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.

thanksgiving dinnerThe holidays officially begin on Thanksgiving and don’t stop until the New Year. That means gatherings with family and friends and the chance to pack on some unwanted pounds from dinners and parties for the next month or so.

CLS student JennaKeyJenna Key confidently pricked the finger of her patient for a cholesterol test. The Alabaster native never thought she would be performing lab tests on real patients right out the gate, but she is - because she is a first semester student in the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“It’s a unique experience for a first year student,” said Key.

Jan and Daniel MorsonIf 14-year-old Daniel Morson had his way, he would eat chicken fingers for breakfast every day. His mom, Jan Morson of Vestavia Hills, does her best to serve healthy foods to Daniel, who has Down syndrome.

“It’s a struggle,” says Morson. “His diet is limited to the same 10 foods. He’s never liked mushy foods like oatmeal, rice or grits, and he won’t eat vegetables like peas or beans as I wish he would.”

Clinical Laboratory ScienceFour programs in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham received grants totaling $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled in a health professions program.

The four programs – Medical Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant – will award nearly 15 scholarships per program per year for four years in the amount of $10,000 to $15,000 each that will be applied toward a student’s tuition and fees.

2012 SPA White Coat RennerSecond year SPA student Kayla Renner presents a white coat to her husband Nolan, a first year SPA student.It was a memorable moment for Nolan Renner, a first year University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant student. His wife, Kayla, a second year SPA student, presented him with his white coat on Oct. 5, 2012. It also happened to be the very first SPA White Coat Ceremony for the UAB program held at the Historic Woodrow Hall in Birmingham, followed by the Second Annual PA Fall Ball.