Showing 12 articles from December 29, 2007.

Birmingham Archives

Be Sensitive When Treating Obese Patients
Be Sensitive When Treating Obese Patients
Approximately 22 percent of U.S. adults are considered obese, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and obesity has become a major public health problem. In battling this issue and its resulting co-morbidities, patients must turn to their physicians to receive the medical treatment they need even though many are uncomfortable in the doctor’s office setting.
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Community Efforts Needed to Stop Increase in Childhood Obesity
The prevalence of overweight and at-risk children and adolescents has rapidly increased over the past 40 years, and Alabama currently has the third-highest prevalence of obese adults and the 11th-highest prevalence of obese youth in the nation. The adverse health problems that can result from obesity are leading members of the healthcare community to seek population-based intervention programs to help these children.
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Coosa Valley Medical Center Builds on Solid Foundation
Coosa Valley Medical Center Builds on Solid Foundation
In 2007, Coosa Valley Medical Center celebrated the long-anticipated opening of the West Wing, its new inpatient facility. CEO Glenn Sisk, who began his career years ago as a patient escort at Baptist Montclair, had managed the project from blueprint to completion and was keenly aware of its importance to Coosa Valley.
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Cryosurgery for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer patients have a new therapy alternative — cryosurgery, also called cryoablation or cryotherapy. Urology Centers of Alabama has been offering this treatment for about a year and a half, and the UAB Division of Urology started offering it last month.
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Grand Rounds January 2008

Wilson Joins MediSYS

Wyatt Wilson has joined MediSYS as Account Manager. With twenty years in the healthcare industry, Wilson will serve as account manager for MediSYS Practice Management Systems and Encite Electronic Health Records. As MediSYS Account Manager, he will perform medical practice assessments and provide custom demonstrations for practices located in Jefferson, Morgan, Lauderdale, Madison, Cullman, Etowah and other north Alabama counties.

Most recently, Wilson served as Business Development Manager for AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. Wilson has also served as a sales representative for Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals. With a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Auburn University at Montgomery, Wilson is active in professional organizations including the Medical Group Management Association.

Koehler Named Professor Emeritus

The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees has appointed Robert Koehler, MD as professor emeritus of radiology. Koehler joined UAB in 1982 and is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of radiology and investigation of esophageal disease.

Koehler is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Radiology, American Board of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, Association of University Radiologists and Society of Chairmen of Academic Radiology Departments.

He has received a number of honors and awards throughout his career, including the Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Radiology, Herbert M. Stauffer Award for best education paper published in Academic Radiology, and twice won the UAB Department of Radiology Gary T. Barnes Distinguished Faculty Award. He also has been listed in several top physician and teaching publications, including Best Doctors in America.

Trinity Recognized by Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recognized Trinity Medical Center for its efforts in organ donation. The hospital received the Department’s Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for achieving a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors. Trinity representatives received the award during the Third National Learning Congress on Organ Donation and Transplantation held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tran Begins General Surgery Clinic

General surgeon Quan D. Tran, MD, has opened a surgical clinic in Fayette. Tran, who is affiliated with Tuscaloosa Surgical Associates, will perform surgery at Fayette Medical Center, as well as at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa and Northport Medical Center.

Tran completed his residency in general surgery at The Ochsner Clinic of New Orleans, where he served as chief resident from 2005-2006. He received his medical degree from UAB in 2001. He received his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Florida State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

“We welcome Dr. Tran to our hospital and look forward to working closely with him to continue our tradition of providing outstanding surgical care to the people of Fayette and Lamar counties and the surrounding area,” said Barry Cochran, Fayette Medical Center administrator.

Goldenberg Named Professor Emeritus

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees has appointed UAB Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Robert Goldenberg, MD as professor emeritus. Since joining UAB in 1976, Goldenberg has held a number of positions, including director of the UAB Center for Women’s Reproductive Health, director of the UAB Center for Obstetric Research, chairman of the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Charles E. Flowers Endowed Chair in the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Goldenberg has also been active in public service work, including the Children’s Defense Fund, as well as serving on the Child Health Advisory Panel for the U.S. Congress and as Chairperson of the US-India Collaboration on Maternal Child Health research.

