Anna Hoppmann, M.D.

Anna Hoppmann, M.D.

Third Year Fellow

Residency
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Lauren Smith, M.D.

Lauren Smith, M.D.

Third Year Fellow

Residency
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Sara Claire Hutchins, M.D.

Sara Claire Hutchins, M.D.

Second Year Fellow

Residency
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Kathryn Six, M.D.

Kathryn Six, M.D.

Second Year Fellow

Residency
Carolinas Medical Center

Elizabeth Gunn, M.D.

Elizabeth Gunn, M.D.

First Year Fellow

Residency
Carolinas Medical Center

Abbey Rocco, M.D.

Abbey Rocco, M.D.

First Year Fellows

Residency
St. Louis University

  • Anna Hoppmann, M.D.
  • Lauren Smith, M.D.
  • Sara Claire Hutchins, M.D.
  • Kathryn Six, M.D.
  • Elizabeth Gunn, M.D.
  • Abbey Rocco, M.D.
  • Anna Hoppmann, M.D.

    Third Year Fellow

    Residency

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Why did you choose UAB for your fellowship?

    I choose UAB for the people. The division has an open-door culture, where faculty continue to mentor fellows throughout their training and beyond. I also wanted to continue working with Dr. Bhatia and the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship, which has been a wonderful experience!

    Hobbies/Special Interests?

    Hiking, gardening, trying to keep our toddler busy.

    Fun Facts

    I used to play competitive ultimate frisbee in college.

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    Saw's BBQ, El Barrio, Abhi 

    Birmingham Must-See

    Birmingham Botanical Garden, Ruffner Mountain

  • Lauren Smith, M.D.

    Third Year Fellow

    Residency

    Nationwide Children's Hospital

    Why did you choose UAB for your fellowship?

    Approachable faculty and lots of autonomy with patient management

    Hobbies/Special Interests?

    Camping, hiking and the occasional paddle-boarding.  On days where the weather doesn't allow any outdoorsy activities I enjoy reading and pub trivia/quiz games.

    Fun Facts

    I grew up in TX, did residency in Columbus, OH and now live in Alabama, and I have still managed to avoid getting even the slightest bit invested with any college football team. 

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    For food: Alfredo's Pizza Cafe (fans of The Office will understand why), Saw's BBQ, Taco Mama, Little Donkey, Brat Brot, The Flying Biscuit, Heavenly Donuts. For Drinks - The Collins, The Marble Ring (1920's speakeasy themed bar) and Unplugged (90's nostalgia themed bar).

    Birmingham Must-See

    Lots of areas for outdoor hiking like Red Mountain, Oak Mountain, Ruffner Mountain, Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover.  

  • Sara Claire Hutchins, M.D.

    Second Year Fellow

    Residency

    University of Mississippi Medical Center

    Why did you choose UAB for your fellowship?

    I really enjoyed my interview experience at UAB. Everyone was so welcoming, and I knew I would enjoy having this group as my co-workers for 3 years. Some of the attendings I interviewed with even offered to provide guidance for future decision points in my career if I didn't choose to do my fellowship training here. Overall, I felt very "at home". I also knew I would get excellent clinical training and have an abundance of research opportunities to choose from. Now, one year into my fellowship training, I feel confident I made the right decision for me.

    Hobbies/Special Interests?

    SEC sports, baking, reading, travelling.

    Fun Facts

    I have an engineering undergrad degree. I've made it through college, med school, residency and now first year of fellowship without drinking a cup of coffee. I am always cold, and since it's especially chilly in the hospital, I kept an electric blanket in our fellows workroom on the floor for most of the year.

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    El BarrioBettolaFreddy's Wine Bar, The Collins Bar

  • Kathryn Six, M.D.

    Second Year Fellow

    Residency

    Carolinas Medical Center

    Why did you choose UAB for your fellowship?

    I first learned about UAB when I was applying for a residency position but ultimately decided to stay in Charlotte where my husband was working, however, I never forgot the experience I had when interviewing here and I looked forward to returning for my fellowship interview. Children's of Alabama has a very large catchment area and we serve almost all of the children with cancer/blood disorders in Alabama and some of the surrounding states. Fellowship training is about learning and I wanted to learn as much as possible which I knew I could do here with this high census. I also chose UAB/COA because of the strong research opportunities here both in the lab and in the clinical realm. Lastly, I felt very welcomed on my interview day by the nurses, nurse practitioners, fellows and attendings and I knew it would be an excellent working environment. 

    Hobbies/Special Interests?

    Going on long walks in homewood with my husband and toddler. We have recently picked up gardening during these Covid times and are enjoying fresh squash, tomatoes and cucumbers and have even made pickles! 

    Fun Facts

    My daughter was born on the day that Clemson football team won the National Championship Football game in 2019 against Alabama and we moved to Alabama that same year in our Clemson gear! We were welcomed with open arms! :) 

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    Bham has SOOO much good food but my favorite is the enchilada from El Barrio. TrimTab Raspberry Berliner Weisse is also a good option. 

    Birmingham Must-See

    Botanical Gardens in the spring time or Red Mountain in the fall. 

  • Elizabeth Gunn, M.D.

    First Year Fellow

    Residency

    Carolinas Medical Center

    Why did you choose UAB for your fellowship?

    I chose UAB for several reasons, but it was truly the faculty and fellows that made me rank UAB as my #1 choice. I felt at home on my interview day and I knew that my training in Birmingham would be well-balanced between a multitude of research opportunities, supportive faculty and staff, and a broad patient population suited for training in both hematology and oncology. Birmingham is a growing Southern city and it has been so fun to explore. 

    Hobbies/Special Interests?

    Hiking, Running, Paddle-boarding, Keeping my two dogs (and husband) entertained

    Fun Facts

    I love to travel (when there aren't pandemics)
    I love trying new restaurants and breweries

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    Post Office Pies

    Birmingham Must-See

    Hiking trails at Oak Mountain.

  • Abbey Rocco, M.D.

    First Year Fellow

    Residency

    St. Louis University

    Why did you choose UAB for your fellowship?

    I chose UAB for my fellowship initially because of location. I had never been to Birmingham or Alabama. I am originally from Illinois and my parents have "semi retired" to Florida. Therefore, I was looking for places further south. When I interviewed at UAB, it quickly went up to a top choice. Several things had stuck out to me during my interview. One big thing that stuck out to me was that all of the fellows were present during lunch and my interview day. I really think that this showed how much fellows are respected and given the flexibility to continue to improve the program. The hospitality and welcoming feeling from each individual I received that day was exceptional. The evidence of teamwork and good comrade among all faculty and staff is glowing! Birmingham is beautiful, full of trees and beautiful homes/neighborhoods. I really felt "in place."

    Hobbies/Special Interests?

    I love food! I really enjoy trying new places. Outside of work and education, I enjoy getting outside with friends and family. I enjoy the beach and love the ocean! I like wine tasting. I enjoy getting outdoors. I can go for a good walk/hike (running is not my thing!) I used to be a gymnast, so I really like doing Barre workouts which make me feel somewhat as flexible as I used to be!

    Fun Facts

    I have one pet currently, she is a cat and her name is Ava. I got her in residency to have something to come home to! Currently trying to talk my significant other into getting a dog! I love dolphins, but unfortunately I cannot have one as a pet. 

  • Anna Hoppmann, M.D.
  • Lauren Smith, M.D.
  • Sara Claire Hutchins, M.D.
  • Kathryn Six, M.D.
  • Elizabeth Gunn, M.D.
  • Abbey Rocco, M.D.