Nursing Academic Affairs

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    Alspach MSN, RN, Jennie, Coordinator 2018 -

    Mrs. Jennie Alspach has a background as a Family Nurse Practitioner and broad work experience at the Senior Health Center, Emergency Department, Medical-Surgical, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury unit. She became interested in education and worked as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor teaching in the undergraduate program before joining the UAB SON as full-time faculty. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

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    Baker DNP, RN, CNE, Sabria, Assistant Director 2019 -

    Ms. Baker began her career in the Surgical Intensive Care at UAB Hospital. She became interested in education and moved to the school to teach clinicals for undergraduate nursing.

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    Baucom MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Melanie, Program Director 2018 -

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    Blakely DNP, CRNP, NP-C, Kala, Coordinator 2016 -

    Dr. Kala Blakely has been an adult nurse practitioner since March 2011. Her practice initiatives focus on providing women's health and primary care to those in rural Alabama. Dr. Blakely's faculty practice is her motivation for scholarship. She desires to bring quality healthcare to those in underserved areas. Dr. Blakely teaches in the adult-gerontology primary care track. She also serves on the UAB School of Nursing Alumni Board and enjoys involvement in numerous other professional organizatio...

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    Bordelon III DNP, MBA, CRNP, CNE, NNP-BC, CPNP-AC, Curry, Coordinator 2018 -

    Dr. Bordelon is a dual certified Neonatal and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner teaching Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Leadership courses. He has extensive leadership experience as a nurse practitioner manager for three Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Dr Bordelon is an active member of the Education Committee for the Academy of Neonatal Nursing and is an item writer for national board certification exams.

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    Buys DNP, MPH, RN, NP-C, Katie, Coordinator 2017 -

    Dr. Buys is an Instructor in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track. She is dually trained in Nursing and Public Health (Health Behavior). Her teaching and clinical interests lie at the intersection of clinical practice and public health/ disease prevention. She understands that an important part of nursing education is training students to empower patients to take control of their health and to educate the public on how they can prevent disease through healthy lifestyles. Dr. Buys’ primary clinica...

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    Childs PhD, RN, FAAN, Gwendolyn, Interim Associate Dean 2018 -

    Dr. Gwendolyn Childs’ research focuses on approaches for reducing the risks of sexually transmitted infections in adolescent African American girls with an emphasis on sexual decision-making and risk-taking among African American girls ages 12 to 14 years living in the Deep South region of the U.S. Using community-based participatory and qualitative research methods, Dr. Childs’ work has documented the age of onset of sexual activity in this population of young adolescents, as well as common cog...

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    Combs MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNL, ATC, Bryan, Director 2019 -

    Bryan Combs has been a faculty member at the UAB School of Nursing for one year. He has extensive experience in orthopedics as both a certified athletic trainer as well as a registered nurse. Mr. Combs currently teaches in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program and works as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the UAB School of Nursing Foundry clinic as his faculty practice. Mr. Combs has begun his doctoral work at the UAB School of Nursing and will be concentrating his education on occupational healt...

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    Deupree PhD, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Joy, Program Director 2017 -

    Joy P. Deupree, PhD, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow (2014-2017) and serves as an appointed member to the Alabama Governor's Health Care Improvement Task Force and Chairs the Health Literacy Partnership of AL . Dr. Deupree has served in many leadership roles for professional organizations and is currently the senior adviser for policy for the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama the professional association she co-founded in 2006 which represents th...

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    Durand MSN, MS, CRNP, LPT, PMHNP-BC, Simone, Coordinator 2017 -

    I have worked in the mental healthcare field since 2005. My experience is as an outpatient therapist, residential program manager, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner working with patients across the lifespan. I have found academia and clinical practice to be very complimentary activities, augmenting the other and resulting in better care and better education.

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    Eagerton DNP, RN, FAAN, Gregory, Coordinator 2019 -

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    Etheridge MSN, CRNP, CPNP-PC, Sherita, Program Director 2019 -

    Mrs. Sherita Etheridge is a full-time instructor for UAB School of Nursing. She is a certified pediatric primary care nurse practitioner. She is currently a member of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She has fifteen years of pediatric nursing experience. She has worked as adjunct faculty for 6 years before excepting a full-time faculty position. She teaches in the pediatric dual option nurse practitioner program, pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program and ...

