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Most faculty and staff in the Department of OB/GYN collaborate with Tongia Feagins, Program Director II in the OB/GYN Chair Office at some point in their career.  Tongia has worked in multiple roles in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 30 years.   She was recently honored as a 30-year employee of UAB at the annual employee service awards luncheon.  Tongia started in a student assistant position and became a full-time employee in August 1988.  As Program Director II, Tongia assists our faculty with submission of research proposals.  In this role, Tongia consistently demonstrates exceptional knowledge, skills, and judgment.  She also takes great pride in both UAB and Birmingham community.  For many years, Tongia served on the UAB Benevolent Fund board and is a solid advocate for this program.  She also actively participates in the Habitat for Humanity program sponsored by UAB.  Throughout her career, Tongia has been a valued and exceptional employee.  She was selected by her peers as OB/GYN Employee of the Month in August 2014.   Please offer congratulations to Tongia for many years of dedicated service to our department.

UAB Medicine News

Cesarean Awareness Month

Cesarean Awareness Month, observed in April each year, aims to raise awareness and educate people about cesarean delivery and reduce the number of these procedures performed. This year’s observation is a perfect time to highlight the success of a new UAB Medicine team created to manage certain medical and surgical complications that may arise from cesarean deliveries.

A cesarean section, or C-section, is a surgery performed to deliver a baby through the mother's lower abdomen, usually when unexpected problems develop during delivery. These problems include how the baby is positioned in the womb (uterus) and signs of distress in the baby, such as an abnormal heart rate. The surgery requires an incision across the belly that also cuts into the womb and the amniotic sac that surrounds the baby. The baby is delivered through this incision.

Davis’ 45 years in Maternal-Fetal Medicine ‘kept him on his toes’

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davis insideRichard Davis, M.D., professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal MedicineRichard Davis, M.D., can count on one hand the number of places he’s practiced medicine — in fact, just on one finger.

Davis joined UAB in July 1973 as a resident — then called interns, he says — in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where he’s stayed for 45 years. This week, Davis, now a professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, will be honored for those four-and-a-half decades of service to UAB.

One other will be honored for 45 years of service — Sally Whitley from the Department of Pediatrics — and six will be honored for 40, including Donna Andrews, program manager in the University Honors program; Harriet Amos Doss, Ph.D., associate professor of history; James Jordan, instrument and control tech in Building Automation and Controls; Michael Loop, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Optometry and Vision Science; Anthony Schimizzi, associate professor and cataloguing librarian in UAB Libraries’ Library Technology and Technical Services department; and Johnny Scott, M.D., professor of radiology.

A list of others being honored for 20 or more years of service also is online.