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  • Bile acids in gut could help to treat cocaine addiction, according to Galli study

    Bile acids in gut could help to treat cocaine addiction, according to Galli study According to a new study published by the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery’s Aurelio Galli, Ph.D., D.Sc., in PLOS Biology, a specific kind of bariatric surgery can reduce the rewarding effects of cocaine use by elevating bile acids in the gut.

  • Kirklin to serve as president-elect for WSPCHS, AHA board

    Kirklin to serve as president-elect for WSPCHS, AHA board Dr. James K. KirklinAt the Sixth Scientific Meeting of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery in Orlando, Florida, last month, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery’s James K. Kirklin, M.D., was elected to serve as vice president of the Society until 2022, and then president until 2024.Kirklin was also recently named president-elect of the American Heart Association’s Greater Southeast Affiliate board of directors for 2018-19.

  • Heslin to chair SSO committee

    Heslin to chair SSO committee Dr. Martin HeslinThe Division of Surgical Oncology’s Martin Heslin, M.D., executive vice-chair for the Department of Surgery and chief of medical staff for UAB Hospital, has been selected to become chair of the program committee for the Society of Surgical Oncology in 2020.

  • Pediatric fellow receives award for abstract

    Pediatric fellow receives award for abstract Dr. Chinwendu Onwubiko presents her research at the American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference in July.Pediatric Surgery Fellow Chinwendu Onwubiko, M.D., received an award for Best Trainee Abstract at the American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference last month. Onwubiko presented her award-winning research on unplanned readmissions in pediatric general surgery, using the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program’s pediatric database, at the meeting on Monday.

  • Jaskula-Sztul receives NANETS BTSI Award

    Jaskula-Sztul receives NANETS BTSI Award Dr. Renata Jaskula-Sztul The Division of Surgical Oncology’s Renata Jaskula-Sztul, Ph.D., recently received the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Basic/Translational Science Investigator Award for her research project, “Novel Antibody-Drug Conjugate (ADC) for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor (PanNET) Targeted Therapy.”

  • Krontiras, Donahue to be honored at SOM Endowed Chairs and Professorships Reception

    Krontiras, Donahue to be honored at SOM Endowed Chairs and Professorships Reception Dr. Helen Krontiras Dr. James DonahueHelen Krontiras, M.D., and James M. Donahue, M.D., will be named to the Kirby I. Bland, M.D., Endowed Professorship in Surgery and the James H. Estes Family Endowed Chair for Lung Cancer Research in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, respectively, at the November 7 UAB School of Medicine Endowed Chairs and Professorships Reception at the Wallace Tumor Institute.

  • Bibb lab member receives grant from Yale/NIDA Neuroproteomics Center

    Ayanabha Chakraborti, Ph.D. — a senior research scientist in the laboratory of the UAB Department of Surgery’s Vice Chair of Basic Science Research James Bibb, Ph.D. — was recently awarded a $7,500 Yale/National Institute of Drug Addiction Neuroproteomics Center Pilot Research Project Grant for his research project, “Profiling the Nucleus Accumbens Proteome in an Experimental Model of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”

  • Department faculty attend retreat in Alex City

    [widgetkit id="80" name="NEWS: Faculty Retreat Slideshow"]Approximately 50 Department of Surgery faculty participated in the department's leadership and development retreat on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Willow Point in Alexander City, Alabama.

  • Hello, goodbye 2018: Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

    More than 1,200 interns, residents and fellows train in every medical specialty at UAB in Birmingham, at our regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, and in our program in Selma. In an ongoing series, the Department of Surgery will feature incoming and outgoing trainees for all UAB Surgery programs. This week, learn about the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship.

  • Three new faculty join department in August

    Three new faculty join department in August Dr. John McKinney Dr. Eric Schinnerer Dr. Michael HernonThree incoming faculty will join the UAB Department of Surgery this month, taking positions in the divisions of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Acute Care Surgery and Gastrointestinal Surgery.

  • Corey named director of medical student clerkship

    Corey named director of medical student clerkship Director of Medical Student Clerkships Dr. Britney Corey teaches a class of medical students in the West Pavilion Conference Center.The Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery’s Britney Corey, M.D., was recently named the new director of the Department of Surgery’s medical student clerkship.

  • PRISM, SURE students present summer research projects

    PRISM, SURE students present summer research projects University of North Carolina in Charlotte and UAB SURE student Symonne Martin discusses the breast cancer research she performed under the mentorship of Dr. Rachael Lancaster and Dr. Catherine Parker this summer at the PRISM and SURE presentation reception in Wallace Tumor Institute 101 on Thursday, July 26, 2018.On Thursday, twelve students from the Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority Backgrounds and the Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience presented the research projects they completed this summer under the mentorship of Department of Surgery faculty. The project topics included subjects such as liver cancer, GI disorders, health literacy and diversity in[…]

  • McKinney joins UAB faculty at Baptist, replaces Kourlis

    McKinney joins UAB faculty at Baptist, replaces Kourlis Dr. John McKinney Jr.The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery welcomes a new faculty member at the UAB Multi-Specialty Clinic at Baptist Montgomery next week, John McKinney, Jr. M.D. McKinney will replace Clinical Assistant Professor Harry Kourlis, M.D., who is stepping down from his position at the clinic at Baptist Medical Center South.McKinney will begin his role as clinical assistant professor at the clinic on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

