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; 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 

Kathleen Berecek, Ph.D., has been named professor emerita of physiology and biophysics in the UAB School of Medicine and School of Dentistry.

Robert C. Bourge, M.D., will chair a newly created endowed professorship in cardiovascular medicine in the UAB School of Medicine.

Hughes Evans, M.D., Ph.D., will be the chair of the Department of Medical Education in the UAB School of Medicine.

The UAB Bevill Neurosciences Symposium brings leading scientists to Birmingham and honors the memory of late U.S. Congressman Tom Bevill.

The chair of the UAB Department of Physical Therapy received a professionalism award.

A drug already on the market for Crohn’s disease might help slow the growth of gliomas, the brain cancer that killed Sen. Ted Kennedy in 2008.

UAB hosts a major blood drive the week of Sept. 12-17, to boost blood supplies weakened by earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding.

UAB medical professionals who were in New York on 9-11 when the World Trade Center was attacked remember that day, and the lessons learned.

A UAB researcher suspects room temperatures contribute to flawed results on weight-loss drugs tested in animals.

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