jerry jackson round 2Jerry W. Jackson, M.D., felt inspired to give to the UAB Division of Nephrology because it gave so much to him. One of the most pivotal moments of a doctor’s career comes when he or she chooses a specialty. School of Medicine 1972 alumnus Jerry W. Jackson, M.D., found his calling as an undergrad. He just didn’t know it yet.

Betty Vaughan squareBetty W. Vaughan, M.D., is giving back by making a legacy scholarship with a charitable gift annuity.

Ask School of Medicine 1963 alumna Betty W. Vaughan, M.D., to describe attending medical school in the 1960s, and one word comes to her mind: fun. Dr. Vaughan’s class was a close-knit group in which breaking bread together was as common as cramming for an exam—her definition of fun.

SalmaanKamal06WebAs the second Finley Leadership Scholar, Kamal receives a new white coat with special insignia – and a full-tuition scholarship for his third and fourth years in medical school.Salmaan Zaki Kamal has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Sara Crews Finley, M.D., Endowed Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship, which supports students who demonstrate exceptional academic and leadership abilities, includes full tuition for the third year of medical school and is renewable for the fourth year.

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MultispecialtyClinicMontgomeryThe training of third and fourth-year medical students and residents at the UAB School of Medicine Montgomery Regional Campus is being enhanced by the opening of a new multispecialty clinic, formed in partnership with Baptist Health and the UAB Health System. The UAB Medicine Multispecialty Clinic is located on the campus of at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery. Baptist South and East are also the home of the Montgomery Regional Medical Campus, one of the School of Medicine’s three regional campuses, including Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. Initially, the clinic will offer four specialties—urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and rheumatology—with hopes of expanding to other specialties in the coming years. The clinic opened August 1 and houses 10 new physicians who have been recruited by Baptist Health.

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.

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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.

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