Drs. KeAndrea Titer and Stephen RussellGIM faculty KeAndrea Titer, MD, and Stephen Russell, MD, are leading a program to study and reduce physician burnout among our residents, along with three other hospitals around the nation. Dr. Russell and Dr. Titer will implement the AMA “Re-imagining Residency” grant with the goal of improving resident wellness and clinical skills.

More Good News for June 12, 2019

Ravi Bhatia, MD (Professor and Director, Hematology and Oncology) and colleagues recently published their findings in the Journal of Clinical Insight on the role of SIRT1 in chronic myeloid leukemia. They report that blocking the stress-response protein makes the standard CML treatment even more effective. This is another important step toward a cure for CML and may have application in the treatment of other leukemias. Keep up the great work, Dr. Bhatia.

Lou Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD (Professor and Chair, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) has been named winner of the NIH National Center for Data to Health Idea Competition for the Clinical & Translational Science Awards Program. The $100,000 award will facilitate a DREAM Challenge for developing imaging analysis and machine learning algorithms to quantify joint space narrowing and erosions quickly and accurately in RA patients. Congrats, Dr. Bridges!

Kristina Tymes-Wilbekin was named a recipient of the 2019 G.E.R.M. (Grants for Emerging Researcher/Clinician Mentorship) Award by the IDSA Foundation and HIV Medicine Association. Kristina is a third year in the Medical Scientist Training Program at UAB and is completing her first year as a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, Kristina will use the award to work on a research project titled “Reproductive Health Knowledge and Perceptions of Multipurpose Prevention Technologies.”

Garima Arora, MD (Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) and colleagues recently assessed the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors and key cardiovascular diseases among Asian Americans. Among their landmark findings, recently published in the journal American Journal of Cardiology, is that American-born Asian Americans had higher odds of poor diet and elevated blood pressure than foreign-born Asian Americans — including among the most educated and affluent.

Fadi Hage, MD (Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) received the 2019 Dee S. Mooty Service Award from Alabama Chapter of the American Cardiology Association. The award is presented annually to a member who selflessly gives time and effort to forge excellence. Kudos, Dr. Hage.

The Working Group on Echocardiography of the Polish Cardiac Society honored Dr. Navin Nanda (Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) with a Lifetime Achievement Award for pioneering contributions which advanced modern cardiology. The award was presented in Poland at the XXV World Congress on Echocardiography and Allied Techniques. Well deserved, Dr. Nanda!

Laticia Woodruff (Research Nurse Coordinator, DOM Research Unit) was selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of the Month for April! Laticia deeply cares about her work and has actively pursued professional development opportunities to enhance her managerial skills and abilities. Her expertise, hard work, positive attitude and her desire to help others have benefited all who come in contact with her.

Medical Grand Rounds will take a Summer Break for the next 10 weeks! Enjoy!

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