SPR FellowAwards 2021L to R: Snehashis Hazra and Vivek ShuklaSnehashis Hazra, M.D., Third Year Fellow, and Vivek Shukla, M.D., Second Year Fellow, Neonatology, received fellow research awards from the Society of Pediatric Research (SPR) as part of the Pediatric Academic Society (PAS) meeting. These awards are given by the Society for Pediatric Research to honor fellows who are engaged in clinical and basic research and to encourage trainees to pursue careers in academic pediatrics.

Wadhwa Aman 2019WEBAman Wadhwa, M.D., instructor in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been accepted into the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Training Workshop 2021 fellowship cohort. The TREC 2021 fellowship cohort consists of an array of researchers from a variety of backgrounds including basic, clinical and population cancer research.

DeafHistoryMonth FYIF

Deaf History Month is celebrated each year from March 13 to April 15 to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The month is celebrated over these dates in recognition of three key events in the history of the deaf community in America.


For practicing Muslims, the evening of Monday, April 12, marks the beginning of Ramadan which continues through May 12. The pillars of Islam include: Declaring belief in one God (Allah), Prayers (Salah); Fasting (Saum); Charity (Zakah) and Pilgrimage (Hajj). Ramadan is the holiest month of the year for Muslims and those who observe, fast from dawn until sunset. Fasting is both physical and spiritual. Charity is also very important in Islam, and even more so during Ramadan. Extra prayers are recited and Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran during Ramadan. 

To all who are celebrating, may you have a peaceful Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak.  


Please join us in welcoming our Pediatrics Intern Class of 2024, our Med-Peds Intern Class of 2025, our Pediatrics-Genetics Intern of 2025, and our Child Neurology Intern Class of 2026! We are so proud to have these incredibly strong, academically talented interns joining our residency programs in June.


Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This observance occurs during Holy Week on the Friday before Easter Sunday. In the Christian religion, Holy Week consists of five days of special significance that commemorate the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The week begins with Palm Sunday and is celebrated with a blessing and procession of palms. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, and many churches host special services in observance of this day. Observances of this day may also include a foot washing ceremony in remembrance of Jesus washing the feet of his 12 disciples at the Last Supper. Good Friday is observed with a service that is often solemn. Holy Saturday, or Easter Vigil, commemorates the time between the death of Jesus Christ and his resurrection and is usually observed with a service held after sundown. Holy Week concludes with Easter Sunday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  It is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar and is the culmination of the religious period of Lent – a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice. Holy Week and Easter symbolize forgiveness, rebirth, and God’s saving power.  

To all people, may this be a time for renewal, repair, and reflection. Happy Easter.


PSD2021WEBThe UAB Department of Pediatrics hosted the 6th Annual Pediatric Science Day last Thursday, March 25 with as an opportunity to illustrate research activities in the department and support collaboration between young investigators. The event included in-person presentations and a simulcast on Zoom for attendees to participate virtually. Presentation topics included clinical research, basic/translational research, clinical case reports, and quality improvement. 

Bhatia Smita 2016 high resforWEBSmita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been appointed an associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO). In this role, Dr. Bhatia will assist the editor-in-chief in selecting the scientific and editorial content of JCO. She will also oversee and participate in the peer review process. JCO is a premier journal in oncology, with an impact factor of 32.9.

Congratulations Dr. Bhatia!

The Pediatric Fellowship office is seeking applications for the Chu Family Educational Scholarship for Fall 2021. Candidates will be selected on a competitive basis and upon a Review Committee’s analysis of the written application. For the academic year starting in July 2021, one to two candidates will be selected to receive a $5000 scholarship for their chosen educational endeavor.

Applications should be emailed or delivered to Ronda Chandler in the Sergio Stagno Center, 3rd Floor West McWane, no later than Friday, April 16. Scholarship recipients will be announced late May or early June.

Questions? Contact Ann Klasner, M.D. or Ronda Chandler.

Deadline for application: Friday, April 16

Application Instructions

​​​​​​​The Department of Pediatrics is now seeking applications for the Dixon Fellowship Training Program for the 2021 academic year. Candidates will be selected on a competitive basis and upon a Review Committee’s analysis of the written application. As part of this prestigious award, recipients benefit from salary support and an additional $5,000 per year discretionary funds to support research and continuing education activities. 

Applications should be emailed or delivered to Ronda Chandler in the Sergio Stagno Center, 3rd Floor West McWane, no later than Friday, April 16. Scholarship recipients will be announced by the end of May.

Questions? Contact Michele Kong, M.D., Pediatric Critical Care or Ronda Chandler.

Deadline for applications: Friday, April 16

Application Instructions

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