Medicine - Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Kathleen Fix, Division Director

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    Kellie Flood, Director

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    Rodney Tucker, Director

    Rodney O. Tucker, MD, MMM, FAAHPM, was born in Gadsden, Alabama and attended Litchfield High School graduating in 1980. He then attended UAB and received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Social Work in 1984. After a year of graduate work at UAB, he entered the University of Alabama School of Medicine and graduated in 1989. Dr. Tucker served an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Carraway Methodist Medical Center from 1989-1992 and then served as Chie...

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    Susan McCammon, Assistant Director

  • Faculty Position

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    Alayne Markland, Professor (P)

    Dr. Markland is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama. She is also a clinician researcher at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and the Associate Director of Clinical Programs in the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinic Center (GRECC). Her overarching goal is to enhance evidenced-based knowledge regarding the treatment of genito-urinary disord...

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    Andrew Duxbury, Professor (P)

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    Anne Halli-Tierney, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Ashley Nichols, Associate Professor (P)

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    Beverly Williams, Associate Professor (P)

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    Brian Donahue, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Caroline Harada, Associate Professor (P)

    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, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Chao-Hui Huang, Assistant Professor (P)

    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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    Christine Ritchie, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Christy Carter, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Cynthia Baker, Associate Professor - Clinical (P)

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    Cynthia Brown, Professor (P)

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    David Buys, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Douglas Tilt, Professor - Emeritus and Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Ella Bowman, Professor (P)

    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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    Emily Dodenhoff, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Emma Perez-Costas, Assistant Professor (P)

    Dr. Perez-Costas has extensive experience as an academic researcher and administrator. Dr. Perez-Costas completed her undergraudate and graduate training at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain; where she conducted, both a Master and PhD Theses within the fields of cell biology and neuroscience. Dr. Perez-Costas then move to the United States to acquired further training in human neuropathology and neural pathways affected by neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. She was rec...

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    F Bailey, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Ginnie Prater, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P)

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    Gorman Jones, Professor (P)

    Dr. Jones is an Internal medicine physician and has been in practice since 1995. A fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Jones practiced internal medicine at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital and has taught in the internal medicine residency program at the Baptist Health System of Alabama for 10 years prior to joining the Camellia Medical Group. he attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed residency training in internal medicine at UAB. Dr. Jones' clinical ...

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    James Whatley, Associate Professor - Clinical (P)

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    Jennifer Courtney, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P)

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    Jere Segrest, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Julie Locher Ph.D., Professor - Emeritus (P)

    Dr. Locher accepted a position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care within the Department of Medicine in 1992 as a Research Associate working on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded projects with prominent aging researchers; earned her PhD in Medical Sociology from UAB in 1999; was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in 2000; earned an MSPH in Health Policy and Outcomes from UAB in 2005; and was promoted to a ...

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    Katelyn Briggs, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Kathleen Fix, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Kathryn Burgio Ph.D., Professor - Emeritus (P)

    Kathryn L. Burgio, PhD, is a behavioral psychologist, Professor in the School of Medicine, Director of the UAB Continence Program, and Research Director of the UAB Genitourinary Disorders Center. She directs the Behavioral Sciences Section and the Behavioral Medicine Program in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. She is also Associate Director for Research at the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Birmingham VA Medical Center.

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    Keith Swetz, Professor (P)

    Dr. Keith M. Swetz is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He previously served Medical Director of UAB Medicine’s Supportive Care Clinic, and works as an attending physician at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road, UAB Hospital, and at the Birmingham VA Medical Center.

    Dr. Swetz received his M.D. degree from the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 2003. He completed his internal ...

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    Kellie Flood, Professor (P)

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    Kurtis Eaton, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Leslie Avant, Assistant Professor (P)

    Leslie Avant, MD, MAcc, worked as a Certified Public Accountant for 7 years prior to attending medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then completed residency in our Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency program followed by fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2021. Her clinical responsibilities are divided between University Hospital and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. In addition to clinical care, Dr. Avant’s research interests include clinical appl...

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    Linda Jones DNP, CRNP, ACNPC, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Lyle Walton, Assistant Professor (P)

    Dr. Walton spent his formative years in Virginia and South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree in English Literature from James Madison University and earned his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Following an internship in General Surgery at the University of Kentucky, he completed a Residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Walton went on to complete Fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and Hospice an...

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    Marianthe Grammas, Associate Professor (P)

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    Mark Newbrough, Associate Professor (P)

    Dr. Mark Newbrough joins UAB from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Newbrough received his Doctor of Medicine degree from West Virginia University (WVU). He completed residency and fellowship training in West Virginia and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. He has focused on the care of older adults in a variety of settings, including in the clinic, hospital, nursing home, and in a rural community health center where he served as the medical director.

