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    Allyson Hall, Program Director 2018 -

    I am a professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and I teach health policy to graduate students. In August 2018 I became program director for our graduate programs in health care quality and safety. My research focuses on health care access and utilization among vulnerable populations, including individuals living with a disability. A recent emphasis of my work is in improving the transition of care from hospital to home and re...

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    Amy Landry, Program Director 2015 -

    Amy Yarbrough Landry, Ph.D., the Howard W. Houser Endowed Professor in Health Services Administration, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Landry also serves as Director for the Master of Science in Health Administration program. She received her Ph.D. (administration-health services) from UAB in 2006. Prior to joining the faculty at UAB, she was a member of the Health Services Research, Management, and Policy ...

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    Donna Slovensky, Associate Dean 2001 -

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    Jessica Williams, Director 2019 -

    Jessica H. Williams, PhD, MPH is a full-time Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in Health Education/Health Promotion and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health. Dr. Williams has over fourteen years’ experience in health services research at UAB, with interventions focused on health dispariti...

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    Leandra Celaya, Assistant Director 2008 -

    Leandra Y. Celaya is a faculty member in the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her current responsibilities include managing operations for the Executive Doctoral Program in Healthcare Leadership and the Department’s growing global educational partnerships. Her administrative responsibilities include program operations, planning logistics, writing and negotiating contracts, and coordinating with in-country...

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    Leandra Celaya, Director 2014 -

    Leandra Y. Celaya is a faculty member in the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her current responsibilities include managing operations for the Executive Doctoral Program in Healthcare Leadership and the Department’s growing global educational partnerships. Her administrative responsibilities include program operations, planning logistics, writing and negotiating contracts, and coordinating with in-country...

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    Pamela Paustian, Administrator 2015 -

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    Patrick Grusenmeyer, Director 2018 -

    Patrick Grusenmeyer, ScD, FACHE, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His primary areas of interest in teaching and research are healthcare policy, strategy and finance. He teaches in the health services administration undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs.
    Prior to joining UAB in 2017, Dr. Grusenmeyer served as the president of Christiana Care Health Initiatives, Inc., t...

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    Robert Weech-Maldonado PhD, MBA, Department Chairperson 2009 -

    Robert Weech-Maldonado, MBA, PhD was appointed to the L.R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Administration in 2008 by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. He is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Dr. Weech-Maldonado is a national authority in health disparities, cultural competency tools for healthcare organizations, racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences with care, and long-term care. Imparting this expertise to students, researchers and healthc...

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    Robert Weech-Maldonado PhD, MBA, Administrator 2015 -

    Robert Weech-Maldonado, MBA, PhD was appointed to the L.R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Administration in 2008 by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. He is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Dr. Weech-Maldonado is a national authority in health disparities, cultural competency tools for healthcare organizations, racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences with care, and long-term care. Imparting this expertise to students, researchers and healthc...

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    S Hernandez, Administrator 2015 -

    S. Robert Hernandez is Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the UAB Executive Doctoral Program in Healthcare Leadership. He is also Senior Associate Chair for Global Health and is founding Director of the International Executive Masters of Science in Health Administration Program.

    Internationally, he served on the Board of Directors of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) from 2012 to 2018 and has chaired the EURAM Healthcare Management Research Track since 2008. H...

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    Tapan Mehta, Director 2019 -

    Dr. Mehta is an obesity researcher and a data scientist with several years of experience in biostatistics and data mining. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and his training included PhD in Biostatistics and Masters in Electrical Engineering. He directs the statistical analysis and design core of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, a collaboration between UAB School of Health Profession and Lake...

  • Faculty Position

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    Allyson Hall, Professor (P) 2015 -

    I am a professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and I teach health policy to graduate students. In August 2018 I became program director for our graduate programs in health care quality and safety. My research focuses on health care access and utilization among vulnerable populations, including individuals living with a disability. A recent emphasis of my work is in improving the transition of care from hospital to home and re...

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    Amanda Dorsey MSHI, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

    Amanda Dorsey, MSHI, FHIMSS, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and teaches Health Information Technology (HIT) courses across three different programs. Prior to UAB, she worked in a variety of healthcare settings for more than 12 years prior to joining UAB in 2006. Amanda began her career at UAB Health System Information Services (HSIS) department and performed in a variety of roles including technical writer, business analyst, manager of strategic an...