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    Fogger DNP, CRNP, CARN-AP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, Susanne, Administrative Appointment 2017 -

    Dr. Fogger is an educator and clinician with more than 40 years’ experience as a psychiatric/mental health nurse. She is a veteran of the US Air Force with over 12 years as a psychiatric staff nurse and nurse manager of an alcohol treatment unit. She also provided psychiatric home health in a rural area of Louisiana; and was a nurse manager of a psychiatric adolescent unit. She has taught Graduate and Undergraduate Psychiatric Nursing since 2003 while maintaining a clinical practice. Current p...

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    Harris PHD, CRNP, CPNP-AC, Yolanda, Coordinator 2014 -

    Ms. Harris' practice initiatives focus on providing care for children and families that are affected by demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system in the UAB Center for Pediatric Onset Demyelinating Disease. Her prior training in adolescent medicine and her 20 years of experience at Children's of Alabama in the Special Care Unit are utilized to provide holistic care to patients and families from all the Southeastern States. She is an integral part on a multi-disciplinary team of export...

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    Hicks DNP, MNA, CRNA, Todd, Coordinator 2016 -

    Todd Hicks earned a BS in education from Auburn University in 1999 and successfully taught in public secondary schools for three years. In 2004, Mr. Hicks earned his BSN from Auburn University, magna cum laude, and practiced as a critical care RN for two years. In 2006, he entered the UAB Nurse Anesthesia Program, from which he graduated in 2008. Since completing his MNA, Mr. Hicks has practiced clinically as a CRNA in Montgomery, AL, where he presently maintains his practice.

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    Hodges PhD, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Ashley, Coordinator 2012 -

    Dr. Ashley Hodges is an experienced educator and leader in nursing. She is certified as a Women’s Health NP and has over 22 years of experience in maternal child nursing, administration and education. Dr. Hodges is known for her expertise in curriculum development and evaluation. Her approach to distance education is based on development of a sense of community and student engagement. Dr. Hodges is known nationally for her work on the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses ...

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    Hodges PhD, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Ashley, Associate Dean 2018 -

    Dr. Ashley Hodges is an experienced educator and leader in nursing. She is certified as a Women’s Health NP and has over 22 years of experience in maternal child nursing, administration and education. Dr. Hodges is known for her expertise in curriculum development and evaluation. Her approach to distance education is based on development of a sense of community and student engagement. Dr. Hodges is known nationally for her work on the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses ...

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    Hogewood MSN, RN, Connie, Program Director 2018 -

    Connie Hogewood has spent the majority of her nursing career caring for high risk obstetric patients. As a prenatal educator she has assisted patients in understanding their role in lifestyle modifications to maintain a healthy pregnancy and birth. A major area of research interest is the rising rate of cesarean deliveries and what can be done to reverse this growing trend.

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    Holland DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC, NP-C, FAANP, Aimee, Assistant Dean 2018 -

    Dr. Aimee Chism Holland is the coordinator of the dual adult-gerontology primary and women's health nurse practitioner specialty track. Her practice initiatives focus on providing women's health and primary care services to the students at the UAB Student Health & Wellness Clinic. Dr. Holland's expertise in women's health is utilized performing gynecology procedures, reproductive life planning counseling, and preventive services in the college health setting. Her faculty practice is the primary ...

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    Johnson DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, CNE, Karmie, Coordinator 2014 -

    Dr. Karmie Johnson specializes in mental health nursing with an emphasis in the child/adolescent population. She has extensive experience in cultural competency as a Peace Corps Volunteer and is the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Coordinator for the UAB School of Nursing. Her expertise in these two fields is combined in her interest in international forensic nursing.

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    Knight PhD, RN, Candace, Program Director 2017 -

    Dr. Candace Knight teaches obstetric nursing in the undergraduate and accelerated master's programs. Her qualitative doctoral research focused on adolescent prenatal stress and she continues research activities as part of a team exploring adolescent sexual decision making.

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    Loan PhD, RN, FAAN, Lori, Assistant Director 2017 -

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    Love MSN, RN, RNC-OB, CNE, April, Coordinator 2018 -

    Ms. Love earned her MSN through UAB’s Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Pathway in 2013. Prior to her nursing career, she received a BA in journalism from Auburn University. She has since focused on obstetric nursing, primarily working in the Labor & Delivery and Mother Baby (postpartum) units. Her passion for education was realized while serving as an adjunct instructor for the UAB and Auburn University Schools of Nursing. She joined the UAB faculty fulltime in 2017 and teaches in the pre-lic...

