Kaylee B Crockett, PhD

Kaylee B Crockett, PhD

Former AHRQ T32 Trainee and COERE GRIT participant, Kaylee Crockett, PhD, recently received a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development (K23) award from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $662,578 award will fund Crockett’s research for five years. Crockett is the first full-time faculty member in the department Family and Community Medicine to serve as a principal investigator for an NIH-funded career development award. Congratulations Kaylee!

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Sarah Nafiziger, MD, MSHA

Sarah Nafiziger, MD, MSHA

Each fall, the UAB National Alumni Society recognizes outstanding alumni and university leaders during the annual Alumni Awards and Recognition ceremony. COERE Steering Committee Member, Sarah Nafziger, MD, MSHA will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a UAB graduate whose professional and community accomplishments are outstanding. The recipient must be one who is distinguished in his/her profession or other worthy endeavors, has demonstrated a continual interest in UAB, and who is a member in good standing of the UAB National Alumni Society. The recipient’s school or college awards a $4,000 student scholarship the following fiscal year.

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Daniel Chu, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Daniel Chu, MD, FACS, FASCRS

COERE Steering Committee Member, Daniel Chu, MD, FACS, FASCRS was name Associate Editor for Colorectal Surgery for the Journal of Surgical Research. Dr. Chu will start in the fall and will serve a five-year term. Congratulations!

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Allyson Hall, PhD

Allyson Hall, PhD

For the last part of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion's series celebrating Caribbean American Heritage month; the office showcased the breadth of Caribbean American heritage at UAB through three spotlighted individuals, including our Co-Director, Dr. Allyson Hall. 

Dr. Hall received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and obtained her MHA and MBA from the University of Florida.

Over the past 30+ years, she has studied access and systems to care for vulnerable populations and has a long-standing interest in Medicaid. Currently, an emphasis of her work has been on improving the transition of care from hospital to home and reducing care fragmentation. As seen with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are numerous barriers to healthcare in underserved and minority populations. To share her expertise, Dr. Hall has also been a part of several COVID-19 related projects.

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Olivia T. Van Gerwen, MD, MPH

Olivia T. Van Gerwen, MD, MPH

One of our incredibly talented T32 alum, Libby Van Gerwen, MD, MPH, was chosen to serve as a Koopman Research Mentor to first-year medical student, Willow Bryan! We have no doubts that Libby will excel at this mentorship role and convey her abundance of knowledge and professionalism in the infectious disease field to her mentee! Congratulations to Libby and Willow, best of luck in your new mentor-mentee relationship!

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Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHSc

Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHSc

Congratulations to Dr. Michael J. Mugavero for receiveing the John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship award, presented by AHRQ to faculty members who exhibit integrity, knowledge, guidance, and inspiration throughout their training tenure of T32 fellows/trainees. Dr. Mugavero exemplifies all these qualities, and then some! Congratulations again and we are so proud to work alongside you, Mugs!

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Rachel D. Wells, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL

Rachel D. Wells, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Postdoctoral Fellow Rachel Wells, PhD, RN, CNL, has received a five-year, $995,155 K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research to optimize an early palliative care intervention for persons with advanced heart failure. Congratulations Dr. Wells!


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Rachel D. Wells, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL

Rachel D. Wells, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL

Congratulations are in order for Rachel D. Wells, PhD, MSN, RN, CNL, AHRQ T32 Trainee, for her receipt of a K99/R00 award from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Congratulations Rachel! 

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Sarah Nafziger, MD, MSHA

Sarah Nafziger, MD, MSHA

Meet Dr. Sarah Nafziger, COERE Steering Commitee Member and the newest FACE of Birmingham

Sarah Nafziger, M.D., MSHA, has dedicated her life to disaster medicine. She studied bioterrorism and had boots on the ground during the Ebola outbreak. And as Vice President of Clinical Support Services at UAB Medicine, she has a hand in all aspects of disaster response, from ongoing COVID-19 strategies and initiatives to patient flow, employee health, and even leading UAB’s massive rollout of the vaccine. She’s a true hero, but she’d tell you it’s her team (the administrators, doctors, nurses, and staff) who impress her so much. Meet Sarah Nafziger, our newest FACE of Birmingham.

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Olivia T. Van Gerwen, MD, MPH

Olivia T. Van Gerwen, MD, MPH

Congratulations are in order for Olivia T. Van Gerwen, MD, MPH, AHRQ T32 Trainee, for her recent manuscript Trichomoniasis and adverse birth outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis being accepted for publication in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Such an impressive accomplishment that will further the field of OBGYN and positively impact patients across the world! 


Anand Iyer, MD, MSPH

Anand Iyer, MD, MSPH

On Thursday, March 18, 2021, Anand Iyer, MD, MSPH, a T32 Post Doc Alumni of the COERE, was invited to speak at the United States Senate’s Special Committee on Aging! Representing UAB’s Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, Dr. Iyer spoke about the health disparities among minority groups in his Pulmonary Clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic. He brought attention to the fact that these patients are at highest risk for poor outcomes related to COVID-19 and unfortunately, these individuals are now having the most difficult time accessing a vaccine. Dr. Iyer went on to share three key suggestions to address and overcome the access barriers for vulnerable populations to receive vaccinations. The implications of improving access for these individuals goes beyond the person themselves, but will also have a long-lasting, positive impact on our health system. Dr. Iyer provided invaluable insight from the front line and much needed ideas to lead American Health Care to a much stronger place than pre-pandemic.

“The most vulnerable will not be able to raise their hand and tell us they need help. We must reach out to them.” - Dr. Anand Iyer

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