Clinicians conducting social media interviewDid you see the giant inflatable colon in front of TKC on Friday!? It was there to highlight our newest multi-disciplinary clinic focusing on colon cancer treatment! The clinic opened last week, just in time for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The lead physicians—including DOM’s Grant Williams, MD (Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology) and Nipun Reddy, MD (Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology)—all participated in a Facebook Live event discussing prevention and treatment, and how patients now have access to colorectal cancer care in a “one-stop shop.” Catch up on their social media interview.

More Good News for March 7, 2018

The National Research Mentoring Network recently profiled Monica Baskin, PhD (Professor, Preventive Medicine). The interview features her insights on the importance of mentoring, as well as a video health talk on Community-Based Participatory Research.

Isabel Scarinci, PhD, MPH (Professor, Preventive Medicine), William Carroll, MD (Chair, Department of Otolaryngology), and Young-il Kim, PhD (Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine) were awarded an R21 from the National Cancer Institute to develop and examine feasibility of a scalable tobacco cessation intervention tailored to rural young adult African American men.

DOM researchers report antifungal microbial stewardship appears key in reducing echinocandin resistance in Candida species. Todd McCarty, MD (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) and Joanna Zurko, MD (PGY-3) originally presented the research at IDWeek, and have now been published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. ID Professor Pete Pappas, MD, is senior author on the paper.

Two fellows in Cardiovascular Disease, Navkaranbir Bajaj, MD, MPH, and Nirav Patel, MD, were recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Their NTproBNP guided adjustment of heart failure therapy in patients with reduced ejection fraction led to a 20% reduction in all-cause mortality as compared to standard adjustment. Serial monitoring of NTproBNP is a precision medicine approach to tailor heart failure medications. Mentor Pankaj Arora, MD (Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) is senior author on the paper.

Coming Next Week to Medical Grand Rounds: We will celebrate Women’s History Month with a special MGR led by UAB Professor Emerita Nancy Dunlap, MD, PhD, MBA. Her talk, “Five Lessons I Wish I Had Learned Early in My Career” will be presented at noon on Wednesday, March 14, in the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.


  • FREE Coffee and Donuts for All School of Medicine Staff! All SOM staff are invited to drop by the Wallace Tumor Institute Lobby for free coffee and donuts from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 15. First come, first served!
  • Are you a military woman or woman veteran, or do you care for military women or women veterans? The Women Veteran Health Expo is for you. Come hear from women veterans and experts on women veterans’ health needs. Organized by AlaVetNet, Birmingham VA Medical Center’s Women’s Health Program, Alabama Department of Mental Health and Alabama Department of Public Health. March 15, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the Samford University School of Business, Room 400. Preregister today. 
  • The Center for Palliative and Supportive Care invites innovative research proposals highlighting palliative and supportive care for the 2018 PREP Awards. The award(s) will support research in the area of nutrition as it relates to palliative, supportive, or survivorship care; or nutrition as it relates to cancer. Letters of interest are due no later than March 23.
  • Save the Dates for RIME! This year’s Research and Innovations in Medical Education symposium will be September 12-13, 2018. Mark your calendars now for faculty and fellows workshops and an exciting keynote from General Charles Krulak, Past President of Birmingham Southern College.

View this week's slides.