Professor and Director
Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 621
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 934-4307
Fax: (205) 975-5153

Research Interests

Health disparities research with emphasis on cancer prevention and control

Educational Background

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, MPH, 1986
  • Alexandria University School of Medicine, Alexandria, Egypt, MD, 1977

Professional Activities

  • 2009 - Present, Member, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)/NCMHD Committee, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2008 - 2012, Member, National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2005 - Present, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) (formerly the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM)
  • 2004 - Present, International Society of Preventive Oncology (ISPO)
  • 2004 - Present, American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO)
  • 2001 - Present, American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • 1999 - Present, International Society on Hypertension in Blacks, Inc. (ISHIB)
  • 1998 - Present, American Association for Cancer Education (AACE)
  • 1990 - Present, American Heart Association (AHA)
  • 1988 - Present, Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC)


  • 2008 Legacy Award Recipient for the Education Category, V.I.R.T.U.E., Inc., Birmingham, Alabama, March 2008
  • 2008 UAB President's Diversity Faculty Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham, February 2008
  • The Max Cooper Award for Excellence in Research for 2007, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, May 2007
  • 2007 Woman of the Year, "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, Alabama Power Community Service Award" May 2007
  • Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship, Nominated and selected by the SOM and the ELAM Program for Women to participate as a fellow in the 2006-2007 class
  • Community Service Award in National Trends and Services for contributions in the area of improving health and preventing disease in minorities, The Links Incorporated Birmingham Chapter, February 2006
  • 2006 Woman of Distinction Award, Girl Scouts of Cahaba Council, March 2006
  • Top Birmingham Women of 2005, Birmingham Business Journal, October 2005
  • Recognition of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities Award, American Medical Association's (AMA) Program on Health Disparities, April 2005
  • Sullivan Best Practice Award in recognition of outstanding work to reduce health disparities in the United States, Association of Academic Health Centers (AHC), October 2004
  • 2004 Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award, April 2004
  • University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF) and UAB School of Medicine General Endowment Fund (GEF) Outstanding Award for the Recruitment and Retention Shared Facility proposal
  • Clinical Practice Poster Award, Society of Gynecologic Oncology, February 2003
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation Award, American College of Preventive Medicine, March 1997
  • American Heart Association Film Documentary for abstract presented at the 63rd Scientific Session, November, 1990. American Heart Association Clinical Scientist Award, June 1990 (Finalist)
  • Academic Scholarship from Alexandria University School of Medicine, 1970 - 1977.