Michele Holloway Nichols, M.D.

Michele Holloway Nichols, M.D.

Program Director

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Director Focus Area

Medical Education
Outreach and Advocacy
Career Development for Subspecialty

Nancy Tofil, M.D., M.Ed.

Nancy Tofil, M.D., M.Ed.

Senior Associate Program Director

Pediatric Critical Care

Director Focus Area

Simulation
Medical Education
Policies and Promotion

Candice Dye, M.D.

Candice Dye, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Academic General Pediatrics

Director Focus Area

Primary Care Clinic
Career Development for General Pediatrics

Lauren Nassetta, M.D.

Lauren Nassetta, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Director Focus Area

Resident Wellness
Resident/ Faculty Mentoring

Will Sasser, M.D.

Will Sasser, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Pediatric Critical Care

Director Focus Area

Resident and Faculty Evaluations
PRIME - Pediatric Residents Interested in Medical Education

Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.

Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Pediatric Critical Care

Director Focus Area

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Initiatives
Health Equity Scholars Program

  • Michele Holloway Nichols, M.D.
  • Nancy Tofil, M.D., M.Ed.
  • Candice Dye, M.D.
  • Lauren Nassetta, M.D.
  • Will Sasser, M.D.
  • Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.
  • Michele Holloway Nichols, M.D.

    Program Director

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine

    Director Focus Area

    Medical Education
    Outreach and Advocacy
    Career Development for Subspecialty

    Hometown

    Mobile, AL

    Medical School

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Residency

    Pediatrics - Cincinnati’s Children Medical Center

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Cincinnati’s Children Medical Center

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    Gianmarco’s, Tre Luna, Uptown area, Blueprint on 3rd, Automatic Seafood, Soho Social, Pizzeria GM, Urban Cookhouse, and Five Points Oyster House

    Birmingham Must-See

    Regions Park, The Vulcan, Birmingham Zoo, Railroad Park, Moss Rock, McWane Center, Top Golf, Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Oak Mountain State Park. Shopping at the Summit, Homewood, Crestline Village, Mountain Brook Village

  • Nancy Tofil, M.D., M.Ed.

    Senior Associate Program Director

    Pediatric Critical Care

    Director Focus Area

    Simulation
    Medical Education
    Policies and Promotion

    Hometown

    Niskayuna, NY

    Medical School

    The Ohio State University

    Residency

    Med-Peds - University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Critical Care - University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    Birmingham District Brewing Company’s West Coast IPA

    Birmingham Must-See

    Oak Mountain State Park

  • Candice Dye, M.D.

    Associate Program Director

    Academic General Pediatrics

    Director Focus Area

    Primary Care Clinic
    Career Development for General Pediatrics

    Hometown

    West Memphis, AR

    Medical School

    University of Arkansas

    Residency

    Pediatrics - University of Arkansas

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    Satterfield'sGianmarco’s

    Birmingham Must-See

    So many things….The outdoors! From Oak Mountain State Park to Ruffner Mountain to the view from The Vulcan.

  • Lauren Nassetta, M.D.

    Associate Program Director

    Pediatric Hospital Medicine

    Director Focus Area

    Resident Wellness
    Resident/ Faculty Mentoring

    Hometown

    I grew up in Marietta, GA, but Birmingham is home now.

    Medical School

    University of Alabama at Birmingham 

    Residency

    Pediatrics - University of Alabama at Birmingham (Will and I were in the same class!)

    Chief Resident

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    So many! Ovenbird (go with a group and let the chef choose!), Highlands, LaPaz, Gianmarco’s Wine Bar and Pizzeria, SoHo Social, Carrigans

    Birmingham Must-See

    Legion Soccer!! While you wait for kickoff, visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute or any of our amazing parks.

  • Will Sasser, M.D.

