• Hussey Appointed Associate Fellowship Director, Obstetrics

    Hanna Hussey, MDThe UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor Hanna Hussey, M.D., has assumed the role of Associate Fellowship Director for the department’s Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship. In this role, she will be working with Mark Powell, M.D., Director of the Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship.

    Dr. Hussey graduated from Florida State University. She completed her Anesthesia residency at Columbia University and Obstetric Anesthesia fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine. We were extremely fortunate to retain Dr. Hussey as a faculty member in our department.

    She is a member of multiple professional societies, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, International Anesthesia Research Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, and Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.

    Dr. Hussey is an outstanding clinician and dedicated educator. In her short time with us, she has enthusiastically and deeply embedded herself in the Obstetric Anesthesia section. Her research interests include management of high-risk obstetric cardiac anesthesia, health care disparities in the obstetric population, and educational programs for trainees involving neuraxial anesthesiology.

    Dr. Hussey has already been highly involved in committees to better our department, and we look forward to seeing the transformative advancements she will bring as a result of her new role.

  • Women of Anesthesiology: Leading the Residency Program and Its Success

    Each fall, hundreds of applicants from across the country go through the rigorous interview process to become a resident in the UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Residency Program. The competition is fierce to enter this program, and for good reason. UAB’s anesthesiology residency program is ranked among the top programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and boasts 21 residents each year who are given the opportunity to advance in their endeavors through research, education, and clinical practice.

    To see why this program is so successful and continues to grow and flourish, it’s important to recognize the leaders responsible for the intricate details of the program and the changes they have implemented to make the program stand out among its competitors.

    Black Susan smcrIgniting the Flame

    Vice Chair for Education Susan Black, M.D., is a professor and served as program director for UAB’s anesthesiology residency program for 15 years. After completing an extensive educational background – attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine, serving her residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, and holding faculty roles at the Mayo Clinic, Loyola University, and the University of Florida – she returned to her alma mater to lead the next generation of anesthesiologists.

    During her time at UAB and as residency program director, Black has worked tirelessly to create an educational environment that is well-rounded and seeks to develop all aspects of the residents’ career goals. Success cannot happen without change, and its under her leadership that many adjustments have been made to mold the program into what it is today. Some areas to credit to her leadership include:

    National Recognition: Under Black’s leadership, the residency program has gained national attention, with residents matching from across the United States and residents finding fellowships and practice opportunities nationwide.

    Program Expansion: Not only has the residency program grown to an impressive 21 residents per class, but the fellowship programs have expanded to five accredited fellowships (18 positions per year) and two unaccredited fellowships. The new clinical base year (PGY-1) has also been created, and the education leadership has expanded to include a full-time Ph.D. medical educator.

    Research and Education Growth: As program director, Black developed two research tracks: Resident Mentored Research Experience Track (RMRET) and the Systematic Training in Anesthesia Research (STAR). In terms of education, all trainees focus on quality improvement and patient safety, with the option to participate in a certification program leading to Certification in Medical Quality (CMQ).

    Leadership Development: Black implemented the department’s resident leadership training program, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), a unique opportunity for residents to pursue master’s degrees in Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Quality, Public Health, and/or obtain certification in Medical Quality and Transesophageal Echocardiography during their residency. (Since its inception, 50 residents have successfully completed the LEAD program.) She has also mentored junior faculty in leadership roles specific to education and advocated to increase recruitment for URiM (Underrepresented in Medicine) and female candidates.

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    As Black recently stepped down from her role as residency program director, she passed the torch to more-than-capable hands. Tekuila Carter, M.D., assumed the role on Sept. 1, 2021, and is looking forward to mentoring and training the next generation of anesthesiologists.

    “The success of our anesthesiology residency belongs to our people,” Carter says. “Our residents and fellows are an enthusiastic, dedicated, and exceptional group.”

    Carter began her career path in medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, followed by her residency at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, and obstetric anesthesia fellowship at Vanderbilt – where she was also a faculty member before coming to UAB in 2015. She has truly led by example during her time at UAB in many capacities, including, but not limited to:

    Medical Education: Carter has served the department in many leadership capacities; most recently as the associate residency program director and simulation director for anesthesiology simulation. She has chaired various residency committees (Clinical Competency and Program Evaluation committees) and was instrumental in attaining MOCA (Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology) for the residency program.

