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MAA Severs Ties with UAB National Alumni Society
Exercising an option outlined in their 2005 affiliation Under the voluntary agreement, the MAA paid UAB
agreement with UAB, the UAMAA has chosen to end an annual fee for each active member, which granted
its conditional affiliation with the university’s member status in the UAB alumni organization. The
National Alumni Society. The MAA board voted move caused a wave of dissent within the MAA,
unanimously at their December 13th meeting to resulting in a 23% decrease in active membership,
dissolve the short-term alliance with the NAS, which according to MAA president, Dr. Betty Ruth Speir.
began in the fall of 2005.
“Fortunately, we have been able to recover most of
our numbers due to a strong outreach effort, and a
series of new programs designed to directly support
the students, and the School of Medicine,” Speir
said. Chief among these were the MAA-led effort to
establish and fund the Tinsley Harrison Endowed
Chair in Medical Education, the Student Assistance
Fund, and the Endowment Fund.
“We are happy to move back to the way things used
to be,” said Speir. “We believe we are much stronger
as an independent organization, and can now offer
more to our members, and to the SOM from a
position outside of university politics. By
reaffirming our historic role as an autonomous
agency, we look forward to bringing a more valuable
perspective, and having a more meaningful and
influential voice on alumni issues,” Speir said.
Regarding the relationship of medical alumni with
UAB, Dr. Speir stated, “All medical graduates are
encouraged to support the university in any way they
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Legacy Leaders Medical Student Contests
Regina Benjamin (’84)
To kick off the 2009 Sesquicentennial Celebration, the
Wins MacArthur Fellowship UAMAA invited medical students to write essays and
Regina Benjamin, MD (’84), design anniversary logos for this year-long series of
known for her work in events. Entrants were asked to represent in words and
underserved areas in south pictures the growth and progression of medical
Alabama, has been granted a education over the past 150 years.
coveted MacArthur Fellowship. Senior Medical student Nicole
The founder of The Bayou La Loo of Huntsville, AL created the
Batre Rural Health Clinic is winning logo design to
among this year's list of 25 commemorate the anniversary.
honorees to receive what is widely Ms. Loo’s bold design symbolizes
referred to as the "genius award,” the unbroken legacy of medical
a $500,000 grant from the Chicago-based John D . & care in Alabama, represented by
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation that will be disbursed
the classic stone façade of the
over the next five years.
Medical Alumni Building in
According to the organization’s web site, the MacArthur Birmingham. She was awarded
Fellows Program “awards unrestricted fellowships to $500 for her winning submission.
talented individuals who have shown extraordinary
originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a
marked capacity for self-direction. There are three
criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity,
promise for important future advances based on a track
record of significant accomplishment, and potential for
the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.”
"It's an honor to be chosen, and even to be nominated,"
Benjamin told the Mobile Press Register in September.
The 1998 recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for
her commitment to healthcare in disadvantaged
communities, and the first black woman to be elected to
Third year student Monica Neeley submitted the
the American Medical Association's board of trustees,
second place entry, for the $300 prize. Her design
may use the funds in any way she chooses. Her clinic,
featured the state of Alabama emblazoned with a
which serves 4500 coastal area patients regardless of
caduceus, bearing the motto Celebrating the Past –
ability to pay, so far has weathered two hurricanes and a
Shaping the Future. Ms. Neely is from Sylvania, AL.
fire that destroyed the facility after hurricane Katrina.
For now, Dr. Benjamin sees patients in an office with a Third place consideration, and a $200 prize was given
waiting room and two exam rooms. The need for her to first year student Valerie Gribben of Montgomery,
services has never been greater. "People who were AL for her series of logo designs titled Excellence
insured all their lives are losing their insurance, losing Sustained.
their jobs, or they just can't afford it anymore," she said.
Consistent with her long record of service, Dr. Benjamin Valerie’s brother, MSIII
has stated that she wants to help her community with the Walter Gribben, won the
award, perhaps by funding a scholarship for middle MAA Sesquicentennial Essay
school and elementary school students, encouraging Contest. His prize- winning
them to study math and science. entry can be read beginning on
"We don't have enough kids from rural communities,
and particularly minority kids, going into health ***
careers," Benjamin said. With her example to guide
them, and the MacArthur fellowship to help, there is
every reason to believe that the situation will improve.
In this follow-up to his 2006 book Symptoms of
Unknown Origin, the best selling author and former
Book Report: Dean of the UASOM outlines a responsible and
common sense approach to evaluating persistent
Puzzling Symptoms patient complaints that elude standard diagnostic
how to solve the puzzle protocols. Rather than resorting to the convenience of
of your symptoms fad diagnoses, or the catch-all marketing approach of
TV pharma ads, Dr. Meador carefully explains the
Clifton K. Meador, M.D.
basic concepts of health and disease, points out the
difference between symptoms and illness, and
empowers patients to become active participants in the
process of health care.
Offering a conversational, step-by-step approach, this
Cable Publishing www.cablepublishing.com 50-year clinical veteran teaches his readers to become
Scheduled for release in February of 2009 their own medical historians, systematically
determining the root cause of their specific complaints,
Clifton K. Meador, M.D. has never forgotten the basic and developing effective strategies for managing their
tenet of clinical diagnosis: He listens to his patients. symptoms. In the process, Dr. Meador gives patients,
Puzzling Symptoms, Dr. Meador’s eleventh book, families, and caregivers invaluable tools for effectively
extends this simple rule to his readers. A self-help guide communicating with each other in the management of
in the truest sense, Puzzling Symptoms teaches us to medical conditions.
listen to ourselves, to our bodies, and to the environment In an era clouded by technological wizardry and
in which we live. computerized treatment algorithms, Puzzling
Symptoms calmly and reasonably brings the patient
There is not a demonstrable medical disease back into the process of patient care. Recommended
(diagnosis) behind every symptom, but there is a reading for anyone who has puzzled over a symptom –
demonstrable cause for every symptom. including medical professionals at every level of
– Clifton Meador, M.D. training and practice.
During her presentation to the Birmingham Planning
Medical Alumni Building: Commission, Ms. Chaffin told commissioners that she
No Change in Zoning Status had received permission from the UAB Provost to
remove our building from the re-zoning plan, which
On September 3rd, representatives from the MAA met was being done at the owner’s request. This prompted
with the Birmingham Planning Commission, in order to an incredulous response from the Commission
clear up details regarding UAB’s proposed Master Plan chairman, who was surprised to learn that UAB did not
Amendment. Under the new proposal, UAB was seeking own all of the properties in question. Ms. Chaffin
to re-zone a number of properties adjacent to the campus assured him that UAB maintains strong alliances with
as part of a “Health and Institutional District” (Zone B- the owners of all of the properties mentioned in the
6), expanding the university’s influence in the Southside Master Plan Amendment.
area of Birmingham. Somehow, the Medical Alumni
Building and parking area were included in the campus Dr. Don Stewart then addressed the Commission on
expansion. Currently, our property is zoned B-3, behalf of the MAA, stating that the Medical Alumni
Community Business. Association did in fact own the building, and saw no
reason to change its zoning status. Stewart passed out
Somehow, the Medical Alumni Building was copies of an MAA newsletter article regarding the
included in the UAB campus expansion plan. building’s recent designation as a historic landmark.
