David Kimberlin, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Disease, is among the contributors to a newly published collection of essays, Miracles We Have Seen – America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget. The book includes 85 essays written by renowned specialists in almost every field of medicine. Dr. Kimberlin contributed the story of a patient from many years ago who survived a nearly-always fatal infection that occurred while she was being treated for leukemia. The essays recount, in moving everyday language, clinical events which stunned the physicians and everyone else involved – impossible cures, breathtaking resuscitations, extraordinary awakenings, spectacular serendipities, and recovery from unimaginable disasters.

The editor, Harley A. Rotbart, M.D., is donating 100% of net author proceeds to 65 charities chosen by the essayists. To purchase the book, click here
David Askenazi, M.D., Pediatric Nephrology, was recently featured in the Children's of Alabama blog. He discussed the recently published study by the Neonatal Kidney Collaborative (NKC), which is an international multidisciplinary collaboration of more than 20 centers that Dr. Askenazi leads. Click here to continue reading. 

In addition, this study was recently featured as the lead article in ASN's Kidney News. Click here to view the September issue.  
It is my pleasure to announce that David Galloway, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, has accepted the position as the Medical Director of the UAB-Children’s of Alabama Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation (CAIR). He will be joining Dr. Colin Martin who is currently the Surgical Director. David joined the team over a year ago and has demonstrated superb leadership in the areas of patient care, quality improvement, research, and education. I am personally very excited to have Colin and David at the helm as we continue to grow our program both clinical and academically.
On August 30 and 31, 2016, Children's of Alabama partnered with UAB Department of Pediatrics and Be the Match to host our annual Committed to a Cure Bone Marrow Donor Drive. The event kicked off with patient, Frances Grace Hirs, meeting her donor for the first time. After the ceremony, people willing to be on the registry were able to sign up. Over the course of the two days, we were able to sign up approximately 200 potential bone marrow donors. This was a fantastic way to kick off the month of September which celebrates Sickle Cell and Childhood Cancer Awareness. To view the Facebook album from the bone marrow donor recipient meeting, click here
Make plans to attend a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 4 - 5 p.min the Bradley Lecture Center. Mike Warren, Mitch Cohen, M.D., Mike Chen, M.D., and Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S. will be present for an engaging, informal discussion. This time can be used to address issues that concern you, share feedback you think would be helpful and ask questions about any topics relevant to you and your careers.
Michele Kong, M.D., Pediatric Critical Care, was recently interviewed in the podcast, Vulcan Has a Fade (VHAF). Vulcan Has a Fade is an audio broadcast interviewing the people of Birmingham who are making a difference. Dr. Kong discusses her work at UAB and Children's, advocating for autism, and her non-profit, Kulture City. Click here to listen. 
Children’s of Alabama is one of 30 institutions to receive The Hyundai Scholar Grant or Young Investigators Grant for pediatric cancer research. This $250,000 grant is designed to support the work of Gregory Friedman, M.D., Pediatric Hematology & Oncology. The event was celebrated Tuesday afternoon at Children's with children putting colorful hand prints on a new Hyundai and on the back of Dr. Friedman's coat. To view the Facebook photo album from the event, click here
The UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) class roster for 2016-2017 was recently announced. Among the recipients are: Michele Kong, M.D.,Pediatric Critical Care, Avi Madan-Swain, Ph.D., Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, Brian Sims, M.D.,Neonatology. The purpose of the HLA is to establish a cohesive and comprehensive program that offers training opportunities and helps develop essential skills for leaders in the 21st century academic health center. Clickhere to learn more.
The General Endowment Fund of the UA Health Services Foundation (HSF-GEF) has announced its annual PROSPER Curriculum Enrichment and Innovations Awards. Among the recipients is Will Sasser, M.D., Pediatric Critical Care, for his project titled, "Pilot Study: Development of a Pediatric Fourth Year Course Selection Road Map." This award was made possible through a funded HSF-GEF grant within the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education in the SOM Department of Medical Education for the PROSPER Educator Enrichment Faculty Development Program. 
Valerie Eubanks Tarn, MS, RD, LD, Training Director and Nutrition Faculty in the Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC), was recently featured in the 6th Edition of The Profession of Dietetics: A Team Approach.  "Profile a Professional" highlights dietitians and dietetic technicians on their experiences and accomplishments. To read the transcript of Valarie's spotlight, which highlights her many accomplishments and involvement in local, state, and national nutrition and dietetics associations, click here.