We are honored to have been selected by our peers as 2018-2019 chief residents. The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Pediatrics offers excellent in pediatric training in a stunning clinical setting. Having recently finished three years in our residency program, we feel prepared to tackle a wide array of pediatric illnesses from common conditions to more rare “zebras” due to the large volume, high acuity, and variety of patients we have encountered in our training. We can say without hesitancy that with the current three classes of pediatric residents and four classes of combined medicine-pediatric residents, we have some of the finest quality people that any program could offer. The culture of our program is felt in the breadth of love, admiration, and dedication that we have for each other. We pride ourselves on resident autonomy and being a resident-run program. We are led by a great group of program directors in Drs. Nichols, Tofil, Hartig, Stein, Dye, Sasser and Nassetta. Our program directors are excellent physician models and create a tangible family environment.  

In choosing a residency, we desired a clinical environment that challenged our intellectual abilities, provided a reputable education, and was a welcoming place to work. We absolutely can say we found this at UAB. Our residents have incredible hands-on clinical and procedural training and opportunities to serve a diverse patient population. We also offer and encourage international medical experiences across the globe. Education is valued and strengthened through our Stagno morning report and noon conferences, which provide learning opportunities with unique case presentations and didactic lectures from experts in every field. The Department of Pediatrics is comprised of faculty members with a wide expertise, many of whom are leaders in their field. Our success in education is highlighted by our 100% board pass rate for the last 7 years running. The reach of our residency program also extends beyond the Southeast, as we have sent physicians from our program across the United States. We wish you the best of luck in choosing a residency program. 

Please contact us with any questions you may have, and we would be happy to provide you with more information.

2018-2019 Chief Residents

John Mark Bouchillon, M.D. (
Rob Sellers, M.D. (
Karlene Walker, M.D. (