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    Penni Watts PhD, RN, CHSE-A, Assistant Director

    Dr. Penni Watts is currently the Director of Clinical Simulation and has been instrumental in the integration of clinical simulation experiences as well as interprofessional simulation experiences across multiple nursing programs. Her background includes over 25 years in critical care nursing. Her training in simulation includes the Center for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Instructor Course and the Advanced Instructor Course. Currently she is active on committees in INACSL and Society for S...

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Alan Eberhardt, Scholar (C)

    Alan W. Eberhardt, PhD, is Associate Dean for the UAB School of Engineering, and a Professor within the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

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    Allison Shorten PhD, RN, RM, FACM, FAAN, Senior Scholar (C)

    Dr. Allison Shorten, Professor in Nursing, serves as Director of UAB Office of Interprofessional Curriculum. An Australian registered nurse and midwife, Dr. Shorten is internationally recognized for her trailblazing Birth Choices decision aid research. A fellow of the Australian College of Midwives, she has made significant contributions to the midwifery profession and international research supporting shared decision making in pregnancy. Dr. Shorten, an expert in evidence based curriculum desig...

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    April Love MSN, RN, RNC-OB, CNE, Instructor of Nursing 2010 -

    Ms. Love earned her MSN through UAB’s Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Pathway in 2013. Prior to her nursing career, she received a BA in journalism from Auburn University. She has since focused on obstetric nursing, primarily working in the Labor & Delivery and Mother Baby (postpartum) units. Her passion for education was realized while serving as an adjunct instructor for the UAB and Auburn University Schools of Nursing. She joined the UAB faculty fulltime in 2017 and teaches in the pre-lic...

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    Ashleigh Allgood, Scholar (C)

    Ashleigh Allgood is a faculty member in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her primary role is teaching undergraduate and graduate students quality improvement, project management, communication, teamwork, change management and strategic management principles. Ms. Allgood has ten years of experience guiding teams through quality and process improvement initiatives. She began her career developing and implementing evidence-based strategies...

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    Candice Turner, Scholar (C)

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    Carlos Estrada, Senior Scholar (C)

    Carlos A. Estrada, MD, MS, is Chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine (GIM) at the Birmingham VAMC and Professor of Medicine, with tenure, and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is also Associate Provost for Interprofessional Education and Director, Center for Interprofessional Education & Simulation at UAB.

    Estrada is a long-standing member of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), he chaired ...

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    Caroline Harada, Scholar (C)

    Caroline Harada joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2008. She completed her undergraduate work in biology at Brown University in 1996, and, after a year of living in Bolivia teaching an after-school program in an orphanage, began her medical education at the Yale School of Medicine, graduating in 2001. She completed an internal medicine residency and two-year geriatrics fellowship at the University of Chicago. She currently works as a geriatrician at UAB, providing care to older adults with...

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    Carolyn Kezar, Scholar (C)

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    Chao-Hui Huang, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Huang is Assistant Professor in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at UAB. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Alabama and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Palliative Psychology and Psycho-oncology at UAB. Dr. Huang serves as Director of Psychology and Counseling Program at UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care. In this role, Dr. Huang builds the infrastructure to integrate psychological services with oncology, geriatrics, and i...

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    Christopher Eidson, Scholar (C)

    Christopher Eidson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and a Faculty Scholar in UAB’s Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation. He is a certified by the Team-Based Learning Collaborative as a consultant trainer in team-based learning.

    Mr. Eidson teaches in the entry-level and master’s Occupational Therapy programs and serves as an academic advisor for entry-level students. He also teaches in practice courses and in non-foundational courses f...

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    Chrystal Rutledge, Scholar (C)

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    Craig Hoesley, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Hoesley received his medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed his internship, internal medicine residency, chief residency, and infectious disease fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined the UAB faculty in 1999 and served as the internal medicine clerkship director for 7 years prior to becoming the associate dean for undergraduate medical education in 2008. In July 2015, Dr. Hoesley became the senior associate dean for medical education and c...