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    Mays DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, Lauren, Coordinator 2019 -

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    McLain PhD, RN, CNE, Rhonda, Interim Assistant Dean 2015 -

    Dr. Rhonda McLain is an experienced educator with expertise in the areas of teaching-learning strategies, curriculum development and program evaluation. Having taught more than 20 years in undergraduate education, Dr. McLain has led the development of innovative nursing curricula designed to prepare new nurses in meeting client needs in an ever-changing health care environment. As an educator in the classroom, Dr. McLain has been recognized by her students for her creative teaching strategies th...

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    McMullan PhD, CRNA, Susan, Coordinator 2015 -

    Dr. McMullan has been a CRNA for over 27 years. She has clinical experience in all forms of anesthesia with a focus on pediatric and cardiovascular anesthesia. Her teaching experience includes basic and advanced principles of nurse anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, and high-fidelity simulation. Her research focuses on organizational structures and patient safety in nurse anesthesia.

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    McPeters DNP, CRNP, CPNP-AC, RNFA, Steadman, Coordinator 2015 -

    Dr. Steadman McPeters is known for his passionate care of the pediatric patient. His research and clinical interests include pediatric surgery with a central focus on congenital diaphragmatic hernia neonates, pediatric obesity, and pediatric forensic nursing. Dr. McPeters also has zeal to teach nursing students while encouraging them to be future leaders of tomorrow. He recently developed a student membership for nurse practitioner students in the state of Alabama as an arm of the Nurse Practit...

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    McPeters DNP, CRNP, CPNP-AC, RNFA, Steadman, Director 2017 -

    Dr. Steadman McPeters is known for his passionate care of the pediatric patient. His research and clinical interests include pediatric surgery with a central focus on congenital diaphragmatic hernia neonates, pediatric obesity, and pediatric forensic nursing. Dr. McPeters also has zeal to teach nursing students while encouraging them to be future leaders of tomorrow. He recently developed a student membership for nurse practitioner students in the state of Alabama as an arm of the Nurse Practit...

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    Mitchell DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, Dana, Program Director 2018 -

    Dr. Dana Mitchell joined the UABSON as faculty in 2015. Her clinical expertise includes critical care nursing and cardiology, with subspecialty experience in heart failure and heart and lung transplantation. She holds a specialty certification in heart failure nursing and is an active member of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. Dr. Mitchell teaches in both the graduate and prelicensure programs.

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    Mosley MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, Michael, Program Director 2017 -

    My nursing career has taken me from acute care to intensive care, into primary care, home care, and into administration. I have spent my career, thus far, caring for the adult and geriatric population. For the past 7 years, I have worked in home care from the field nursing level through administration. Over the course of completing my graduate degree at UAB while working in home care, I developed both a desire to work with chronically ill and limited access individuals as well as a need to educa...

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    Murphy M.Eng, BS, MIE, Danny, Director 2018 -

    Mr. Murphy manages the successful execution of distance-accessible courses for the UAB School of Nursing. He has implemented instructional and learning design strategies, and provided leadership in instructional design, design technology, and development of innovative, engaging, and student-focused course development. He has a proven 16-year record for delivering training and advanced support to faculty and students.

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    Nichols PhD, RN-BC, SANE, Lynn, Assistant Dean 2018 -

    Dr. Lynn Nichols specializes in maternal-child health, and has extensive experience with curriculum development, program evaluation, strategic planning and online instruction. She is committed to the utilization of high-impact practices to foster student engagement. She is interested in leadership development of faculty, team building in faculty work groups and facilitating the professional development of faculty.

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    Parris DNP, RN, CNE, Kaitrin, Assistant Dean 2018 -

    Dr. Parris is known throughtout the medical community for her experience in nursing administration, nursing educaton and home care. Dr. Parris has spent 11 years at a large teaching institute providing care and leadership to critical care nurses. Most recently she has joined the UAB School of Nursing to educate and mentor BSN and AMNP students.

