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.

William Curry, M.D.

Internal medicine • Rural health • Primary care • Rural vs. urban health disparities • Socioeconomic health disparities

Candice Dye, M.D.

Water safety and children • Traveling with children • Infant safe sleep

Stephen Russell, M.D.

Annual physicals • Primary physician care Primary care for adults and children • Vaccinations • Urgent care for flu, upper respiratory infections, etc. • Preventive care for adults

Richard Whitley, M.D.

Pediatric infectious diseases – treatment and prevention • Herpes virus • Virology • Gene therapy • Pandemic flu

Thomeer McBride, Ph.D.

Psychology • Mental health • Socal issues  

Mark T. Dransfield, M.D.

COPD • Lung cancer • Vaping effects on the lungs 

Victor Thannickal, M.D.

Fibrotic lung diseases • Acute lung inury

Do-Yeon Cho, M.D.

Seasonal allergies • Upper respiratory airway diseases • Cystic Fibrosis • Endoscopic skull base surgery 

Steve Rowe, M.D.

Cystic fibrosis • Effects of cigarettes and vaping • COPD

Kevin Harrod, Ph.D.

Influenza virus • Infectious disease • Pulmonary disease • Chronic Lung disease  

Joanna Joly, M.D.

Heart failure • Cardiomyopathy • Pulmonary hypertension • Transplant cardiology • Mechanical circulatory support • Dietary veganism • Health and wellness

Brynn Welch, Ph.D.

Social and political philosophy • Biomedical ethics • Family ethics • Educational justice

Tedra Smith, DNP

Parenting and children's health • Emergency medicine & crisis management • Addiction 

Will Ferniany, Ph.D.

Hospital Pricing • U.S. Health Care Reform • Vouchers for Health Care Choice • Rural Health Care

Grace Grau, DNP

Health Disparities • Cardiovascular disease • Chronic and continuing care for adults and the elderly 

Kathy Weise, O.D., MBA, FAAO,

Pediatric eye care • Concussions • Effects of mild traumatic brain injuries • Ocular injuries


Beth Steele, O.D., FAAO

Primary optometric care • Ocular disease

Mia Geisinger, DDS, M.S.

Oral hygiene/preventative dental care • Pregnancy/maternal oral healthcare • Oral healthcare delivery in patients with dementia • Gum care, periodontology • Dental consumer products/emerging technologies • Periodontal-systemic disease connection

Ken Tilashalski, DMD

General dentistry • Endodontic treatment • Academic affairs, School of Dentistry • Oral diseases

Susan Walley, M.D.

E-cigarettes • Teen tobacco use and cessation • General pediatrics

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