Brittney Jones, M.D.

Brittney Jones, M.D.

PGY 5

Hometown
Montgomery, AL

Undergraduate
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Medical School
Howard University

Matthew Lustig, M.D.

Matthew Lustig, M.D.

PGY 4

Hometown
Berkeley Lake, GA

Undergraduate
University of Georgia

Graduate
University of Georgia

Medical School
Medical College of Georgia

Katie Thaggard, M.D.

Katie Thaggard, M.D.

PGY 4

Hometown
Jackson, MS

Undergraduate
Mississippi College

Medical School
University of Mississippi

Residency
Pediatrics, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Erin McLeod, M.D.

Erin McLeod, M.D.

PGY 3

Hometown
Utica, MS

Undergraduate
University of Alabama

Medical School
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Khaled Al-Robaidi, M.D.

Khaled Al-Robaidi, M.D.

PGY 2

Hometown
Amman, Jordan

Undergraduate
University of Jordan

Medical School
University of Jordan

Sarah Grace Engel, M.D.

Sarah Grace Engel, M.D.

PGY 2

Hometown
Charleston, SC

Undergraduate
Wofford College

Medical School
Medical University of South Carolina

Joshua Butler, M.D.

Joshua Butler, M.D.

PGY 1

Hometown
Duluth, GA

Undergraduate
University of Georgia

Medical School
Medical College of Georgia

Destini Smith, M.D.

Destini Smith, M.D.

PGY 1

Hometown
Hoover, AL

Undergraduate
Mississippi State University

Medical School
University of South Alabama

  • Brittney Jones, M.D.
  • Matthew Lustig, M.D.
  • Katie Thaggard, M.D.
  • Erin McLeod, M.D.
  • Khaled Al-Robaidi, M.D.
  • Sarah Grace Engel, M.D.
  • Joshua Butler, M.D.
  • Destini Smith, M.D.
  • Brittney Jones, M.D.

    PGY 5

    Hometown

    Montgomery, AL

    Undergraduate

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Medical School

    Howard University

    Career/Clinical Interests

    General neurology, epilepsy, implicit bias and racial disparities in healthcare.

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    Excellent medical training while being close to my family. 

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Writing, yoga, listening to music.

    Fun Fact

    My favorite animal are dinosaurs.

  • Matthew Lustig, M.D.

    PGY 4

    Hometown

    Berkeley Lake, GA

    Undergraduate

    University of Georgia

    Graduate

    University of Georgia

    Medical School

    Medical College of Georgia

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric neurology, the business of medicine.

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    Awesome residency program. Awesome attendings Awesome co-residents.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Weight lifting, hanging out with my wife and daughters

    Fun Fact

    I used to play bass in a Fleetwood Mac cover band

  • Katie Thaggard, M.D.

    PGY 4

    Hometown

    Jackson, MS

    Undergraduate

    Mississippi College

    Medical School

    University of Mississippi Medical School

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Adolescent/transitional care neurology, epilepsy

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    On my interview day I met a group of therapy pugs walking in a line across one of the crosswalks, and I knew UAB was my kind of place. I made the choice to stay in Mississippi for my first 2 years of pediatrics so I could be close to my grandmother, who was very sick at the time. I subsequently transferred to UAB/COA to complete my pediatric neurology training, and it has easily been one of the best decisions I’ve made. 

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Spending time with my rescue dogs, yoga, hiking, and home improvement projects 

    Fun Fact

    So far, my 2020 experience has included more puzzles and bird watching than I ever imagined.

  • Erin McLeod, M.D.

    PGY 3

    Hometown

    Utica, MS

    Undergraduate

    University of Alabama

    Medical School

    University of Alabama at Birmingham 

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric Neurology

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    All of the wonderful people!

    Favorite Food and/or Drink (restaurant, brewery, etc.)

    Atomic Lounge

    Birmingham Must-See

    Our thriving performing arts scene! Birmingham has many wonderful theatres (Red Mountain Theatre Company, Virginia Samford Theatre, Birmingham Festival Theatre, and Theatre Downtown just to name a few), a beautiful symphony orchestra, ballet and dance companies, a wonderful art museum, and tons of live music.

  • Khaled Al-Robaidi, M.D.

    PGY 2

    Hometown

    Amman, Jordan

    Undergraduate

    University of Jordan

    Medical School

    University of Jordan

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Neonatal neurology, HIE, stroke outcomes, and clinical research

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    You feel supported by everyone

    Favorite Food and/or Drink (restaurant, brewery, etc.)

    Try the Mediterranean food at Taboon Noon O Kabab

    Birmingham Must-See

    King's Chair hike at Oak Mountain State Park

  • Sarah Grace Engel, M.D.

    PGY 2

    Hometown

    Charleston, SC

    Undergraduate

    Wofford College

    Medical School

    Medical University of South Carolina

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric Neurology- all things brain and nerve related:), medical education and mentorship

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    Teamwork and the sense of camaraderie you develop with your individual specialty team, co-residents in the same workspace, and especially co-residents while on MOLE. I really appreciate the support they offer me, and am always reassured to know they're available to bounce ideas off of or help provide direction if I start to feel stuck. 

    Favorite Food and/or Drink (restaurant, brewery, etc.)

    Luna's in Avondale, Ghost Train Brewery

    Birmingham Must-See

    Moss Rock

  • Joshua Butler, M.D.

    PGY-1

    Hometown

    Duluth, GA

    Undergraduate

    University of Georgia

    Medical School

    Medical College of Georgia

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric Neurology

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    Wonderful people, a beautiful hospital, and unparalleled teaching and clinical exposure - all in a great city that is close to my family and friends.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Playing guitar and piano, hiking, chasing around my corgi, Walter

    Fun Fact

    My birth certificate says I was born in Minnesota, but in reality I was born over Texas soil. My grandmother wouldn't accept the fact that I was not going to be born in Texas. Therefore, she transported bags of soil from Texas, got them into the hospital, and placed them underneath the bed on which I was born.

  • Destini Smith, M.D.

    PGY 1

    Hometown

    Hoover, AL

    Undergraduate

    Mississippi State University

    Medical School

    University of South Alabama

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Epilepsy, headache, neurodevelopmental disabilities

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    I chose UAB because I wanted to complete my training in the place that sparked my interests in child neurology to begin with.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Cooking, baking, bargain shopping with my mom, playing viola

    Fun Fact

    I collect vinyl records and enjoy listening to them on my grandmother's vintage record player.

  • Brittney Jones, M.D.
  • Matthew Lustig, M.D.
  • Katie Thaggard, M.D.
  • Erin McLeod, M.D.
  • Khaled Al-Robaidi, M.D.
  • Sarah Grace Engel, M.D.
  • Joshua Butler, M.D.
  • Destini Smith, M.D.