Linda Nelson, the official responsible for identifying
According to Sheila Chaffin, Executive Director of historic buildings in Jefferson County also serves on
Campus Planning at UAB, this legal maneuver was an the Planning Commission. Nelson voiced her strong
attempt to “get everything under a single institutional support for the MAB and for our organization. Her
umbrella.” She was unable to explain how the MAB, sentiments were echoed by the Commission chairman.
which is not owned by the university, came to be added
to the list of properties in the “B-6 Clean-Up Re-Zone” The Commission voted to remove MAA
effort. In spite of the mix-up, Ms. Chaffin felt that it property from UAB’s Master Plan
would be in our best interest to be included in the plan.
She noted unspecified educational “protections” that Prior to approving UAB’s zoning request, the
might come with the B-6 designation, and that if we Commission voted to remove MAA property from
agreed to the change, our building would not be UAB’s master plan. In addition, Nelson noted that
adversely affected by future “Form Based Codes” that Birmingham’s proposed Form Based zoning codes
are being considered by the Planning Commission. would not impact the Southside area, and in fact would
serve to protect historic structures such as ours. In any
The Alumni office received a call from UAB Campus case, the MAB would be grandfathered in to any new
Planning on August 22, asking for details regarding the zoning statutes.
physical measurements and use of our building and
parking areas. The caller explained that they were
working on a “parking proof”, however no mention of
Alumni Building Featured in
rezoning was made at the time. The MAA was therefore Birmingham Library Exhibit
surprised to receive a letter from the City of
Birmingham dated August 25th, stating that they were Through the months of November and December, the
reviewing our building as part of UAB’s Master Plan. Birmingham Historical Society exhibited a number of
The letter was delivered on September 2nd, just one day drawings by Birmingham architect D.O. Whilldin.
before the Commission hearing. Linda Nelson of the Jefferson County Historical
Commission contacted us regarding the exhibit at the
Of note, the letter mentioned “a request to re-zone 15 Birmingham Public Library, which included full
UAB owned properties within or adjacent to the UAB working drawings of our Medical Alumni Building.
campus.” In correspondence with MAA president Dr. She noted that it was “especially nice that (our)
Betty Ruth Speir, Chaffin stated that there are several building is getting some deserved attention.”
properties in the list that UAB does not actually own,
but in which they have interest. Dr. Speir thanked Ms. According to Birmingham news art critic James
Chaffin for her interest in our building, and requested Nelson, D.O. Whilldin was “a one-man office and
that it be removed from UAB’s expansion plan. dynamo,” who defied practical local trends in the
1920s and ’30s, creating exotic ornamental facades
that are “A mix of art nouveau, exuberant Rococo and
a dash of Beaux Arts.”
In addition to the MAB, Whilldin was responsible for a At the clinic, which dispenses free medication from its
number of other enduring Birmingham landmarks, own pharmacy, she was given a month's worth of her
including Legion Field, the Florentine Building, and the blood pressure medication and antidepressants, plus a
Cabana Hotel (Leer Building). Examples of his dose of tough love from the attending physician, who
educational buildings include Simpson School at warned her that she could have a stroke. Patten
Birmingham-Southern College (later to become the followed up by trying to convince the woman to stay
Birmingham Conservatory of Music), and Phillips High on her meds, and make an appointment at the Eastside
School. Mental Health Center.
"Even though there are some side effects, you'll feel
better than you do right now," Patten said. "You won't
Med Students Staff Free Clinic feel so helpless… like you can't do anything."
From an original story by Hannah Wolfson, Fourth-year medical students act as mentors for
staff writer for The Birmingham ews. younger students, answering questions and observing
There will be a crowd of sick people this Wednesday as they take patient histories. Then one of two
night in the waiting room of a small free clinic in attending physicians step in for a final check. At least
Birmingham's Avondale neighborhood, and a half-dozen one Spanish-speaking student is always on hand to
young people in lab coats eager to treat them. help with the many immigrant patients who show up at
The "doctors" are actually medical students from the
University of Alabama at Birmingham. They'll take Along with doctors, the students also act as makeshift
histories, make diagnoses and, with the help of an caseworkers, signing patients up for tests or counseling
attending physician, prescribe medication to about 20 or urging them to get their paperwork in order so they
indigent patients over the course of the evening. can be treated at Cooper Green Hospital.
The students belong to a group called Equal Access. "With almost every patient I'm always struck by the
One night a week, they take over a free walk-in clinic difficulties that they go through trying to take care of
run by M-Power Ministries in Birmingham's Avondale themselves," said Connie Leeper, a second-year
neighborhood. Since starting last year, Equal Access has medical student. She said she has traveled in Latin
had a waiting list of participants, and the group hopes to America and plans to go into global health, but was
eventually start its own free-standing clinic on campus. surprised by the gaps in care in her own country.
Most of the student volunteers say they signed up to get In another room, student Scott Love talked to a former
hands-on experience with patients and a welcome break schoolteacher hampered by constant pain. She quit her
from their books. But they're also being initiated into the job because it hurt too much, moved to Birmingham to
politics of health care. live with her sister and found herself without insurance
for the first time in her life. She showed up at the clinic
"These students are experiencing first hand what it with empty prescription bottles in a plastic bag.
means to be an underserved member of our society and
the challenges these individuals face," said Craig Love, after listening and with help from the doctor,
Hoesley, UAB's associate dean for undergraduate gave her new medication and urged her to lose the 50
medical education. "There's huge value in that as they pounds necessary to qualify for back surgery.
think about how they're going to practice medicine." "I think this is one of the most valuable educational
On a recent Wednesday, second-year student Jason opportunities we have as students," Love said. "It's
Patten treated a patient who is living at a halfway house knowing how to think clinically and how to think
in east Birmingham. The patient came in with a brutal through a process, stuff you can't learn in a classroom
headache from not taking her blood pressure medication. and you have to know to be a doctor."
She also hadn't taken the drugs prescribed to treat her
The UASOM Class of 1985 maintains a small
bipolar disorder, because her prescription had expired account in support of free clinics. Alumni of ’85 vintage,
and she hadn't been able to get a doctor's appointment. and others interested in assisting our medical
And, at $135 a month, she just couldn't afford it. students’service to the community are encouraged to
"Sometimes I used to have my prescription and I'd hold contribute to this fund.
it in my purse because I couldn't afford my medicine," Contact Elaine Chambless for information, or donate
online at www.MyAlumniAssociation.org.
she said. "Or I'd drop it at the pharmacy and say I was
coming right back." ***
New Student Greeting Cards State Legislature Addresses
The MAA is excited to announce our second annual School Name Issue
Student Greeting Card. Medical student Nicole Loo, who On May Day, 2008, Robert Bentley, Jr., MD (‘68),
also created the winning Sesquicentennial logo design, fellow alum and State Representative from Tuscaloosa
has graciously allowed us to use her piece "Ode to Degas" introduced resolution HJR 699 in the Alabama
to illustrate this year's greeting card. legislature that respectfully asked UAB to obey present
law and use the proper name “University of Alabama
School of Medicine” on all diplomas, printed
For a donation of $25 or more to materials, badges, and other property. The measure
the Medical Student Assistance failed in a close vote, with 25 representatives
Fund, you will receive a pack of supporting the resolution, and 30 opposed.
10 of these cards. The Student
Assistance Fund is available to
medical students who are in good There were 6 abstentions, however, and 44 House
academic standing, who face members chose not to vote on the issue – which means
overwhelming financial struggles that there may be a good chance for passage in the next
due to unavoidable emergencies. legislative session. The MAA would therefore like to
encourage each of our alumni who live in Alabama to
contact your state representatives and voice your
opinions on this important subject. To review the
We also still have some voting roster on HJR 699, visit the MAA website:
copies of our premiere www.alabamamedicalalumni.org.
greeting card design,
"Splashes of Winter" by The School Name issue continues to be a subject of
Qin Zhang. If you concern among UASOM students and alumni,
would like your pack to stemming from the university’s decision to alter the
include some of both badges on the white coats provided to medical students
cards, please include a by the MAA. The traditional red and white design has
note with your gift. been replaced by green and yellow, blazoned with
“UAB School of Medicine.”
