University of South Alabama


November 6, 2014

USA Welcomes Dr. James Glasser

Dr. James Goodwin Glasser was recently appointed associate professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He will serve as a pediatric surgeon with USA Physicians Group. Dr. Glasser earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, N.J. He completed his general surgery residency at UMDNJ affiliated hospitals. He received his pediatric surgery training at Pittsburg Children’s Hospital in Pa., and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Glasser is board certified in pediatric and general surgery. He is a member of the American Pediatric Surgery Association and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Previously, he was associated with the University of South Carolina Medical School and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, S.C.

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USA Welcomes Dr. William Barber

Dr. William Henry Barber IV was recently appointed professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and will serve as a trauma/critical care surgeon at USA Medical Center. Prior to his appointment at USA, Dr. Barber was a surgeon at Delta Regional Hospital in Greenville, Miss. From 1993 to 2010, Dr. Barber was professor of surgery and microbiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., where he served as the surgical director of renal transplantation and director of the general surgery residency program. Dr. Barber earned his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., and his doctor of philosophy at Oxford University in Oxford, England. He completed an internship and residency in surgery at UAB. He also completed a research fellowship at Oxford University and a fellowship in transplantation at UAB. Dr. Barber was a Sandoz Fellow for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. Dr. Barber is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.


August 14, 2014

U.S. News and World Report's Top Doctors

Dr. William Richards, chair of the USA Department of Surgery and professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine, is among physicians at the University of South Alabama named in the most recent US news and World Report's Top Doctors. He directs the laparoscopic and bariatric surgery programs at USA and is also a member surgeon with the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. Dr. Richard’s clinical interests focus on surgical treatment of achalasia, paraesophageal hernias, Barrett's esophagus, adrenal tumors, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Type 2 diabetes and motility disorders of the gastrointestinal tract using minimally invasive surgical procedures. He has performed thousands of laparoscopic procedures since 1989 and is internationally recognized for his research and surgical expertise. See more...

June 26, 2014

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Dr. Jon Simmons, assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received two grants for his research – one from the American Heart Association and one from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

The American Heart Association Mentored Clinical & Population Research Award totaled $154,000.

According to Dr. Simmons, more than 50 percent of trauma patients that receive massive blood transfusions develop severe lung inflammation that does not resolve and often leads to death or permanent disability.

“This becomes highly significant because the injuries that lead to the blood loss are often repaired,” Dr. Simmons said. “The only significant long-term injury is often the debilitating lung dysfunction that occurs after the blood transfusions.”

A recent study performed by Dr. Simmons at USA determined that blood transfusion products contain varying quantities of mitochondrial DNA fragments, which are very inflammatory to the lung. See more...

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June 19, 2014

Surgery Resident Receives Scholarship to Attend American College of Surgeons Conference

Dr. Caleb Butts, a surgery resident at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received a scholarship to attend the American College of Surgeons 2014 Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit.

The four-day symposium included several activities and kicked off with a discussion about surgeons as leaders within the operating room, hospital, city, state, and country. The following two days were dedicated to developing advocacy skills for the field of surgery when working with legislators and lobbyists to promote the interests of patients, hospitals, and the medical career of surgery.

“The final day allowed us to actually visit the U.S. Capitol to lobby to our state's senators and congressman on behalf of several important policies to ensure access to quality care for those in the state of Alabama and throughout the region,” Dr. Butts said. 

According to Dr. Butts, there were more than 160 residents who applied and only 40 were selected. See more...

January 31, 2014

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Dr. Joseph Ogrodnik, senior surgery resident at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, received second place overall for his presentation at the 26th Annual Southern Region Burn Conference, hosted by the Tampa Regional Burn Center.

Dr. Ogrodnik’s research project, “Techniques for Better Aesthetic Outcomes After Excision and Grafting for Acute Burn Injury,” shows how the focus on burn injury outcomes has evolved in the United States from preservation of life to quality of life after recovery.

According to the study’s abstract, the researchers distributed an internet-based survey to burn surgeons across the country that examines factors such as region, gender, and number of years in burn care. Each surgeon was asked to indicate the top three techniques used in grafting of acute burns to maximize the aesthetic outcomes. See more...

January 22, 2012

USA Physicians Named Best Doctors

Eight physicians affiliated with the USA Department of Surgery have been included in the annual Best Doctors in America database. The following physicians were chosen for the list after extensive peer review by thousands of doctors:

  • Jorge E. Alonso - Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Donna Lynn Dyess - Surgery
  • Richard P. Gonzalez - Surgery
  • Arnold Luterman - Surgery
  • Frederick N. Meyer - Hand Surgery
  • Prasit Nimityongskul - Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Albert W. Pearsall IV - Orthopaedic Surgery
  • William O. Richards - Surgery

To read this article in full, click here.

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USA Medical Center Named Top Performer

The University of South Alabama Medical Center has been named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Medical Center is one of 33 hospitals recognized in Alabama, and the only one in Mobile. 

The Medical Center was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The ratings are based on data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. 

“We understand that what matters most to patients at the USA Medical Center is patient-centered care that is safe and effective. That’s why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. The Medical Center is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” said Medical Center Administrator Beth Anderson.

June 8, 2012

USA College of Medicine Scientists Receive Historic $9 Million Research NIH Grant

A team of scientists at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine has been awarded a $9,191,785 research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine the causes and consequences of pneumonia, a lung infection that is a major source of illness and death for children and adults over 65 years of age around the world.

The NIH grant, which is termed a program project grant or PPG, marks the largest competitive research grant award in the history of USA, second to only a $14.5 million grant awarded to the USA College of Medicine in 2010 from NIH to fund construction of a state-of-the-art specialized infectious disease research laboratory.

“The renewal of this grant by Dr. Stevens and his colleagues is particularly impressive in light of the highly competitive nature of research funding from the National Institutes of Health during tough economic times,” said Dr. Samuel J. Strada, dean of the USA College of Medicine. See more...

May 10, 2012

Dr. Brevard Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award from
St. Paul's Episcopal School 

Dr. Sidney B. Brevard (left), associate professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine, is presented with the St. Paul’s Distinguished Alumnus Award by St. Paul’s Headmaster Marty Lester. Dr. Brevard is associate professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine, recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s Alumni Luncheon. Dr. Brevard, who was raised in Mobile and graduated from St. Paul’s in 1979, was recognized for his professional accomplishments and civic leadership. He currently serves as a trauma surgeon in the Level I Trauma Center at the USA Medical Center. See more...


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