Drs. Young, Kumar, Mannon, and EckhoffThe Division of Nephrology was delighted to celebrate the appointment of two new endowed positions in transplant nephrology last week. Vineeta Kumar, MD, was named the inaugural holder of the Robert C. and Cutessa D. Bourge Endowed Professorship in Transplant Nephrology. Roslyn Mannon, MD, was appointed the second holder of the Robert G. Luke, MD, Endowed Chair in Transplant Nephrology. We are proud to recognize both extraordinary physicians and grateful for the generous philanthropy that made these endowments possible!

Pictured L to R: Drs. Carlton Young, Vineeta Kumar, Roslyn Mannon, and Devin Eckhoff

7th Annual Crawfish BoilThe home of Dr. Tavo Heudebert (Professor and Interim Regional Dean, Montgomery) was the “crustacean destination” last weekend as he hosted the annual IM Resident Crawfish Boil for the 7th consecutive year. All the residents and their families gathered to partake of the food and fellowship, consuming over 150 pounds of mudbugs in traditional Louisiana style. The residents report the event is great for their wellness and for fostering important connections among the housestaff and attendings.

Pictured L to R: Cody Milliman, Jim McPhail, Danny Hardgrove, Daniel Scullin, Jason Graffagnino, Cameron White, Kathryn Sinquefield, Oliver Sinquefield, Andrew Gahagan, Tavo Heudebert, Vick DiCarlo and Alanna Milliman

Julie Kanter, MDJulie Kanter, MD (Associate Professor, Hematology and Oncology) has received NIH approval to participate in a clinical trial to study a possible cure for Sickle Cell Disease. The Lentiglobin BB305 Study will begin enrolling patients in the next couple of months here at UAB, and initial results have been very promising.

BVAMC HemOncL to R: Drs. Ravi Bhatia, Devika Das, and Lisle NabellDevika Das, MD (Assistant Professor and BVAMC Section Chief, Hematology and Oncology) reports that productivity at the BVAMC Hematology and Oncology Clinic has risen from the bottom quartile to the top quartile in the nation in the past year. The improvement is due to extensive efforts to recognize and capture the complexity of their patients at the VA with accurate billing and coding. Ultimately, this will result in more resources for patient care. Kudos to all who contributed to this stellar improvement. We look forward to your continued growth and success!

PrimaryCareScholars webCongratulations to the 2019-2020 Primary Care Scholars! The Primary Care Scholars program gives second-year residents the opportunity to experience high-performing outpatient practices, gain understanding of team-based primary care, and to develop into their full potential as future leaders of primary care.

L to R: Drs. Anne Wagstaff, Salmaan Kamal, Hilary Ragsdale and Kelly McMaster