UAB Department of Medicine Volunteers from the Department of Medicine Chair’s Office participated in a community service project with Christian Service Mission last week, helping organize groceries to pack more than 4,000 Thanksgiving meals for those in need in our community. Like to find a way you can give back, too? Look no further than the UAB Blazer Kitchen that provides healthy food, resources, and referrals to UAB employees, students, patients and their families.

Carolyn Walsh and Amy Warriner, MDCarolyn Walsh with WLM Clinic Director Amy Warriner, MDAs we enter National Diabetes Awareness Month this November, the DOM is celebrating the positive impact that our Weight Loss Medicine clinic is having under the leadership of Amy Warriner, MD (Associate Professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism). Read the story of one of our colleagues, Carolyn Walsh, whose weight loss spurred a 50% reduction in insulin and helped improve her blood sugar control.

Amitkumar MehtaThe DOM is delighted to celebrate the exemplary patient care provided by Amitkumar Mehta, MD (Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology) who was a part of a patient's successful journey through cancer treatment. Diagnosed in early 2017 with double-hit lymphoma, a particularly aggressive form of diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) that was located in a tumor on her spine, Karen Warnock underwent 8 weeks of chemo and radiation treatment. She left UAB on a walker, progressed to a cane, and in March of 2018 began walking on her own again. Now she's back to teaching piano and voice and taking care of her children. Read the inspiring story!

Homecoming Parade with the DOMThe Blazers are on fire this year with a 6-1 football record, defeating North Texas 29-21 at homecoming last weekend. You could really feel the Blazer pride all around campus, and the DOM did its part to rally the troops at the parade on Friday. Karla Williams, MD, Jennifer Hicks, MBA, and Hilary Ragsdale, MD represented our faculty, staff, and trainees on our #trailblazer float. Special shout out to co-captains Paula Dixon & Sharonda Hardy who went all in to show our school spirit with candy and beads for the crowd. #BlazersInTheMagicCity

Monica Baskin, PhDMonica Baskin, PhD (Professor, Preventive Medicine) has been appointed Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. In this new role, she will lead the Center’s efforts to expand the community health advisor model for disseminating key messages on cancer screening, prevention, and connecting to care in order to reduce and eliminate cancer health disparities with the highest incidence and mortality in Alabama: breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancer.