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USA Medical Center Earns Top Honor for Treatment of Stroke Patients

For the second consecutive year, the University of South Alabama Medical Center has achieved the Gold Plus Target Stroke Honor Roll for its treatment of stroke patients.The honor is awarded by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recognizing the Medical Center’s continuing improvement in stroke care and achievement of key goals that help minimize or eliminate long-term effects in patients who have had a stroke. “We have an excellent collaborative team spirit at USA, and despite stroke being a very complex disease, by working together we have shown that we can overcome limitations and establish our center as a place to go to for stroke sufferers,” says Dr. Steve Cordina, director of stroke, neurocritical care and endovascular neurosurgery at the Medical Center. Radiology residents get to work directly with Dr. Cordina in endovascular interventions. See more...

Dr. Gupta to Present at the Radiology Society of North AmericaGupta%20500.jpg

November 6, 2014 - Dr. Shikha Gupta will be presenting an interactive session on December 2, 2014, at the annual forum of the Radiologic Society of North America in Chicago, IL. The presentation, "Case-based Review of Nuclear Medicine: PET/CT Workshop - Cancers of the Abdomen and Pelvis", includes audience response and is in conjunction with the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). Dr. Gupta will discuss the role of PET/CT in the evaluation, staging and follow up of common gastrointestinal and gynecologic malignancies, including the role of PET/CT in assessment of response to therapy. Also, she will present information on the role of PET/CT in evaluation of select renal and prostate malignancies, the limitations of PET imaging in evaluating certain conditions like malignant ascites, peritoneal and omental metastasis as well as the importance of careful evaluation of CT findings in addition to the FDG PET image.

From the RSNA: "The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA®) is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals with more than 54,000 members from 136 countries across the globe. RSNA hosts the world’s premier radiology forum, drawing approximately 55,000 attendees annually to McCormick Place in Chicago, and publishes two top peer-reviewed journals: Radiology, the highest-impact scientific journal in the field, and RadioGraphics, the only journal dedicated to continuing education in radiology."

Dr. Jeffrey C. Brandon Announces Retirement

November 3, 2014 - Dr. Jeffrey C. Brandon, chair and distinguished professor of radiology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, announced his retirement over 30 years in practice. Dr. Brandon has served as Chair of the Department of Radiology since 2010. He had previously served as Vice-chair and Program Director of the USA Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program since 1995. In addition, he has served as Associate Dean of Continuing and Graduate Medical Education, and Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Brandon received his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and his doctorate degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his diagnostic radiology residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where he also completed a fellowship in interventional and abdominal imaging. Dr. Brandon is certified by the American Board of Radiology. He serves as a fellow of the American Board of Radiology and is a member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the Association of University Radiologists, the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Dr. M. Suzy Figarola will be serving as Interim Chair.

Lightner Med Cafe 2014 10.jpgDrs. Lightner and Dyess Provide Expert Advice for the Community on Breast Cancer

October 23, 2014 - Dr. Lynn Dyess, professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, and Dr. Joel Lightner, assistant professor of radiology at the USA College of Medicine, presented the October Med School Café lecture, “Breast Cancer Awareness.” The event focused on the screening, detection and current controversies of breast cancer. Dr. Lightner discussed the innovative tools used to diagnosis breast cancer, and Dr. Dyess outlined the latest treatment options.

Med School Café is a monthly lecture and lunch provided to the community by the USA College of Medicine. Read more about the event and view the video of their talks here.

Dr. McQuiston Invited Panelist at the AMA Graduate Medical Education Summit

October 6, 2014 - Dr. Samuel McQuiston was one of three physicians, invited by the AMA to participate as a panelist during the AMA Graduate Medical Education Summit 2014, an invitation only event with 27 participants. The panel discussed the implementation of the Introduction to the Practice of Medicine (IPM), an online AMA curriculum, as a tool in educating physicians in core competencies in medical practice, including patient safety, quality and performance improvement, ethics, professionalism, medicolegal and regulatory aspects of healthcare as well as fulfilling accreditation requirements. 


USA Welcomes Dr. Derek Samuels 

September 18, 2014 - Dr. Derek Samuels was recently appointed assistant professor of radiology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and will serve as an interventional radiologist with USA Physicians Group. Dr. Samuels earned his medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed both his residency in diagnostic radiology as well as his fellowship in interventional radiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology.

Dr. Samuels will be working with the oncology staff at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute on oncologic interventions such as chemoembolizations and the gynecology staff at USA Children's and Women's Hospital on gynecologic interventions such as uterine embolization. Also, Dr. Samuels will serve as clerkship director for the USA College of Medicine interventional radiology clerkship and student advisor for students interested in pursuing the field as a career choice.

