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.

Assistant Program Director

Pediatric Critical Care

Director Focus Area

 

  • 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.

    Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.

    Assistant Program Director

    Pediatric Critical Care

    Director Focus Area

     

  • 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

Gabriel Daniels, M.D.

Gabriel Daniels, M.D.

2022-2023 Chief Resident

Vida Laudarji, M.D.

Vida Laudarji, M.D.

2022-2023 Chief Resident

Kathleen Vincent, M.D.

Kathleen Vincent, M.D.

2022-2023 Chief Resident

  • Gabriel Daniels, M.D.
  • Vida Laudarji, M.D.
  • Kathleen Vincent, M.D.
  • Gabriel Daniels, M.D.

    2022-2023 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Lutz, FL (basically Tampa, FL)

    Undergraduate

    University of Florida

    Medical School

    University of Florida

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Hematology/Oncology & Palliative Care

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    The diversity of patients and opportunities, as well as the amazing providers with whom I get to work daily.

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Good People Brewing Co. & Hattie B's Hot Chicken

    Birmingham Must-See

    The sunset over downtown Birmingham from atop The Vulcan

  • Vida Laudarji, M.D.

    2022-2023 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Chicago, IL

    Undergraduate

    Indiana University Bloomington

    Medical School

    Meharry Medical College

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Global health through the lens of Pediatric Emergency Medicine or Pediatric Hospital Medicine

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    The learning opportunities are phenomenal! Great volume and excellent teachers who are willing to teach patiently and support resident interests. The people are amazing; I have built friendships that will last way beyond my time in training.

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    Still working on that. However, Bay Leaf (Indian food) is awesome and there are a decent number of good ethnic food options.

    Birmingham Must-See

    I love the parks! Red Mountain is a free hike, and Oak Mountain is breathtaking and vast. There are many more, and I am still working my way through them. The Civil Rights Museum is phenomenal.

  • Kathleen Vincent, M.D.

    2022-2023 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Phoenix, AZ

    Undergraduate

    University of Arizona

    Medical School

    University of Arizona - Phoenix

    Career/Clinical Interests

    I love all the things! Not sure yet

    Why did you choose the UAB Pediatric Residency Program?

    Working with the most wonderful people who really care for children, diversity of clinical cases.

    Birmingham's Best Food and/or Drink

    The break-up cookie at Church Street Coffee. And donuts of all shapes and sizes, please.

    Birmingham Must-See

    Running on the Vulcan Trail

  • Gabriel Daniels, M.D.
  • Vida Laudarji, M.D.
  • Kathleen Vincent, M.D.

Upcoming 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?

    This residency is known for producing phenomenal pediatricians. The faculty and other residents are incredibly welcoming and friendly.

    Hobbies/Special Interests

    Hiking/camping/backpacking, soccer, going to cheap concerts in small venues to listen to bands I've never heard of.

    Fun Fact

    Jumped out of the first plane I ever flew in.

  • Kelsey Thetford, M.D.

    2023-2024 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Winfield, AL

    Undergraduate

    Birmingham-Southern College

    Medical School

    Heersink School of Medicine

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Undecided - interested in working with underserved populations

    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 and working out, live music, gardening, spending time with my Golden Retriever - Murphy, eating at fabulous Birmingham restaurants

    Fun Fact

    I lived in Tinsley Harrison’s (Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine) old apartment my first year of medical school.

  • Emily Youngblood, M.D.

    2023-2024 Chief Resident

    Hometown

    Jackson, MS

    Undergraduate

    Mississippi State University 

    Medical School

    University of Mississippi

    Career/Clinical Interests

    Undecided! At this point, I am most interested in Hematology/Oncology or NICU. 

    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 

    Fun Fact

    I love traveling!

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