Medicine - Immunology and Rheumatology

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    Bridges Jr, S. Louis, Division Director 2000 -

    S. Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD is Anna Lois Waters Endowed Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has served as Director of the UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology since 2009. He is also the Director of the UAB Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone, and Autoimmunity Center. and Vice President of the Rheumatology Research Foundation. His research has been continuously funded by NIH and is focused largely on rheumatoid arthritis susceptibi...

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    Kimberly M.D., Robert, Division Director 1996 -

    Robert P. Kimberly, MD, a native of New Haven, Conn., received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School after receiving a baccalaureate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a baccalaureate / master's degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Dr. Kimberly's achievements and honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, a "First" class degree from Oxford, and election to both the America...

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    Koopman, William, Department Chairperson 2005 -

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    Szalai, Alexander, Associate Director 2018 -

    Alexander J. Szalai, PhD (Alex) has a long history of excellence in research and a strong record of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, and various private foundations.. He is internationally recognized for his work on the biology of C-reactive protein and its contribution to the maintenance of health, the propagation of disease, and the tissue response to injury. In addition to his research activities, Alex has excelled at teaching and has made signific...

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    Alarcon, Graciela, Professor - Emeritus and Professor - Emeritus (P) 2009 -

    I joined the Faculty at UAB in 1981 after being a Research Fellow for about 18 months. I am currently Emeritus Professor and although not in Birmingham, I am still involved in mentoring fellows and collaborating with the LFA, LCTC, GLADEL as the need arises. During my stay at UAB and prior to that at my alma mater (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Perú), I have been involved in the training of clinical and research fellows. In fact, after my US training (1968-1972), I started the fi...

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    Ball, Gene, Professor - Emeritus (P) 1997 -

    Dr. Ball joined the UAB faculty in 1965 and was named the Jane Knight Lowe Professor in Medicine in Rheumatology in 1986. UAB recognized and honored his contributions to academic excellence by naming him professor emeritus in 1997.

    In addition to faithfully serving UAB, Dr. Ball has admirably served in leadership roles in numerous professional organizations, committees, and boards. Dr. Ball was the interim director of the division for 18 months in 1995-96. Highly respected by his collea...

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    Ballesteros-Tato Ph.D., Andre, Associate Professor (P) 2012 -

    Dr. Ballesteros-Tato completed his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the Autonoma University of Madrid in Spain in July 2007. In his Ph.D. thesis work, he studied the role of the cell cycle inhibitor p21 and the apoptosis-inducing Fas receptor in controlling immunological tolerance in different murine and human autoimmune diseases. Beginning in March of 2008, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Troy Randall at Trudeau Institute as a postdoctoral fellow, and then later moved with Dr. Randall's lab to th...

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    Bennett, J, Professor - Emeritus (P) 1997 -

    Dr. Bennett received his A.B. from Howard College (Samford University) in 1954, and his M.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts in 1958. He served fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Rheumatology), the National Institutes of Health (Molecular biology) in Bethesda, Maryland and California Institute of Technology (Molecular Genetics) in Pasadena, California.He returned to Birmingham in 1965 to join the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham...

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    Boulware, Dennis, Professor - Clinical (P) 2007 -

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    Bradley, Laurence, Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Bradley's research focuses on the interactions among biological and psychosocial factors associated with abnormal pain sensitivity in persons with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, and other chronic painful disorders. Several studies are ongoing with support of an R01 grant and complementary grant funds: (1) In collaboration with investigators from the University of Florida, the goal of the R01 project is to characterize ethnic differences in experimental pain sensitivity, endogenous pain inh...

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    Bridges Jr, S. Louis, Professor (P) 2000 -

    S. Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD is Anna Lois Waters Endowed Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has served as Director of the UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology since 2009. He is also the Director of the UAB Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone, and Autoimmunity Center. and Vice President of the Rheumatology Research Foundation. His research has been continuously funded by NIH and is focused largely on rheumatoid arthritis susceptibi...