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    Curry Bordelon DNP, MBA, CRNP, CNE, NNP-BC, CPNP-AC, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Bordelon is a dual certified Neonatal and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner teaching Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Leadership courses. He has extensive leadership experience as a nurse practitioner manager for three Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Dr Bordelon is an active member of the Education Committee for the Academy of Neonatal Nursing and is an item writer for national board certification exams.

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    David House DNP, CRNP, ENP-C, FNP-BC, CEN, CNS, Scholar (C)

    Dr. House is a dual board certified as an Emergency and Family Nurse Practitioner teaching Emergency Nurse Practitioner and Leadership courses. He has extensive clinical and leadership experience as an emergency nurse practitioner. Dr House is an active member of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners and Emergency Nurses Association.

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    David James DNP, RN, RN-BC, CCNS, LSSGB, Scholar (C)

    Dr. David H. James is a certified Clinical Nurse Specialist. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Master of Science in Nursing; and his Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. In addition to his nursing degrees, he has obtained his Master’s in Healthcare Quality & Safety degree from UAB’s School of Health Professionals. He holds certifications related to professional development and quality improvement. He has over twen...

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    David Schwebel, Scholar (C)

    David C. Schwebel has published over 350 peer-reviewed manuscripts, most focusing on understanding and preventing unintentional injury in children, adolescents, and young adults. Specific risk factors of interest include temperament and personality, overestimation of physical ability and cognitive development, and adult supervision of children.

    From a prevention perspective, Dr. Schwebel has developed and implemented injury prevention techniques for a range of situations, including ped...

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    Dawn Taylor Peterson, Scholar (C)

    Dawn Taylor Peterson is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Medical Education and in the School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration. She holds a PhD in Instructional Design, as well as an Educational Specialist degree and a Master of Arts in Education. She completed her initial simulation training and the Advanced Comprehensive Instructor Course at the Center for Medical Simulation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Peterson is also a Te...

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    Donna Slovensky, Scholar (C)

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    Elizabeth Coleman, Instructor of Nursing 2019 -

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    Ella Bowman, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Bowman holds dual certification in both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. A clinician educator, her interests intersect frail hospitalized elderly, cognitive impairment & hospital acquired delirium, communication in medicine, and unmet palliative needs in older adults with complex chronic illnesses.  She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society Ethnogeriatrics Committee and also serves on the External Guidelines & Practice Recommendations Subcommittee of the AGS Cli...

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    Fred Bertrand III, Scholar (C)

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    Jason Morris, Scholar (C)

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    Jennie Alspach MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Scholar (C)

    Mrs. Jennie Alspach has a background as a Family Nurse Practitioner and broad work experience at the Senior Health Center, Emergency Department, Medical-Surgical, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury unit. She became interested in education and worked as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor teaching in the undergraduate program before joining the UAB SON as full-time faculty. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

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    Karen Coles DNP, RN, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Coles is currently an Assistant Professor in the RN Mobility Program at the UAB School of Nursing. She is the Course Manager for the Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing and for RNs, and Leadership Development Practicum but has taught in multiple undergraduate programs. Her background includes twenty years’ experience in burn care. Her clinical and research interests include quality performance in wound care products, and an interdisciplinary effort in the education of the burn ...

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    Kelley Swatzell, Scholar (C)

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    Ken Tilashalski, Scholar (C)

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    Kevin Leon, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Leon is a Professor of Medicine in the UAB Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. He is also the UAB School of Medicine Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education. Dr. Leon began his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine, where he earned his MD. Following this training, Dr. Leon completed his internship, residency, and pulmonary & critical care fellowship at UAB, where he was chief fellow. Dr. Leon soon became a division faculty member, beginning work as...

