BBJThe Birmingham Business Journal released it’s “Who’s Who in Health Care for 2015” and nearly 1 in 3 who earned a spot on the list are connected to the UAB School of Health Professions.

The School’s Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., heads a list of 17 people with SHP ties including:

Each year the BBJ recognizes “dozens of the top names in Birmingham’s health care field.” This year, 17 of the 61 entries – 28 percent – have ties to the UAB School of Health Professions.
The UAB School of Health Professions launches a new tradition on Friday, December 11, 2015. The School will confer degrees to graduates of the SHP professional graduate programs at an intimate ceremony one day prior to the university ceremony.


Melissa StockwellMelissa Stockwell, SHP Commencement SpeakerThe private ceremony is open to family and friends of graduates from the School’s Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science in Biotechnology, Master of Science in Health Administration (Residential MSHA and Executive MSHA), Master of Science in Health Informatics, Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

The new SHP graduate ceremony follows a UAB tradition of honoring select graduate programs in advance of the university ceremonies that traditionally confer degrees to more than 2,000 undergraduates at Bartow Arena. For more information on the SHP Graduate Commencement Ceremony please visit

The 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a worldwide phenomenon raising more than $115 million. However, in 2015, the challenge did not go viral and in the month of August the ALS Association only raised a little over $500,000.

Many Occupational Therapists work with people who have ALS so when the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy noticed this drop off they decided to help. On Friday, October 23rd, more than 50 students in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program participated in a massive Ice Bucket Challenge. The class placed one letter on each bucket and then spelled out "UAB Occupational Therapy Living Life to its Fullest!"

Donna Slovensky, Ph.D., interim department chair, made a donation for every bucket that was used and then challenged their sister program at the University of South Alabama. UAB is sending the buckets to USA and asking them to accept the challenge and subsequently challenge another school. The hope is that the challenge and the buckets will travel around the country for the rest of 2015 raising more awareness and more money as the fight to cure ALS continues.

James RimmerJames Rimmer, Ph.D.The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s James Rimmer, Ph.D., the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, has been named Chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board. His one-year term begins January 1, 2016.

When he was initially named to the Board in late 2014, Rimmer had this to say:

“There is a lack of representation of people with disabilities across the spectrum of health, wellness, exercise and nutrition and I believe society is starting to recognize the value that exercise and good nutrition have on improving the health of every member of society, including those with the least access to it,” said Rimmer, a professor in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Occupational Therapy. “This administration has a tremendous interest in physical activity, sports, recreation and obesity reduction so this is a good time for people with disabilities to get on board the train.”

PA Class of 2017UAB PA Class of 2017The white coat ceremony is a ritual of initiation, Assistant Professor Kristopher Maday told an assembly of 700 Physician Assistant students, family members, and friends on Sunday—not of culmination.

“The short white coat is a symbol that you’ve made it, but it’s also a reminder that you will never stop traveling,” Maday told the 80 first-year PA students. “Understand that this is just the beginning of your journey, not the end.”

The Class of 2017 White Coat Ceremony took place at the Alys Stephens Center on October 11th. Program Director Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., coated each student, marking their readiness to progress into the practice of medicine as a physician assistant. Students then recited the Pledge of Professionalism in Medicine, promising to “practice [their] profession with conscience and dignity.”

Ward Kilgore Sultan webPA student, Miranda Ward, PA Program Director, Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., PA student Shairoz SultanTen students from the School of Health Professions were honored at the UAB National Alumni Society's annual Scholarship Reception.

The Dean's Scholarship winners were Dominique Forte, a Doctoral of Physical Therapy student in the Department of Physical Therapy, and Shairoz Sultan, a Physician Assistant Studies student in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences.

The W. Sanders Murell Legacy Scholarship, given to the child of a UAB graduate, was awarded to Kyle Fuller, a Biomedical Sciences student in the CDS Department. Fuller also earned a License to Learn Scholarship.

The Student Alumni Society Scholarship was earned by Chirag Patel, another Biomedical Sciences student.

The William M. Voigt Endowed Scholarship, given in honor of the UAB National Alumni Society’s first president, went to Josiah Holsey, also in Biomedical Sciences.

Five students earned License to Learn Scholarships which are awarded to students who are State of Alabama residents. Those winners were Heather Boyle, a Biomedical Sciences and Physical Therapy student; Matthew Dehart, a Biomedical Sciences student; Travis Stringfellow, a Biomedical Sciences student; Miranda Ward, a Physician Assistant student; and Biomedical Sciences' Fuller.
ASCLS Oliveira 03Oliveira at ASCLS ConferenceAna Oliveira, DrPH, assistant professor in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, has been honored by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science as a National Key to the Future honoree. The award is given to newer ASCLS members who are establishing themselves as leaders in their own organization.

"It is a great honor to receive this award. Many people do not know the crucial work clinical laboratory professionals do every day, and how integral they are to the health care team," said Oliveira. "It is invigorating to actively participate in a professional society such as ASCLS whose mission is to assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine."

(Pictured L/R: CLS Program Director Floyd Josephat, 2014 National Key winner Tera Webb, Oliveira, student Jason Frasier, CDS Chair Janelle Chiasera)

OT Pi Theta Epsilon 2015 01UAB OT Pi Theta Epsilon Class of 2015The UAB Department of Occupational Therapy inducted 16 students into the Alpha Beta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon. The Class of 2015 is the largest inducted by UAB OT and includes Anne Abernathy, Olivia Collette, Katie Crumpler, Haley Dean, Renee Harris, Alexandra Hollis, Morgan Hutto, Erin Killen, Dunrey LaRose, Casey Latham, Omar Mohiuddin, Allison Riley, Savannah Shores, Shea Spicher, Tara Weaver and Abbey White.

In their inaugural meeting, the students discussed their vision for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. Among the ideas they hope to accomplish are communication with student scholars at other institutions, scholarly contributions to the field and life-long learning.

“Pi Theta Epsilon is known for recognizing students that have demonstrated academic excellence, scholarly contributions, and service so it is an honor to be counted among an exceptional group of students being inducted,” said one OT student. “It is humbling to know that I meet the requirements to belong to an organization charged with advancing occupational therapy through research, scholarship and the empowerment of fellow students.”  

Brooks Wingo TeleHealthBrooks Wingo (pictured, right) works with telehealth systemA new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham could provide the first known data about the impact of dietary patterns on dietary adherence and cardiometabolic risk factors (CMRF) in adults with spinal cord injury (SCI). Brooks Wingo, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, received a K01 grant for $115,093 from the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to determine if a reduced carbohydrate diet will help adults with SCI stick to their diet and improve their body composition.

“We know there is a lot of emerging evidence to support the benefits of low carb diets, but this will be the first study to directly test the benefits from both a behavioral and physiological standpoint in adults with SCI,” said Wingo, who also holds a research position in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

Wingo’s study, titled “Diet Composition and Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction,” will study 70 overweight and obese adults with SCI for six months. Participants will be randomized into two groups with the first following a reduced carbohydrate diet that is higher in fat and the second following a standard diet that has a higher percentage of carbohydrates versus fat.