UAB School of Health Professions Current News
*Story written by Bob Shepard, UAB News
Janelle M. Chiasera, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been selected as one of 47 emerging college and university leaders for the 2015-16 class of the American Council on Education. Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program — the longest running leadership-development program in the United States — focuses on identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation's colleges and universities.
Chiasera joined UAB in 2006 as program director for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
The ACE Fellows Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year. During the past five decades, nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the fellows Program, with more than 300 fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.
“We’re extremely proud of Dr. Chiasera and gratified that one of our rising faculty stars has been recognized by ACE for this honor,” said UAB Provost Linda Lucas, Ph.D. “"The intensive experience of the ACE Fellows Program will help Dr. Chiasera and the other fellows strengthen their leadership skills, expand their networks and prepare to successfully confront the many challenges facing higher education today.”
Keith Pearson, UAB doctoral student and 2013 Early Career Investigator Award winner, took home first place honors for his poster “Dietary Patterns are Associated with Cognitive Function in U.S. Adults.” His research investigated the relationship between dietary patterns and cognitive function in a group of over 15,000 US adults from the REGARDS study.
“We found that a plant-based dietary pattern and a dietary pattern including green leafy vegetables, salad dressing, and alcohol were associated with increased cognitive performance on several cognitive tests,” says Pearson. “Additionally, we found that a dietary pattern including fried food, processed meats, and organ meats typical of a Southern diet was associated with decreased cognitive performance.”
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Taking home first place honors were:
Daniella Chusyd, Nutrition Sciences
“Body Composition and Associated Metabolic Profile of Zoo-Maintained Female African Elephants”
READ MORE: Chusyd's research featured in UAB News
Some female African elephants in zoos exhibit abnormal reproductive cycles. Therefore, we wanted to examine the potential association of body composition (i.e. fat and lean mass) and metabolic and inflammatory parameters on ovarian cycles in zoo-maintained African elephant females.
“It is the hard work and successes of my students that make me look good. I would much rather that my students and mentors be esteemed more than I; that they be praised for their diligence and dedication, and I go unnoticed,” said Lowman. “It is an honor to employ and develop the gifts I have received, and I hope I will continue to work with prudence and patience, for the benefit of our students, and not waste my talents or rest in vain complacency. I sincerely appreciate all of the people that have encouraged and helped me develop as a teacher and I am sincerely humbled in being nominated for, and especially receiving, this award.”
Mazi is Founder of M Consulting and Co-Founder and President of PACK Health in Birmingham, Alabama. He has the distinction of receiving three degrees from three schools at UAB. He earned a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Health and a Ph.D. M Consulting provides strategic planning to pharmaceutical companies, payers, and health systems. PACK Health provides personalized services to patients in order to improve chronic conditions. He credits UAB with providing him the knowledge and skills to apply business principles in health care.
Mark is Owner and President of MedTrust, Inc., a company he founded in 1993. He earned his Master of Hospital and Health Administration from UAB in 1982. Upon graduation, Mark received the foundation to branch out and start his own physician practice management firm after working 10 years for Humana Hospital Corporation. When he established MedTrust, he consulted his professors and colleagues on how to structure his business. Headquartered in Martinez, Georgia, MedTrust employs 25 people; and provides physician practice and medical clinic management services.
Gretchen Napier Geagan:
Gretchen serves as CEO of Life-Links Geriatric Care Management in Brentwood, Tennessee. She received her Master of Health Administration from UAB in 1995. For the past 20 years, Gretchen has devoted her career to making the final phase of life, for those she serves, as fulfilling as possible. She joined Life-Links in 2009 as co-owner and became the owner and CEO in 2012. Life-Links’ Care Managers are Certified Members of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers and have Master’s Degrees in related fields or years of professional experience.
Eric is CEO for Natchez Community Hospital and Natchez Regional Medical Center in Natchez, Mississippi. He earned his Master of Business Administration in 2004 and his Master of Healthcare Administration in 2005, both from UAB. Eric was named CEO at Natchez Community Hospital in 2012 and CEO of Natchez Regional Medical Center in 2014. Currently, he is tasked with consolidating the operations of the two who have been competitors for the past 40 years. Combined, they employ more than 500 people and provide surgical and general medicine services to Adams County, Mississippi.
Robert J. Zasa:
Robert is Managing Partner at Ambulatory Systems Development Management based in Incline Village, NV and Dana Point, CA. He earned his Master of Hospital and Health Administration from UAB in 1975. He entered the field as an administrator for the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans and operated Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. Founded in 1986, ASD provides management and consulting services to ambulatory surgery centers throughout the United States. Currently, ASD works to develop, turn around, and manage surgery centers in joint ventures with physicians and hospital systems.
The MSHA program, housed in the Department of Health Services Administration, is only one-tenth of a point behind the top ranked program in the category of Best Grad Schools in Health Care Management.
The UAB Physician Assistant program makes the highest jump of any program in the UAB School of Health Professions, leaping nine notches up to 16th in the nation. The PA improvement gives the school three Top 20 ranked programs.
The latest rankings were released in the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”
“Every year many different groups hand out many different rankings yet the gold standard year in and year out is U.S. News & World Report because it is based upon the input of peer programs and institutions; and let me tell you, there is no better feeling than to be named one of the best in the nation by your peers,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “To be ranked takes input from everyone involved in a program both past and present; it is the culmination of students, alumni, faculty and staff working together to better each other and that effort is reflected in each of these programs.”
Cecilia Graham, Ph.D.: The Joseph F. Volker Award for the regular, full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in and dedication to teaching, distinctive research and other scholarly endeavors, and/or notable service to the School, University and community. She was presented by David Morris, Ph.D.
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D.: The Excellence in Scholarship Award for the faculty member has made significant scholarly contributions resulting in the advancement of knowledge. Contributions include funded research, involvement in research process, publications in peer reviewed journals and more. She was presented by Paula Chandler-Laney, Ph.D.
Donna Slovensky, Ph.D.: The Excellence in Service Award for faculty member who has made significant contributions to the School or their profession including projects and positions that bring national, state or local recognition and more. She was presented by Christy Lemak, Ph.D.
Michelle Brown, MS, MLS(ASCP)SBB: The Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty member who exhibited success in developing effective teaching methods, courses and teaching materials that generate student learning, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and research. She was presented by Tino Unlap, Ph.D.
Mary Foster: The Beverly W. Smith Outstanding Employee Award for a non-faculty employee who excels in numerous areas such as professionalism, attitude, productivity, efficiency, creativity, communication and competence. She was presented by Cathy Jones.
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“Being a resident of Holmes County, Mississippi, one of the poorest counties in the nation and currently the poorest county in the state of Mississippi, has led me to become a future Physician Assistant who plans to become an impactful healthcare provider, especially in rural communities,” said Frizell, who is scheduled to graduate in December 2015.
The PA Foundation, which has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to students, said they received more than 1,200 applications and only awarded 38 scholarships.
The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham Wynfrey Hotel on February 26 - 27, was hosted by the UAB Department of Health Services Administration and UAB Health System.
The Case Competition takes a real-life problem, in this case it was determining the need to build a comprehensive respiratory center, and asks graduate students from programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education) (CAHME) to best solve the problem. At the two-day competition, the students present their case to leaders from the healthcare industry in multiple rounds.