PGY 4 Residents


Mona Ahmad, MD – Administrative Chief Resident

Mona Ahmad, MD – Administrative Chief Resident

Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology
Medical School: New York Medical College
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health Systems
Career Interests: Interventional Pain, Sports and Spine
Personal Interests: : Video games, Netflix binging, zoo trips, cheese plates, ukulele playing and singing, hiking in new places
Why I chose UAB: UAB felt like a natural fit for me and my personality. A residency at UAB gave me the most comprehensive training that I felt would give me the knowledge and freedom to choose any direction after residency. I felt supported with any career path I was considering.
Pierre Galea, MD – Educational Chief Resident

Pierre Galea, MD – Educational Chief Resident

Undergraduate: University of Malta
Medical School: The University of Vermont College of Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Inpatient rehab, EMG/NCS, technology in Physiatry
Personal Interests: Food and drink, fitness, hiking, podcast/audiobooks, video games, playing guitar
Why I chose UAB: Faculty and staff were very welcoming during the whole interview process. The program is well-rounded and offers plenty of opportunities to pursue personal interest within Physiatry. I also wanted to move to warmer weather closer to family!
Joy DeShazo, MD

Joy DeShazo, MD

Undergraduate: Auburn University
Medical School: UAB
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Musculoskeletal ultrasound, EMG, sports medicine
Personal Interests: Mountain biking, playing guitar/piano, cooking Southern food, reading
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

Ryan Dill, MD

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.

PGY 3 Residents


Aleksander Borresen, MD

Aleksander Borresen, MD

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: UT Southwestern
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Amputee medicine, telemedicine, interventional pain, and the intersection of technology and medicine. Assistive medical devices and how technology can enhance and restore function (prosthetics, robotics). Using game design and gaming to enhance exercise enjoyment and compliance. Utilizing computer vision and Augmented Reality (AR) for telemedicine and rehabilitation. Ongoing areas of research and publication: Telemedicine MSK/Neuro exam via Augmented and haptic feedback, Augmented Reality based home exercise program for stroke (via skeletal tracking with Xbox Kinect), Epidural Steroid Injections and Inflammatory cytokines in Spinal Stenosis. Future research interest: low-cost 3D printing of myoelectric prosthetics, revealing trends in healthcare data thru machine learning.
Personal Interests: Board games. Video games. Cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. Building computers. Technology. Music, singing and karaoke. Scuba and camping
Why I chose UAB: Strong academic medical center with a supportive educational environment. TBI/SCI model systems. Research collaboration opportunities within the UAB system (other specialties, computer science, engineering, etc).
Mary Craig, MD

Mary Craig, MD

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

Cole McCarty, MD

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, Exploring B'Ham, Cooking, 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

Sarah Williams, MD

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: TBI, SCI, Burn Rehab, Cancer Rehab, Research
Personal Interests: Rock climbing and backpacking
Why I chose UAB: Strong inpatient programs, ongoing research with the model systems data, elective opportunities, and a city nearby lots of outdoor activities.

PGY 2 Residents


Lendrum Morrow, MD

Lendrum Morrow, MD

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career interests: MSK, Sports, Ultrasound, Interventional Pain, Electrodiagnostics, General Rehab
Personal Interests: Playing/watching any sport, water sports, hiking, camping, gardening, reading, spending time with family
Why I chose UAB: I spoke with previous residents of the program that said how encouraging and supportive the faculty and staff were, and then I witnessed that on my interview day and visit. It's a well rounded program with a lot of electives, and I love the Southeast.
Jacob Schultz, MD

Jacob Schultz, MD

Undergraduate: University of Kentucky
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career interests: Inpatient rehab, TBI, and stroke with a mix of outpatient rehab
Personal Interests: Hiking with my wife and dog, tennis, weight-lifting, discovering new restaurants and breweries, bourbon, and Rocket League
Why I chose UAB: I chose UAB because they are a strong, well-established program, one of the best in the South. I want to be a great physiatrist and I know the people in this program truly want to help me reach that goal. In addition, Birmingham is a beautiful, green, and fun 20-minute city with so much to appreciate!
Ashley Steffens, MD

Ashley Steffens, MD

Undergraduate: Auburn University
Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career interests: Pediatric rehabilitation, TBI, interventional spine
Personal Interests: traveling, snuggling with my pup, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends at local breweries, gardening
Why I chose UAB: UAB offers a strong inpatient curriculum and diverse elective opportunities. As a graduate of University of Alabama School of Medicine, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to continue my training in Birmingham. Additionally, the faculty and staff foster a supportive and nurturing educational environment to ensure my success as a future physiatrist.
Brea Willeford, DO

Brea Willeford, DO

Undergraduate: Coastal Carolina University
Medical School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Brookwood Baptist Health
Career Interests: Interventional Spine and Pain Management, Sports medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine and Ultrasound
Personal Interests: All the activities! Boating, beaching, water-sports, dancing, traveling, hiking, live music, fitness, time with family and friends, playing guitar, and coffee
Why I chose UAB: UAB has all of the attributes I was looking for in a PM&R residency program! It offers comprehensive, well-rounded training opportunities with diverse inpatient and outpatient exposures, a variety of elective rotations and research opportunities, supportive and knowledgeable faculty to train under, and most importantly to me - a tight-knit resident group that worked well together and created a fun and enjoyable training environment.