Speer Tolwani Stofan webL to R: UAB pharmacist Dr. Rajesh Speer, nephrologist Dr. Ashita Tolwani and UAB research nurse Brenda Stofan, RN.Ashita Tolwani, MD (Professor, Nephrology) has established the Tolwani Innovation Fund in Nephrology that will support investigators in their pursuit of product development and innovation for kidney-related diseases. This fund was inspired by Dr. Tolwani's experience developing an anticoagulant solution that can be safely administered to patients receiving continuous renal replacement therapy in the ICU. The solution is now patented, and the Division hopes to spur similar innovation with this fund.

More Good News for January 16, 2019

Edwin Blalock, PhD (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care) and Amit Gaggar, MD, PhD (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care) published their findings on a pathogenic entity that is a fundamental link between chronic inflammation and tissue destruction in the lungs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Teri Bryan, MD (Professor, General Internal Medicine) has been named Deputy Associate Chief of Staff at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. She will be working alongside Andrew Sellers, MD, to make operational improvements to provide even better care at BVAMC. She will also be working on consult management and access. Congratulations, Dr. Bryan!

Crystal Farrington, MD (Assistant Professor, Nephrology) will serve as the medical director of the new dialysis unit at Fresenius Kidney Care in Gadsden. Dr. Farrington is finishing up her Interventional Nephrology Fellowship at UAB, and we are excited that she will be expanding our dialysis care to the Gadsden community!

Jason Morris, MD (Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine) first authored a JGME article on how to be successful during a 10-year accreditation site visit. He stated, along with co-authors Brandy Freiger, C-TAGME, Tammy Pickens, C-TAGME, and Lisa Willet, MD, MACM, that to survive your site visit your program must plan in advance, prepare and practice.

Lynn T. Matthews, MD, MPH (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) joined our faculty from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital on January 1. Dr. Matthews is an extraordinary clinician-researcher who has developed transmission prevention strategies for HIV-affected men and women who want to have children. She has more than 10 years of experience with African populations, with numerous publications on the subject of HIV and reproductive health to her credit. We look forward to the ways she will expand our clinical and research impact in infectious diseases. Welcome aboard, Dr. Matthews!

Coming next week to Medical Grand Rounds
Bob Centor, MD, (Former Regional Dean, UAB School of Medicine, Huntsville Regional Campus), will present, “Social Media for the Internist” at noon on January 23, 2019, in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.


  • 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! Divisions can sign up for a table and compete for “best food” honors. Email Kristi Justice for details.
  • 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 6 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
  • Wellness Resources for employee well-being are online now on the UAB Medicine intranet. Check it out! 

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