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 

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.
The RADx-UP program is focused on addressing disparities in COVID-19 response in underserved and vulnerable populations.
Patients with medical emergencies should not avoid emergency departments due to COVID-19 fears.
For the seventh consecutive year, UAB Medicine has earned “Most Wired” status for use of information technology in improving patient care.
The UAB Sports Medicine Clinic partners with professional, amateur and school athletic programs to provide medical care to players.
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