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NEW BEGINNINGS SHP’s New Addition Provides CuttingEdge Technology, Innovative Research, and Extensive Learning Space






Hello, AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD, UAB recently launched the university’s largest and most comprehensive fund-raising campaign. It is an ambitious plan to raise $1 billion in order to align resources with aspirations. Success in this campaign will strengthen UAB’s position as one of the nation’s most productive and dynamic universities. Here at the School of Health Professions, our goal within the Campaign for H A R O L D P. J O N E S , P H . D .

UAB is $25 million. We firmly believe knowledge can positively change the world. And with your help and generosity, we can shape the future of healthcare and be the 21st century leader in health professions’ education and research. To expand our impact we are tailoring innovative teaching and research solutions to address real world problems. We are building strategic community, business and global partnerships that inform and expand our impact by focusing our resources on pressing societal needs in five areas: • Obesity & Obesity Related Diseases • Healthcare Management & Leadership • Rehabilitation & Disability • Signature Programs for Workforce Needs • Undergraduate Education We understand the discovery and sharing of new knowledge will impact the lives of individuals, communities and the world by translating that knowledge into practice. Your help will allow us to pursue a unique strategy – one that will transform our school and one that will dramatically improve the quality of life worldwide. For that we thank you for your time, your effort and your generosity.

On the cover: New state-of-the-art facilities provide students and faculty more than 35,000 square feet of the most technologically up-todate laboratory and classroom space.

All the best, Harold P. Jones, Ph.D.







c o n t e n t s UAB Health Professions Magazine Editors

2-3 Critical Issues Expanded program, new certificate, and unique research

Charles Buchanan Grant Martin Kevin Storr

Executive Art Director Ron Gamble

4-7 Cover Story [ New Beginnings ]

Art Director Jessica Huffstutler

On Oct. 11, 2013, the School of Health Professions unveiled

Production Manager Erin Tapp

the two new floors of SHPB that house state-of-the-art labora-


tories, modernized learning space, and more.

Melanie K. Davis Bob Shepard Kevin Storr

8-13 Feature Stories

Photography Andi Rice Photography Kevin Storr Steve Wood

Editorial Board

[ Students Pay It Forward ] Assisting disabled orphans and building homes highlight student efforts.

Katie D. Adams • Director of Development Michelle Brown, MS, MLS (ASCP) SBBcm • Clinical Education Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

[ Research Roundup ]

Darrell E. Burke, Ph.D. • Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Administration and Health Informatics Program

date for diabetes.

Deek Cunningham, MS, OTR/L, SIPT, ATP • Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator of Fieldwork Education

[ Student News ]

Chris Eidson, MS, OTR/L • Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. • Dean of the School of Health Professions Lakesha Kinnerson, MPH • Program Manager I, Health Informatics and Information Management Programs Beth Kitchin, Ph.D., R.D. • Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences Susan Miller, MS, RD, LD • Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences; Assistant Director, UAB DI Program; and Assistant Director, Graduate Program in Clinical Nutrition David M. Morris, PT, Ph.D. • Vice Chair and Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Kathy Nugent, Ph.D. • Program Director, Biotechnology, and Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Exercising one day a week may be enough, and Santa is a candi-

Honors, gifts, grants, and giving back

14-15 Spectrum New HSA chair, 50-year milestones, and faculty honors

16-19 Alumni News Snapshots from alumni events in 2013

20-24 Contributions


PROFESSIONS UAB Health Professions is published each year by the School of Health Professions at UAB. It is produced by the UAB Office of Public Relations and Marketing.

Critical ISSUES H E A L T H - R E L A T E D


Five SHP Programs in Top 20 Healthcare Jobs


Physical Therapy


Occupational Therapy

U.S. News & World Report came out with its 2013 list of “Best Healthcare Jobs” and several programs in the School of Health Professions made the top 20 list.

#13 Respiratory Therapy #15 Nuclear Medicine Technology #17 Clinical Laboratory Science

UAB DRC Receives 5 Year Grant Exceeding $5M The UAB Diabetes Research Center (DRC) has received a five-year renewal grant for more than $5 million from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “I’m proud to say we were told that the new funding is a reflection of what DRC diabetes investigators have accomplished over the past five years,” said W. Timothy Garvey, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences and

principal investigator of the new grant. The DRC has established multiple core facilities to enhance diabetes research across the spectrum from basic to clinical investigation. This is a “translational research” effort which means the center brings basic advances in our understanding of diabetes to the bedside and to the community with interventions that improve the health of our patients. The center also brings international experts in diabetes to confer with our scientists and assists in the training of

the next generation of researchers and clinicians in diabetes. The DRC is a multidisciplinary operation with faculty researchers from UAB’s schools of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, among other units.

Physician Assistant Program Expands Focus Areas

surgery, trauma, primary care, emergency medicine and critical care


The UAB Physician Assistant program, long known for its surgical program, adds two more focus areas to its list of specialties. The PA program, ranked among the nation’s “Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News & World Report, now has five areas of focus: surgery, trauma, primary care, emergency medicine and critical care. PA Program Director Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., says the move is required to maintain the high standards expected by those who hire

UAB graduates and to keep up with the demands of an evolving society. “The entire country is facing a healthcare crisis and that is most evident here in Alabama where 65 out of 67 counties are medically underserved,” said Kilgore. “With healthcare reform changes increasing the number of patients that will be entering the system, these five areas of focus that the PA program is now moving on are critical to help provide care in the near future.”

SHP Adds Healthcare Quality and Safety Graduate Certificate The new Graduate Certificate in Healthcare

Four courses are required to earn the certificate:

Quality and Safety, a unique, multidisciplinary approach to the analysis and solution of complex problems, prepares clinical and administrative professionals to deploy better strategies for their organization. It requires a combined approach using data and models from the natural, social, technological, behavioral and life sciences, and other specialized fields.

HQS 600 Introduction to Clinical Quality Improvement HQS 610 Quantitative Methods, Measurement, and Tools for Quality Improvement HQS 625 Fundamentals of Patient Safety

The courses are not interdependent and students may enroll in one or multiple courses in a given term. In December 2013, the first HQS cohort earned their certificates.

HQS 630 Leadership of High Reliability Healthcare Organizations

Rogers Studies Post-Cancer-Treatment Exercise Program A unique breast cancer exercise study headed up by Laura Rogers, M.D., professor of nutrition sciences, aims to pinpoint what factors can lead survivors to begin and sustain an exercise program that will ultimately lead to positive lifestyle change. “We’re trying to give breast Laura Rogers, M.D. cancer survivors the tools they need to start an exercise program, and we want to determine what pathways lead them to continue exercising long after their treatment has ended,” said Rogers.

The Better Exercise Adherence after Treatment for Cancer (BEAT Cancer) study is funded by a $3.5 million federal grant from the National Cancer Institute and is currently enrolling women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis, are finished with treatment and are not engaged in a regular exercise program. Half of the women who enroll will be randomly assigned to receive the BEAT Cancer program. The 12-week program encourages women to walk at a healthy pace, beginning with 20 minutes a day three times a week and working toward the recommended time of 150 minutes a week. Rogers hopes the study will lead to the creation of educational training materials that can be taken to cancer centers around the country to train staff on how to incorporate these interventions with their patients.


NEWBEGINNINGS SHP’s New Addition Provides Needed Space & Updated Technology EXECUTIVE LEARNING CENTER

DIDYOUKNOW? The School of Health Professions building addition contains: • 23,000 square feet of additional space • 10,000-12,000 square feet of glass (it could cover half a football field)

There are 21 stairs between the 5th and 6th floor. Each stair weighs 250 pounds. The stairs are metal, wrapped in terrazzo. The “Wavy Wall” on the 6th floor is an interlam panel made of medium density fiber board (MDS). Each panel was run through a machine with router blades to create the wavy design. There are 42 steel columns within the walls of each additional floor. Each

column is covered with SikaWrap. This carbon fiber fabric makes the column stronger. The Dean’s office is cantilevered—it extends beyond the base of the building on one side—and, depending on the spot, the projection sticks out 6 to 10 feet. Extending the two elevator shafts required the removal of 90,000 pounds of concrete.

