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FYI Fridays
June 5, 2015

Reminder: Faculty Meeting - June 10th - Noon - Bradley Lecture Center
Appointment, Promotion and Tenure
The Department of Pediatrics Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee (APTC) plays an important role in the career path of faculty.   The annual faculty self-assessment profile provides a framework for conversation between a faculty member and division director around academic goals.  Additional input will come from the chair every other year and prior to consideration for elective promotion.   The new Office of Faculty Development (OFD) will play an essential role in this process beginning in the near future.
The APTC will provide additional guidance for the faculty in conjunction with the OFD.  In order to increase faculty engagement, we will now elect some members of the APTC.  We want the APTC to be composed of a diverse faculty who will have terms of three years, renewable for one additional term. Membership on the APTC will be determined both by election from faculty peers and appointment by the chair.  We invite you to self-nominate to serve on the APTC.  Interested faculty should respond with a brief paragraph the
DOP Promotion Tenure Committee email stating why you would like to represent the Pediatric Faculty on the committee. The APTC will select four faculty from the nomination group as a slate for the faculty vote.  This initial nomination process began June 1 and ends June 12.  The slate will be put forward by Tuesday, June 16. 
The APTC is critical to the promotion and tenure process and provides guidance to the chair as well as the Faculty Council. The overriding consideration of the entire process is FACULTY SUCCESS.  We all perform different jobs but we need one another.  It is essential to success of the DOP and Children’s of Alabama, whose shared mission is improving health of the children of Alabama.
Rich Whitley, MD
Mitch Cohen, MD
Perry Joins Department of Pediatrics

The Pediatric Research Office (PRO) is delighted to announce that Cheryl Perry, PhD, has joined the office as the PRO Administrative Director.  For the past four years, Dr. Perry has served as the Deputy Director of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).  Prior to that, she served as Director of the CCTS Research Commons and as Acting Director of the UAB Office of Program Planning and Educational Research (OPPER).  Dr. Perry clearly brings tremendous expertise to the leadership of the PRO, including a thorough understanding of how to maximally support individual research efforts as well as knowledge and expertise in connecting those efforts to the larger UAB research infrastructure.  As the remaining few positions within the PRO are posted and filled over the next several weeks, we are available to any and all faculty involved in pediatric research.  The PRO staff will visit each division individually over the next few months, much as was done in the development process for the office.  Please do not hesitate to contact Cheryl ( me ( with any questions or requests.
David W. Kimberlin, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research
Department of Pediatrics
New PCP Notification Process
We have recently implemented an automated “Admission Notification Letter” containing a minimal data set (Patient name and DOB, admitting attending name, date of admission, and admission diagnosis as entered in the admit order) which will be automatically generated and faxed to the PCP and referring MD when the admit order is signed.  This relies on the prescriber entering the admitting physician’s name using the list function to choose the attending (avoid free texting the name).  Admission histories will no longer be faxed automatically to the PCPs.
Soon there will also be an automatically generated “Discharge Notification Letter.”  This letter necessitates a change to the discharge order – prescribers entering the discharge order (which is REQUIRED for all discharges) will now need to enter the “discharging attending” name using the same list function.  Due to the brevity of these letters, when teams are discharging complicated patients, a member of the team should call the PCP office at the time of discharge when a detailed handoff is needed.  In addition, teams should continue to strive for timely completion of the Discharge Summary (which is faxed to the PCP and referring upon completion).
When teams notice inaccurate information about PCPs and referring MDs (this information can be found on the Patient Info tab in iConnect), prescribers should use the “Correct physician” order bundle to communicate needed changes to the staff who can update this information in SOARIAN, since SOARIAN is the source information which guides faxing.
Terry Wall  
Ms. Colburn
The Department welcomes
Mitzi Colburn
who has officially joined the Department of Pediatrics team as Dr. Cohen’s Administrative Assistant. Mitzi comes to us with many years of service in administrative support and supervision from University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.  
Her contact information is:
Mitzi Colburn
Faculty Candidate Presentation

