ALUMNI PROFILES

Our alumni are caring for communities and improving health across Alabama.

Dr. Julia Boothe

The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency Class of 2005

Dr. Julia Boothe is a champion for the role of family medicine and primary care. She served in leadership roles with the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians, president in 2014 and chair in 2015, and remains active with the organization whose membership includes more than 900 physicians and more than 400 medical students and residents across Alabama. “I see family physicians poised to answer many of the questions in current health-care delivery.” Boothe practices at Pickens County Primary Care in Reform, Ala., and is a preceptor for the Tuscaloosa Longitudinal Community Curriculum, or TLC2, an innovative clerkship that lets medical students learn clinical medicine by working with a community physician to care for a panel of patients over nine months. TLC2 is operated by The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences. Boothe graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, completing her third and fourth years of clinical education at the College, which also is the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus of the School of Medicine. She earned a Master’s in Public Health degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and was chief resident while receiving her training at The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency, which is operated by the College. Last year, Boothe received the University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award. Boothe says her varied experiences – urgent care, inpatient and outpatient care, nursing homes, academic roles and solo private practice – prepared her to be a voice for family medicine and primary care.

Dr. Tamer Elsayed

The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency Class of 2014

When patients are discharged from the hospital and need help transitioning back into everyday life, they have a place to turn thanks to Dr. Tamer Elsayed, a graduate of The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency. Elsayed, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UA’s College of Community Health Sciences, spearheaded efforts to establish the Transitional Care Clinic at University Medical Center, which the College operates. The clinic developed through an interprofessional collaboration among the College’s Family Medicine, Pharmacy and Social Work departments, and DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, to assist patients discharged from the hospital and to help make sure they are not readmitted. The clinic provides services to patients who face medical or social issues that require special attention in the transition from home to hospital. “Our target is to provide patients with the means to maintain health and avoid complications,” Elsayed says. He was recently selected to the prestigious University of North Carolina Faculty Development program for medical educators in Chapel Hill that has a history of developing graduates for careers as leaders in family medicine. Elsayed earned a Master’s Degree of Internal Medicine and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medicine from the Medical School, Cairo University, Egypt, where he graduated with honors. He also received an Award of Excellence from the Kuwait Ministry of Health.

Dr. Dana Todd

The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency Class of 2010

For Dr. Dana Todd, it was always about going back home. “I decided to go to medical school so I could come back and be a physician at home.” Home for Todd is Greensboro, Ala., a rural community of just more than 2,700 people, where she currently practices. “The people I see and treat, I’ve known them forever.” Todd says since her junior year of high school she had her mind set on one goal: to make a difference in her hometown by providing medical care to those living there. She earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine Residency at The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences. This year, she received the School of Medicine’s Young Alumni Award. She was recently highlighted in a Washington Post article emphasizing the importance of young physicians from Alabama’s impoverished Black Belt region practicing in their hometowns. “Returning home to work gives me a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my patients.”

Dr. Beverly Jordan

The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency Class of 2005

Dr. Beverly Jordan, a partner and physician with Professional Medical Associates in Enterprise, Ala., is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and serves as the Alabama delegate for the American Medical Association. She has published frequently and has been invited to present at universities and professional conferences on topics ranging from rural practice to cardiovascular disease to depression. She has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career and was named Young Alumnus of the Year by the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2014. Jordan is a graduate of the College’s Family Medicine Residency and a clinical adjunct assistant professor in its Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Catherine Skinner

The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency Class of 2003

Dr. Catherine Skinner directs the Obstetrics Fellowship for family medicine physicians, which is offered by The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences and is the oldest program of its kind in the United States. She is also faculty in the College’s Department of Family Medicine and provides direct patient care in family medicine and women’s health at University Medical Center-Northport, which the College operates. Skinner practiced as a family physician in Pickens County Alabama for more than a decade before joining the College. She completed medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and received her residency training at the College’s Family Medicine Residency. She completed an obstetrics fellowship at Austin Medical Education Program in Texas.