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    Chatham MD, W. Winn, Professor (P) 1999 -

    Dr. Chatham's research program is focused on the biology of TNF family receptors and their ligands (including BLyS/BAFF) as these relate to disease expression in lupus and other inflammatory/autoimmune disorders. The therapeutic implication of these studies has been extended to current clinical studies that involve the use of monoclonal reagents and soluble receptors targeting BlyS/BAFF in patients with active systemic  lupus as well as their potential use in autoimmunity associated with immunod...

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    Crawford, Monica, Instructor - Adjunct (P) 2010 -

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    Curtis MD, MS, MPH, Jeffrey, Professor (P) 2005 -

    Dr. Jeffrey R Curtis is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Curtis received a Medical Degree (MD) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, OR. He subsequently completed a residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and a fellowship in rheumatology at UAB. He completed a graduate program in Clinical Informatics at Stanfo...

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    Dalvi MD, Samir, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

    Dr. Dalvi’s research interests involve the role of environmental stimuli in the development of autoimmunity as well as the role of lead toxicity and gouty arthritis. In addition, he is planning to develop a vasculitis registry to investigate potential markers of disease activity in patients with vasculitis.

    Dr. Dalvi’s main clinical interests include the following: Giant cell/temporal arteritis, Takayasu’s arteritis, polymyalgia rheumatic (PMR), Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegene...

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    Danila MD, MSc, MSPH, Maria, Associate Professor (P) 2008 -

    Dr. Danila is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Danila is an implementation scientist and outcome researcher, passionate about improving the quality, effectiveness and processes/delivery of medical care for patients. Her research program focuses on two main areas: i) the design and evaluation of culturally-adapted and literacy-appropriate health care interventions that improve outcomes ...

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    Edberg Ph.D., Jeffrey, Professor (P) 2002 -

    Wegener's granulomatosis, an anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-positive systemic small vessel vasculitide, is characterized by inflammatory lesions with granuloma formation in the upper and lower airways, pauci-immune glomerulonephritis, and anti-proteinase 3 autoantibodies. Although Wegener's granulomatosis is considered idiopathic, there has been substantial interest in environmental factors as either etiologic or accelerating risk factors, with Staphylococcus aureus having attracted...

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    Elgavish, Ada, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Fine, Philip, Professor (P) 2012 -

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    Gadea, Carlos, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Gaffo, Angelo, Associate Professor (P) 2009 -

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    Gibson, Andrew, Assistant Professor (P) 2001 -

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    Hanaoka, Beatriz, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr. Hanaoka is conducting clinical studies to understand the reasons behind the decline in skeletal muscle function and physical activity in patients with rheumatic diseases, particularly in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Her research is primarily focused on understanding at a mechanistic level the metabolic and physiologic abnormalities of skeletal muscle in RA patients. More specifically, she is investigating if insulin resistance is an underlying cause of skeletal muscle dysfunction in RA patient...

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    Hsu, Hui-Chen, Associate Professor (P) 2001 -

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    Hughes, Laura, Professor (P) 2004 -

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    Hwangpo, Tracy, Instructor (P) 2014 -

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    Jagpal, Aprajita, Instructor (P) 2017 -

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    Khass, Mohamed, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Kimberly M.D., Robert, Professor (P) 1996 -

    Robert P. Kimberly, MD, a native of New Haven, Conn., received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School after receiving a baccalaureate degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a baccalaureate / master's degree from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Dr. Kimberly's achievements and honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, a "First" class degree from Oxford, and election to both the America...

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    Koopman, William, Professor - Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus (P) 2005 -

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    Li, Xiaoli, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Morgan, Sarah, Professor (P) 2011 -

    Dr Morgan is a registered/licensed dietitian and an internist.

    Dr. Morgan's research program has been focused on methotrexate and folic acid metabolism in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Her work with Dr. Joseph E Baggott and members of the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology (Drs. Graciela Alarcon, Dr. William Koopman, Dr. S Louis Bridges, and Dr. Laura Hughes) have established the folic acid supplementation during low dose methotrexate therapy for rheumatoid arthr...

