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 

Researchers at UAB are using Constraint Induced Therapy, a rehab technique first developed for stroke, in a new way — as a therapy for patients with aphasia.

UAB research shows communication between neurons is not a static conversation, but an ongoing, dynamic story.

UAB’s Ursula Wesselmann is a member of the Institute of Medicine panel that issued a blueprint for better managing pain in America.

If you could know the cost for a chest X-ray in advance, would you choose a clinic that charges $121 or one that charges $1,519?

There’s ticks in them-there woods, and that means the possibility of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, as one UAB patient recently discovered.

The UAB Callahan Eye Hospital says leave the fireworks alone this summer, but here are some safety tips if you just can’t resist.

UAB and Specialists on Call are working together to introduce telemedicine for stroke care in community hospitals throughout Alabama.

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