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.

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

Richard Shelton, M.D.

Depression • Suicide • Bipolar disorder • Mood disorders • Experimental therapeutics • Biomarker identification

Edward Hook III, M.D. 

Sexually transmitted infections – prevention, treatment, research • Gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis • Sexual health as it relates to public health

Patricia M. Speck, DNSc, CRNP

Child abuse • Sexual assault • Domestic violence • Child abuse prevention • Domestic violence and sexual assault prevention• PTSD • Helping survivors of child abuse, domestic violence or sexual assault recover and thrive

Lisa McCormick, DrPH

Disaster and emergency management • Emergency preparedness and response • Public health crisis preparedness and response • Responding to natural disasters

Elizabeth Jackson, M.D.

Cardiovascular disease • Women's heart health • Digital health trends and eHealth • Preventive medicine • Diabetes • Health promotion

Anthony C. Hood, Ph.D.

Civic innovation • Personal branding • Team science• Workplace relationships • Strategic management • Innovation  & entrepreneurship • Economic development • Community engagement • Social responsibility

Erin Buczek, M.D.

Head and neck cancer • Skin cancer • Robotic assisted surgery • Laser microsurgery

Soroush Rais-Bahrami, M.D.

Urologic cancers including prostate, kidney, adrenal, testis, bladder, ureteral, penile • Robotic surgery • Advanced imaging for urologic cancers • Genomic testing for urologic cancers

Jodie Dionne-Odom, M.D.

Infections in women and pregnancy including HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, malaria, hepatitis B and Zika virus.

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