African American History Month 2016During African-American History Month, several pediatrics faculty will engage Birmingham City Schools with a presentation outlining the significant impact of African-Americans in Medicine. The presentation which highlights various doctors and their contributions is titled, “African-Americans in Medicine: The ABCs.” For example, the influence of Dr. Charles Drew (represented by the letter ‘D’) to the science of transfusion medicine and general surgery will be discussed. Dr. Drew developed techniques to improve blood storage during World War II, which led to the formation of the American Red Cross. The presentation is designed to engage students regarding health careers and will end with questions and answers. Drs. Brian Sims, Tom Harris, and Susan Walley welcome any interested faculty or staff to join them during these presentations. 

It is important that we reflect and celebrate the tremendous contributions of past generations and observe overcoming adversity as a platform and inspiration for future growth.

In honor of African-American History Month, the UAB History Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs & the African American Studies Program is sponsoring an evening with James Meredith. Join the discussion recounting the 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi on Feb, 12 at 6 p.m. in the Hill Center Ballroom. 

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Cason Benton ACHIA DirectorThe Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA) recently published its first newsletter. Click here to read about current quality improvement initiatives, collaborative outcomes and more.
The UAB Department of Pediatrics welcomed Matthew Alexander, PhD, in the month of January. Dr. Alexander earned his PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Garry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His graduate training focused on the characterization of forkhead transcription factors in skeletal muscle and cardiac progenitor cells. He moved to Boston in 2008 to join the laboratory of Dr. Louis Kunkel as a postdoctoral fellow where he focused on characterizing the role of non-coding RNAs in skeletal muscle diseases. He was promoted to an Instructor in Pediatrics and Genetics & Genomics in 2013. His laboratory in the Department of Pediatrics, division of Neurology, at Children’s of Alabama will be focused on exploring the roles of epigenetic modifiers of human neuromuscular diseases in addition to generating novel zebrafish models of muscular dystrophies for drug library screens.
Thomas Howard, M.D., Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, will deliver the 13th Annual Reid McDaniel Lectureship at noon on Feb. 25, 2016, at Children’s of Alabama. The yearly lecture focuses on progress in treatment of Childhood Blood Disorders and Cancer. Dr. Howard’s talk is titled “State of the Art Care for Sickle Cell Disease: Successes and Challenges to Care Implementation in 2016.” University faculty, students, staff and community supporters are encouraged to attend. Lunch is provided. The lecture is held in the 4th Floor Bradley Lecture Center at Children’s of Alabama.
ASCO PostThe ASCO Post recently released a series of interviews by and with leaders in oncology. Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, discusses long-term and late effects experienced by cancer survivors. To view the video with Dr. Bhatia on the science of survivorship, click here


As surgeon-in-chief, Dr. Chen will lead one of the largest pediatric surgical services in the country. Dr. Chen is the Joseph M. Farley Chair in Pediatric Surgery at Children’s and also a professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Chen completed his residency in general surgery and a transplantation fellowship at the University of Florida. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
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Dr. PercyAlan Percy, M.D., Child Neurology, presented the inaugural Bengt Hagberg Memorial lecture at the annual Swedish Neuropediatric Society meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday, January 21st at the Swedish Society of Medicine, Svenska Läkarsällskapet.  Dr. Hagberg was a renowned child neurologist who is credited with establishing child neurology in Sweden, creating training programs both for child neurologists and neuropediatricians in Sweden, and making seminal contributions to our current understanding of static encephalopathy (cerebral palsy), neonatal hydrocephalus, and a number of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders including Krabbe disease, metachromatic leukodystrophy, and Rett syndrome.  Dr. Hagberg died in the Spring of 2015.  This lecture acknowledges his illustrious career.

Dr. BrewingtonJohn J. Brewington,  M.D.,  is a clinical fellow in pediatric and pulmonary medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr.Brewington will present “Bedside-to-Bench Theratype Studies in Cystic Fibrosis" on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. in Tinsley Harrison Tower (THT) 740, 1900 University Blvd. 
UAB CCCThe UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center recently released the latest issue of its magazine. This issue featured women in science, which highlights Smita Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D., and her internationally renowned expertise in cancer outcomes research. Of the Cancer Center's senior leadership team, almost half are women. Click here to read the latest issue of the magazine where you will find the center profile on Dr. Bhatia.
Rare Disease Symposium 2016 Flyer page 001 1The third annual Rare Disease Genomics Symposium will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. It is located in the Bradley Lecture Center on the 4th floor of the Children's Harbor Building located at Children's of Alabama. The cost to attend is $15. To register, visit

Please contact Shaila Handattu with any questions. To view the informational flyer, click here.