Rutsky L to R: Maria Gabriela Gastanadui, M.D., Sara Biswal, MS, Claudia Edell, Rachael Cowan, Jhalak Dholakia, M.D., and Mary Latimer, Ph.D.On March 8, the Department of Medicine hosted its annual Trainee Research Symposium — a major research day where the DOM highlights the extraordinary talent among residents, fellows, graduate students and post-docs, in both basic and clinical research. Congratulations to the six awardees who took top honors this year. We are inspired by your promising science.

Rutsky L to R: Drs. Jennifer Girard, Kyle Meissner, Alejandra Osorio, and Chandler PriceThe Department is excited to announce that Drs. Jennifer Girard, Kyle Meissner, Alejandra Osorio, and Chandler Price have been appointed as the Chief Medical Residents for the 2024-2025 academic year. The selection process was highly competitive, with an outstanding pool of PGY-2 prospects. As Chief Medical Residents, the group will collaborate with faculty to cultivate clinical teaching and administrative skills among trainees, lead rounds, and develop educational programs. Congratulations to this exceptional group of trainees!

RutskyThe UAB Health System has selected Brenda Carlisle and Susan Jennings to fill two senior positions in its leadership team. Carlisle (left) has been named chief executive officer of UAB Hospital, and Jennings (right) has been named chief financial officer for the Health System. Both women have served in health care management for over 30 years. Together, they are poised to address the many opportunities and challenges UAB faces.

Rutsky L to R: Christina Florkiewicz, Anitra Baylor, Sheikilya Thomas, Ph.D., MPH, Amy DobelsteinThe Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Sheikilya Thomas, Ph.D., MPH, Program Director II in the Division of Preventive Medicine, has been named the Spring 2023 recipient of the DOM Star Award for Staff Excellence. Dr. Thomas' colleagues submitted nomination letters highlighting her outstanding leadership, dedication to others, and commitment to promoting personal and professional growth among her team. She has been a part of the UAB family for over 20 years. Congratulations, Dr. Thomas, on being recognized as a DOM Staff Star!

Rutsky Seth Landefeld, M.D., Professor and Chair of the UAB Department of MedicineSeth Landefeld, M.D., Professor and Chair of the UAB Department of Medicine, delivered the annual State of the Department address on Wednesday. He highlighted the accomplishments, innovations, and discoveries that took place throughout 2022 and shared plans for the upcoming year. Division directors joined the presentation to share notable successes from their divisions. If you didn’t get to join us live, catch the recording online.