The UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center provides UAB faculty with an infrastructure for conducting innovative research to improve the health status of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations and expands the participation of minorities in research and education. Additionally, the MHRC provides services for its members in the areas of research, training and career development, and community engagement. 

Currently, the center has over 190 members, each of whom are listed below. Those who are interested in joining can apply by completing our online application.

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Affuso, Olivia
Department: Epidemiology
School: Public Health

Alishlash, Ammar Saadoon
Department: Ped - Pulmonary
School: Medicine

Amm, Hope M. 
Department: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
School: Dentistry

Anderson, Helen Krontiras
Department: Surg-Gen Surg-Breast and Endocrine
School: Medicine

Aroke, Edwin
Department: Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care
School: Nursing

Ascherman, Lee
Department: Psych - Child & Adolescent
School: Medicine

Ashraf, Ambika
Department: Ped - Endocrinology
School: Medicine

Austin, Erika
Department: Infectious Diseases
School: Medicine

Autrey, Pamela
Department: Medical West (UABHS)
School: Nursing

Avery, Dina
Department: Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
School: Health Professions

Azuero, Andres
Department: Nursing Com Hlth, Outcomes, Sys
School: Nursing

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Bae, Sejong
Department: Med - Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Bailey, William
Department: MED -Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care
School: Medicine

Bashir, Khurram
Department: Neurology Chair Office
School: Medicine

Baskin, Monica
Department: Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Bateman, Lori
Department: Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Batey, D Scott
Department: Social Work
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Boggiano, Mary
Department: Psychology
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Boppana, Suresh
Department: Ped - Infectious Disease
School: Medicine

Bowen, Pamela
Department: Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care
School: Nursing

Bray, Leigh Ann
Department: Nursing Family, Comm & Health System
School: Nursing

Bridges, S. Louis
Department: Department of Immunology/Rheumatology
School: Medicine

Brooks, C. Michael
Department: Human Studies
School: Education

Brown, Elizabeth E.
Department: Epidemiology
School: Public Health

Budhwani, Henna
Department: Health Care Organization and Policy
School: Public Health

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Carroll, William R.
Department: Surgery - Otolaryngology
School: Medicine

Carson, April
Department: Epidemiology
School: Public Health

Chang, Pi-Ling
Department: Nutrition Sciences Chair Office
School: Health Professions

Chapman Lambert, Crystal
Department: Family, Community and Health Systems
School: Nursing

Chattopadhyay, Debasish
Department: Med-Infectious Diseases
School: Medicine

Cherrington, Andrea
Department: Med - Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Childs, Gwendolyn
Department: Family/Child Health and Caregiving Department
School: Nursing

Chong, Zechen
Department: Genetics Chair Office
School: Medicine

Chowdhury, Nazma H.
Department: Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences
School: Medicine

Chu, Daniel
Department: Surgery-Gen Surg Gastrointestinal Section
School: Medicine

Clay, Olivio J.
Department: Psychology
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Cockerham, William
Department: Sociology
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Cropsey, Karen L.
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology
School: Medicine

Crowe, Michael
Department: Psychology
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Curtis, Jeffery
Department: Med - Immunology/Rheumatology
School: Medicine

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Davis, Richard
Department: Ob/GYN - Maternal & Fetal Medicine
School: Medicine

de la Torre, Jorge
Department: Surgery - Plastic
School: Medicine

Demark-Wahnefried, Wendy
Department: Nutrition Sciences Chair Office
School: Health Professions

Dionne-Odom, James
Department: Nursing Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care
School: Nursing

Dreer, Laura
Department: Ophthalmology
School: Optometry

Drentea, Patricia
Department: Sociology
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Durant, Nefertiti
Department: Ped-General Pediatrics
School: Medicine

Durant, Raegan
Department: Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Dutton, Gareth
Department: Medicine
School: Medicine

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Edberg, Jeffrey
Department: Med - Immunology/Rheumatology
School: Medicine

Elk, Ronit
Department: Med-Gerontology/Geriatrics/Palliative care
School: Medicine

Estrada, Carlos
Department: General Internal Medicine
School: Medicine

Eto, Isao
Department: Nutrition Sciences
School: Health Professions

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Fazio, Massimo
Department: Med - Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
School: Medicine

Fernandez, Jose
Department: Nutrition Sciences Chair Office
School: Health Professions

Fouad, Fouad
Department: Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
School: Engineering

Fouad, Mona
Department: Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Fowler, Karen
Department: Ped - Infectious Disease
School: Medicine

Frazier, Marcela
Department: Department of Optometry
School: Optometry

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Garvey, Timothy
Department: Nutrition Sciences
School: Health Professions