  • Hello, goodbye 2018: Endocrine Surgery Fellowship

    Hello, goodbye 2018: Endocrine Surgery Fellowship More than 1,200 interns, residents and fellows train in every medical specialty at UAB in Birmingham, at our regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, and in our program in Selma. In an ongoing series, the Department of Surgery will feature incoming and outgoing trainees for all UAB Surgery programs. This week, learn about the AAES Endocrine Surgery Fellowship at UAB.Dr. Sophie Yaseman DreamThis year, the UAB Department of Surgery’s Endocrine Surgery Fellowship welcomes its first-ever fellow, Sophie Yaseman Dream, M.D., who will join UAB on Aug. 1 from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Dream completed medical school in[…]

  • Parker, Lancaster lead Breast Oncology Fellowship

    Parker, Lancaster lead Breast Oncology Fellowship Dr. Catherine Parker Dr. Rachael LancasterThe Division of Surgical Oncology’s Catherine Parker, M.D., and Rachael Lancaster, M.D., have assumed new leadership positions within the Society of Surgical Oncology’s Breast Oncology Fellowship at UAB. Parker has taken the lead as the program director, while Lancaster serves as the associate program director for the fellowship, which is managed by the UAB Department of Surgery and Division of Surgical Oncology.The Society of Surgical Oncology Breast Oncology Fellowship at UAB is a one-year multidisciplinary clinical program that enables fellows to acquire an advanced body of knowledge and level of skill in the management of[…]

  • Hello, goodbye 2018: Plastic Surgery Residency

    Match Day 2018 ushered in a new group of surgery residents, while saying goodbye to others who will soon leave UAB for different programs across the country. With 98 percent of students’ matching into residency positions, UAB students will continue their medical educations at 74 institutions across 27 states.In an ongoing series, the Department of Surgery will feature incoming and outgoing trainees for all UAB Surgery programs. This week, learn about the Plastic Surgery Residency Program and its two new residents, as well as its three outgoing residents.

  • Hello, goodbye 2018: Breast Oncology Fellowship

    More than 1,200 interns, residents and fellows train in every medical specialty at UAB in Birmingham, at our regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, and in our program in Selma. In an ongoing series, the Department of Surgery will feature incoming and outgoing trainees for all UAB Surgery programs. This week, learn about the Breast Oncology Fellowship.

  • Department of Surgery hosts Society of Black Academic Surgeons 28th Annual Meeting

    Department of Surgery hosts Society of Black Academic Surgeons 28th Annual Meeting The UAB Department of Surgery hosted the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) 28th Annual Meeting last week. More than 200 surgeons from all over the country traveled to Birmingham to attend the meeting.

  • Two faculty members receive RIME faculty development funding

    Two faculty members receive RIME faculty development funding Cordelia Stearns, M.D., and Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP, were selected to receive the 2018 Research and Innovations in Medical Education (RIME) Faculty Development Award. Both Stearns and Lindeman received $7,500, which will go toward the 2019 Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions.

  • Blood stored longer may be less safe for patients with massive blood loss and shock

    Blood stored longer may be less safe for patients with massive blood loss and shock In a collaborative study using a mouse model, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers from the departments of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Biostatistics, Emergency Medicine, Pathology, and Surgery have found mechanistic links between older stored red blood cell transfusions and subsequent bacterial pneumonia.

  • Transplant programs more than 8,200 miles apart form key partnership

    Transplant programs more than 8,200 miles apart form key partnership After providing UAB's School of Medicine with HIV-positive deceased donor transplant protocols, UAB aims to return the favor to Groote Schuur Hospital in South Africa by providing paired exchange transplant training.

  • Call for proposals: UAB GME Works for Well-Being

    The UAB Graduate Medical Education (GME) Office is currently accepting proposals for an initiative that exclusively aims to improve physician wellness at UAB.

  • UAB surgeons explain 'Stop the Bleed' initiative and why more kits are needed

    UAB surgeons explain 'Stop the Bleed' initiative and why more kits are needed UAB joined the Stop the Bleed campaign in 2017, and provided on-site trauma kits and training at Homewood High School. UAB News recently broadcasted a livestream in which UAB physicians demonstrated how to use Stop the Bleed kits in the event of a mass incident.

  • 'A river of trauma' leads to six Bronze Stars

    'A river of trauma' leads to six Bronze Stars Members of an Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team based at UAB are awarded Bronze Stars for their actions while deployed overseas. During their four-month tour at that casualty collection point, the team performed early, potentially lifesaving surgery to wounded American military personnel.

  • Xenotransplant's Cooper honored with national John P. McGovern Award

    Xenotransplant's Cooper honored with national John P. McGovern Award David K.C. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., was presented the prestigious John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award by the Harris County Medical Society and the Houston Academy of Medicine during a Jan. 19 ceremony held in Houston. 

  • Outstanding junior faculty recognized as 2018 Pittman Scholars

    Five faculty members in the UAB School of Medicine have been named the 2018 class of James A. Pittman Jr., M.D., Scholars, a program created to recognize the contributions of junior faculty and support the recruitment and retention of highly competitive scientists and physician-scientists.

  • Adult cardiovascular surgery earns top quality rating

    Adult cardiovascular surgery earns top quality rating UAB is one of only three hospitals in the United States to receive a three-star ranking in each of the five categories of surgery.

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