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    Mountz M.D., Ph.D., John, Professor (P) 1994 -

    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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    Mullen, Matthew, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Raman, Chander, Professor (P) 1996 -

    Dr. Raman’s laboratory interrogates molecular and cellular mechanisms driving the immunopathogenesis of autoimmune diseases with a special emphasis on multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Within this are of research, the current studies focus on molecular mechanisms underlying activation and differentiation of effector T cells, B cells and innate cells in the pathogenesis of these autoimmune diseases. Current investigations involve human immunology bridged with mouse models to ...

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    Randall Ph.D., Troy, Professor (P) 2012 -

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    Reynolds IV, Richard, Assistant Professor (P) 2010 -

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    Rich, Robert, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2017 -

    From 2004-10 Dr. Rich was UAB Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean of the School of Medicine and from 2004-16 served as Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and (since 2012) Medical Education. From 2011-14 he was Faculty Accreditation Lead for reaccreditation of the School of Medicine. From 2014-16 he developed and then served as founding Director of the university-wide UAB Center for Interprofessional Education and Simulation. Dr. Rich was a member of the faculty of Baylor College of Medi...

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    Ruiz, Ximena, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2017 -

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    Saag, Kenneth, Professor (P) 1998 -

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    Schroeder Jr, Harry, Professor (P) 2007 -

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    Singh, Jasvinder, Professor (P) 2009 -

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    Spalding, David, Professor (P) 2008 -

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    Szalai, Alexander, Professor (P) 2001 -

    Alexander J. Szalai, PhD (Alex) has a long history of excellence in research and a strong record of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, and various private foundations.. He is internationally recognized for his work on the biology of C-reactive protein and its contribution to the maintenance of health, the propagation of disease, and the tissue response to injury. In addition to his research activities, Alex has excelled at teaching and has made signific...

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    Xiao, Li, Associate Professor (P) 2012 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Atkinson, Thomas, Professor (S) 2010 -

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    Beukelman, Timothy, Assistant Professor (S) 2007 -

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    Brown Ph.D., MPH, Elizabeth, Associate Professor (S) 2006 -

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    Cron MD, PhD, Randy, Associate Professor (S) 2007 -

    My research training began at the NIH (as a HHMI scholar) and continued with a PhD in Immunology following my mentor, Dr. Jeff Bluestone, to the University of Chicago, where I characterized murine peripheral TCR T cell repertoire, phenotype, and effector function. I completed medical school at UCLA and did a Pediatrics residency at Stanford where I gained an interest in Rheumatology. This was followed by a fellowship at the University of Washington in Pediatric Rheumatology. I returned to the ...

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    Elson III M.D., Charles, Professor (S) 2004 -

    Dr. Elson received his M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, trained in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital/Cornell, then did his Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago.  After doing full-time research in immunology at N.I.H., he joined the Faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Medical College of Virginia.  He moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to become Director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology,  and subsequently served a...

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    Grisanti, Kathleen, Assistant Professor (S) 2019 -

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    Lund Ph.D., Frances, Professor (S) 2012 -

    Frances (Fran) Lund completed her undergraduate studies in Microbiology at the University of Notre Dame (B.S., cum laude, 1987). She performed her graduate work with Dr. Ronald B. Corley in the Department of Microbiology at Duke University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Immunology in 1992 and went on to a post-doctoral immunology fellowship in Dr. Maureen Howard’s group at DNAX Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA. In 1997 she moved to the Trudeau Institute, a basic biomedical infectious disease rese...

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    Wright, Nicole, Assistant Professor (S) 2012 -

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    Younger, Jarred, Associate Professor (S) 2014 -

    Jarred Younger completed postdoctoral fellowships at Arizona State University and the Stanford University School of Medicine before taking an Assistant Professor position at Stanford.

    He has recently joined the UAB faculty in Psychology, with secondary appointments in Anesthesiology and Rheumatology. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense to study new techniques for diagnosing and treating neuroinflammation.

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