Willis KentWEBKent Willis, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Neonatology, has been awarded the UAB Microbiome Center Pilot Grant to help fund his project titled, “The Gut-Lung Axis Shapes Innate Pulmonary Immunity in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.” This project will explore how bacteria and fungi that live in the gut and lungs interact with the innate immune system in the lungs.

Ashraf Ambika WEBAmbika Ashraf, M.D., professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, has been selected to lead the 2021 Pediatric Endocrine Society meeting. Dr. Ashraf will co-chair the program committee for the society's first independent, annual meeting.

Iyer Pallavi 2019WEBPallavi Iyer, M.D., associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, has been appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP) Endocrinology Editorial Board. As a member of the PREP Endocrinology Editorial Board, Dr. Iyer will play an important role in the development and success of the PREP Endocrinology Self Assessment. 

NewFacultyJuly2020The UAB Department of Pediatrics welcomes ten new faculty members during the month of July. Please join us in making them feel at home! 

Guillermo Beltran Ale, M.D., Assistant Professor in Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
Vidit Bhargava, M.D., Assistant Professor in Pediatric Critical Care
Jared Buchan, M.D., Instructor in Pediatric Emergency Medicine 
Viral Jain, M.D., Assistant Professor in Neonatology
Jeremy Loberger, M.D., Assistant Professor in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Brittany Marlin, M.D., Instructor in Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Pedro Anis Nourani, M.D., Assistant Professor in Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
Bhuvana Sunil, M.D., Assistant Professor in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Kent Willis, M.D., Assistant Professor in Neonatology
Cynthia Wozow, D.O., Assistant Professor in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

CronOatesCOVIDHeadshotsRandy Cron, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, and Gabriela Oates, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, have received funding to conduct high-impact COVID-19 research from the UAB Research Office. 

childabusepreventionimageOn July 10, 2020 Governor Kay Ivey announced a $375,000 grant to Children’s of Alabama and the UAB Department of Pediatrics to establish a statewide medical network to ensure that victims of child abuse receive immediate and professional care. The network, the Alabama Child Abuse Medical System (ALCAMS), is a joint effort between UAB and the Alabama Network of Child Advocacy Centers.

Murdaugh Donna2019WEBDonna Murdaugh, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, received one of 53 grants recently awarded by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Dr. Murdaugh was awarded a Supportive Care Research Grant to help fund her research project title, “Feasibility of cognitive remediation via telemedicine in cancer survivors.” Her study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive remediation interventions via telemedicine for cancer survivors between the ages of 10 and 18 years old. 

Oates Gabriela 2017USETHISONEWEBGabriela Oates, Ph.D., Pediatric Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, has been accepted to membership in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) as an Associate Scientist. 

Lebensburger Jefff 2019WEBJeffery Lebensburger, D.O., Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been selected to serve on the Scientific Review Subcommittee for the American Society of Hematology Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Trials Network

FoundersFundImageAnnouncementCongratulations to the recipients of the 2020-2021 Founder's Fund Grants!

The Founders' Fund was established by the UAB Department of Pediatrics to honor the exceptional lifetime achievements of the founders Drs. John W. "Bill" Benton, Ralph E. Tiller and Paul A. Palmisano. For more than a decade, the Founders' Fund has been used to encourage and support educational endeavors in the Pediatric Residency Program through educational grants. These educational grants support new, innovative educational research or programs related to the curriculum or quality and outcomes research of the residency program.

Ten Founders' Fund Awards were given this year:

Obesity Prevention Birth-to-Two Years in Primary Care Clinic

Cason Benton (PI)
Kelsey Thetford


Joe Bradsher (PI)
Neha Teekappanavar
Andrew Marshall
Channing Brown
Kirollos Roman
Rachel Klein
Carlie Stein

Well Child Check that is Anything But Well: Suicidal Teenager

Candice Dye (PI)
Nancy Tofil

Baby Safety Shower for Young Mothers

Meghan Harrison (PI)
Abigail Martin
Grace Spears
Kathleen Vincent
Terri Coco
Kathy Monroe

Pediatric RAP

Kylee Miller (PI)
Kathy Monroe
Michele Nichols
Brad Troxler
Chang Wu

Pediatric Neurology at UAB Podcast

Salman Rashid (PI)
Khaled Al-Robaidi

Improving Residency Physician History and Physical in Challenging Situations

Nicholas Rockwell (PI)
Nancy Tofil
Michele Kong
Chrystal Rutledge

Procedural Competence in Pediatric Residents

Jeremy Ruhlmann (PI)
Alexis Ricci
Jordan Ashcraft
Michele Nichols
Nancy Tofil
Erinn Schmit

Kids CAN DO Telehealth

Stephen Russell (PI)
Channing Brown
Ryan Sheets
Andrew Watson 

Improving Firearm Safety Counseling in Primary Clinic

Austin Wheeler (PI)
Katie Mascia
Abby Martin
Christina Hunley
Jennifer Joseph
Morissa Ladinsky