PGY-4 Residents

Alexander Cotter, MD

CotterUndergraduate: University of Alabama
Medical School: UAB
Internship: UTHSC in Memphis, TN
Career Interests: General rehabilitation and pain management
Personal Interests: Hiking, Cooking, Homebrewing
Why I chose UAB: When I rotated during medical school, everyone was so friendly and supportive. Great community and well rounded program.

Lucie E. Mitchell, DO

MitchellUndergraduate: College of the Holy Cross
Graduate School: GA Campus, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Manatee Memorial Hospital
Career Interests: MSK, Sports Med, Pain
Personal Interests: Traveling, Photography, spending time with my family
Why I chose UAB: I knew I would get the training needed to ensure that I not only have a great experience while training, but something meaningful. The atmosphere and culture at UAB made me feel like this is where I would thrive and be a successful physician.

Elise Salerno, MD

SalernoUndergraduate: Haverford College
Medical School: UAB
Internship: Residency in General Surgery at the University of Virginia
Career Interests: Inpatient post-stroke care and long-term rehabilitation of amputees
Personal Interests: My family and I love spending time outdoors in and around Birmingham. I also enjoy running and playing the guitar.
Why I chose UAB: UAB combines friendly, knowledgeable faculty with high patient acuity and case volume that is perfect for learning. I do not know of any other program with more elective time offered to let residents explore career interests. There is a clear dedication to residents and their professional development here.

Elise Tran, DO

TranUndergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (Fort Worth, TX)
Internship: Surgery- Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY)
Career Interests: stroke, pediatrics physiatry, sports medicine
Personal Interests: working out, music, travelling, food, arts
Why I chose UAB: Strong program in both outpatient and inpatient rehab while providing a good selection of rehab electives to allow the residents to explore the world of physiatry.

PGY-3 Residents

Amber Clark, MD

ClarkUndergraduate: 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

HuttsUndergraduate: 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

PantuoscoUndergraduate: 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

TortorichUndergraduate: Birmingham Southern College
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health, General Surgery
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-2 Residents

Mona Ahmad, MD

CotterUndergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology
Medical School: New York Medical College
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health Systems Medicine Internship
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

CotterUndergraduate: Auburn University
Medical School: UAB
Internship: Brookwood Baptist 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

CotterUndergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: Indiana University
Internship: Brookwood Baptist
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

CotterUndergraduate: 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.