Joshua HesterJoshua Hester, USA Medical CenterJoshua Hester, alumni of the UAB Health Care Management program, has been promoted to Administrative Projects Coordinator and Manager at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. In his new role, Hester will work on projects spanning the entire health system including the Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, The USA Health Services Foundation and the USA Medical Center.

“Our health system focuses on a ‘patient-centered’ approach, meaning that we think of the patient and their families in every decision we make. It will be imperative, in my new role, to bring that mentality to the forefront of all new projects and departments I may be assigned,” said Hester, who also serves as a member of the UAB School of Health Professions Junior Advisory Board. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to grow as a healthcare professional and to be a member of the USA Health System.”

Projects Hester will oversee may range from medical staff oversight and development, operational efficiency, ambulatory care, education or governance.

USA is also increasing his duties in committee membership at the Medical Center. His most recent placement is with the Performance Improvement Committee where he is co-chair of the End-of-Life sub-committee. Hester is also the Director of Safety and Security for USA Medical Center.
Breakfast at Childs PlayBreakfast with Blazers at Child's Play Therapy CenterThe latest Breakfast with Blazers event was hosted by UAB Occupational Therapy alumna Kerri Bailey. She brought four alumni and three students to her business, Child's Play Therapy Center, for a very intimate networking session.

Attending the event were UAB OT alumni Bailey, Rachel Ashcraft, Laura Vickers and Michelle Henderson along with OT students Megan McCarley, Keaira Gunn and Anna Jones.

The UAB School of Health Professions has implemented the Breakfast with Blazers series this year in order to better connect UAB alumni and students. The mentoring sessions have been a huge success so far.

If you are a UAB alumni or student interested in participating in future Breakfast with Blazers sessions please contact Amanda Sherman in the SHP Dean's Office at

CDS BMD Open House 2.24.17 FinalIn hoop terms, a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences or Health Care Management is your career fast break! Tailor your education to join one of the fastest growing fields at full speed.

In other words - BMD and HCM are an educational slam dunk! Want to know how? Join us at our C-USA Tourney Watch Party on Wednesday, March 8, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the BMD Suite (SHPB 426).

RSVP to to save your spot.

Come cheer on the Blazers with us and see why BMD is the best place for you!

Are you interested in a flexible and unique major or minor that will prepare you to become a competitive 21st century health professional?

Do you plan to pursue a career in medicine, healthcare administration, physician assistant studies, dentistry, physical therapy, biotechnology, clinical laboratory sciences or other health related professions?

If so, you won't want to miss our version of the Big Dance! Whether you are a Cinderella or a #1 Seed, you must RSVP to to punch your ticket.

And yes - refreshments will be provided.

John McWhorter podiumDr. McWhorter leads DSc classJohn McWhorter, president of Baylor University Medical Center and Senior Vice President Hospital Divison at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas, returned to the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus to teach students in the Executive Doctoral Program in Administration-Health Services.

McWhorter was a member of the first cohort and one of the first eight people to graduate from the Executive Doctoral program in December 2012. This week, he shared his wealth of experience and knowledge in health systems leadership with a new group of 21 students from across the country.

MSHA check presentationBroussard, Franklin, Guillot, Van Pelt, WillinghamStudent leaders from the University of Alabama at BirminghamMaster of Science in Healthcare Administration program presented a $5,250 check to Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center. Earlier this year, the center was named the beneficiary of 9th annual MSHA Golf Classic.

“They have been involved with us over the past year for several volunteer projects including painting a residential home and helping with our Big Top event from start to finish,” said Sherri Van Pelt, vice president of development and communications. “These students represent the best of the best and I can’t begin to say how much we appreciate having their support and friendship. I think they are so far ahead of the game in understanding the value of giving back to the community.”

UAB Genetic Counseling Alumni Faculty Dean JonesUAB Genetic Counseling Alumni Faculty Dean JonesThe UAB Genetic Counseling program hosted an alumni gathering in New Orleans as part of the National Society of Genetic Counselors 33rd Annual Education Conference. The alumni event had at least one representative from each of the three Genetic Counseling graduating classes.

UAB School of Health Professions' Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., joined nine alumni and current faculty members at the Court of Two Sisters restaurant.

The GC program prepares students to work with patients and families who are learning about and coping with the risk genetic disease may have for themselves and their relatives. It combines scientific and clinical education to prepare students for the evolving field of genetic counseling and to work with a variety of patients.
Breakfast Blazers PA 01Breakfast with Blazers - UAB PA ProgramThe UAB Physician Assistant program took over this week's Breakfast with Blazers tour. And they road tripped to St. Vincent's East.

Many thanks to our PA alumni who attended: Wendy Cornelius, Ben Jeter, Kim Johnson and Christina Rosser.

They met with eleven UAB PA students. They heard some great questions and gave some strong guidance.

If you are a student, ask your program director about upcoming Breakfast with Blazers so you can network with UAB alumni. If you are alumni, reach out to Amanda Sherman at about giving back to your program.
Neerav JadejaMSHA alumnus Neerav Jadeja named "Rising Star"Neerav Jadeja, alumnus of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program, has been named to Becker's Hospital Review annual "Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40."

Jadeja, age 36, serves as administrator of Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California. Having served as their administrator since 2011, Jadeja was named for his role in the hospital's national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. Paradise Valley is a Top 100 Hospital, Top 15 Health System and Top Performing Hospital in Key Quality Measures according to their website.

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.

Becker's Hospital Review says the names on the "Rising Stars" list "were collected through peer nominations and editorial research" and that nobody can pay to be on their list.
UAB RT GraduationUAB Respiratory Therapy, Class of 2014The UAB Respiratory Therapy Program graduated 29 students on Friday, August 8, 2014, in a ceremony at the Hoover Met. More than 200 family and friends joined the seniors for the graduation ceremony and awards program.

In addition to graduation, the School of Health Professions program handed out their annual awards. Those taking home honors included: