PGY-1

Melissa Leslie, M.D.

Melissa Leslie, M.D.

Undergraduate
Lipscomb University

Medical School
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Kirollos Roman, M.D.

Kirollos Roman, M.D.

Undergraduate
University of Florida

Medical School
University of Florida

Maia Tinder, M.D.

Maia Tinder, M.D.

Undergraduate
College of William & Mary

Medical School
University of Florida

Hunter Wilkerson, M.D.

Hunter Wilkerson, M.D.

Undergraduate
University of Mississippi

Medical School
University of Mississippi

  • Melissa Leslie, M.D.
  • Kirollos Roman, M.D.
  • Maia Tinder, M.D.
  • Hunter Wilkerson, M.D.
  • Melissa Leslie, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I was born and raised in Birmingham and haven’t seemed to be able to leave, likely due to the fact that I adore my nephews who also live here. I attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN for undergrad where I studied Molecular Biology and had the opportunity to spend multiple semesters abroad in Austria, China, and Malaysia. I returned home to Alabama for medical school at UAB where I obtained my MD/MPH. I am ecstatic to continue my Med-Peds training in Birmingham, hoping to serve the city that has given me so much. I have an interest in global health and preventive care and plans to combine those in her Med-Peds career, likely in a primary care medicine setting with an emphasis on underserved populations. In my spare time, I enjoy going on walks in their neighborhood with my husband, DJ (especially when those walks involve walking to get ice cream), spending time with our families at Smith Lake, and trying new restaurants with friends. 

    Why did you choose UAB Med-Peds?

    Having been a student at UAB, I was able to get a small glimpse of what it looked like to be a Med-Peds resident at UAB. When it came time to start looking at residencies, I found that everyone I looked at I was subconsciously comparing to UAB. I knew that both the medicine and the pediatrics programs in and of themselves were strong, but what really drew me to UAB was the people. I could see as a medical student through the way they interacted with one another that they weren’t just colleagues, but friends who genuinely cared about each other and were willing to go out of their way to help each other. Residency is hard and I didn’t want community during it to be. Not only is the community strong, but the intelligence and work ethic of the residents are, too, make it a collegial environment where you can still be pushed academically. Another aspect that drew me to UAB, was that the residents truly are integrated well into both Medicine and Pediatrics. Although there are Med-Peds itself has its own identity, we are very well integrated into both programs, which I loved because at the end of residency I want to be able to say that I am an internist period and a pediatrician period. I want to be fully equipped to not just pass the boards, but practice adeptly in both specialties and I feel that UAB provides that. Lastly, Birmingham is my home, I love it, and I love the people—our patients are our greatest teachers and the people of Birmingham have a lot to offer.

  • Kirollos Roman, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    Though originally from Egypt, I was raised in Ormond Beach, FL and attended the University of Florida for both my undergraduate and medical education. Born in Cairo to Egyptian parents, I still speak fluent Arabic and I am proud of my Coptic Orthodox heritage. I am recently engaged and my fiancé, Ashley Chin, is starting her Anesthesiology residency at MGH. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, playing and watching soccer, hosting board game nights, and obsessing over a quality cup of coffee. I am thankful to be a part of the Med/Peds family at UAB and, most importantly, to eat all the food Birmingham has to offer.

    Why did you choose UAB Med-Peds?

    My interview experience at UAB was unlike any other. I left the pre-interview dinner feeling like I had just had a casual night out with lifelong friends. The friendliness and conversation that often felt burdensome, exhausting and forced throughout the interview season just felt natural at UAB. The warmth and kindness that permeates throughout UAB was epitomized when Dr. Nichols found out I was from UF, shouted “Oh my goodness, Jordan Ashcraft was just here! Let me go get her!”, and literally sprinted down the hall and around the corner trying to find Jordan just so I could say hi. It made me so uncomfortable at the time, because it was supposed to be such a formal, interview-day vibe, but then I realized there was no such thing here. The warmth here was so genuine, it was actually a relief from the expected chaos and formality of interview season. The way the UAB Med-Peds residents interacted with each other showed how close they all were. The way JR interviews is so much more personal than most PD’s. He took us aside to have a mini-round table discussion rather than the usual formal presentation, he wouldn’t let us call him Dr. Hartig, he took us on the tour around the hospital personally—it showed his true passion and his love for the place. I felt like a part of the family since literally day 1 (well, night 1. Shout out to the fraternity). More objectively-I LOVE the number of young, recently trained, evidence-based and academia-passionate physicians that are on staff here, Dr. Kraemer and Dr. Weil to name a couple I’ve worked with so far. That was a big attraction as well.

  • Maia Tinder, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I grew up in Vero Beach, Florida then went to college at the College of William and Mary, before returning to Florida for medical school at the University of Florida. Outside of the hospital, I love food (cooking and eating), biking, hiking, podcasts, and spending time with friends and family. I think I want to do general Med/Peds, and have particular interests in women's health, public health, and underserved medicine. 

    Why did you choose UAB Med-Peds?

    I was so impressed by UAB on my interview day. Not only is the clinical experience incredible, balanced, and diverse, but all within a supportive, collegial environment and a group of residents that are like family.

  • Hunter Wilkerson, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I grew up in the suburbs of Jackson, Mississippi before going to the University of Mississippi in Oxford for undergrad. After college, I moved back to Jackson to attend medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. I am excited to have the opportunity to pursue combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics training at UAB, though I remain undecided about specialty. I was drawn to the UAB program because of the strong clinical training, the city of Birmingham, and the people. In my free time, I enjoy catching fish, eating my wife’s cooking, and watching Ole Miss Rebels lose close games.

    Why did you choose UAB Med-Peds?

    I chose UAB Med-Peds for the strong clinical training and the hospitable people. Also, the residents were cool and it is close to home. Just the best mix of everything from people to program to location to city.

     

  • Melissa Leslie, M.D.
  • Kirollos Roman, M.D.
  • Maia Tinder, M.D.
  • Hunter Wilkerson, M.D.

PGY-2

Joe Bradsher, M.D.

Joe Bradsher, M.D.

Undergraduate
Auburn University 

Medical School
University of Arkansas

May Morgan Poundstone, M.D.

May Morgan Poundstone, M.D.

Undergraduate
Auburn University

Medical School
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Joe Sang, M.D.

Joe Sang, M.D.

Undergraduate
University of North Carolina

Medical School
East Carolina University

Neha Teekappanavar, M.D.

Neha Teekappanavar, M.D.

Undergraduate
University of California-Berkeley

Medical School
University of Southern California

  • Joe Bradsher, M.D.
  • May Morgan Poundstone, M.D.
  • Joe Sang, M.D.
  • Neha Teekappanavar, M.D.
  • Joe Bradsher, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I am originally from Little Rock, AR, but I spent 4 years in AL when I went to college at Auburn University. I adventured back to the land of Razorbacks and Wal-Mart for medical school then bounced back to Alabama for Med-Peds residency at UAB. I am  interested in a career in academics and likely in critical care or hospital medicine. When not at the hospital, I am either hanging out with his wife and daughter, playing board games, or both.

    Why did you choose UAB Med-Peds?

    I honestly was not that excited about UAB at first blush. I had lived in Alabama before and was pretty confident I never would again. I applied because I knew there were strong medicine and pediatric categorical programs. During my visit, I was absolutely blown away. It took me my interview diner and interview to know this was the place for me. The residents were super smart, they were inviting, and I could tell they were extremely well trained.

    What are the strengths of UAB Med-Peds? What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    Our strengths depend on a few things. One is the leadership. JR and Carlie have built a program that runs smoothly, where the residents get along, and where you know that you have someone going to bat for you at every turn. Second is the strengths of the respective categoricals. I do not think you can find many programs which have medicine, peds, and med-peds department as strong as we do. Third is the location. Birmingham is a hidden gem both from a city and medicine perspective. We have a lot of amenities that larger cities have without the downsides of it being difficult to live in or overcrowded. UAB is huge and sees everything in the state without things being diverted to other teaching hospitals.

    What is your favorite thing about living in Birmingham?

    Food. We have such good affordable food here. If it isn’t the food it’s the mountains. I love hilly places and it’s just nice to be able to go walk around in a hilly nature preserve.

  • May Morgan Poundstone, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. I attended Auburn University for undergrad and moved to Birmingham for medical school. I love to run, and have had the best time exploring Birmingham's many running trails! 

    What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    I fell in love with the city of Birmingham, and I was thrilled that I was able to stay for my residency! There are many strengths of UAB med/peds, but by far the biggest strength to me would be the people! We have the best patients, med students, residents, and faculty around! 

    What is your favorite thing about living in Birmingham?

    Birmingham has a small town in a big city feel, which is what I love about it!

  • Joe Sang, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I was born in Greenville, NC. I spent the first part of my childhood growing up in Texas, before returning to NC at the age of ten. My undergraduate education was at UNC-Chapel Hill, and I remain an avid UNC fan (Go Heels!). For medical school, I  returned to his hometown of Greenville, NC, where I attended the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. While there, I  met my wonderful fiancé, Danielle, who has continuously supported me throughout my medical education. On my days off, you can find me running around Ruffner, grabbing a beer or two at one of Birmingham’s local breweries, or trying out my latest grilling recipe.

    Why I chose UAB:

    UAB offered the perfect mix of academics, patient care, and camaraderie. During my interview, I was so impressed with how genuinely happy the residents were around each other. You could tell they truly enjoyed each other’s company.  The supportive and welcoming atmosphere instantly made Birmingham feel like home. UAB also offered every training opportunity I looked for in a program. Whether that relates to research opportunities, quality improvement, global health, or fellowship training, UAB offered it all. With all of these characteristics, UAB felt like a perfect fit for me.

    What are the strengths of UAB Med-Peds?

    UAB Med-Peds is blessed to have strong medicine and pediatrics categorical programs. This offers a truly balanced training environment. The Med-Peds residents are highly regarded throughout both programs, and always bring different insights into the team dynamics. UAB also serves as the catchment area for an enormous and diverse population, allowing one to see the entire spectrum of both common and unique diagnoses. Being such a large academic center, there are an immense amount of opportunities for research, public service, and Global Health. Perhaps the biggest strength of UAB is the people. Regardless of their credentials, people are always kind, welcoming, and professional.

    What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    The thing I have enjoyed most about my UAB MP experience is the culture. The faculty and staff at UAB are incredibly humble, and actively seek to help their residents succeed, both personally and professionally. Throughout my training thus far, I have learned valuable lessons regarding patient care in a non-threatening and friendly environment. I have also been blessed with several research opportunities regarding every available specialty. UAB not only prepares you to be an excellent clinician, it affords the opportunity for any career path imaginable. I am so grateful to be part of such a wonderful program.

  • Neha Teekappanavar, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I was born in India and grew up on the West Coast, attending UC Berkeley (Go Bears!!) for undergrad and the University of Southern California for medical school. I am excited to be at UAB (my first visit to the South was on my interview day!) and while I have not yet decided on my career path, I am open to multiple sub-specialties and I am considering practicing internationally as well. In the meantime, you can find me at the theater, drawing portraits on occasion, and exploring Birmingham's improve community!

    Why did you choose UAB Med-Peds?

    When I first strolled into UAB's campus on a cloudy afternoon, I did not realize how much I'd end up falling in love with Birmingham. It was the first time I'd ever visited the South (quite literally), and I loved the companionship I felt at my interview dinner. Haven't looked back since! 

    What are the strengths of UAB Med-Peds? What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    (1) The sense of family and support you will receive from your peers, and from the program's leadership on both the medicine and peds sides, makes residency truly enjoyable. 

    (2) We're equally strong in both medicine and pediatrics. You'll definitely learn a lot on the job (our attendings teach plenty and often on the side, and really have a passion for lifting our residents to do better). 

    (3) Morning report is amazing. You will draw and improve your differentials and plans every day with morning report, which is especially great on both sides. 

  • Joe Bradsher, M.D.
  • May Morgan Poundstone, M.D.
  • Joe Sang, M.D.
  • Neha Teekappanavar, M.D.

PGY-3

Elizabeth Barton, M.D.

Elizabeth Barton, M.D.

Undergraduate
Furman University

Medical School
University of South Carolina- Greenville

Channing Brown, M.D.

Channing Brown, M.D.

Undergraduate
Auburn University

Medical School
University of Tennessee

Elizabeth Fix, M.D.

Elizabeth Fix, M.D.

Undergraduate
Vanderbilt University

Medical School
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Andy Marshall, M.D.

Andy Marshall, M.D.

Undergraduate
Texas A&M University

Medical School
Texas A&M Health Science Center

  • Elizabeth Barton, M.D.
  • Channing Brown, M.D.
  • Elizabeth Fix, M.D.
  • Andy Marshall, M.D.
  • Elizabeth Barton, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I grew up in a suburb of Nashville, TN, and then spent 8 years in Greenville, SC, for undergrad and medical school— Go Paladins!  Outside of the hospital, you will usually find me working on my plants, porch sitting with my dog and husband, or out to eat at one of my favorite Birmingham restaurants. I plan to practice as a combined med-peds hospitalist or med-peds primary care physician after residency. 

    What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    I fell in love with Birmingham and UAB during my interview day. I could tell the program had a warm vibe and good energy immediately from the interview dinner. Haven’t regretted my decision for a minute. The UAB MP program has strong categorical programs on both sides. The residents are well trained and well respected as an asset in the UAB community. We have awesome and supportive program leadership. 

    What is your favorite thing about living in Birmingham?

    I love the landscape of the area with the rolling hills and lush greenery. I also love all the little neighborhoods that each have a different atmosphere to explore on days off.

  • Channing Brown, M.D.

    What are the strengths of UAB Med-Peds?

    My interview at UAB was the first place where I felt truly at home and felt like I had met a group of close friends the night of my interview dinner. I remember thinking, "these people are all so nice and normal and brilliant!" 2 years into my residency I can confirm my thoughts that night were correct! I have been so impressed by the strength of both categorical programs, the diversity of patients and pathology I have seen in my training, and the excellent teaching and culture of learning on both sides of the street.

    What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    More importantly than any of the amenities the program offers, the people at UAB are truly special and the Med-Peds program is like a family within the UAB community. Life doesn't stop during residency and it was so important to me to have people I could trust in a new city when life would inevitably get tough during the four years of training. I can truly say, I have felt so supported by my co-residents, program directors, and categorical colleagues through several personal life challenges during residency thus far and I know any of my UAB family would be and have been there for me through my best and worst days!

    What is your favorite thing about living in Birmingham?

    Birmingham offers all the amenities of a big city (great food, breweries, music, beautiful outdoor spaces) with about a quarter of the traffic and no pretentious attitude!

  • Elizabeth Fix, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I am from Birmingham originally, and after a brief stint at Vanderbilt University for undergrad, I have been happy to be back in Birmingham at UAB for medical school and residency. I am a big fan of Birmingham, and I love that new restaurants, breweries, parks, and more are constantly popping up. Although in true Med-Peds fashion, I am currently undecided on her future career path, I am interested in pursuing primary care (and yes, seeing both kids and adults!). I have a special interest in global health and health disparities. 

    What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    I chose UAB for two main reasons- the people and the strong categorical programs. While I kept an open mind during the interview season, I couldn't find a group of residents that was more fun to hang out with, more supportive of one another, or more passionate about their medical careers. We have incredible attendings on both sides, and get fantastic exposure to all kinds of pathology. While we are a huge academic center, we have a small-program feel in that people will know you personally and take a vested interest in your education and career. 

  • Andy Marshall, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I grew up in a small suburb outside of Dallas, with an upbringing that was more country than city despite my proximity to the Big ‘D. UAB brought me to Birmingham, but I’ve stayed for the wings at Saw’s juke joint, the live music scene (with Ryan Sheets as my concert tour guide), and for Saturdays at Pepper Place Farmer’s Market. When I’m not a work I enjoy rock climbing (Birmingham boulders for indoor, Moss rock preserve for outdoor), cooking, and frequenting one over our ever growing number of breweries. While being a die-hard Aggie in tide country is tough, I’ve got faith in Jimbo to help me win bragging rights on the wards these next few years. 

    What are the strengths of UAB Med-Peds?

    One of our big advantages is a centralized campus for medicine and pediatrics allowing for frequent and easy treks to “the other side” for working, socializing, or just to get your steps in. Covered (free!) parking is also a huge perk and let’s you spend more time at home or at work instead of hunting for a spot and riding the transport bus.

    What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    UAB has an incredible dedication to education that can be seen across all residency programs and specialties. Not only does our categorical faculty give you lectures from educators who have literally written the book on their topic. There is an incredible amount of “cross-training” with lectures from attending physicians in other sub-specialties and fields to help keep you up to date and move your education forward. On top of this, I’ve never felt more supported or in-tune with a group of people than I do with my co-medpeds residents. Our program is made up of people that are there to celebrate with you on your good days and help get you through your bad ones. I can truly say I love each and every one of my co-residents.

    What is your favorite thing about living in Birmingham?

    The perfect blend of a large variety of things to do and ease of living without the headache of a big city!

  • Elizabeth Barton, M.D.
  • Channing Brown, M.D.
  • Elizabeth Fix, M.D.
  • Andy Marshall, M.D.

