Sarah Nafziger, M.D., MSHA

Sarah Nafziger, M.D., 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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