PGY-1

Meaghan Bruner, M.D.

Meaghan Bruner, M.D.

Hometown
Cottonwood, ID

Undergraduate
Washington State University

Medical School
University of Washington

Susmita Murthy, M.D.

Susmita Murthy, M.D.

Hometown
Hoover, AL

Undergraduate
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Medical School
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Griffin Russell, M.D.

Griffin Russell, M.D.

Hometown
Birmingham, AL

Undergraduate
Auburn University

Medical School
UAB

Hannah Stone, M.D.

Hannah Stone, M.D.

Hometown
Hamden, CT

Undergraduate
Wellesley College

Medical School
University of California-San Francisco

  • Meaghan Bruner, M.D.
  • Susmita Murthy, M.D.
  • Griffin Russell, M.D.
  • Hannah Stone, M.D.
  • Meaghan Bruner, M.D.

    Hometown

    Cottonwood, ID

    Undergraduate

    Washington State University

    Medical School

    University of Washington

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Hospital medicine or cardiology

    Why did you choose UAB for your residency?

    The people!!! UAB is a very strong academic program with great training facilities and research opportunities, but ultimately the people drew me to the program.  Everyone is so incredible and genuinely cares for each other!  I'm far from home and my family but everyone has been so warm and welcoming and I truly feel like I have a second family here within the internal medicine and pediatric programs!

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    BBQ!

    Birmingham Must-See

    Hiking Ruffner mountain, exploring the different breweries

  • Susmita Murthy, M.D.

    Hometown

    Hoover, AL

    Undergraduate

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Medical School

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Academic Med-Peds hospitalist 

    Why did you choose UAB for your residency?

    I knew that UAB, being a large academic center would be a place where I would get exposed to a variety and a large volume of patients and disease processes, both of which were important to me. I also was fortunate enough to work with some of the residents while I was  a student here and experienced just how great they were to work with. 

    What do you love about UAB Med-Peds?

    The people and how supportive, thoughtful, and caring they are - can come to them with any problem and they will help you no matter what it is.  

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Saw's BBQ

    Birmingham Must-See

    Any of the parks/running trails 

  • Griffin Russell, M.D.

    Hometown

    Birmingham, AL

    Undergraduate

    Auburn University

    Medical School

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Career/Clinical Interests

    I am interested in all things medicine and pediatrics! I am especially interested in disease prevention with an emphasis on nutrition and primary care in underserved settings.

    Why did you choose UAB for your residency?

    I love Birmingham, and UAB has outstanding internal medicine and pediatrics programs with excellent training and opportunities to care for all types of patients. I think the biggest deciding factor for choosing UAB was the people, from co-residents to faculty and program leadership. Everyone is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in medicine but also conveys humility and a sincere interest in the welfare of their patients and residents. 

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Lots of options. Good BBQ, Mexican, and Greek/seafood. Several good farmer’s markets for fresh fruit/vegetables.

    Birmingham Must-See

    Ruffner Mountain and Oak Mountain

  • Hannah Stone, M.D.

    Hometown

    Hamden, CT

    Undergraduate

    Wellesley College

    Medical School

    University of California, San Francisco

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Med-Peds Primary Care, Addiction Medicine, Transitioning patients with chronic diseases from pediatric to adult care, and a smattering of other interests including Med-Peds Rheum and PICU. 

    Why did you choose UAB for your residency?

    I got the vibe that everyone in the Med-Peds program and in each categorical program genuinely cared about each other both as people and as medical colleagues. UAB Med-Peds has the combo of a supportive, tight-knit program with amazing teaching, a sweet balance of complex inpatient medicine and primary care, and the opportunity to train at a variety of different hospitals and clinics. 

    What do you love about UAB Med-Peds?

    I love the people, the learning, our primary care clinics, and that I feel comfortable asking questions and for advice and support when I've needed it during intern year. 

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Zaza Trattoria, Big Spoon Creamery, Rodney Scott's BBQ, Trim Tab Brewing, Homewood Bagel Co., and the Hippie Fisherman burrito from Taco Mama

    Birmingham Must-See

    The day off combo: a run at Red Mountain Park followed by iced chai from Seeds Coffee 

  • Meaghan Bruner, M.D.
  • Susmita Murthy, M.D.
  • Griffin Russell, M.D.
  • Hannah Stone, M.D.

PGY-2

Melissa Leslie, M.D.

Melissa Leslie, M.D.

Hometown
Birmingham, AL

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.

Hometown
Brandon, MS

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.

    Hometown

    Birmingham, AL

    Undergraduate

    Lipscomb University

    Medical School

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Palliative care, primary care

    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.

