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Adrenal Evaluation & Treatment

Adrenal nodules are being increasingly identified on imaging studies (i.e., CT or MRI) obtained for other reasons. All identified adrenal nodules should be evaluated to determine whether they lead to over-production of hormones or might harbor a malignancy such as adrenocortical carcinoma. Listen as Brenessa Lindeman, MD, and John Porterfield, Jr., MD, discuss what to do if a nodule is found, including when surgery might be indicated.


Benefits of Multi-Disciplinary Care for Colorectal Cancer Patients

Ravikumar Paluri, MD, Rojymon Jacob, MD, and Greg Kennedy, MD, join the segment in this panel discussion on the benefits of multi-disciplinary care for Colorectal Cancer patients, and when to refer to the specialists at UAB Medicine.


Chronic Limb Threatening Ischemia

Chronic Limb Threatening Ischemia (formerly Critical Limb Ischemia) is a natural progression of untreated or unrecognized Peripheral Arterial Disease. It is important for providers to recognize symptomatic patients for prompt referral. Graeme McFarland, MD, discusses how the earlier a diagnosis can be made, the earlier treatment can be started with less serious consequence.


Parathyroid Disease

Our parathyroid glands usually do a great job of controlling our body’s calcium levels, but one or more can begin to hyperfunction and lead to high levels of calcium in the blood. Herbert Chen, MD, discusses who is most at risk for parathyroid disease, the associated symptoms, how to treat it, and when to refer to the specialists at UAB Medicine.


Optimizing Hernia Repair

Britney Corey, MD, discusses optimizing hernia repair and how UAB recently joined the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative. This relationship will allow UAB to participate in continuous quality improvement efforts to optimize outcomes and costs of hernia care.


Cataracts: When to Take Action

When it comes to cataracts, nothing can change the world like seeing it more clearly again. Waid Blackstone, MD, discusses cataracts, and when to refer a patient to the specialists at UAB Medicine.


There is Now a Cure for Hepatitis C

There are about 50,000 people living with Hep C in the state of Alabama currently. The hepatitis C virus is carried in the blood and often is transmitted by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness, but for many it becomes a long-term, chronic infection that can result in serious health problems, even death, if left untreated. Brendan McGuire,MD, and Michael Saag,MD, discuss the cure for Hepatitis C. They discuss when a...


Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) uses a multi-modal and multidisciplinary approach to deliver best-evidence surgical care to all patients to improve their outcomes and experience. Daniel Chu, MD, discusses ERAS, its benefits to patients, providers and healthcare systems and when to refer to the specialists at UAB Medicine.


Brain Tumor Therapy is Going to the Dogs

People share many things with the dogs in their lives. Unfortunately, that can include a tendency to develop brain tumors. Dogs and humans are among the few species that spontaneously develop naturally occurring brain tumors. Those tumors have a lot in common, too, which has led scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to wonder whether studying tumors in dogs will help treat humans, and whether studying tumors in humans will help treat man's best friend. Dr. James Markert, Dr....



The thyroid gland influences the body’s metabolic processes and hypo- or hyper-function of the thyroid can have serious consequences for health and quality of life. While hypothyroidism can be easily treated with medication, a range of treatment options exist for hyperthyroidism. Listen as Brenessa Lindeman, MD, Herbert Chen, MD., and John Porterfield, MD discuss treatment options for those suffering from hyperthyroidism, and which options are most effective.


Think You Know Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Without treatment, those with glaucoma slowly lose their peripheral (side) vision and in time may lose all vision. Carson Bee, MD, discusses treatment options for Glaucoma and when it is the right time to refer a patient to the specialists at the Pell City Clinic of UAB Medicine's Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics.


Implantable Hearing Devices

Hearing aids vs. cochlear implants vs. brain stem implants. Benjamin McGrew, MD, discusses the types of conductive hearing losses that can be surgically corrected or improved with various implantable hearing devices and when to refer.


Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Soumya Sivaraman, MD, discusses Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and how important it is that referring physicians understand that this is a more humane treatment than in past decades and has better results than other methods.


UroSEEK: A Novel Non-Invasive, Urine-Based Test for Urothelial Cancers

A new test for urothelial cancers could detect mutations in DNA that have been identified for those cancers earlier than traditional tests. The earlier detection of urothelial cancer could lead to earlier treatment, and potentially better outcomes for patients. George Netto, MD, Pathology Department Chair at UAB, discusses the UroSEEK non-invasive test that he helped to develop, that uses urine samples to seek out mutations in 11 genes that indicate the presence of DNA associated with...


The Histocompatibility Lab at UAB Medicine

UAB’s Histocompatibility Lab is one of approximately 200 such laboratories in the United States, and the only one in Alabama. The lab tests and monitors every solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant patient from Children’s of Alabama, the Birmingham VA Medical Center and UAB. The lab performs testing on every recipient after transplant to monitor for rejection. Prior to transplant, the technologists in the lab run pre-transplant risk assessment for patients and donors to test for...


Back Pain and Spinal Conditions: Helping Patients Receive Faster Treatment

Surgery on the spine is indicated for a variety of disorders, including procedures to treat nerve compression in the spine such as spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and sciatica; spinal deformities such as scoliosis; and traumatic and degenerative conditions of the spine. Thomas Staner Jr, MD, discusses how to get patients with back pain treated more quickly and when to refer to a specialist at UAB Medicine.


Minimally Invasive Treatments for Venous Disease

As central Alabama’s premier comprehensive vein center, The UAB Vein Clinic provides state-of-the-art cosmetic, minimally-invasive, and surgical treatments by vascular specialists and medical experts who are specialty trained in vein disease. Our specialty-trained surgeons and physicians are leaders in their field and have excellent track records in treating some of the most complex vascular diseases and condition. If you are looking to refer a patient for treatment for spider and varicose...


Awareness of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Awareness of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is very low in both patients and in primary care practice despite an increase in incidence. Referral to vascular medicine can aid in both diagnosis and risk factor modification and can lead to better outcomes. Benjamin Pearce, MD, discusses the presentation of PAD to primary care and some easy questions/non-invasive tests to help improve appropriate and timely referral.


Minimally Invasive Liver Resection

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery for a variety of conditions have been increasingly recognized, in so far as patient recovery and reduced complications rates. Dr. Jared White discusses the latest advances in minimally invasive liver resection and when to refer to specialists at UAB Medicine.


The Management of Cholangiocarcinoma

A very rare but particularly aggressive cancer, bile duct cancer typically affects adults 50 years of age or older. It can be difficult to stage which is required to select the best treatment plan. Jared White, MD, discusses the management of Cholangiocarcinoma and when to refer to a specialist at UAB Medicine.