Please help the MAA aid these students in need. You may
either contribute online, or mail a check with "SAF" in the While the UAB administration acknowledges that the
memo section to: UAMAA, 811 20th Street S, name of the school has not been officially changed,
Birmingham, AL 35205. We will send your pack of cards president Garrison has confirmed that the use of the
to you immediately via the postal service. alternative school name and logo are “non-negotiable”.
For ordering information, contact the Medical Alumni ***
To demonstrate a sign of the presence of the cervical disc
Harrison Hx: “Harrison’s Sign” Dr. Harrison had to stand on a chair next to the standing
much taller patient to be able to deliver a supposedly gentle
Dice K. Lineberry M.D. ('64) diagnostic fist blow to the top of the patient's head. With Dr.
Harrison's blow which apparently caused significant
Dr. Harrison was a great teacher of history taking and
temporary neck to arm pain the patient slumped
physical exam diagnosis as evidenced by his well-known
dramatically to the floor and had to be caught by a nearby
textbook. To emphasize the importance of history and housestaff. Whether this was staged or not I am not sure but
physical he brought hospitalized patients before our class
our class never forgot this demonstration of " Harrison's
and elicited their history and sometimes demonstrated
physical signs or findings before us.
One day he brought a patient with a herniating cervical Send Us Your Harrison Stories
disc to this lecture/rounds. Although Dr. Harrison was a Call us at 205-325-3092, or e-mail
physician of "great stature," he was a fairly short man. firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite their ignorance of this crucial concept, a few
MAA Student Essay Contest physicians were able to make some surprising
discoveries. Ignaz Semmelweis, for example, an Austrian
Last summer, the MAA invited all UASOM students to obstetrician, noticed that mortality rates were much
participate in a Sesquicentennial Essay Competition, higher in one ward than in others. After looking at
discussing how medical education has changed in 150 different variables, he realized that the patients in that
years, and how it has stayed the same. Third year student particular ward were examined by medical students who
Walter Gribben was the winner of the competition, had just arrived from dissecting cadavers. When
(and the $500 prize). Here is his essay: Semmelweis instructed his students to wash their hands
with diluted carbolic acid before seeing patients,
The United States in 1859 was a nation poised on the mortality rates plummeted. Tragically, his conclusions
were mocked by the Austrian medical establishment, and
brink of transformation. The cities of the Northeast had
Semmelweis died unvindicated
exploded into industrial centers, driven by technological
innovations and new immigrant labor. The population was Both sides began the U.S. Civil War expecting a quick,
growing westward, especially beyond the Mississippi decisive victory. Their leaders remained blissfully
River. The California Gold Rush had permanently ignorant of the carnage that awaited. When the two
elevated the territory to national prominence. In the armies first clashed en masse at the First Battle of Bull
American South, vast plantations supplied cotton for textile Run, Army surgeons were utterly unprepared for the
production both at home and abroad. And from coast to sudden onslaught of casualties. Neither side had
coast, railroad lines grew steadily, making quick, reliable personnel formally trained to provide medical care on the
land transportation a reality for the first time ever. In field of battle, nor did they have any designated to
Washington, politicians struggled ferociously with debates evacuate casualties to aid stations. Wounded soldiers who
over slavery and states’ rights. Despite the efforts of the could still move limped back toward the surgeons’ tents.
most skilled negotiators, including the “Great Those who could not were either aided by comrades or
Compromiser” himself, Henry Clay, these issues had been languished on the battlefield. In the aid stations, surgeons
unable to be resolved. Previous agreements reached over pushed ahead with their grim work. The discovery of
the preceding several decades (involving the addition of anesthetics in the 1840s meant that patients could be
new states with either free or slave status) had proven spared the agony suffered by wounded soldiers of earlier
tenuous at best, and lasting resolution of the debate seemed wars. However, surgical techniques were still primitive
impossible. by modern standards. If surgeons could not stop the
bleeding in a limb, they immediately began amputation.
Just as America as a whole was preparing for a major
Injuries to the head, chest, and abdomen were seldom
transition, so, too, was the profession of medicine.
operated on, so high was the mortality from post-
Medicine in America prior to the Civil War could be better
operative infection. With the true cause of infection still
described as a trade than a profession. Many physicians
unknown to them, surgeons rushed from one patient to
learned medicine through an apprenticeship. The numerous
the next, pausing only to wipe their instruments on their
medical colleges scattered throughout the U.S. varied
widely in the quality of their facilities, instructors, and
academic standards. Few were formally affiliated with Without the crucial knowledge of the germ theory of
established universities. Licensing requirements for disease, many clinicians still were able to preserve life
physicians could differ significantly among states, as could through simple, empirical measures. Groups such as the
enforcement. Further complicating licensing were the U.S. Sanitary Commission advocated for better
competing theories of medicine, as allopathic physicians ventilation and less crowding in military hospitals. They
fought with homeopathic, osteopathic, and naturopathic also called for thorough cleaning of beds, linens, and
practitioners. Unscrupulous charlatans peddled ineffective instruments. The sanitation advocates wanted to
(and often dangerous) patent medicines from town to town, eliminate bad odors, which they correctly associated with
promising miraculous cures for every conceivable ailment. disease. They lacked only the concept that it was odor-
producing bacteria, not the odors themselves, which
Even in Europe, home to famed medical schools and
teaching hospitals in Britain, France, and Germany,
medicine still had to overcome major obstacles. There, too, The period from the end of the U.S. Civil War to the
medicine remained mired in unproven theories and beginning of the twentieth century saw tremendous
ineffective traditions. Microscopy, pioneered centuries advances in medical science. Pasteur’s experiments in
earlier by Hooke and von Leeuwenhoek, had yet to be fully fermentation led to Koch’s germ theory of disease.
appreciated by physicians. Mid-nineteenth century Joseph Lister applied this theory clinically to his surgical
scientists understood that tissues were composed of cells. practice. Lister began liberally applying dilute carbolic
They also knew about bacteria and had even visualized acid throughout the operating room
them under microscopes. But scientists had not connected
He insisted that surgical instruments, operating
the presence of bacteria with the presence of disease.
surfaces, the clinicians’ hands, and the patient’s wounds7
all be washed with this solution. These practices came to even more ambitious surgeries, operating on the heart,
be known as antisepsis - the act of fighting germs in the lungs, and brain. Soon, surgeons sought to even replace
operating theater. Eventually, antiseptic technique gave failing organs with new ones donated by both humans
way to the more comprehensive aseptic technique, with the and animals.
goal of eliminating almost all germs from the sterile
As the twentieth century wore on, though, it became
operating field. With the advent of asepsis, the entire body
clear that medicine would face new challenges, as well as
trunk became available for surgeries. From the 1870s
the resurgence of old enemies. AIDS, prion diseases, and
through the beginning of World War II, surgeons
other maladies perplexed researchers upon their
previously relegated to limb surgeries began pioneering
discovery. Even familiar bacteria mutated to evade
open abdominal operations. Once universally accepted,
destruction by antibiotics. The overuse of antibiotics led
antisepsis and aseptic technique were observed religiously.
