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Fellows Above L to R: Jeremey Walker, M.D., (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases), Aditi Jani, M.D., (Chief Medical Resident), Starr Steinhilber, M.D., (Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine), and Mauricio Khan, M.D., (Infectious Diseases Fellow) 

For five years, the Heersink School of Medicine has incorporated resident and fellow volunteers known as Housestaff Mentors to its faculty-led Learning Communities. Housestaff have enriched the program by providing medical students with near-peer mentorship and a safe space for medical students to openly discuss their perspectives, opinions, and experiences while navigating medical school. Housestaff Program Director Starr Steinhilber, M.D., (Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine) explains that the incorporation of volunteers — including 32 from the Department of Medicine — will allow each student access to seven additional mentors, creating a more vibrant learning community.

More Good News for August 19, 2022

Professor Kenneth Boockvar, M.D., M.S., will serve as the Director of the division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care and the Integrative Center for Aging Research, effective December 1, 2022. He joins UAB from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Infectious Diseases faculty Drs. Olivia Van Gerwen, Christina Muzny, and Jeanne Marrazzo report in Nature Microbiology that sexually transmitted infections have disproportionate and debilitating effects on female reproductive health due to anatomy, socio-cultural and economic factors.

Maria Danila, MD, MSc, MSPH, (Associate Professor, Immunology and Rheumatology) and colleagues discovered among a group of diverse, established older or underserved patients satisfaction with phone-only telemedicine delivery was not inferior to video visits.

Suzanne Oparil, M.D., (Distinguished Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) is the 2022 American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist Lecturer in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to cardiovascular and stroke research.

We’re thrilled to welcome Assistant Professor Purnachandra Nagaraju Ganji, Ph.D., MSC, to the Division of Hematology and Oncology. His research focuses on translational projects related to gastrointestinal malignancies.