Homecoming Parade with the DOMThe Blazers are on fire this year with a 6-1 football record, defeating North Texas 29-21 at homecoming last weekend. You could really feel the Blazer pride all around campus, and the DOM did its part to rally the troops at the parade on Friday. Karla Williams, MD, Jennifer Hicks, MBA, and Hilary Ragsdale, MD represented our faculty, staff, and trainees on our #trailblazer float. Special shout out to co-captains Paula Dixon & Sharonda Hardy who went all in to show our school spirit with candy and beads for the crowd. #BlazersInTheMagicCity

More Good News for October 24, 2018

Steve Rowe, MD, MSPH (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care), published findings in NEJM demonstrating that a triple-combination drug is effective in markedly improving lung function for the majority of patients with cystic fibrosis. The new triple therapy should provide therapeutic benefits for 90 percent of all patients with the genetic disease.

Mona Fouad, MD, MPH (Professor, Preventive Medicine) was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine. She is nationally recognized as a leader in health disparities research and collaboration. Her work generates and combines research from biomedical, behavioral and social sciences in an interdisciplinary approach to address health disparities. Her impact is far-reaching, especially her influence on scholarship in this field of diverse and vulnerable populations. Kudos to Dr. Fouad on this remarkable recognition!

Robert Welner, PhD (Assistant Professor, Hematology & Oncology) has earned a grant from the American Society of Hematology. Designed to support promising hematology research, ASH Bridge Grants ensure that innovative research continues to increase the safety of bone marrow transplants and advance our understanding of why some leukemia patients relapse after treatment.

Nephrology’s T32 postdoctoral interdisciplinary training grant has been renewed for another five years. Anupam Agarwal, MD (Professor and Director, Nephrology) is the primary investigator for this 30-year-old grant which supports the transformation of postdoctoral students from both basic science and clinical disciplines into independent academic faculty committed to kidney-relevant research. Congrats to Dr. Agarwal and his team!

Rodney Tucker, MD (Professor and Director, Center for Palliative and Supportive Care) is partnering with the Magic City Wellness Center to provide care for the LGBTQ population in Birmingham. Because of this partnership, the center will now be able to see more patients and provide care to those who have been marginalized in a medical setting in the past. Keep up the good work, Dr. Tucker!

Anand Iyer, MD, MSPH (Assistant Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) won the 2018 UAB Outstanding Young Alumni Award in recognition of his remarkable achievements in his profession and his commitment to the University. Congrats, Anand! #EverFaithful #EverLoyal

Congratulations to our October Employee of the Month, Sondra Curry (Nurse Practitioner-Lead, Cardiovascular Disease). Sondra is the cornerstone for keeping the outpatient service running efficiently. Faculty and staff lean on her heavily for her knowledge, and she works with great initiative to do everything possible to improve patient care. Her quality of care is invaluable and helps everyone on the team provide high quality by taking care of all the “behind the scenes” work. Think of others you know, and nominate them for this distinction.

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds
Jim Callaway, MD (Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology and Hepatology; BVAMC, GI Section Chief) will present, “Percocets and Peristalsis: The Effects of Opiates on the Esophagus” at noon on October 31, 2018, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.


  • Got UAB Benefits Questions? Get Answers! Join SOM Benefits Counselor Jorice Johnson for a brief presentation and Q&A session on 2019 UAB Benefits and the open enrollment process from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, October 29, in West Pavilion Conference Room E. 
  • 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. 
  • Mark your calendar for the DOM Women in Medicine Series on Thursday November 1. Cynthia Brown, MD and Jori May, MD will be presenting “Negotiation” at 4 p.m. in BDB 334.
  • 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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