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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Christina Grabowski, Associate Dean

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    James Banos, Assistant Dean

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    Kevin Leon, Associate Dean

    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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    Latesha Elopre, Director

    Dr. Elopre completed her medical degree at University of Florida’s College of Medicine. She then underwent Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Diseases’ Fellowship training at University of Alabama at Birmingham. During this time, she also received her MSPH in Applied Epidemiology. Under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Mugavero, her research interests have focused on social determinants of health for STDs, including HIV. She is now an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Diversit...

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    Laura Fraser, Director

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    Shawn F. Galin, Director

    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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    William Brooks, Director

    Will Brooks, PhD joined the UAB faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. He received a PhD in Cell Biology from UAB in 2007 where he studied the role of novel ubiquitination enzymes in cell cycle regulation. Brooks has over 10 years of experience teaching anatomy and related topics to a wide range of learners ranging from undergraduates to medical students and residents. He conducts research in the area of medical education and is an ...

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    Allen Groves, Instructor - Adjunct (P)

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    Andrew Buie, Instructor - Adjunct (P)

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    Anne Zinski, Associate Professor (P)

    After completing her doctorate, Dr. Zinski spent six years in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases investigating the impact of behavioral interventions on patient self-care behaviors, including screening and retention in care.

    In 2015, Dr. Zinski was recruited by the Department of Medical Education to advance educational research and program evaluation for the School of Medicine, and in 2017 she was named Director of Educational Research, Evaluation, and Assessment. Her aims inclu...

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    Brian Christine, Instructor - Adjunct (P)

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    Charles Schlappi, Instructor - Adjunct (P)

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    Christina Grabowski, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Dawn Taylor Peterson, Associate Professor (P)

    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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    Deann Dipiazza, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    I. Ferniany, Instructor (P)

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    Il Gyu Cho, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    James Jackson, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Kristina Blackwell, Assistant Professor (P)

    Kristina serves within the UAB Heersink School of Medicine Department of Medical Education (DoME) as part of the continuous quality improvement team in her role supporting faculty and curriculum development projects within the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) through the PROSPER-Med2Ed Educator Enrichment program. Kristina has over 21+ years’ experience in medical education within the UAB Heersink School of Medicine medical school -- specifically in curriculum development and mana...

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    Lanita Carter, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Laura Montgomery-Barefield, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Lee Ascherman, Professor - Adjunct (P)

    C.W.R.U. School of Medicine
    Masters of Public Health - Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
    Internship and Residency - Georgetown University Medical Center
    Fellowship - Menninger Clinic
    Psychoanalytic and Child Psychoanalytic Training - New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute
    Positions:
    Professor and Vice Chair for Education - UAB Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology
    Director, UAB Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Chief of Service, Child and Adolesce...

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    Mariko Nakano, Assistant Professor (P)

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    Pascal Caruso, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Richard deShazo, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Stephen McWhorter, Instructor - Adjunct (P)

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    Thomas Weida, Professor - Adjunct (P)

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    Vinita Yalamanchili, Associate Professor - Adjunct (P)

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Ann Klasner, Professor (S)

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    Annalise Sorrentino, Associate Professor (S)

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    Brenessa Lindeman M.D., Assistant Professor (S)

    Dr. Brenessa Lindeman is a native of Kentucky, receiving her M.D. from Vanderbilt, and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. She did her residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins University and completed a fellowship in endocrine surgery at the Harvard/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include thyroid cancer, benign thyroid disease, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal disease and surgical treatment of inherited endocrine syndromes.

    Dr. Lindeman has distinguished herself as a...

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    Brian Sims, Associate Professor (S)

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    Bryan Smelser, Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor (S)

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    Candice Dye, Assistant Professor (S)

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    Carlton Young, Associate Professor (S)

    Since 1997, Dr. Young has been Director of pancreas transplantation at UAB. A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Young received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. He then matriculated to medical school at Johns Hopkins, graduating in 1987. Dr. Young then returned to Philadelphia to complete his general surgical training at Thomas Jefferson University by 1993. He then spent two years at the University of Wisconsin as an abdominal transplant fellow. After graduation in 1995, he spent tw...