Gawne, Timothy
Department: Vision Sciences
School: Optometry

Gilbert, Gregg
Department: Dent Behavioral & Population Sci
School: Dentistry

Girkin, Christopher
Department: Ophthalmology
School: Medicine

Grant, Joan
Department: Nursing Adult/Acute Health
School: Nursing

Grayson, Jessica
Department: Otolaryngology Chair Office
School: Medicine

Grayson, Meagan
Department: Med-Gastroenterology
School: Medicine

Gutierrez, Hector
Department: Ped - Pulmonary
School: Medicine

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Halanych, Jewell Husti
Department: Montgomery Internal Medicine
School: Medicine

Hallman, Madhura
Department: Ped-Critical Care
School: Medicine

Hasan, Ragib
Department: Computer and Information Sciences
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Hearld, Kristine Ria
Department: Health Services Administration
School: Health Professions

Heaton, Karen
Department: Nursing Community Health, Outcomes, Sys
School: Nursing

Heudebert, Gustavo
Department: Med- General Internal Medicine
School: Medicine

Hidalgo, Bertha
Department: Epidemiology
School: Public Health

Hill, James
Department: Nutrition Sciences
School: Health Professions

Hollis, Robert
Department: Surgery - Gen Surg Gastrointestinal Section
School: Medicine

Hook, Edward
Department: Med - Infectious Diseases
School: Medicine

Howard, Virginia
Department: Epidemiology
School: Public Health

Howell, Carrie
Department: Med - Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

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Jackson, Janice
Department: Pediatric Dentistry
School: Dentistry

Johnston, Emily
Department: Ped - Hematology/Oncology
School: Medicine

Jones, Allison
Department: Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care
School: Nursing

Jones, K. Anthony
Department: Anesthesiology Chair Office
School: Medicine

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Keltner, Joan
Department: Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care
School: Nursing

Kempf, Mirjam-Colette
Department: Nursing Fam/Child Health/Caregiver
School: Nursing

Kertesz, Stefan
Department: Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Keyser, Kent
Department: Vision Sciences Research Center
School: Optometry

Kim, Young-il
Department: Med - Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Kimberly, Robert
Department: Med - Immunology/Rheumatology
School: Medicine

King, Dione
Department: Social Work
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Kirklin, James
Department: Surgery - Cardiovascular/Thoracic
School: Medicine

Kohler, Connie
Department: Health Behavior
School: Public Health

Kolettis, Peter
Department: Surgery - Urology
School: Medicine

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Ladores, Sigrid
Department: Family, Community and Health Systems
School: Nursing

Lazrak, Ahmed
Department: Anesthesiology Chair Office
School: Medicine

Lee, Loretta
Department: Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care
School: Nursing

Lemons, Jack
Department: Prosthodontics
School: Dentistry

Levitan, Emily
Department: Epidemiology
School: Public Health

Limdi, Nita
Department: Neurology Chair Office
School: Medicine

Litovsky, Silvio
Department: Anatomic Pathology
School: Medicine

Liwo, Amandiy
Department: Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
School: Medicine

Locke, Jayme
Department: Surgery - Transplantation
School: Medicine

Louis, Patrick
Department: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
School: Dentistry

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Manne, Upender
Department: Anatomic Pathology
School: Medicine

Markert, James
Department: Surgery - Neurosurgery
School: Medicine

Martin, Roy
Department: Neurology Chair Office
School: Medicine

Mazer, Raquel
Department: Predoc General Dentistry
School: Dentistry

Michael, Max
Department: Health Care Organization & Policy
School: Public Health

Moellering, Douglas
Department: Department of Nutrition Sciences
School: Health Professions

Molina, Adolfo
Department: Ped - Hospital Medicine
School: Medicine

Moneyham, Linda
Department: Community Health Outcomes and Systems
School: Nursing

Montgomery-Barefield, Laura
Department: Medical Education
School: Medicine

Morris, Cody
Department: Human Studies
School: Education

Morrison, Shannon
Department: Nursing Fam/Child Health/Caregiver
School: Nursing

Mrug, Sylvie
Department: Psychology
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Mugavero, Michael
Department: Infectious Diseases
School: Medicine

Musa, Philip
Department: Management, Information Systems, Quantitative Methods
School: Business

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Nagy, Timothy
Department: Nutrition Sciences Chair Office
School: Health Professions

Nanda, Navin
Department: Med - Cardiovascular Disease
School: Medicine

Nelson, Kathleen
Department: HSF - General Pediatrics
School: Medicine

Niranjan, Soumya
Department: Health Services Administration
School: Health Professions

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Oates, Gabriela
Department: Ped - Pulmonary
School: Medicine

Ovalle, Fernando
Department: Med - Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
School: Medicine

Owsley, Cynthia
Department: Ophthalmology
School: Medicine

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Pamboukian, Salpy
Department: Med - Cardiovascular Disease
School: Medicine

Partridge, Edward
Department: HSF - Administration
School: Medicine

Pass, Robert
Department: Ped - Infectious Disease
School: Medicine

Pearce, Frank Bennett
Department: Ped - Cardiology
School: Medicine

Pekmezi, Dorothy
Department: Health Behavior
School: Public Health

Peralta-Carcelen, Ada Myriam
Department: Ped- General Pediatrics
School: Medicine