• 600,000 pounds of structural steel *Our thanks to Parker Evans, Project Manager, B.L. Harbert International, LLC; Heath Nichols, Field Project Coordinator, UAB Department of Project Management Services for the information. 4


“We’re here for eight consecutive days and we’re in a classroom for eight to nine hours each day so you need an environment that’s comfortable. This is light, it’s airy and the rooms have huge windows. It is elegant without being overstated at the same time. For students in an executive doctoral program we’re either in board rooms or conference rooms every day and this probably exceeds some of the locations that we work in right now.” SHAWN ULREICH, 2nd year Executive Doctoral Program, Health Services Administration



“Every day I am blown away and amazed at how the addition turned out. It is visually appealing, our students love the space and it provides a wonderful atmosphere for us to interact as faculty and staff. This truly surpasses anything I really thought was possible so to those who have already contributed I cannot thank you enough.” H A R O L D P. J O N E S , Dean


SHPB TECHNOLOGY HIGH DEFINITION MONITORS • 4 informational monitors displaying latest SHP news, events • 4 presentational monitors used in meetings to show video, pic slide shows and PowerPoints CONFERENCE ROOMS • 3 rooms with media controllers built into tables designed to hook up laptops using VGA or HDMI SHPB 641 • Triple functioning • Classroom or meeting space • Breakout learning from ELC • Overflow for ELC with simulcast capabilities • 2 projectors and 2 screens for split classrooms EXECUTIVE LEARNING CENTER • Each seat has own dedicated A/C outlet • Crestron Room Control System manages blinds, screen, audio, video, DVD, laptop and PolyCom video conference system from custom podium desktop • 3 cameras to record lecture and audience; each audience station has a microphone for questions • White Board expands width of classroom ELC CONTROL ROOM • Multi-camera set up can record up to 8 consecutive hours of lecture • Controls 3 cameras (pan/zoom) plus audio and video input/output • Able to livestream ELC to SHPB 641 • 2 DVRs able to record presenter or presentation.


“I come to the Executive in Training area because it is quiet, relaxing and comfortable and allows me to get the work done that I need to. It also provides me with great resources being located next to all of the faculty’s offices. The Executive in Training room coupled with the computer lab just down the hall provides all of the resources I need to be successful here.” TAY L O R R U D D , Master of Science in Health Administration


B R E A K O U T S PA C E S “Often I take advantage of the 6th floor breakout space because it is quiet and it allows me to focus on learning without interruptions or distractions. However, in my MSHA class we do a lot of group projects and I also like this setting because it is an ideal space for group interaction and an atmosphere that encourages innovative ideas.”

D AV I D H A W S , Master of Science in Health Administration


“Very often, whether for executive education, advisory board or general meetings, we are bringing in CEOs and COOs of major organizations. We understand atmospherics and first impressions are very important so we are proud to have a setting that is equal to the quality of the product our school delivers.”

– H A R O L D P. J O N E S , Dean


OT students, using cardboard, paper, flour and water, build chairs for Ugandan orphans Students in the Department of Occupational Therapy’s OT 673 and OT 674 classes study Assistive Technology. For many who are familiar, AT means prosthetic limbs, optical character recognition (OCR) software or speech generating devices. However, for these students it means collapsible chairs made only of cardboard, paper, flour and water. “The objective is to make functional chairs for children with disabilities ages three to six using low level technology that can be found around the house,” said Suzie Barnes, an Entry-Level Occupational Therapy student. “Plus, they must be collapsible so they can be put in a suitcase and delivered to a foster home in Africa.” This is the second consecutive year OT students have built chairs for the Home of Hope orphanage in Uganda. The idea

came from former OT students Jenny Taylor and Leslie Sims who, along with Leslie’s husband Ryan, founded Our Hope International. “The Lord has been so gracious to me and I have more than I will ever need,” said Taylor, who works as an OT at UAB Spain Rehab. “I feel it is a privilege and an obligation to come alongside these children at the Home of Hope to help and serve them as best I can.”

HCMSA HE L P S B UI L D HAB I TAT FOR HUM ANI TY H O ME The UAB Healthcare Management Student Association participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in early 2013. Six students, Madeline Patterson, Tiffanie Jenkins, Noelle Cheeks, Gabriel Welch, Kenric Duncan, Courtney Bibb and Aaliyah Edwards, worked from 8 a.m. - Noon on the house located in the west Birmingham neighborhood of Ensley. The group was responsible for priming and painting the inside of the house, putting siding on the outside of the house and placing shingles on the roof.

“Before that day I only knew one of the people in the group picture but we were all laughing together by the time we were done and even went out for pizza afterwards,” said Kenric Duncan. “It was a great bonding experience for us as a group. Some of those in my group are still my good friends today and the workday made me want to get more involved with my major’s student organization.” 8

UAB’s Habitat for Humanity group provided breakfast as well as rides to and from the site. Duncan, who has been taking part in community workdays since his freshman year, says he plans on going with them to UAB’s Into the Streets Day where students go throughout the Magic City and do community service.

CLS students work with patients at UAB HealthSmart The Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science program works in a joint effort at UAB HealthSmart, a wellness center in downtown Birmingham that provides free health evaluations, where the students are testing sugar and cholesterol levels and performing other lab tests for patients. “This partnership provides CLS students with the opportunity to talk with the patients, perform the analysis and discuss the results one on one with the patient,” said Michelle Brown, MS, MLS (ASCP)SBB, the clinical educator coordinator and assistant professor in the CLS program. Clinical laboratory scientists work behind the scenes diagnosing and monitoring the progress of diseases and treatments. Meeting patients face-to-face is unfamiliar, however, and it has

been an eye-opener for Jenna Key. “We commonly work with samples and a microscope,” said Key. “This experience reminds us we are dealing with patients. We get to see firsthand the impact we are having on the patients, which makes you well-rounded.” Other UAB faculty and students are also partnering with HealthSmart, including the School of Health Professions’ Department of Nutrition Sciences. The CLS students are currently helping out a few days a month, but that could increase to once per week in 2014.

42 PA S TUD ENTS RACE FOR THE CURE Kayla Renner, a second-year student in the UAB Physician Assistant program, amassed a team of 42 PA students to run in the 2013 Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure. The race, which was Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, coincided with National Physician Assistants Week.

From 2007-2012, the PA program has donated an estimated 928 service hours to nearly 40 non-profit organizations in the Birmingham area. The top five served are:

“Our students are promoting a healthy lifestyle of exercise and encouraging the citizens of Alabama to be aware of our continued work in research to find a cure for breast cancer,” said Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., PA-C, PA program director and assistant professor. Renner remembers all too well the first time she became aware of cancer. At the age of 13, her mom’s best friend lost her battle to breast cancer. Unfortunately, her connection to the disease did not end there. “This is personal for me because my late grandmother and my mom have been diagnosed with cancer,” said Renner. “As a kid I would keep my pink yogurt tops and mail them in to raise money for Susan G. Komen. I have personally seen the support this organization gives to breast cancer victims and I am so grateful for their kindness.”