    Assistant Program Director

    Pediatric Critical Care

    Director Focus Area

    Resident and Faculty Evaluations
    PRIME - Pediatric Residents Interested in Medical Education

    Hometown

    Mt. Pleasant, SC

    Medical School

    Medical University of South Carolina

    Residency

    Pediatrics - University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Critical Care - University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    Saw’s Sweet Tea Fried Chicken, runner up: Brick and Tin Brisket Panini

    Birmingham Must-See

    Oak Mountain State Park – amazing hiking/running/biking trails, Botanical Gardens – beautiful (and free!), any of the many city overlooks (Vulcan Park)

  • Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.

    Associate Program Director

    Pediatric Critical Care

    Director Focus Area

    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Initiatives
    Health Equity Scholars Program

    Hometown

    Bessemer, AL

    Medical School

    UAB Heersink School of Medicine

    Residency

    Pediatrics - University of North Carolina

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Critical Care - UAB

    Birmingham’s Best Food and/or Drink

    Yo Mama’s Chicken and Waffles, Runner up: Beef Barbacoa Quesadilla from El Barrio

    Birmingham Must-See

    Educational - Birmingham Civil Rights Institute – great understanding of the contributions Birmingham had to the Civil Rights Movement. Best View of the City – Vulcan Park.

  • Michele Holloway Nichols, M.D.
  • Nancy Tofil, M.D., M.Ed.
  • Candice Dye, M.D.
  • Lauren Nassetta, M.D.
  • Will Sasser, M.D.
  • Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.

Mitch Cohen, M.D.

Mitch Cohen, M.D.

Chair, Department of Pediatrics

  • Letter from the Chair

    Letter from the Chair

    Thank you for your interest in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). We are looking for more great people. Our greatest strength is our people - our residents, our faculty, our nursing and support staff and our colleagues in the other Departments throughout UAB and Children’s of Alabama. The Department of Pediatrics provides a complete spectrum of care and education from primary care to subspecialty services. Our vision is to dramatically improve the health of the children of Alabama, the region and beyond.

    The Children’s of Alabama campus is among the largest children’s hospitals in the United States. It serves as the largest provider of children’s health services in Alabama and in the immediate region, and is a world class, family friendly, state of the art facility. The Department of Pediatrics and Children’s of Alabama leadership are working closely together to advance their shared strategic vision and common missions. We are growing and we are building.

    We believe in safety, integrity, equality, diversity, and respect for each and every child and for each other. Our UAB and Children’s of Alabama family is committed to our fourfold mission of Clinical Care, Research, Education, and Advocacy. We seek to: improve the health of children of Alabama, and the region in collaboration with community health care providers, other community partners and advocacy efforts; discover and apply important new knowledge to improve the outcomes for pediatric disorders; educate patients, families, and health care providers and train the next generation of pediatric providers and leaders in medicine; and improve the health delivery system so that it provides the best outcome at the lowest possible cost. We are proud of what we have accomplished in all of these areas but we are striving to be the best at getting better.

    Collaboration, teamwork, innovation, continual improvement and lifelong learning are a way of life at UAB. History is made here. Come join us at UAB and Children’s of Alabama.  

    Sincerely,
    Mitchell B. Cohen, M.D.
    Professor and Chair
    UAB Department of Pediatrics
    Physician-in-Chief, Children's of Alabama

    Faculty Bio

Chief Residents

Josh Bell, M.D.

Josh Bell, M.D.

2023-2024 Chief Resident

Kelsey Thetford, M.D.

Kelsey Thetford, M.D.

2023-2024 Chief Resident

Emily Youngblood, M.D.

Emily Youngblood, M.D.

2023-2024 Chief Resident

  • Josh Bell, M.D.
  • Kelsey Thetford, M.D.
  • Emily Youngblood, M.D.
  • Josh Bell, M.D.

    2023-2024 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Cullman, AL

    Undergraduate

    Auburn University

    Medical School

    Heersink School of Medicine

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Toxicology

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    The program here feels like home. The faculty and staff are so welcoming and make strides to let you know that you are cared for here. The residents are great and have formed a culture of collaboration and support that you can't get anywhere else.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    I love all things outdoors, including hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and rock climbing. Soccer is another passion of mine. I also have a special interest in austere medicine, envenomations, and global health.

