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 

This large study of high-volume emergency departments showed that health care workers had a low rate of infection, but that some were unaware of an undiagnosed infection.
This holiday gathering safely allowed some UAB patients with vision impairment to visit with their friends and colleagues.
Emergency departments are crowded, and patients might want to consider alternative care options such as urgent care centers.
The orthopaedic urgent care clinic should help reduce crowding in the emergency department and speed up visits to the hospital.
It’s been a tough year, but better times are coming. Physicians, psychologists and wellness experts at the UAB School of Medicine have some thoughts on how to manage the stress of 2020.

The initial COVID surge during the summer months stressed our healthcare system, but the drastic increase in confirmed COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths over the last few weeks is significantly more concerning.

LITT surgery, using heat generated by a laser, offers less side effects and a shorter hospital stay compared to traditional epilepsy surgery.
The holidays are typically a time of low blood supply, a situation worsened this year by the pandemic.
CCT has added a fourth ambulance to its fleet, and its new offices feature increased space and improved overnight accommodations for on-call staff.
The Altec Styslinger Genomic Medicine and Data Sciences Building will help cement UAB’s place as a leading research institution in genomic and precision medicine.
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