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    Laura Forbes, Scholar (C)

    Scholarship

    Scholarly work is attained through a variety of mechanisms (publications, presentation, and grants) and this work requires much time and dedication; however there are always new opportunities that keep the pursuits of collaborative endeavors fresh and rewarding. I enjoy working with diverse colleagues and on a variety of topics related to health behaviors.

    Service

    Service to profession of health education and to services of others must be at the forefront o...

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    Laura Vogtle, Scholar (C)

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    Laurel Hitchcock, Scholar (C)

    Laurel Iverson Hitchcock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her Ph.D. in Social Work and MSW at the University of Alabama and has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Hitchcock has over ten years of practice experience in health and behavioral health care settings. Prior to her career in social work, Dr. Hitchcock served as a Peace Corp...

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    Lisa McCormick, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Lisa C. McCormick (DrPH, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, BS, University of Southern Mississippi) is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the UAB School of Public Health.

    Dr. McCormick is the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice for the UAB School of Public Health. In addition, Dr. McCormick is the Director of the Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control, the Lead Evaluator for the Region IV Public Health Training Cent...

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    Loretta Lee PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor and a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with more than 15 years experience as a FNP. She earned a BSN from the University of Alabama. Shortly thereafter she completed a MSN at the UAB followed by a Post Masters FNP at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. She has both clinical and management experience. Her clinical background includes: GI surgery, diabetes, cardiology, telemetry, critical care, and primary care. Most of her primary care pract...

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    Lynn Nichols PhD, RN-BC, SANE, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Lynn Nichols specializes in maternal-child health, and has extensive experience with curriculum development, program evaluation, strategic planning and online instruction. She is committed to the utilization of high-impact practices to foster student engagement. She is interested in leadership development and team building in faculty work groups and facilitating the professional development of faculty. Her topics of interest include: interprofessional collaborative care, BSN roles in primar...

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    M. Tosi Gilford, Scholar (C)

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    Marjorie White, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Marjorie Lee White is a Professor in the School of Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Education and in the School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and practices Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s of Alabama. She was awarded a bachelor's in history and American studies from Princeton University. She obtained her medical degree from the Univers...

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    Mary Carroll, Scholar (C)

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    Melanie Hallman DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, ENP-C, CEN, TCRN, FAEN, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Melanie Gibbons Hallman is a leader in emergency services. Over the past 40 years, she has served in multiple roles in the emergency services arena. Early in her career, she was a paramedic/firefighter; and later served as an emergency registered nurse, emergency-trauma clinical nurse specialist, the assistant director of a Level-1 academic trauma center ED and as an active emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) for the past 27 years. She was Director and lead-NP provider for the City of Birming...

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    Michael Mosley MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, Instructor of Nursing 2015 -

    My nursing career has taken me from acute care to intensive care, into primary care, home care, and into administration. I have spent my career, thus far, caring for the adult and geriatric population. For the past 7 years, I have worked in home care from the field nursing level through administration. Over the course of completing my graduate degree at UAB while working in home care, I developed both a desire to work with chronically ill and limited access individuals as well as a need to educa...

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    Michelle Brown PhD, MS, MLS, Scholar (C)

    Michelle Brown, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Michelle leads the Healthcare Simulation Master's degree program as the founding program director. She teaches simulation design, advanced debriefing, patient safety, effective communication, and teamwork. Michelle is the recipient of the President's award for Excellence in Teaching and the Graduate Dean's award for Excellence in Mentorship, the highest honor conferred by the Graduate School. ...

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    Nancy Borkowski, Scholar (C)

    Nancy Borkowski, DBA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her DBA with specializations in health services administration and accounting from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Borkowski has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is a two-time past recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executive’s (ACHE) Southern Florida Senior Career Healthcare Exec...

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    Patricia Perez, Scholar (C)

    Patricia L. Perez, PT, DScPT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the university of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Perez earned as BS in physical Therapy form the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a post-professional Master of Science in Physical therapy with a musculoskeletal concentration and a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has been certified as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy b...

