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The mission of the Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs) is to develop leaders who will improve the health of children with respiratory conditions through the provision of family-centered care. This is accomplished through interprofessional training, patient and family care and education, research, consultation, and the provision of continuing education and technical assistance.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) PPC is located administratively in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine in the UAB School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Clinical care and training activities take place at Children’s of Alabama.

2019 2020 PPC TraineesRSThe PPC Training Program Includes:

  • interprofessional traineeships in social work, nutrition, respiratory care, nursing and family leadership

  • post-doctoral fellowships in Pediatric Pulmonary medicine

  • continuing education for health care professionals;

  • consultation and technical assistance

  • research to develop new treatment methods and improve patient care

  • healthcare and education services for children and their families using an interdisciplinary team approach.

PPC Faculty and Trainees

The respected faculty of the Birmingham, Alabama PPC provide unequaled leadership to fellows, trainees, and colleagues under the direction of the PPC advisory committee and PPC parent consultants.

PPC Faculty

R. Bradley Troxler, M.D.

R. Bradley Troxler, M.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Center

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Claire V. Lenker, LICSW, CCM, PIP

Claire V. Lenker, LICSW, CCM, PIP

Co-Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Center
Social Work Faculty

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Valerie Eubanks Tarn, MS, RD, LD

Valerie Eubanks Tarn, MS, RD, LD

Training Director and Nutrition Faculty

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Sarah Rutland, Ph.D.

Sarah Rutland, Ph.D.

Scientist I
Trainee Research Consultant

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Linda V. Russo, MAE, RRT

Linda V. Russo, MAE, RRT

Family Leader Faculty

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Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones

Education Coordinator

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PPC Trainees & Fellows

Trainees

Jessica Allen

Jessica Allen

Family Trainee

Katelynn Twilley

Katelynn Twilley

Nursing Trainee

Montana Hunt

Montana Hunt

Nutrition Trainee

Tara Jones

Tara Jones

Respiratory Therapy Trainee

Niya Bonner

Niya Bonner

Social Work Trainee

Fellows

Christopher Fowler, M.D.

Christopher Fowler, M.D.

Third Year Pulmonary Fellow

Vignesh Nayak, M.D.

Vignesh Nayak, M.D.

Third Year Pulmonary Fellow

Mohini Gunnett, M.D.

Mohini Gunnett, M.D.

Second Year Pulmonary Fellow

Kyle Bliton, M.D.

Kyle Bliton, M.D.

First Year Pulmonary Fellow

PPC Trainee Projects

2017 PSA

2018 PSA

2019 PSA

2020 PSA

PPC Podcasts

View the podcast recordings in this Box folder

Agency Links

This web site is partially supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau through grant number T72MC00001.