MASA is proud of the accomplishments of our members and has developed this section of the website to share that news. If you or one of your colleagues has won an award, joined a new practice, been elected to a leadership position, etc., let us know. Email Charlotte Morris for more information.
MASA's November 2012 Member Spotlight is Elizabeth "Libby" Jacobson, MD, of Tuscaloosa.
Martin Wybenga, MD, of Autauga County, was featured in the Prattville Progress for 25 years of service.
MASA's September 2012 Member Spotlight is McCain Ashurst II, MD, of Montgomery.
Congratulations to the following MASA members who were inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame in July. The Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame was founded in 1997 to recognize exemplary service or outstanding contributions to healthcare. New honorees are inducted every two years.
Steven Furr, MD, of Clarke County, is a family practice physician for the Jackson community. Dr. Furr served as president of MASA 2010-2011 and has served as a member of the University of South Alabama Board of Trustees since 2006. He has been a member of MASA since 1981.
James Montgomery, MD, of Jefferson County, practiced internal medicine in Birmingham for 30 years and helped break color barriers in Alabama at the height of the civil rights struggle. He has been a member of MASA since 1963.
Charles Breaux Sr., MD, of Jefferson County, came to Birmingham in 1972 when the county’s indigent hospital was new. He became chief of surgery of what is now Cooper Green Mercy Hospital and helped lead its growth. He has been a member of MASA since 1972.
William Coleman, MD, of Jackson County, is a family practice physician to Scottsboro community. Dr. Coleman is past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has been a member of MASA since 1975.
Samuel Eichold II, MD, (1916-2006) was an internist in Mobile and started Camp Seale Harris, which continues to provide diabetes education to children in a recreational setting. He was a member of MASA for 60 years.
Richard Rutland Jr., MD, of Fayette County, practiced medicine in Fayette until his retirement at age 82. He has been a member of MASA since 1955.
Julie Lynn Bartholomae, DO, of Houston County, received the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) from the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in July. She has been a member of MASA since 2012.
The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has appointed the following MASA members as Cancer Liaison Physicians for the cancer programs at their local hospitals.
Mack Barnes III, MD, of Jefferson County, serves at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham. Traci McCormick, MD, of Morgan County, serves at the Decatur General Hospital. Rachel Kruspe, MD, and Elizabeth Falkenberg, MD, both of Madison County, serve at Huntsville Hospital.
Each physician will serve a three-year term and is among a national network of more than 1,500 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain and support their facilities cancer program.
The following physicians received the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) from the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in June: Ann Gerald, MD, of Jefferson County; Bob Grubbs, MD, of Tuscaloosa County; Alvin Matthews, MD, of Tuscaloosa County; and Timothy Ricketts, MD, of Jefferson County.
Jack C. Whites, MD, of Jefferson County, received the Rev. Watson Guy Award, named for the founding director of the Drug Education Council, at the 2012 Drug Education Council Anniversary Luncheon on March 26. The award was established in 1997 to honor individuals who have made significant advances in helping those in recovery from addiction. Dr. Whites practices family medicine and addition medicine at ADPM in Birmingham and has been a member of MASA since 1970.
James H. Alford, MD, of Montgomery County, received the Marian V. Cranford Award, established in 2008 to honor outstanding professionals in the field of substance abuse treatment, at the 2012 Drug Education Council Anniversary Luncheon on March 26. He is a former assistant medical director of MASA’s Alabama Physicians Health Program and continues to serve as a committee member of the Alabama Physician Health Program Wellness Committee. He has been a member of MASA since 1968.
The following physicians received the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) from the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in May: Gary Fowler, MD, of Marion County; James Goldbach, MD, of Madison County; and Forest Herrington, MD, of Madison County; George Koulianos, MD, of Mobile County; William Lee, MD, of Perry County; and Walter White, MD, of Jefferson County.
Mobile psychiatrist Sandra Parker, MD, vice chair of psychiatry at the University of South Alabama and chief medical officer of AltaPointe Health Systems, was recently awarded the 2012 Bruno Lima Award for her work in coordinating care for victims of natural disasters in the Gulf Coast region.
The Bruno Lima Award is given by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to recognize outstanding contributions to the care and understanding of victims of disasters. Dr. Parker and her team at AltaPointe developed and implemented Project Rebound following Hurricane Katrina, a best practices model of care that sent teams of therapists into schools and homes of those affected by the disaster. Following the BP Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, she lead the team that brought officials together to assess the situation, coordinate responses and provide access to psychiatric and medical care where appropriate.
Dr. Parker is president-elect of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association and the first member of APA’s Alabama District Branch, to receive the award. She has been a MASA member since 2007.
The following physicians received the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) from the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in March: Daniel Avery, MD, of Tuscaloosa County; Daniel McMullan, MD, of Jefferson County; and Ruth Yates, MD, of Madison County. Receiving the PRA in April were: Vance Moore, MD, of Calhoun County, Niel Rasmussen, MD, of Henry County; and Howard Rubenstein, MD, of Mobile County.
Robert Williams, MD, FACP, of Jackson County, has joined the staff of Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro. Dr. Williams is a critical care physician and hospitalist specializing in the care of hospitalized patients. During his career, Dr. Williams developed several hospitalist programs, and he has cared for many cardiology, nephrology and pulmonary patients while they were hospitalized. He comes to Highlands Medical Center from Huntsville Hospital.
John Winston Jr., MD, of Montgomery County, was recently honored at a scholarship benefit for his alma mater, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. A scholarship has been endowed in Dr. Winston’s name through the Meharry National Medical Alumni Association.
A former president of the Alabama State Medical Society, Dr. Winston was among a few black physicians to acquire medical privileges in Montgomery hospitals. He continues to practice in the same Oak Street location in Montgomery that he co-founded in 1964.
The following physicians received the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in February. Raymond Grier, MD, of Jefferson County; John Kahler, MD, of Tuscaloosa County; Mark McIlwain, MD, of Colbert County; Pamela McLain, MD, of Jefferson County, and Robert Wolf, MD, of Jefferson County.
Melinda Rowe, MD, MBA, MPH, of Chilton County, was recently named assistant medical director for Alabama Medicaid. Dr. Rowe will coordinate with agency staff on issues including long-term care, radiology/lab programs, quality initiatives, and assist Medicaid Chief Medical Officer Robert Moon, MD. She has more than 25 years of experience in public health management, and she’s been a member of MASA since 2011.
The following physicians received the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in January. Prashanth Narayana Bhat, MD, of Montgomery County; John E. Stone, MD, of Mobile County; and Jeffrey C. Warner, MD, of Jefferson County.
Marsha Raulerson, MD, of Escambia County, is recipient of the 2011 Dr. Ray E. Helfer Award from the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The award honors the late Ray Helfer, considered the “father’ of children’s trust and prevention funds, because of his belief that special funds could be used to ensure that our nation’s children grow up nurture, safe and free from harm.
As a past president of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Raulerson initiated the first Child Health Forum, which brought together stakeholders concerned about children’s mental health. However, she considers her most significant contribution to preventing child abuse to be her participation in Reach Out and Read. This national program encourages parents to share books with their young children and mentors them in successful parent-child interactions starting in the early months of the child’s life.
Dr. Raulerson served as president of MASA in 2005-2006 and has been a member since 1987.