Harlem in the 'HamL to R: Hon. Chuck Price, LaKisha Mack, Prince Cleveland, Dr. Mona Fouad, Dr. Selwyn Vickers, Nisha Patel, Herman Turner  The Young Professionals Board of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparity Research Center partied like Gatsby at Harlem in the ‘Ham on September 29. The roaring twenties costumes and casino theme brought the community together to raise funds to benefit their Healthy Happy Kids program. Thanks to everyone who came and made a difference in preventing childhood obesity!

More Good News for October 10, 2018

John W. Baddley, MD, MSPH (Professor, Infectious Diseases) and colleagues have published results of a study comparing the effects of an algorithmic approach that defined diagnostic evaluation, antibiotic selection, and duration of therapy for staphylococcal bacteremia versus the standard clinical care. They found that the algorithm based therapy was safe and led to a reduction in antibiotic use. Kudos to Dr. Baddley!

The annual flu campaign is underway, and we are aimed at reaching full compliance by December 15. All employees are required to participate. Exemptions will only be allowed based on medical concerns or strongly held religious beliefs, and individuals must complete and turn in their exemption form no later than November 1. Find a pop-up clinic near you and get your flu shot today!

The Division of Infectious Diseases held a ribbon cutting on Monday, October 1, to officially launch its own research clinic at the Community Health Building on 20th street. For many years, they have been conducting research at various locations such as Jefferson County Department of Health, the UAB Student Health Center and the 1917 Personal Health Clinic. The new clinic will be the directed by Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, (Professor, Infectious Diseases), and will enable researchers to screen and test for certain sexually transmitted diseases.

The Department of Medicine congratulates its fourteen newest associate professors of medicine, effective October 1, 2018. Anju Bansal, PhD (Infectious Diseases); Michael Barnett, MD, (Gerontology, Geriatrics & Palliative Care); Samir Dalvi, MD (Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology); Kelly Godby, MD (Hematology & Oncology), Kirk Habegger, PhD (Endrocrinology); Ganesh Halade, PhD (Cardiovascular Disease); Chad Hunter, PhD (Endocrinology); Racquel Innis-Shelton, MD (Hematology and Oncology); Richard Kennedy, MD, PhD (Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care); William Maddox, MD (Cardiovascular Disease); Shikha Mehta, MD (Nephrology); Sam Perna, DO (Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care); Steve Stigler, MD (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care) and Mike Wells, MD (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care).

Come cheer on the DOM during the Homecoming parade on October 19 at noon! This year’s theme is “Blazers in the Magic City” and our float will feature our DOM faculty, staff and trainee honorees: Karla Williams, MD, Jennifer Hicks and Hilary Ragsdale, MD. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds
Ricardo Franco, MD, Assistant Professor (Infectious Diseases), will present, “Hepatitis C Management in 2018” at noon on October 17, 2018, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.


  • The DOM Promotion and Tenure Workshop will be held in BDB 334 on October 17 at 4 p.m. This workshop is intended for all faculty members seeking promotion or award of tenure this 2019 cycle, and junior faculty who want to prepare for future cycles.
  • 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. The panel consists of five UABHS leaders who are committed to advancing women at UAB: Will Ferniany, PhD; Selwyn Vickers, MD; Loring Rue, MD; Tony Jones, MD, and Reid Jones. 
  • Register now for the Southeastern Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care 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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