UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Former HSA faculty member and healthcare executive Nurkin passes

Harry_NurkinHarry A. Nurkin, PhD, former healthcare executive and UAB Department of Health Services Administration faculty member, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on October 13, 2011. 


Anti-obesity combo may prevent diabetes in obese patients

Tim Garvey headshotThe investigational anti-obesity compound known as controlled-release (CR) phentermine/topiramate may prevent progression to type 2 diabetes in obese patients who are prediabetic, said W. Timothy Garvey, M.D.,  chair of the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences. More of his study can be read on Renal & Urology News.

Has quality of care diminished in private nursing homes?

Rohit_PradhanRohit PradhanThe acquisition and sale of nursing homes by private-equity firms is a decade-long trend that may reduce the quality of care, says University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher Rohit Pradhan, Ph.D.

Pradhan, a fellow in the Department of Health Services Administration in the UAB School of Health Professions, received a grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the implications of such transactions. 


Four of the top 10 best health careers offered at SHP

Clinical_Laboratory_SciencesThe UAB School of Health Professions offers four of the top 10 best careers in healthcare by U.S. News & World ReportClinical laboratory technology ranked at number three, occupational therapy at number five, physician assistant at seven and physical therapy at number eight.


PA faculty and student featured in documentary

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) wanted a documentary style video to promote oral health in primary care facilities. The University of Alabama at Birmingham was prominently featured on the video teaser including our own Physician Assistant Program Director Pat Jennings,DrPh, PA-C, faculty member Kara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C, student Felipe Valencia, along with UAB Dentist Jeff Hill and UAB patient Chris Cantrell. The full documentary will be shown at the NCCPA's conference.

Granger named AARC Fellow

Granger_WesWesley M. Granger, Ph.D., RRT, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). He is the director of the UAB Respiratory Therapy program and associate professor.


Kitchin: Why Weight Watchers works

beth-kitchinUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham Beth Kitchin, a dietitian in the Department of Nutrition Sciences explains on ABC News why Weight Watchers is a succesful diet plan.

SHP faculty & staff relive 9/11

kathy_Jon_Nugent_7_2011This picture of Jon and Kathy Nugent was taken two months prior to 9/11 in New York.Although it’s been 10 years, Jon and Kathy Nugent remember the sight of soldiers at every corner, the sounds of military jets flying above and the smell of smoke as if it was yesterday. The couple was living in the city of New York when 9/11 happened.

Kathy, now director of the UAB Biotechnology program, remembers what a beautiful morning it was as she got ready to fly out for a day meeting in Raleigh, N.C.  She and Jon both worked for a consulting firm in New York in an office across from the Empire State Building. Kathy spoke to her mom before boarding the plane and turned off her cell phone.


Shaw receives highest award from state PT group

Shaw_receiving_GossmanUAB Department of Physical Therapy Chair Sharon Shaw, PT, DrPH, received the Marilyn Gossman Professionalism in Physical Therapy Award from the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. This is considered the chapter’s most prestigious honor to recognize a member demonstrating outstanding professionalism in any of the areas of physical therapy service, practice, education and/or research.