UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Health Information Management: one of nine hot majors

health_information_managementYou don’t have to look very far to find one of the “nine hot college majors” ranked by U.S. News & World ReportHealth Information Management (HIM), in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration, is ranked fourth on the list as being a huge need in the industry.


Laken nominated best respiratory care

Debra LakenDebra Laken, CRT, RRT, AE-C, has been named a nominee for the “Best of the 2011 Respiratory Care” by RT Magazine.  She was one of 75 respiratory therapy professional nominated across the country that work for either a private health care facility or teach at a university. Laken is a professor for the UAB Respiratory Therapy program.  RT Magazine annually profiles the industry’s top respiratory care professionals.

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.