Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

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    Barry Sleckman, Director of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center 2020 -

    Barry Sleckman completed his M.D. and a Ph.D. in immunology at Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital. After completing his post-doctoral training in molecular immunology in the laboratory of Dr. Frederick Alt at Boston Children's Hospital, Sleckman started his own laboratory in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at the Washington University School of Me...

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    Francisco Robert M.D., Director 1995 -

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    Kelly Godby M.D., Associate Chief Quality Officer for Medical Services (Specialty 1) 2020 -

    My major research interest is in multiple myeloma. I, along with my multiple myeloma colleagues, established an interdisciplinary myeloma clinic in March 2013, which is the first clinic of its kind in Alabama dedicated solely to plasma cell malignancies. I have also represented UAB on the NCCN Multiple Myeloma guidelines panel. My future and ongoing goals include opening and expanding clinical trials for the relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma patient population and to continue to serve the gro...

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    Mollie Deshazo M.D., Director 2006 -

    Dr. deShazo sees patients with a variety of solid tumors and is especially interested in lung and genitourinary malignancies. She has taught medical students Introduction to Clinical Medicine for more than 5 years and was recently selected as one of ten faculty designated as Core Clinical Faculty for the Department of Internal Medicine Residency training program.

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    Ravi Bhatia M.D., Division Director 2015 -

    My research goals are to develop an improved understanding of abnormal regulation of malignant stem and progenitor cells in hematologic malignancies and to develop effective approaches to eliminate these cells to enhance outcomes for these cancers. In addition to being a practicing clinical Hematologist-Oncologist and Hematopoietic Cell Transplant physician, I have extensive experience in studying normal and malignant hematopoietic stem cell regulation in the translational laboratory setting.

  • Faculty Position

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    Ahmed Elkhanany, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Alex Minter, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2016 -

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    Amitkumar Mehta M.D., Associate Professor (P) 2014 -

    I am currently assistant professor and associate scientist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center (UABCCC). I am board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology. My focus of interest is LYMPHOMA (Hodgkin lymphoma, Non Hodgkin lymphoma-T cell and B cell lymphomas). I specialize in treatments all types of lymphoma in my clinic. I am also involved in lymphoma related research, which includes genomic and proteomic (gene and protein related) studies in va...

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    Antonio Di Stasi M.D., Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    I received my M.D. degree from the University of Modena in Italy, and received internal medicine and medical oncology training at the university of Milan, in Italy, where I focused on the management of hematologic malignancies and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Following my fellowship, I joined the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX) for post-doctoral studies, where I completed the pre-clinical validation of an immunotherapy protocol for the treat...

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    Aparna Hegde, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Arnab Basu, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    Dr. Arnab Basu is an academic genitourinary oncologist focusing in the care of patients with Kidney Cancer & Bladder Cancer. Dr. Basu is experienced in the use of immunotherapy and targeted therapies in these diseases and has performed research in resistance mechanisms to immunotherapy. Dr. Basu is developing translational research programs in the genitourinary malignancies at UAB. In addition to kidney and bladder cancer , he also specializes in testicular, adrenal and prostate cancers.
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    Barry Sleckman, Professor and Director of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center (P) 2020 -

    Barry Sleckman completed his M.D. and a Ph.D. in immunology at Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital. After completing his post-doctoral training in molecular immunology in the laboratory of Dr. Frederick Alt at Boston Children's Hospital, Sleckman started his own laboratory in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at the Washington University School of Me...

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    Bo-Ruei Chen, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

    Dr. Bo-Ruei Chen received PhD degree at Case Western Reserve University with Dr. Kurt Runge. His graduate work focused on the molecular mechanism of aging and telomere maintenance using yeast a a model system. He later joined Dr. Barry Sleckman's laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis and Weill Cornell Medicine as postdoctoral fellow to study DNA damage response, mechanism of DNA double strand repair and genetic regulation of genome stability. He joined University of Alabama at Birm...

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    Carolina Salvador M.D., Assistant Professor (P) 2012 -

    Dr. Salvador earned her MD and completed her internship, residency and a research fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She completed a fellowship in Oncology/Hematology at the University of Louisville where she is currently Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology/Hematology. Her primary clinical activities are in the medical oncology program for breast cancer. Her primary research interests are in preventive oncology and minority health rela...

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    Christina Ochsenbauer, Associate Professor (P) 2002 -

    Dr. Ochsenbauer pursued HIV research since her doctoral thesis at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg. She came to UAB for postdoctoral training in molecular retrovirology with Dr. Eric Hunter. Over the last decade, she focused on questions pertinent to HIV-1 transmission She contributed several novel, highly relevant virologic reagents to the HIV prevention field, including the first infectious molecular clones that represent nucleotide exact copies of transmitted/founder (T/F) viruse...