Ronald McDonald House Habitat for Humanity Pathways Shelter for Women and Children Meals on Wheels Firehouse Men’s Shelter

180 hours 124 hours 76 hours 72 hours 60 hours


RESEARCHROUNDUP Vogtle, TBI team focus research on weight control/loss The UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, which has been funded since 1998, has entered more than 900 participants in the National TBI Data and Statistical Center. The high volume has led to greater understanding of the issues that involve TBI patients. In past years, UAB TBIMS focused on returnto-driving studies. However, those projects are near completion. The new focus is on weight control and weight loss in persons who are overweight and obese following TBI. A study based within the UAB TBI Model System entitled “Evaluation of a Telehealth-Based Weight Management Treatment Program for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) was funded in the fall of 2012. The in-house project will modify the EatRight lifestyle program for the TBI population and deliver it over the internet. The intervention is evidence-based and has proven successful within other groups. Laura Dreer, PhD is the principle investigator; the research team includes

Thomas Novack, Ph.D., Laura Vogtle, Ph.D., Robert Brunner, M.D., and Taraneh Soleymani, M.D. “Data from our pilot studies revealed that TBI patients seen at UAB gain weight within a year after their injury,” said Vogtle, co-investigator of this project. “In this first year, we have been able to develop a website which has been reviewed by persons with TBI and their caregivers to insure that materials will work for this population. Their feedback has directed the team in the modification of the materials we will be using.”

Exercising one day a week may be enough for older women A study by Gordon Fisher, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Human Studies with a secondary appointment in Nutrition Sciences, reveals that women over age 60 may need to exercise only one day a week to significantly improve strength and endurance. The study, appearing in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, monitored 63 women performing combined aerobic exercise training (AET) and resistance exercise training (RET) for 16 weeks. One group performed AET and RET one time per week, a second group two times per week and a third group three times per week. The study found significant increases in muscular strength, cardiovascular fitness


and functional tasks in each group, but there were no significant differences in outcomes among groups. “Telling people that they need to do at least three to five days of exercise to improve their overall health can be a major obstacle,” Fisher said. “This study demonstrates that doing as little as one AET and one RET workout each week can provide a lot of benefit for older women’s overall quality of life and health.” Fisher said the paper, “Frequency of Combined Resistance and Aerobic Training in Older Women,” goes against what most people believe about exercise – that more is better.

U A B G R A D E S T U D Y F O R D I A B E T E S : S AV I N G S A N TA A N D Y O U The GRADE study at UAB is evaluating four new medications for Type 2 diabetes. Patient confidentiality issues prohibit UAB from confirming patients or their health status, however, a recent VIP visitor – red suit, black boots, white beard – is a candidate for diabetes. “He has several risk factors associated with the development of Type 2 diabetes,” said Andrea Cherrington, M.D., associate professor of Preventive Medicine. “He’s overweight, he has a pretty sedentary lifestyle, and he doesn’t maintain the healthiest diet. These risk factors are also related to the development of cardiovascular disease, high blood pres-

sure and stroke.” The GRADE study is a large, multisite research effort sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The primary investigators for the UAB component of the study are Cherrington and W. Timothy Garvey, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences and director of the UAB Diabetes Research Center. GRADE is comparing four medications currently being used to treat Type 2 diabetes to be taken in conjunction with metformin, the most established medication used in the majority of diabetes cases. The study will follow its participants for seven years.

Study targets risk of physical inactivity

Sedentary adults — those

confined to bed rest, for exam-

ple — become insulin-resistant

in about four days. Children will see a marked increase in insulin resistance in just one day.

Prolonged physical inactivity leads to increased insulin resistance, which is a risk factor for diabetes and heart disease. Krista Casazza, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, is exploring the perils of a sedentary lifestyle and how much inactivity is necessary to cause health problems. “We know physical activity is beneficial for human health,” said Casazza. “We are just discovering that physical inactivity itself can be detrimental to human health in many ways.” Changes in insulin sensitivity leading to insulin resistance happen quickly in adults and even more quickly in children. Sedentary adults — those confined to bed rest, for example — become insulin-resistant in about four days. Children will see a marked increase in insulin resistance in just one day. “We have only a few complete data points thus far, but we are already finding that the insulin is higher following a meal test after the prolonged sitting versus prolonged standing even in the presence of 500kcal energy deficit,” Casazza said. “Further, we found glucose maintenance may be impaired such that more may be stored and thus increasing a person’s physiologic signals to eat.” The study is funded by the UAB Diabetes Research and Training Center.


STUDENTNEWS PA students benefit from MedSnap gift Physician Assistant students are among the first in the nation to use a newly released mobile app that identifies medication and recognizes dangerous interactions instantly. MedSnap ID is a mobile app that captures images of pills and identifies each using more than one million images of medication in its database. “It is critical to know the actual patient-medication history to avoid dangerous interactions; yet there are medical personnel in practice who still rely on the pictures found in the Physician’s Desk Reference or Google to help patients identify unknown drugs,” said Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., assistant professor and PA program director. MedSnap is providing the PA students free use of MedSnap ID while they attend UAB. Their co-founder and chief quality officer are UAB alumni.

OT students given $5, 5 minutes to make difference in world Occupational Therapy students in class OT 673 were asked to make an assistive device that would help people with an injury or disability. But there was a catch - the students could only spend five dollars and it had to be constructed from scratch within five minutes. “For many clients who receive OT services, waiting for weeks while paperwork for devices is submitted and orders completed is not an option,” said Deek Cunningham, MS, OTR/L. “We are trying to show our students that often we can make a difference in our client’s lives now, using simple tools and items we can find lying around our clinics or homes.” One of the simpler, called the “Finger Blocker,” was just a glove with the tip of the forefinger cut out. It is designed to help those with tremors avoid triggering wrong applications. One of the trickier, an ADL (activities of daily living) cuff for someone with stroke or spinal cord injury, required an old credit card, rubber bands, duct tape, a box cutter and MacGyver-esque skills.

GC grads take honors at UAB Graduate Student Research Days Jessica Johnson and Dana Hollenbeck, 2013 graduates of the Genetic Counseling program, took home 2nd and 3rd place honors respectively at the 2013 UAB Graduate Student Research Days. Johnson presented research titled “How to Develop an Educational Tool on Hereditary Breast Cancer for Minorities.” The objective of her work was to discover an effective educational strategy to disseminate hereditary breast cancer information to the African American community. Hollenbeck presented research titled “Contribution of Family History on the Incidence of Spina Bifida.” Her study evaluated the current impact of family history on incidence of spina bifida and found a higher incidence of family history, particularly paternal family history, than what had previously been reported. The GC program is only three years old and this is the second year in a row that a student placed at the event.

NMT students published in national journal Nuclear Medical Technology students Jessica Hartline and Miriam Van Dyke were published in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology. The students discussed the role NMT’s can play in theranostics, a key part of personalized medicine. UAB’s NMT students have been learning about the process during their clinical rotations at UAB Hospital. 12

Three from Nutrition Sciences honored at ENDO 2013 Nutrition Sciences has three members take home major honors at the Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting and Expo (ENDO 2013). Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor, wins

an Outstanding Reviewer award. She is

RT students shine at Summer Research Expo

this honor.

Twenty-four Respiratory Therapy students presented their service learning posters at the 2013 UAB Summer Research Expo. Three groups took home honors:

Holly Resuehr, Ph.D., a postdoctoral

1st place: LaShaydra White, Caletheia Harrison, Tuan Nguyen, and Melanie Stinson; “Helping the Community Breathe Better: One Inhaler at a Time”

$500 and a Blue Ribbon.

2nd place: Caleb Watson, Katie Brand, Karl Hare; “Reach Your Peak Asthma Camp”

one of only 12 at the event to receive

fellow, wins Outstanding Abstract,

Amy Goss, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, wins the Presidential Poster Award. The three awards mark the most received by UAB at the Endocrine Society’s annual event.

3rd place: Betty Maciel and Chinazor Iwuaba; “Learning All About Asthma at the McWane Center” The RT students attend one of two asthma camps each summer, either Camp Wheezaway or Children’s Hospital Asthma Camp, as part of their capstone and service learning course. At the camps they monitor campers taking medications, monitor for asthma attacks, provide asthma education and more.

