Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dr. Lammers Named AGS Clinician of the Year

Dr. Eugene Lammers, University of South Alabama College of Medicine alum and adjunct clinical professor of medicine at the USA College of Medicine, recently was named 2018 Clinician of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).

A 1982 graduate of the USA College of Medicine, Dr. Lammers serves as medical director and primary care physician at Mercy Life of Alabama. He is part of an interdisciplinary team caring for 175 older adults and has pioneered innovated approaches to geriatric care. He has worked ardently to ensure that all members of his health care teams are fully empowered and able to embrace their roles in promoting health and independence of older people.

Dr. Lammers will be honored at the AGS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in May in Orlando, Fla. To read the full press release on Dr. Lammers’ champion team approach to geriatric care, click here.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Greek Community Plants Tree in Hippocrates Park

Pictured from left: Dale Greenstein, AHEPA Chapter 310; Dr. Hercules Panayiotou, chair of AHEPA Hippocratic Foundation; Dr. Vassilis Zannis, professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine; and Dr. John Marymont, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the USA College of Medicine.
The University of South Alabama and Mobile’s Greek community organization recently planted a Platanus Orientalis tree, propagated from the Tree of Hippocrates, at Hippocrates Park located adjacent to the USA College of Medicine.

Estimated to be 500 years old, the Tree of Hippocrates is located in Kos, Greece and is said to be a direct descendant of the original tree where Hippocrates – considered to be the father of western medicine – taught his students. Dr. Vassilis Zannis, professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, brought the offshoot from Greece to Mobile.

The tree was planted at Hippocrates Park, where a statue of the ancient Greek physician is the focal point between the USA Medical Sciences and Health Sciences buildings.

Built in 2016, Hippocrates Park was donated by the Mobile 310 chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA). Hippocrates joined Tholos, the structure located just southeast of the Whiddon Administration Building, as campus public art honoring the contributions of Greek civilization.

Click here to learn more about Hippocrates Park.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Register Now: 16th Annual Sickle Cell Regional Conference

The University of South Alabama Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center will host the 16th annual Sickle Cell Regional Conference on Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on USA’s main campus at the Student Center Terrace.

The conference, “Practical Issues XVI, Pain: Pilot or Passenger?” features nationally and locally recognized experts in medicine, nursing and allied health. Dr. David Axelrod, director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, will present the keynote lecture titled “Inpatient Pain Management in Sickle Cell Disease.”

The conference is devoted to educating health care professionals on the modern aspects of sickle cell disease treatment, complications and psychosocial issues. Registration fees cover conference syllabi, continental breakfast and a box lunch.

To register online, visit For additional information, visit

Mark Your Calendar: 2018 Gumbo Chili Showdown

The 2018 Gumbo Chili Showdown will be held April 14, 2018, at 10 a.m., preceding the University of South Alabama Jaguars Spring Game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The event supports a scholarship at the USA College of Medicine created in memory of Regan Robinson Young, a medical student at USA who was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in 2008 at the age of 23.Undeterred by her diagnosis, Regan remained dedicated to her aspiration to serve others and continued her medical education. She passed away just months before her graduation. The scholarship provides assistance to a rising senior medical student who embodies Regan’s spirit and character.

Teams will compete against one another for the crown of Best Gumbo or Chili as judged by both the audience, faculty and celebrity judges. Each team will consist of five members. Student or resident teams cost $75, while all non-student teams are $150.

The primary form of funding for the event is through local business sponsorships. There are several levels of sponsorship, each with varying levels of incentive packages.
Tickets to attend the event are $8 pre-event or $10 at the door. All kids under 10 years of age are admitted for free.

Click here for more information.

To create a team, purchase a ticket or sponsor the event, email