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    Devika Das, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2016 -

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    Donna Salzman M.D., Professor (P) 1995 -

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    Edlue Tabengwa, Assistant Professor (P) 2010 -

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    Erica Stringer-Reasor M.D., Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

    I am dual-trained in both Medical Hematology/Oncology and Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics at the University of Chicago. My specialty training allowed me to develop expertise in clinical trial design, pharmacokinetics (PK)/pharmacodynamics (PD) analysis, drug development, and patient care. In September 2015, I joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. My focus remains in highly aggressive women’s malignancies (i.e. triple-neg...

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    Foluso Ogunsile, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Francisco Robert M.D., Professor (P) 1995 -

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    Gabrielle Rocque M.D., Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Dr. Gabrielle Rocque is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Hematology & Oncology and Gerontology, Geriatrics, & Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her undergraduate degree, medical doctorate, Internal Medicine residency, and fellowship in Hematology & Oncology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She also completed a Masters of Science in Public Health from UAB. She currently practices as a medical oncologist, specializing in t...

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    Gaurav Goyal, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Grant Williams M.D., Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Medical Oncologist and Geriatrician focused on the management of Gastrointestinal Malignancies.

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    Harry Erba, Professor (P) 2012 -

    Harry Erba, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Medicine, Director of the UAB Hematologic Malignancy Program and Associate Director for Clinical Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    Dr. Erba received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Following a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the same institution, he joined the Harvard Medical School facul...

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    Jianbo He, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2019 -

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    John Carpenter, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2013 -

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    John Kappes Ph.D., Associate Professor (P) 1996 -

    John C. Kappes (b. 1957), Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Thomas More College (B.A. in Biology, 1981) and received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Experimental Medicine from St. Thomas Institute in 1986. Dr. Kappes completed his postdoctoral fellowship studying the molecular pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency viruses and joined the UAB faculty in 1989.

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    Jori May, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

    Jori May, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. She is a benign hematologist that focuses on the care of patients with thrombosis and coagulation disorders. Additionally, she has an interest in systems-based hematology, a field that works to improve hematologic care delivery across health systems.

    Dr. May earned her M.D. from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis 2013. She completed her residency, chief residency, and fellowship...

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    Julie Kanter, Associate Professor (P) 2019 -

    Julie Kanter, MD is the director of the UAB Adult Sickle Cell Clinic and associate professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Her clinical and research interests in sickle cell disease include improving access to care for affected individuals, and identifying and developing novel therapies for sickle cell disease, as well as enhancing horizontal care for patients with sickle cell disease. Kanter comes to UAB from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was director of sick...

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    Katia Khoury, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

    Katia Khoury, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a clinician-educator in the Division of Hematology and Oncology who works in outpatient breast clinics as well as inpatient services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has a clinical and research interest in breast oncology, with a focus on breast cancer management, hereditary breast cancer syndromes, health disparities, and practice areas with limited resources.

    Dr. Khoury earned her M.D. from the American Univer...

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    Kelly Godby M.D., Associate Professor (P) 2011 -

    My major research interest is in multiple myeloma. I, along with my multiple myeloma colleagues, established an interdisciplinary myeloma clinic in March 2013, which is the first clinic of its kind in Alabama dedicated solely to plasma cell malignancies. I have also represented UAB on the NCCN Multiple Myeloma guidelines panel. My future and ongoing goals include opening and expanding clinical trials for the relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma patient population and to continue to serve the gro...

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    Kelly Kenzik Ph.D., Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Kimo Bachiashvili, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

    Dr. Kimo Bachiashvili is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. His clinical interests include Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, and Aplastic Anemia.

    Dr. Kimo Bachiashvili graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University in 2007. He then moved to the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York as a Research Assistant in Dr. Timothy Damron’s laboratory. There he studied the role of hedgehog p...

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    Lakshminarayanan Nandagopal, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Lawrence Lamb Jr. Ph.D., Associate Professor - Research (P) 2004 -

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    Lawrence Lamb Jr. Ph.D., Professor (P) 2011 -

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    Lisle Nabell M.D., Professor (P) 2003 -

    Graduate of Duke University undergraduate and Chapel Hill Medical School. Completed internship/residency at UAB followed by fellowship at UAB. Currently Professor of Medicine with a focused interest in education, clinical investigation in head and neck cancer and breast cancer, and quality metrics for patient care.

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    Lorena De Idiaquez Bakula, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Luciano Costa M.D., Ph.D., Professor (P) 2014 -

    Strategies for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in chronic lymphoproliferative disorders. Toxicity of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Population outcomes of hematologic malignancies.

