women in science and medicine Pictured Above: Pictured Above: Dr. Masood Ahmad (Inaugural Critical Care Medicine Fellow) and Dr. Sheetal Gandotra (Program Director).  

The Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, led by Program Director Sheetal Gandotra (Assistant Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine) will add four new fellows to its training program—two in 2022 and two in 2023. The program launched July 2021 with a mission to train physicians in the field of critical care with competence in procedures such as airway management, paracentesis, basic bronchoscopy, percutaneous tracheostomy and arterial access. Training for this program is one year for trainees entering after the completion of a subspecialty and two years for those entering after residency. Recruitment is currently underway. Way to grow, team!

women in science and medicine Pictured Above, Drs. Hernando and Adrienne Carter, Clinical Assistant Professors in General Internal Medicine. 

The Department of Medicine is delighted to celebrate our internal medicine specialists during National Primary Care Week. The annual event highlights the importance of the entire primary care team. Adrienne Carter, M.D., and Hernando Carter, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professors in General Internal Medicine, commemorate this week by sharing how building trusting relationships with their patients has been the foundation of their primary care medicine careers.

women in science and medicinePictured Above: Lisa Jackson, Lauryn Schultz, Caroline Harada, Amanda Cartee, Rita Paschal, Erin Snyder, Latesha Elopre, Vineeta Kumar, Monica Baskin, Tracy Luckhardt, Amanda Schnell, Tammy Pickens

September is the month to celebrate our women in medicine and science: physicians, nurses, biomedical scientists, medical educators and leaders in academic medicine. In the Department of Medicine, we strive to advance the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement. Join us in honoring the excellence of all the women on our teams who make our mission possible!

Ion RobotPictured above: Pulmonary faculty Drs. Joseph Thachuthara-George, Aline Zouk and Hitesh Batra demonstrate the ION equipment.

Hitesh Batra, M.D., MBA (Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care) performed the first robotic-assisted bronchoscopy using the Ion™ system in the state of Alabama on August 25. This new technology from Intuitive enables minimally invasive biopsy procedures to diagnose lung cancer. The system features an ultra-thin, ultra-maneuverable catheter that allows more precise navigation inside the lung, as well as offering added stabilization for the physician performing the procedure. Congrats to the entire team for implementing this exciting advance in interventional pulmonology!

Path Clinic Food Drive

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is working with survivors to raise awareness about the importance of screening. Three men are sharing their personal experience with screening, diagnosis, and treatment, how this disease impacted their family and friends, and life as a cancer survivor. UAB experts are concerned that the pandemic may have interrupted regularly scheduled health care. They urge patients to reach out to health care providers about age-appropriate cancer screening.