Chris Van GorderChris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego, Calif., will be the keynote speaker at the Ninth Annual L. R. “Rush” Jordan Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wynfrey Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, UAB’s Department of Health Services Administration and the Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum. Van Gorder will speak on the topic, “From Turnaround to Transformation: the Benefits of a Strong Corporate Culture.”

health care managementLooking for a degree that will help you gain employment and impress employers? named the top four degrees that employers love. Coming in at number one is health care management.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been training future health care managers and administrators for more than 40 years. Program Director Pamela Paustian, Ph.D., said her graduates hit the ground running in their jobs.

inactivity Prolonged physical inactivity leads to increased insulin resistance, which is a risk factor for diabetes and heart disease. Scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are exploring the perils of a sedentary lifestyle and how much inactivity is necessary to cause health problems.  

“We know physical activity is beneficial for human health,” said Krista Casazza, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. “We are just discovering that physical inactivity itself can be detrimental to human health in many ways.”

smiles for alabama sThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry, in partnership with the UAB schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Optometry, received a $150,000 renewal grant through the DentaQuest Foundation to train professional students to work collaboratively and recognize when they should make referrals to other professions.

Part of the project involves conducting free, school-based health screenings for children in selected Birmingham city schools. The project, “Smiles for Alabama,” unites students from each of the UAB professional schools with Sight Savers America’s Alabama KidCheck to screen children for health, dental or eyesight issues, and it identifies those who need follow-up care.

Watch Respiratory Therapy students Danielle Foster and Krystal Hughes battle it out in the first-ever SIMWARS.

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John McWhorterJohn McWhorter is graduating from the first Executive Doctoral class on Dec. 15.John McWhorter has a lot on his plate. He’s the president of Baylor University Medical Center and Senior Vice President Hospital Division at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas. He’s responsible for $2.7 billion in revenues for 18 hospitals and more than 12,000 employees. He’s a family man whose mission works have led him to Africa, Belize, Honduras and Mexico.

It would seem that McWhorter has little time for anything else. In just over three years, he has managed to squeeze in a doctoral degree. On December 15, 2012, McWhorter will be one of eight people graduating from the first class of the Executive Doctor of Science Degree in Administration-Health Services from the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

james rimmer at LakeshoreThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Birmingham-based Lakeshore Foundation have partnered on an initiative made possible by a $6-million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to find ways to improve health outcomes among disabled persons.

People with disabilities have some of the highest rates of physical inactivity in the United States, according to James Rimmer, Ph.D., Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the UAB School of Health Professions.

Dave Morris Czech Rep 11 2012Dave Morris, center, helped trained PT's in the Czech Republic on constraint-induced therapy.David Morris, PT, Ph.D., just returned to the states after training several physical therapists in the Czech Republic on constraint-induced (CI) movement therapy. Morris, vice chair and associate professor in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, spent four days training PT’s at the Klimkovice Health Spa near Ostrava.


ICD-10For Joan Hicks, the one-year delay in the compliance deadline for the nationwide conversion to an updated International Classification of Diseases system, ICD-10, was a relief. As chief information officer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System, Hicks has a lot of behind-the-scenes work to get done before UAB implements a 5,037 percent increase in hospital procedure codes by Oct. 1, 2014.