Friday, November 21, 2014

Anesthesiology Faculty In the News

UAB News reported on the publication of the study "Why Do Pregnant Women Die? A Review of Maternal Deaths from 1990 to 2010 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham" 

The study was conducted by Michael Froelich, M.D., M.S.; Catiffaney Banks; Amber Brooks, M.D., Alethia Sellers, M.D.; Ryan Swain Ph.D, M.D., and Lauren Cooper.

Click here for the story on

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In the News: Our New Research Faculty

Be sure to check out the UAB News article about our newest faculty additions:

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Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Aftab Ahmad, Dr. Shama Ahmad, Dr. Jennifer DeBerry, Dr. Jianguo Gu, and Dr. Kevin Harrod! Welcome to Birmingham and UAB!

Monday, November 10, 2014

The UAB Department of Anesthesiology's LEAD Program

Today on The Scope we’ll take a look at an innovative program that helps 
UAB Department of Anesthesiology residents go above and beyond their usual training.

The Leadership Education and Development Program is an opportunity for our residents to pursue additional training to enrich and refine their expertise. Led by Associate Professor Lee Ann Riesenberg, Ph.D., R.N., this program includes competitive leadership and research tracks that take place concurrently with residency training. The program provides funds and protected time, as well as other support, to set LEAD Scholars on the path to becoming not just outstanding anesthesiologists but accomplished and innovative leaders in the ever-evolving world of health care.

Within the Leadership Track, LEAD Scholars may pursue additional degrees in health system administration, health care informatics, quality and patient safety, or health care organization and policy. Participants receive a stipend of up to 50% of tuition and travel, and protected time for immersion and study.

Within the Research Track, LEAD Scholars may choose to gain additional expertise in research (through the Resident Mentored Research Experience Track) or to begin practicing as physician scientists (through the Resident Academic Career Development Award Track). Participants receive stipends for travel to present at regional and national meetings, as well as research support.

“The success of the LEAD Program is due to both a combination of motivated residents and programs figuring out how to accommodate busy residents so that they can take advantage of this opportunity,” says Dr. Riesenberg. “When we first started, I was skeptical about a few of the offerings—especially the MSHA—but we’ve found that they’re really structured in such a way that makes them much more doable than you might imagine.”

Dr. Riesenberg adds that offerings can be individualized if requested. Applications for the LEAD Program are due in the CA-1 year. For more information, please contact Dr. Riesenberg at or Robyn Davis at

This program is funded in part by charitable donations. If you'd like to contribute to our efforts in training outstanding anesthesiology leaders, please contact Major Gifts Officer Austin Hardison at 205-975-3529,, or click on this link to make an online donation. Thank you for your continued support.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Lee Ann Riesenberg, Ph.D., R.N., Serves as Featured Expert for Online Journal Club

Dr. Lee Ann Riesenberg is serving as a featured expert on quality improvement and handoffs for an online open forum. The online journal club on is discussing The New England Journal of Medicine's original research article "Changes in Medical Errors after Implementation of a Handoff Program."

Click this link to view or participate in the discussion.

The forum will be open for two weeks.