PGY-4 Residents

Ariane Maico, MD

MaicoChief Resident - Education
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
Internship: University of Florida -Internal Medicine
Career Interests: Interventional pain/spine in setting of multidisciplinary approach. Ultrasound and MSK medicine with a special interest in Regenerative medicine.
Personal Interests: Equestrian show jumping, hiking, crossfit, anything outdoors
Why I chose UAB: UAB offers a well-rounded program with multiple opportunities in the community. Also love the warm weather in Alabama.

Tyler Richardson, MD

RichardsonChief Resident - Administrative
Undergraduate: University of Alabama
Medical School: UAB School of Medicine
Internship: UAB Internal Medicine
Career interest: Inpatient Rehabilitation, EMG
Personal interests: Working out, sports, hiking, beach activities, being around my wife and our families
Why I chose UAB: Birmingham is my home. The program has good balance and excellent people.


Andy Barranco, DO

BarrancoUndergraduate: Auburn University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: East Tennessee State University
Career Interests: General Rehabilitation
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, Sports
Why I chose UAB: UAB has one of the largest academic facilities in the south which means exposure to rare pathology. All training locations are walking distance from each other.

Rachel Geffen, MD

GeffenUndergraduate: University of Georgia
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Internship: California Pacific Medical Center
Career Interests: Musculoskeletal Medicine, Sports Medicine, Adaptive Sports, Regenerative Medicine
Personal Interests: Hiking, Yoga, Cycling, my dog Zoe
Why I chose UAB: During my interview, I enjoyed meeting the residents and could imagine a life in Birmingham. I also felt that the residency would provide broad training in terms of clinical settings and pathology.

PGY-3 Residents

Hammad Aslam, MD

AslamUndergraduate: University of Georgia
Medical School: Georgia Regents University (Medical College of Georgia)
Internship: Internal Medicine at Georgia Regents University (Medical College of Georgia)
Career Interests: Spinal Cord Injury
Personal Interests: Speaking, writing, health and nutrition, weightlifting, tennis
Why I chose UAB: UAB has strong inpatient spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) services. Spain Rehab is a very well known rehab facility and one of the few that serves as a Model System for both SCI and TBI. In addition, UAB's strong outpatient clinics will further my knowledge and allow me to be a well-rounded physiatrist.

David Forbush, MD

ForbushUndergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: UAB Medical School
Internship: Baptist Health System
Career Interests: General Rehab
Personal Interests: I enjoy the fun in and around Birmingham: Oak Mountain State Park. Red Mountain Park. Tannehill State Park. McWane Science Center.
Why I chose UAB: I found the large, diverse patient exposure challenging.


Don McCormick, MD

McCormickUndergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: UAB Medical School
Internship: Surgery - Baptist Health System 
Career Interests: Interventional Spine
Personal Interests: Beekeeping, Disc Golf, Classic Cars
Why I chose UAB: After coming to UAB for medical school, Birmingham became a second home. Spain Rehabilitation at UAB offers diverse training which will be an invaluable experience in my future career.

Cassandra Buchanan Renfro, DO

RenfroUndergraduate: Appalachian State University
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN
Internship: Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Manchester CT
Career Interests: Spinal Cord Injury
Personal Interests: hiking, running, traveling, spending time with my cats and dogs.
Why I chose UAB: I came to UAB for the location and exposure to multiple disciplines and diseases. The access to different services allows you to see many patients that you would not find in other locations.

PGY-2 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.