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    Amy Landry, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

    Amy Yarbrough Landry, Ph.D., the Howard W. Houser Endowed Professor in Health Services Administration, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Landry also serves as Director for the Master of Science in Health Administration program. She received her Ph.D. (administration-health services) from UAB in 2006. Prior to joining the faculty at UAB, she was a member of the Health Services Research, Management, and Policy ...

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    Anthony Patterson, Assistant Professor (P) 2003 -

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    April Rollins-Kyle, Instructor (P) 2018 -

    April Rollins-Kyle is the Director of Operations and an Instructor in the UAB Health Care Management Program, Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions. She is a marketing professional and UAB alumnus with more than 28 years of experience in continuing education, recruitment, retention and program development.
    Prior to joining the School of Health Professions, she held progressive roles in UAB Special Studies providing administration and training in prof...

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    Bryan Breland, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Bunyamin Ozaydin, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

    Bunyamin Ozaydin, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and Scientist at School of Medicine Informatics Institute. He has a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Computer Engineering. Prior to his faculty appointment, he has worked in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Anesthesiology in various informatics roles for almost a decade. He mainly teaches in the Graduate Programs in Health Informatics focusing on systems analysis and desi...

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    Christy Lemak, Professor (P) 2014 -

    Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration. Christy teaches and conducts research in the areas of health care management and leadership development, with an emphasis on how leadership and organizational factors are associated with high performance. She has examined a complex pay-for-value program for physicians, social determinants of health for vulnerable populations, interventions to improve population health, and the career tra...

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    Cynthia Ransburg-Brown, Professor - Adjunct (P) 2002 -

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    Donna Slovensky, Professor (P) 2001 -

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    Eta S. Berner, Professor (P) 2015 -

    Eta S. Berner, Ed.D. teaches in the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program and is Director of the UAB Center for Health Informatics for Patient Safety/Quality. Dr. Berner is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics , the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. She has published articles in leading journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine and the Journal of the Ame...

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    Ferhat Zengul, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

    Ferhat Zengul, Ph.D., MBA is a full-time Assistant Professor in the Health Care Management Program in the Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions (SHP) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Prior to joining the Health Care Management Program, he worked at UAB Hospital Finance and UABHS Facilities Planning and Capital Projects Office. He has over ten years of experience in financial management and accounting of capital projects.
    Dr. Zengul’s broa...

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    Haiyan Qu PhD, BSN, Associate Professor (P) 2007 -

    Haiyan Qu, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration in the UAB School of Health Professions. Dr. Qu teaches quantitative research method course in M.S. in Health Administration Program and M.S. in Health Informatics Program.

    She has been an investigator and methodologist for over 20 research projects. Her research interests focus on health disparities. She has published articles in Journal of General Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, Ameri...

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    Heather Lee, Instructor (P) 2020 -

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    James Burkhart, Professor - Adjunct (P) 1991 -

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    Jessica Williams, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

    Jessica H. Williams, PhD, MPH is a full-time Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in Health Education/Health Promotion and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health. Dr. Williams has over fourteen years’ experience in health services research at UAB, with interventions focused on health dispariti...

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    Jon Vice, Associate Professor (P) 2010 -

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    Jose Quintana, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

    Jose B. Quintana, MHA, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. He teaches courses in operations management, quality management, and quantitative methods in process improvement. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Academy of Management, the American Society for Quality, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, the National Association...

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    Katherine Meese, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

    Katherine A. Meese, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also serves as the Director of Wellness Research in the UAB Medicine Office of Wellness. She earned her Ph.D in Health Services Administration with a specialization in health care strategic management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019. Dr. Meese has several years of industry experience which encompassed work in ten countries on...

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    Kerry Gillihan, Professor - Adjunct (P) 1990 -

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    Kristine Hearld, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

    Kristine Ria Hearld, Ph.D., is currently an associate professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Anthropology, an M.A. in Demography, and a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Ria also holds a Masters of Philosophy degree from University of Cambridge. Prior to joining UAB, she worked for Medical Advantage Group in East Lansing, Michigan, where she served as a consultant and manager for a 200-member indepe...

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    Larry Hearld, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

    Larry R. Hearld, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Administration-Health Services. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health with an emphasis in Organizational Studies. His research encompasses two focal areas: 1) the development and sustainability of interorganizational and interpersonal relationships and the effects of these...

