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  • Ovalle named director of endocrinology at UAB

    Ovalle named director of endocrinology at UAB Fernando Ovalle, M.D., has been named director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at UAB.

  • O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center teams up with No Menthol Sunday effort

    O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center teams up with No Menthol Sunday effort The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB will join with faith leaders in African-American communities to educate about the harmful effects of tobacco use through No Menthol Sunday.

  • DOM Announces 2019 Frommeyer Fellows

    DOM Announces 2019 Frommeyer Fellows The Department is delighted to announce three recipients of the Walter B. Frommeyer, Jr., Fellowship in Investigative Medicine. This annual research award is designed to foster the development of outstanding physician-scientists by supporting a two-year intensive, mentored research experience.• Nav Bajaj, MD, (left) will be defining novel inflammatory, myocardial blood flow and metabolism endotypes in acute decompensated heart failure and their association with future cardiovascular outcomes• Radhika Gangaraju, MD, (center) will investigate clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (chip) and racial differences in stroke• Trisha Parekh, MD, (right) will examine the impact of stress on acute care use in low-income COPD[…]

  • Eighteen faculty members named winners of the 2019 Dean's Excellence Awards

    Eighteen faculty members named winners of the 2019 Dean's Excellence Awards Eighteen outstanding faculty members were named recipients of the 2019 Dean’s Excellence Awards, an honor recognizing exceptional contributions made by School of Medicine faculty in service, teaching, research, diversity enhancement and mentorship.

  • Significant unmet mental health care needs exist in current and former smokers with COPD

    Significant unmet mental health care needs exist in current and former smokers with COPD One in four smokers has unmedicated anxiety/depressive symptoms.

  • DOM Recognizes Faculty Achievements

    DOM Recognizes Faculty Achievements The Department of Medicine celebrated the many accomplishments of our faculty at the 2019 Faculty Honors Reception last week. Awards abounded for extraordinary teaching, innovative research, and especially the ”Unsung Heroes” in each division who faithfully contribute without fuss or fanfare to make our department an amazing place to work. Congratulations these honorees!Pictured L to R: Drs. Trisha Parekh, DOM Chair Seth Landefeld, Isabel Scarinci, Garrett Hurst, Deepti Bahl, Sarah Morgan, William Maddox, Gaurav Agarwal, Ali Ahmed, Olaf Kutsch, Clare Lyons, Andrew Sellers. Not pictured: Drs. Antonio DiStasi, Jim Johnson.

  • Key step in transformation of B cells to antibody-secreting cells described

    Key step in transformation of B cells to antibody-secreting cells described Antibody-producing immune cells are vital to fight pathogens and are involved in autoimmunity.

  • Fouad's Team Wins UAB Grand Challenge Research Competition

    Fouad's Team Wins UAB Grand Challenge Research Competition The winner of UAB’s Grand Challenge research competition at UAB has been announced! The Department of Medicine’s Mona Fouad, MD, MPH (Professor and Director, Preventive Medicine) will lead the charge to raise Alabama’s key health measures out of the bottom 10 in state rankings in the next ten years. With soaring rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the challenge is indeed “grand.”Fouad’s plan will promote practical individual health behaviors—like choosing more fruits and vegetables, increasing exercise, and smoking cessation—along with public policy initiatives. The Department of Medicine is elated to support this effort to improve health[…]

  • Fueled to improve state’s health, Fouad’s team named winner of UAB’s inaugural Grand Challenge

    Fueled to improve state’s health, Fouad’s team named winner of UAB’s inaugural Grand Challenge Fouad’s winning proposal is a comprehensive approach to fixing Alabama’s complex health problems and includes 90 partners on her team from government, business, education and more.

