Kimberin David 2019WEBDavid Kimberlin, M.D., professor in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, has been invited to join an expert group of the Departments of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research (SHR) and Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing (MCA) at the World Health Organization (WHO) to review evidence on mother-to-child transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and to create a consensus case definition.

FacultyPromotions2020WEBCongratulations to the six faculty being promoted effective October 1, 2020! 

SEPT2020NewFacultyHeadshotsThe UAB Department of Pediatrics welcomes two new faculty members during the month of September. Please join us in making them feel at home! 

Helena Gutierrez, M.D., Assistant Professor in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Erin Shaughnessy, M.D., MPH, DTMH, Associate Professor in Pediatric Hospital Medicine

coyne beasleyWEBTamera Coyne-Beasley, M.D., MPH, professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, has been invited to join the Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children (I-ACT for Children). In this role, she will help principal investigators of clinical trials to develop protocols and procedures to recruit more children and adolescents and to improve their diversity. I-ACT for Children is a non-profit organization that works to ensure that clinical trials are designed to produce sufficient data to allow for the use of new medications and devices for pediatric patients.

“I am honored to be asked to join I-ACT for Children and to lend my expertise to help recruit diverse participants in clinical trials for pediatric patients,” said Dr. Coyne-Beasley.

Askenazi David 2019forWEBDavid Askenazi M.D., MSPH, professor in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, has received funding from the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to support his project ZorrowFlow.

The ZorroFlow is a neonatal external urine collection device that has been designed to provide a safe, comfortable, and easy-to-use system for continuous measurement of urine output and sampling in neonates.  

Wolfson JulieforWEBJulie Wolfson, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been invited to become a member of the Center for Women's Reproductive Health (CWRH). 

The mission of the CWRH is to conduct research aimed at improving the reproductive health and survival of all women, especially minority and under-served women and offspring, and their families, and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration between UAB researchers and others and developing scholars interested in women's reproductive health.

Voter registration 1FORWEBThe William A. Daniel Jr. Adolescent Health Center launched its voter registration drive on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The Voter Registration Initiative is a unique nonpartisan program done in collaboration with Government and Community Relations at Children’s of Alabama that provides voting age adolescents, young adults and parents the opportunity to register to vote, apply for an absentee ballot and learn more about voting in Alabama. Through this initiative, patients and their parents have the opportunity to register to vote during their visit to the Adolescent Clinic using iPads or by scanning a QR code with their phone. During their clinic visit, they are also shown how to access information on clinic iPads such as their voting location and the identification needed to vote.

ThursThoughtsImageOn Thursday, Sept. 2, several faculty and staff gathered virtually for the first Thursday Thoughts forum. The forum allowed for those in attendance to have an open dialogue about systemic racism and health disparities that impact our patients and the children in Alabama. During the discussion, there were many great thoughts and ideas shared and different ways to create change and improvements were suggested. The attendees hope to work on implementing the action items that people suggested and hope that the next Thursday Thoughts will continue the great discussion from the first meeting.

AUG2020 New FacultyHeadshots fo WEBThe UAB Department of Pediatrics welcomes three new faculty members during the month of August. Please join us in making them feel at home! 

Jessica Schmitt, M.D., Assistant Professor in Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Nora Switchenko, M.D., Assistant Professor in Neonatology
Carmelle Wallace, M.D., MPH, DTMH, Assistant Professor in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Feig.Daniel HeadshotWEBDan Feig, M.D., professor in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, received a Service Award from the Pediatric Academic Society in gratitude for his leadership, service, and commitment as a member of the Pediatric Academic Societies 2020 Meeting Program Committee. Dr. Feig represented the International Pediatric Hypertension Association on the Meeting Program Committee. His dedication to advancing child health and working collaboratively with other researchers and health care professionals made a significant contribution to building a high-quality scientific program.

Congratulations Dr. Feig!