Jonathan Ingram, DOM-IT participates in UAB Employee Health WellscreenDid you know that you could get $50 for just 15 minutes and a finger stick? Well, you can, thanks to the UAB Employee Health Wellscreens campaign. John Kennedy, MD (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) is encouraging everyone in the DOM to adopt a wellness mindset and take advantage of this opportunity. It’s fast and easy! Just ask Jonathan Ingram (DOM-IT). Jonathan was able to do a walk-in wellscreen in North Pavilion this week, and he reports that the process is painless, and the results are informative. In fact, he may be swearing off pizza and cheese sticks for dinner! Get your own snapshot of your vital health statistics, and a $50 bonus in your paycheck this May. Find locations and program details online.

2018 TRS Winners: Quing Zhao, PhD; Nirav Patel, MD; Courtney Petty; James Hollier, MDThe Department was thrilled to celebrate the next generation of innovative scientists at the 34th Annual Department of Medicine Trainee Research Symposium last week. 96 posters were entered in the abstract competition, and we extend our sincere thanks to everyone who mentors and supports the outstanding graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, residents, and fellows across our department. We also heartily congratulate our first-place finalists!

• Qing Zhao, PhD (Postdoctoral Scholar, Gastroenterology and Hepatology) “Metabolic inhibition of microbiota-reactive CD4 T cells for the prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases”

• Nirav Patel, MD (Fellow, Cardiovascular Disease) “Trends and Cost of Orthotopic Heart Transplantation and Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Impact of Medicare and Medicaid Cuts on End-Stage Heart Failure Landscape”

• Courtney Fernandez Petty (Graduate Student) “PAAG Improves Mucus Transport in CF Rats”

• James Hollier, MD (Resident) “Identifying predictors for colorectal cancer in patients with incomplete colonoscopy screening”

Clinicians conducting social media interviewDid you see the giant inflatable colon in front of TKC on Friday!? It was there to highlight our newest multi-disciplinary clinic focusing on colon cancer treatment! The clinic opened last week, just in time for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The lead physicians—including DOM’s Grant Williams, MD (Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology) and Nipun Reddy, MD (Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology)—all participated in a Facebook Live event discussing prevention and treatment, and how patients now have access to colorectal cancer care in a “one-stop shop.” Catch up on their social media interview.

Colon Cancer Awareness RibbonUAB faculty from surgery, radiation-oncology, and hematology-oncology have come together to create a one-stop shop for colorectal cancer care. The new multi-disciplinary colorectal cancer clinic opened February 28 at The Kirklin Clinic, just in time to celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older; but screening can have a huge impact. If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

Hematology/Oncology Fellow Jori May, MD

Jori May, MD (Fellow, Hematology and Oncology) was featured in the NYT article, “Her Various Symptoms Seemed Unrelated. Then One Doctor Put It All Together,” about Schnitzler syndrome, an immune disorder that caused shaking chills and fever, nausea and vomiting, hives and bone pain. Pathology resident Forest Huls, MD, was also recognized for his partnership in the diagnosis.