    Fun Fact

    I was once hospitalized after a snake bite and had to get care from the very toxicologist whose course I had just taken.

  • Kelsey Thetford, M.D.

    2023-2024 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Winfield, AL

    Undergraduate

    Birmingham-Southern College

    Medical School

    Heersink School of Medicine

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric Hospital Medicine

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    I chose UAB because of the patients and the people. I wanted to train where I would see a large patient volume with a huge variety of diagnoses. The residents and faculty are extremely supportive and value teaching. UAB and Children's of Alabama is such an integral part of pediatric care in Alabama, and I am so honored to be here!

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Running, playing pickleball, live music, trivia, gardening, spending time with my Golden Retriever - Murphy, eating at fabulous Birmingham restaurants

    Fun Fact

    I was a state ranked bird watcher in college!

  • Emily Youngblood, M.D.

    2023-2024 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Jackson, MS

    Undergraduate

    Mississippi State University 

    Medical School

    University of Mississippi

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Pediatric Nephrology

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    When I came to my interview day, I could immediately tell that everyone at UAB was very welcoming and supportive. I really enjoyed meeting all the residents, and the program offered me a great fit for all of my clinical interests.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors with my two Springer Spaniels

    Fun Fact

    I love traveling!

  • Josh Bell, M.D.
  • Kelsey Thetford, M.D.
  • Emily Youngblood, M.D.

Upcoming Chief Residents

Justin Bailey, M.D.

Justin Bailey, M.D.

2024-2025 Chief Resident

Susmita Murthy, M.D.

Susmita Murthy, M.D.

2024-2025 Chief Resident

David Taylor, M.D.

David Taylor, M.D.

2024-2025 Chief Resident

  • Justin Bailey, M.D.
  • Susmita Murthy, M.D.
  • David Taylor, M.D.
  • Justin Bailey, M.D.

    2024-2025 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Birmingham, AL

    Undergraduate

    Birmingham-Southern College

    Medical School

    Heersink School of Medicine

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Either critical care or gastroenterology; whichever one child advocacy is a must!

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    I wanted to train and practice in the city that invested so much in me growing up. Also, I learn by seeing and doing so I needed a program that had a large patient population. UAB has a very large net and being the sole children's hospital in the entire state was very attractive.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Outreach, Football, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Magic Tricks, Teen Fiction

    Fun Fact

    I was once slimed live on Nickelodeon.

  • Susmita Murthy, M.D.

    2024-2025 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Hoover, AL

    Undergraduate

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Medical School

    Heersink School of Medicine

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Academic Med-Peds hospitalist 

    Why did you choose UAB for your residency?

    I knew that UAB, being a large academic center would be a place where I would get exposed to a variety and a large volume of patients and disease processes, both of which were important to me. I also was fortunate enough to work with some of the residents while I was  a student here and experienced just how great they were to work with. 

    What do you love about UAB Med-Peds?

    The people and how supportive, thoughtful, and caring they are - can come to them with any problem and they will help you no matter what it is.  

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Saw's BBQ

    Birmingham Must-See

    Any of the parks/running trails 

  • David Taylor, M.D.

    2024-2025 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Dover, TN

    Undergraduate

    Union University

    Medical School

    East Tennessee State University

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Cardiology or critical care, medical education, and global health

    Why did you choose UAB for your Pediatric Residency?

    At the pre-interview social, I immediately felt a sense of welcome from the residents. In addition, on my interview day, the program directors, coordinators, and faculty I met all seemed so genuine and kind. I knew I wanted a larger program with a high volume so I could see everything and be ready for whatever I decide to do in my career. UAB checked all the boxes and I'm so glad I am here!

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Playing golf and intramural sports, watching University of Alabama football and TN professional sports teams (Grizzlies, Titans, and Predators!), traveling, reading, cooking, grilling.

    Fun Fact

    I can weld!

  • Justin Bailey, M.D.
  • Susmita Murthy, M.D.
  • David Taylor, M.D.