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.

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Infectious Diseases Experts

Steve Austad, Ph.D.

The biology of aging • Evolution • Ecology of infectious diseases • Scientific communication • Longevity of life

Jodie Dionne-Odom, M.D.

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

James Galbraith, M.D.

Emergency medicine • HIV testing and prevention • Hepatitis C testing and prevention • Opioid abuse • Needle sharing programs • HIV post-exposure prophylaxis for victims of sexual assault

Grace Grau, DNP

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

Kevin Harrod, Ph.D.

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

Craig Hoesley, M.D.

HIV-prevention methods including microbicides • HIV diagnosis and treatment

Edward Hook III, M.D. 

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

David Kimberlin, M.D.

Vaccinations: safe, effective and life saving; schedule for school age kids • Measles, mumps and rubella • Cold and flu in children • Infectious disease outbreaks, such as Zika • Antiviral treatments • Whooping cough • Congenital CMV and neonatal herpes infections

David LaFon, M.D.

Pneumonia • Pulmonary disease • Influenza 

Rachael Lee, M.D.

Healthcare epidemiology • Infection prevention • Outbreak of infectious disease locally and globally including the flu • Multi-drug resistant pathogens in relation to infection control

Jayme Locke, M.D.

UAB Kidney Chain • Living kidney donation • Kidney paired donation • Desensitization and incompatible kidney transplantation • HIV-positive kidney transplant • Health services research • Healthcare policy and reform

Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D.

Intervention to prevent infection with HIV, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) • Multipurpose prevention, including contraception options and protection against HIV and genital herpes • STI diagnosis management and prevention • Reproductive tract infections, including transmission to infants • Vaccine-preventable infections • Infectious disease outbreaks

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

Michael Saag, M.D.

HIV/AIDS infection control • Antiretroviral therapy • HIV/AIDS research • Hepatitis C diagnosis and therapy

Richard Whitley, M.D.

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

Craig Wilson, M.D.

Infectious and tropical diseases • HIV management and prevention • Public health • Pediatric infectious diseases • Emerging diseases, such as Zika, Ebola • HIV in adolescents