Walker Willett web L to R: DOM Drs. Lisa Willett and Jeremey Walker with Neurology Drs. Ikjae Lee and Kenkichi Nozaki

Lisa Willett, MD (Professor, GIM) and Jeremey Walker, MD (Fellow, Infectious Diseases) collaborated with Drs. Ikjae Lee and Kenkichi Nozaki from UAB Neurology on this month's NEJM Clinical Problem Solving article. "Weak and Winded" chronicles a complicated diagnosis of a patient whose sickle cell disease obscured another finding. Cheers to all for the exemplary clinical reasoning and writeup!

IPfellow web 1103 L to R: Our first IP fellow, Dr. Mark Mc Ginley, with his IP Fellowship Director, Dr. Hitesh Batra

The Department is delighted to announce the launch of a new fellowship program in Interventional Pulmonology led by Hitesh Batra, MD (Assistant Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care). As the first and only of it kind in Alabama, the one-year program offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary training in this important field. Mark Mc Ginley, MD, has joined us from St. Mary’s Medical Center in Colorado as our first fellow in the new program.

rheumatology family lead webPictured above L to R: Mandy Williams, Peggy Pack, Shelby Truitt share their journey and treatment at UAB rheumatology

For all three generations of one family — a grandmother, daughter and mother, and granddaughter — rheumatic diseases have linked them together in a dramatic way. With both rheumatoid arthritis and lupus involved, the family receives treatment here at UAB from rheumatology physician Winn Chatham, MD. The three report that they are able to lead full and active lives thanks to Dr. Chatham’s expert care.

Bhatt Lead Web

Surya Bhatt, MD (Associate Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine) has for the first time demonstrated the validity of the specific spirometry criteria for diagnosing clinically significant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, settling a long-standing controversy among pulmonologists. His findings were reported in the June issue of JAMA. We celebrate your success, Dr. Bhatt!

dransfield web

Mark Dransfield, MD (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine) will lead the UAB arm of a multi-site study to explore how vaping, environment and lifestyle impact long-term lung health in millennials. Findings from the study will arm doctors with information to recognize respiratory problems early and intervene before patients develop chronic lung disease.