EAB 2 web2L to R: Sal Kamal, MD; Win Williams, MD; Jason Morris, MD; Todd McCarty, MD; Oliver Sinquefield, MD; Jordan Tannenbaum, MD; and Danielle Witt, MDUAB Internal Medicine took the award for most competitors in the Equal Access Birmingham Heart + Sole 5K thanks to strong turnout by residents, fellows and faculty. Our top faculty runner was Todd McCarty, MD (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) who finished #8 overall. Shout outs to all participants, especially to the enthusiastic Dr. Well-Be, for their support of the EAB cause!

More Good News for August 22, 2018

UAB has received $5.67 million in funding to continue to be home to the state-of-the-art O’Brien Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research. The center is one of eight in the nation and the only O’Brien Center devoted to research for Acute Kidney Injury.

New research from UAB suggests art can make an impact when it comes to patient health and well-being. Many hospitalized patients, especially older adults, are at risk to develop delirium during a hospital stay, according to Katrina Booth, MD (ACE Unit Medical Director). The Acute Care for Elders Unit at UAB Highlands in collaboration with UAB Arts in Medicine, studied a poetry and storytelling intervention and found that it improved patient outcomes including delirium. 

Swati Gulati, MD (Instructor) and J. Michael Wells, MD (Assistant Professor) Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, led a team to discover that the use of a standardized electronic health system-based order set to manage acute exacerbations of COPD was associated with a reduction in steroid dose and hospital length of stay. The use of this power-plan for care of complex patients is gaining greater acceptance in clinical practice. Congrats to Drs. Gulati, Wells and their COPD co-investigators!

Michael Saag, MD (Professor of Medicine and Director, UAB Center for AIDS Research) received the first annual Marchase Award, named in honor of Richard B. Marchase, PhD, former UAB vice president for Research and Economic Development. The Marchase Award honors a UAB investigator who leads or promotes interdisciplinary research on campus in the spirit of camaraderie that Marchase personifies. Congrats, Dr. Saag!

The Department of Medicine and UAB Health System were delighted to host Al Siu, MD, MSPH (Professor and Chair Emeritus of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai) last week to learn more about their innovative Hospital at Home Program. His recent findings in JAMA demonstrate shorter stays, lower readmission rates, fewer emergency department visits, and higher patient satisfaction.

Amy Wang, MD, MBI (Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine) has been named Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest medical organizations in the United States, founded to promote the science and art of family medicine. Kudos, Dr. Wang!

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds: Gareth Dutton, PhD, Associate Professor, UAB Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine will present, “Addressing Obesity: Identifying Effective and Reasonable Interventions for Primary Care” at noon on Wednesday, August 29, in the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.


  • Register now for the Update in Infectious Diseases, set for Friday, August 24 (today), at The Florentine Building in Downtown Birmingham. 
  • UAB Medicine Pituitary and Thyroid Disease Conference will be held at Vulcan Park on Saturday, August 25, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kathryn Lea.
  • The UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center is hosting the inaugural “Rising Star in Diabetes and Metabolism” lecture. Dr. Mark Huising will present his cutting-edge research in “Local Crosstalk within Pancreatic Islets in Control of Beta Cell Fate and Function” on Tuesday, September 4 at the West Pavilion Room E from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Please plan to attend!
  • Register now: The UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center’s 7th Annual Symposium:  Focus on Heart Failure will take place September 6-7, 2018 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. The two-day update in cardiovascular disease will feature keynotes from Thomas J. Wang, MD, Physician-in-Chief at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, and Douglas L. Mann, MD, Cardiologist-in-Chief at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Submit abstracts to Megan Pickering
  • Register now for the 2018 Update in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. This year’s conference will take place Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham (The Wynfrey Hotel). 
  • Register Now for RIME Fellows Workshops. Workshops will enhance fellows’ teaching effectiveness: Teaching pearls, cognitive science principles, learning theory, and panel discussion with experts. The 8th Annual Research and Innovations in Medical Education (RIME) Week celebrates excellence in medical education.

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