  • Doc on the Spot Community Care Clinic to open in Orrville

    Doc on the Spot Community Care Clinic to open in Orrville The clinic is an initiative of Building Healthy Communities, a project of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center

  • Collaborators Improve EMR "Click Path" in IMPACT

    Collaborators Improve EMR "Click Path" in IMPACT Ryan Kraemer, MD (Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine) noticed that he had to click from the provider view menu, to ambulatory workflow, to diagnostics, to cardiovascular just to view an EKG result in IMPACT. He brought this issue to Jonett Beasley, clinical informatics specialist for primary care, who designed the perfect fix. Now there is a CV/Pulmonary results tab in the Results Review Section for all EKG, Pulmonary Function Tests and Telemetry!Ryan and Jonett remind you that, “If you see something, say something!”  Contact the clinical informatics specialist for your area to suggest other improvements, or email clinicalinformatics [at] uabmc[…]

  • Telehealth pulmonary rehabilitation reduces 30-day readmissions

    Telehealth pulmonary rehabilitation reduces 30-day readmissions COPD exacerbations, especially those severe enough to result in hospitalization, are associated with prolonged effects on quality of life and accelerate lung function decline.

  • $17 million grant will explore immune cells in inaccessible tissues of the human body

    $17 million grant will explore immune cells in inaccessible tissues of the human body Tissue-resident B cells likely have important differences that affect autoimmunity and transplant rejection.

  • Nephrologists Named to Endowed Positions

    Nephrologists Named to Endowed Positions The Division of Nephrology was delighted to celebrate the appointment of two new endowed positions in transplant nephrology last week. Vineeta Kumar, MD, was named the inaugural holder of the Robert C. and Cutessa D. Bourge Endowed Professorship in Transplant Nephrology. Roslyn Mannon, MD, was appointed the second holder of the Robert G. Luke, MD, Endowed Chair in Transplant Nephrology. We are proud to recognize both extraordinary physicians and grateful for the generous philanthropy that made these endowments possible!Pictured L to R: Drs. Carlton Young, Vineeta Kumar, Roslyn Mannon, and Devin Eckhoff

  • Dean's Excellence Award winner profile: Monica Baskin, Ph.D.

    Dean's Excellence Award winner profile: Monica Baskin, Ph.D. Monica Baskin, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Medicine's Division of Preventive Medicine, is the senior winner of the Dean's Excellence Award in Diversity Enhancement.

  • IM Residents Let the Good Times Roll at Annual Crawfish Boil

    IM Residents Let the Good Times Roll at Annual Crawfish Boil The home of Dr. Tavo Heudebert (Professor and Interim Regional Dean, Montgomery) was the “crustacean destination” last weekend as he hosted the annual IM Resident Crawfish Boil for the 7th consecutive year. All the residents and their families gathered to partake of the food and fellowship, consuming over 150 pounds of mudbugs in traditional Louisiana style. The residents report the event is great for their wellness and for fostering important connections among the housestaff and attendings.Pictured L to R: Cody Milliman, Jim McPhail, Danny Hardgrove, Daniel Scullin, Jason Graffagnino, Cameron White, Kathryn Sinquefield, Oliver Sinquefield, Andrew Gahagan, Tavo Heudebert, Vick[…]

  • Annual health disparities symposium focuses on policy, systems, environmental changes

    Annual health disparities symposium focuses on policy, systems, environmental changes This year’s symposium will feature Karen Glanz, Ph.D., and Jonathan Engel, Ph.D., as speakers.

  • Dean's Excellence Award winner profile: Stuart Frank, M.D.

    Dean's Excellence Award winner profile: Stuart Frank, M.D. Stuart Frank, M.D., professor in the Department of Medicine's Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, is the winner of the Dean's Excellence Award in Mentorship.

  • Two School of Medicine faculty members elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation

    Two School of Medicine faculty members elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation Two School of Medicine have been elected to become members of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Orlando Gutierrez, M.D., MMSc, is a professor in the Division of Nephrology, and Erik Roberson, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Neurology.

  • Kanter to Launch New Sickle Cell Trial at UAB

    Kanter to Launch New Sickle Cell Trial at UAB Julie Kanter, MD (Associate Professor, Hematology and Oncology) has received NIH approval to participate in a clinical trial to study a possible cure for Sickle Cell Disease. The Lentiglobin BB305 Study will begin enrolling patients in the next couple of months here at UAB, and initial results have been very promising.

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