PT postdoctoral fellow chosen for institutional training grant Christopher Hurt, a Physical Therapy postdoctoral fellow, is one of two postdoctoral scholars chosen nationwide to be the first trainees on an institutional training program grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health. The grant aims to train future leaders in translational rehabilitation research. Hurt has been a postdoctoral researcher in

David Brown’s lab since 2012. Brown, director of the PhD in Rehabilitation Science program, uses a device he helped design called the KineAssist Gait and Balance Training System to focus his research in the areas of locomotor and balance dysfunction of persons with neurological impairments. While the grant was awarded to

Six affiliated with SHP earn NAS scholarships The UAB National Alumni Society awarded six scholarships to students affiliated with the School of Health Professions at the NAS Scholarship Reception on Oct. 1, 2013.

Marcas Bamman, Ph.D., director of the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine, Brown will serve as Hurt’s primary mentor. Hurt will receive training and a stipend for up to two years to research metabolic and stability related factors that influence walking speed in individuals post-stroke.

Amy Clair Grisham, Nutrition Sciences; John R. Hardisty, Physician Assistant Program; and Michael L. Tran, Nuclear Medicine Technology Program; each earned the Dean’s Scholarship. Caitlyn Mullane, Health Care Management, and Wei Zhang, M.D., graduate student in Nutrition Sciences, earned the License to Learn Scholarship. M. Elizabeth Hendrix, Ph.D., the doctoral program director in the Department of Health Services Administration, was awarded the BBVA Compass Bank Mortgage Graduate Student Scholarship as she works on a master’s in Public Administration. 13


News from SHP programs, departments, and faculty

2014 MILESTONES Dietetic Internship celebrates 50 years The DI Program celebrated its 50 year anniversary in March 2014 with a month-long celebration that featured events and lectures across Alabama. Dietetic Internship Inaugural Lecture • Sarah Morgan, M.D., R.D., lecture titled “Classification of Neutraceuticals: Medical Foods, Dietary Supplements and Bone.” Dietetic Internship 50th Anniversary Alumni Celebration • Leaders from UAB and UAB Hospital plus photos from past five decades, refreshments and networking. Registered Dietitian Day at the Alabama State Capitol • Hosting rally at the state capitol to honor the proclamation of R.D. Day. Award winning filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace, will screen his documentary “Eating Alabama.” The DI Program was established in 1964 — even before UAB was established — as a University Hospital based program.

Physical Therapy celebrates 50 years The PT department celebrates the 50th anniversary of the initiation of Physical Therapy education at UAB. The celebration includes: Inaugural Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed Lectureship • Established for the ‘mother’ of the UAB PT department, the lectureship will continue Gossman’s legacy of excellence, education and innovation. Department of Physical Therapy 50th Anniversary Celebration • Alumni, faculty and friends from the past 50 years celebrate the department’s impact on the practice of physical therapy across Alabama, the U.S. and the world.


UAB names new chair of Health Services Administration Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., has been named chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Health Services Administration. Lemak comes to UAB from the University of Michigan where she serves as director of the Griffith Leadership Center. She is also chief academic officer of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Lemak, a leader in healthcare management studies, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives; a board member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, an elected position she has held since 2009; and an expert advisor for the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation. In 2011, she earned the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Academy of Management Health Care Management Division. “I am incredibly gratified that we were able to recruit Dr. Lemak to this key leadership role. She brings a national reputation, a record of accomplishment and a history of contribution to healthcare management and leadership that will serve to further enhance and build the nationally-recognized programs in the Department, ” said School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. Lemak, whose first day at UAB is July 1, 2014, takes over an HSA department that has seven, nationally recognized programs including the Masters of Science in Health Administration which is 5th in the nation according to the current U.S. News & World Report rankings.

PT establishes Gossman Lectureship Fund Marilyn Gossman, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, was a physical therapist, educator, researcher, and influential leader. She joined the newly developed PT program at UAB in 1967 and soon took over as chair of the program — a position she held for more than 30 years. After Marilyn’s death of breast cancer in 1998, her UAB family established the Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed Lectureship. At the end of 2013, the PT department reached their goal of raising $100,000. This means the series will kick off in 2014 – the 50th anniversary of the initiation of PT education at UAB. Our thanks to each of you who gave. And we ask you to remember that as the endowment grows, so does the strength of our programming. So if you haven’t had an opportunity to give we ask that you visit www.uab. edu/marilyngossman and consider donating in memory of the mother of the UAB PT program.


PA program attends Governor proclamation signing The UAB PA program sent ten students and faculty to a Physician Assistant Week proclamation ceremony in the Old House Chamber at the state Capitol. The proclamation, signed by Governor Robert Bentley, declared Oct. 6-12, 2013, PA Week in Alabama.

“Physicians assistants are vital to providing quality healthcare to the people of Alabama,” said Governor Bentley. “They’re often the first point of contact for patients seeking treatment. I appreciate everything they do. They make a tremendous difference in the lives of patients.” UAB PA students attending the ceremony included Christina Rosser, Stevie Byram, Matt Collins, Clinton Cochran, David Wood and Carl Frizell. Faculty members from UAB include Program Director Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., PA-C; Paul Harrelson, MPAS, PA-C, associate program director; Kara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C; and Stephanie McGilvray, MMSc, PA-C.

Cecilia Graham, PT, Ph.D., the PT department’s Bergman/Pinkston Endowed Professor, has been elected to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) nominating committee. Vivian Pijuan-Thompson, Ph.D., cytology professor, has been named president of the American Society of Cytotechnology. (ASCT) Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., nutrition professor and associate director for cancer prevention and control at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected president of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) Stephanie McGilvray, MMSc, PA-C, PA assistant professor, has been named to the Physician Assistant Foundation (PAF) board of trustees. Wes Granger, Ph.D., RRT, FAARC, has been chosen to serve on the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Ad Hoc Workgroup.

Welcome New Faculty



Sharon Shaw, PT, DrPH, chair of the PT department retired at the end of 2013. Shaw’s first stint at UAB was in 1971. After a few years she left only to return in 1983. Shaw was named interim chair of the department in 1998 and permanent chair one year later, a position she held until retirement. Under her leadership, the PT department has maintained a Top 20 ranking among the best graduate programs according to U.S. News & World Report. PT is also the top ranked PT program in the nation in rehabilitation publications and citation.

John Hurt, MSPAS, PA-C Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., PA-C HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION Nataliya Ivankova, Ph.D. Ferhat Zengul, Ph.D., MBA NUTRITION SCIENCES Sunil Daniel, M.D.

Jennings retires as PA program director, Kilgore takes over Patricia R. Jennings, Dr.PH, PA-C, program director for the UAB Physician Assistant Program, retired in 2013. Jennings, a nationally recognized authority on infectious diseases, came to UAB in 2003 and immediately changed the PA program curriculum. Within three years, the UAB PA graduate National Certification Board Examination passing rate rose from 85 percent to 100 percent which is where it still stands today. Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., replaces Jennings as PA program director. Kilgore, a major in the Civil Air Patrol, has more than 40 years’ clinical trial experience and more than 30 years’ experience as a physician assistant. Kilgore is a distinguished Fellow of the AAPA and a past president of the Physician Assistant Foundation.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Valley McCurry, MBA, OTR/L Sarah Tucker, MS, OTR/L Brooks Wingo, Ph.D. PHYSICAL THERAPY Tapan Mehta, Ph.D.








