Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 612
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 996-2885
Fax: (205) 975-5199

Research Interests

Developing, implementing and evaluating community-based interventions to promote weight loss and improve the outcomes of disadvantaged populations at high risk for developing chronic disease, specifically diabetes.

Educational Background

  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC, BSFS, 1989-1994,
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, MD, 1995-1999
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, MPH, 2005

Professional Activities

  • American College of Physicians, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Association for Public Health
  • Associate Scientist, UAB Minority Health and Research Center
  • Associate Scientist, UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education
  • Associate Scientist, UAB Clinical Nutrition Research Center
  • UAB Online Cultural Competency Steering Committee Chair, Committee on Hypertension, Cahaba Valley Health Care
  • Committee on Community Issues, Obesity Task Force for Alabama
  • Co-director of the Community Engagement Core for the Diabetes research and Training Center


  • 2008-2011 Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholar’s Award
  • 2007 Charles Barkley Award