to the rise of drug-resistant super-infections. Some
Surgeons knew they had to avoid contamination at all costs
‘miracle’ surgeries, such as heart transplantation, proved
because there were no antibiotics available to treat
to be prematurely introduced. Numerous attempted grafts
systemic infections. They treated wounds extensively with
of both human and animal hearts failed because of
antiseptics containing chlorine, iodine, and phenol.
immunological rejection. Eventually, physicians
The formulation of the germ theory of disease and the overcame these many of these obstacles, utilizing new
development of antiseptic and aseptic technique antibiotics, anti-viral agents, and immunosuppressants.
revolutionized medicine in the second half of the 19th But many challenges remained at the end of the century.
century. However, even by the turn of the century, medical
The practice of medicine has changed radically in the
education had not caught up, especially in America.
past 150 years. The average American physician
Aspiring physicians with sufficient financial means still
practicing in the 1850s had little to offer his patients in
sought training in Europe, where Pasteur, Koch, and Lister
terms of curative agents. He understood little about the
had made their breakthroughs. U.S. medical schools at the
true nature and cause of disease. He would never attempt
beginning of the 20th century still remained very
to operate on a patient except for his extremities.
inconsistent in the education they provided. Some
Physicians today have an extraordinary array of therapies
university medical schools were quite well equipped, while
available to aid their patients. They are trained to
many proprietary medical schools lacked even basic
understand the body and disease down to the molecular
facilities. Concerned about these shortfalls, the Carnegie
level. They can operate on nearly any area of the body
Foundation hired Abraham Flexner, a non-physician
with astonishing precision. Incurable diseases now
researcher, to inspect U.S. medical schools and prepare a
represent the exception, rather than the rule. And yet the
report. Only schools that received Flexner’s approval
purpose of the physician is still unchanged: To aid the
would be given the substantial funds the Foundation
sick, to care for the wounded, and to bring comfort to the
offered. In 1910, Flexner issued a scathing report that
suffering. Into whatever room a physician enters, he
admonished many American medical schools for their lax
confronts a patient in distress, seeking help for the illness
standards, inadequate infrastructure, and inconsistent
that ails him. A patient today, even knowing that modern
curricula. Johns Hopkins University, however, earned high
medicine is vast in its capabilities, still feels pain, fear,
marks from Flexner for its balanced curriculum consisting
and uncertainty upon receiving a devastating diagnosis.
of two years of classroom didactics and two years of
While others live among the healthy, the physician is
clinical instruction. With Flexner’s endorsement (and the
called to walk among the sick and dying, rendering care
Carnegie Foundation’s financing), the Hopkins model soon
to the best of his abilities. He must discern the cause of
became the standard for U.S. medical schools. The
their complaints, provide treatment to the best of his
development of standardized medical education then
abilities, and support patients as they struggle with
enabled the development of standardized medical
disease. The physician witnesses the extremes of human
emotion as he delivers information to patients and their
The mid-twentieth century saw another explosion of families. He can celebrate with patients as they overcome
progress in medical science. Sulfa and penicillin, first terrible illnesses and injuries, but he must also console
introduced to treat soldiers’ wounds in World War II, those in the depths of sorrow. The passage of time has
transformed the practice of medicine in civilian use, too. changed the theories, therapies, and practice of medicine,
Deadly bacterial infections such as pneumonia could but not its mission. Above all, medicine remains a
suddenly be combated with these new drugs. In the decade profession dedicated to the service of others.
following World War II, dozens of new antibiotics were
introduced. Some, such as tetracycline and erythromycin,
remain popular in modern medical practice. Walter Gribben, MS-III
As once-terrifying illnesses were conquered at such a Walter Gribben is currently completing his first year of
rapid pace, some optimistic physicians even speculated clinical rotations at the Tuscaloosa medical campus.
about the complete annihilation of disease. Aided by the
availability of antibiotics, surgeons pushed ahead with
Don’t Miss it! Student Poetry
Sesquicentennial Corvus Rhipidurus
Alumni Reunion Weekend Cosby Stone, Jr., MS IV
Celebration MPH Candidate, UAB School of Public Health
2008-2009 Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar, Tanzania
February 27-28, 2009 9-11-08
O raven with your shifty eye
The 36 annual Alumni Reunion Weekend and You prowl above my coastal sky
Sesquicentennial Celebration will begin on Friday the I think that you would steal my car
27th at 4:00 pm with the annual Reynolds Historical If you knew how to drive it
Lecture in the Lister Hill Library. W. Bruce Fye, M.D.,
Professor of Medicine and Medical History at the Mayo O winged gossip, shameless bird
Clinic will present “William Osler Leaves Johns You listen to my foreign words
Hopkins for Oxford: A Case Study of Physician Burnout And look too clever for my taste
a Century Ago.” Dr. Fye’s lecture will be followed by I think you want my sandwich
the first Black Alumni Reunion reception at 7:30 in the
Hospitality Suite at the Birmingham Marriott hotel. You hop a bit to my right side
And cock your head with watchful eye
This year’s festivities will all be held at the Marriott. I think that you would take my ring
Registration for Saturday’s Scientific Program will If you knew how to pawn it
begin at 7:00 am, with presentations on the management
of urologic disorders, led by UASOM Professor of Perhaps though I am prejudiced
Surgery Christopher L. Amling, M.D. at 8:00, followed Against you raven for no cause
at 11:45 by “A Medical School on the Move” an historic And yet I think I’ll go inside
retrospective of medical education in Alabama by Before you pick my pocket
University Archivist Tim Pennycuff.
The MAA Annual Meeting and Luncheon will assemble “This poem was written in my spare time while working
at 12:30, with Alabama State Senator Rodger M. and doing research in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Special
thanks to the IH Fogarty International Clinical Research
Smitherman presenting the 17th Annual Constance S.
Scholars Program, to the Medical School and UAB School of
and James A. Pittman Lecture. Public Health, and the UASOM Caduceus Club who
contributed funding for my scholarly activity, and to Muhimbili
The Alumni Reception will begin at 6:30 pm, with Class University and Harvard School of Public Health for being
Reunion Dinners following at 7:30 for graduates of my academic hosts while in Tanzania.”
1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974-January, 1974-
December, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, the classes of
1956, 1958, and 1962, and a special reunion dinner for ***
Black Medical Alumni from all classes.
Make your plans now to join in the fun!
Hale County Hospital in Greensboro, AL named their
Contact the Alumni Office: new wing in honor of Chester E. Singleton. Dr.
205-325-3092 Singleton is retired from general practice and still
or sign up online at resides in Greensboro.
www.MyAlumniAssociation.org 1960 Graduate
Wright State University Boonshoft SOM professor
E-Mail: email@example.com Robert P. Turk received the Class of 2009’s Student
Teaching Award in Surgery. In January of 2008, Dr.
Turk was elected into the American Osler Society.
1971heard from Robert M. Cosby earlier this year,
David H. Jackson has been interning under the Master
David H. JacksonBirmingham Botanical Gardens. Dr. writing from an Robert M. Cosby earlier this year,
We heard from air base in Iraq where he was attached
Gardeners at the has been interning under the Master Iraq where he was Medical
writing from an air base in th Area Support attached
to the US Army’s 224th
Jackson has the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Dr.