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    Polancich PhD, RN, Shea, Program Director 2014 -

    Shea Polancich, PhD, RN has been practicing in quality and patient safety for more than a decade. The primary focus of her work is understanding errors in the clinical environment Her work focuses on using the best evidence to redesign the workflow and improve processes in order to prevent patient harm and improve the quality of care.

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    Polancich PhD, RN, Shea, Assistant Dean 2016 -

    Shea Polancich, PhD, RN has been practicing in quality and patient safety for more than a decade. The primary focus of her work is understanding errors in the clinical environment Her work focuses on using the best evidence to redesign the workflow and improve processes in order to prevent patient harm and improve the quality of care.

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    Polson MSN, MSW, RN, LICSW, PIP, NEA-BC, CNL, CWCN, CFCN, Shannon, Coordinator 2019 -

    Shannon Polson has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business executive. During her career as a nurse and social worker, she has founded three corporations to deliver treatment services to clients in at risk or under-served areas of the Southeast. She received her Masters of Nursing Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Alabama and also holds a BA in Political Science from the University of West Georgia.

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    Sample MSHA, BA, Nevette, Director 2017 -

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    Smith DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, Tedra, Director 2019 -

    Dr. Tedra S. Smith is a pediatric nurse practitioner with a specialization in primary care. She has more than 13 years of experience as a pediatric nurse including primary, emergency and preanesthesia care. Her interest includes utilizing simulation as a pediatric clinical rotation to enhance communication with children and their caregivers. This also includes using simulation to decrease student anxiety related to caring for pediatric patients.

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    Stallworth DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Kelley, Coordinator 2019 -

    Dr. Stallworth has been an instructor in the UAB School of Nursing since 2012. Prior to accepting this position, she worked as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, providing care to underserved women in the Birmingham area. She earned her DNP in April 2014, from UAB, with a focus on sexually transmitted disease education and awareness for children and adolescents.

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    Steadman EdD, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Laura, Coordinator 2014 -

    Dr. Laura Steadman has been in Nursing Education for 23 years and at UAB SON for 9 years. Her background is as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She currently has a faculty practice at Wylam Adult Health Care Center.

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    Steadman EdD, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Laura, Coordinator 2015 -

    Dr. Laura Steadman has been in Nursing Education for 23 years and at UAB SON for 9 years. Her background is as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She currently has a faculty practice at Wylam Adult Health Care Center.

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    Suttle DNP, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, Rebecca, Coordinator 2019 -

    Dr. Rebecca D. Suttle is an Instructor at the UAB School of Nursing. She spent her early nursing career working with adult bone marrow transplant patients and went on to practice as an Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with hematology-oncology patients in the acute care setting. After teaching as an adjunct instructor while practicing and completing her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree, she made the move to become a full-time educator and joined the faculty and staff at UAB School of ...

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    Watts PhD, RN, CHSE-A, Penni, Director 2015 -

    Mrs. Penni Watts is currently the Director of Clinical Simulation and has been instrumental in the integration of clinical simulation experiences as well as interprofessional simulation experiences across multiple nursing programs. Her background includes 20 years in critical care nursing. She is a WHO Collaborating Center Scholar and has worked with faculty from nursing schools in Zambia, Brazil, and Turkey. Her training in simulation includes the Center for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Ins...

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    White DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CNOR, CRNFA, Tracie, Coordinator 2017 -

    Tracie White is the Specialty Track Coordinator for both the RN First Assistant Program and the Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitionier Program. She is also an Instructor in the nationally ranked Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.

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    White DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CNOR, CRNFA, Tracie, Coordinator 2018 -

    Tracie White is the Specialty Track Coordinator for both the RN First Assistant Program and the Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitionier Program. She is also an Instructor in the nationally ranked Adult/Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.

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    Wilson DNSc, MHSc, RN, CPHIMS, RN-BC, FAAN, Marisa, Coordinator 2015 -

    Dr. Marisa L. Wilson is a board certified informatician with an interest in health information technology policy, implementation, and positive patient outcome and clinical efficiency supported by technology. She spent over 15 years as a nurse clinician working in acute physical rehabilitation, medical-surgical, and telemetry units. In addition, Dr. Wilson spent over 25 years as an analyst, project leader and manager implementing information systems in public health and acute care with settings.

