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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.

Tyler Greer

Tyler Greer

Director of External Public Relations

tgreer@uab.edu • (205) 934-2041

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.

Specific beats include: kidney chain and Xenotransplant.

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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; CCTS; emergency medicine; Health System Administration; School of Medicine (administration, student news, education); neurology; neurosurgery; orthopedic surgery; Reynolds Historical Library; Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences; Lister Hill Library; Acute Care Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Precision Medicine, Informatics

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Alicia Rohan

Alicia Rohan

Public Relations Manager, Traditional University Campus

arohan@uab.edu • (205) 975-7515

Leads external communications for units within the traditional university campus. Rohan 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; biology; chemistry; psychology; physics; communication studies; sociology; social work; anthropology; Collat School of Business; School of Education; Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Office of the Provost for Student and Faculty Success

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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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Holly Gainer

Holly Gainer

Public Relations Specialist

hgainer@uab.edu • (205) 410-8046

Covers stories and media requests with the School of Nursing; School of Public Health; gerontology, geriatrics and palliative care; genetics; nephrology; gastroenterology and hepatology; Liver Center; digestive health; physical medicine and rehabilitation; radiology; primary care; family and community medicine; general internal medicine; telemedicine.

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Savannah Koplon

Savannah Koplon

Public Relations Specialist

skoplon@uab.edu • (205) 641-1211

Covers stories and media requests within the School of Optometry; School of Dentistry; pediatrics; Women's & Infants Services; dermatology; endocrinology & diabetes; infectious diseases; clinical immunology and rheumatology; hematology & oncology; urology; psychiatry & behavioral neurobiology.

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Adam Pope

Adam Pope

Public Relations Specialist

arpope@uab.edu • (205) 934-6986

Covers stories and media requests within the School of Health Professions; UAB Callahan Eye Hospital; anesthesiology; cardiothoracic surgery; cardiovascular disease; gastrointestinal surgery; general surgery; Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center; ophthalmology; otolaryngology; pathology; preventive medicine; pulmonary, allergy and critical care medicine; surgical oncology; transplantation; vascular surgery and endovascular therapy

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Yvonne Taunton

Yvonne Taunton

Public Relations Specialist

ytaunton@uab.edu • (205) 934-8931

Covers stories and media requests within the School of Engineering; english; African American studies; mathematics; political sciences; CORD; Institute of Human Rights; government; history; philosophy; computer and information sciences; criminal justice; exercise science; facilities.

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Beena Thannickal

Beena Thannickal

Communication Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center

beenat@uab.edu • (205) 975-3967

Covers stories and media requests within cancer research and patient care. Develops and executes internal communications for the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Shannon Thomason

Shannon Thomason

Public Relations Specialist

thomason@uab.edu • (205) 975-8858

Covers stories and media requests within the arts, including the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center; Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts; Institute for Arts in Medicine; arts events; art and art history; music; theatre; as well as foreign languages and literatures; Student Affairs; The Graduate School; National Alumni Society; the Benevolent Fund; WBHM. 

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