    Mentorship: Since coming to UAB, Carter has served others within the program – 29 medical students, 10 residents, 3 fellows, and 5 junior faculty – as a mentor. She also impacted other medical students as a lead mentor as part of the UAB Heersink School of Medicine’s formalized Learning Community.

    Community Involvement: Carter has carried her leadership expertise into the community as well. She served on the Young Professional Board for the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center, where she helped to raised funds for the Healthy Happy Kids Childhood Obesity Project. She also served as a member of the Mineral District Medical Society, an affiliate of the National Medical Association.

    Lighting the Future of Anesthesiology

    Both Black and Carter have shown, through their actions, leadership, and direct involvement with the department as well as the community, how vital collaboration and camaraderie with others is to creating a well-rounded, impactful education experience with the UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.

    For all anesthesiologists, Carter emphasizes the importance of growth and perseverance. “You never know if you can do it unless you try, and everyone needs help to be successful,” she says. “None of us are perfect, and making mistakes is part of the learning process. However, you must from them so that they are repeated.”

    “Learn from the anesthesiologists around you – identify aspects of their clinical practice, communication, and leadership that work well and incorporate them into your practice,” says Black when offering words of wisdom for other anesthesiologists. “Find your niche, that aspect of your profession that you enjoy, and excel at it.”

    Click here for more information about the UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine’s Residency Program.

  • Lawson Named Director of Pain Medicine Fellowship

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    Prentiss Lawson Jr., M.D., Program DirectorPrentiss Lawson, Jr., M.D., has been named the new director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program for the UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.

    Lawson is currently an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine. He graduated from the Heersink School of Medicine, and then completed his residency in anesthesia at UAB. After completing a pain medicine fellowship at the University of Virginia, he returned to join the UAB faculty.

    His clinical practice and research interests include regional anesthesia for perioperative and other acute pain management and the interventional and integrative treatment of chronic spinal pain, peripheral joint pain, and other chronic pain syndromes. Lawson believes in a patient-centered, holistic approach to helping patients cope with chronic pain and that general health and wellness are fundamental to building resiliency. In addition to patient care at UAB Medicine, he has served as a faculty mentor for numerous residents and fellows and aided in recruitment as well as clinical competence review.

    Lawson has been invited as a guest lecturer on various pain medicine topics at several national meetings. He also participates in regular lectures for other programs within the UAB School of Health Professions. His involvement on teams that have developed early recovery protocols has led to the improved perioperative care and pain management of surgical patients. He was recently certified in medical acupuncture and hopes to bring this to his clinical practice soon.

    The department looks forward to seeing the growth and development of the fellowship under Lawson’s thoughtful and innovative guidance.

    Note: The department would also like to thank Alethia Sellers, M.D., for her outstanding stewardship of the fellowship during the last eight years. She led the successful recruitment and training of dozens of pain medicine fellows, and her wise council and help during this important transition has been greatly appreciated.

  • Birmingham recommendations from our 2020 resident recruitment directors

    Recruitment Directors 2020

    We asked our resident recruitment directors to share some of their favorite places to visit. Read below to find out how they enjoy spending their time outside the hospital. 

  • Theresa Northern, DO, MPH, featured on UAB MedCast

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    In a recent episode of UAB MedCast, Theresa Northern, DO, MPH, sat down to discuss best practices relating to anesthesia, intubation, and airway management during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Listen to Dr. Northern's episode here. All podcasts are eligible for CME credit

  • Rapid REINVENT

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our regular Spring REINVENT cycle was deferred and the Rapid REINVENT program was implemented in April. The purpose of the program was to promote and encourage innovation in COVID-19 research. Seven projects received funding in the first cycle in April and five projects received funding in May. Congratulations to those awarded!

  • Meet the Chiefs: Ryne Schlitz, M.D.



    The typical day depends on the rotation, but we usually arrive around 5:30 to set up our OR prior to morning conference. Cases start at 7:00 (or 8:00 on Tuesday), and residents are relived at 3:00 unless on-call or participating in internal moonlighting.