    What do you love about UAB Med-Peds?

    My favorite aspect of residency at UAB is, of course, the people. Both the patients that I have the privilege to treat and the residents and attendings I get to work with. At UAB, we have the opportunity to treat and learn from a wide array of patients from so many different socioeconomic, racial, and cultural backgrounds. I am daily humbled by the opportunity to meet people from so many different walks of life and engage with them in a way that is special to the patient-doctor relationship. I have learned far more from my patients themselves than I ever will from any book. Not only that, but my coresidents on the pediatrics and medicine side who both push and encourage me make coming to work each day a joy.

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Little Donkey

    Birmingham Must-See

    Alabama Theatre during Christmastime

  • 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.

    Hometown

    Brandon, MS

    Undergraduate

    University of Mississippi

    Medical School

    University of Mississippi

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Undecided

    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.

    What do you love about UAB Med-Peds?

    The people are kind, supportive faculty, broad/deep clinical experience.

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Little Donkey and Taco Mama

    Birmingham Must-See

    Moss Rock Preserve

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

PGY-3

Joe Bradsher, M.D.

Joe Bradsher, M.D.

Hometown
Little Rock, AR

Undergraduate
Auburn University 

Medical School
University of Arkansas

May Morgan Poundstone, M.D.

May Morgan Poundstone, M.D.

Hometown
Montgomery, AL

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.

    Hometown

    Little Rock, AR

    Undergraduate

    Auburn University

    Medical School

    University of Arkansas

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Adult Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

    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 do you love about UAB Med-Peds?

    Strong clinical program with non-pretentious, easy-going people.

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Little Donkey for food, Ghost Train Smoothie Sour Series for drink

    Birmingham Must-See

    If you have kids like me, all your must sees are based on their entertainment. The McWane Science Center is the best place. Endless entertainment regardless of age.

  • May Morgan Poundstone, M.D.

    Hometown

    Montgomery, AL

    Undergraduate

    Auburn University

    Medical School

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Hospitalist

    What do you love about UAB Med-Peds?

    People and patients duh!

    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! 

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Oh lawd this is stressful to choose something. Gonna go with Bottega for nice restaurant. Trattoria for brunch. And Trim Tab for brewery.

    Birmingham Must-See

    Ruffner Mountain Park

  • 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-4

Elizabeth Barton, M.D.

Elizabeth Barton, M.D.

Hometown
Brentwood, TN

Undergraduate
Furman University

Medical School
University of South Carolina- Greenville

Channing Brown, M.D.

Channing Brown, M.D.

Chief Resident

Hometown
Nashville, TN

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.

Hometown
Cedar Hill, TX

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.

    Hometown

    Brentwood, TN

    Undergraduate

    Furman University

    Medical School

    University of South Carolina - Greenville

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Combined med-peds hospitalist, patient safety QI.

    What do you love about UAB Med-Peds?

    The collegiality of the residents and having the opportunity to work with amazing attendings from a wide variety of specialties.

    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. 

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Bamboo on 2nd or Pizzeria GM

    Birmingham Must-See

    Not quite a must-see but a favorite activity of mine in Birmingham is to go to Colliers (a plant nursery) where I spend a lot of time acquiring new plants for my house, yard, and garden.

  • Channing Brown, M.D.

    Hometown

    Nashville, TN

    Undergraduate

    Auburn University

    Medical School

    University of Tennessee

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Primary care, medical education, transitioning patients with chronic childhood illness to adult care.

    What do you love about UAB Med-Peds?

    The people are the strongest asset at UAB! From my co-residents to my attendings to the support staff within the hospital and the program administration, UAB is full of people that care about people! The culture of teaching and mentoring is so strong and I am grateful daily for the individuals I have had the joy to train with and learn from.

    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!

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Big Spoon Creamery! Best ice cream in Birmingham and quite possibly the country.

    Birmingham Must-See

    Ruffner Mountain Overlook—there are so many incredible outdoor spaces in Bham but Ruffner Mountain’s overlook of the city is beautiful, serene, and so peaceful. It’s even better that it’s only a 10 minute drive from downtown!

  • 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.

    Hometown

    Cedar Hill, TX

    Undergraduate

    Texas A&M University

    Medical School

    Texas A&M University

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Hospital medicine, primary care, transition of care.

    What do you love about UAB Med-Peds?

    The people, caring and interested in patient care and your education from program directors to support staff.

    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.

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Avondale Brewery, Carrigan's Public House, Thirsty Thursdays at the Ballpark

    Birmingham Must-See

    Sunset from Aberdeen Road.

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