AwardsEveryone is cordially invited to the inaugural UAB School of Health Professions Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at the UAB National Alumni Society House located at 1301 10th Avenue South. The event is open to the public and tickets are only $20 per person. However, seating is limited and tickets will be awarded on a first come first served basis.

Please join us in honoring the following SHP alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

Distinguished Alumni Award:

Kim C. Bush
, Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, ‘76 
John B. McWhorter, III, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ’85 and Doctor of Science in Administration-Health Services ‘12
Thomas D. Miller, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ‘84
Michael D. Williams, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ‘81
Dale M. Yake, Master of Science in Physical Therapy, ‘92

Young Alumni Achievement Award:

Sarah S. Dudley
, Master of Science in Health Services Administration, ‘10

Alumni Service Award:

Leslie Simms
, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, ‘06 and Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, ‘07
Jennifer Taylor, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, ‘06 and Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation, ‘07

Tickets may be paid for with cash or a check made payable to: The UAB Educational Foundation

Please contact Amanda Sherman at or 975-8415 if you have any questions or need assistance.
Don Lein 2014 ALAPTA Gossman Award winnerDonald Lein, PT, PhD
2014 ALAPTA Gossman Award winner
Donald Lein, PT, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, earned the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association's Marilyn Gossman Professionalism in Physical Therapy Award for 2014. The award is considered the ALAPTA's most prestigious honor and was given to Lein at the ALAPTA annual conference on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Lein, academic coordinator of clinical education in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, is also an alumnus earning his Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Master of Science in Physical Therapy at UAB.

Dodge Ball logoWant to throw a ball as hard as you can at someone? Of course, we all do. And now you can at the first ever Dodging for Degrees Dodgeball Tournament.

The Dodging for Degrees Dodgeball Tournament, a fund raiser for the UAB School of Health Professions Jr. Board Scholarship Fund, is set for Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at 4 p.m. at the UAB Recreation Center located at 1501 University Blvd.

Ronald Hamner, SHP Junior Advisory Board member, says too often students “enter into workforces where they may not necessarily have the financial wherewithal to do what needs to be done to prepare to go to work.” He says that is just one of many areas where the Board’s scholarship fund will step in and help.

Leonard Williams 02Keldrick Leonard and Carolyn WilliamsClass orientation is normally when students meet for the first time. However, when Carolyn Williams introduced herself at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Master of Science in Health Informatics program orientation, Keldrick Leonard had one question.

“I texted my wife ‘was the nurse we dealt with back in 2012 named Carolyn?’” said Leonard.

“When he asked me if I worked at UAB Highlands I initially thought ‘Oh God, what did I do wrong?’” said Williams.

Two years ago, Leonard, a systems programmer at UAB Hospital, was rushed to the hospital emergency room.  As it turns out, he was diabetic but had never been diagnosed. Williams, who is a former diabetic, was his attending nurse.

Norman Bolus with his 1989 UAB IDNorman Bolus with his 1989 UAB badgeIn 1989, there were two notable births – Taylor Swift, and the UAB career of Norman E. Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS. And yes, Bolus almost has more titles (4) than Swift has albums (5).

On Thursday, September 4, 2014, the Nuclear Medicine Technology program celebrated their program director and his 25 years of service to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Where Swift is known for Red – Bolus is known for Green. And whereas Swift sings “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Bolus will always be the guy who never ever left in the first place.

New BMD Area DebutsNew BMD Area, 4th floor SHPBThe University of Alabama at Birmingham fall semester kicks off at the School of Health Professions with the debut of the new Biomedical Sciences program (BMD) and its new state-of-the-art home.

The BMD program, housed in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, features 170 students; including an inaugural freshman class of 97 with an average ACT score over 27. Nearly half of the incoming freshman class - 46 percent - have an ACT score of 28 or higher which makes them Honors College eligible. It is a diverse group with 45 percent of the students non-white and 15 percent from out of state.

Nataliya V Ivankova webIvankova named AJHB Qualitative Research EditorNataliya V. Ivankova, Ph.D., an associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham has been named Qualitative Research Editor for the American Journal of Health Behavior.

The AJHB, which is managed by PNG Publications, chose Ivankova over 30 well-qualified candidates.

Ivankova, who joined the UAB Department of Health Services Administration in August 2013, holds a joint appointment in the UAB Department of Adult/Acute Health, Chronic Care and Foundations, School of Nursing. Her work has helped provide a methodological foundation for social and health sciences researchers in designing and conducting mixed methods studies, adding patients’ and other participants’ voices to traditional clinical trials and experimental designs.

The philosophy of the journal is “to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.”

Ivankova also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. At UAB she teaches graduate level advanced research methods courses including courses in mixed methods and qualitative research designs.
Jessica WilliamsJessica H. Williams, Ph.D., named to Hope Health Center Board of DirectorsJessica H. Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor with the UAB School of Health Professions, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Hope Health Center in Fairfield, Alabama.The center is a nonprofit medical clinic that is committed to promoting the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of its patients.

“I am beyond humbled and thrilled to support the work of Hope Health Center,” said Williams. “I look forward to working with Dr. Tom Edwards, Dr. Ben Davidson, the Hope Health Center staff, and the current board members in providing excellent health care to the community of Fairfield.”

HOF StephensMichael E. Stephens with HofF plaqueTwo healthcare legends with strong ties to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions were inducted to the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, August 25, 2014.

Harriett Holt Cloud, RD, LD, FADA, who has taught in the UAB School of Health Professions since 1976, and Michael E. Stephens, alumnus of the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration Program (Class 9), were joined by 11 others as members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.

“Harriet and Mike have directly impacted the Alabama healthcare industry for more than 90 years combined so I was surprised when I first learned they were not members of the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “But I also realize that these two have not served healthcare so passionately for so long to receive this recognition – they simply continue to serve others because it is the right thing no matter who notices.”