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Children's of Alabama Adds Seven New Physicians; Appoints Vason Director of Performance Improvement
Date
08/31/2015
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BIRMINGHAM (August 31, 2015) – Brenda Vason was recently appointed as Director of Performance Improvement at Children's of Alabama. She had already been leading the team in this department on an interim basis.

Additionally, seven physicians joined Children's Medical Staff and will be treating patients at the state's only freestanding medical facility.

David Galloway, M.D., has joined the UAB Department of Pediatrics as an assistant professor in gastroenterology. He completed his residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and a fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

James Gambrell, M.D., has joined the UAB Department of Pediatrics as an assistant professor in hospital medicine. Gambrell completed his residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Virginia and his fellowship at UAB.

Pallavi Ghosh, M.D., MPH, has joined the UAB Department of Pediatrics as an assistant professor in emergency medicine. She completed her residency at Morehouse School of Medicine and then went on to complete a fellowship at UAB. Pallavi also received her Master of Public Health in epidemiology at UAB.

Jegen Kandasamy, M.D., has joined the UAB Department of Pediatrics as an assistant professor in neonatology. He completed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center as well as a fellowship at UAB. He has a range of research interests such as mitochondrial dysfunction, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and pulmonary hypertension.

Ariel Salas, M.D., has joined the UAB Department of Pediatrics as an assistant professor in neonatology. He completed residencies at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and also Universidad Mayor de San Andres. He completed his fellowship at UAB. Salas’ research interests include neonatal nutrition, neonatal clinical trials and risk reduction of neurodevelopment impairment in preterm infants.

Michael Seifert, M.D., has joined the UAB Department of Pediatrics as an assistant professor in nephrology. He completed his residency at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. He has completed several fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital, the American Society of Transplantation Pediatric Renal Transplant Fellowship, and also Boston Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Children’s, Seifert was an assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and also at Washington University School of Medicine.

Julie Wolfson, M.D., has joined the UAB Department of Pediatrics in pediatric hematology-oncology. She completed her residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and her fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Wolfson also obtained her MSHS at UCLA School of Public Health. Prior to joining the staff, she was an assistant professor at City of Hope.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Offering inpatient and outpatient services, primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.