Health System (MSHA Class 9) and John McWhorter III, DSc, president, Baylor University Medical Center (MSHA Class 18 and Executive Doctoral program ‘13) were named among “100 Leaders of Great Hospitals in America.” Dr. Leigh S. Hamby, MHA, (EMSHA 34) and Dr. Ronald M. Wyatt, MHA, (EMSHA 41) were named


The Clarus Consulting Group, Inc. Lynn Elgin (MSHA 27)

Methodist Hospital Ian McFadden (MSHA 18)

TherapySouth Steve Foster (Physical Therapy)

among “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety.”

STOREY NAMED COO OF HELEN KELLER HOSPITAL Paul Storey (MSHA Class 26) has been named chief operating officer of Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Ala. Prior to his new role, Storey served as CEO of Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, W.Va.

Figliuzzi named Executive Director of Cigna Foundation

Sean Tinney (MSHA Class 33) has been named Medical West’s new senior vice president and chief operating officer. Previously he was president of rural hospital operations for St. Vincent’s Blount, St. Vincent’s St. Clair and St. Vincent’s East. Medical West is an affiliate of the UAB Health System.




David Figliuzzi (MSHA Class 28), who has been with Cigna for 19 years, has


been named executive director of the Cigna Foundation. He will be responsible

Jon Vice (MSHA Class 7) received the Children’s

for guiding the foundation in its effort

Miracle Network Hospital’s Founder’s Award. Vice

to support charitable organizations and

has been a member of the CMN board of trustees

programs that work to improve people’s

for nearly 20 years combined including serving as

health, well-being and sense of security.

chairman from 2000-2002. CMN’s Founder’s Award is only given to one person annually.


UAB E-mail Addresses for Life

Hollenbeck is 1st genetic counselor in cytogenetics lab Genetic Counseling alumna Dana Hollenbeck is the UAB Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory first ever genetic counselor. Hollenbeck and her team are working to create a database for phenotype and genotype to match abnormalities found during chromosomal microarray testing with the phenotype that has been recorded in clinical notes. Hollenbeck, who graduated in May 2013, has analyzed more than 400 cases for the lab so far. “The GC program at UAB does a great job at training graduates for all types of positions in genetic counseling. We don’t just focus on traditional roles – which are solely clinic based – UAB provides exposure to the many other aspects of genetic counseling and that is an advantage other graduates don’t have.”

SHP HONORS HIETT, SHMERLING There was a special reception to dedicate the Debbie and Jim Shmerling Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Tee Hiett in September 2013. The Shmerling’s $25,000 gift created the permanent endowment scholarship which will assist deserving students entering or enrolled in the MSHA program, with preference shown to those in Health Informatics emphasis. “Debbie and I have discussed how do we want to give back to the people that helped us the most and Tee was the most influential person on me not only when I was in graduate school but also in my career,” said Shmerling, MSHA Class 14 and president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado.

(Left to right) Dean Harold P. Jones, Tee Hiett, Debbie Shmerling, Jim Shmerling


The first class of the Executive Doctor of Science Degree in AdministrationHealth Services graduated UAB on Dec. 12, 2012. The three-year executive doctoral program combines distance learning and visits to the UAB campus eight days per semester to allow students the opportunity to complete the program while maintaining executive responsibilities. The inaugural graduating class is:

“Healthcare executives typically learn from continuing education and informal networks built over the years,” said Virginia A. Razo, Chief Operating Officer at Tahoe Forest Health System in Truckee, Calif. “This program allowed me to establish professional relationships with colleagues that I would never otherwise have been able to have.”

Kathleen L. Adams, DSc, RN, MBA

Edward Heath, DSc, MSHA, FACHE

Mark Anderson, DSc, MSHA, MATS

Lisa Jones, DSc, MHA, FACHE

James Burkhart, DSc, MSHA, FACHE

John McWhorter, DSc, MSHA

Forrest Daniels, DSc, MPA, FACHE

Virginia A. Razo, DSc, PharmD


ALUMNINEWS More than 100 alumni, faculty and friends attended the Graduate Programs


in Health Administration (GPHA) annual networking reception. The event was held at Buddy Guy’s in Chicago in March 2013.

There was a UAB Physician Assistant alumni reception during the American


Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) 41st annual conference. IMPACT ’13 was held in Washington, D.C., in May 2013.

Nearly 70 Physical Therapy alumni attended the annual reception dur-


ing the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) conference. The event was held in San Diego in January 2013.



Contributions The School of Health Professions is grateful for the support provided by alumni and friends during the past year. Private support has a tremendous impact on the school and its programs, enabling us to provide scholarship support to attract and retain talented students, purchase new technology for the classroom, enhance research capabilities, and provide programs for both student and faculty development, among other important needs. We would like to publicly recognize and thank the following individuals, corporations, and foundations for their gracious financial support during the period of October 1, 2012 - September 30, 2013. For information on how to contribute, please contact Katie D. Adams, SHP director of development, at (205) 996-5469 or by e-mail at SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS Ford Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s Davis Phinney Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholarships Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation School of Health Professions Building Campaign Anonymous Mrs. Katie D. Adams Mark E. Anderson, D.Sc. Mr. Kyle E. Armstrong Mrs. Jessica L. Pearce Bakane Mrs. Michelle M. Banks Mr. Brian M. Barbeito Mr. Robert E. Batson Dr. Eta S. Berner Mr. Kenneth J. Bloch Mr. Edward Bonn Mr. Christopher M. Brainard Mr. Bryan K. Breland Ms. Helen P. Brody Mr. Jerry L. Bryson Dr. Darrell E. Burke Dr. Jeffrey H. Burkhardt Dr. James R. Burkhart Mrs. Leandra Y. Celaya Mr. Robert C. Chandler


Mr. Robert C. Chapman Mr. Vance M. Chunn, Sr. Ms. Kay Clements Ms. Lois Guy Cody Ms. Jacklin W. Conrad Mrs. Traci Spray d’Auguste Mrs. Amanda Dice Dorsey Mrs. Michelle East ECG Management Consultants Mr. Bradley T. Ervin Dr. Cathleen O. Erwin Mr. Alfred D. Faulk, III Mr. Gordon B. Ferguson Mr. James Kevin Flynn Mrs. Mary G. Foster Mr. Richard D. Foy Mr. Richard E. Francis, Jr. Ms. Mary K. Galloway Mr. Robert L. Garrie Ms. Kimberley Margolis Giles Ms. Carlie R. Gotlieb Mr. Bernard Harris Dr. Mary Elizabeth Hendrix Dr. S. Robert Hernandez Mrs. Elizabeth M. Hicks Dr. Tee H. Hiett Mr. Barton Alberts Hove Dr. Jane Van Hsieh Mr. J. David Jacocks Mr. ZongRen Jing Mr. Douglas A. Jones Ms. Yameeka J. Jones Dr. Harold P. Jones Ms. Lakesha A. Kinnerson

Mrs. Jenna G. Koebel Mrs. Rica Lewis-Payton Mr. Jeffery T. Lindsay Ms. Rhonda N. Magee Mrs. Mary A. Mann Dr. Nir Menachemi Mr. William D. Mize Ms. Lori D. Moler Ms. Melanie T. Montgomery Dr. David Michael Morris Mr. J. Perry Mustian Ms. Christi M. Napper Mr. Gregory Lee Neal Mr. Jonathan M. Nugent Dr. Stephen J. O’Connor Mrs. Barbara W. Parker Dr. Pamela E. Paustian Mr. and Mrs. Michael Thad Phillips Mrs. Nan M. Priest Mrs. Elizabeth A. Prosch Dr. Haiyan Qu Ms. Lori G. Quinn Dr. Jose Booth Quintana Ms. Midge N. Ray Ms. Carolyn Elaine Riley Ms. Sharon A. Robinson Mrs. April E. Rollins-Kyle Mr. Brett Scullen Mr. J. Peter Selman Mrs. Roberta J. Shapiro and Dr. Gerald L. Glandon in Memory of Dr. William B. Deal Mrs. Amanda E. Sherman

