Drs. Marty Heslin, Vineeta Kumar, and SOM Dean Selwyn VickersDrs. Marty Heslin, Vineeta Kumar, and SOM Dean Selwyn VickersVineeta Kumar, MD (Associate Professor, Nephrology) has received the 2017 Brewer-Heslin Endowed Award for Professionalism in Medicine. The award, which is named for the late Alabama Governor Albert P. Brewer and UAB’s Chief of the Medical Staff Martin J. Heslin, MD, recognizes physicians at UAB who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to providing highly skilled and deeply compassionate medical care to their patients.

Members of the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases with Birmingham Mayor William BellMany members of our Division of Infectious Diseases celebrated Birmingham’s commitment to ending HIV at Mayor William Bell’s signing of the Fast Track City Initiative on August 3. In the declaration, mayors of high HIV burden cities commit themselves to attaining 90-90-90 as well as zero discrimination and stigma targets: 90% of people living with HIV knowing their HIV status; 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status on treatment; and 90% of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads.

Latesha Elopre, MD, MSPH and Greg Payne, MD, PhDLatesha Elopre, MD, MSPH, and Greg Payne, MD, PhDLatesha Elopre, MD, MSPH (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) and Gregory Payne, MD, PhD (Fellow, Cardiovascular Disease) have been named 2017 Harold Amos Scholars. The prestigious Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to historically disadvantaged physicians who are committed to developing careers in academic medicine and to serving as role models for students and faculty of similar background. The two were selected as national semi-finalists for the program and presented their research to a panel of judges in Chicago in July. They are among 14 finalists selected for 2017. Dr. Payne’s AMFDP award is sponsored by the American Heart Association for his work with novel mechanisms of inflammation in cardiovascular disease and cardiac transplant rejection. Dr. Elopre’s project focuses on developing an intervention to increase HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among Black women.

2017 FellowsL to R: Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows Katelyn Briggs, MD, and Carolyn Kezar, MD, with Associate Program Director Heather Herrington, MD, and Program Coordinator Elizabeth McAlisterThe Department was delighted to host our incoming fellows at a welcome reception on Monday evening in Wallace Tumor Institute. The event celebrates our 53 new trainees in 17 programs across 10 clinical divisions. They join 50 existing fellows, and we are eager to watch them flourish in our outstanding educational environment.

Residents practice placing a central venous line in the simulation centerEach of our 42 interns received CVL procedural training in a simulation environment this week. Facilitators included CMRs Karla Williams, MD, Mack Brown, MD, Amanda Brito, MD, and Rob Smola, MD, pulmonary fellow David LaFon, MD, and General Internal Medicine faculty Jason Morris, MD, Peter Phan, MD, and Winter Williams, MD.