PGY-4

Emily Bufkin, M.D.

Emily Bufkin, M.D.

Chief Resident

Undergraduate
Mississippi State University

Medical School
University of Mississippi

Caitlin Hill, M.D.

Caitlin Hill, M.D.

Undergraduate
Binghamton University

Medical School
Albany Medical College

Sarah Mayberry, M.D.

Sarah Mayberry, M.D.

Undergraduate
Samford University

Medical School
University of South Alabama

Ryan Sheets, M.D.

Ryan Sheets, M.D.

Undergraduate
University of Georiga

Medical School
University of Alabama-Birmingham

  • Emily Bufkin, M.D.
  • Caitlin Hill, M.D.
  • Sarah Mayberry, M.D.
  • Ryan Sheets, M.D.
  • Emily Bufkin, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I am a born and raised Mississippian who used to joke that Alabama was the part of the Mississippi territory that we did not want to keep. That joke is no longer in my repertoire after three fantastic years in Birmingham! I am a proud graduate of Mississippi State University and you will often find that my fall block schedules are arranged to accommodate as many #HailState football games as possible. After four great years at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, my husband, Michael, and I were fortunate to find a new home in Birmingham and a new surrogate family in UAB Med-Peds. I enjoy running, painting, Estate Sales-ing, and spending time with our two cats (Tonks and Remus). After residency (…which is surprisingly very soon), I plan to pursue a career in MedPeds primary care with a focus on children with medical complexities and adults with chronic childhood illnesses.

    What are the strengths of UAB MedPeds?

    When I was looking for a residency program four years ago, I was looking for a program that would not only make me a competent Med-Peds physician, but also a physician who was confident in their competence. As I near the completion of my Med-Peds residency program, I can easily say that UAB has achieved this goal. There is true balance between our incredibly strong parent categorical programs, with each categorical program proudly claiming Med-Peds residents as their own. During my time at UAB and COA, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with preeminent physician leaders in a variety of fields. However, in spite of their busy schedules, faculty remain incredibly approachable and invested in resident education and development. Finally, our biggest strength is the co-residents I am honored and proud to call my colleagues.

    What have you enjoyed most about your UAB MP residency experience?

    Honestly, when I was applying to residency programs, I hated when people said their favorite thing about their program was “the people” – how could that possibly be true?! Nearly four years later, the thing I have enjoyed the most about my UAB Med-Peds residency experience is “the people.” As cliché as it may sound, we truly are a Med-Peds family. I am especially grateful for my three co-residents – Caitlin, Sarah, and Sheets. To quote the infamous Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, “Teddy Roosevelt once said, ‘Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is a chance to work hard at work worth doing.’ And I would add that what makes work worth doing is getting to do it with people that you love.” I have been fortunate to find that prize here at UAB.

    What is your favorite thing about living in Birmingham?

    I enjoy having all the amenities of a large city without the hassles of one! Also, one of my favorite activities is share good food with good people. Fortunately, neither good food or good people are in short supply here in the ‘Ham.

  • Caitlin Hill, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I grew up in Upstate, NY where I spent many, many hours in the cold as a former competitive figure skater. I came here ready to embrace the Southern heat and have not been disappointed! My hobbies include running, baking cupcakes, and reading mystery/suspense novels. My more unique passions in life include flamingos, poppy flowers, and celebrity trivia. My husband and I have a dog named Ash but she pretty much only responds to the nickname "The Boogie." After residency I plan to pursue a career in Med Peds primary care with a focus on obesity medicine and disordered eating. 

    What are the strengths of UAB Med-Peds?

    Exceptional categorical programs, incredible program leadership, and a strong Med Peds identity.

    What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    I will forever be grateful to UAB Med Peds for giving me some of the most important friendships I will ever make. I went from not knowing a soul in the state of Alabama to having a true "Birmingfam" here that I know will be a part of my life forever. 

    What is your favorite thing about living in Birmingham?

    It is the most charming city that constantly offers new adventures and opportunities but feels comfortable and inviting all at the same time.

