Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center Staff - Birmingham, Alabama VA Health Care System
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Birmingham, Alabama VA Health Care System

 

Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center Staff

BAKITAS, MARIE

Marie Bakitas 
GRECC Affiliate Investigator, BVAMC
Professor and Marie L. O'Koren Endowed Chair in Nursing, UAB

Areas of interest: Self-care, Chronic Illness, Palliative Care, Nursing

Education
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Nursing-Yale University
DNSc, Nursing-Yale University
Post-Masters Adult NP, Nursing-University of New Hampshire
MS, Rehab Oncology, Nursing-Boston University
RN/BSN, Nursing-University of Bridgeport
AND, Nursing-University of Bridgeport

BEASLEY, TIMOTHY MARK

Timothy Beasley
GRECC Core Investigator, BVAMC
GRECC Statistician, BVAMC
Professor, Department of Biostatistics – Section on Statistical Genetics, UAB

Areas of interest: statistical methodology, aging research

Education
PhD-Educational Psychology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
MA-Clinical Behavior Therapy, Middle Tennessee State University.
BA-Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University

BOWMAN, ELLA

Ella Bowman
GRECC Affiliate Investigator, BVAMC
Section Chief, Geriatric Medicine, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Medicine, UAB Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care
Director, UAB Geriatrics Fellowship and Geriatric Medicine Rotation

Areas of Interest: Acute Care for Elders, Delirium, Dementia Diagnosis and Management, Recognizing Unmet Palliative Needs at Transitions of Care

Education
MD/PhD-West Virginia University School of Medicine                             
BS-Bethany College, West Virginia                                

Current and Prior VA Funding: Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Rural Health, Site Lead for GRECC Connect Telehealth Geriatrics Consultation clinical demonstration project

BROWN, CYNTHIA J

Cynthis Brown
GRECC Core Investigator, BVAMC
Medical Director, Fall Prevention & Mobility Clinic, BVAMC
Professor of Medicine and Director, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging UAB

Areas of Interest: Hospital Mobility, Hospital Associated Disability

Education
MS-Public Health, Clinical Research – Health Behavior, UAB
MD-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Pre-requisite courses-North Carolina State University
BS-Physical Therapy, East Carolina University


ECHT, KATHARINA

Katharina Echt
GRECC Associate Director, Education and Evaluation
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, Emory University
Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, UAB
Areas of Interest: Interprofessional education, health communication, health self-management in aging, adherence, technology-based health intervention, usability Vision, Hearing, and Cognition in Aging
Education
PhD-University of Georgia
Certificate Gerontology-University of Georgia
MS-University of Georgia
BA-Jacksonville University

Current and Prior VA Funding: Rehabilitation Research & Development Merit and SPiRE awards


HILGEMAN, MICHELLE M

 Michelle Hilgeman
GRECC Affiliate Investigator, BVAMC
Research Clinical Psychologist, Tuscaloosa VAMC
Adjunct Assistant Professor, UAB Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Alabama, Department of Psychology
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Areas of Interest: Intervention development, adaptation, and implementation, Evidence-based care for vulnerable veterans and caregivers

Education
PhD-University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Internship-Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA
MA-University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
BS-Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama

Current and Prior VA Funding: VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Career Development Awards (CDA1 & CDA2), VA Health Services Research & Development Merit Awards, VA Office of Rural Health, VA Innovation Network (Spark-Seed-Spread) & Diffusion Academy

 

JACKSON, ELIZABETH


GRECC Core Investigator, BVAMC
Professor, UAB 

Areas of Interest: Cardiovascular Prevention, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Behavioral Health, eHealth, Women’s Heart Health, Healthcare Disparities

Education
Master’s of Public health (MPH)- Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Research Fellowship in Prevention – Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine – New England Medical Center, Tufts University, Boston, MA
Internal Medicine Residency- Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University, Providence, RI
Doctor of Medicine (MD – Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA
BA/ Art History, Connecticut College, New London, CT 


LANE, TERRI RENEA

GRECC CRNP, BVAMC

Areas of Interest: urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, behavioral treatments, prevention of lower urinary tract symptoms

Education
Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program-University of South Alabama
MS in Gerontological Nursing-UAB
BS in Nursing-UAB

LANGFORD, ROBERT

GRECC Office Automation Assistant, BVAMC

Areas of Interest: administration, personnel


MARKLAND, ALAYNE

Alayne Markland
GRECC Director, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, UAB 

Areas of Interest: urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, behavioral treatments, prevention of lower urinary tract symptoms, telehealth, access to care, geriatric consultative care, provider education