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    Leandra Celaya, Instructor (P) 2008 -

    Leandra Y. Celaya is a faculty member in the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her current responsibilities include managing operations for the Executive Doctoral Program in Healthcare Leadership and the Department’s growing global educational partnerships. Her administrative responsibilities include program operations, planning logistics, writing and negotiating contracts, and coordinating with in-country...

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    Michelle Brown PhD, MS, MLS, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    Michelle Brown, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the Department of Health Services Administration. Michelle leads the Healthcare Simulation Master's degree program. She teaches simulation design, advanced debriefing, patient safety, effective communication, and teamwork. Michelle has completed the Master Debriefer course with The Debriefing Academy as well as multiple courses at the Center for Medical Simulation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Michelle is also a TeamSTEPPS® ...

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    Midge Ray PhD, Professor (P) 2015 -

    Midge Ray, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and an Associate Scientist in the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center . She has Master’s degrees in both nursing and education and a PhD in Health Behavior. Dr. Ray currently teaches in the Master of Science (MS) in Health Care Quality and Safety Program and Health Informatics Program. Course responsibilities include Integrative HQS Capstone Experience, HI Capstone Projects, Healthcare Requir...

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    Mohanraj Thirumalai, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr.Thirumalai is an Assistant Professor teaching in the MS in Health Informatics program at UAB. He serves as a Co-Director of UAB's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities (funded by NIDILRR/ACL/HHS). He is the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative and leads and directs the various ICT initiatives for several centers/projects including th...

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    Monica Aswani, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

    My research employs econometric methods to investigate how national payment reform efforts relate to the quality of and disparities in healthcare delivery. Prior to joining the School of Health Professions, I also contributed to healthcare quality and patient safety projects at Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organization.

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    Nancy Borkowski, Professor (P) 2015 -

    Nancy Borkowski, DBA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA is Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her DBA with specializations in health services administration and accounting from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Borkowski has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is a two-time past recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executive’s (ACHE) Southern Florida Senior Career Healthcare Executive Award, whi...

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    Nataliya Ivankova PhD, Professor (P) 2015 -

    Nataliya V. Ivankova, PhD, MPH, is Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration with a dual appointment in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her PhD in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2004 and MPH in Epidemiology from UAB in 2014. During her doctoral studies at UNL, she worked as Research Associate and Research Projects Coordinator in the Office of Qualitative and Mixe...

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    Nathan W. Carroll, Assistant Professor (P) 2014 -

    Nathan W. Carroll is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). His research focuses on the financial management of health care organizations and organizational responses to changing reimbursement systems. Dr. Carroll’s research has been published in the American Journal of Managed Care, Health Care Management Review, Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, and Inquiry. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Serv...

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    Pamela Paustian, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Patrick Grusenmeyer, Associate Professor (P) 2017 -

    Patrick Grusenmeyer, ScD, FACHE, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His primary areas of interest in teaching and research are healthcare policy, strategy and finance. He teaches in the health services administration undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs.
    Prior to joining UAB in 2017, Dr. Grusenmeyer served as the president of Christiana Care Health Initiatives, Inc., t...

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    Randa Hall, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

    Randa Smith Hall, MBA, MSHA is Associate Chair of External Relations & Alumni Affairs and an Assistant Professor for the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before returning to UAB, Randa brings extensive experience with the field of practice after working in an integrative healthcare delivery system in Knoxville, TN, a dermatology group practice in Pinehurst, NC and the quality improvement organization for North Carolina. During her 18 year...

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    Richard Shewchuk, Professor - Emeritus and Professor - Emeritus (P) 2012 -

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    Robert Weech-Maldonado PhD, MBA, Professor and Endowed Chair (P) 2009 -

    Robert Weech-Maldonado, MBA, PhD was appointed to the L.R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Administration in 2008 by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. He is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Dr. Weech-Maldonado is a national authority in health disparities, cultural competency tools for healthcare organizations, racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences with care, and long-term care. Imparting this expertise to students, researchers and healthc...

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    S Hernandez, Professor (P) 2015 -

    S. Robert Hernandez is Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the UAB Executive Doctoral Program in Healthcare Leadership. He is also Senior Associate Chair for Global Health and is founding Director of the International Executive Masters of Science in Health Administration Program.

