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  • DOM Loads Thanksgiving Groceries for Those in Need

    DOM Loads Thanksgiving Groceries for Those in Need Volunteers from the Department of Medicine Chair’s Office participated in a community service project with Christian Service Mission last week, helping organize groceries to pack more than 4,000 Thanksgiving meals for those in need in our community. Like to find a way you can give back, too? Look no further than the UAB Blazer Kitchen that provides healthy food, resources, and referrals to UAB employees, students, patients and their families.

  • UAB Weight Loss Medicine Works Wonders for Patient

    UAB Weight Loss Medicine Works Wonders for Patient Carolyn Walsh with WLM Clinic Director Amy Warriner, MDAs we enter National Diabetes Awareness Month this November, the DOM is celebrating the positive impact that our Weight Loss Medicine clinic is having under the leadership of Amy Warriner, MD (Associate Professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism). Read the story of one of our colleagues, Carolyn Walsh, whose weight loss spurred a 50% reduction in insulin and helped improve her blood sugar control.

  • Big change from small player — mitochondrial background modulates whole body metabolism and gene expression

    Big change from small player — mitochondrial background modulates whole body metabolism and gene expression Findings show that mitochondrial DNA may strongly influence cellular metabolism and susceptibility to metabolic diseases like heart failure or obesity.

  • November 2018: Sylvia Peral

    November 2018: Sylvia Peral Sylvia Peral has been selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of the Month for November 2018! Sylvia is a Program Manager in the Division of Preventive Medicine. She was notified by Dr. Isabel Scarinci (Professor), Anitra Baylor (Division Administrator) and Department of Medicine representatives, Shane Wiley (Executive Administrator), Cindy Joiner (Assistant Vice Chair for Research) and Doug Royal (Personnel Generalist).Sylvia has been with the Division for several years and is a valued member of the team. She is a dependable, efficient and very productive employee, contributing positivity in her work through helping others. Her primary responsibility is evaluating large multi-site[…]

  • Are smartwatches really a smart idea for heart health?

    Are smartwatches really a smart idea for heart health? New wearable health monitoring devices can help you stay informed, but should they be relied on heavily?

  • Mehta Helps Lymphoma Patient Recover, Walk Again

    Mehta Helps Lymphoma Patient Recover, Walk Again The DOM is delighted to celebrate the exemplary patient care provided by Amitkumar Mehta, MD (Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology) who was a part of a patient's successful journey through cancer treatment. Diagnosed in early 2017 with double-hit lymphoma, a particularly aggressive form of diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) that was located in a tumor on her spine, Karen Warnock underwent 8 weeks of chemo and radiation treatment. She left UAB on a walker, progressed to a cane, and in March of 2018 began walking on her own again. Now she's back to teaching piano and voice and taking[…]

  • Department of Medicine premieres faculty development videos

    Department of Medicine premieres faculty development videos When it comes to educating the next generation of physicians, academic medicine calls for talented doctors to train learners at all levels, from students to residents to fellows. MedEd Moments is a new a video series that aim to provide strategic coaching for clinician-educators.

  • Parks Rx receives national award for impact, innovation and replicability

    Parks Rx receives national award for impact, innovation and replicability Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Parks Rx works to connect patients to more than 130 parks in Birmingham and surrounding communities where they can be more active.

  • Peer support can help curb acute care for persons with depression and diabetes

    Peer support can help curb acute care for persons with depression and diabetes A new study from UAB describes the impact of a peer coach intervention on hospitalizations and emergency room visits for individuals with diabetes and depression.

  • DOM Makes Magic at UAB Homecoming Parade

    DOM Makes Magic at UAB Homecoming Parade The Blazers are on fire this year with a 6-1 football record, defeating North Texas 29-21 at homecoming last weekend. You could really feel the Blazer pride all around campus, and the DOM did its part to rally the troops at the parade on Friday. Karla Williams, MD, Jennifer Hicks, MBA, and Hilary Ragsdale, MD represented our faculty, staff, and trainees on our #trailblazer float. Special shout out to co-captains Paula Dixon & Sharonda Hardy who went all in to show our school spirit with candy and beads for the crowd. #BlazersInTheMagicCity

  • New triple-combination drug should benefit the majority of patients with cystic fibrosis

    New triple-combination drug should benefit the majority of patients with cystic fibrosis A new drug offers therapeutic benefit for more than 90 percent of all people with cystic fibrosis.