H Lin, MD
Pediatric GI/Nutrition

"Biliary Atresia & Current Management Strategies" 
June 9th - 4:00-5:00 pm  
3rd Floor Surgical Commons
Subspecialty Spring Match
Congratulations to the Pediatric Subspecialty Programs that filled in the Spring Match on May 27th.  These fellows will be starting their training in July 2016.  Of special note, our new Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship here at UAB will have its first fellow next year.  We are very excited to welcome all of these as they join us in 2016.
Cardiology:  Leslie Collins - UAB
Saurabh Talathi,
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center,
Bronx, NY
Jason Payne,
MUSC, and
Aman Wadwha, The Cleveland Clinic
Founder's Fund Request for Application
Due to the ‘weather’ the application deadline for Founder’s Fund Grants was extended by 1 week! 
All applications are now due June 8th at 8:00 AM
6-8 at Eight – Don’t Be Late! 
Click here for more information!
J.R. Hartig
UAB Speakers Bureau
Faculty interested in serving on the UAB Speakers Bureau should complete this form and email to Marty Box.
Pre-Award Research
Office News
Clarifying Publication Reporting Instructions for Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) and Renewal Applications
(NOT-OD-15-091) National Institutes of Health.

Information regarding changes to UAB’s Definition of a Principal Investigator policy can be found here.

NIH eRA Items of Interest — June 2015
Please join the
Department of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in opening the new academic year at the
Birmingham Barons vs. the Chattanooga Lookouts game, on August 30, 2015.  The cost for the game and food is $28 per person for adults and $21 per person for children ages 3-8.  There will be deposit of $10 per person attending due by June 12, 2015.  Please send all responses to Candice Colston
 as soon as possible.
Save the Date

Wednesday June 17th
Surgery Commons Library
Promotion: What You Need to Know

Lunch provided if you RSVP to
by Monday June 15th
Hope to see everyone there!!
The deadline for submission of
information for inclusion in the
FYI Fridays newsletter is
10:00am on the preceding Thursday.
FYI Fridays Archive
Congratulations to our 2015 Dean's Excellence Awards Recipients
Dr. AschermanLee I. Ascherman, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, is a senior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Diversity Enhancement. 

Michele Kong, MD, 
assistant professor
of Pediatrics in the Division of Critical Care, is the junior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award for Service. Kong 
has a unique background that plays a role in her dedication and devotion to service to her school and field, said Richard J. Whitley, M.D., UAB Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics.
Dr. Madan SwainAvi Madan-Swain, PhD, associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, is the senior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Service. Madan-Swain created and implemented the Division’s Hope and Cope Psychosocial Program.

Michele Nichols, MD, professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 
Dr. Nichols
is the senior faculty winner 
of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Education. Nichols has made significant contributions within the department, serving as the director of the Pediatric Residency program for the last 20 years. 

Click here to read the full article.
Please join us welcoming our
2015-2016 Pediatrics
and Med-Peds Interns

Thursday, June 11, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm
Vulcan Park
Includes admission to Tower and Dreamland BBQ
Families are Welcome
Vulcan Park
1701 Valley View Drive
Vulcan Center Function Room

Training Interdisciplinary and Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS) Seminar
Tuesday, June 16th,
 from 5:00-6:30pm at the Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies (PCAMS)   
"Going Pro:
Are You R01 Ready?
presented by:
Katherine E.
Hartmann, MD, PhD

Associate Dean, Clinical and Translational Scientist Development
Deputy Director, Institute for Medicine & Public Health
Director, Graduate Studies in Epidemiology
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology & Medicine
Please register no later than
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here to find a list of events coming soon to the Department
 Pediatric Grand Rounds Link
Faculty e-Recruitment Project
The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that PeopleAdmin has been selected for the UAB Faculty e-Recruitment System.  This vendor is highly recommended by various colleges and universities around the country – as being an ideal solution for online faculty recruitment.  Our goal remains the same – to implement an electronic faculty recruitment system that will house and manage the complete UAB faculty recruitment process.
Click here for the PeopleAdmin Faculty Recruiting Overview for your review. Please  let David Rogers know if you are interested in serving as a representative.

