Warren Barstow Oculus AwardMary Warren, Beth Barstow with the Oculus AwardThe UAB School of Health ProfessionsGraduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation program received the Envision Oculus Award in recognition of it’s national and international impact on improving the daily lives of persons with low vision. The award, handed out annually since 2010, honors the Department of Occupational Therapy program’s professional collaboration, advocacy, research and education in the field of low vision rehabilitation.

"We were very pleased to be recognized for our efforts to ensure that older adults with age-related eye disease and vision impairment from brain injury receive the high quality rehabilitation services they need to live productive lives,” said Mary Warren, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, director of the certificate program and 2012 Envision Oculus Award winner. “We were the first university program in the United States to provide comprehensive focused education to prepare occupational therapists to provide low vision rehabilitation services and from day one our mission was to ensure that no one could question our graduates’ knowledge, training or credentials."

Tom Hunt Distinguished AlumniDr. Hunt receiving award from Melanie Talbot at the 37th UAB National Symposium for Healthcare ExecutivesThomas R. Hunt, III, MD, DSc, a 2014 graduate of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsExecutive Doctor of Science Degree in Administration-Health Services, is our 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winner. This award is reserved for those who have achieved distinction through exceptional contribution to their professions and shown a history of excellence in their careers. This is the highest honor awarded to our alumni.

Hunt is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and holds a subspecialty certificate in surgery of the hand.  He is an involved member of numerous national and regional specialty societies. For greater than 15 consecutive years he has been included in a variety of best or top doctor publications and in 2016, he was named by the Houston Chronicle as “Best of the Best in Care” – one of only two hand surgeons to receive that distinction.

Hunt’s medical training and experience spans more than 30 years. He serves as the Chair of the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he holds the Wilhelmina Arnold Barnhart Endowed Chair in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a tenured professor of Orthopedic Surgery with secondary appointments as professor of Surgery, and Space Medicine.

Patty Perez webPatty Perez, PT, DScPT, President's Award for Excellence in TeachingPatty Perez, PT, DScPT, assistant professor in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Physical Therapy, has been honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The annual UAB honor recognizes those “who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching.”

The article about her honor included this:

According to her colleagues, she “epitomizes excellence in academic teaching,” pairing her knowledge as a clinician with teaching skills developed from more than 15 years in the classroom.

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.