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    Penni Watts PhD, RN, CHSE-A, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Penni Watts is currently the Director of Clinical Simulation and has been instrumental in the integration of clinical simulation experiences as well as interprofessional simulation experiences across multiple nursing programs. Her background includes over 25 years in critical care nursing. Her training in simulation includes the Center for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Instructor Course and the Advanced Instructor Course. Currently she is active on committees in INACSL and Society for S...

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    Peter Anderson, Scholar (C)

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    R. Lynn Holt, Scholar (C)

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    Rachael Bruce MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, Instructor of Nursing 2017 -

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    Sabria Baker DNP, RN, CNE, Scholar (C)

    Ms. Baker began her career in the Surgical Intensive Care at UAB Hospital. She became interested in education and moved to the school to teach clinicals for undergraduate nursing.

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    Scott Buchalter, Scholar (C)

    Scott Buchalter completed his medical residency and pulmonary fellowship at UAB in the late 1970s and early 1980s, joining the division immediately after his training. After joining as a junior faculty member, he began focused work on the division’s critical care efforts as the medical director for UAB’s MICU. In the early 1990s, Dick Briggs asked Dr. Buchalter and Dr. Randy Young to run the division as co-directors to better serve the division’s growing clinical and research practices. Not long...

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    Shauntice Allen, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Allen has over 10 years of experience with health education program design, implementation and evaluation with multi-disciplinary and complex partnerships. She has an extensive track record of working with minority, under served and vulnerable populations. Along with her experience in both traditional classroom and innovative study investigations, Dr. Allen has strong writing, research and analytical skills. As an Assistant Professor in Environmental Health Sciences, I teach and conduct rese...

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    Shawn F. Galin, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Shawn Galin, Associate Professor of Medicine, is the Director of the Office of Standardized Patient Education (OSPE) at UAB. Dr. Galin completed his undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham earning a BS in 1988. He then entered the MS graduate program in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed his MS degree in 1990. He continued his graduate studies in the Department of Ph...

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    Shilpa Register OD, MS, PhD, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Register’s clinical practice focuses on ocular disease, surgical co-management, primary eye care and contact lenses. Dr. Register joined the UAB Department of Ophthalmology in Fall 2016 and received the 2016 AOSA Teaching Award from her students. Dr. Register is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She serves on the Board of Directors for the UAB National Alumni Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cent...

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    Stephen Mitchell, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Stephen Mitchell is an Associate Professor and a board-certified Pediatric Dentist. He directs the Sparks Dental Clinic, a clinic that focuses on treating patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Mitchell trained at UAB School of Dentistry where he earned his DMD is 1995, a certificate in Advanced General Dentistry in 1996, certificates in Pediatric Dentistry and Cariology in 2000 and a Masters in Oral Biology in 2001. His passion for providing care for patients with sp...

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    Tedra Smith DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Tedra S. Smith is a pediatric nurse practitioner with a specialization in primary care. She has more than 13 years of experience as a pediatric nurse including primary, emergency and preanesthesia care. Her interest includes utilizing simulation as a pediatric clinical rotation to enhance communication with children and their caregivers. This also includes using simulation to decrease student anxiety related to caring for pediatric patients.

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    Tera Webb, Scholar (C)

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    Todd Peterson, Scholar (C)

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    Valley McCurry, Scholar (C)

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    Wei Li, Scholar (C)

    Dr. Li is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical &
    Diagnostic Sciences, School of Health Professions (SHP) at University of Alabama at
    Birmingham (UAB). He earned his PhD in Molecular Physiology from Southern Illinois
    University Carbondale in 2006 and a Medical Degree in Clinical Medicine in 1997 from
    Xinxiang Medical University. As a medical educator, he has more than 10 years’
    experience dedicated on teaching and doing translational resear...

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    William Meador, Scholar (C)

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