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Cohen named Chief of UAB Primary Care Stuart J. Cohen, MD has been named the inaugural Chief of Primary Care for the UAB Health System and UAB Medicine. Cohen, who is a professor of medicine at UAB, had been medical director for UAB Primary Care. “Primary care is the Stuart J. Cohen, MD foundation of the medical system in this country, and the creation of this position will strengthen that foundation,” said Tony Jones, MD, chief physician executive for the UAB Health System. Cohen takes the reins of a clinical department with 47 physicians, 14 advanced practice practitioners and 140 staff. UAB Primary Care sees adult patients at the Whitaker Clinic of UAB Hospital and UAB Medicine’s primary care clinics in Hoover, and Inverness and adult and pediatric patients at clinics in Gardendale and Leeds. UAB’s Urgent Care facility in Southside is also part of the department. UAB Primary Care has experienced double digit growth in each of the past five years and will see more than 150,000 patient visits in 2019. Cohen says elevating primary care to the level of a clinical department will pay off for patients in multiple ways. “This move will enhance UAB’s ability to serve as a patient’s medical home, where we can engage in preventive medicine, manage chronic diseases, refer to specialized care when necessary and conduct the wrap-around services needed to ensure that each patient’s care is comprehensive,” he said.
Cohen believes the expansion of UAB Primary Care will not only allow for greater access to the healthcare system but also pave the way for improved integrated care between primary and specialty care at UAB. Cohen earned his medical degree from UAB in 1994. He completed his residency training at the University of Washington Medical Center and served an additional year in Seattle as chief medical resident and clinical instructor before joining the UAB faculty in 1998. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.
Colleen Tobe-Donohue, DO Named President of AAFP Colleen Tobe-Donohue, DO was recently elected president of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Tobe-Donohue has been in private practice in Birmingham since 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from Samford University Colleen TobeDonohue, DO and earned her medical degree from Pikeville University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, KY. She completed her residency at St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine program in Birmingham. A member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians, Tobe-Donohue is a member of the Grandview Medical Group network. Her office is located in Vestavia Hills, AL.
The American Sports Medicine Institute Honors Lanier Johnson The Board of Directors of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) recently recognized Lanier Johnson, Executive Director, for his 15 years of service at ASMI and his overall 30 years of service in the sports medicine field. During his tenure at ASMI, Johnson led a collaboration with the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, helping expand ASMI’s fellowship program and train more than 400 new healthcare providers in orthopaedic sports medicine, primary care sports medicine, and orthopaedic foot and ankle injuries.
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20 5 .6 0 5 .8 1 8 0 | SO U T H L A K E O RTHO PAE D IC S.C OM Medplex Medical Building Hoover || Grandview Physicians Plaza Birmingham Michael F. Blum, M.D. | Ekkehard Bonatz, M.D. | George Robert Booker, M.D. William S. Craig, M.D. | Michael T. Ellerbusch, M.D. Christopher A. Heck, M.D. | Dewey Jones, IV, M.D. | John S. Kirchner, M.D. William D. Krauss, D.O. | Michael D. Smith, M.D. | William D. Sudduth, M.D. | C.J. Talbert, M.D.
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Birmingham Medical News
Left to right: Andrew Gnann, COO of St. Vincent’s Birmingham and Chilton hospitals; Dr. Lyle Cain; Lanier Johnson, executive director of ASMI; Dr. Jeffrey R. Dugas; and Dr. Benton A. Emblom.
Birmingham Medical News August 2019