2023 PMR ChiefsSarah Lopes, D.O. and Nelson Santos Agosto, D.O. were selected as the 2023-2024 Chief Residents for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program. Effective April 1, 2023, Dr. Lopes will serve as Administrative Chief and Dr. Santos Agosto will serve as Education Chief.

Dr. Lopes earned her undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and her D.O. from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I look forward to learning more about how our residency operates and serving my co-residents through this period of change as we change to a categorical program,” said Dr. Lopes.

Dr. Santos Agosto earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Florida and D.O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “First and foremost, I am humbled to have been selected as Education Chief for the upcoming year. It is truly an honor to be placed in this role. As a position of leadership, what excites me the most is the opportunity to serve others and assist them in reaching their goals. I wholeheartedly believe that through acts of service, outstanding results can and will follow.” Santos Agosto added, “I also look forward to closely working with the leaders of the department to further advance the residency program to newer heights. The future is bright for the UAB PM&R department and residency program."

When not working with patients, both doctors enjoy various hobbies. Dr. Lopes enjoys volunteering, riding and showing horses, global travels, volleyball, and outdoor activities. Dr. Santos Agosto enjoys spending time with wife and daughter in the outdoors, playing basketball, and working out.

“Chief Residents play a vital role in most, if not all, aspects of the Residency Program. We are so thankful for the amazing leadership of the Dr. Willeford and Dr. Schultz and for their many contributions this past year. Congratulations to incoming Chief Residents Dr. Lopes and Dr. Santos Agosto. I know they will both do an amazing job,” Dale Colorado, D.O., PM&R Residency Program Director.

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