Dr. Jim Shmerling Mrs. Teresa J. Shufflebarger Dr. Donna J. Slovensky Dr. Todd B. Smith Dr. David Wesley Smith Ms. Dorothy G. Snowden Mr. C. Brian Spraberry Dr. Robert J. Stanley Mr. Thomas K. Steiner Mr. Michael E. Stephens Ms. Melody A. Stewart Mr. Kevin E. Storr Mr. Michael C. Tarwater Mr. Kerry G. Teel Ms. Judy L. Test Ms. Sandra B. Thurmond Dr. Jerry M. Trimm Dr. Jessie L. Tucker, III Mr. Jonathan H. Vance Mr. Jack W. Vines, Jr. Dr. Robert Weech-Maldonado Wells Fargo Foundation Mr. James R. Wheeler Mr. and Mrs. Perry White Dr. Jessica Hillman Williams Ms. Jana N. Williams Mr. David Wade Williams Ms. Paula D. Williams Ms. Marilyn Williams Mr. Joel R. Windham School of Health Professions Fund Mr. Don R. Aldred

Ms. Anita B. Ashby Mr. Michael W. Baldis Mr. Jackie E. Barton Mr. Ralph J. Blackmon Ms. Julie L. Buchanan Ms. Alison R. Burton Mr. Charles F. Bussey, III Mr. Jeffrey C. Cash Ms. Melissa B. Chapman Ms. Mary Jane Chandler Mr. Mickey E. Crooks Ms. Brianna A. Donald Ms. Lori Ann Ermert Mr. Victor M. Ervin Ms. Jennifer M. Fisher Mr. Jerry D. Freeman Ms. Patricia B. Hopper Mrs. Joan House Mr. John Randal Hughes Miss Bobbie Denise Jackson Mr. Bernard Keith Mr. Nicholas C. Laster Mr. Constantin A. Lazarescu Ms. Loretta T. Martin Mr. Michael D. McCulley Ms. Sarah J. McLeod Ms. Cheryl J. McSwain Mrs. Glenda F. Megginson Mrs. Laurie A. Morris Mrs. Cherry Leigh Neely Mr. Scott Nichols Ms. Connie P. Nobles Mr. Robert W. Park Mr. Satyan D. Patel Mrs. Cathy Payne Mr. Earl H. Pearce, Sr. Mr. Herbert E. Phillips, III Mr. Jerry W. Prater Ms. Julia S. Rogers Mrs. Sherry S. Rucker Mrs. Cheryl M. Russell Mrs. Cher M. Scorey Mr. Harry D. Sessamen Mr. Shashank Singh Mrs. Frances P. Smith Mr. Michael E. Stephens

Mr. Levente P. Stewart Mr. Gary J. Thomas Mrs. Susan W. Thren St. Vincent’s Hospital TRAHC Dr. Jessie L. Tucker, III Ms. Peggy G. Van Winkle Mrs. Paige Alaine Wallace Mrs. Diane B. Watkins Mr. Robert L. Whatley Ms. Tommie R. White SHP Junior Advisory Board Scholarship Anonymous Mrs. Katie D. Adams Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum Alabama HIMSS Alabama OT Association Mr. Ross A. Armstrong Ms. Carole D. Barton Mr. Norman E. Bolus Dr. Michelle I. Cardel Cherry Hill Healthcare Center Fagerman Technologies, Inc. Mrs. Mary G. Foster Mr. Robert L. Garrie Ms. Jeanette M. Glenn Dr. Cecilia Graham Ms. Randa S. Hall Mr. Antonius Dewayne Hamilton Dr. Shannon H.S. Houser Mrs. Emma L. Isbell Mr. Christopher T. Jackson Mr. Tommy L. Jackson Ms. Ashley J. Jackson Ms. Lucretia A. Johnson Ms. Lakesha A. Kinnerson Dr. Dominick J. Lemas Ms. Lily Li Mr. John N. McCarter Mrs. Stacey H. McElrath Ms. Cassandra D. McLendon Mr. Darius A. Morgan

Dr. David Michael Morris Ms. Evelyn S. Mosquera Dr. Stephen J. O’Connor Pest Control Experts, LLC Mr. Glenn R. Pippen, II Ms. Midge N. Ray Dr. Carol B. Robbins S.I.M.S. Inc. Dr. Sharon E. Shaw Dr. Donna J. Slovensky Dr. Katherine E. Stribling UAB National Alumni Society Mr. Christopher L. Westbrook in Honor of Chris Jackson Dr. Jennifer R. Wilson School of Health Professions Philanthropic Grants American Diabetes Association American Society of Radiologic Technologists CFGB – Women’s Breast Health Fund Parkinson Association of Alabama Inc. DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC SCIENCES Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences Fund Mrs. Diane H. Davis Mrs. Margaret A. Gracianette Hughes Lawnscapes Mr. Bobby E. Isbell Ms. Carol S. Jackson Mr. Jeremy N. Jordan Patricia Ann Amos Scholarship Mr. Mark H. Whitt Biotechnology Program Ms. Avory M. Heningburg Mr. Charles O. Slater, Jr.

Mr. Yih Tsao Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program Mrs. Audrey D. Baker Mr. Joseph Morris Finkel Mrs. Deborah Anne Green Ms. Marian K. Howse Mr. Kevin A. Jarrett Mr. Gerald L. Metzler Mr. Carl Anthony Moultrie Mrs. Sarah E. Scott Mrs. Jana J. Shultz in Honor of George and Margaret Fritsma Mrs. Barbara A. Spinda Mr. Thomas V. Stabler Ms. Peggy G. Van Winkle Cytotechnology Program Ms. Morgan D. Grimes Mr. Luke Landers Mr. Ranjit K. Sarkar Mrs. Mary E. Stockard Ms. Debra F. Warren Ms. Leisa L. Whitlow Medical Technology Program Ms. Massah Ruth Barchue Mrs. I. Patricia Barr Ms. Eileen M. Barrette Mrs. Nancy B. Crenshaw Mrs. Cherry Hughes Doyle Mrs. Sandra S. Dunlap Mr. Terry Joe Fox Ms. Pamela S. Garner Ms. Felicia M. Haynesworth Mrs. Marsha S. Hodge Ms. Danna Denise Hyden Mrs. Angela F. Jones Ms. Sylvia Jones Mrs. Elizabeth L. Kirk Mrs. Jane G. Lancaster Mrs. Beverly J. Lovell Mrs. Joyce Ann Miller Ms. June Moseley Mrs. Marion Gay Parker


Mrs. Jean E. Price Mrs. Donna R. Self Mr. Daryl W. Smith Mrs. Sara B. Tartt Mr. Mark H. Whitt Dr. William Edward Wilcox Michael A. Thompson Endowed Award Anonymous Mr. Tyler M. Allen Ms. Beth Baker Dr. Luvenia W. Bender Mrs. Amy Brady Mr. Restituto Caranto Mrs. Linda P. Chandler Ms. Crystal P. Dutton Mr. Remo George Mrs. Stefane Glover Mr. Nicholas L. Hatfield Mr. David Kynard Mr. Joe Levio Ms. Amber C. Lindars Ms. Liliana Navarrete Mrs. Anahita Rahnemaei Ms. Adrian J. Rogers Mrs. Sherry J. West in Honor of Norman Bolus Mrs. Amy T. Wilkins Nuclear Medicine Technology Program Mr. Tyler M. Allen Ms. Beth Baker Ms. NaTarsha L. Brown Ms. Randa Cash Ms. Mary E. Conley Ms. Desiree N. Cook Miss Vanessa M. Daniel Ms. Pamela T. Elrod Mrs. Elizabeth M. Howell Mrs. Marsha L. Howze Mr. Charles A. McDougal, Jr. Mr. Eddie L. Patton Mr. Patrick Shawn Roberts Mrs. Sherry S. Rucker Ms. Deborah Tucker Ms. Andrea S. Varner 22