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    Michael Barnett, Associate Professor (P)

    Dr. Barnett is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Having previously completed a residency in combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at UAB, he went on to complete a fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine for both children and adults at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He served as the Program Director of the UAB Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship from 2013-2022 and is now the Core Leader for Educati...

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    Michael Hurst, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Michelle Hilgeman, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Raymond Jones, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Richard Allman, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Richard Kennedy, Associate Professor (P)

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    Richard Sims, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Rodney Tucker, Professor (P)

    Rodney O. Tucker, MD, MMM, FAAHPM, was born in Gadsden, Alabama and attended Litchfield High School graduating in 1980. He then attended UAB and received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Social Work in 1984. After a year of graduate work at UAB, he entered the University of Alabama School of Medicine and graduated in 1989. Dr. Tucker served an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Carraway Methodist Medical Center from 1989-1992 and then served as Chie...

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    Ronit Elk PhD, Professor (P)

    Ronit Elk, PhD has recently joined the University of Alabama, Birmingham as Professor in the School of Medicine; Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care, and as Associate Director of the Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care. Her prior position was at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Using Community Based Participatory Research, her NIH-funded research focuses on partnering with underserved populations, in particular rural African America...

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    Rudolph Harrison, Associate Professor - Clinical (P)

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    Samina Uddin, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Samuel Hand, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Samuel Perna III, Associate Professor (P)

    Dr. Perna is the lead physician for Aspire Health in the greater Birmingham area. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Team at Children’s of Alabama. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine the University of Alabama – Birmingham with secondary academic appointments in Nursing and Pediatrics. Dr. Perna is a graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is board certified in both Family Practice and Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

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    Sandra Gianturco, Professor - Adjunct and Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Susan Buckingham, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Thomas Buford, Professor (P)

    Dr. Buford is a Professor in the UAB Department of Medicine [Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics & Palliative Care] and the Department of Nutrition Sciences. He also serves as Director for the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine and Co-Director of the NIH-funded Nathan Shock Center for the Basic Biology of Aging, and he is an investigator in the VA Medical Center's Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC). Dr. Buford obtained his doctoral degree in Exercise, N...

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    Tiffany Lewis, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P)

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    Tyler Stracener, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Virginia Bradley, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Virginia Campbell, Assistant Professor (P)

    Virginia A Campbell MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Campbell grew up in Huntsville, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering before moving to Birmingham earn her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering. She graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1984. Following her internship at Lloyd Noland Hospital she spent several years as an Assistant Profess...

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    Walter Baehr, Assistant Professor (P)

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    William Bradley, Professor - Adjunct and Professor - Emeritus (P)

  • Center Members - Faculty

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    Lisa Zubkoff, Scientist (C)

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Angela Rothrock, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (S)

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    Gabrielle Rocque M.D., Assistant Professor (S)

    Introduction:
    Dr. Gabrielle Rocque is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Hematology & Oncology and Gerontology, Geriatrics, & Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her undergraduate degree, medical doctorate, Internal Medicine residency, and fellowship in Hematology & Oncology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She also completed a Masters of Science in Public Health from UAB.

    Clinical interests:

    She curre...

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    Holly Richter, Professor (S)

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    John Mountz M.D., Ph.D., Professor (S)

    Dr. Mountz is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the UAB Recombinant Inbred Strain Facility. Dr. Mountz is the Co-Director of the UAB Bone Center, the UAB Center for Aging, Basic Biology Component, and is a Physician at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Mountz is the recipient of the J. W. & Virginia Goodwin-Warren D. Blackburn, Jr. Research Chair in Rheumatology (2002) and recipient of the Max Cooper Award for Excellence in Research (2003). Dr. Mountz was designate...

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    Lonnie Hannon III, Assistant Professor (S)

    Dr. Lonnie Hannon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the UAB School of Public Health. Dr.Hannon is an experienced researcher and educator. His interests include the cultural, political, and economic factors that shape society. His specific area of study examines the effects of legacy-based housing policy on neighborhood development and community empowerment. He has received over one million dollars in grant funding to stimulate community engagement. His recent peer...

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    Marie Bakitas DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN, Professor (S) 2012 -

    Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship ...

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    Raveendran Meleth, Professor - Clinical (S)

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    Stephen Howell DNP, CRNP, ANP-C, Instructor - Adjunct (S)

    Stephen L. Howell, DNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN began his nursing career in 1999 working in a dual diagnosis unit for adults with psychiatric illnesses and chemical dependencies. He was then accepted into the United States Peace Corps where he served in Mongolia from 2001-2003 as a healthcare specialist. During his Peace Corps service, he developed a continuing education course with grant funding for Mongolian nurses, taught health-based English, and lectured on preventative health issues to adolescents.<...

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    Susan McCammon, Professor (S)

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