  • Sarah Mayberry, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    I really have no hometown, but claim the entire South. I was born in Texas, lived on the gulf coast of Alabama for a while, Texas for a while and then graduated high school in Carrollton, Georgia. Fun fact: I have lived in ~30 different homes in 30 years of life so home is the people for me, not the place. I played scholarship golf for Samford University for undergrad, majored in Spanish, then went to medical school at South Alabama in Mobile, then Birmingham drew me back for residency. I love outdoor activities of all kinds, have always enjoyed art, love trying new hobbies, and have found time to pick up a bit of pottery in residency. I also love to travel internationally and my husband and I have continued to do so through residency. I have a passion for international underserved health and as part of the global health track was able to spend a month working in a hospital in Kenya last year and plan to continue involvement with global health in some way in my future.

    What are the strengths of UAB Med-Peds?

    My list could go on, but to keep it brief I will list my top 3:

    1. Incredibly strong and equally strong categorical programs. I learn so much everyday from my categorical co-residents and from the categorical attendings. Not to mention, the categorical leadership has always valued and supported med/peds as a true asset to their programs and embraced us as one of their own.

    2. A very busy, large hospital system. The opportunities for training in any specialty of interest are endless at UAB so there is never lack of exposure to any medical interest you may have. The patient volume and variety of pathology seen at such a large tertiary care center has been incredibly valuable to my training and made me feel much more prepared for practicing on my own after residency.

    3. The city-I have a special love for Birmingham. After completing my undergrad here at Samford, leaving for medical school and coming back it has been so fun to see how much Birmingham has grown and changed for the better! It has so much to offer with 4 seasons, outdoor activities, music/arts and cultural events, both young professional and family-friendly activities, and an amazing local food scene now all while still not having the cons of being a massive city. As much as I have moved my whole life, I truly claim Birmingham as my home now.

    What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    Aside from all of the many positives listed above, no matter what difficult times I have faced at work or in life I have had an amazing med/peds family to rely on and carry me through. I never imagined I would be blessed with such an amazing group of people that would instantly become my family, not only my own class but all of the med/peds residents and leadership. Although we all have different interests and backgrounds my med/peds family is truly my family and has made residency not only survivable but so much fun! 

    What is your favorite thing about living in Birmingham?

    I have a special love for Birmingham. After completing my undergrad here at Samford, leaving for medical school and coming back it has been so fun to see how much Birmingham has grown and changed for the better! It has so much to offer with 4 seasons, outdoor activities, music/arts and cultural events, both young professional and family-friendly activities, and an amazing local food scene now all while still not having the cons of being a massive city. As much as I have moved my whole life, I truly claim Birmingham as my home now.

  • Ryan Sheets, M.D.

    Resident Bio:

    After four years at the University of Georgia, I completed my medical school training at UAB in a return to my home state. Enjoying my time at UAB with my medical school classmates and mentors, I was able convince JR to keep me around for another four years. I am so thankful that residency brought me not only co-workers but a new family. As this chapter ends, a new one begins as I prepare for Pediatric Chief year and Adult Congenital Cardiology training. When you come and visit, ask me about UGA and Atlanta sports, my favorite Birmingham karaoke spots, and when/where the next good concert is in town.

    What are the strengths of UAB Med-Peds?

    After looking throughout the South and Midwest, I did not find any program superior to my home program. Residents and attendings with whom I met while interviewing spoke highly of UAB. It was an easy choice to stay in Birmingham when I learned my program was so well respected by other people and institutions!

    What have you enjoyed most about your UAB Med-Peds residency experience?

    I believe the support from the Internal Medicine and Pediatric program directors are unparalleled. They empower us to advocate for patient care and resident wellness just as they would their own categorical residents.

    Also, the walkways. Do not underestimate the ability to walk in climate-controlled walkways between our two major hospitals (with the VA being right across the street and both continuity clinics all while returning to the same exact parking spot from the morning. I have so much freedom for educational opportunities without worrying about substandard patient care when my wards, clinics, and lectures are all within walking distance. 

    What is your favorite thing about living in Birmingham?

    It is a “little-big” city. I consider it a big city with one public university, 3 liberal arts colleges, the Alabama Symphony, the Birmingham Opera, the Birmingham Legion (soccer), the Birmingham Bulls (hockey), several large hospitals, seven breweries just in Jefferson County, several concert venues, and some of the best restaurants in the country. Since it offers all these amenities and you can travel to most parts in the city in under twenty minutes, I call it a little city too!

    Undergraduate
    University of Georiga

    Medical School
    University of Alabama-Birmingham

  • Emily Bufkin, M.D.
  • Caitlin Hill, M.D.
  • Sarah Mayberry, M.D.
  • Ryan Sheets, M.D.