USA Welcomes Dr. Joel LightnerLightner%20500.jpg

August 19, 2014 - Dr. Joel Lightner was recently appointed assistant professor of radiology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and will serve as a radiologist specializing in mammography at the Imaging Center at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Lightner earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, GA. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans and a residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. In addition, he conducted a fellowship in breast imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He is a member of the Radiological Society of North American and the Society of Breast Imagers.

Dr. Lightner will perform screening and diagnostic mammogram interpretation; sterotactic-guided biopsy; ultrasound evaluation and interpretation with Doppler and elastography capabilities; ultrasound-guided biopsy; ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration; ultrasound-guided and mammographic-guided needle localization; evaluation of nipple discharge and ductography; breast MRI interpretation; MRI-guided breast biopsy; nuclear medicine sentinel node injection; and diagnosis and treatment of breast infections.

USA Medical Center Upgrades Ultrasound Imaging Equipment

July 3, 2014 - Two GE Logiq S8 ultrasound scanners were introduced to the USA Medical Center roster of imaging tools. The new machines provide state of the art imaging, including elastographic assessment. These new scanners will be particularly helpful in assessment of superficial lesions and, in conjunction with the L8-18i-D procedure transducer, biopsy guidance for these lesions.

USA Mourns Loss of Dr. Gil BrogdonBrogden.jpg

March 29, 2014 - Dr. B. G. “Gil” Brogdon, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former chair of the USA Department of Radiology, passed away on March 28, 2014. He was 85.

Dr. Brogdon earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas in 1952. He completed his residency in radiology at the University of Arkansas and Bowman Gray School of Medicine and received his American Board of Radiology certification in 1956. He achieved fellowship status of the American College of Radiology in 1966.

After serving as chief of diagnostic radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and professor and chair of the department of radiology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, he joined USA, where he remained for the remainder of his productive academic career.

Dr. Brogdon served as president of the American College of Radiology, the Association of University Radiologists and the Southern Radiological Conference. He also served as a member of the House of Delegates for the American Medical Association. In 1979, he was awarded the American Medical Association Physician-Speakers Award, and he has also received three Gold Medal Awards, from the American College of Radiology in 1985, from the Association of University Radiologists in 1987 and from the American Roentgen Ray Society in 1996. In 2012, Dr. Brogdon received the Silver Medal Award from the Alabama Academy of Radiology, given in recognition of outstanding achievement in lifetime contributions to the specialty of radiology and to the community.

During his career, he participated in more than 400 invitation lectures in the U.S. and Europe and authored or co-authored more than 360 publications.

Dr. Brogdon Featured in Connecting Alabama Series

December 4, 2013 - Dr. Gil Brogdon, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former chair of the department of radiology, was recently featured in's Connecting Alabama series. Dr. Brogdon is known as the "Father of Forensic Radiology" and for coining the term "Little League Elbow." Read the full story here.


USA Medical Center Ranked No. 1 in Quality Care Report

Jul 26, 2013 - A recent quality measures report released by the University Health System Consortium (UHC) shows that the University of South Alabama Medical Center is ranked No. 1 in quality of care among 158 university teaching hospitals.

In addition to receiving the No. 1 position in all core composite measures for the 4th quarter of 2012, the USA Medical Center was ranked No. 1 in numerous measures for the entire year, including CMS Appropriate Care Measures, Acute Myocardial Infarction Composite Measures, Heart Failure Composite Measures and Surgical Care Improvement Project Composite Measures.

“Our hospital takes great pride in providing the highest quality of care for our patients,” said Beth Anderson, hospital administrator at USA Medical Center. “These high marks reflect the careful attention to quality of care by both our physicians and staff.”

UHC, formed in 1984 and located in Chicago, is an alliance of 118 academic medical centers and 293 of their affiliated hospitals representing the nation's leading academic medical centers.
(Note: The USA Department of Radiology provides all imaging services for the USA Medical Center including the USA Regional Stroke Center and Level I Trauma Center.)

USA Department of Radiology Installs New 3T MRI at USA Medical Center

February 20, 2013 - Dr. Melanie Clark, assistant professor of radiology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, was interviewed about installation of the new, 3-Tesla Philips Ingenia magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. The blog article was posted in the Medical School Water Cooler. Read more here.

USA Radiologist Named Among Best DoctorBest Doctors.jpgs

January 2, 2013 - Dr. Shikha Khullar-Gupta, assistant professor of radiology and section chief for nuclear medicine, was among physicians affiliated with the University of South Alabama College of Medicine that have been included in the Best Doctors in America database released this month by U. S. News and World Report. Best Doctors, Inc. is a database that uses peer review along with other criteria to determine the most qualified doctors in various fields of medicine. The database seeks physicians whose reputation and expertise put them in the top 5 percent of their specific specialty. See her profile here.

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