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.
Public Health Experts

David Becker, Ph.D.

Health care policy • Federal and state health policy issues • Health, Labor and regulatory economics

Raegan Durant, M.D., MPH  

Cardiovascular disease • Hypertension • Minority health • Preventive medicine • Health disparities

Michelle Fanucchi, Ph.D.

Air pollution • Water pollution • Toxicology • Chemical safety • Health risks from air and water contamination

Will Ferniany, Ph.D.

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

Fouad Fouad, Ph.D.

Sustainable building products & systems • Green materials • Green building design & construction • Highway sign & traffic signal supports

Russell Griffin, Ph.D. 

Gun violence • Gun violence-protection • Motor vehicle-related injuries and prevention • Pediatric trauma outcomes • Improving clinical care of trauma and burn patients • Treating acte kidney injury in newborns 

Tara Harman, RDN 

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

Peter Hendricks, Ph.D.

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

Craig Hoesley, M.D.

HIV-prevention methods including microbicides • HIV diagnosis and treatment

George Howard, DrPH

Stroke risk factors, prevention • Heart health • Racial and geographical disparities in stroke populations • Health disparities

Virginia Howard, Ph.D.

Racial and geographical disparities in stroke populations • Health disparities • Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease epidemiology

Suzanne Judd, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular disease and diet • Diabetes and diet • Dietary needs of athletes • Reducing health disparities in chronic disease • Diet and racial disparities in the risk of hypertension, kidney disease and stroke

Robin Lanzi, Ph.D.

Maternal and child health disparities • Maternal depression • Adolescent risk-taking behaviors • Adolescent sexual health behaviors • Developmental outcomes of children • Child social and academic development • Developmental psychology • Community engaged research

Cora Lewis, M.D.

Hypertension • Hypertension in African Americans • Body composition

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

Sadis Matalon, Ph.D.

Lung injury • Effects of chlorine and other harmful gases to the lung

James McClintock, Ph.D.

Polar marine biology • Climate change • Antarctic marine ecology • Ocean acidification • Invertebrate zoology • Marine invertebrate chemical ecology • Nutrition & reproduction

Lisa McCormick, DrPH

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

Paul Muntner, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular disease • Hypertension • Blood pressure management • High cholesterol 

Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D.

HPV vaccines • Cancer prevention • Minority health • Health disparities

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