Bob Shepard

Bob Shepard

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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

UAB’s new Hoover Primary and Specialty Care clinic adds new medical specialties to go along with existing primary care services.

UAB Hospital is only the 21st hospital worldwide to receive this designation five consecutive times and is the only hospital in Alabama designated a Magnet organization.
UAB Parkinson’s disease expert David Standaert and an Italian colleague have received the fifth annual Bachmann-Strauss Prize for Excellence in Dystonia Research.
UAB and Highlands Hospitals are among only 10 hospitals in the state to earn an A grade for patient safety. 
Scientists know exercise is good for the body. A new study will dig down all the way to the molecular level to find out why.
Russell Medical, a strategic affiliate of UAB for several years, has entered into a management agreement to become a member of the UAB Health System.
UAB emergency physician Erik Hess has been named to a federal governmental committee on substance abuse disorder.
Platelet donors needed! A shortage of blood platelets has UAB and the Red Cross asking donors to step up.
The nation faces a dire need for movement disorder specialists as the incidence of diseases such as Parkinson’s continues to increase.
Investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Stanford University want to learn more about silent strokes and their role in brain health, including dementia.
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