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    Caroline Harada, Associate Professor - Adjunct (S)

    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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    Catherine Fuller, Associate Professor (S)

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    Chrystal Rutledge, Assistant Professor (S)

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    Craig Hoesley, Professor (S)

    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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    Danielle Edwards, Assistant Professor (S)

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    David Resuehr, Assistant Professor (S)

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    David Rogers, Professor (S)

    Dr. David A. Rogers is a professor in the Departments of Surgery, Medical Education and Pediatrics and the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development in the School of Medicine at UAB. He received his medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed his general surgery training at the Medical College of Georgia. He subsequently completed his pediatric general surgery training at the University of Tennessee and a pediatric surgery oncology fellowship at...

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    Eta S. Berner, Professor (S)

    Eta S. Berner, Ed.D. teaches in the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program and is Director of the UAB Center for Health Informatics for Patient Safety/Quality. Dr. Berner is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics , the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. She has published articles in leading journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine and the Journal of the Ame...

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    Inga Kadisha, Assistant Professor (S)

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    J Bradley Barger, Assistant Professor (S)

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    James Willig, Associate Professor (S)

    James H. Willig, MD, MSPH, is the Associate Dean of Clinical Education in the School of Medicine. He attended Medical School at the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and completed his residency at the University of Virginia Roanoke-Salem. At UAB, Willig has earned an M.S. in Public Health and completed an Infectious Diseases Fellowship. His research interests in quality improvement and medical informatics have found expression in both research into quality issues in HIV primary care...

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    Kevin Leon, Associate Professor (S)

    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 Fraser, Professor (S)

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    Lauren Nassetta, Associate Professor (S)

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    Majd Zayzafoon M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor (S)

    Majd Zayzafoon, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. He serves as the Director of the UAB-Center for Metabolic Bone Disease (UAB-CMBD), is Co-Director of the NIH P30 UAB Core Center for Basic and Translational Skeletal Research, and is PI of the NIH T32 Comprehensive Training Program in Bone Biology and Disease. Majd Zayzafoon was born in Birmingham and grew up in Norwich, England. He went to medical school at Damascus University, Syria where he obtained his MD degr...

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    Marjorie White, Professor (S)

    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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    Michael Stalvey, Associate Professor (S)

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    Michele Nichols, Professor (S)

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    Nicholas Van Wagoner, Assistant Professor (S)

    Nicholas Van Wagoner, M.D., Ph.D., has been promoted to associate dean for students.

    As associate dean for students, Van Wagoner will lead the Office of Medical Student Services, which offers UAB medical students individualized support. His team will provide programs and services in an environment that promotes intellectual and professional development, supports career goals, nurtures growth as leaders and inspires excellence. Van Wagoner and his staff will also provide support and serv...

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    Peter Smith, Associate Professor (S)

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    Rodney Tucker, Professor (S)

    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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    Shawn F. Galin, Associate Professor (S)

    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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    Stephanie Case, Associate Professor (S)

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    Sue S Feldman, Professor (S)

    Sue Feldman is a Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Health Informatics in Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She teaches in the Clinical Informatics program, the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, and in the PhD program. She has a dual appointment in the School of Medicine, where she is a Senior Scientist in the Informatics Institute, and is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Community Heal...

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    Tina Simpson, Professor (S)

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    William Brooks, Associate Professor (S)

    Will Brooks, PhD joined the UAB faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. He received a PhD in Cell Biology from UAB in 2007 where he studied the role of novel ubiquitination enzymes in cell cycle regulation. Brooks has over 10 years of experience teaching anatomy and related topics to a wide range of learners ranging from undergraduates to medical students and residents. He conducts research in the area of medical education and is an ...

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