Pisu, Maria
Department: Med - Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Piyathilake, Chandrika
Department: Nutrition Sciences Chair Office
School: Health Professions

Poole, Claudette
Department: Ped - Infectious Disease
School: Medicine

Presley, Caroline
Department: Med - Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Puga, Frank
Department: Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care
School: Nursing

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Qu, Haiyan
Department: Health Services Administration
School: Health Professions

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Racette, Lyne
Department: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
School: Medicine

Ray, Midge
Department: Health Services Administration Chair Office
School: Health Professions

Register, Shilpa
Department: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
School: Medicine

Rhodes, Lindsay
Department: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
School: Medicine

Richter, Holly
Department: Ob/Gyn Chair Office
School: Medicine

Rogers, Laura
Department: Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

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Saag, Kenneth
Department: Med - Immunology/Rheumatology
School: Medicine

Saag, Michael
Department: Infectious Diseases
School: Medicine

Salas, Ariel
Department: Ped - Neonatology
School: Medicine

Salazar-Gutierrez, Maria
Department: Huntsville Med-Pediatrics Pgm
School: Medicine

Sanchez-Lopez, Lourdes
Department: Foreign Languages
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Scarinci, Isabel
Department: Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Schoenberger-Godwin, Yu-Mei
Department: Med - Preventive Medicine
School: Medicine

Schwebke, Jane
Department: Med - Infectious Diseases
School: Medicine

Scott, Johnny
Department: Radiology Chair Office
School: Medicine

Sen, Bisakha
Department: Health Care Organization & Policy
School: Public Health

Shorten, Allison
Department: Family, Community and Health Systems
School: Nursing

Shrestha, Sadeep
Department: Epidemiology
School: Public Health

Siegel, Herrick
Department: Surgery - Orthopaedic
School: Medicine

Simpson, Tina
Department: Ped-Adolescent Medicine
School: Medicine

Sims, Brian
Department: Ped - Neonatology
School: Medicine

Singh, Jasvinder
Department: Immunology/Rheumatology
School: Medicine

Singh, Keshav
Department: Genetics
School: Medicine

Sisiopiku, Virginia
Department: Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
School: Engineering

Smith, Glenda
Department: Nursing Fam/child Health/caregiver
School: Nursing

Smitherman, Emily
Department: Ped - Rheumatology
School: Medicine

Spear, Bonnie
Department: Health Care Organization & Policy
School: Public Health

Spencer, Sharon
Department: Radiation Oncology Chair Office
School: Medicine

Srivastava, Om
Department: Vision Sciences
School: Optometry

Szaflarski, Magdalena
Department: Sociology
School: College of Arts and Sciences

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Tang, Jianming
Department: Infectious Diseases
School: Medicine

Thomas, S. Justin
Department: Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology
School: Medicine

Thomeer McBride, Mieke Beth
Department: Sociology
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Thornton, John
Department: Pediatric Dentistry
School: Dentistry

Tilashalski, Ken
Department: Predoc General Dentistry
School: Dentistry

Turkman, Yasemin
Department: Family, Community and Health Systems
School: Nursing

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Unlap, M. Tino
Department: Clinical Laboratory Sciences
School: Health Professions

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Vance, David
Department: Nursing Family/Child Health/Caregiver
School: Nursing

Vasconez, Luis
Department: HSF - Plastic Surgery
School: Medicine

Vickers, Selwyn
Department: Medicine
School: Medicine

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Waite, Peter
Department: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
School: Dentistry

Wang, Lizhong
Department: Genetics
School: Medicine

Watson, Dayna
Department: Human Studies
School: Education

Weech-Maldonado, Robert
Department: Department of Health Services Administration
School: Health Professions

Wende, Adam
Department: Molecular & Cellular Pathology
School: Medicine

Wesselmann, Ursula
Department: Anesthesiology Chair Office
School: Medicine

White, Kari
Department: Health Care Organization & Policy
School: Public Health

White-Williams, Connie
Department: Nursing Services
School: Nursing

Wilkinson, Larrell
Department: Human Studies
School: Education

Williams, Beverly
Department: Med-Gerontology/Geriatrics/Palliative care
School: Medicine

Willig, Amanda
Department: Infectious Diseases
School: Medicine

Wilson, Bettye
Department: Radiologic Sciences
School: Health Professions

Wingate, Martha
Department: Health Care Organization & Policy
School: Public Health

Wolfe, Joseph
Department: Sociology
School: College of Arts and Sciences

Wright, Wilson
Department: General Dentistry
School: Dentistry

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Yates, Stephanie
Department: Accounting and Finance
School: Business

Young, Carlton
Department: Department of Surgery
School: Medicine

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Zinksi, Anne
Department: Medical Education
School: Medicine