Dr. Smalligan joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Huntsville Regional Medical Campus as Regional Dean in January of 2017. Since that time he has been engaged in building relationships in the medical and wider Huntsville community as well as recruiting new faculty, growing the clinical departments and teaching medical students and residents. He rounds and leads morning report with internal medicine and family medicine residents on a monthly basis at Huntsville Hospital, the campus’ main teaching facility. He is also active in hospice and palliative care work and teaching.
Dr. Roger Smalligan is a native of El Paso, Texas where he observed many disparities growing up first hand. He set a goal as a young man of becoming a physician like his father and serving the poor in a developing country one day. Years later, after graduating from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD, MPH) and completing a Med-Peds residency at Vanderbilt University, that dream was realized. Dr. Smalligan and his family worked at a rural mission hospital in the Amazon jungle region of Ecuador for 9 years where he actively taught medical students and residents as well as cared for the poor of rural Ecuador.
On returning to the United States in 2004, Dr. Smalligan joined the faculty at East Tennessee State University where he became the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine.
In 2009, Dr. Smalligan assumed the role of Regional Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo where he worked until being called to UAB-Huntsville as the Regional Dean in 2017. During his tenure at Texas Tech the department excelled clinically, in scholarship and in research. Dr. Smalligan has published over 40 articles in the peer-reviewed literature and over 100 abstracts at regional and national meetings in addition to several book chapters. He developed an innovative smoking cessation program designed to enroll the sickest patients at their time of greatest need and provide them with nicotine replacement, education and social media support. Dr. Smalligan also served as the Public Health Authority for Potter and Randall Counties in Texas which allowed for close collaboration with the Health Department and the city clinic for the underserved. Synergy for the smoking cessation project was also found by enlisting the support of the Tobacco Free Amarillo organization. In the end, the program was funded with over $2 million through the competitive 1115 Waiver program (DISRIP) in Texas.
Smoking Cessaton, Spirituality and Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care Issues
• Morning Report, Ward Rounds with UAB residents in and students. • Lectures on various topics for the internal medicine residents (parasites, tuberculosis, spirituality and medicine, hospice care, among others) • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds presentations • Various invited lectures • Organize and run an innovative Simulation Internship for entering internal medicine and family medicine residents at both TTUHSC and now at UAB.