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  • Tolwani Establishes Innovation Fund in Nephrology

    Tolwani Establishes Innovation Fund in Nephrology L to R: UAB pharmacist Dr. Rajesh Speer, nephrologist Dr. Ashita Tolwani and UAB research nurse Brenda Stofan, RN.Ashita Tolwani, MD (Professor, Nephrology) has established the Tolwani Innovation Fund in Nephrology that will support investigators in their pursuit of product development and innovation for kidney-related diseases. This fund was inspired by Dr. Tolwani's experience developing an anticoagulant solution that can be safely administered to patients receiving continuous renal replacement therapy in the ICU. The solution is now patented, and the Division hopes to spur similar innovation with this fund.

  • Activated PMN exosomes are pathogenic entities that cause destruction in the COPD lung

    Activated PMN exosomes are pathogenic entities that cause destruction in the COPD lung Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the fourth-leading cause of death in the world.

  • Top Box Docs Honored at Reception

    Top Box Docs Honored at Reception UAB Medicine held a reception on Monday in honor of physicians that excelled in patient communication during the 2017-2018 measurement period. The Department of Medicine had over fifty clinicians earn this recognition for “Top Box” Scores of 95 or higher. Kudos to all for this phenomenal achievement! View Honorees.L to R: Drs. Leah Leisch, Rob Rosenthal (OPXE), Gaurav Jain (OPXE), Philip Chapman, Suzanne Bergman, Grant Williams, Jim Raper, Lou Bridges, and Gina Dobbs

  • Mechanism for impaired allergic inflammation in infants may explain hygiene hypothesis

    Mechanism for impaired allergic inflammation in infants may explain hygiene hypothesis The hygiene hypothesis says increased sanitation in industrialized countries has led to increases in asthma.

  • Does your insurance card matter when you have a heart attack?

    Does your insurance card matter when you have a heart attack? Investigators from UAB have summarized the impact of the reimbursement gap between Medicaid and private insurance on management and in-hospital outcomes among patients admitted for STEMI.

  • IM Residents Provide Dinner for Those in Need at Hope Lodge

    IM Residents Provide Dinner for Those in Need at Hope Lodge L to R: Drs. Anjali Das, Cameron Pywell, Cameron White, Jamey Hammock, Maritza Pantoja, and Johnathan KalehoffIn the spirit of the season, Internal Medicine Residents prepared and served dinner to patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families at the American Cancer Society Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge this week. The annual service event sponsored by the resident wellness committee offers residents an opportunity to make a difference for cancer patients outside of the hospital. They report it was a wonderful way to spend #TacoTuesday.

  • December 2018: Tatyana Isayeva Waldrop

    December 2018: Tatyana Isayeva Waldrop Tatyana Isayeva Waldrop has been selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of the Month for December 2018! Tatyana is a Researcher V in the Division of Nephrology. She was notified by Dr. Timmy Lee, Nephrology Professor and Department of Medicine Executive Administrator Shane Wiley.Tatyana has been with the division for several years and is a valued member of the team. She is polite, professional, honest and always asks what more can be done. In addition to conducting scientific experiments, she also handles lab management which includes organization of regulatory and training documents for all lab staff. She has also been[…]

  • IM Residents Join the DOM for Holiday Fun at BMA

    IM Residents Join the DOM for Holiday Fun at BMA The Department was delighted to ring in the season with a special evening at the Birmingham Museum of Art on Sunday. Music by live jazz guitarist Cashmere Williams and a special showing of the Cargo Collection, made the holiday celebration merry and bright. Warm holiday wishes to all who couldn’t enjoy the fun!

  • Five things anyone can do to prevent addiction or help people suffering

    Five things anyone can do to prevent addiction or help people suffering While friends or family members may feel helpless if someone they know suffers from addiction, one UAB physician says hope can start at home.

  • Tele-ICU Program Saves Lives in Selma

    Tele-ICU Program Saves Lives in Selma Drs. Stigler and Johnson in the Tele-ICU bunker.Thanks to the new Tele-ICU initiative led by Steve Stigler, MD (Associate Professor) and Jim Johnson, MD (Professor), patients in the Intensive Care Unit at Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma have access to intensive care that is saving lives. By operating a remote “round and respond” service, UAB’s expert critical care faculty have worked with physicians and nurses in Selma to improve patient outcomes, reducing risk-adjusted mortality by nearly 50% and allowing more patients to be treated at Vaughan without transferring to UAB.

  • Memory B cells in the lung may be important for more effective influenza vaccinations

    Memory B cells in the lung may be important for more effective influenza vaccinations Up to now, it has not been clear if these cells might be useful to combat influenza infections or even if they exist at all.

  • “A 4 percent chance is nothing to me”

    “A 4 percent chance is nothing to me” Former MLB player Frank Baker says his experience at UAB’s Pancreatobiliary Disease Center was a home run.

  • Doppalapudi Presents “Heart Clinic” at GWC High School

    Doppalapudi Presents “Heart Clinic” at GWC High School Harish Doppalapudi, MD (Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) recently participated in an exciting community education partnership with UAB School of Medicine students which presented a "Heart Clinic" to tenth-graders at George Washington Carver High School. The highlight was the hands-on portion of the workshop where each high-schooler was able to learn and practice taking a blood pressure reading. This program is part of the Academies of Birmingham initiative which prepares students in Birmingham city schools for college and professional careers.

  • Opinion: Overcoming inertia to improve medication use and deprescribing

    Opinion: Overcoming inertia to improve medication use and deprescribing Change, or overcoming inertia in health care, is difficult but essential to deprescribing harmful medications and making effective medications available to individuals who need them.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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