MedEd MomentsThe Department of Medicine’s first ever medical education training video is now available online! The MedEd Moments Series addresses important and often unmet needs in topic areas including: Setting Expectations, Feedback, Learning Climate, Evaluation and more. “Setting Expectations” is the first learning episode in the series and was developed right here in our residency program. Kudos to Drs. J.R. Hartig, Jason Morris, and Lisa Willett for screenwriting and production, and to our amazing cast and crew for their star performances. Watch Now

More Good News for September 19, 2018

Congrats to the nine DOM faculty members who were recognized at the 2018 Argus Awards! These extraordinary faculty members were nominated and chosen by their medical students. Drs. Chad Burski, Harish Doppalapudi, Shawn Galin, James Johnson, Eric Judd, Vineeta Kumar, Michael Saag, Ashita Tolwani, Martin Young, were awarded during the ceremony on September 7.

Sumanth Prabhu, MD (Professor and Director, Cardiovascular Disease) led a research study that found a group of immune cells called regulatory T-lymphocyte cells, or T-regs, act on their own in heart failure. Instead of preventing inflammation, the cells become inflamed and stop the growth of new capillaries. After the experiment, they realized the importance of T-lymphocyte ablation after heart failure and how it can reverse left-ventricular remodeling. Congrats to Dr. Prabhu and his colleaugues.

Matt Might, PhD (Professor, General Internal Medicine and Director, UAB Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute) was interviewed by the New York Times to discuss his plan to find treatments for patients with rare diseases. He discussed personalized medicine, its challenges and his goal to find future treatments. Keep up the good work, Dr. Might! 

Justin Sullivan, MSHA, MBA has joined the Department of Medicine as Administrative Director. He will assist Dr. Landefeld in managing administrative responsibilities and the flow of information in the Chair’s office. He will also handle special initiatives and projects. A native of Mississippi, Justin received his undergrad from Mississippi State and Master of Science in Health Administration and Master of Business Administration from UAB. He spent two years in the Department of Medicine at Northwestern, and most recently served as Manager of Policy and Advocacy Operations at the American Board of Medical Specialties. Welcome back to UAB and the Department of Medicine!

Dr. Well-Be, aka John I. Kennedy Jr., Department of Medicine Senior Advisor and Director for Wellness, is encouraging all of us to take the stairs in September! Submit your #StairSelfie online and win some swag!  Join the fun online by following him on Twitter @JIKennedyJr.

Michael Barnett, MD, MS, FACP, FAAP, FAAHPM (Assistant Professor, Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care and Pediatrics) won the Dean’s Excellence Award for Teaching for junior faculty. See his video interview online.

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds: Mike Saag, MD, Professor and Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research will moderate “Health Disparities and Advocacy in HIV Care” at noon on September 26, 2018 in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.


  • September is Rheumatic Diseases Awareness Month! Let’s come together to improve understanding of rheumatic disease and advance health and well-being. Take the pledge today!
  • You’re invited to celebrate the establishment of the Albert Oberman, MD, MPH Endowed Professorship in Cardiovascular Disease! The Oberman Reception will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 4 - 5:00 p.m. RSVP to Chris Williamson or (205) 934-7406.
  • On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Young Professionals Board of the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) will present Harlem in the 'Ham a fun-filled party with a purpose - to benefit Healthy Happy Kids, the MHRC’s childhood obesity intervention. The event is open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m. Roaring '20s costumes are encouraged. Learn more online.
  • Mark your calendars and sign up to take your professional headshot for the UAB Medicine Provider Directory on October 9-11!
  • Register now for the Advocating for Gender Equity panel that will be held on Tuesday, October 30 from 1 - 3:00 p.m. in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. The panel consists of five leaders who are committed to advancing women at UAB.
  • Register now for the SIIPSC Summit November 1-2 at the Embassy Suites in Hoover. Experts in the field of palliative care from across the nation will address the specific issues of providing palliative care in the Southeast. 

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