kevin wang intoKevin WangAfter completing his master’s degree in just three semesters, Kevin Wang graduated Saturday, Aug. 12, as the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s first INTO UAB graduate.

Wang, of Taiwan, joined the UAB School of Health Professionsbiotechnology program as an INTO UAB student in fall 2016. He came to UAB with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech. He will walk in the university’s commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Bartow Arena.

Founded in 2016, INTO UAB is an initiative to increase the global diversity of the student body, increase globalization opportunities for domestic students, and provide opportunities for faculty to expand international teaching, research and service activities. INTO UAB provides English language training and pathway programs for international students who may not meet the requirements for direct entry in order to succeed in an undergraduate or graduate program at UAB.

Vulcan UAB Campus and Medical Center Downtown scrThe Birmingham Business Journal released the annual “Birmingham’s Most Influential Executives” list and it includes five executives connected to the UAB School of Health Professions. The BBJ says these people are “key decisionmakers, powerbrokers and leaders in the metro area.”

Jason Alexander, president & CEO, St. Vincent’s Health System (M.S. in Health Administration – MSHA Class 28)

Stephens Smith JonesMichael E. Stephens with Anita Smith and Harold Jones in 2014Michael E. Stephens, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Administration and the driving force behind the Lakeshore Foundation, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at the age of 73.

Stephens, who suffered a devastating spinal-cord injury in 1970 that changed his life and eventually the lives of countless others, will be most remembered as the man who built Lakeshore Hospital from a 100-bed rehabilitation facility into an internationally renowned rehabilitation campus that serves more than 4,000 physically disabled people annually. The Lakeshore Foundation, as it is known today, was the first entity to become an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site thanks to Stephens’ leadership.

At UAB, where he was a member of MSHA Class 9, he will be most remembered for his efforts to bring together the academic excellence and ground-breaking research of the School of Health Professions and the world-class facilities of the Lakeshore Foundation to create the UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative in 2009. In the last two years alone, the Collaborative has brought in more than $15 million in grants to support rehabilitative sciences research.

“Mike was a man of many talents and accomplishments who dedicated his life to his many passions, none greater than his commitment to use research and programming to improve the quality of life for those living with physical disabilities,” said UAB School of Health Professions’ Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “He was a great friend and supporter of the School of Health Professions and made numerous contributions through his counsel to the direction of he School over the 17 years that I knew him. Mike was a man of spirit who recognized the passions and capabilities of others and, with his time and resources, helped so many realize their dreams. Personally, Mike was to me a colleague, mentor and, most of all, friend. His daily counsel will be missed but his influence and dreams will remain and continue to impact the future of the School for years to come."

Excellence in Business Group

The UAB National Alumni Society celebrated the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 on Friday, June 23, 2017, and recognized a record eight alumni from the UAB School of Health Professions.

Hernandez OConnor EURAM17Hernandez and O'Connor at EURAM '17University of Alabama at Birmingham professors S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH, Distinguished Service Professor and Senior Associate Chair for Global Health, and Stephen J. O’Connor, Ph.D., FACHE, professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration and Scholar in the UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, recently lead a discussion of international healthcare researchers and practitioners at EURAM 2017.

The theme of the European Academy of Management’s annual conference, held this year from June 21 – 24 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, is “Making Knowledge Work”. The session moderated by Hernandez and O’Connor, which included healthcare researchers and from Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States, focused on identifying critical topics for research in management competencies and healthcare performance.

Bolus Norman webNorman Bolus, president-elect SNMMI-TSNorman Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS, interim-program director of the UAB Health Physics program and program director of the UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program, has been elected as the 2017-18 president-elect of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS). Bolus’ three year commitment of president-elect, president and immediate past-president began on June 13, 2017.

“As president-elect of the SNMMI-TS, I will focus on three goals that I ran on for this elected position: 1) to change the legal title for nuclear medicine technologists to officially be listed as professionals in the eyes of the U.S. government, 2) increase membership within the society and 3) to support advocacy efforts for the SNMMI-TS which include scope of practice issues within the profession,” said Bolus.

Bolus, an assistant professor in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, was in clinical practice for three years prior to joining UAB in 1989. During his time at UAB he has served in nearly every role possible including lab instructor, teacher, assistant professor and clinical coordinator before being named the NMT program director in 2007. In 2016, Bolus was named interim-program director of and charged with starting the UAB Health Physics program.

Academy for DiversityStudents and faculty of the inaugural diversity in health care academyThe University of Alabama at Birmingham launched the UAB Academy for Addressing Health Disparities through Health Care Leadership on May 30, 2017. The two-week program, dedicated to increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of students in graduate level health care management education and leadership, was created by the UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration with guidance from the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The inaugural academy class includes eight undergraduates from the UAB Health Care Management (HCM) and UAB Public Health programs.

“We created the academy because health care organizations need a diverse management workforce dedicated to meeting the needs of increasingly diverse patient populations and unfortunately, many graduate programs across the country struggle to attract qualified applicants from underrepresented groups,” said Allyson Hall, Ph.D., academy faculty lead and health policy professor in the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) and HSA Doctoral programs. “The academy will prepare outstanding UAB students to apply, enter and succeed in competitive health care leadership programs.”

james rimmer lakeshoreJames Rimmer, Ph.D.The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors has approved a $5.8 million grant over the next four years to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions’ James Rimmer, Ph.D., to fund a study to determine whether people with multiple sclerosis get as much benefit from an exercise-based rehabilitation program delivered via internet and telephone as they do when the therapy is provided in a clinic.

Rimmer, who is director of the UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative, where the study is headquartered, and Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the UAB School of Health Professions, is a pioneer in exercise and disability research, and was recently awarded more than $10 million for research in this area by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The PCORI project is the first major grant that focuses specifically on the MS community for Rimmer, who has personally been touched by MS through his niece’s living with the condition for the last 20 years in New York City.

FottlersCarol and Myron Fottler at the
2016-17 SHP Scholarship Luncheon
Myron Fottler, Ph.D., who served as program director for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Administration-Health Services program from 1983 until 1999, along with his wife Carol, has established the first endowed scholarship fund for the Ph.D. program located in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Health Services Administration.

The Myron D. and Carol A. Fottler Endowed Support Fund for the Ph.D. Program in Administration-Health Services will support students with tuition, travel fees associated with professional development, or for costs associated with publishing as a sole author or first author.

“UAB gave me my first opportunity as a Ph.D. program director and played such a large role in my career that I wanted to give back to the program that gave me so much,” said Fottler, who is professor emeritus, Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida. “There are many costs associated with an education beyond tuition and we wanted to make sure those costs would not inhibit a student from gaining the foundation that goes with professional development or the confidence that goes with authoring a paper and that is why we established this scholarship.”