  • Baskin Named CCC Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

    Baskin Named CCC Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement Monica Baskin, PhD (Professor, Preventive Medicine) has been appointed Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. In this new role, she will lead the Center’s efforts to expand the community health advisor model for disseminating key messages on cancer screening, prevention, and connecting to care in order to reduce and eliminate cancer health disparities with the highest incidence and mortality in Alabama: breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancer.

  • Harlem in the ‘Ham Raises Funds for Healthy Happy Kids!

    Harlem in the ‘Ham Raises Funds for Healthy Happy Kids! L to R: Hon. Chuck Price, LaKisha Mack, Prince Cleveland, Dr. Mona Fouad, Dr. Selwyn Vickers, Nisha Patel, Herman Turner  The Young Professionals Board of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparity Research Center partied like Gatsby at Harlem in the ‘Ham on September 29. The roaring twenties costumes and casino theme brought the community together to raise funds to benefit their Healthy Happy Kids program. Thanks to everyone who came and made a difference in preventing childhood obesity!

  • DOM Welcomes GI Division Director Doug Morgan, MD, MPH

    DOM Welcomes GI Division Director Doug Morgan, MD, MPH The Department is delighted that Doug Morgan, MD, MPH, has joined UAB to serve as Director in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology as of October 1. A global leader in gastric cancer and its prevention, Dr. Morgan comes from Vanderbilt where he was on faculty since 2011. He plans to advance the division’s clinical, educational and research programs as well as expand prevention and treatment of GI health globally. Welcome, Dr. Morgan!

  • Faculty members win best-paper awards

    Faculty members win best-paper awards Yabing Chen, Ph.D., and Ganesh Halade, Ph.D., have won 2018 “best paper” awards.

  • DOM Celebrates 2018 Geriatric Scholars

    DOM Celebrates 2018 Geriatric Scholars Donita White and RaShundra Hardy McKinney display their project at the annual symposiumKellie Flood, MD (Associate Professor, Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) and Emily Simmons, MSN, RN (NICHE Coordinator) led the ninth annual UAB Geriatric Quality Symposium on Friday, September 21, celebrating the collaboration of 27 interprofessional Geriatric Scholars in 9 quality improvement projects, and 9 Patient Support Geriatric Scholars in 3 educational projects. The formal presentation included outcomes reports, recognition of scholars and community partners, awards for outstanding geriatric care. To top it all off, 39 inter-professional scholars and 20 patient support scholars were accepted into next year’s Geriatric[…]

  • Six faculty awarded incentive grants to submit a second R01

    Six School of Medicine faculty projects were recently funded through an AMC21 initiative giving NIH-funded investigators incentive to submit a second R01.

  • DOM Premieres Faculty Development Video Series

    DOM Premieres Faculty Development Video Series The Department of Medicine’s first ever medical education training video is now available online! The MedEd Moments Series addresses important and often unmet needs in topic areas including: Setting Expectations, Feedback, Learning Climate, Evaluation and more. “Setting Expectations” is the first learning episode in the series and was developed right here in our residency program. Kudos to Drs. J.R. Hartig, Jason Morris, and Lisa Willett for screenwriting and production, and to our amazing cast and crew for their star performances. Watch Now. 

  • UAB researchers testing innovative childhood obesity intervention

    UAB researchers testing innovative childhood obesity intervention UAB researchers will implement a new home-intervention model to teach mothers and children to form healthy habits right in the comfort of their homes.

  • A “reset” of regulatory T-cells reverses chronic heart failure in mouse model

    A “reset” of regulatory T-cells reverses chronic heart failure in mouse model This research suggests a therapeutic approach to treating human heart failure.