projects. 

The goal of the Academy is to foster personal growth, experiential learning, and understanding of leadership among health care challenges. 

NAS_Scholarship_2011Erin Cheng and Katie ScottTwo School of Health Professions students were recognized at the UAB National Alumni Society 2011 Scholarship Reception on Oct. 4, 2011. Erin Cheng and Katie Scott were recipients of the School of Health Professions Dean's Scholarship. Cheng recently graduated from the Nuclear Medicine Technology program. Scott is a graduate student in the Nurse Anesthesia program. The reception was held at the National Alumni Society House.

DAuguste_wins_alumna_awardTraci Spray d' Auguste (center) wins "Outstanding Young Alumna" award. Congratulating her from SHP are Donna Slovensky, Howard Houser, Stephen O'Connor, Bob Chapman and Amy Landry.Traci Spray d’Auguste, MSHA, won the “Outstanding Young Alumna” award from the UAB National Alumni Society. She received the award during the Eleventh Annual Alumni Leadership Recognition and Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 23.

D’Auguste received her master’s degree in Health Administration in 2002 from the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions. She is a director of clinical operations at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, NY.

September 5, 2011 reporter Our Cytology program was the top story in the UAB Reporter. Read about how it transitioned from an undergraduate to a graduate program.

EmmettParkerUAB Physical Therapy alumni Emmett Parker, PT, MS, ATC, was recently honored with the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association’s 2011 Chapter Leadership Award. Parker’s activities as chair of the chapter’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) were cited in the nomination submitted for the Award. In this position, Parker has reorganized the chapter’s advocacy structure resulting in numerous legislative successes and a new level of political influence for the physical therapy profession in Montgomery. He will also receive the 2011 APTA State Legislative Leadership Award at the APTA State Policy and Payment Forum in Austin, TX later this month.

Parker is the president of Accelerated Physical Therapy, Inc. in Birmingham.  He received his Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from UAB in 1994.

RT_StudentContestWinnersRecent Respiratory Therapy graduates Janay Moore, Ashley Oliver and Taryn Dunn win national student writing contest.Three University of Alabama at Birmingham Respiratory Therapy students won the grand prize in a national writing contest. Ashley Oliver, Janay Moore and Taryn Dunn took home the $250 prize in the inaugural "Faces of the Future: National Student Writing Contest" sponsored by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine.

Andy_DavisCongratulations to MSHA graduate Andy Davis. He has been promoted to president and Chief Operating Officer of St. Vincent's Birmingham. He began his career with St. Vincent's as system vice president of physician recruitment and assumed operational responsibilities at St. Vincent's Birmingham in 2007. As COO of the hospital, Davis has successfully implemented numerous growth and operational initiatives. Before joining STVHS, he served as assistant vice president of Mobile Infirmary Medical Clinics and as administrator of Washington County Infirmary Hospital and Nursing Home.

Davis received his master's degree in health administration in 2001 from UAB.