Dr. Martin Rodriguez Martin Rodriguez, M.D.,Professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases Infectious Diseases Professor Martin Rodriguez, M.D., was named a 2023 recipient of the UAB President's Award for Excellence in Teaching which recognizes faculty who are the very best teachers in the university. As the director of Clinical Activities for the Division of Infectious Diseases, a Tinsley Harrison Clinical Scholar, and the director of the Tinsley Harrison General Medicine Service, Rodriguez has taught medical trainees across UAB in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  

Drs. Ken Saag, Norman Weissman  and Mike Mugavero Celebrate 25 Years of COEREPictured L to R: COERE former and current directors celebrate 25 years Drs. Ken Saag, Norman Weissman, and Mike Mugavero. Wednesday afternoon, the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education celebrated 25 years of serving the community through interdisciplinary health services, outcomes research, and training. Founding Director Norman Weissman, Ph.D., (Professor Emeritus, School of Health Professions) opened remarks by reflecting on the establishment of the program. He highlighted the contributions of his team, Catarina Kiefe, M.D., Ph.D., Jeroan Allison, M.D., MS, and UAB leadership.  

Pollock RussL to R: Lynn Matthews, M.D., Tammi Thomas, Bernadette Johnson, and Kachina Kudroff Last Friday, Tammi Thomas, Bernadette Johnson, and Kachina Kudroff from the 1917 Clinic joined UAB's new student orientation to boost HIV awareness and promote sexual health for students. The team provided attendees with educational material, testing resources, and preventive information. In addition, the Camellia Cohort, led by co-investigators and Associate Professors in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases Lynn Matthews, M.D., and Latesha Elopre, M.D., distributed kits filled with sexual health essentials. The team concluded the day commemorating Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by dispelling common myths associated with the virus. Great work, everyone!  

Pollock Russ Jennifer Pollock, Ph.D., (Professor, Nephrology) Kirk Russ, M.D., (Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology) and a multidisciplinary team of investigators have partnered with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation to investigate the factors that influence health outcomes for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) among African American adults and adolescents. Funded by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, experts will work with local organizations to raise awareness of IBD and improve disease management through community engagement. Representatives from the UAB Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics will contribute to this study.  

L to R: Drs. Amanda Alexander (Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director), FNU Duremala, Edward Huddleston, Kenneth Saag (Division Director), Raeann Whitney, and Alex Edgil Every year in July, we are thrilled to see new faces walking the hospital hallways continuing their medical training in a subspecialty of their choice. In 2023, the department welcomed more than 60 clinicians to our programs, including our first ever fellow in Addiction Medicine and our second ever fellow in Obesity Medicine. We are delighted they have chosen UAB to learn and grow. Welcome all!