VOR webBack Row L-R: Drs. KeAndrea Titer, Stephen Russell, Tim Neisson, Matthew Mullen, Rob Smola, Micah Whitson, Brian Garibaldi, Sara Gould. Front Row L-R: Drs. Adam Edwards, Michael Hamer, Jason Morris, Meghan Black, Sam McElwee.The Residency Program, Office of Standardized Patient Education, and faculty from Johns Hopkins partnered for an innovative graduate medical training program led by Drs. Shawn Galin, KeAndrea Titer and Stephen Russell early this month. The training paired patient volunteers with residents to simulate a clinical exam while faculty observed the process and provided real-time feedback. Not only will the trainees who participated benefit, but the process will inform the “Reimagining Residency” grant funded by the American Medical Association. Hats off to all who collaborated to advance medical education!

rowe nasal webPictured above: Dr. Rowe conducts the new optical coherence tomography scan for CF patient

Steven Rowe, MD, MSPH (Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care) has developed a minimally invasive tool for viewing differences in the nasal airways of cystic fibrosis patients. Thanks to a ten-year collaboration with pathologists at Massachusetts General Hospital, the new optical coherence tomography technology delivers high-resolution images of the hair-like structures that line nasal airways, as well as of the detailed features of the clearance of mucus which is impaired in people with CF. Congratulations on this tremendous breakthrough!

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.