USA Physicians Group Welcomes 12 New Physicians
September 23, 2014 - The University of South Alabama Physicians Group welcomes new physicians who have joined the practice during the past year. A welcoming reception was held September 23, 2014, at the USA Children's & Women's Hospital Dining Room and Courtyard. These physicians joined more than 220 physicians in the USA Physicians Group. Images from the reception can be viewed here. The following physicians were recognized:
Dr. Brett W. Baskovich, Molecular Pathology, Assistant Professor of Pathology
Dr. Lynn A. Batten, Pediatric Cardiology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Ramachandra Bhat, Neonatology, Assistant Professor of Neonatology
Dr. Nordie Anne Bilbao, Pediatric Endocrinology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Brian E. Brocato, Maternal/Fetal Medicine, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Brooks D. Cash, Gastroenterology, Professor of Internal Medicine
Dr. Joel E. Lightner, Mammography, Assistant Professor of Radiology
Dr. Derek Samuels, Interventional Radiology, Assistant Professor of Radiology
Dr. Alana J. Schilthuis, General Internal Medicine, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Dr. William W. Scott, Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Dr. Rachel T. Seaman, Hospitalist, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
USA Resident Selected as Vice Chair of AMA Resident and Fellow Section
July 30, 2014 - Dr. Emile Kleyn, a second-year resident physician at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently was selected as vice chair of the American Medical Association’s Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) for Region 4 -- North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.
Every year during the national meeting, a vote is held for the regional governing positions. “I was voted in during the 2014 meeting held in Chicago,” Dr. Kleyn said. “It was a huge honor to be selected, and I’m very excited to serve a group of energetic, bright young people.”
The responsibilities of both the chair and vice chair include informing state leaders of current and future RFS events and facilitating communication between the local, regional and national RFS leaders, as well as see more...
Medical School Graduates Begin Residency Training
July 17, 2014 - On July 1, recent medical school graduates from across the country began their residency training at the University of South Alabama hospitals. With a long history of training physicians, the USA Health System provides training in 18 fully ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs to more than 240 physicians.
“The medical and administrative staff of the USA Health System and College of Medicine are committed to providing excellence in educational programs, culminating in the trainees’ ability to practice independently within the context of the health care delivery system,” said Dr. Samuel McQuiston, assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education at USA.
Residents and fellows in USA’s training programs are integrated into the USA Health System with the majority of their training centered at USA Medical Center, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and see more...
New Lobby, Courtyard Underway at USA Children's & Women's Hospital
July 9, 2014 - The University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital is in the process of completing a new lobby and courtyard.
The art-filled courtyard will offer a relaxing place for patients and families to meet in fresh air, and the lobby will house a new gift shop and information desk. Photos of the renovations are shown here.
Dr. Jon Simmons Awarded Two Research Grants
June 26, 2014 - 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 see more...
Surgery Resident Receives Scholarship to Attend American College of Surgeons Conference
June 19, 2014 - 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 see more...
Dr. Franks Selected as President of MASA
June 17, 2014 - University of South Alabama Vice President for Health Sciences Dr. Ronald Franks was recently installed as the Medical Association of the State of Alabama’s president at the 2014 MASA Annual Session, which was held in Destin, Fla. Dr. Franks previously served as MASA president-elect.
Dr. Franks, a board certified psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry, joined USA in July 2007 as vice president for health sciences, a new division of the University consisting of the College of Allied Health Professions, the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing. In addition, the physician practice plan reports to Dr. Franks.
Two other individuals affiliated with the USA College of Medicine were elected to leadership positions in MASA. Clint Moore, D.O., was elected resident fellows section representative, and Julie Tan was elected medical student section representative. See more...
Dr. Trimm Receives ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award
November 7, 2013 - Dr. R. Franklin Trimm, professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama, was recently selected as one of a small group of medical educators from across the United States to receive the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award.
Dr. Trimm will be presented the award at the Annual Education Conference of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in National Harbor, Md., in February 2014. This award, given by ACGME, honors residency program directors who find innovative ways to teach residents and to provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others in this environment.
“I am humbled and honored to be a recipient of this award, which represents the values that have made being involved in graduate medical education a very rewarding journey,” said Dr. Trimm, who has directed the pediatric residency training program at USA for the past 20 years. See more...
USA Medical Center Named Top Performer
USA College of Medicine Scientists Receive Historic $9 Million Research NIH Grant
June 8, 2012 - 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...