Gardeners atserved as a Trustee of Mt. Brook Baptist 224 Area Support Medical
to the US Army’s twentieth overseas mission, his
Company. This is his
Jackson and served as a Trustee of Mt.the Leadership
Church has Membership Chairman of Brook Baptist Company.Iraq. Fortunately, he was safe mission, his
fourth in This is his twentieth overseas and able to
Church of the College ofChairman ofSciences at the
Board and Membership Arts and the Leadership fourth thatIraq.base had not had anything hit byable to
report in his Fortunately, he was safe and mortar
University of College He is and Sciences at the
Board of the Alabama. of Arts a retired cardiologist report that his base had not had anything hit by earlier.
or rocket attack since his arrival a few months mortar
University Birmingham. He is a retired cardiologist
residing in of Alabama. Dr. Cosby is a since physician a few months earlier.
or rocket attackfamily his arrival from the Birmingham
residing in Birmingham. Dr. Cosby is a family physician from the Birmingham
1964 Graduate area.
1964 Graduate has been selected to the Leadership
Alan M. Siegal 1972 Graduate
Alan M. Siegal has been selected to Science of the
Board of the College of Arts and the Leadership 1972 Graduate William Mark Armstrong is the
Board of of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He Science of the
University the College of Arts and has also joined current internist William General Internal Medicine
Dallas Binion Professor of Mark Armstrong is the
University of Phillips Travel Fellowship has also joined
the Cary W. Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He committee. Dr. current Binion Professor of General Internal Medicine
at Baylor University Medical Center. He is also
the Cary an internist residing in Birmingham.
Siegal is W. Phillips Travel Fellowship committee. Dr. Associate University Medical Center. He is and
at Baylor Program Director of Internal Medicine also
Siegal is an internist residing in Birmingham. Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine and
the Chief of General Internal Medicine at Baylor.
1966 Resident Since 2005 General Internal Medicine at Texas
the Chief of he has been Governor of the Baylor.
1966 Resident Since 2005 he has ofbeen Governor of College of
UASOM professor Emeritus Dick D. Briggs, Jr.,
UASOMpublished his concerns Dick D. Briggs, Jr., Northern Chapter the American the Texas
recently professor Emeritus regarding a significant Northern Chapter of the American College of
increase in chronic obstructive pulmonary significant
recently published his concerns regarding a disease as Physicians.
baby boomers age. obstructive pulmonary disease as
increase in chronicHis article “Early Identification and 1974 Graduate
baby boomers age. His of the “Early Identification and 1974 Graduate seven years, internist Rush Akin has
Active Management article Patient with Chronic For six of the last
Active Management ofDisease” was featured in a
the Patient with Chronic For six of the last seven years, internist Rush Akin has
been voted Panama City’s News Herald “Best Doctor”
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” was featured in a been voted Panama City’s News Herald “Best Doctor”
recent edition of the American Journal Of Medicine. in Bay County.
recent edition of the American Journal Of Medicine. in Bay County.
1967 Graduate 1977 Graduate
1967 Graduate 1977 Graduate 2008 the Alabama State Health Officer
On October 23,
UASOM professor J. Max Austin, Jr., has been named
UASOM professor J. Max Austin, Jr., has Chair in
the Margaret Cameron Spain Endowedbeen named
On OctoberKaren May Landers for her Performance
recognized 23, 2008 the Alabama State Health Officer
the Margaret Gynecology. He is a professor in the Beyond the Call May Landers for her Performance
recognized Karen of Duty in the Hurricane Gustav
Obstetrics and Cameron Spain Endowed Chair in
Evacuation Call of Dr. Landers specializes in
Beyond the Program.Duty in the Hurricane Gustav
Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is andprofessor had the
Division of Gynecologic Oncology a recently in an
endowed chair named in Oncology
Division of Gynecologichis honor. and recently had an Evacuationand public health and resides in Leighton,
pediatrics Program. Dr. Landers specializes in
endowed chair named in his honor. pediatrics and public health and resides in Leighton,
1967 Graduate AL.
1967 Care America gave Roy Thomas Hager their 1977 Fellow
1977 Fellow Whitley has been asked to serve on the
Eye Care America gave Roy Thomas October of
Lifetime Volunteer Physician Award in Hager their Richard J.
Lifetime Volunteer aPhysician Award in October of Richard J. Whitley has National Institute of Allergy
Advisory Council for the been asked to serve on the
2008. Dr. Hager has private ophthalmology practice in
2008. Dr. Hager has a private ophthalmology practice in
Advisory Council for thethrough 2012. Dr. Whitley is
and Infectious Diseases National Institute of Allergy
Montgomery, AL. and Infectiousof the UAB Department ofWhitley is
the Director Diseases through 2012. Dr. Pediatric
1969 Graduate the Director of the UAB Department of Pediatric
1969 Graduate Richard A. Lytle retired from practice.
In June of 2008, Infectious Disease.
In June of served Richard A. Lytlearea as from practice.
Dr. Lytle 2008, the Birmingham retired a general and 1978 Graduate
1978 Graduate Godwin has been awarded tenure at
Dr. Lytlesurgeon. the Birmingham area as a general and
vascular served John Edward
John Edward Godwin has been awarded Medicine,
vascular surgeon. Southern Illinois University School of tenure at
Southern is Professor of medicine andof Medicine,
where he Illinois University School chief of the
In 2007 Wolfram Glaser was named a Life Fellow of
where heof Hematology and Oncology. chiefGodwin
Division is Professor of medicine and Dr. of the
In 2007 Wolfram Glaser was namedDr.Life Fellow of
the American Psychiatric Association. a Glaser resides
Division of Hematology articles, recently Dr. Godwin
has published numerous and Oncology. co-authored
in American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Glaser resides
has published numerous articles, recentlyedition.
a chapter in Essential Otolaryngology, 9th co-authored
in Birmingham. a chapter in Essential Otolaryngology, 9th edition.
1971 Graduate 1979 Graduate
1971 Graduate 1979 Graduate
Correction of August 2008 Informal Rounds: Joseph
Charles F. Butler was Chairman of the Medical Jury
Charles F. at the Beijing Olympics. An active member
for Boxing Butler was Chairman of the Medical Jury P. Thomas was selected Informal Rounds: Joseph
Correction of August 2008for a committee assignment
for the International Boxing Association, active member P. Thomas rather than president-elect. Our apologies
for MASA, was selected for a committee assignment
of Boxing at the Beijing Olympics. An he was named
for MASA, rather than president-elect. Our apologies
of theirInternationalBureau, in 2007 and serves asnamed
to the Executive Boxing Association, he was Chair for the error, as we congratulate Dr. Thomas for his
to their Executive Bureau, in 2007 and serves as Chair for the error, as we congratulate Dr. Thomas for his
of the IBA Medical Commission. Dr. Butler specializes
of thoracic surgery and lives in Kalamazoo, MI.
in the IBA Medical Commission. Dr. Butler specializes
in thoracic surgery and lives in Kalamazoo, MI.
1981 Resident 1985 Graduate
UASOM professor John W. Gnann, Jr., has been Don Stewart will give the 2009 Winternitz Lecture at
appointed medical director of the 1917 Outpatient the UASOM College of Community Health Sciences
HIV/AIDS Clinic. on the Tuscaloosa campus on January 6th. Dr. Stewart
will discuss his historic drawing Jefferson Hospital to
1982 Graduate kick off the MAA’s year-long celebration of the
Congratulations to Wynne Crawford, who this past Sesquicentennial of Medical Education in Alabama.
August married Andrew W. Stumpf. Dr. Crawford is a
cardiologist in Montgomery, AL. 1986 Graduate
Carol S. Moore has been appointed assistant professor
1982 Graduate at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Moore specializes in
William Davis McLaughlin has been asked to serve as pediatrics and resides in Holliston, MA.
Chairman of the Board of Wiregrass Rehabilitation
Center in Dothan, AL. Dr. McLaughlin is a 1987 Graduate
gastroenterologist. In November 2008 Vicki Rutland Martin joined the
private practice of Dr. Paul Roller in Birmingham, AL.