  • Congratulations to Our Graduates!

    2017 graduation

    The department held its 2017 resident and fellow graduation on Friday, June 2, at B&A Warehouse. We had a record turnout (nearly 200 guests) and a terrific time!

  • Meet the Chiefs: Charles Warren, M.D.

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    Our days typically start early but I try to check emails and get started with some coffee before heading into work. Ideally, I have reviewed my cases for the next day and arrive to prepare my OR and to converse with my patients, as well as the surgery team, if needed. The number and types of cases we do as residents varies tremendously from day-to-day, which is great for training. After I am relieved from the OR, I typically prepare for the next day’s cases and read/study before dinner plans. (I probably eat out too much, but I still enjoy cooking with my wife a couple times per week). 

  • Meet the Chiefs: John Briggs, M.D.

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    Get up, usually between 4:30 and 5, to a brewing pot of coffee. A quick shower helps to wake me up, and I get ready quickly. Then I'm off to the OR for whatever the day may hold: new blocks, interesting cases, and always something to learn. At the end of the day, I head home to my beautiful wife and get ready for the next day.

  • Meet the Chiefs: Nicole McCoy, M.D.



    A day as an anesthesia resident starts EARLY! We set up our assigned operating room prior to 6 a.m. lecture then start our cases around 7 a.m. Most days, residents are relieved by the call team or late-stay CRNAs at 3 p.m., which is a huge bonus of training at UAB. After 3 p.m., we are typically able to take moonlighting call, study, exercise, or spend time with family and friends. Every evening we call the attending to establish a plan for the following day’s cases. The days are long but fun and full of learning from patients, attendings, and upper-level residents.

  • 2018 Match Day Results

    On behalf of Susan Black, M.D.:

    I am pleased to tell you that we had a very strong interview season, filling our 21 positions with a very diverse group of physicians. These physicians are all joining our four-year categorical residency program in June 2018:

  • Meet the Chiefs: Michael Osunsanmi, M.D.



    A typical day usually begins with some form of preparation to care for a patient, whether it be setting up your OR, setting up for a regional anesthetic, or rounding on patients in the unit. It usually ends just before you've exhausted your mental capacity for the day in an attempt to take the best care of patients that you can. 

  • Meet the Chiefs: Blake Norman, M.D.



    For most OR rotations, we arrive to the OR by 5:30 a.m. to set up then attend morning lecture before heading to holding to meet our first patient of the morning. Cases generally start at 7:00 a.m. and residents are relieved at 3:00 p.m. to do their call duties, moonlighting, studies, or extracurricular activities. We generally spend some of this time reviewing our cases for the next day and discussing the anesthetic plan with our attending.

  • Alumnus Brian Barki, M.D., on Nat Geo Show

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    Dr. Brian Barki, who completed his residency with the UAB Department of Anesthesiology in 2012, is featured on a new Nat Geo show. Called The Surgery Ship,it details the dramatic stories that take place aboard a ship that docks in the poorest sections of West Africa to provide life-saving care for patients who otherwise would go without. The show has begun airing in Europe and Australia—stay tuned for U.S. dates. Meanwhile, we caught up with Dr. Barki about the experience.

  • 100% Pass Rate!

    Dr. Lee Ann Riesenberg, Associate Director Education, reports that everyone who recently took the American Board of Medical Qualty (AMBQ) exam passed.

  • Meet the Chiefs: Michelle Tubinis, M.D.

    TubinisWe asked our 2016-17 chief residents to share their thoughts on the job. MeetMichelle Tubinis, M.D.

  • Meet the Chiefs: Chris Blakely, M.D.

    BlakelyWe asked our 2016-17 chief residents to share their thoughts on the job. Meet Chris Blakely, M.D.

  • Matalon appointed editor-in-chief of Physiological Reviews

    Sadis Matalon, Ph.D., Dr.Sc. (Hon), has been tapped to become editor-in-chief of the American Physiological Society’s Physiological Reviews effective January 2018.

  • Korbe Cup Charity Golf Tournament

    Korbe CupWe held the annual Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine golf tournament Saturday, May 6th. Four teams competed in the scramble, and Sam Korbe's dominance of the event finally ended.