Mr. Jon C. Weaver Susan L. Perkins Endowed Student Award Anonymous Ms. Brenda D. Basnight Ms. Tadashia J. Cooper Mr. Donald Creel Ms. Danielle R. Foster Dr. Wesley M. Granger Mrs. Debra E. Laken Ms. Riva R. McAlpine Ms. Johanna M. Gilstrap Mr. Wesley D. Smith Physician Assistant Program Ms. Edith C. Agee Mr. John R. Belhumeur Ms. Kara L. Caruthers Mr. Shannon Robert Coplin Mr. Wayne D. Durbin Mr. John W. Farrior Sr. Mr. Michael J. Fay Ms. Regina D. Goff Mr. Richard W. Glass Mr. Garett G. Guilbeau Mrs. Virginia G. Guindon Ms. Rebecca Lynn Holmes Ms. Melanie A. Hurston Mr. Tommy L. Jackson Mr. Patrick Keeton Mrs. Linda Kinsey-Prokai Mr. Paul M. Lamprey Ms. Lauren D. Lane Ms. Emily F. Leisy Mr. Gordon Malone Mr. Richard C. Maupin Mr. Michael D. McBride Mr. Ronald G. Mullis Mr. Norman C. Murray Mr. William M. Parker Mrs. Amy D. Rapp Ms. Erica Sessler Mrs. Deborah Deubler Sharp Southern Company Services, Inc. Mr. Nathan A. Stanton Ms. Stacey Brower Tamhankar Ms. Stacy M. Thiot

Mr. Patrick M. Van Meter The Walk In Clinic of Sparta, LLC Ms. Laurie D. Ward Mr. Harry B. Wheelock Mr. David L. Wright Respiratory Therapy Program Mrs. Gayle D. Black Mr. Patrick T. Boyd Ms. Yvette D. Brown Ms. Gwendolyn Davis-Freeny Dr. Mel C. Glenn, Sr. Ms. Ashlee D. Green Hamilton Medical, Inc. Ms. Carmen Y. Jackson Mr. Anthony J. Lepore Medical Resources Inc. Mr. Donald M. Monroe Ms. Keisha L. Nance Mr. Joshua R. Painter Mr. Charles Penn, Jr. Mr. Larry S. Pollock Mr. Terrance M. Reed Ms. Mary Moore Robinson Mrs. Patricia J. Robinson Ms. Edwina N. Seabron-Harris Ms. Margaret Jean Sewell Miss Sarah A. Stewart Mr. Charles B. Thomas, Jr. Mr. Johnny M. Tidmore DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION Center for Health Services Administration Continuing ED Symposium Sponsorships Coastal Insurance Company, Inc. Gresham, Smith and Partners Hoar Construction General Contractors Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc. Department of Health Services Administration Fund Mr. Jerry D. Billingsley, Jr.

Ms. Denise L. Daniel Mr. Jason H. Milano Mr. Robert T. Nall Mr. Reginald L. Sennie Mr. Joseph Webb Sara S. Grostick Endowed Award Ms. Kay Clements Mr. Robert L. Garrie Mrs. Deborah M. Laws Mrs. Sharon R. Whitehead Health Informatics Program Ms. Regina T. Dillard Mr. Marcus C. Renda Mr. Michael A. Renda, Jr. Mr. David B. Thornton Ms. Valeria M. Wilson Mr. Matthew C. Wyatt Health Informatics Program Berner Research Initiative Westat Health Information Management Program Ms. Jasmine T. Agnew Ms. Laneka J. Dowe Ms. Shantel D. Henderson Mr. Randy Hester Ms. Karen V. Hood Mrs. Robin M. Hood Ms. Patti Jones Ms. Glenda L. Lewis Mrs. Shelley L. Richardson Ms. Kathy M. Thomas Mr. Ryan E. Tice Ms. Audrianna L. Toler Healthcare Management Program Ms. Jennifer R. Davis Dr. Sandra K. Gilley Mrs. Angela F. Grace Mrs. Alesia M.R. Griffen Mr. Todd W. Griffith Mr. Carlton L. Haygood

Ms. Sara R. Holloway Ms. Rebecca L. Prestridge Ms. Shannon B. Ritch Ms. Carolyn M. Shea Ms. Kesley D. Tyson HSA Case Competition Sponsorships UAB Health System MSHA Program Mr. Nathan H. Clark Mr. John T. Countzler Ms. Sarah J. Davison Mr. Carl E. Ginn Mr. Jack P. Hausen Mr. Erik A. Henninger Mrs. Susan T. Hornsby Mr. James A. Lee Ms. Melissa F. Paschenko Mr. Russell J. Touchet, II Ms. Rebecca J. Patterson Ms. Stephanie M. Stone PhD Administration Health Services Dr. Joyce A. Lanning Debbie and Jim Shmerling Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Tee Hiett Dr. and Mrs. Jim Shmerling Stephen J. O’Connor Fund Stephen J. O’Connor DEPARTMENT OF NUTRITION SCIENCES Rebecca L. Bradley Endowed Scholarship Ms. Brady Wilson Berglin Ms. Carol A. Bond Mrs. Jo S. Cecil Ms. Kimberly A. Donohue Ms. Patricia C. Hihar Ms. Diana M. Miller Mrs. Laura J. Szekely

Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program Dr. William B. Murrill Pi Ling Chang Research Support Fund Dr. Pi Ling Chang Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Division Ms. Carol A. Bond Mrs. Judy M. Brown Dr. Nikki C. Bush Ms. Yishu Ding Ms. Karen J. Fincher Mrs. Denise L. Gardberg Ms. Anne E. Hubbell Ms. Anna M. Johnson Ms. Janice Floyd Knight Mrs. Renee Perry Parsons Ms. Mindy A. Patterson Mr. Aaron M. Peet Mrs. Sharon L. Smalling Mrs. April H. Washington Dr. Therese S. Waterhous Ms. Melinda H. Whetsell Ms. Kathleen N. Wilkowske Mrs. Harriet Williams Willamette Nutrition Source LLC Clinical Nutrition Research Center Mars Incorporated - 2013 Obesity Prize Donation/ Sponsorship Maria DeLuca Research Support Dr. Maria DeLuca Barbara Gower Endowed Graduate Fellowship Dr. Barbara A. Gower NORC 2013 Conference Campbell Soup Company Mott’s LLP

Roland Weinsier Portrait Fund Dr. C. Michael Brooks Dr. Douglas C. Heimburger Dr. Adrian Heini Mr. Jeffrey M. Stern Ms. Arlene P. Weinsier Mr. David Weinsier Roland L. Weinsier Endowed Support Fund for Nutrition Research Ms. Ann S. Goldstein in Memory of Roland Weinsier Dr. Douglas C. Heimburger Dr. Karen Lazarus Ms. Arlene P. Weinsier DEPARTMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Carroline Amari Endowed Scholarship Ms. Lisa Brown Ms. Tanisha L. Dixon Mrs. Nancy J. Land Department of Occupational Therapy Fund Mrs. Donna D. Archer Mr. Derek L. Babin Mrs. Michelle W. Baynes Ms. Myra M. Bolton Ms. Digna L. Caranto Ms. Leigh A. Crowder Mrs. Martha M. Cusimano Dr. Joanne T. Douglas in Honor of Dr. Kathleen T. Foley Mr. Christopher A. Eidson First Baptist Church Trussville in Honor of Molly Schappacher Ms. Martha Chandler Haraway Mr. Roy L. Jackson Mr. Michael A. Jones Mrs. Elizabeth Barker Jones Mrs. Albertha W. Lyas Mrs. Lisa W. Lovoy Ms. Willa J. Madden

