Hashizume Rintaro FYIFThe UAB Department of Pediatrics welcomed one new faculty member in the month of March. Please join us in making them feel at home! 

CCTSMember2023WEBTop L to R: Hussein Abdullatif, Timothy Beukelman, Viral Jain and Ariel SalasHussein Abdullatif, M.D., professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Timothy Beukelman, M.D., professor in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, and Viral Jain, M.D., assistant professor, and Arial Salas, M.D., associate professor, in the Division of Neonatology, have each been appointed to membership in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) as an Associate Scientist. 

BHMPanelist2023 1WEBBack L to R: Chrystal Rutledge, Alana Nichols, Casi Ferguson, Marjada Tucker, and Thomas Wilder and Tamera Coyne-Beasley. Front L to R: Marissa Ladinsky, Samantha Hill, Janice Kelsey and Brian Sims. In celebration of Black History Month and to commemorate the 60 years since the 1963 Birmingham civil rights campaign, the Department of Pediatrics hosted a panel discussion with members of the Birmingham African American community.

PREPBoard2023WEBTop L to R: Giovanna Beauchamp, Ammar Saadoon Alishlash, and Guillermo Jose Beltran AleGiovanna Beauchamp, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Ammar Saadoon Alishlash, M.D., assistant professor, and Guillermo Jose Beltran Ale, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, have been appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP) Editorial Boards for their subspecialties.

Dev Disability Month FYIF 2023

In 1987 President Ronald Reagan dedicated March as National Developmental Disabilities Month to increase awareness for Americans with developmental disabilities and to provide “both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and achieve their full potential.” This designation was part of a small but important shift in public perception and sparked grassroots movements which eventually led to landmark legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and later the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.


Wednesday, March 8 is Holi, the annual spring festival of colors. Holi is celebrated on the day after the spring full moon on the Hindu calendar.  It is observed by many who live in, and/or those who trace their roots to South Asia. During Holi, there’s a lot of dancing and singing and it is traditional for people to attend a public bonfire, spray friends and family with colored powders and water, and generally go a bit wild. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and the end of winter. For many it is a day to enjoy, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. Happy Holi!


Purim 2023 FYIF

The Jewish holiday of Purim begins on the evening of Monday, March 6, 2023 – and ends on the evening of Tuesday, March 7, 2023. During Purim, it is traditional to retell the biblical story of the Book of Esther, also known as the Megillah. Haman, the king's advisor, plots to destroy the Jews of Persia. Neither Haman nor the King know that Queen Esther is Jewish. Esther reveals her identity in a successful and daring effort to save the Jews. Esther did not stand by silently – she was an upstander. What begins as a tale of doom has a happy ending, except for Haman. This parable has an important lesson, relevant for today. One individual, speaking up, can make a difference and standing by in silence when a wrong is occurring, is not an option. The holiday is celebrated among Jews by exchanging gifts of food known as mishloach manot, donating charity to the poor, and a public reading of the Megillah. Normally, children (and some adults) dress up in costume for Purim parties (much like Halloween or a UAB pediatric resident any day during Funuary).

Happy Purim (and don’t forget to be an upstander).

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Today is the sixth annual Women Physician’s Day and is a day to celebrate the amazing accomplishments and contributions that women have brought to the field of medicine. The day is celebrated every year on Feb. 3 to honor the birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree from an American medical school in 1849 and a pioneer for women physicians. 

Since Dr. Blackwell earned her degree, women have made countless contributions to the field of medicine and the greater community. We are thankful for the amazing leadership, work and dedication that the female physicians in the Department of Pediatrics bring to our department, hospital and the children of Alabama. 


Black History Month as we know it now began in 1915 when historian Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). This organization was dedicated to promoting and researching the many achievements by Black Americans that had been largely left out of history books. Eleven years after it was founded, the organization known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), proposed that the second week of February be declared Negro History Week. This week was selected because it coincided with the birthdates of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and the goal of the week was to further the sharing of information about Black life, history and culture.

It wasn’t until 50 years later during the United States’ 1976 Bicentennial that President Gerald Ford declared that Black History Month should be a nationally recognized celebration to be held every February. President Ford said that the public should “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Since this initial declaration, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and chosen a specific theme for the month. This year’s theme is “Black Resistance.”

Though we have seen progress in America in the 97 years after the first Negro History Week and 47 years after the national recognition of Black History Month, systemic racism and racial injustice are still very much present in American society. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Atatiana Jefferson in 2020 and the recent killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, TN by police sparked protests across America and the world calling for the elimination of systemic racism and racial injustice. Though it may seem insurmountable to solve the issue of racism in America, we can all take steps to work towards dismantling systemic racism through education and listening. Together we can make America a more just and equitable country for all.

Learn more about Black History Month here. 

Check out the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section below for events being held this month to celebrate.

Chinese New Year 2023FYIF

Happy Chinese New Year!!!