PGY-4 Residents

Amber Clark, MD   Administrative Chief
Clark   Undergraduate: Tougaloo College
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Dance Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Sports Medicine, Ultrasound and General Inpatient Rehab
Personal Interests: Dance, Volunteering in my church and community, Thrifting, Dollar Tree Hauls and enjoying time spent with family and friends
Why I chose UAB: Why not UAB?! I am thrilled to be a part of such a strong, well-rounded and supportive program! I am certain the training and opportunities I am offered here will most assuredly launch me into a very successful career wherever I am placed post graduation. I know this program with help me not only make an impact in the personal lives of my patients, but also on both national and global levels.

Lauren Hutts, MD    
Hutts   Undergraduate: Berry College
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Internship: Mercer University - Internal Medicine
Career Interests: General Rehab
Personal Interests: video games, arts and crafts, spending time with friends and family
Why I chose UAB: UAB is well-rounded and offers the depth and variety of training necessary to succeed no matter what direction I want to take my career.

John Pantuosco, DO   Education Chief
Pantuosco   Undergraduate: Clemson University
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolinas Campus
Internship: Rowan School of Medicine, New Jersey
Career Interests: Interventional pain, sports medicine, MSK, teaching
Personal Interests: sports, music, meditation
Why I chose UAB: wonderful people, well rounded program, lots of electives and opportunities to explore personal interests in the field, love the south.

JP Tortorich, DO    
Tortorich   Undergraduate: Birmingham Southern College
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury
Personal Interests: Hiking, live music, collecting vinyl records, spending time with family
Why I chose UAB: I was drawn to UAB by the program's solid foundation in inpatient rehab, the diverse patient population, and the opportunity to work in Model Systems training environments at Spain Rehabilitation Center. The well-balanced nature of the program and the faculty's dedication to resident growth and development create a positive atmosphere as I pursue a future in physiatry.

PGY-3 Residents

Mona Ahmad, MD    
Ahmad   Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology
Medical School: New York Medical College
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health Systems
Career Interests: TBI, Sports, Amputee medicine, Pediatric Rehab, Pain. I'm having trouble choosing!
Personal Interests: Video games, Netflix binging, zoo trips, cheese plates, ukulele playing
Why I chose UAB: UAB felt like a natural fit for me and my personality. Additionally, I still have a lot of trouble narrowing down my interests within PM&R and a residency at UAB would give me the most comprehensive training that I felt would give me the knowledge and freedom to choose any direction after residency.

Joy DeShazo, MD    
Deshazo   Undergraduate: Auburn University
Medical School: UAB
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Spinal cord injury and pediatric rehab
Personal Interests: Exploring Birmingham, being outdoors, traveling
Why I chose UAB: The supportive faculty, comprehensive training, ongoing research, and connection to a large academic hospital, all in a city I love!

Ryan Dill, MD    
Dill   Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Interventional spine and pain
Personal Interests: Playing guitar, home improvement projects, running
Why I chose UAB: UAB is a well-balanced program with ample career advancement opportunities. I had a great interaction with faculty and residents when I interviewed and loved the city of Birmingham.

Pierre Galea, MD  
Galea   Undergraduate: University of Malta
Medical School: The University of Vermont College of Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P) and technology within Physiatry, MSK, Pain
Personal Interests: Food & Drink, Playing music, Podcasts/Audiobooks, Working out, Traveling
Why I chose UAB: The program is well-developed and well-rounded, offers plenty of elective months which will allow me to pursue personal interests within Physiatry. Environment is very supportive and collaborative.

PGY-2 Residents

Aleks Borresen, MD    
Borresen   Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: UT Southwestern
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: I am interested in SCI, amputee medicine, telemedicine, and combining the fields of technology and medicine. In this regard, I have particular interest in assistive medical devices (myoelectric prosthetics, robotics, functional electrical stimulation), and how technology can be utilized for human augmentation of motor, audio-visual, sensory modalities. I am also interested in using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to enhance rehabilitation through gamification (using game design principals to improve participation, track progress, dynamically set/adjust goals, and provide rewards). I have research interests in the aforementioned fields and currently have ongoing projects; utilizing Xbox Kinect based skeletal tracking system to deliver augmented reality based home exercise program for stroke patients, and utilizing augmented reality and haptic feedback for remote musculoskeletal examination (telemedicine/telerehab).
Personal Interests: Karaoke. The ocean and beach as well as sailing/scuba diving. Cooking and experimenting with new cuisines. Building computers/technology in general. Video games.
Why I chose UAB:Strong focus on research. TBI/SCI model systems. Research collaboration opportunities within a Graduate/Undergraduate/Graduate Medical Education system with various medical specialties, computer science, engineering, and medical research.

Mary Craig, MD    
Craig   Undergraduate: Auburn University
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Peds Rehab, Sports Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, TBI
Personal Interests: Running, cycling, hiking/backpacking, yoga, ceramics, water sports, coffee
Why I chose UAB: UAB offers unique clinical and research opportunities, and a comprehensive training curriculum with dedicated faculty and staff. The Pediatric Rehabilitation exposure and variety of elective rotations are also huge assets to the program. Plus, Birmingham is a wonderful city to call home!

Cole McCarty, MD    
McCarty   Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Adaptive Sports, Interventional Pain, MSK and General Rehab
Personal Interests: Hiking with my Wife and dog, Video games, Exploring B'Ham, Watching and Playing Sports
Why I chose UAB: UAB has such a well-balanced program that can provide exposure to everything from bread-and-butter PM&R to rare pathologies. It's held in such high regard that I know I'll be able to launch a successful career in any subspecialty. On top of that, there is such an inclusive environment and so many nice folks that you get to work with on the day-to-day basis.

Sarah Williams, MD  
Williams   Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: TBI/Stroke, MSK, Sports Medicine, Ultrasound
Personal Interests: Rock Climbing, Traveling, baking and eating bread
Why I chose UAB: Strong inpatient programs, ongoing research with the model systems data, elective opportunities, and a city nearby lots of outdoor activities.