Hospital Medicine 2018 

The UAB Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine is committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based care to children who are admitted to Children’s of Alabama. The division directly cares for roughly one-third of the patients who are admitted, which amounts to about 5,500 admissions per year. PHM faculty are attending physicians for a general inpatient service that serves acutely ill children from the community as well as complex care patients and patients that are followed by subspecialties including neurology, rheumatology, rehabilitation medicine, dermatology, infectious diseases, immunology and allergy, genetics, and some surgical subspecialties. Faculty in this division are medical directors for three acute care nursing units and the Special Care Unit, our ICU-step down unit.

In addition to the commitment to high-quality patient care, PHM faculty are invested in the education of fellows, residents and medical students. The PHM division received the award for “Best Teaching Rotation” from the 2019 graduating class of residents. Division faculty members are recognized leaders in local and national education, quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, and medical informatics development. 

The Hospitalist program at UAB/COA was created in 1998 and transitioned to become the Division of Hospital Medicine with faculty that have expertise in clinical care, teaching, well-being, advocacy and clinical and QI research. 

Faculty

Division Director

Robert Pass, M.D.

Faculty List

Hospital Medicine Faculty

Awards and Recognition

  • UAB Becky Trigg Outstanding Woman Faculty Member 2018 - Dr. Susan Walley

  • Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award 2016 - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

  • Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award 2018 - Dr. Stephanie Berger

  • Best Teaching Rotation Award given by residents to PHM Division, 2019

  • Department of Pediatrics Excellence in Education award-multiple faculty members each year

Leadership and Scholarship

National & Regional

  • Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Tobacco Control- Dr. Susan Walley

  • Co-Chair, Academic Pediatric Association Region 8 - Dr. Chang Wu

  • Co-Chair, Academic Pediatric Association Global Health Interest Group - Dr. Meghan Hofto

  • Faculty speaker, AAP Julius Richmond Center of Excellence - Dr. Susan Walley

  • AAP PREP Hospital Medicine Editorial Board - Dr. Susan Walley

  • Mentoring Taskforce, Association of Pediatric Program Directors - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

  • Site Principal Investigator for multi-institutional study: Assessment of Alternative Approaches for Delivering Video-Based Learning Utilizing the Flipped-Classroom Method in the Pediatric Clerkship - Dr. Stephanie Berger

  • Site Principal Investigators for multi-institutional randomized controlled trial, Kawasaki Disease Comparative Effectiveness Trial (KIDCARE) - Drs. Samuy and Scalici

  • Site Principal Investigator, multisite Pediatric Resident Burnout-Resilience Study Consortium - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

  • Adjunct Faculty, Meharry Medical College, multiple faculty members

Local

  • Principal Investigator, Alabama Department of Public Health Youth Tobacco Prevention Program - Dr. Susan Walley

University and Health System

  • Tobacco Consult Service, UAB Medicine - Dr. Susan Walley

  • Co-Director of Pediatrics Clerkship - Dr. Stephanie Berger

  • Lead Mentor, Learning Community, University of Alabama School of Medicine - Dr. Stephanie Berger

  • Faculty Advisor, Honor Council, UASOM - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

  • Course Co-Director; Patient, Doctor, Society Course; UASOM - Dr. Stephanie Berger

Department

  • PHM Fellowship, two fellows per year for 2-3 years; will apply for ACGME Accreditation

  • Associate Residency Program Director - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

  • Program Director of Grand Rounds, Continuing Medical Education - Dr. Erinn Schmit

  • QI Director for Pediatric Residency Program - Dr. Susan Walley

  • Chair, Faculty Wellbeing Committee - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

  • Co-Director UAB Department of Pediatrics Science Day - Dr. Chang Wu

  • Co-Director, Injury prevention and child advocacy for residency program - Dr. Cassi Smola

  • Co-Director, Coat of Arms, Resident advocacy and outreach group - Dr. Cassi Smola

Hospital

  • Chair, Continuing Medical Education Committee - Dr. Susan Walley

  • Medical director, Special Care Unit - Dr. Paul Scalici

  • Medical directors, Dearth Tower Acute Care Units - Drs. Berger and Wu

  • Medical Director, Clinical Documentation Improvement Department - Dr. Paul Scalici

  • Physician Champion, COA’s “Heroes for Zero” High Reliability executive task force - Dr. Chang Wu

  • Development of Care Pathways for Bronchiolitis, Asthma, and Diabetic Ketoacidosis, multiple faculty members

  • Chair, Utilization Review committee - Dr. Paul Scalici

  • Chair, Infant Safe Sleep Taskforce - Dr. Erinn Schmit

  • Chair, Insulin Safety Taskforce - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

  • Chair and Vice-Chair, IV Fluids Taskforce - Drs. Schmit and Nassetta

  • Development and ownership of about 1/3 of inpatient electronic order sets, multiple faculty members, led by Drs. Casey and Nassetta