Mrs. Shannon C. Matthews Mrs. Mary Eastin McDowell Mrs. Dorian Speigle Morrison Ms. Brenda S. Moyers Mrs. Patti H. Normand Ms. Brooke Pendleton Ms. Barbara S. Porter Mrs. Linda C. Ragland Ms. Teresa Sarbeck Ms. Keitha L. Scott Mr. Jason S. Smelley Mrs. Helen Imogene Willis Tilson Ms. Jeri J. Vorisek Ms. Barbara H. Wall Ms. Betty J. Wells Ms. Meldoris J. White Low-Vision Rehabilitation Program Mr. Joseph A. Juse Mr. Allen S. Keener Mrs. Jessica L. Martin Ms. Kathleen M. Meade Ms. Debra S. Ouellette Ms. Janet M. Smith Ms. Nancy J. Wylie Helping Occupational Therapy Students Succeed (HOTSS) Sponsored Scholarship A-Plus Therapy Ms. Lyndsay P. Bolen Ms. Sarah S. Croft Mr. Oliver J. Daniel Ms. Meghan S. Dickas Ms. Courtney Duff Mr. Christopher A. Eidson Ms. Pamela R. Elsea Mrs. Cheryl P. Fluker Ms. Judy D. Hall Ms. April L. Hardy Mrs. Shannon Haywood Ms. Angie L. Hicks Mrs. Kimberley T. Holley Mrs. Vanessa Z. Hughes Ms. Carrie L. Lasseter 23

Mrs. Jessica L. Martin Ms. Debra S. Moore Ms. Brenda S. Moyers Ms. Miriam N. Mwaria Ms. Veronica E. Naff Ms. Debbie Nations Mrs. Ann Pickett Mrs. Haden M. Ridlehoover Mrs. Susan Heimlich Rose Ms. Keitha L. Scott Mr. Terry T. Thomas Ms. Jamease P. Todd Ms. Stephanie M. Wadsworth Ms. Brittany E. Whigham Mrs. Martha J. Williams Ms. Leslie L. Young Restore Therapy Loan Restore Therapy Services, Ltd. DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL THERAPY Bergman-Pinkston Endowed Professorship Mrs. Jacqueline Stone Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed Lectureship Mr. and Mrs. Ray A. Anderson Ms. Laura I. Brown Ms. Virginia Kay Carlton Mrs. Christine M. Cedotal Dr. Diane E. Clark CMC Services, LLC

Ms. Jean E. Crago Mrs. Donna Bowen Cummins Mrs. Phyllis Ellen Edwards Dr. Cecilia Graham Mr. Bruce L. Grubbs Mrs. Jessica C. Guyer Mr. Mark A. Hall Ms. Pamela Hammond Mr. David P. Harrington Ms. Paula V. Kalmeta Dr. Donald H. Lein, Jr. Mr. Tapan Shirish Mehta Ms. Leesa D. Miles Mrs. Sharon Prince Moore Dr. David Michael Morris Ms. Patrice Murphy Dr. William K. Ogard Dr. Patricia L. Perez Ms. Caitlin E. Pugh Mr. Ryan T. Richardson Dr. Sharon E. Shaw in Memory of Robert L. Harrell Dr. Emily Donohue Speer Ms. Leslie R. Vanhiel Mr. Jeffrey Bond Wheeler Department of Physical Therapy Fund Ms. Katharine Ezelle Hoyle Anders Mr. Christopher M. Bajema Ms. Beverly J. Bishop Mrs. Beverly H. Blakely Ms. Catherine Bonner Mrs. Heather D. Brown

The gifts and pledges listed above were received during the period of October 1, 2012 — September 30, 2013. Please forgive any errors or omissions. For corrections, contact the School of Health Professions External Relations Office at 205-996-5469.


Ms. Myra Finch Brown Ms. Sherry Lenette Brown Mr. Timothy C. Bush Dr. Rachel M. Butler Mr. Gary R. Caddell Mrs. Karen Duncan Carlisle Ms. Virginia Kay Carlton Dr. Diane E. Clark Mrs. Laura Lea Cobb Ms. Judy W. Colvin Dr. Caroline K. Craft Mrs. Maureen F. Crocker Mrs. Janice Goodwin Cross Ms. Nancy T. Culbreth Ms. Cathy Annette Davis Ms. Marilyn F. Dennis Ms. Lacretia C. Edwards Ms. Susan S. Eliason Mrs. Pam Fitzsimmons Mr. Stephen Mark Foster Ms. Cheryl Lynn Gasque Mrs. Mary Thomas Godfrey Mr. Curtis G. Glupker Mrs. Kathryn E. Goodman Dr. Brittney L. Gould Ms. Erica J. Griffin Dr. Allison Formby Henderson and Mr. Jonathan P. Henderson Mr. Thomas Woodfin Hester Ms. Melanie M. Hubbard Ms. Andrea L. Johnson Mr. R. Stanley Junkin Mrs. Ingrid K. Kellen Ms. Carolyn E. King Ms. Christy K. Knighton Mrs. Deborah C. Lecroy Dr. and Mrs. Donald H. Lein, Jr. Ms. Clare Lewis Mrs. Carol Shands Link Mrs. Jane Streb Little Mrs. Jessica Colby Loncar Mrs. Stephanie McDonnell Ms. Jo Ann Mermelstein Ms. Sandra Moore Dr. David Michael Morris Mrs. Mary Beth Kiker Moses Ms. Heather E. Mount

Ms. Sara R. Narbecki Ms. Linda E. Neighbors Mrs. Susan N. Parker Mrs. Mary Frances Pearson Mrs. Katherine S. Pinion Ms. Sally Pooler Mrs. Peggy Ann Rafield Ms. Jamie Whitehead Ramsay Mrs. Pat M. Redwine Rehab Resources & Consulting, Inc. Dr. Larcie L. Richardson Mr. Eric D. Roberts Mrs. Angela M. Romine Mr. Michael Thomas Ryder Sawtooth Rehab PLLC Mrs. Susan L. Selman Ms. Carolyn L. Sherer Mrs. Jane E. Snyder Ms. Lynda L. Spangler Dr. Walter A. Stanley Mrs. Lori M. Towery Mrs. Pamela M. Wehner Mr. Jeffrey Bond Wheeler Mrs. Nancy T. White in Honor of Dorothy Pinkston Mr. Thomas Andrew Whitener Mrs. Sally B. Whitley Physical Therapy Scholarship Ms. Virginia Kay Carlton Mrs. Louise J. Hoff Shirley A. Shaddeau Memorial Scholarship Mr. Ray A. Anderson Mr. Terry R. Hoobler Dr. Terrance T. Wallace TherapySouth Sponsored Scholarship TherapySouth, LLC

Why I Give

“Students are our future and I want to ensure that talented young individuals mature into independent investigators in the areas of nutrition and obesity; particularly the physiology and endocrinology of how nutrition affects human health and risk for chronic metabolic disease,” said Gower.

BARBARA GOWER, PH.D.: Since 1996, Barbara Gower has taught and mentored students at UAB. The Allentown, Penn., native has served as primary mentor to 16 masters and 13 doctoral students. She understands the powerful impact that giving has on the legacy you build.

It is with this in mind that she established the Barbara A. Gower Endowed Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship is a gift from her estate that will provide a stipend for doctoral students in the Department of Nutrition Sciences who conduct research in the areas of nutrition and obesity with an emphasis on physiology or endocrinology. Gower firmly believes the best way you can ensure that your legacy will live on is to plan for, and endow the future yourself. “Talented, dedicated individuals should not be denied a chance to train in the exceptional environment that we have all helped to build at UAB due to financial concerns,” said Gower. “This gift will allow students the freedom to continue their education and training without financial concerns.”

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