The Department of Neurosurgery prides itself on how our employees embody the mission and vision of UAB. Oftentimes, our employees "go the extra mile" to for their patients and colleagues. View our "Kudos Corner" below!

Tammy Sharp and Mary Beth Washington

"Have completed the HSF FY23 budget and are now doing the FY23 UAB budget. I commend them for their excellent work and attention to detail which always puts our department in a good light with UAB Medicine financial leaders for accuracy of the numbers and preemptive planning for the future year. Fabulous work!" - Donna Bailer

Aubrey Joyner

"I was stressed about ways to send a mass email. She was willing to help and was fast with her responses. Thank you, Aubrey!" - Cam Roby

Mary Beth Washington

"For your assistance in preparing the Department’s FY23 HSF & UAB budgets. Your commitment to the budget process while continuing to handle the ongoing day-to-day financial activities is a tremendous endeavor and greatly appreciated." - Tammy Sharp

Dr. Liptrap and Norma Miller

"Congratulations to Dr. Liptrap and Norma Miller for being one of the top 5 sites for enrollment into the MEMBRANE study!" - Donna Dixon

Cameron Roby

"Cam has a good work ethic and takes ownership of her tasks and completes them correctly and timely. She is pleasant to work with and thoughtful." - Jennifer Lancaster

Eva Gilliam

"Eva has gone above and beyond in helping with travel arrangements while I was without an assistant. Very much appreciated!" - Dr. Van Meir

Norma Miller and Rhonda Widden

"A shout out to say thanks to Norma and Rhonda who covered my research studies while I was out December - February on FMLA to care for my Mom!! They did an amazing job of covering for me and making sure my patients were cared for and the data was gotten to all the right places. I appreciate all they did which allowed me to care for my Mom without worries. I have an amazing work family and am grateful for all they did!" -  Mary Jane Avant


Dr. Mark Harrigan

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Harrigan on his "collaborative publication on a study entitled  Educational Intervention in the Emergency Department to Address Disparities in Stroke Knowledge. This study contributes to our body of knowledge addressing health disparities and our mission to increase community stroke education." - Marie-Carmelle Elie, M.D. (Endowed Professor & Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine)

Drs. Daniel Harmon and Michael Zicarelli

Email from patient: "Yes, really liked Dr. Harmon. Fantastic bedside manner and did a great job of explaining things to us and what he wants to do with my wife going forward. Hopefully, he can help alleviate her pain.
Your PA, Michael Z, also did a fantastic job as well. Very polite and didn't mind all the questions we asked. Those are 2 very good Providers and we are lucky to have them at UAB Medicine."

Dr. Anil Mahavadi

“My [family member] was evaluated in the ED by Dr. Anil Mahavadi. I was most impressed with his professionalism, his detailed and comprehensive assessment at the bedside…his skills in communicating his findings and recommendations for a plan of care. Dr. Mahavadi is an outstanding representative of Neurosurgery and reflects well on the training of all the residents in [the] program.” - Letter from Professor Emeritus

Dr. Yasaman Alam

"I am one of the pediatric residents currently on our night float. I believe in giving credit where credit is due and so I wanted to let you know about one of your residents that my team and I believe has gone above and beyond. Dr. Yasaman Alam responds promptly to consults and is pleasant to interact with. She has efficiently seen our consults, discussed findings with families, closed the loop with recommendations, and educated us along the way." - Chloe Meyer (UAB Pediatrics PGY-3)

Kirsten Yelvington

From an email from a patient: "Thank you so much. I really appreciate Kirsten’s work to make this happen. She seems like an outstanding employee and I know you are grateful to have someone like her working for you."

Danny Lee

"Danny did a wonderful job navigating and editing a consent form/ePortfolio in real-time during an IRB Board Meeting. UAB IRB is piloting a real-time review process and Dr. Markert's M032/Pembro protocol was the first to be reviewed/edited in this format."

Dr. Andrew Hale (PGY-1 Resident)

" Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Hale for receiving the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Schulman Award. Over 1,430 abstracts were submitted for presentation at the 2022 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting. Award winners were carefully selected by the AANS Scientific Program Subcommittee and will present their findings in Philadelphia."

Dr. Thomas Staner

"A few months ago I was searching Amazon for a textbook and came across Dr. Staner’s book. I have Kindle access so I downloaded the book (free) and read it on flight back from Chicago. I enjoyed it! (even reviewed it on Amazon)"

Dana Belmont

"Dana exhibited true team spirit by recognizing a challenge, then volunteering her unique skill set to pitch in, despite it being outside the current scope of her duties."

Kara Shaffer

"Kara has done a phenomenal job in supporting Dr. Godzik during this transition."

Donna Bailer and Jennifer Lancaster

"For taking charge and accomplishing everything they did to make for a successful retreat."

Tanisha Bristow

"For obtaining pre-certifications for procedures and surgeries, scheduling surgeries, obtaining consents, etc for the last two months without her teammate."

Rhonda Whidden

"Shout out to Rhonda for quickly enrolling an ENRICH subject on Super Bowl Sunday!"

Eva Gilliam

"Since her start date in October 2021, Eva Gilliam has been tremendously steadfast in digging me out of the backlog created when I took on multiple staff positions in the last half of 2021 due to staff vacancies. Eva's work ethic and dedication is incredible."

Dana Belmont

"Dana volunteers and steps up to help whenever she is needed and does so with an amazing, positive attitude. Thank you, Dana!"

Eva Gilliam

"For her work on an Endowed Professor submission to the Board of Trustees to name Dr. Van Meir."

Dr. Matthew Nelson and Shannon Hall

"For arranging a complimentary breakfast for the team."

Eva Gilliam and Donna Dixon

"They did an incredible job in helping Amanda Blackwell with Dr. Godzik's CCTS application.

Dr. Harrigan

"His leadership in driving the change in leveling the Neuro ICU occupancy."

Drs. Bentley and Guthrie

"They have been essential in helping Dr. Harrigan in the mission to level Neuro ICU occupancy."

Rhonda Widden

"Rhonda's attention to detail and excellent patient interactions are outstanding when approaching potential research participants."

Beth Dowdy

"Beth is always willing to step in and help. Her attention to detail and her compassion for our patients makes for an amazing work ethic!"

Eva Gilliam, Christy Spruiell, Amanda Blackwell, Dana Belmont, Jennifer Lancaster, Javazhanee Joseph, Thomas Dillard, and Mary Beth Washington

"For their awesome teamwork. They collectively pulled together to order, bag, and deliver the holiday gift jackets!"

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