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  • State puts forth resolution to recognize National Stop the Bleed Day

    The Alabama House of Representatives recently signed a resolution to observe National Stop the Bleed Day on March 31 and Alabama Trauma Awareness Day on March 21. The resolution encourages all Alabama citizens, particularly education administrators and faculty, to participate in the Stop the Bleed initiative and learn more about the importance of bleeding control measures.UAB's trauma team has heavily promoted the national Stop the Bleed initiative and has also provided #StoptheBleed training to local schools.

  • Mallick wins essay contest

    Mallick wins essay contest Dr. Reema MallickThe Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery’s Reema Mallick, M.D., was recently named the winner of the Advocacy and Issues Committee of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons Symposium essay contest.

  • Lindeman to serve as academic editor for journal

    The Division of Surgical Oncology’s Brenessa Lindeman, M.D., has been asked to serve on the editorial board for the journal, PLOS ONE, as an academic editor.

  • Hello, goodbye 2018: Minimally Invasive 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 Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship.

  • New faculty to join vascular division, new UAB Limb Preservation Program

    Three new faculty will join the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy this summer, two of whom will work together with other vascular surgery faculty within the new UAB Limb Preservation Program.

  • Kennedy receives training grant

    Kennedy receives training grant Dr. Greg KennedyDivision of Gastrointestinal Surgery Director Gregory Kennedy, M.D., Ph.D., has received an NIH T32 training grant to support a Surgical Oncology Research Training Program.  The grant provides support for surgical residents to pursue two-year, full-time research training with the goal of preparing them for academic research careers.

  • High schoolers, undergrads attend summer research programs

    High schoolers, undergrads attend summer research programs Students in the 2018 Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience program participates in a scavenger hunt hosted by the UAB Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research.The Department of Surgery is hosting two structured research programs this summer, the Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority Backgrounds and the Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience. Thirteen students joined the department this week to participate in these research experiences, including five rising seniors in PRISM and eight undergraduates in SURE. These students will participate in eight weeks of mentored research while exploring careers in surgery and learning the importance of research to advancing patient outcomes.The PRISM[…]

  • Bibb, Reddy receive grant to study rare tumors using precision medicine

    The Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery’s James Bibb, Ph.D., and the Division of Surgical Oncology’s Sushanth Reddy, M.D., were recently awarded a grant from the SDHB Pheo-Para Coalition to study pheochromocytomas and paraganglioomas, two kinds of rare neuroendocrine tumors.

  • Incoming general surgery resident receives both 2018 medical student awards

    Incoming general surgery resident receives both 2018 medical student awards Incoming general surgery resident Dr. Mary Smithson is named the 2018 recipient of the Robert J. Cerfolio Award for Outstanding Medical Student in General Surgery and the Mary T. Hawn Award for Outstanding Woman Medical Student at the May 18 UAB School of Medicine Birmingham campus awards luncheon at the UAB National Alumni Society House. (Photo by Dustin Massey)At last Friday’s UAB School of Medicine Birmingham campus awards’ luncheon, recent UAB medical school grad and incoming general surgery resident Mary Smithson, M.D., was awarded both 2018 Department of Surgery medical student awards, the Robert J. Cerfolio Award for Outstanding Medical[…]

  • Lindeman receives research grant

    Lindeman receives research grant Dr. Brenessa LindemanThe Division of Surgical Oncology’s Brenessa Lindeman, M.D.., recently received a $10,000 Multi-Institutional Educational Research Grant from the Association of Surgical Education. The ASE MERG Research Grant is intended to fund a multi-institutional research project that will advance scientific knowledge and aim to improve undergraduate, graduate, or continuing surgical education.

  • Matthies receives Faculty Development Grant

    Matthies receives Faculty Development Grant Dr. Heinrich MatthiesThe Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery’s Heinrich Matthies, Ph.D., recently received a UAB Faculty Development Grant for his proposal, “Dopamine Dysfunction in Autism.” Matthies will receive $10,000, split between the UAB Office of the Provost and the Department of Surgery, to study how dopamine levels affect the development of the brain and how these changes are connected to social and repetitive behaviors. Matthies will also present his research at a poster session hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Senate next fall.

  • Locke lab member awarded ASN fellowship

    Locke lab member awarded ASN fellowship Rhiannon Deierhoi ReedRhiannon Deierhoi Reed, M.P.H., a researcher in the Transplant Epidemiology and Analytics in Medicine lab of Associate Professor of Transplantation Jayme Locke, M.D., was recently awarded the American Society of Nephrology Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. This fellowship seeks to foster early career-stage Ph.D. students, under the direction of a sponsor, who are highly motivated to make contributions to the understanding of kidney biology and disease.See also" "Locke’s lab member wins at symposium" and "Locke’s lab member receives research grant."

  • PSRC holds annual meeting at UAB

    The UAB Department of Surgery recently hosted the Plastic Surgery Research Council's 63rd Annual Meeting, bringing approximately 300 plastic surgeons from across the country to Birmingham, Alabama. The event, led by PSRC President and Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery Timothy King, M.D., Ph.D., began on Thursday, May 17, at the Sheraton hotel with a wlcome from UAB Department of Surgery Chair Herbert Chen, M.D., and a history of the UAB Division of Plastic Surgery from the division's former director, Luis Vasconez, M.D.

  • Medical student awarded ASTS grant to work on xenotransplantation research

    UAB medical student Benjamin Smood recently received an American Society of Transplant Surgeons Presidential Student Mentor Grant.

  • Celebrate the 10,000th robotic surgery on May 23

    Celebrate the 10,000th robotic surgery on May 23 Residents in the Robotic Surgery Curriculum train in robotic surgery to provide them with the skills necessary to become practicing, credentialed robotic surgeons through an integrated approach of computer-based learning modules and testing, hands-on training, and a case log system.This April, UAB Medicine surpassed the 10,000 robotic surgeries mark, a feat that helps make UAB the leader in robotic surgery volume in the country. On May 23, UAB will commemorate this milestone with a free, public celebration in the North Pavilion Atrium at 1 p.m. 

  • Stafman receives travel award for APSA meeting

    Stafman receives travel award for APSA meeting Dr. Laura StafmanGeneral surgery resident Laura Stafman, M.D., recently received a travel scholarship from the UAB Graduate School to attend the 2018 American Pediatric Surgery Association Annual Meeting last week in Palm Desert, California, where she presented her research on PP2A activation as a novel therapy for hepatoblastoma.

  • Former mentee of Chen, Jaskula-Sztul wins award for research

    Former mentee of Chen, Jaskula-Sztul wins award for research Former mentee of Dr. Herbert Chen and Dr. Renata Jaskula-Sztul, Danilea Carmona-Matos, presents her award-winning research at the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons 39th Annual Meeting last week in Durham, North Carolina.Former mentee of Department of Surgery Chair Herbert Chen, M.D., and Assistant Professor of Surgery Renata Jaskula-Sztul, Ph.D., Danilea Carmona-Matos received a $1,000 travel scholarship, supported by Neurovision Medical Products, for the research she presented at the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons 39th Annual Meeting last week in Durham, North Carolina.

  • 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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