1983 Graduate Dr. Martin specializes in internal medicine.
Sharon A. Spencer, UASOM professor of radiation
oncology, has been named to the Ruby F. Meredith 1987 Resident
Outstanding Clinician in Radiation Oncology Endowed In their summer 2008 edition Scientific American
Chair. Dr. Spencer specializes in head and neck, lung republished a 2003 article by Ronald Alvarez and
and breast therapy. She is on the faculty of UAB researcher David Curiel about their pioneering
Comprehensive Cancer Center and Minority Health and work in the field of virotherapy. The prestigious
Research Center. magazine chose the article as one of the top 10
groundbreaking stories of the past 10 years. Dr.
1983 Resident Alvarez is a UASOM professor of obstetrics and
UASOM professor Andrew E. Epstein chaired the gynecology.
writing committee for the “ACC/AHA/HRS 2008
Guidelines for Device-Based Therapy of Cardiac 1988 Graduate
Rhythm Abnormalities.” In 2007 Cathy Gresham was promoted to professor of
medicine at the UASOM College of Community
1984 Graduate Health Science in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Amie Brown Jackson was invited to be the Keynote
Lecturer for the International Spinal Cord Society’s 1988 Resident
September 2, 2008 meeting in Durban, South Africa. Dr. In July of 2008 Best Doctors Inc. recognized L. Gail
Jackson is the 2008-09 President of the American spinal Clary as one of North Carolina’s Best Doctors in
Injury Association and won the 2008-09 Distinguished Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. In 2007, Dr.
Clinician Award from the American Academy of Clary became ABIM certified in sleep medicine. She
PM&R. practices in Hendersonville, NC.
1984 Resident 1989 Graduate
UASOM professor Larry C. Kilgore, has been named UAB Hospital and UAB Highlands CEO Michael R.
the J. Max Austin, Jr., M.D. Endowed Professor in Waldrum has been elected to the Alabama Hospital
Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Kilgore also serves as Association’s board of directors. He will be
residency director for the Department of Ob/Gyn and the representing the Birmingham Regional Hospital
fellowship director for the Division of Gynecologic Council. He also currently serves on the AlaHA’s
Oncology. He is a native of Chattanooga, TN and an Trauma Task Force, Medicaid Task Force and Finance
alum of the University of Tennessee School of Committee. Dr. Waldrum specializes in pulmonary
Medicine. The chair is named in honor of alum J. Max medicine.
Austin, Jr. (’67).
1985 Graduate S. Louis Bridges, Jr., has been appointed interim
Robin Tate Hall is currently serving on the Cullman director of the UAB Division of Clinical Immunology
Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees. Dr. Hall and Rheumatology.
specializes in anesthesiology. Her husband, Dr. W.
Michael Hall (’78), is an internist in Cullman.
1991 Graduate 2007 Resident
In April 2008 Jennifer Morris Rhode was Board In February of 2008, Craig Marschall Patterson and
Certified in Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Rhode is wife Cheron welcomed two new members to their
currently serving in the US Air Force and is located in family, twins Warren and Bennett. Dr. Patterson is
Salt Lake City, UT. currently a pulmonary and critical care Medicine
fellow at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.
In August of 2008, William Keith McKibbin was 2007 Graduate
appointed assistant professor in the Department of Andy Craven and his wife Emily welcomed newborn
Orthopedic Surgery at the Medical University of South Kylie to the family in April of 2008. Dr. Craven is
Carolina in Charleston. currently in a radiology residency at Baptist Memorial
Hospital in Memphis, TN.
Michael J. Geer has been appointed assistant professor 2007 Graduate
of medicine in prime care for the UASOM. From 1995 In October of 2008 Ellen Florence Eaton was selected
to 2008, Dr. Geer was in private practice at Trinity to serve as Chief Medicine Resident at Stanford
Medical Center. He is also currently the medical director Hospital and Clinic.
at Kirkwood by the River retirement community. Faculty
1992 Graduate On September 16, 2008 John Kirklin was inducted
UASOM Professor Holly E. Richter has been named to posthumously into the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame.
the James Marion Sims Endowed Chair in Obstetrics Dr. Kirklin was a renowned cardiovascular surgeon
and Gynecology. Dr. Richter is the director of the who was integral to the development of the UAB
Division of Women’s Pelvic Medicine and medical center. His son Dr. James Kirklin (1981
Reconstructive Surgery. Resident) gave the keynote address at the induction
From 2006 to 2008, Humam Humeda has served as the ***
Chief of the Department of Medicine at Sacred Heart
Hospital in Pensacola, FL. Dr. Humeda is an alum of the
University of Aleppo and specializes in nephrology. In Memoriam:
1999 Graduate 1946 Graduate
In 2007 John Christopher Davis was named a Fellow Marvin Gilbert, M.D., passed away on August 4,
of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Davis 2008 at the age of 85. An internist and cardiologist, Dr.
specializes in Otolaryngology and lives in Birmingham. Gilbert practiced for twenty years in New York City,
then twenty years in Long Beach, CA. He is survived
2001 Resident by his wife, Nancy, his two daughters and his two
In September of 2008, Stephen A. Roberts was re- sons, who are both doctors.
certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of
Family Medicine. In December 2007, he was promoted 1949 Graduate
to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Army National Guard. Tom Oliver Caldwell, M.D., died on October 20,
Dr. Roberts practices in Tuscaloosa, AL. 2008 at the age of 82. He was killed in a traffic
accident along with his daughter Cathryn near
2002 Graduate Cherokee, NC. Dr. Caldwell earned his B.A. from the
In September 2008 Julia Lett Boothe was made a University of Alabama in 1946. He was very proud to
Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. be a Medical College of Alabama “Forty-niner;” the
Earlier this year she was appointed Clerkship Director class of 1949 was the first to start and complete their
for the UASOM College of Community Health Science medical education after the medical school was moved
in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Boothe practices in Carrollton, AL. to Birmingham. Dr. Caldwell earned a combat medical
badge while serving his country as a captain in the US
2007 Fellow Army Medical Corps, stationed in Korea and Japan as
Amy H. Warriner has joined the Osteoporosis a battalion surgeon from 1949-1951. He completed an
Prevention and Treatment Clinic at the Kirklin Clinic. internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and his
Dr. Warriner is a University or Arkansas for Medical pediatric residencies at Lloyd Noland and Children’s
Sciences alum and specializes in endocrinology. Hospitals. In 1954, he began his private practice in
Southside, through which he served the children of
12 Birmingham for over forty years.
During his career, Dr. Caldwell was an active staff Cardiology and the American Heart Association. He
member at Children’s, BMC Montclair, St. Vincent’s, taught his arterial catherizations technique to fellow
Brookwood, Carraway, East End, South Highland and Cardiologists at the Cleveland Clinic and accepted a
West End Baptist Hospitals. He was a member of many position with Cardiovascular Associates, where he
medical organizations, including the Jefferson County spent the rest of his career. He is survived by his
Medical Society, MASA, AMA, Jefferson County daughter, Louise and his son, Bailey.
