UAB School of Health Professions Current News

UAB student discusses genetic testing at Rare Disease Symposium

Emily WakefieldEmily Wakefield presentation, Rare Disease DayUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham graduate student Emily Wakefield, a second-year in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsGenetic Counseling program, addressed an audience of rare disease patients, along with their family, friends and care givers, about the benefits, limitations and fears of genetic testing.
February 28, 2014, marks the seventh worldwide Rare Disease Day and Wakefield’s remarks came at UAB’s Rare Disease Symposium. This is the first year UAB has celebrated the international event. Rare diseases are categorized as those that affect fewer than 200,000 people.

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Rimmer named to President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board

james rimmer LakeshoreJames Rimmer, Ph.D.The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s James Rimmer, Ph.D., the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, has been named to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board. He is the first researcher with a focus on the fitness of people with disabilities to be named to the prestigious post.

“There is a lack of representation of people with disabilities across the spectrum of health, wellness, exercise and nutrition and I believe society is starting to recognize the value that exercise and good nutrition have on improving the health of every member of society, including those with the least access to it,” said Rimmer, a professor in the UAB School of Health Professions Department of Occupational Therapy. “This administration has a tremendous interest in physical activity, sports, recreation and obesity reduction so this is a good time for people with disabilities to get on board the train.”

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MSHA alumnus Davis named BBJ Top 40 Under 40

andy-davisAndy Davis - photo courtesy BBJThe Birmingham Business Journal has named Andy Davis, president and chief operating officer at St. Vincent’s Birmingham and a UAB School of Health Professions alumnus, to their 2014 Top 40 Under 40.

The BBJ article calls Davis, who was promoted from COO to president and COO in August 2011, "one of the most respected leaders in the organization." They go on to credit Davis "with growing efficiency, leading significant recruiting efforts and boosting patient satisfaction at the hospital."

Davis, age 37, earned a Master of Science in Health Administration (Class 34) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001. The UAB MSHA program is ranked 5th in the country for best healthcare management graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report.

HIM, MSHI alumna Dover named BBJ Top 40 Under 40

kayce-doverKayce Dover - photo courtesy BBJKayce Dover, CEO of HIM Connections and UAB School of Health Professions double alumna, has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40.

The BBJ article says Dover, who started her company "from scratch while raising two young sons," is described by nominators as "a fireball of talent, energy, focus and success."

Dover, age 39, earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (1997) and a Master of Science in Health Informatics (2002) from UAB SHP. Her company, HIM Connections, is a recruitment and staffing firm. The company specializes in locating credentialed and experienced Health Information Management professionals for hospitals.

Rimmer honored by AAP for best paper of 2013

james rimmer LakeshoreJames H. Rimmer, Ph.D., director of the Lakeshore Foundation / UAB Research Collaborative, has been selected to receive the AAP Excellence in Research Writing Award by the Association of Academic Physiatrists and the editorial board of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. The award, which is given annually to the lead author of the best paper published in the AJPM&R each year, is for Rimmer’s article titled “Telehealth Weight Management Intervention for Adults with Physical Disabilities: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

The article appeared in the December, 2013, issue of AJPM&R. It examined the results of Rimmer’s study on the effects of a remote, telephone-based weight management program for people with physical disabilities. The subjects were studied for nine months and used a web-based telehealth system that he and his team developed referred to as POWERS - Personalized Online Weight and Exercise Response System.

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UAB launches Weight Loss Medicine

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before afterLisa Toney before, afterUAB Weight Loss Medicine, the only program in the Southeast to offer a multi-disciplinary, medical approach to weight management, has launched to address a consistent rise in the regional rates of obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

The program is a collaborative effort of the UAB Health System, the UAB School of Medicine and the UAB School of Health Professions. The new program began serving patients in early January 2014. It is open to patients who are self-referred or physician referred and provides patients access to top experts and the newest technologies in nutrition with physicians from the departments of Medicine and Nutrition Sciences. It occupies the first and fifth floors of UAB Highlands, 1201 11th Ave. South in Birmingham.

“UAB Weight Loss Medicine serves as a comprehensive resource for those who want to lose weight, maintain weight loss, or prevent excessive weight gain during high-risk medical conditions such as post-injury rehabilitation and breast cancer treatment,” says Amy Warriner, M.D., co-director of the program and associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, in the School of Medicine.

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UAB names new chair of Health Services Administration

Christy LemakChristy Lemak, Ph.D., named new chair of Department of Health Services AdministrationChristy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., has been named chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Health Services Administration. Lemak comes to UAB from the University of Michigan where she serves as director of the Griffith Leadership Center in Health Management and Policy. She is also chief academic officer of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

Lemak, a leader in healthcare management, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives; a board member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, an elected position she has held since 2009; and an expert advisor for the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation. In 2011, she earned the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Management Health Care Management Division.

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Faculty become students to learn simulation training

Original story written by Clinton Colmenares, photos courtesy Charlie Prince

Simulation-week-studentsUAB faculty learn simulation trainingUAB took a giant step forward toward building a world-class simulation training program for health professionals across campus when 21 participants, including two from the School of Health Professions, completed an extensive week-long course here led by faculty from the Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard.

Simulation training uses mannequins that mimic a multitude of patient conditions and responses in very life-like settings. It provides students real-world scenarios – from how to communicate with patients or concerned family members to emergent situations – in a safe environment. It affords faculty the chance to challenge students and provide immediate feedback.

School of Medicine and UAB Hospital participants represented Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Infectious Diseases, GI Surgery and the branch campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. Now their charge is to become champions of simulation by developing and leading projects specific to their disciplines.

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Occupational Therapy alumnus gives moving address at graduation

Christopher Ebner addresses gradsUAB alum Christopher Ebner, OTR/L, addresses OT gradsChristopher Ebner, OTR/L, alumnus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Occupational Therapy, is the occupational therapy supervisor with the Warrior Transition Battalion - Europe. The battalion is responsible for treating service members who are wounded, ill or injured; and preparing them and their family to succeed when they transition back to the armed forces or into civilian life.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, Ebner, who is based in Kaiser Slautern, Germany, was invited back to Birmingham to deliver the graduation address at the OT Class of 2013 hooding ceremony. It was a moving speech the 50 graduates will not soon forget.

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