Carolyn Walsh and Amy Warriner, MDCarolyn Walsh with WLM Clinic Director Amy Warriner, MDAs we enter National Diabetes Awareness Month this November, the DOM is celebrating the positive impact that our Weight Loss Medicine clinic is having under the leadership of Amy Warriner, MD (Associate Professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism). Read the story of one of our colleagues, Carolyn Walsh, whose weight loss spurred a 50% reduction in insulin and helped improve her blood sugar control.

More Good News for November 7, 2018:

Two researchers from the Division of Preventive Medicine have edited a special supplement in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) that reports the outcomes of 14 studies on African-American men's health disparities. Professor James Shikany, DrPH, PA-C, and Assistant Professor Yu-Mei Schoenberger, PhD, worked with SOM Dean Selwyn Vickers, MD, to publish the findings made possible by the Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS). Read the article.

The Department is delighted that Rodney Tucker, MD, MMM (Professor, Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) has been elected to serve as President-Elect of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Tucker is the first physician from UAB to hold this important role. The purpose of the Academy is to improve the care of patients with life-threatening or serious conditions through the advancement of hospice and palliative medicine. Congratulations, Dr. Tucker!

Jim Cimino, MD, and Amy Wang, MD, MBI, have been selected as members of the inaugural fellowship class of the American Medical Informatics Association. Fellowship recognizes AMIA members who apply informatics skills and knowledge towards the goals of enhanced personal and population health, improved organizational performance and learning, and individual empowerment in their health, care, and research.

Marc Cribbs, MD (Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) was selected from a highly competitive group of candidates to participate in the 2018 American College of Cardiology Emerging Faculty Leadership Academy. Under the leadership of Rick Nishimura, MD, MACC, and Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC, the Emerging Faculty program promotes the development of leadership and educator skills for early career clinicians. Kudos, Dr. Cribbs!

Parks Rx, a project of the Birmingham REACH for Better Health coalition received a national “Shaping How We Invest for Tomorrow” award for its innovative program promoting exercise as medicine. REACH principle investigator Mona Fouad, MD, MPH (Professor and Director, Preventive Medicine) leads the program's efforts to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.

Congratulations to our November Employee of the Month, Sylvia Peral (Program Manager, Preventive Medicine). Sylvia's primary responsibility is evaluating large multi-site partnerships and conducting qualitative interviews. She always projects a warm, cheerful attitude and lifts the spirits of those around her. Think of others you know and nominate them for this distinction.

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds
Bruce Julian, MD (Professor, Nephrology), will present the 15th Annual Andreoli Lecture, “IgA Nephropathy An Autoimmune Kidney Disease” at noon on November 14, 2018, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.

Announcements:

  • 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!
  • The Divisions of Gastroenterology & Hepatology and Hematology & Oncology are partnering up to raise money to fight cancer. Donate now to help them reach their goals for No Shave November! 
  • UAB is kicking off its 25th Annual Toy Drive today! To participate, bring new, unwrapped toys to any of the Toys for Tots boxes across campus now through December 6. Toys collected in the drive are donated to the Toys for Tots organization.

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