behringerMelissa B. Behringer, M.D., 1991 alumna and family medicine physician.SELMA - Mention family medicine and some might say they never heard of it or wonder why any new doctor would give it a second glance when careers are considered. After all, specialists have been known to bring in big bucks to pave the way to prosperity after paying off loans of six figures or more. It takes someone special to opt for family medicine over brain surgery or organ transplants, but rewards can be measured in many different ways. Take Melissa Behringer, M.D., for instance. Her medical specialty focuses on families, on parents, on coaches who make the world go round.

Read the full article on the Montgomery Advertiser website.

Sara OliverSara Oliver is an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases.Sara E. Oliver, M.D., MSPH, has always had an interest in public health. After a medical mission trip to South America following her first year of medical school, Oliver realized she was more intrigued by the population-level health care challenges she encountered.

SOM logoThe newest group of Dean’s Primary Care Scholars in the UAB School of Medicine has been named. Seven first-year medical students from the Birmingham campus and each of the School of Medicine’s three regional campuses were selected for the honor. They are:

Kacy LarsonHuntsville Regional Medical Campus student Kaci Larsen was elected as student chair of the 2016 National American Academy of Family Physicians Conference.A 2016 graduate of the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus won election to a leadership role in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Kaci Larsen was elected as student chair of the 2016 National AAFP Conference. She serves as a member of the team that is planning the 2016 national conference, a highly visible student leadership position within the AAFP.

Montgomery Townes 275x275From left: Dr. Tim Townes, director of the UAB Stem Cell Institute, and Dr. Jack Montgomery, of the Huntsville Regional Campus, have both played prominent roles in the search to cure a deadly immune system disease.Although their work is separated by decades, the search to help children with a devastating disease links the careers of two School of Medicine faculty. In summer 2014, two experts in severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), met for the first time at the UAB Stem Cell Institute. John “Jack” Montgomery, M.D. ’58, now professor emeritus at the School of Medicine Huntsville Regional Campus, became the chief of pediatric programs and professor at the Huntsville campus in 1975.

ben robertsBen Roberts, M.D., did a rotation at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya as a fourth-year medical student at UAB, and knew that was where he wanted to be.How far would you travel to help someone see? For Ben Roberts, M.D., that answer is simple — Kenya.

Since 2006, Roberts and his family have served as medical missionaries at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya. The Roberts family lives there for four years, then spends one year in the United States. Back in Alabama now, in August they begin their third stint in Kenya.

Roberts graduated from the UAB School of Medicine in 1999 and did residency training in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Read the full article on the UAB News website.

corley12015 School of Medicine graduate James Earl Corley, M.D., and his mother, Denise Williams.For the adventurous set, living the dream means waking up, hopping on a plane at a moment’s notice, and diving into cultures around the world. For 2015 UAB School of Medicine graduate James Earl Corley, M.D., and his mother, Denise Williams, that dream became daily life when they competed on the 27th season of "The Amazing Race." After years of wanting to compete on CBS’s round-the-world reality show, the filming schedule fell between Corley’s graduation and the beginning of his residency program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

Read the full article on the UAB Magazine website.

ErikSummerPreviewAlumnus Erik Summers, M.D., is section chief of hospital medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. The UAB School of Medicine is in Erik Summers, M.D.’s cultural and literal DNA.

“My paternal great uncle was Dr. Garber Galbraith and two of my big mentors growing up were Dr. John Kirklin and Dr. Tinsley Harrison,” Summers, a 1997 graduate, says. “The reason I’m a hospitalist today is because of them. Interestingly, I helped establish hospital medicine

Dr. Bhavika Patel in the Teaching Kitchen 2Dr. Bhavika Patel in the Teaching KitchenMedical students and family medicine residents at the College of Community Health Sciences who are taking The University of Alabama’s new Culinary Medicine elective had their first class January 26. The course is a partnership of UA’s College of Community Health Sciences - which serves as the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus

RS14487 Herbert Chen 11Department of Surgery Chair Herbert Chen. M.D.Growing up, Herbert Chen M.D., FACS, always believed he would one day follow in his father’s footsteps. The elder Chen was an orthopedic surgeon who, with his wife, had emigrated from Taiwan to the United States. Eventually, the family settled in Marshfield, Wisconsin.