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    Wilson DNSc, MHSc, RN, CPHIMS, RN-BC, FAAN, Marisa, Director 2019 -

    Dr. Marisa L. Wilson is a board certified informatician with an interest in health information technology policy, implementation, and positive patient outcome and clinical efficiency supported by technology. She spent over 15 years as a nurse clinician working in acute physical rehabilitation, medical-surgical, and telemetry units. In addition, Dr. Wilson spent over 25 years as an analyst, project leader and manager implementing information systems in public health and acute care with settings.

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    Wingo PhD, MA, Nancy, Director 2018 -

    Nancy Wingo, MA, PhD (c) is a non-clinical instructor in the UAB School of Nursing, where she teaches in the Nurse Educator track and works with faculty to implement innovative teaching strategies and increase student engagement in online and on-ground courses. She also has special interests in educational technology and simulation debriefing. She taught high school AP English for many years and was previously the Projects Analyst to the Provost at UAB.

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    Wood DNP, CRNP, NNP-BC, NRP, Tara, Coordinator 2019 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Cimino MD, James, Professor (S) 2017 -

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    Curry MD, FACP, William, Professor (S) 2015 -

    Dr. Curry is a Professor of Medicine who joined our faculty in 2004. He is the former Associate Dean of the Tuscaloosa Regional Medical Campus of UAB (1997 -2004). He formerly was in private practice in Rural Alabama. Dr. Curry is also the Associate Dean for Primary Care and Rural Medicine. He was the former President of the State Medical Association and member of the State Committee of Public Health and Board of Medical Examiners. He served as Chair of the HRSA Advisory Committee in 2009-2010. ...

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    Demark-Wahnefried Ph.D., Wendy, Professor (S) 2012 -

    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD is Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Demark-Wahnefried received her baccalaureate degree in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and then completed a coordinated master’s degree – dietetic internship through the VA Texas Medical Center, Texas Women’s University and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Syr...

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    Griffith MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE, FAAN, Donna, Assistant Professor (S) 2015 -

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    Landier PhD, CRNP, CPON, PNP-BC, FAAN, Wendy, Associate Professor (S) 2015 -

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    Pisu Ph.D., Maria, Associate Professor (S) 2015 -

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    Register OD, MS, PhD, Shilpa, Assistant Professor (S) 2018 -

    Dr. Register’s clinical practice focuses on ocular disease, surgical co-management, primary eye care and contact lenses. Dr. Register joined the UAB Department of Ophthalmology in Fall 2016 and received the 2016 AOSA Teaching Award from her students. Dr. Register is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She serves on the Board of Directors for the UAB National Alumni Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cent...

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    Saleh MD, Mansoor, Professor (S) 2017 -

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    Willig, James, Associate Professor (S) 2017 -

    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...

  • Non-academic Position

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    Bolus MSN, RN, Victoria, Registered Nurse (RN) - Skills Lab Educator 2019 -

    Mrs. Bolus is a Skills Lab Educator within the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing. Prior to working at UAB, she served as a staff nurse at Children's of Alabama on the inpatient Hematology/ Oncology/ Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Educating new graduate nurses and precepting nursing students quickly became one of her favorite parts of her job at Children's, prompting her to return to school in 2016 to pursue a Master's of Science in Nursing Education. She joined the UAB ...

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    Chafin, Laura, Administrative Associate 2011 -

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    Damrongsak PhD, Mantana, Project Manager II 2014 -

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    Hall MSHHA, Lisa, Project Manager II 2013 -

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    Helms, Cynthia, Project Manager II 2012 -

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    Jacobs MSN, RN, Rebecca, Simulation Coordinator 2015 -

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    Keane MBA, MA, Kevin, Data Analyst 2015 -

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    Kelley, Pamela, Program Administrator II 2009 -

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    Kennedy, JoeAnn, Program Administrator II 2001 -

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    Littleton, Caroline, Registered Nurse (RN) - Skills Lab Educator 2014 -

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    McKinney, Racheal, Program Administrator II 2018 -

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    McMillian BS, Taren, Program Administrator II 2014 -

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    Patton, Jaymee, Office Associate II 2014 -

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    Sanders, Allyson, Registered Nurse (RN) - Skills Lab Educator 2018 -

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    Smith, Shanna, Registered Nurse (RN) - Skills Lab Educator 2018 -

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    Tanniehill, Cheryl, Program Administrator II 2006 -

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    Watts, Amber, Project Administrator 2012 -

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