Karle VirginiaFYIFGinny Karle, M.D., professor in the Division of Neonatology, has retired after 28 years serving the UAB Department of Pediatrics, Children’s of Alabama and the greater Birmingham community.

PES FellowAwards 2021Drs. Margaret Marks and Jessica SchmittSeveral faculty and trainees from the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes presented at the Pediatric Endocrinology Society (PES) meeting held virtually April 30 through May 3, 2021.

Two posters presented by members of the division received Presidential Poster Awards and were highlighted in the Presidential Poster Session on April 30.


Orthodox Easter, also called Greek Easter, is celebrated this Sunday, May 2. It is the most important religious holiday for the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians. In addition to the religious events, food and family is also a big part of the observance. 

Happy Easter to those who are celebrating this week.


Jester Traci 2016WEBTraci Jester, M.D., associate professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has been selected to serve as chair of the Pediatric Affairs Committee of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. The Pediatric Affairs Committee is a subcommittee of the National Scientific Advisory Committee for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. The committee is responsible for identifying and creating resources to assist with the educational needs of children and adolescents living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Hightower Headshot picFYIFRylie Hightower, BSN, was named one of 10 recipients of the 2021 UAB Samuel B. Barker Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies. This award, named for Dr. Samuel Booth Barker the first graduate dean at UAB, is given each spring to graduate students who represent the highest level of student achievement in the UAB graduate program.


National Volunteer Month is held each April to promote and celebrate volunteerism. In addition this year, April 18-24, 2021 was National Volunteer Week which gave us an opportunity to recognize and appreciate those who serve our community. The Department of Pediatrics at UAB and Children’s’ of Alabama are committed to community engagement and the further expansion of our community engagement efforts.


April has been an important and busy month for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community for over 50 years, with the initial emphasis on promoting awareness of autism by the Autism Society of America in the 1970s. In recent years, as a reflection of the neurodiversity movement and increased inclusion of self-advocates and family members in the development of these initiatives, the emphasis of April has shifted to acceptance of autism. However, this perspective has been voiced for much longer than it has been embraced and implemented. Although this may seem a subtle distinction, the terminology and semantics are extremely important as we strive to support individuals with ASD and their families using a person-centered approach. 

CaJacob Amy 2019 WEBAmy CaJacob, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, has been named the clinical director for the division.

White MarjorieLeeWEBMarjorie Lee White, M.D., professor in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, has been elected chair elect for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Simulation and Innovative Learning Methods (SILM).

Aubrey Coleman PictureAubrey Coleman, M.D., PGY-3 resident, and several other pediatricians from Alabama, recently attended the 2021 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Advocacy Conference. The conference, held from April 11 to April 13, is typically in Washington, D.C., but was virtual this year for the first time. There were more than 750 pediatricians from across the country in attendance.