UAB Establishes Research Initiative for Aging Minorities

UAB, in partnership with three other Southern universities, has received a federal grant to create the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR). The National Institute on Aging and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities have awarded $2.7 million over five years to UAB, the University of Alabama, Tuskegee University and Morehouse School of Medicine to examine health disparities in older minority adults.

The RCMAR will focus on health problems that are particularly prevalent among older African Americans, and will give special attention to issues related to rural elders, intervention research addressing exercise, diet, or preventive health strategies and studies addressing socio-economic, discrimination, trust, and bioethical issues affecting both physical and mental health.

Musculoskeletal Centers Wins $3.8 Million Research Grant

The UAB Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) has won a $3.8 million grant renewal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for research into inflammatory, arthritic and musculoskeletal diseases.

The award allows the UAB CERTs, one of 14 centers in the nation, to continue its often-cited research on the safety and effectiveness of new therapeutics for these diseases.

Additionally, the renewal funds will help UAB CERTs continue its work at reducing treatment disparities among minority communities where musculoskeletal diseases are a problem. Focusing on such disparities is accomplished through physician, health-care training and community outreach programs, said Kenneth Saag, M.D., M.Sc., professor of in the UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology and director of the UAB CERTs.

January 2008

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Medicare to Stop Paying for Oxygen
The face of Medicare has changed drastically over the years, but no more so than with the passage and implementation of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). This legislation not only reduced Medicare reimbursement to those companies providing services, equipment and supplies (SES) to Medicare Part B beneficiaries, but also changed the rules pertaining to who will be responsible for future SES reimbursement.
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National Registry of Pharmaceutical Payments May Be Gaining Momentum
In April 2007, the New England Journal of Medicine published results of a national survey examining relationships between physicians and pharmaceutical, medical device, and other medically related industries. The survey found that, of those physicians who participated, 94 percent reported some type of financial ties with the pharma industry...
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Physician Spotlight: James C. Brock, MD
Dr. James Brock and scuba diving go a long way back. “My father taught me to scuba dive with some surplus gear he had when I was five years old,” the now 52-year-old OB/GYN said. But interests are often put aside as kids grow up, and so it was with scuba diving for Brock.
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Potential Personal Liability for Corporate Compliance Officer
The risks associated with serving as a compliance officer for a healthcare organization appear to have become more serious. The United States Department of Justice has filed a civil complaint against former Tenet General Counsel and Compliance Officer Christi Sulzbach. The complaint seeks millions of dollars of damages from Ms. Sulzbach personally as a result of a certification she filed with the Office of Inspector General.
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Turning Resolutions into a Healthier Way of Life
Imagine you could go back in time as the Titanic was setting sail and change its course only one degree southward. Long before it would have reached the fatal iceberg, it would have been well into safe waters. In most patients’ lives, there are icebergs waiting: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, as well as the cumulative effects of stress, smoking, bad food choices and a lack of exercise. How can you help them make small, long-term changes early enough to steer clear of danger?
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UAB Prepares First Genetic Counseling Masters Program in the Southeast
When Dr. Harold Jones, dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) School of Health Professions, points to a map of the genetic counseling programs in the Southeast, there are a lot of blanks. Although the sequencing of the human genome has produced unprecedented national demand, there’s a dearth of counseling programs offering a master’s degree.
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Wellness in Medical Education: A New Paradigm
Wellness in Medical Education: A New Paradigm
For centuries, medical students learned the basics of their profession the same way. First, they were taught the basics of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Then, in clinical rounds they learned to identify diseases as patients presented — lung cancer, heart attack, stroke — and what treatment options might cure the condition or at least slow it down.
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