Education
Master’s of Science in Clinical Research (MSc)-University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine- University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
Internal Medicine Residency- University of California, Davis, Medical Center
Doctor of Osteopathic (DO) Medicine-University of North Texas
BS/Biology-Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

Current and Prior VA Funding: VA Career Development Award, Rehabilitation Research & Development MERIT award, and Health Services Research & Development MERIT award, Office of Rural Health, Geriatrics and Extended Care T-21 Funding

MCGWIN, GERALD

Core Investigator, BVAMC
Biostatistician/Epidemiologist, BVAMC
Vice Chair and Professor of Epidemiology, UAB

Areas of interest: aging, injury

Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology-UAB
MS in Health and Social Behavior-Harvard University
BS in Human Development and Family Studies-University of Vermont 

MIRK, ANNA

 
GRECC Associate Director for Clinical Programs
Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology
Associate Director for Education, Emory Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology
Program Director, Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine 

Areas of Interest: Safe prescribing for older adults, Graduate Medical Education, Geriatric consultative care 

Education
Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine- Puget Sound VA/Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
Internal Medicine Residency- Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
Doctor of Medicine (MD) -University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
BS/Biology-Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
Current and Prior VA Funding: Office of Rural Health, Geriatrics and Extended Care T-21 Funding


MONTGOMERY, ANN E

Ann Montgomery
GRECC Affiliate Investigator, BVAMC
Assistant Professor, UAB School of Public Health
Investigator (Health Science Specialist), Health Services Research, BVAMC
Investigator, National Center on Homelessness among Veterans

Areas of Interest: Homelessness among Veterans, social determinants of health, health disparities

Education
Doctor of Philosophy-University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior, Birmingham, AL
Master of Public Administration-Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, New York, NY
Master of Social Work-Columbia University, School of Social Work, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts-Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Current and Prior VA Funding: National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, Health Services Research & Development MERIT Award


MOUNTZ, JOHN

Jophn Mountz
GRECC Core Investigator, BVAMC
Professor, Department of Medicine, UAB

Areas of Interest: Cytokine dysregulation induced autoantibody production, Single cell analysis of autoreactive B cells

Education
MD-Ohio State University
PhD-Michigan State University
MS-Michigan State University
BS-Wright State University

PICKERING, CAROLYN

GRECC Affiliate Investigator (Potential), BVAMC
Associate Professor, UAB

Areas of Interest: chronic and continuing care

Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Geriatric Nurse-University of California
Master of Nursing in Geriatric Nurse-University of California
Bachelor of Nursing in Registered Nursing-University of Delaware


SWETZ, KEITH

Keith Swetz
GRECC Affiliate Investigator, BVAMC
Physician, BVAMC
Medical Director, UAB Medicine Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic

Areas of Interest: improving care for seriously ill patients, appropriate use of medical technologies

Education
Postdoctoral Certificate Mentoring & Leadership-UAB
Postdoctoral Certificate Clinical & Translational Science-Mayo Graduate School, MN
MA Bioethics/Health Policy-Loyola University Chicago, IL
MD Medicine-Penn State University COM, PA
BS Biochemistry-Albright College, PA

WILLIAMS, BEVERLY

Beverly Williams
GRECC Affiliate Investigator, BVAMC
Associate Professor, UAB

Areas of Interest: Veterans end-of-life care, Women’s lower urinary tract health

Education
Fellowship and Master's Certificate in Behavioral Gerontology - UAB
PhD/Medical Sociology-UAB     
MA/Social Sciences Secondary Education-UAB             
MA/Sociology - University of Southern Mississippi                      
BA/Sociology-Salve Regina College, RI

Current and Prior VA Funding: Health Services Research & Development MERIT awards: BEACON I and BEACON II (Co-I); Health Services Research & Development Pilot award: FOREVER – (PI). 


WILLIAMS, GRANT

Grant Williams
GRECC Core Investigator, BVAMC
Physician, BVAMC
Assistant Professor, UAB

Areas of Interest: Internal medicine-hematology & oncology

Education
Fellowship-University of North Carolina Hospitals
Residency- University of North Carolina Hospitals
Medical School-Drexel University College of Medicine
 

WILLIAMS, LATRICIA

GRECC Administrative Officer, BVAMC

Areas of Interest: administration, personnel

Education
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)-Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL

ZUBKOFF, LISA


GRECC Associate Director for Research
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, UAB 

Areas of Interest: implementation science, health services research, patient safety, quality improvement, palliative care, cancer, substance use disorder

Education
Fellowship, Center for Healthcare Provider Behavior, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
PhD, Dartmouth College, Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences
MS, Dartmouth College, Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences
BA, University of Vermont

Current and Prior VA Funding: VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D), National Center for Patient Safety, Office of Rural Health