smita bhatiaProfessor & Vice Chair of Outcomes for Pediatrics
Director of the School of Medicine Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship
Associate Director for Outcomes Research of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Associate Director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education 

Research Interests
Dr. Bhatia’s research focuses on cancer outcomes, with a special emphasis on the long-term health and wellbeing of cancer survivors across all cancer diagnoses with the overarching goal to reduce the burden of morbidity among cancer survivors. Her research portfolio includes the following: i) a study of the burden of morbidity carried by cancer patients across the entire age spectrum; ii) an understanding of etiology and pathogenesis of the long-term complications identified in cancer survivors; iii) development of risk prediction models to identify survivors at the highest risk; iv) intervention trials to reduce the complications among the cancer survivors.  Her research has also focused on understanding the causes of disparity in cancer outcomes, with the goal to develop targeted interventions to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.  As Director of the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship at UAB School of Medicine, she is fully committed to mentoring the Institute members and ensuring their success.

balentineUABAssistant Professor, Surgery, North Texas VA Hospital & The University of Texas Southwestern
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

Research Interests

Dr. Balentine’s research program is focused on improving the quality of recovery from cancer surgery.  He is especially interested in designing systems to help older patients regain functional independence after surgery.  He is seeking to understand how the use of post-acute care services (home health, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, and long-term care) contribute to postoperative recovery.  The ultimate goal of his research program is to minimize disruptions to patients’ lives following cancer therapy.


Gangaraju.Radhika.PhotoAssistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Member, Institute of Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

Research Interests
Dr. Gangaraju provides specialized care to patients diagnosed with coagulation disorders, non-malignant hematological disorders, myeloproliferative neoplasms, and sickle cell disease. Her research focuses on the thrombotic and hemostatic complications of cancer and cancer treatments.

Johnston.Emily.PhotoAssistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Member, Institute of Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

Research Interests
Dr. Johnston's research focuses on health disparities in end-of-life care for children. In particular, she is interested in how we determine what good end-of-life care is for children with chronic conditions and how we can ensure everyone has access to the end-of-life care they deserve.

KenzikAssistant Professor, Division of Hematology & Oncology
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

Research Interests
Dr. Kenzik's research is focused on understanding the impact of a cancer diagnosis on patient-reported outcomes, morbidity, mortality and health care utilizationin an aging cancer population. Her goal is to develop a research program directed at optimizing outcomes in the geriatric oncology population at both the patient and health care system levels.

Landier Wendy 2Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship
Chair, Children’s Oncology Group Nursing Discipline

Research Interests
Dr. Landier's research is focused on understanding and improving health outcomes in cancer survivors, with an emphasis on long-term follow-up of cancer survivors; guideline development for cancer survivorship care; secondary cancer prevention; ototoxicity in childhood cancer survivors; adherence to therapy; improving acquisition of health knowledge, and understanding the effective delivery of patient/family education. Her goal is to develop targeted interventions to improve outcomes in cancer survivors.

McDonald.Andrew.PhotoAssistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Member, Institute of Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

Research Interests
Dr. McDonald’s primary research focus is predicting and reducing the side effects from radiation therapy.  In particular, he is interested in understanding the interaction between patient factors and radiation planning parameters on the severity of problems after cancer treatment. His goal is to use this information to help radiation oncologists develop strategies that will improve long-term quality of life.  Dr. McDonald’s other research interests include clinical trials of supportive care strategies during radiation treatment, developing competing risk models to improve clinical trial design, and collaboration with translational science to understand the pathophysiology underlying treatment toxicity.

MurdaughDonna2018Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Member, Institute of Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

Research Interests
Dr. Murdaugh is a clinical neuropsychologist and is focused on research involving understanding and improving neurocognitive outcomes in pediatric and young adult cancer survivors. Dr. Murdaugh’s interests include: understanding long-term neurocognitive outcomes in cancer survivors utilizing neuropsychological assessment and multimodal neuroimaging, developing a risk prediction model to identify cancer patients at greatest risk for neurocognitive deficits, and developing targeted cognitive remediation interventions to improve cognitive functioning in cancer survivors.

 

Sharafeldin.Noha.PhotoInstructor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Member, Institute of Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

Research Interests
Dr. Sharafeldin’s research interest focuses on the intervention strategies to improve cognitive function in transplant recipients.

to Dr. Purnima SinghsAssistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

Research Interests
Dr. Singh's research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of treatment-related long-term complications in cancer survivors. Her goal is to identify epigenetic indicators of predisposition to anthracycline related congestive heart failure that will impact the treatment and management of pediatric cancer patients.


Williams PhotoAssistant Professor, Divisions of Hematology/Oncology & Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship

Research Interests
As both a Geriatrician and Oncologist, Dr. Williams’ research is focused on refining treatment selection and improving the outcomes of older adults with cancer. His research involves the use of geriatric assessment and novel biomarkers, such molecular markers of agingand body composition, to better evaluate functional age and developing interventional clinical trials to improve the tolerance and outcomes of older adults undergoing cancer treatment.

JAW photo 8 19 2011Assistant Professor, Divison of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship
Associate Member, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program
St. Baldrick’s Scholar

Research Interests
Informing academia and clinical medicine as well as health policy for children with cancer and blood diseases with a focus on vulnerable populations. Her focus has been on disparities in adolescents and young adults (AYA) with sickle cell disease and cancer, including particular attention to treatment site and access to healthcare. She is also undertaking a global approach to disparities in AYA oncology.