Thursday, October 6, 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Minto Named 2016 MS Leadership Class Valedictorian

Dr. Elizabeth Minto, assistant professor of neurology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a neurologist with USA Physicians Group, recently was named class valedictorian of the 2016 MS Leadership Class by the Alabama and Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She earned this distinction by raising over $6,000 in donations for the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS).

In addition to being awarded the title of class valedictorian, Dr. Minto also achieved prestigious Golden Circle recognition by the National MS Society. Golden Circle membership is awarded to participants who raise $1 or more for each of the 4,700 persons with MS in Alabama. Currently, she has raised $6,060 for the fight against MS, surpassing her original goal of $4,700.

Dr. Minto said she decided to work to raise funds for the National MS Society because she wanted to help those already diagnosed with MS, while also supporting the search for a cure for MS.

“While it is exciting that in the last 20 years we have gone from having no effective treatments to today having 14, it is heartbreaking that there is still no cure, nor a known cause.” Dr. Minto said.

According to Dr. Minto, with the ongoing fundraising efforts of the MS Society we can help find more treatments for MS, more understanding of how to restore function to those affected and even how to prevent MS.

In addition, a resident physician in the USA Department of Neurology will be beginning his fellowship training in the field of MS upon his graduation in 2017; this is training that is supported in part by funding from the National MS Society and will further directly benefit patients living with MS.

Dr. Minto attended the USA College of Medicine for two years before completing her medical degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in 2003. She completed both an internship in internal medicine and her residency training in neurology at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Minto is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a certified MS specialist through the Consortium of MS Centers. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and serves as president of the Medical Society of Mobile County. She has also received the Red Sash Award for Teaching Excellence every year since 2013 and was a 2015 Top 40 Under 40 honoree in Mobile Bay Magazine.

To make a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on behalf of Dr. Minto, click here.

Register by Oct. 12 for Free Troy Game Tickets, Tailgate BBQ

USA Health is providing complimentary tickets for every USA Health employee and a guest to attend the USA Jaguars vs. Troy University football game on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Each employee is eligible for two tickets. Each employee and a guest also can attend a free tailgating barbecue dinner catered by Sonny's BBQ before the game. Food will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Please register for tickets by clicking here anytime between now and Oct. 12. You must pre-register for tickets by Oct. 12.

We've designed a special USA Health Game Day T-shirt for the event, and we hope you will join us in wearing one at the game. These long-sleeve shirts cost $10 and will be sold at Springhill Avenue Campus on Oct. 6 and the Medical Sciences Building on Oct. 7. The shirts are also available for purchase at the USA Bookstore.

Get details about tickets, tailgating, T-shirts and parking here.

USA Health Game Day T-Shirt from USA Health on Vimeo.

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

Dr. John Marymont, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine, invites all faculty and staff of the College of Medicine to join him at a College of Medicine Town Hall Meeting on Oct. 10, 2016, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Medical Sciences Building first floor auditorium.

A second Town Hall Meeting will be held for all USA Health faculty and staff on Nov. 29, 2016, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the USA Medical Center Conference Center.

These meetings will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to ask questions and meet with USA President Dr. Tony Waldrop and Dr. Marymont.

USA Welcomes Dr. Hani Sabahi

Dr. Hani Sabahi recently was appointed assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and will serve as a gastroenterologist with USA Physicians Group.

Dr. Sabahi earned his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan.  He then completed his residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at USA.

He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterological, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society of Gastroenterological Endoscopy and the Gulf Coast Gut Club.

Dr. Sabahi is now accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call 660-5555.