Dr. John Sullivan

The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency Class of 1978

Dr. John Sullivan is well-known for his work in toxicology and is one of the nation’s top experts on the treatment of poisonous snakebites. He developed a rattlesnake bite anti-venom serum that today is the standard treatment for rattlesnake bites. He also developed medication container features to prevent tampering following seven Tylenol-related deaths in Chicago in 1982 that were the result of product tampering.

Sullivan is associate professor of Emergency Medicine in the College of Medicine at The University of Arizona in Tuscon, Arizona. He is associate Medical Director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, and he maintains an active medical toxicology clinic practice in Tucson.

As a practicing physician in Arizona, Sullivan would often see several hundred patients between March and October of each year who had been bitten by rattlesnakes. He had a laboratory in his practice, so he worked to develop an anti-venom serum, shepherded it through clinical trials during the 1990s, and by 2000 received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. The antivenin is now used widely in the United States and is preferred for its greater effectiveness and lower toxicity.

Following a series of poisoning deaths resulting from drug tampering in the Chicago metropolitan area in 1982, Sullivan was part of a group that designed and developed anti-tampering medication packaging features for over-the-counter substances. Those features include the cotton inserts now found in medication bottles and the sealed foil coverings under the safety caps. The Chicago victims had all taken Tylenol-branded acetaminophen capsules that had been laced with potassium cyanide.

“My goal when I came to residency here was to practice in rural Alabama and really change the world,” Sullivan. “I just changed the world in a different way.”

Dr. Jimmy Robinson

The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency Class of 1988

A family and sports medicine physician, Dr. Jimmy Robinson has served as head team physician for The University of Alabama since 1989 and is also the team physician for many Tuscaloosa area high schools. He is the Endowed Chair of Sports Medicine for Family Physicians, which is part of UA’s College of Community Health Science, and he oversees the College’s Sports Medicine Fellowship for Family Physicians. Robinson also provides patient care at the College’s University Medical Center, teaches medical students and family medicine residents and conducts research and other scholarly activities.

A New Orleans native, Robinson says family medicine appealed to him because “I could work in all aspects of medicine.” He completed medical school at the LSU School of Medicine, taking a fourth-year elective that focused on sports medicine and provided the opportunity to work with the New Orleans Saints medical team and spend time at the team’s training camp in Vero Beach, Fla. Among the players he cared for were Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell and former UA quarterbacks Kenny Stabler and Richard Todd.

Robinson completed a sports medicine rotation during his residency at the College that allowed him to spend time with UA’s athletic trainers, learning what they did on a day-to-day basis. After residency, he completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, and then returned to UA to take the position of sports medicine physician for the UA Athletic Department.

Robinson was invited to be a physician for the US Olympic team at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, serving as team physician for the US soccer teams and team physician for athletes in the Olympic Village Sports Medicine Clinic. More recently, he was instrumental in helping develop and pass legislation in Alabama to protect younger athletes from concussions.

Dr. Richard Streiffer

The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency Class of 1980

Dr. Richard Streiffer is dean of UA’s College of Community Health Sciences, which operates The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency. He was founder and professor of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans before joining the College as dean.

A native of New Orleans, Streiffer is a graduate of Tulane University and Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency. He spent several years in rural practice in Mississippi and began his teaching career at the University of Mississippi.

Streiffer later served as director of the Mercy Family Medicine Residency in Denver. He worked as the pre-doctoral education director in Family Medicine at the LSU School of Medicine and as founding director of the Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency. Also while in Louisiana, Streiffer helped pass legislation that created the Governor’s Interagency Task Force on the Future of Family Medicine and served as co-chair of the panel.

He is active nationally with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He has been awarded grants that focus on primary care education and development of a rural physician workforce. In 2011, Streiffer received the Teaching Scholar Award from Tulane’s School of Medicine and the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional School Training, a university-wide award given to Tulane faculty who have a sustained and compelling record of excellence in teaching and learning and an ongoing commitment to educational excellence.