Experts Guide
UAB’s public relations specialists are the fastest, most efficient way for reporters to reach UAB experts on deadline. Call 205-934-3884.

We also have a full-service broadcast team that can facilitate interviews for TV, radio or Skype and provide b-roll or sound on request. Search by topic or name to find featured experts or contact Public Relations for additional information.

Tim Sullivan 

Horticulture • Gardening • Landscaping & recycling 

Peter Hendricks, Ph.D.

Substance abuse treatment and prevention • Hallucinogenic therapy • Novel treatments for tobacco, cocaine and polysubstance dependence 

Irfan Asif, M.D. 

Family medicine • Sports and exercise medicine • Pediatrics • Primary care • Population health 

Holly Wyatt, M.D.

Obesity • Nutrition • Metabolism • Physical activity • Weight loss and regulation • Wellness • Endocrinology • Internal medicine 

Sandra Sims, Ph.D. 

Quality physical education programs • Integrated physical education and health education • Health & wellness 

Tara Warner, Ph.D.

Victimization • Sexual risk-taking • Neighborhoods • Substance use • Gun ownership 

Christine Curcio, Ph.D. 

Aging • Age-related macular degeneration • Pathogenesis

Jessica Grayson, M.D. 

Sinus infections • Seasonal allergies • Olfactory sense issues • Upper respiratory airway diseases • Nasal medicine • Influenza 

Neena Xavier, M.D. 

Preventive medicine • Endocrinology • Diabetes • Thyroid-related illnesses • Experiential learning strategies in the classroom • Health disparities 

Tara Harman, RDN 

Nutrition • Hunger and food insecurity • Nutrition education and health behaviors

Adam Beck, M.D. 

Vascular disease • Vascular surgery • Aortic aneurysms • Developing new medical devices tailored to individual patients 

James Davies, M.D. 

Adult cardiac surgery • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) • Minimally invasive heart surgery • Cardiac valvular disease • Outcomes research 

Gigi Douban 

Journalism • Newsroom collaborations • Media diversity • Ethics in journalism • Digital media 

Susanne Fogger, DNP 

Opioid abuse and treatment • Chronic pain management • Veterans' mental health • Addiction treatments • Mental health 

David LaFon, M.D.

Pneumonia • Pulmonary disease • Influenza 

Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D. 

All aspects of information assurance • Computer and network security • Wireless and movile device security • Usable security • Privacy and applied cryptography 

Stephen Miller, Ph.D. 

The history of capitalism • Early modern Europe • French Revolution 

Kristina Zierold, Ph.D. 

Climate change • Air pollution • Coal ash pollution • Water contamination • Environmental and social justice 

Marisa Marques, M.D.

Transfusion services • Stem cell collection/blood banking • Blood management • Pathology 

Paul Muntner, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular disease • Hypertension • Blood pressure management • High cholesterol 

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