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    Mansoor Saleh MD, Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Mary Sheffield, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2016 -

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    Maya Khalil, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Mayur Narkhede, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Mollie Deshazo M.D., Associate Professor (P) 2006 -

    Dr. deShazo sees patients with a variety of solid tumors and is especially interested in lung and genitourinary malignancies. She has taught medical students Introduction to Clinical Medicine for more than 5 years and was recently selected as one of ten faculty designated as Core Clinical Faculty for the Department of Internal Medicine Residency training program.

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    Noha Sharafeldin, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Olumide Gbolahan, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Omer Jamy, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Pankit Vachhani, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Phyllis Mark, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2016 -

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    Pran Datta Ph.D., Professor (P) 2012 -

    Dr. Datta earned his Bachelor of Science (BS), Honors in Chemistry; Physics and Mathematics, and his Master of Science (MS), Organic Chemistry from The University of Burdwan, India.  He erned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, from the Bose Institute, Calcutta, India.  His thesis title was Studies on Natural Carbocyclic Compounds. He worked as a research associate with Dr. Srilata Bagchi at the University of Illinois in Chicago and with Dr. Harold L. Moses at The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in ...

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    Rachel Klein, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Racquel Innis-Shelton M.D., Associate Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Radhika Gangaraju, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    Dr. Gangaraju comes to our division from the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, where she completed a Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology and conducted research with Dr. Josef Prchal, a former UAB Hematology member. Originally from India, Dr. Gangaraju received her Bachelors in Medicine and Bachelors in Surgery (M.B.B.S.) degrees from Rangaraya Medical College, Andhra Pradesh. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency in the UAB Montgomery program from 2010-13...

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    Randall Davis M.D., Professor (P) 2007 -

    A graduate of Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Davis completed medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM), where he also served his internship, residency, and the ABIM academic subspecialty research fellowship clinical investigator pathway in Hematology/Oncology. He is Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in the division of Hematology/Oncology. He is board certified in Hematology.

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    Ravi Bhatia M.D., Professor (P) 2015 -

    My research goals are to develop an improved understanding of abnormal regulation of malignant stem and progenitor cells in hematologic malignancies and to develop effective approaches to eliminate these cells to enhance outcomes for these cancers. In addition to being a practicing clinical Hematologist-Oncologist and Hematopoietic Cell Transplant physician, I have extensive experience in studying normal and malignant hematopoietic stem cell regulation in the translational laboratory setting.

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    Rita Paschal, Associate Professor (P) 2012 -

    Dr. Paschal focuses on benign hematology including coagulation and sickle cell disease.

    Dr. Paschal received her medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and her Hematology/Oncology Fellowship training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

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    Robert Conry M.D., Associate Professor (P) 1998 -

    I am an Associate Scientist and Clinical Investigator at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Through this role, I have access to all clinical trials being conducted at UAB for all cancer types. As an active member of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), I likewise have access to a broad array of national cooperative group clinical trials for most malignancies, including breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer among others.

    I have special research interests in the areas of ...

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    Robert Reynolds Ph.D., Professor (P) 2017 -

    I received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1977 and a PhD from Duke University in 1985. While a student at Duke University under Dr. Barbara Shaw in Chemistry and Dr. David Sedwick in the Department of Medicine, I obtained a diverse education in experimental design and basic research covering topics from cell culture, protein isolation and gel electrophoresis to organic synthesis and drug design.

    After a brief postdoctoral fellowship at NIEHS in the Research Trian...

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    Robert Welner Ph.D., Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    I received my Ph.D. degree in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma with Dr. Paul Kincade. I then moved to Harvard Medical School for my post-doctoral training with Dr. Dan Tenen.

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    Rui Lu, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    The overall goal of Dr. Lu’s laboratory is to better understand the epigenetic mechanisms that underlie cancer cell development, and to develop mechanism-based and targeted therapeutic approaches. Dr. Lu’s lab currently is focusing on understanding epigenetic regulations in blood cancer. Recent projects in Dr. Lu’s lab include the following directions: (1) understanding the molecular basis of driver mutations in cancer; (2) discovery of novel targets for cancer epigenetic therapies; (3) developm...

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    Shaowei Qiu, Instructor - Visiting (P) 2017 -

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    Smith Giri, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Sravanti Rangaraju, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Susan Bal, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Victor Lin, Instructor (P) 2020 -

    Dr. Lin completed his Sc.B. in Biochemistry with honors at Brown University before going on to train in the NIH-supported Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), receiving both an MD and a PhD in Cell Biology. His dissertation research in the lab of Fang-Tsyr (Fannie) Lin centered around thyroid hormone receptor interacting protein 6 (TRIP6), an adaptor protein that is upregulated in a number of malignancies, including ovarian cancer and gliobl...

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    William Vaughan, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2013 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    John Hartman IV M.D., Assistant Professor (S) 2004 -

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