Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Academic Department

People

Faculty Administrative Position

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    Carter, Johnny, Director 2005 -

    Dr. Johnny M. Carter has been with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2005. With a primary teaching interest of musculoskeletal medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine, interventional pain medicine and PRP injection therapy, Dr. Carter also has extensive previous experience with Sports Medicine as well. Dr. Carter is a 4 time recipient of the Samuel L. Stover MD Excellence in Teaching Award.

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    Kezar, Laura, Associate Dean 2002 -

    Dr. Kezar completed a transitional internship at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA in 1986 and served in the US Navy for four years and the Navy reserves until 1994. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UAB in 1994 and served as Chief Resident. She joined the faculty in 1995 and has participated in many different aspects of department educational and leadership efforts. As residency program director from 1996 to 2007, she was recognized for her dedicat...

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    McLain, Amie, Department Chairperson 2001 -

    Born in Coral Gables Florida. Attended University of Alabama for undergraduate degree in Microbiology, Attended University of Alabama (at Birmingham) for Medical School and residency. Completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a special interest in Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders

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    Novack, Thomas, Director 1999 -

  • Faculty Position

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    Alexander, Marca, Professor - Clinical (P) 2013 -

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    Azuero, Casey, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Brunner, Robert, Professor (P) 1998 -

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    Carr, Conley, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Carter, Johnny, Assistant Professor (P) 2005 -

    Dr. Johnny M. Carter has been with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 2005. With a primary teaching interest of musculoskeletal medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine, interventional pain medicine and PRP injection therapy, Dr. Carter also has extensive previous experience with Sports Medicine as well. Dr. Carter is a 4 time recipient of the Samuel L. Stover MD Excellence in Teaching Award.

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    Chen, Yu-Ying, Professor (P) 2002 -

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    Cowan, Rachel, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Ellen, Mark, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2008 -

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    Forbush, David, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Goodman, Bradly, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2009 -

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    Hannah, JoAnna, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2009 -

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    Hollis, Sean, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Kezar, Laura, Professor (P) 2002 -

    Dr. Kezar completed a transitional internship at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA in 1986 and served in the US Navy for four years and the Navy reserves until 1994. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UAB in 1994 and served as Chief Resident. She joined the faculty in 1995 and has participated in many different aspects of department educational and leadership efforts. As residency program director from 1996 to 2007, she was recognized for her dedicat...

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    Kirksey, Keneshia, Associate Professor (P) 2007 -

    Dr. Kirksey is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, NC where she served as Chief Resident. Following residency, Dr. Kirksey joined the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2007. . She is the current Residency Program Director and Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury inpatient program in the Depar...

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    Knight, Amy, Associate Professor (P) 2012 -

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    Larson, Julie, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Mark, Victor, Associate Professor (P) 2004 -

    Undergraduate, AB degree, Cornell University, 1978, Biology.
    Medical school, MD degree, Albany Medical College, 1982.
    Residency, Neurology, New York University, 1986.
    Research fellowship, Behavioral Neurology, University of Florida, 1987.

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    McLain, Amie, Professor (P) 2001 -

    Born in Coral Gables Florida. Attended University of Alabama for undergraduate degree in Microbiology, Attended University of Alabama (at Birmingham) for Medical School and residency. Completed residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a special interest in Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders

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    McMurray, Megan, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Mueller, Michael, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Dr. Mueller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He serves as the Director of Occupational Medicine at The Workplace located at UAB Highlands. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1980 to 1988 and served as an Air Force Flight Surgeon both overseas and CONUS. He trained in Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine at UAB and is Board Certified in both Family Medicine...

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    Niemeier, Janet, Associate Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Novack, Thomas, Professor (P) 1999 -

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    Powell, Danielle, Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

    Dr. Powell completed medical school at the University of South Alabama, and her residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she served as chief resident during her training. Dr. Powell’s primary interests include Cancer Rehabilitation, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Electromyography, and Spina bifida. She is the Director of the Adult Multidisciplinary Spina Bifida Clinic and PM&R Resident Continuity Clinic. She is involved in medical education and serves as one of eleven Le...

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    Richards, J, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2012 -

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    Richardson, Elizabeth, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2015 -

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    Richardson, John, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Turnley, Michelle, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2011 -

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    Yarar, Ceren, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Zhou, Xiaohua, Assistant Professor (P) 2004 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Davis, Drew, Assistant Professor (S) 2005 -

    Dr. Davis serves as Medical Director for the UAB Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children's of Alabama. He is an Associate Professor in the UAB Departments of Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). Dr. Davis also serves as Medical Director for the Children's of Alabama Early Intervention Program. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) and PM&R. He attended medical school at th...

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    De La Torre, Jorge, Professor (S) 2006 -

    Jorge I. de la Torre, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.S.H.A., is Professor of Surgery and Rehabilitative Medicine and is the Director of the Division of Plastic Surgery. He also has serves as an Assistant Chief Medical Officer at UAB, Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency and Section Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Birmingham V.A. Medical Center. He is the founding Director of the Center for Advanced Surgical Aesthetics at UAB.

    Dr. de la Torre is from Texas where he completed his undergra...

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    Frazier, Sandra, Associate Professor (S) 2012 -

    Dr. Sandra Frazier attended medical school at The University of Mississippi where she also completed a pediatric residency and fellowships in Adolescent Medicine and Addiction Medicine.

    She came to The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1994 and founded The Addiction Recovery Program in the Department of Psychiatry. As part of this program, she worked with many health care professionals with substance use disorders and became interested in professional health and wellbeing.

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    Ness M.D., Ph.D., Timothy, Professor (S) 2007 -

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    Rimmer, James, Professor (S) 2015 -

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    Swanson-Kimani, Erin, Assistant Professor (S) 2015 -

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