• 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.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 'Bleeding Dilemma': The Story of a Periampullary Mass. 2018
    2017 Outbreak of Foodborne Botulism in an Immigrant Community: Overcoming Delayed Disease Recognition, Ambiguous Epidemiologic Links, and Cultural Barriers to Identify the Cause 2017
    2016 Visiting professorship in hospital medicine: An innovative twist for a growing specialty 2016
    2016 When a good call leads to a bad connection: colovesical fistula in colorectal cancer treated with bevacizumab 2016
    2016 Canagliflozin-induced diabetic ketoacidosis: Case report and review of the literature 2016
    2015 Extramedullary plasmacytoma mimicking Colon carcinoma: An unusual presentation and review of the literature 2015
    2015 Cardiovascular complications of HIV-associated immune dysfunction 2015
    2015 Diabetic ketoacidosis as first presentation of latent autoimmune diabetes in adult 2015
    2015 Ebola virus disease: The use of fluorescents as markers of contamination for personal protective equipment 2015
    2015 Epidemiological characteristics, hospital course and outcome of snakebite victims in West Texas 2015
    2015 Review and practice guidelines for celiac disease in 2014 2015
    2014 When coke is not hydrating: Cocaine-induced acute interstitial nephritis 2014
    2013 Pyogenic liver abscess and the emergence of Klebsiella as an etiology: A retrospective study 2013
    2013 The prevalence and reliability of self-reported penicillin allergy in a community hospital 2013
    2013 NISIN and clostridium difficile: A potentially effective treatment for an increasingly problematic disease 2013
    2012 Cocaine bugs: A case report of cocaine-induced delusions of parasitosis 2012
    2012 Waning effect of compulsive bathing in cannabinoid hyperemesis 2012
    2012 Role of dexamethasone in the prevention of migraine recurrence in the acute care setting: A review 2012
    2011 Guidewire-Related Complications during Central Venous Catheter Placement: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. 2011
    2011 Lumbar puncture for suspected meningitis after intensive care unit admission is likely to change management. 2011
    2010 Gabapentin-induced delusions of parasitosis 2010
    2010 Focused transthoracic echocardiography 2010
    2010 Recurrent deep vein thrombosis despite warfarin therapy in a patient with Crohn's disease 2010
    2010 Clinical images: Spontaneous rectus sheath hematoma. 2010
    2009 Apparent marked reduction in early antivenom reactions compared to historical controls: Was it prophylaxis or method of administration? 2009
    2009 Sclerosing encapsulating peritonitis associated with propranolol usage: A case report and review of the literature 2009
    2009 A bone to pick about chest pain 2009
    2009 A wayward cyst 2009
    2009 Sometimes it's not just sinusitis: Nasal type natural killer/T-cell lymphoma 2009
    2009 Etiology of acute undifferentiated febrile illness in the Amazon basin of Ecuador 2009
    2009 Cupolic asymmetry 2009
    2009 Gastrointestinal Bleeding: One Complaint, Two Culprits 2009
    2009 Medical image. Unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis. 2009
    2008 In response to further evidence of a clinically significant levofloxacin-warfarin interaction 2008
    2008 Review of acute coronary syndrome diagnosis and management 2008
    2008 Cyanosis following transesophageal echocardiogram. 2008
    2008 Fever-induced ST-segment elevation with a brugada syndrome-type electrocardiogram 2008
    2008 Patient experiences with medlineplus.gov: A survey of internal medicine patients 2008
    2007 Interaction between warfarin and levofloxacin: Case series 2007
    2007 A case discussion 2007
    2005 Physician's perspective: Combining spirituality and medicine: One physician's approach 2005
    2004 Crotaline snake bite in the Ecuadorian Amazon: Randomised double blind comparative trial of three South American polyspecific antivenoms 2004
    2000 An outbreak of fulminant hepatitis delta in the Waorani, an indigenous people of the Amazon basin of Ecuador. 2000
    2000 An outbreak of fulminant hepatitis delta in the Waorani, an indigenous people of the Amazon basin of Ecuador 2000
    1999 Risk of Helicobacter pylori infection among long-term residents in developing countries 1999
    1995 The risk of viral hepatitis A, B, C, and E among North American missionaries 1995

    Research Overview

  • Smoking Cessaton, Spirituality and Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care Issues
  • Teaching Overview

  • • 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.
  • Full Name

  • Roger Smalligan
  • Fax

  • 256-551-4451