Pediatrics Society, the MedicalAlumni Association and
the Birmingham Academy of Medicine. A very involved 1955 Graduate
member of the Caduceus Club, he served on the Cary Martin S. Litwin, M.D., passed away on May 11,
Phillips Travel Fellowship committee for many years. 2008 at his New Orleans home. Born in Florence, AL,
Dr. Caldwell also held a faculty appointment as clinical he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of
professor for the UASOM’s department of pediatrics for Alabama. He completed his internship at the Michael
almost 30 years. In 2003, he received the Wallace Clyde Reese Hospital in Chicago and his residency at Peter
Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, where he rose to the
Pediatrics. His two other passions were genealogy and rank of Chief Surgical Resident. Dr. Litwin also earned
quilting. Dr. Caldwell was member and co-founder of a Master’s in Medical Management from Tulane
number historical societies, including the Birmingham University. He was drafted into the armed services
Genealogical Society and the Shelby County Historical during the Vietnam War and assigned to the Surgeon
Society, and was the first male member of the General’s office in Washington. Upon seeing soldiers
Birmingham Quilters Guild. He is survived by his brought home with Napalm Burns, he developed a
daughters, Claire and Kyle. burn treatment protocol that has become a standard for
care. He is also the author of “The Atlas of Advanced
1949 Graduate Surgery.” Dr. Litwin spent most of his career as a
Ira L. Myers, M.D., died July 23, 2008 at the age of 84. surgeon at Tulane, where he was the first Medical
Dr. Myers served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Director of the faculty-practice program, a position he
Public Health Service from 1949 to 1955, including filled from 1976 to 2001. He is survived by his wife,
work as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer from 1950 to Nancy, his sons, Benjamin and Martin, and his
1952, and with the CDC in Atlanta from 1952 to 1955. daughters, Anna-Marie and Rebecca.
Returning to Alabama, he served as the Alabama State
Health Officer from 1963 until his retirement in 1986. 1954 Resident
One of his proudest accomplishments was working with Emmet F. Ferguson, Jr., M.D., of Jacksonville, FL,
Dr. Jonas Salk and Dr. Albert Sabin on developing the passed away on August 1, 2008. A native of DeSoto,
polio vaccine. One of his daughters, Dr. Martha Myers GA, Dr. Ferguson was an alum of the Medical College
(’71), was also an alumnus; she passed away in 2002. of Georgia. He completed his internship at St. Albans
He is survived by his wife, Woodie, two sons, and one Naval Hospital and surgical residencies at University
daughter. of Alabama Hospital and Duval County Medical
Center in Jacksonville, FL. He practiced general and
1952 Graduate colon rectal surgery for over four decades in the
Steiner Darby Garrett, Jr., M.D., a native of Jacksonville community. He was a member and past
Sylacauga, AL, passed away on September 27, 2008. He president of the Duval County Medical Society and an
received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Auburn and associate professor at University of Florida College of
completed his surgery residency at Old Mobile General Medicine. Dr. Ferguson is survived by his wife, Jerry.
Hospital. He was a veteran of WWII, stationed in France
and Germany, and received a Bronze Star and the Purple 1955 Graduate
Heart. He was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Henry Ray Sturkie, Jr., M.D., age 79, passed away
Honor Medical Society and the Omicron Delta Kappa on September 29, 2008. He was a native of Gadsden,
Honor Society. Dr. Garrett was a resident of Mobile, AL. After completing internship and residencies at
AL. He is survived by his wife, Gay. Carraway Hospital, Nashville General Hospital and
Vanderbilt University Hospital, Dr. Sturkie served in
1954 Resident the US Air Force as a captain. He practiced Obstetrics
William Bailey Jones, Jr., M.D., passed away on and Gynecology in Winston-Salem, NC for thirty
September 3, 2008. He was a native of Raleigh, NC and years, co-founding Medical Park Hospital and serving
received his medical degree from Duke University on clinical faculty for N.C. Baptist Hospital and
School of Medicine. After completing his residency, he Bowman-Gray SOM. He is survived by his wife,
remained at UAB for several years, teaching and Martha, daughters, Claire and Susan, and son, Hank.
researching. Dr. Jones was a Fellow of the American
College of Physicians, the American College of 13
1955 Graduate the Boy Scouts, as a Trustee of St. John’s Military
John G. Kimbrough, M.D., passed away on June 16, Academy, as a founder of the Salina Child Care
2008. He was a native of St. Stephens, AL and received Association and a board member of the YMCA. He
his B.S. from the University of Alabama. Dr. was awarded the first Humanitarian Award by the
Kimbrough completed his internship at Tripler Army Salina Regional Health Center. Dr. Null retired in 2003
Hosptial in Honolulu and his radiology residency at to Hot Springs, AR and was ordained as a Pentecostal
Walter Reed Army Hospital. During his service in the pastor. He is survived by his two sons, Dr. W. Edward
US Army, he was head of the Radiology Department of Null and Rev. Dr. J. Ashley Null.
the 10th Field Army hospital in Wurzburg, Germany and
attained the rank of Major. Dr. Kimbrough practiced 1959 Graduate
radiology in Montgomery for 20 years and was given the Kenneth Dillard Strother, M.D., died on June 9,
Alabama Academy of Radiology’s Silver Award for his 2008 at the age of 77. After finishing high school, he
service. Dr. Kimbrough is survived by his wife, Maudie. served in the US military in Korea from 1950 to 1952.
When he completed his military service he earned his
1955 Graduate undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama.
Charles Aaron Alford, Jr., M.D., passed away August From 1960 to 2007 he served the Opelika community
26, 2008. A native of Birmingham, he attended as a General Practitioner. He was the director of the
Woodlawn HS and the University of Alabama, receiving Opelika Nursing home for ten years and was on the
his pediatrics training at Children’s Hospital. After Lee County Hospital’s Board of Directors from 1969
serving as a Naval Lieutenant in Sasebo, Japan, he to 1976. In January of 2008 Dr. Strother was honored
accepted an infectious disease fellowship with Noble at East Alabama Hospital for over four decades of
Prize winner Tom Weller at Harvard. Dr. Alford service as an active or affiliate staff member. He is
returned to Birmingham to form the infectious disease survived by his wife, Carolyn.
division at the medical center. Recognized by the
American Pediatric Society, the March of Dimes, the 1960 Graduate
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the University of Roland E. Murphree, M.D., age 73, passed away on
Alabama Board of Trustees, UAB, and many others for October 13, 2008. A native of Blount County, after
his contributions to medicine, he is renowned for his receiving his medical education he returned and served
work establishing the first antiviral medication, and the community for forty years as a family physician.
helping to define the natural history and pathogenesis of He was an active member of the Lion’s Club, MASA
congenital cytomegalovirus infection. Survivors include and the Caduceus Club. Dr. Murphree served as Chief
his daughters, Caroline and Susan. of Staff at Blount Memorial Hospital, Director of
Beverly Nursing Home, Directory of Alacare and
1956 Graduate Team doctor for Oneonta High School’s football team.
Alvin Bearman, M.D., passed away on November 11, Dr. Murphree was also a veteran of the Korean War.
2008 at the age of 78. After earning his undergraduate He is survived by his wife, Jean, his son, Lee, and his
degree from the University of Alabama, he served in the daughters, Celia and Carol.
US Army Medical Corps at Ft. Rucker, AL. For 35 years
he practiced anesthesiology at East End Memorial 1961 Graduate
Medical Center and served three separate terms as Chief F. Julian Freeman, M.D., age 73, died at his Ponte
of Staff. He finished his career as Medical Director of Vedra Beach, FL home on August 19, 2008. Dr.