    Internationally, he served on the Board of Directors of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) from 2012 to 2018 and has chaired the EURAM Healthcare Management Research Track since 2008. H...

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    Shannon Houser, Professor (P) 2015 -

    Shannon Houser, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA, is a professor of the Health Services Administration Department and an Associate Scientist in the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her doctoral and Master's degrees in Health Behavior and Epidemiology from the School of Public Health of UAB. She was an appointed member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Review Data Systems for Monitoring HIV/AIDS Care. Dr. Houser has been an active member wit...

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    Soumya Niranjan, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

    Dr. Soumya Niranjan is an Assistant Professor of Health Professions in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (India) and doctoral degree in Medical Sociology from UAB. She also completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation Sciences from University of Louisville, Kentucky.

    Dr. Niranjan’s research interests include h...

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    Stephen O'Connor, Professor (P) 2015 -

    Stephen J. O’Connor, Ph.D., FACHE, is a professor in the Department of Health Services Administration and a Scholar in the UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy. He received his B.S. (Microbiology) and M.P.A. (Health Systems Planning) degrees from Indiana University, his M.B.A. degree (health services management) from the University of Dallas, and his Ph.D. (Administration – Health Services) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). O’Connor is board certified in healthcare manageme...

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    Sue S Feldman, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

    Sue Feldman is the Director of Graduate Programs in Health Informatics and teaches in the Clinical Informatics program, the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, and in the PhD program in the School of Health Professions. She has a dual appointment in the School of Medicine and is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Community Health at UAB.

    Dr. Feldman is a Commissioner on the Health Informatics Accreditation Council for CAHIIM (Commission for Accreditation for Health In...

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    Tapan Mehta, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

    Dr. Mehta is an obesity researcher and a data scientist with several years of experience in biostatistics and data mining. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and his training included PhD in Biostatistics and Masters in Electrical Engineering. He directs the statistical analysis and design core of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, a collaboration between UAB School of Health Profession and Lake...

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    Tee Hiett, Professor - Emeritus (P) 1995 -

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    William Opoku-Agyeman, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    William Opoku-Agyeman, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration in the UAB School of Health Professions. His research interest focuses on hospital’s population health management (health promotion activities and community needs assessment), Information technology (IT) exchanges across healthcare systems and IT workforce that support healthcare, hospital robotics, health disparities, big data, spatial machine learning and location of health care organiza...

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Caroline Harada, Associate Professor (S) 2019 -

    Caroline Harada joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2008. She completed her undergraduate work in biology at Brown University in 1996, and, after a year of living in Bolivia teaching an after-school program in an orphanage, began her medical education at the Yale School of Medicine, graduating in 2001. She completed an internal medicine residency and two-year geriatrics fellowship at the University of Chicago. She currently works as a geriatrician at UAB, providing care to older adults with...

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    Dawn Taylor Peterson, Associate Professor (S) 2019 -

    Dawn Taylor Peterson is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Medical Education and in the School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration. She holds a PhD in Instructional Design, as well as an Educational Specialist degree and a Master of Arts in Education. She completed her initial simulation training and the Advanced Comprehensive Instructor Course at the Center for Medical Simulation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Peterson is also a Te...

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    James Cimino MD, Professor (S) 2015 -

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    Jeffery Szychowski, Associate Professor (S) 2016 -

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    Leslie Hayes, Associate Professor (S) 2014 -

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    Marjorie White, Associate Professor (S) 2016 -

    Dr. Marjorie Lee White is a Professor in the School of Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Education and in the School of Health Professions, Department of Health Services Administration. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and practices Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s of Alabama. She was awarded a bachelor's in history and American studies from Princeton University. She obtained her medical degree from the Univers...

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    Peter Ginter, Professor (S) 1988 -

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    Rubindhiran Pillay, Professor - Visiting (S) 2014 -

    Rubin Pillay is a high performance, versatile and commercially astute healthcare executive offering a twenty eight year career of impressive successes in healthcare as a clinician, academic, leader and innovator/entrepreneur .He is a medical futurist and a Professor of Healthcare Innovation and is currently the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, as well as being the Chief Innovation Officer of the Health System at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He wa...

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    Thomas Powers, Associate Professor (S) 1991 -

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