Amitkumar MehtaThe DOM is delighted to celebrate the exemplary patient care provided by Amitkumar Mehta, MD (Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology) who was a part of a patient's successful journey through cancer treatment. Diagnosed in early 2017 with double-hit lymphoma, a particularly aggressive form of diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) that was located in a tumor on her spine, Karen Warnock underwent 8 weeks of chemo and radiation treatment. She left UAB on a walker, progressed to a cane, and in March of 2018 began walking on her own again. Now she's back to teaching piano and voice and taking care of her children. Read the inspiring story!

More Good News for October 31, 2018

Andrew Sellers, MD (Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine) has been named Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Medicine Service at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. As ACOS for Medicine, Dr. Sellers will be responsible for all aspects of internal medicine services, including inpatient medical wards, MICU, CCU, and all outpatient medical specialty services, medical resident clinics and emergency medicine, plus neurology and dermatology services. He's a former Chief Resident at UAB, and has spent the last 8 years developing the hospitalist service at the VA as Section Chief. Congrats, Dr. Sellers!

Ashley Nichols, MD and Sam Perna, DO, (Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care) have been named Fellows of American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Congrats on this prestigious honor!

Alayne Markland, DO (Associate Professor, Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) has been invited to join the editorial board for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, a comprehensive and reliable source of monthly research and information about common diseases and disorders of older adults.

Steve Rowe, MD, MSPH (Professor, Pulmonary Allergy and Critical Care) won the Dean’s Excellence Award for Research for senior faculty. See his video interview online.

Massoud Leesar, MD (Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) has received an investigator-initiated grant from ACIST Medical System to investigate the impact of high-resolution intravascular ultrasound (HD-IVUS) on the results of coronary stenting. Dr. Leesar is the first investigator in the U.S. to study their impact, and will be laying a foundation for a multi-center study to investigate the use of HD-IVUS system on clinical outcomes of patients undergoing stenting.

The Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, they took barbecue, pumpkin decoration and face painting to Regions Park, with a ton of fun for the whole family, at their annual fall picnic. This year's champs in the cornhole tournament are Fellowship Coordinator Heather Fisher and Research Associate Tousif Sultan, PhD. Happy Fall, Y'all!

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds
Claire Black, JD, CPHRM, CHC, UAB Medicine Senior Director of Risk Management, will present, “Managing Unanticipated Outcomes” at noon on November 7, 2018, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.


  • Read the latest issue of UAB Medicine Magazine! Learn how UAB Medicine is stepping up to address physician burnout and promoting wellness among faculty, trainees and staff, reflections from School of Medicine Dean Selwyn Vickers, MD, and more.
  • Mark your calendars for Love Your Lungs at TKC on Thursday, November 15 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Find Dr. Well-Be at the giant inflatable lungs on the corner where he'll be talking about the American Cancer Society's annual Great American Smokeout! Everyone is invited to learn about the benefits of giving up smoking for good!

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