Bhatia Smita 2016 high resforWEBSmita Bhatia, M.D., professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been invited to serve as a member of the Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee (CTAC) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

WtherockJAwardWalt Johnson, M.D., with the award belt.The Division of Pediatric Cardiology has announced the creation of a new award for UAB pediatric residents. The Walt “The Rock” Johnson Award for Worthiness in Pediatric Cardiology will be awarded every six months to the resident who cumulatively answers the most correct questions from the monthly cardiology quiz sent out by the division. The quiz will contain cardiology board questions, EKGs, and some pediatric cardiology history questions. All pediatric, combined medicine/pediatric, pediatric neurology and pediatric/genetics residents are eligible to participate in the contest. 

Bhatia Smita 2016 high resforWEBSmita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has joined the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Science Policy and Government Affairs Committee.

Terri Coco, M.D., associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Vivek Lal, M.D., associate professor in the Division of Neonatology, have been selected to participate in the Blaze Leadership Academy.

2021SPRMembersWEBCongratulations to the following pediatric faculty on being elected to the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) membership!

Neo Yazdi Zaki MDWEBPlease join us in congratulating Zaki Yazdi, M.D., First Year Fellow- Neonatology, on receiving the 2020-2021 Fall Fellow Research Roundtable/Fellow Core Conference Attendance Award. As part of this award, Dr. Yazdi will be given a stipend to use towards expenses for a meeting of his choice.

Kwanzaa2020WEB 1Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration honoring African heritage. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. The holiday is meant to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to family, community and culture among African-American people and Africans throughout the world. These values are called the Nguzo Saba (Swahili for the Seven Principles).

CHRISTMAS2020WEBChristmas commemorates the birth of Jesus, and it is observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. We do need Christmas, even more, this year. However, the celebrations will need to be altered in many cases due to the ongoing pandemic.

Our Pediatric Subspecialty Programs recently completed their match for fellows beginning July 2021. Congratulations to all of our incoming fellows! 

Hanukkah2020WEBHanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev (Hebrew calendar) and usually falls in late November or in December in the Gregorian calendar. This year it began on Thursday night, Dec. 10. Hanukkah celebrates the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it was retaken by the Maccabees. Another name for Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights because the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah (historically a nine-branched oil candelabrum), in addition to traditional foods, games and gifts. The number of candles or lights progresses each night of the holiday, until the final night when there are eight, plus one to light the others, for a total of nine.