Hayden Hatfield Ryals and Skye Savren-McCormickAbove: Skye Savren-McCormick, left, and Hayden Hatfield Ryals. Photo credit: Mike Broadway Photography.Ayman Saad, MD (Associate Professor, Hematology and Oncology) and his team at UAB performed a bone marrow harvest that has produced a beautiful and an unexpected friendship. Hayden Hatfield Ryals signed up to be a marrow donor and ended up not only being a perfect match, but also saving the life of Skye Savren-McCormick, who was suffering from junvenile myelomonocytic leukemia at the time. Two years later, the pair is still close, and Skye was the flower girl in Hayden’s wedding. Great job to Dr. Saad and his team! 

More Good News for August 29, 2018

Anand Iyer, MD (Assistant Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care) will receive UAB’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the 2018 Alumni Leadership and Recognition Awards ceremony in September. Dr. Iyer obtained his medical degree from UAB in 2011 and remained at UAB for his residency and fellowship in pulmonary medicine. Now junior faculty here at UAB, Dr. Iyer has continued his research in COPD focusing on patient-centered outcomes and mixed-methods research. We love Dr. Iyer! 

Ryan Kraemer, MD (Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine) first-authored the article“Moving Career Development Upstream: Evaluation of a Course for Internal Medicine Trainees Contemplating Career Pathways in Academic Medicine” in the Southern Medical Journal.

Navin Nanda, MD, DSc (Hon) (Distinguished Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Echocardiography during their annual meeting in Nashville.

Congratulations to our August Employee of the Month, Casondra Matthews (Program Manager II, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care). Casondra is a joy to work with. She has a positive, can-do attitude that encourages everyone who works with her. Think of others you know, and nominate them for this distinction.

William Curry, MD (Professor, General Internal Medicine and Associate Dean, Rural Programs and Primary Care) focuses attention on the shortage of primary care physicians in Alabama in a U.S. News & World Report feature article.

The University has officially retired the tagline, "Knowledge that will change your world," refreshed its official logos, and updated the resources for marketing and branding. If you've ever wondered about where to get a headshot, how to order promotional items, who to reach out to for event publicity, or what your research poster should look like, this site's for you!

Check out the new post from Dr. Well-Be, "What do you do with the mad that you feel?" a reflection on the late Fred Rogers, and how he taught children (and adults!) to handle their most intense feelings—like anger.

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds: Amitkumar Mehta, MD, Assistant Professor, UAB Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology will present, “Emerging Era of CAR-T in Oncology.”


  • 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!
  • The UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center’s7th 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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