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Clinic Offers Chemotherapy Without Requiring Hospital Admission

Above: Jessica Jones, Manager – Ambulatory Services and Chelsea Andrews, Registered Nurse, help provide outpatient HiDAC therapy that has saved a total of 115 patient days in the hospital.

In December 2020, the Division of Hematology and Oncology began offering High-Dose-Ara-C (HiDAC) through the UAB Extended Care Clinic, an outpatient chemotherapy service that eliminates the need for patients to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. Prior to this service, some patients with lymphoma, acute myeloid leukemia, and acute lymphocytic leukemia who generally required minimal medical intervention would be admitted to the hospital to receive two daily infusions. Physicians report that offering this type of treatment in the ambulatory environment has been well received by patients and healthcare personnel alike.

More Good News for July 16, 2021
As part of our Faculty Honors recognition series, the Department is delighted to celebrate the winners of the 2021 Research Awards which foster the development of outstanding physician-scientists and recognize the research achievements of DOM faculty. Join us in congratulating the winners!

Anand Iyer, M.D.(Assistant Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine) is featured in UAB’s United series, where he discusses pandemic experiences, his motivation to keep going, and how UAB united during COVID. The UAB United campaign aims to unite the community in infection prevention during the pandemic.

Cardiology investigators Vibhu Parcha, M.D. (Instructor) and Pankaj Arora, M.D. (Associate Professor) have published in JACC the results of their studies to determine how the diurnal rhythm of natriuretic peptides contribute to high nighttime blood pressure in obese individuals.

Brigitta Brott, M.D. (Professor, Cardiovascular Disease) has been selected to serve as the Interim Director of the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center, effective August 1. Dr. Brott is a Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering. She is also the Vice-Director for Entrepreneurship in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease.

Joshua Gautney, M.D. (Fellow, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care) has received UAB Emergency Medicine Fellow Consultant of the Year Award. He is honored for his dedication to outstanding patient care, professionalism, collegiality, and his contribution to resident education. Great job, Dr. Gautney!

Winn Chatham, M.D. (Professor, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology) and colleagues have received the Lupus Research Alliance Global Team Science Award to identify various features of B cells and plasma cells that correlate with their clinical features in under-studied lupus patients.

Sonya Heath, M.D. (Professor, Infectious Diseases) was a keynote speaker for the 2021 Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Research Pathway Directors workshop where members of the physician-scientist community shared best practices to ensure residency and fellowship programs are diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

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