logo ppcWhere? Children's of Alabama - Birmingham, Alabama
What? To improve the health and well-being of our nation's children and youth, especially those with special health care needs.
How? Through graduate-level and post-doctoral training, patient and family care and education, research, consultation, and the provision of continuing education and technical assistance.

By providing interdisciplinary leadership training to health care professionals, we equip them to improve the health of children with respiratory conditions through the provision of family-centered care and enable them to serve as change-agents, positively impacting health care systems across America and beyond.


  • graduate-level traineeships in social work, nutrition, respiratory care/health education, and nursing;
  • post-doctoral fellowships in Pediatric Pulmonary medicine;
  • continuing education for health care professionals;
  • consultation and technical assistance;
  • research to develop new treatment methods and improve patient care; and
  • healthcare and education services for children and their families using an interdisciplinary team approach.

PPC Faculty and Trainees

The respected faculty of the Birmingham, Alabama PPC provide unequaled leadership to fellows, trainees, and colleagues under the direction of the PPC advisory committee and PPC parent consultants.


R. Bradley Troxler, MD

Associate Professor
Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC)
Medical Staff


Wynton C Hoover, MD

Associate Professor
Medical Staff


Claire V. Lenker, LICSW, CCM, PIP

Co-Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC)
Social Work Faculty


Valerie Eubanks Tarn, MS, RD, LD

Training Director and Nutrition Faculty

Bradi McClain Pernell2

Brandi McClain Pernell, DNP, PNP-BC, PCNS-BC

Nursing Faculty


Theresa Rodgers, DNP, CRNP – AC/PC –C

Nursing Faculty 


Stephanie Gamble, RRT, EMT

Respiratory Faculty 


Linda Russo, MAE

Family Leader Faculty 


Leslie Jones

Education Coordinator





Abby Alger

Social Work Trainee

Jessica Stroud

Nursing Trainee

Molly Bolton

Nursing Trainee

Alexandra Hickey

Nutrition Trainee

Vivian Spears

Family Trainee


Pedro Nourani, MD


PPC Trainee Projects

Interactive Map to Locate Former Trainees

Continuously funded since 1980, the UAB Pediatric Pulmonary Center, has supported and trained over 194 graduate-level and post-doctoral fellows and trainees. As of 2013, this includes 29 pediatric pulmonologists, 38 nurse practitioners, 37 nutritionists, 22 respiratory therapists, and 50 social workers. 

PPC Graduate Chart 1980-2013

Agency Links

MCH Training Links

National Pediatric Pulmonary Center web site: http://ppc.mchtraining.net/ 
Health Resources and Services Administration: http://www.hrsa.gov 
Maternal and Child Health Bureau: http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/   
Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies: http://leadership.mchtraining.net/ 
Division of MCH Workforce Development: http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/training/ 
MCH Navigator: http://navigator.mchtraining.net/ 

Title V Links

Alabama Department of Public Health – http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/
Children’s Rehabilitation Services: http://www.rehab.alabama.gov/individuals-and-families/childrens-rehabilitation-service 
Title V Information System: https://mchb.tvisdata.hrsa.gov/
Discretionary Grant Information System: https://mchdata.hrsa.gov/dgisreports/ 
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs: www.amchp.org 
National Standards for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: http://www.lpfch.org/publication/standards-systems-care-children-and-youth-special-health-care-needs-version-20

Alabama MCH Training Links

Alabama MCH Leadership Network: http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/MCH/
(Links to all the MCH Training Programs in Alabama)

Affiliated Graduate Programs


UAB Nutrition Sciences: http://www.uab.edu/shp/nutrition/ 
University of Alabama Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management: http://www.nhm.ches.ua.edu/ 

Respiratory Therapy

UAB School of Education: http://www.uab.edu/education/home/ 
Samford University Respiratory Therapy Programs: https://www.samford.edu/healthprofessions/news/Respiratory-Care-Programs-Now-Accepting-Applications


UAB School of Nursing: http://www.uab.edu/nursing/home/ 

Social Work

University of Alabama School of Social Work: http://socialwork.ua.edu/ 
Samford University: https://www.samford.edu/publichealth/master-of-social-work


Children’s of Alabama: www.childrensal.org 
COA Visitor Information: https://www.childrensal.org/planning-your-visit
COA Pulmonary page: https://www.childrensal.org/PulmonaryMedicine 
UAB Health System: www.uab.edu 

Family Resource Links

Family Voices – national site: www.familyvoices.org 
Family-to-Family Health Information Center/Alabama Chapter of Family Voices: www.familyvoicesal.org 
Alabama Lifespan Resource Network: www.alabamarespite.org 
Kids Count/VOICES for Alabama’s Children: www.alavoices.org 


American Thoracic Society: www.thoracic.org 
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: https://www.cff.org/

This web site is partially supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau through grant number 2 T72MC00001.