The Department of Medicine is delighted to announce two  recipients of the Walter B. Frommeyer Jr. Fellowship in Investigative Medicine for 2021. This annual research award is designed to foster the development of outstanding physician-scientists by supporting an intensive, mentored research experience.

Gaurav Goyal, MD

Gaurav Goyal, MD

Dr. Goyal is Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology. He will investigate the burden of morbidity and premature mortality in patients with Langerhans cell histiocytosis.
Joy Ogunsile, MD

Joy Ogunsile, MD

Dr. Ogunsile is Assistant Professor, Hematology & Oncology. She will conduct her research on Modifying Cardiopulmonary Disease in Sickle Cell Disease with Physical Activity

The Department has also granted a second year renewal of the 2020 Frommeyer Awards:

Smith Giri, MD

Smith Giri, MD

Dr. Giri is Assistant Professor, Hematology & Oncology. He will conduct his research in refining transplant eligibility among older adults with Multiple Myeloma undergoing Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation.
Chao He, MD, PhD

Chao He, MD, PhD

Dr. He is Assistant Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. He will investigate the metabolic crosstalk between macrophages and fibroblasts and how it perpetuates pulmonary fibrosis.

Awards were funded by a generous grant from the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, the Department of Medicine, and the respective Divisions. Congratulations to this year’s exceptional awardees!

Clinical Op WebL to R: Karen MacPherson Harrison, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator and Amy Warriner, MD, Professor and Medical Director for UAB Weight Loss Medicine Clinic

The UAB Diabetes Prevention Program is now recognized as a fully accredited program site since opening in July 2019. Amy Warriner, MD, Professor and Medical Director for the UAB Weight Loss Medicine Clinic and Karen MacPherson Harrison, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator, spearheaded the UAB Diabetes Prevention Program with the goal of going beyond a prescription and training individuals to live in a way that defeats diabetes.

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Jacksonville resident Karen Hay was born with several heart conditions, but after childhood she experienced nothing that led her to suspect she had serious heart valve disease. Then, in October 2019, she suffered a cardiac arrest while recovering from a knee replacement. She was rushed to UAB where Mustafa Ahmed, MD (Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) immediately placed her on life support. Two days later, she received a life-saving transcatheter aortic valve replacement, which led to an amazing recovery. Kudos to the entire interventional health care team for giving this patient a new lease on life.

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Rachael Lee, MD (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) and Bob Centor, MD, MACP (Professor Emeritus, General Internal Medicine) have authored paradigm-shifting guidance in the Annals of Internal Medicine that demonstrates the benefit of prescribing a shorter course of antibiotics for four common infections. Their paper summarizes multiple studies outlining the appropriate duration of antibiotic treatment for these infections, noting that each additional day of unnecessary antibiotics can lead to more side effects, drive antibiotic resistance, and cause more infections like C. difficile.

Clinical Op WebL to R: Kate Morgan, CMA, Chaeli Lawson, CRNP, Natalja Deineko, TaKeisha Flannigan, CMA

The UAB House Calls Program provides primary care to homebound individuals who are typically very frail with multiple serious medical conditions. Because the patients are at high risk for complication and death if infected with COVID-19, the team has coordinated with pharmacy, the UAB Highlands vaccination site, and leadership to be able to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to these patients at home. House Calls is scheduled to provide around 130 vaccinations to patients and their qualifying caregivers in the weeks ahead. The Department salutes this dedicated team for their compassion and innovation.