Lisa Willett and Jori May Above: Dr. May (on screen) and Dr. Willett prepare to lead a WIM session.

Department of Medicine faculty Lisa Willett, M.D., (Professor, General Internal Medicine) and Jori May, M.D., (Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology) co-lead the Department’s Women in Medicine lecture series, a quarterly meeting designed to build community among women with careers in medicine and to provide a platform to share challenges and solutions. In the most recent session, a panelist of junior faculty discussed the nuances of transitioning from training to their careers while navigating a new institution. Drs. Willett and May are thrilled to welcome female faculty, fellows, residents, and staff to join the next conversation "Building Professional Relationships" at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15. Mark your calendars and sign up today!!

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In a Thanksgiving message, Seth Landefeld, M.D., (Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine) shares his gratitude for the DOM's faculty, staff, and trainees, provides a reminder to prioritize wellness this holiday season, and encourages employees to donate to the UAB Blazer Kitchen — which increases food security in the UAB community by providing healthy food and resources to roughly 1,000 UAB employees, students, patients and their families every month

VacchaniAbove: Beth Curles and her family pose with Pankit Vachhani, M.D., (center).

Beth Curles had quietly battled with a rare blood cancer known as polycythemia vera for 15 years before being referred to UAB. She was enrolled in a clinical trial led by leukemia expert Pankit Vachhani, M.D., (Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology) for a drug called KRT-232 navtemadlin. In less than two years, Curles' symptoms significantly improved which resulted in her being released from treatment. She is still doing well and has returned to her duties as a grandmother. Great work, Dr. Vachhani and team!

MarrazzoAbove: Dr. Marrazzo in the UAB News studio

Last week, UAB experts briefed the media that a “triple-demic” of respiratory diseases — RSV, influenza and COVID-19 — may converge this fall and winter. Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D., MPH (Professor & Director, Infectious Diseases) cautions that we’re currently seeing increasing influenza hospitalizations and RSV, and we may experience a new variant of COVID-19 in the months ahead. Pediatric ID physician Claudette Poole, M.D., joins her in expressing concern, especially for children who are the most susceptible to flu and RSV. Both doctors advocate getting vaccinations to prevent the spread and severity of these respiratory illnesses.

LandefeldAbove: Dr. Seth Landefeld with Interim Dean Anupam Agarwal, M.D., at a reception

When Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Seth Landefeld came to UAB in September of 2012, he remembers being immediately impressed with the warm welcome. “The people were just extraordinary.” Ten years later, he still thinks the people are what makes UAB exceptional and notes how much we have done together.