Congratulations Dr. Davis!
Dr. Davishas been appointed Vice-Chair of Academics for the Pediatrics and Developmental Disabilities Council of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Brings New Sub-specialty Certification to Pediatrics
Drew Davis, MD, is the first member of the UAB Department of Pediatrics to become board certified in Brain Injury Medicine (BIM), a new sub-specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The inaugural exam was administered on Oct. 6, 2014. The certification was developed to recognize the unique work and scope of practice that involves the prevention of brain injury and the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals with acquired brain injury. BIM physicians provide a high level of care for patients with brain injury and their families in the hospital, post-acute setting, and over the continuum of care to facilitate the process of recovery and improve medical and functional outcomes. Dr. Davis also maintains board certification in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Retreat
The UAB Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine spent an afternoon at The Lakeshore Foundation with Children's of Alabama (COA) staff for the annual Inpatient Rehabilitation Service retreat. The afternoon was spent reviewing annual service numbers, celebrating patient success stories, and discussing future goals. COA Performance Improvement (PI) staff also provided an update on incorporation of the WeeFIM assessment, the primary functional out-come measure used for inpatient rehabilitation, into one of many system wide initiatives currently being managed by the COA PI department. Following the formal activities, staff from The Lakeshore Foundation lead team building activities utilizing adaptive sports activities including wheelchair football, goal ball, a team sport for athletes with visual impairment, and sitting volleyball, a game started by athletes with limb loss.

Concussiion conference speakers (left to right): Joseph Robin,
Jim Johnston MD, Joel Stitzel PhD, Drew Ferguson, John Parker Wilson,
Alex Powers MD, Drew Davis MD, Marshall Crowther MD

Drew Davis, M.D. Presents at Concussion Summit at Children's of Alabama
Panel Discussion: Prolonged Recovery from Concussion was presented by Dr. Davis at the “Cutting Edge Concussion Summit- Maintaining the Competitive Edge” on Friday, June 13, 2014. The day-long conference was open to the public and attracted approximately 200 attendees. The event was hosted by UAB Sports Medicine at Children’s of Alabama in conjunction with the Wise Up! Initiative. Presentations were geared to coaches, athletic trainers and parents. Sessions included Critical Changes in Concussion Culture, Epidemiology of Sports and Recreation-Related TBI, and a panel discussion on Prolonged Recovery from Concussion among others.

Panel Discussion: Prolonged Recovery from Concussion - Watch the video.

Paola Mendoza, M.D. receives the Samuel L. Stover, M.D. Excellence in Teaching Award
We are proud to announce that Dr. Paola Mendoza has been awarded the 2014 Samuel L. Stover, M.D. Excellence in Teaching award by the residents of the UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). The Samuel L. Stover, M.D. Excellence in Teaching Award was created to honor Dr. Stover’s years of excellent teaching in the UAB Department of PM&R.

Amanda Taylor, CPNP-AC, Joins the Division
Mandy Taylor, CPNP-AC, nurse practitioner, joined the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine in June, 2014. Mandy graduated in 2002 with her BSN from The University of South Carolina Upstate and worked as a staff nurse in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In 2010, Mandy completed an MSN degree in Education from Walden University. During that time, she worked in pediatric nursing education and taught pediatric clinicals for the BSN program at USC Upstate. She later returned to bedside nursing and began to pursue a second MSN degree at Vanderbilt University and obtained a certification as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Acute Care in 2013. After graduation, Mandy worked as nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Endocrinology Department in Greenville, South Carolina, prior to relocating to the Birmingham area in 2014. Mandy's special interests include caring for special needs children and traumatic brain injury.

Paola Mendoza, MD, who joined the Division in July 2013, has recently initiated new collaborations providing clinical consultation in conjunction with the UAB Divisions of Pediatric Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. She is now seeing patients the Home Ventilator and Technology Dependence Clinic and Neuro-Oncology Clinic to assist in minimizing the number of follow-up physician appointments that these patients require.

Drew Davis, MD was invited to join the UAB-Lakeshore Foundation Research Committee. The committee works to promote an inclusion science agenda that will serve at the intersection of cutting-edge research involving non-disabled populations with a parallel set of research questions targeting select populations of understudied children, adolescents and young adults with disabilities or chronic health conditions. Dr. Davis, along with UAB-Lakeshore Foundation collaborator Dr. James Rimmer, also recently received NIH funding for a project entitled “Internet Based System for Managing Obesity in Children with Disabilities.” This project will use an internet based system to provide individualized physical activity and nutrition programming to geographically diverse children with spina bifida.

Kim Kilgore, RN and Lisa Binegar, RN, CRNP, attended the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 16 – 19. Presentation topics included spinal cord injury quality of life measurements, how to predict in the newborn period whether an infant is at risk for developing CP and a variety of other Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation interests.

Angela Hamby, RN, CRRN Receives CRRN Recertification
Angela Hamby is the Spina Bifida and MDA clinic nurse clinician in Rehabilitation Medicine. Angela began her career with Childen's of Alabama in 1988 and has been with the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine working with Dr. Drew Davis since 2005. We would like to congratulate Angela on receiving her CRRN recertification.

UAB and Children’s Hospital Named State Leaders for National Pediatric Brain Injury Network
The UAB Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children's of Alabama has been selected to be the State Lead Center for Alabama in a national network of care for Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI). Lean more.