Savannah Koplon

Savannah Koplon

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Public Relations Manager, Health and Medicine

skoplon@uab.edu • (205) 641-1211

Leads external communications in healthcare, biomedical research and for UAB's six professional schools; Dentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health. Koplon and her 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: Health System Administration; Heersink School of Medicine (Administration, Student News, Education); Issues Management; Medical Facilities; Medical Partnerships; Precision Medicine; Infectious Diseases; Emergency Medicine; Civitan International Research Center; CCTS;  Department of Informatics; Department of Surgery (Transplantation, Xenotransplantation); Libraries (Reynolds Historical Library, Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, Lister Hill library)

Today the National Institutes of Health has announced that UAB’s own Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D., has been selected to succeed Anthony Fauci, M.D., as the next director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) this fall. 
For another consecutive year, UAB Hospital has been named the best hospital in Alabama, with several disciplines and procedures ranked among the best.
As COO, Baverso says his priorities will be in continuing UAB Medicine’s clinical excellence and expanding services to serve even more patients and Alabamians.
The baby boy, born in late May 2023, is the first baby born from a uterus transplant outside of a clinical trial and UAB’s first baby from its uterus transplant program.
To address the critical need for more emergency medical services in Birmingham and Alabama, UAB Hospital — with support from the State of Alabama — is creating 59 new exam rooms and more than 66,000 square feet of clinical space to meet service demand. 
A significant fundraising initiative for UAB Libraries will help bring to life different historical collections.
Six-year-old Waylon Marshall was able to sign a one-day contract with the Barons, a true milestone just six months after a traumatic hand injury was thought to have crushed his baseball dreams.    
To meet patients where they are, Cooper Green and Birmingham Fire and Rescue are conducting at-home care visits with patients whose frequent visits to the emergency department have identified them as in need of extra care and support.
Both the CEO of UAB Health System and the CEO of UAB Hospital have been identified as key female leaders in the health care space, among 175 others.   
A traumatic hand injury treated by UAB could not hold Waylon Marshall back from his love of baseball and his desire to continue to play.
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