Physician Reception 2019UAB Medicine held a reception on Monday in honor of physicians that excelled in patient communication during the 2017-2018 measurement period. The Department of Medicine had over fifty clinicians earn this recognition for “Top Box” Scores of 95 or higher. Kudos to all for this phenomenal achievement! View Honorees.

L to R: Drs. Leah Leisch, Rob Rosenthal (OPXE), Gaurav Jain (OPXE), Philip Chapman, Suzanne Bergman, Grant Williams, Jim Raper, Lou Bridges, and Gina Dobbs

More Good News for January 9, 2019

Mona Fouad, MD, MPH (Professor and Director, Preventive Medicine) has been named UAB Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2018, which is the highest honor UAB bestows on a faculty member. As this year’s honoree, Dr. Fouad is recognized for advancing the frontiers of science and outstanding contributions to education, research and public service. Congratulations on this prestigious recognition, Dr. Fouad!

Julie Kanter, MD (Associate Professor, Hematology and Oncology) has been recruited to serve as the director of the UAB Adult Sickle Cell Clinic. Kanter comes to UAB from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was director of sickle cell disease research. While overseeing the Adult Sickle Cell Clinic at UAB, she will care for patients with sickle cell disease in a comprehensive, cohesive and integrated manner, collaborating with primary care and other specialists. Welcome, Dr. Kanter!

Nirav Patel, MD (Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease) first authored a retrospective study to examine the differences in outcomes between Medicaid beneficiaries versus privately insured patients with the most dangerous type of heart attacks. He found that Medicaid beneficiaries had significantly lower rates of coronary revascularization and higher rates of in-hospital mortality compared with patients who were privately insured.

Navin Nanda, MD (Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) was recognized as the Father of Modern Echocardiography by both the Cardiovascular and Radiological Societies of the Republic of Mauritius during their “International Day of Radiology” celebrations in November. Kudos, Dr. Nanda!

Orlando Gutierrez, MD (Professor, Nephrology) and Pankaj Arora, MD (Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) received a one-year grant, “The diurnal rhythm in natriuretic peptide levels and relationship with nocturnal blood pressure” from the CCTS Pilot Steering Committee. With this grant, they plan to study whether the variation in the diurnal rhythm of hormone levels produced by the heart contributes to the burden of nocturnal hypertension in obese and African-American individuals. Congrats, Drs. Gutierrez and Arora!

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds
Mitchell Feldman, MD, DPhil, FACP, Professor (University of California San Francisco), will present, “Mentoring Matters: The Art and Science of Mentoring in Academic Medicine” at noon on January 16, 2019, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.

MedCast: Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine is an interdisciplinary research and development program focusing on development of tissue constructs, regenerative matrices, and novel technologies and therapies to replace or repair both soft and mineralized tissues. Cardiologist, Sumanth Prabhu, MD (Professor and Director, Cardiovascular Disease) explains the potential positive impact of this new area of research for the eventual treatment of both vascular and cardiac diseases. Listen now.


  • The 2019 UAB Medicine Diversity Fair will be held January 25, 2019, in the North Pavilion Second floor atrium from 4 to 6:00 p.m. Come learn about different cultures and try delicious cuisines from around the globe! Interested in participating in this exciting celebration? Reach out to leadership in your department/unit; each department/unit will have a table. Department representatives can contact Evelyn Jones directly.
  • Mark your calendars for the next DOM Women in Medicine session at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, in Boshell Diabetes Building Room 334. Ashita Tolwani, MD (Professor, Nephrology) will present “Promotion.” All DOM women—residents, fellows, clinical and research faculty—are invited.
  • The Trainee Research Symposium (TRS) will be held on Wednesday, March 6th from 1 to 3:00 p.m. in the North Pavilion 2nd Floor Atrium. TRS is the Department of Medicine's major research day for the Department’s residents, fellows, graduate students, and post-docs. It features a keynote address presented at Medical Grand Rounds followed by a poster session. Submit your abstract now

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