Emily Simmons, RN, Katrina Booth, MD, and Kellie Flood, MDThe American Geriatrics Society recognized Kellie Flood, MD, (Associate Professor, Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) as their National Clinician of the Year. The entire ACE team gathered last week to celebrate Dr. Flood’s extraordinary contributions to the healthcare of older adults. The Department adds three cheers in honor of this amazing physician! 

2019 Dean's Excellence AwardeesSeven Department of Medicine faculty have been honored by the School of Medicine dean for demonstrated excellence in five mission areas: service, research, mentorship, teaching, and diversity enhancement. Three cheers for these 2019 exemplars in academic medicine!


• Mark Dransfield, MD (Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) – Mentorship, Senior Faculty
• Jim Johnson, MD (Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) – Teaching, Senior Faculty
• Leah Leisch, MD (General Internal Medicine) – Service, Junior Faculty
• Isabel Scarinci, PhD (Preventive Medicine) – Diversity, Senior Faculty
• Anath Shalev, MD (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism) – Research, Senior Faculty
• Mike Wells, MD (Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) – Research, Junior Faculty
• Win Williams, MD (General Internal Medicine) – Teaching, Junior Faculty

2019 Frommeyer Fellows The Department is delighted to announce three recipients of the Walter B. Frommeyer, Jr., Fellowship in Investigative Medicine. This annual research award is designed to foster the development of outstanding physician-scientists by supporting a two-year intensive, mentored research experience.

• Nav Bajaj, MD, (left) will be defining novel inflammatory, myocardial blood flow and metabolism endotypes in acute decompensated heart failure and their association with future cardiovascular outcomes

• Radhika Gangaraju, MD, (center) will investigate clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (chip) and racial differences in stroke

• Trisha Parekh, MD, (right) will examine the impact of stress on acute care use in low-income COPD populations

Congratulations to this year’s exceptional awardees!

Department of Medicine "Unsung Heroes"The Department of Medicine celebrated the many accomplishments of our faculty at the 2019 Faculty Honors Reception last week. Awards abounded for extraordinary teaching, innovative research, and especially the ”Unsung Heroes” in each division who faithfully contribute without fuss or fanfare to make our department an amazing place to work. Congratulations these honorees!

Pictured L to R: Drs. Trisha Parekh, DOM Chair Seth Landefeld, Isabel Scarinci, Garrett Hurst, Deepti Bahl, Sarah Morgan, William Maddox, Gaurav Agarwal, Ali Ahmed, Olaf Kutsch, Clare Lyons, Andrew Sellers. Not pictured: Drs. Antonio DiStasi, Jim Johnson.

Drs. Landefeld, Fouad, and WallaceThe winner of UAB’s Grand Challenge research competition at UAB has been announced! The Department of Medicine’s Mona Fouad, MD, MPH (Professor and Director, Preventive Medicine) will lead the charge to raise Alabama’s key health measures out of the bottom 10 in state rankings in the next ten years. With soaring rates of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the challenge is indeed “grand.”

Fouad’s plan will promote practical individual health behaviors—like choosing more fruits and vegetables, increasing exercise, and smoking cessation—along with public policy initiatives. The Department of Medicine is elated to support this effort to improve health among all Alabamians.

Congratulations to all the worthy finalists, especially Dr. Eric Wallace (Associate Professor, Nephrology) who proposed the “REACH — Reengineering Equal Access to Comprehensive Healthcare” project to advance telehealth in Alabama.

Pictured: Drs. Seth Landefeld, Mona Fouad, and Eric Wallace