Janice B. Ward
Faculty Affairs Manager

Use or lose your personal holidays

UAB policy requires non-hospital, biweekly paid, full-time regular employees to use personal holidays by the last biweekly pay period in June, which for 2015 is the May 31-June 13 pay period — or forfeit them. The 2015-16 personal holiday balance will be reflected on the June 14-27 pay-deposit statement. The policy for monthly paid and hospital employees is unchanged. The full holiday policy is in the UAB Policies and Procedures Library at
Direct questions to 934-3458.




Ashley N. Brown, M.D. Emergency Medicine Fellowship, UAB Peds
Hugh J. Cheek, M.D.  2015-2016 Chief Resident
Allison L. Cragin, M.D.  General Pediatrics, New Orleans, LA
K. Blaine Crosland, M.D. Hospital Medicine, Atlanta, GA
T. Todd Fleenor, M.D.  Emergency Medicine Fellowship, UAB Peds
Griffin A. Guice, M.D.      Hospital Medicine, Columbia, TN
Peter J. Hanna, M.D.   Emergency Medicine Residency, UAB 
Kathryn C. Hines, M.D.  Hospital Medicine Fellowship, UAB Peds
Maria Z. Huang, M.D.     Hospital Medicine Fellowship, Univ of CA-San Diego
Wesley M. Jackson, M.D.  Neonatology Fellowship, Univ. of NC-Chapel Hill
Jacob D. Kelley, M.D.  Hospital Medicine, Columbia, TN
Shane M. McKinney, M.D.  Emergency Medicine Fellowship, University of AK
Shelly B. Mercer, M.D.            Endocrinology Fellowship, UAB Peds     
Adolfo L. Molina, M.D.    2015-2016 Chief Resident
Erin M. Mullaney, M.D.     Allergy/Immunology Fellowship, UAB Peds
Leighanne Neill, M.D.  Hospital Medicine, Houston, TX
Sara C. Novara, M.D.    Neurology Fellowship, UAB Peds
Shital K. Patel, M.D.       General Pediatrics, San Francisco, CA
MeKeisha Pickens, M.D.   General Pediatrics, Bessemer and McCalla, AL
Kathleen R. Richard, M.D.   Emergency Medicine Fellowship, UAB Peds
Erinn O. Schmit, M.D.   2015-2016 Chief Resident
Christine N. Stoops, D.O.        Neonatology Fellowship, UAB Peds
Rachael L. Tindell, M.D.          Neonatology Fellowship, UAB Peds
Allison E. Walker, D.O.  General Pediatrics, Dothan, AL
Coco D. Williard, M.D.             Palliative Care Fellowship, Univ. of TX-Houston 

2014 – 2015 CHIEF RESIDENTS:
Clay T. Cohen, M.D.               Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine
A. Nicki Sims, M.D.  Critical Care Fellowship, UAB Peds
Cassandra N. Smola, M.D.     Hospital Medicine Fellowship, UAB Peds
Congratulations to those who matched in the spring!
Leslie Collins-Cardiology Fellowship, UAB Peds
Ryan Boggs-Cardiology
Fellowship, University of Florida
Nisha Rathore-Hematology/Oncology 
Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine
Grant News
Brad Troxler, MD (Ped-Pulmonary) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Interdisciplinary Education in Pediatric Pulmonary Centers (PPCs). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. $333,642. 07/01/2015-06/30/2020. This is the 25th year of this grant, but the first time with Dr. Troxler as the PI. 

William Britt, MD (Ped - Infectious Disease) Congenital CMV and CNS Infection:
Mechanisms of Protective Immunity. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS. $545,519. 05/01/2015-04/30/2016.
Monisha Goyal, MD (Ped-Neurology) GW Research Ltd. $619,372. 03/04/2015- 03/03/2019.

