Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Johnny Carter, 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.

  • Faculty Position

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    Amy Knight, Associate Professor (P) 2012 -

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    Casey Azuero, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Cassandra Buchanan Renfro, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Ceren Yarar, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Conley Carr, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

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    Danielle Powell, 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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    David Forbush, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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

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    J Richards, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2012 -

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    Janet Niemeier, Associate Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Jereme Wilroy, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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

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    Johnny Carter, 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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    Keneshia Kirksey, 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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    Marca Alexander, Professor - Clinical (P) 2013 -

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

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    Megan McMurray, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Michael Bell, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    Dr. Bell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He serves as the Director of Occupational Medicine at The Workplace at UAB Highlands. He is a graduate of the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He also completed his Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency at USUHS and is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) f...

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

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    Rachel Cowan, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Robert Brunner, Professor (P) 1998 -

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    Sean Hollis, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Xiaohua Zhou, Assistant Professor (P) 2004 -

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    Yu-Ying Chen, Professor (P) 2002 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Andrew Butler, Professor (S) 2020 -

    Butler joins UAB as dean of the UAB School of Health Professions from the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University, where he is professor of physical therapy and associate dean for Research.

    Butler received his Ph.D. in motor control from the University of Iowa. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Iowa, at Texas Women’s University in Houston and at Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany. Prior to joining Georgia State in 2012, he was a...

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

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    James Rimmer, Professor (S) 2015 -

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    Jorge De La Torre, 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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    Sandra Frazier, 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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