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:

Michael Griffin, student, UAB Executive Doctoral ProgramMichael Griffin, student, UAB Executive Doctoral ProgramUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham student Michael Griffin, a first-year member of the Executive Doctor of Science Degree in Administration-Health Services, received an honorary degree from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

The school says Griffin, who is President and CEO of Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, was recognized for his “commitment to the betterment of health care in the [New Orleans] metro area and his dedication to the rebuilding of the community health infrastructure post-Katrina.”

In 2011, Griffin was named an Up and Comer by Modern Healthcare. The article says his colleagues and friends describe him as “humble, yet unafraid to take a risk; a keen listener who also has a skill for articulating complex topics clearly in a meeting; and a family man who is also dedicated to his career as a health professional….”

Griffin is a member of the 5th UAB Executive DSc class and is expected to graduate in 2016. The program is housed in the School of Health Professions Department of Health Services Administration.
Landry elected PDW Chair by HCMD / AOMLandry elected PDW Chair by HCMD / AOMAmy Yarbrough Landry, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration, has been elected PDW/Program Chair-elect of the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management. Landry, a member of the HCM Division since 2004, previously served as chair of the Division’s Teaching Committee and as an Academic-At-Large.

“Any of the people that have mentored me or collaborated with me throughout my career have served the division in some capacity,” said Landry. “I feel like it is my responsibility in the line of succession to serve others and I am happy to do so – I consider it a rite of passage.”

"This election reflects the trust that members of the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management have in her leadership responsibilities," said S. Robert Hernandez, interim-chair of the HSA department and a former PDW Chair.

Dorner Young Rice LambertClassic Champs: Dorner, Young, Rice, LambertFor the second year in a row, the team of Taylor Dorner, Logan Young, Kyle Rice and Jake Lambert win the MSHA Golf Classic. The foursome wins entry in the Acura College Alumni Team Championship which will be played at the legendary Pinehurst Resort, host of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships.

The 9th annual MSHA Classic, hosted by the Master of Science in Health Administration Class 49, saw more than 60 golfers play the four-person scramble at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail - Oxmoor Valley Golf Course this year. In addition to providing support for a scholarship fund for students attending professional development conferences, tournament proceeds also go to Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center.

To see all the pictures from the 2014 MSHA Golf Classic visit their Flickr Photo Album page.
Eleven students from the UAB School of Health Professions were honored at the 39th annual Honors Convocation Program. The ceremony, held in the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center, recognizes UAB's most outstanding students. Each year the convocation celebrates those who have won prestigious national honors, including fellowships and scholarships, university school awards and student service awards. Those honored in the School of Health Professions are:

School of Health Professions Dean’s Award
  • Leah Ivy Ricks, Physician Assistant program
Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
  • Ashley Mariano Outstanding Genetic Counseling Graduate Student
  • Leah Ivy Ricks Outstanding Physician Assistant Graduate Student
  • Cardarius Smoot Outstanding Medical Lab Sciences Graduate Student
  • Shae Lesueur Outstanding Medical Technology Undergraduate Student
  • Leslie Williams Outstanding Respiratory Therapy Undergraduate Student
  • Michael L. Tran Mallinckrodt Outstanding Nuclear Medicine Technology Undergraduate Student
Department of Health Services Administration
  • Christie L. Fowlkes The Thompson T. Abercrombie Distinguished Graduate/Undergraduate Clinical Manager
  • Megan Renee Battles Outstanding Health Care Management Undergraduate Student
Department of Physical Therapy
  • Allison Schmidt Outstanding Graduate Student
Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Swetal Thaker Outstanding Graduate Student
Dance 4 Downs 053rd annual Dance 4 DownsStudents from the UAB School of Health Professions Respiratory Therapy and Genetic Counseling programs teamed up with Samford University and Down Syndrome Alabama to deliver the 3rd annual “Dance 4 Downs” fundraising event. Nearly 450 people joined members of the Birmingham special needs community to dance the night away on Saturday, April 3, 2014. The annual event supports the UAB Adult Down Syndrome Clinic and Down Syndrome Alabama.

This is the first year that UAB students have assisted with the event.

“It is a learning experience for both programs,” explains Amy Atkinson, a first-year student in UAB’s Respiratory Therapy program. “Down syndrome is a genetic issue, and children with Down syndrome are at an increased risk for a wide range of medical problems, from respiratory-related issues to gastrointestinal disorders. This dance is helping college students interact with individuals with special needs, individuals that could one day be patients of ours.”

RT Lovell Palmer Williams webL/R: Kit Lovell, Leslie Williams, Gentry PalmerA group of undergraduates at the University of Alabama at Birmingham spent “Kick Butts Day” doing just that with a group of local middle school students.

Kit Lovell, Gentry Palmer and Leslie Williams, students in the UAB School of Health Professions Respiratory Therapy program, visited Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills, Ala., to teach more than 350 seventh grade students about lung health and tobacco risks. They also debunked myths about e-cigarettes.

“This is going to become a hot topic in the near future and a lot of people I know have resorted to the e-cigarettes despite knowing nothing about them,” said Lovell, who is expected to graduate UAB later this month. “As a former smoker, I know how hard of a habit it is to kick and prevention should be the main focus because so many people can't quit or have smoked too long to make any significant improvement in their condition.”

RD Day Capitol 20142014 Registered Dietitian Day in AlabamaThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Dietetic Internship program attended Registered Dietitian Day at the Alabama State House in Montgomery on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The event was coordinated with the Alabama Dietetic Association.

Pictured L/R: Susan Scott, ALDA Public Policy Coordinator; Dana Herazo, ALDA President; Governor Robert Bentley; Susan Miller, director, UAB DI Program and ALDA State Policy Representative; and Mary Martin-Nordness, ALDA President-Elect.

Ron Kleinman webRon Kleinman, PT, UAB Excellence in Business, Class of 2014When Ron Kleinman, PT, was looking for a college to attend he wrote, that’s correct - he physically wrote, to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and asked for a list of the best Physical Therapy schools in the United States. The APTA wrote back and placed the University of Alabama at Birmingham at the top of the list and Kleinman was soon on his way south from Ohio.

Fast forward a little more than 30 years and Kleinman is once again heading south to UAB from Ohio. This time around, he returns to the magazine as a member of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 Awards, Class of 2014.

“The thing that UAB instilled in me was the importance of establishing a good relationship with my patients,” said Kleinman, a 1982 graduate of the UAB Department of Physical Therapy. “They emphasized treating everyone equally, providing care without prejudice and putting the patient’s needs ahead of my own.”