Michele Kong, MD (Ped -Critical Care) Matrix Metalloproteinase Driven Lung Inflammation in RSV Disease. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS. $118,344. 05/01/2015-04/30/2016.
Jeffrey Lebensburger, DO (Ped-Hematology/Oncology) Chronobiology and Chronopharmacology to Prevent Sickle Cell Nephropathy. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS. $154,296. 04/01/2015-03/31/2016.
Alyssa Reddy, MD (Ped-Hematology/Oncology) Per Case Reimbursement: COG NCORP Research Base. Children's Hospital (Philadelphia). $12,500. 08/01/2014-07/31/2019.

Alyssa Reddy, MD (Ped-Hematology/Oncology) COG PCR-Per Case Reimbursement NIH National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) Grant (U10CA180886) Successor to NIH COG Chair Grant (U10CA098543). Children's Hospital (Philadelphia) $176,899. 04/11/2014-02/28/2015.
Steven Rowe, MD (Med-Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care) The Mucociliary Clearance Defect of the Cystic Fibrosis Rat. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $47,930. 04/01/2015-03/31/2016.
Steven Rowe, MD (Med-Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care) The 2015 TDN Spring Meeting. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $8,100. 02/01/2015-07/31/2015.
Steven Rowe, MD (Med-Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care) Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $107,377. 03/07/2015-03/06/2016.
Marsha Sturdevant, MD (Ped-General Pediatrics) HIV Prevention, Education and Testing Initiative for Adolescents in Youth Detention, Correctional Facilities and Programs Serving High Risk Youth and their Adult Family Members. Alabama Department of Public Health. $60,000. 01/01/2015-12/31/2015.

Jeffrey Lebensburger, DO
 (Ped-Hematology/Oncology) Chronobiology and Chronopharmacology to Prevent Sickle Cell Nephropathy. National Institutes of Health. $154,296. 04/01/2015-03/31/2016.
Recent and Upcoming Publications
Int J Nanomedicine. 2014 Oct 21;9:4893-7. doi: 10.2147/IJN.S70999. eCollection 2014. Neural stem cell-derived exosomes mediate viral entry. Sims B, Gu L, Krendelchtchikov A, Matthews QL.
Exosomes are nanostructures secreted from multiple cells and secreted into all body fluids. Our current work analyzes exosomes derived from neural stem cells and their role in facilitating viral entry.  Elucidating these pathways may serve as a strategy to reduce viral entry into the central nervous system.
BMC Res Notes. 2015 Jun 2;8(1):209. doi: 10.1186/s13104-015-1159-z. Feasibility, acceptability, and characteristics associated with adherence and completion of a culturally relevant internet-enhanced physical activity pilot intervention for overweight and obese young adult African American women enrolled in college. Joseph RP, Dutton GR, Cherrington A, Fontaine K, Baskin M, Casazza K, Lorch D, Allison JJ, Durant NH.

Am J Perinatol. 2015 Jun 3. Seasonal Variation in Solar Ultra Violet Radiation and Early Mortality in Extremely Preterm Infants. Salas AA, Smith KA, Rodgers MD, Phillips V, Ambalavanan N.

Hosp Pediatr. 2015 Jun;5(6):309-14. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2014-0135. The practice patterns of recently graduated internal medicine-pediatric hospitalists. O'Toole JK, Friedland AR, Gonzaga AM, Hartig JR, Holliday S, Lukela M, Moutsios SA, Kolarik R.
In the largest study completed to date, the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association Executive Committee conducted a cross-sectional survey of all Med-Peds Programs gathering data on >1000 recent (2009-2013) graduates examining their current practice patterns.  Roughly two-thirds of Med-Peds graduates provide care to hospitalized children and adults.  Over 50% of the graduates have appointments with a medical school and just over one quarter practice within a free-standing children's hospital.  Currently, it is estimated that Med-Peds trained physicians account for approximately 10% of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine workforce.
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