Outpatient Services East. He is survived by his wife, Freeman was a native of LaGrange, GA and earned his
Jean. undergraduate degree from Auburn University. He
completed his General Surgery residency at the Mayo
1957 Graduate Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Freeman then served in the US
William George Null, M.D., died on September 10, Army as Chief of Surgery in the 18th Surgical Hospital
2008, age 76, following a long battle with malignant in Vietnam. In 1968, he joined a General Surgery
melanoma. A native of Demopolis, Dr. Null served in practice in Fullerton, CA, where he practiced until
the US Air Force, achieving the rank of Captain. He 1994. Dr. Freeman was a member of the Fellow
practiced briefly in Grant, AL and Bismarck, ND before American College of Surgeons. He served as Chief of
joining the Salina Clinic in Kansas in 1966, where he Staff at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton and as
practiced for 38 years. There he served as head of President of the Orange County Medical Association.
pediatrics at Salina Regional Health Center, head of the Dr. Freeman is survived by his wife, Marjorie, his sons
laboratory of the Salina Clinic and as Saline County Julian and Robert and his daughter, Cynthia.
Health Officer. He was active in the community through
1961 Graduate 3rd Year Resident
Joseph C. Cosby, M.D., 79, passed away on August 13, James A. “Buddy” Nobles, M.D., passed away on
2008. He received his undergraduate degree from the July 27, 2008 at the age of 28. A graduate of the
University of Alabama and served in the US Marine Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Dr.
Corps during the Korean War. Dr. Cosby was a Nobles was in his 3rd year of Neurosurgery residency
Diagnostic Radiologist and resided in Huntsville, AL. at UAB. He is survived by his wife, Erica.
Survivors include wife, Cathy, and son, Dr. Phillip Lee
Saunders (’91). Faculty
Charles E. Selah, M.D., passed away on December 7,
1962 Graduate 2008, age 81. A Fayette, MO native and Tulane
Edward Fishburne McCraw, M.D. passed away on University Medical School alum, Dr. Selah had a
August 9, 2008. Dr. McCraw completed his residency at general surgery practice in Huntsville, AL for almost
University Hospital in Birmingham, including serving as 40 years. During that time he served as team doctor for
Chief Resident 1967-1968. He spent most of his medical Lee High School, chief of surgery at Huntsville
career at Stabler Clinic and Hospital in Greenville, AL, Hospital, and on faculty of the Huntsville branch of the
where he worked until retirement. Dr. McCraw School of Medicine. Dr. Selah is survived by his wife,
specialized in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. Denise.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce.
1963 Graduate Ralph L. Tieszen, M.D., died on September 17, 2008.
Russell N. Haynes, M.D., died on October 1, 2008, age He earned his medical degree at Loma Linda
72. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, he spent most of his youth in University in 1954 and completed an internship and
Michigan. Dr. Haynes received his BA from The residency at Los Angeles County Hospital. He was
University of Michigan and returned to Michigan to then selected for an Internal Medicine residency at the
complete his internship and Neurosurgery residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Tieszen served his
the Henry Ford Hospital. At the age of 30, Dr. Haynes country in the US Air Force Medical Corps from 1954
was drafted into the Navy and served as a Lieutenant on to 1964 and again in the US Army Reserve from 1984
the USS Holland as the Submarine Squadron Physician. to 1992, when he retired holding the rank of Colonel.
After completing his military service, he returned to He practiced Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the
Birmingham and joined his uncle, Dr. Walter Haynes, in Norwood Clinic from 1964 to 1999 and at Carraway
private practice as a Neurological Surgeon at BMC- Internal Medicine Associate from 2000 to 2006 and at
Princeton, where he worked from 1970-1998. During his Carraway Methodist Hospital for more than 42 years.
career he served as BMC-Princeton Staff President, as Dr. Tieszen held many faculty appointments at the
BMC-Princeton Chief of Surgery and on the Baptist UASOM over the years, including Clinical Professor,
Hospitals Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.
Jefferson County Medical Society, the AMA, the Survivors include his son, Dr. Stuart C. Tieszen (’85).
Southern Neurosurgical Society and the American
Association of Neurological Surgeons. He is survived by
his wife, Sandra, and his sons, Gregory and Bradley.
Joe Howle Sox, M.D., age 70, passed away on April 15,
2008. Dr. Sox was a veteran of the US Air Force. He
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It’s not too early to start planning for next year’s pediatric, gynecologic, and Complex Regional Pain
Medical Alumni had a delightful meeting in I know –
Your MAA board Reunion Weekend. I know,December syndromes.
our support by defraying this expense for them. Toni
the reunion is Dean Marsh welcomed us warmly and
in Tuscaloosa. still months away, and we haven’t even These Elaine Chambless have will be framing the
Sewell andscholarly presentationsbeen busy held at and
made it MAA for all that we do for holiday season. Still,
thanked to (much less through) the the SOM. He gave an Hilton wonderful and will include the Alumni
hanging Perimeter, new class pictures, and we look
we would like to informative attention early, to share
inspiring and mostcapture your overview of his program Luncheon sharing our heritage and history lecturer
forward to and Pittman Lecture. Our esteemedwith the
on the Tuscaloosa campus. Allison Leitner, Director of students and their families. The new Residence Inn next
our anticipation of what promises to be another will be Dr. Norman McSwain (‘62), an internationally
Advancement at the Tuscaloosa campus, and MAA door will soon be completed and is going to be a
memorable celebration. acclaimed trauma surgeon and hero of the Hurricane
Executive Secretary Elaine Chambless planned a festive convenient asset for us.
First of all, attendance for our most recent Reunion Katrina disaster.
and delicious luncheon for us. A little lagniappe was a
Weekend festivities far exceededfollowing the meeting!
great tour of the athletic facility our expectations, and Alumni calls continue class dinners will be served
Letters and receptions andto come in supporting MAA’s
the hope to have hotels to soon in Huntsville. I
We capacity of area a meetingaccommodate the influx at the Birmingham Country Club on Saturday night.one
position, many from recent graduates. Among As
of returning all to visit our result, we will be hosting
encourage youalumni. As a other campuses as well. evidenced by calls and letters are very supportive letters
hundred recent the delightful reunion story elsewhere in
various portions of this year’s event in locations around this two (MAA Plays Cupid), wonderful things at
from issueformer deans and alums who are on facultiesare
the city. been a stressful year between at university and
2008 has Beginning Friday, February 8the 4 pm, we will prone to occur at
other institutions. these parties, so do make every effort
meet on campus at and your board voted unanimously
the medical alumni, the medical library to celebrate the to attend and share in the fun.
50th Anniversary Reynolds Historical
this month to sever ties with the UAB National Lecture,
Alumni So, before we all get completely caught up and
With best wishes to all for a happy and healthy New Year,
featuring Stephen this will enable us to the stronger
Society. We feel thatGreenberg, PhD of growNational carried away in the rush of holiday celebrations,
Library of our attention on our primary mission,
and focus Medicine, History of Medicine Division. Dr, vacations,
Betty Ruth out-of-town visitations and interrupted call
Greenberg will speak on “Real Books: What They We
supporting the School of Medicine and its students. Are schedules, please make a mental note (and mark your
and to have Still Need at our
plan Why We a receptionThem”. Alum Building for the Betty Ruth back M.D., MAA President
2008 calendars) to come Speir.home on February 8-9
On and their families following the White Coat
studentsSaturday, Dr. Keith A. Jones (’86), the newly and join in the alumni festivities. email@example.com
appointed Chair of with plans to provide transportation.
Ceremony this year, the Department of Anesthesiology,
The SOM has had major budget cuts and we want to show
will host a stellar scientific program on Pain
Management, covering a spectrum of clinical issues Betty Ruth Speir. M.D., MAA President
from the treatment of postoperative, myofascial and firstname.lastname@example.org
spinal pain to the management of acute and chronic
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