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UAB Public Relations works with students, faculty, staff and the news media to support the institution’s strategic goals and inform the public. Contact us for more information or to request phone, in-person, e-mail or to use the UAB News Studio for interviews with our experts, including those within the UAB Health System.

Alicia Rohan

Alicia Rohan

Director of External Public Relations

arohan@uab.edu • (205) 975-7515

Leads strategy development and implementation for a team of public relations professionals to coordinate external communications for the university and health system, including media relations, emergency communication, social media and special projects.

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Savannah Koplon

Savannah Koplon

Public Relations Manager, Traditional University Campus

skoplon@uab.edu • (205) 641-1211

Leads external communications for units within the traditional university campus. Koplon and her team proactively reach out to the media to secure media hits telling the story of happenings on campus ranging from the arts to student stories, graduate and undergraduate research and beyond. The team works reactively to ensure appropriate experts are connected with media within their deadline.

Specific beats include: College of Arts and Sciences; Department of Biology; Department of Mathematics; Department of Chemistry; Department of Physics; Department of Anthropology; Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; School of Education; Athletics; Office of the Provost for Student and Faculty Success; Enrollment, Admissions and Financial Aid; Human Resources; Issues Management

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Bob Shepard

Bob Shepard

Public Relations Manager, Health and Medicine

bshep@uab.edu • (205) 934-8934

Leads external communications in healthcare, biomedical research and for UAB's six professional schools; Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health. Shepard and his team proactively tell the story of UAB health and medicine, including patient stories, innovative research and new therapies, through original content and extensive collaborations with local, national and international media. The team works reactively to ensure appropriate experts are connected with media within their deadline.

Specific beats include: Civitan International Research Center; Center for Clinical and Translational Science; Department of Emergency Medicine; Health System Administration; School of Medicine; Administration; Student News; Education; Department of Neurology; Department of Neurosurgery; Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Reynolds Historical Library; Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences; Lister Hill Library; Acute Care Surgery, Department of Radiation Oncology, Precision Medicine; Informatics Institute 

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Ted Feeley

Ted Feeley

Associate Athletics Director for Communication

tfeeley@uab.edu • (205) 934-0730

Leads external communications for UAB Athletics.

Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen

Research Editor

jeffhans@uab.edu • (205) 209-2355

Communicates UAB research discoveries and initiatives from across the university for a variety of audiences.

Specific beats include: biochemistry; cell, developmental and integrated biology; microbiology; molecular genetics; neurobiology; pathology; pharmacology and tocixology; Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance; Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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Brianna Hoge

Brianna Hoge

Public Relations Specialist

bhoge@uab.edu • (205) 855-9983

Supports the external communications teams by posting stories, building media relationships, distributing press releases and providing analytics for media coverage.

Specific beats include: College of Arts and Sciences; psychology 

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Adam Pope

Adam Pope

Public Relations Specialist

arpope@uab.edu • (205) 934-6986

Specific beats include: School of Health Professions ; Division of Transplantation; Xenotransplantation; General Surgery; Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery; Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; UAB Callahan Eye Hospital ; Department of Otolaryngology; Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine; Division of Preventive Medicine ; Minority Health Research Center; Division of Infectious Diseases; Division of Hematology and Oncology; Department of Urology

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Yvonne Taunton

Yvonne Taunton

Public Relations Specialist

ytaunton@uab.edu • (205) 934-8931

Specific beats include: College of Arts and Sciences; Department of English; Department of History; Department of Philosophy; Department of Criminal Justice; African American Studies Program; Department of Computer Sciences; Department of Political Science and Public Administration; CORD; Department of Social Work; Department of Sociology; School of Engineering; Collat School of Business; Facilities; Honors College; Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

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Shannon Thomason

Shannon Thomason

Public Relations Specialist

thomason@uab.edu • (205) 975-8858

Specific beats include: The Arts at UAB; Alys Stephens Center ; AEIVA; ArtPlay ; Arts in Medicine; Student Affairs and Student Life; Career & Professional Development Services; Veterans Services; Lecture Series; Homecoming; Issues management ; Administrative News; College of Arts and Sciences; Department of Art and Art History; Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; Department of Music; Department of Theatre; Department of Communication Studies; Institute for Human Rights; WBHM; National Alumni Society; Homecoming; The Graduate School; Development

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