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The UAB Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine is committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based care to children who are admitted to Children’s of Alabama. The division directly cares for roughly one-third of the patients who are admitted, which amounts to about 5,500 admissions per year. Pediatric hospital medicine (PHM) faculty are attending physicians for a general inpatient service that serves acutely ill children from the community as well as complex care patients and patients that are followed by subspecialties including neurology, rheumatology, rehabilitation medicine, dermatology, infectious diseases, immunology and allergy, genetics, and some surgical subspecialties.

In addition to the commitment to high-quality patient care, PHM faculty are invested in the education of fellows, residents and medical students. The PHM division received the award for “Best Teaching Rotation” from the 2019 and 2023 graduating class of residents. 

Division faculty members are recognized leaders in clinical care, education, quality improvement and patient safety, advocacy, and medical informatics. 

Faculty & Staff

Division Director

Erin Shaughnessy, M.D.


Theresa Wright
Administrative Associate

Faculty List

Hospital Medicine Faculty

Leadership and Scholarship

  • National & Regional

    National & Regional

    • Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Tobacco Control- Dr. Susan Walley

    • Co-Chair, Pediatric Hospital Medicine national conference 2020- Dr. Erin Shaughnessy

    • Co-Chair, Academic Pediatric Association Region 8 - Dr. Chang Wu

    • Co-Chair, Academic Pediatric Association Global Health Interest Group - Dr. Meghan Hofto

    • Co-Chair, APA Hospital Medicine Special Interest Group-Dr. Erin Shaughnessy

    • PHM representative, Council on Pediatric Specialties – Dr. Erin Shaughnessy

    • Faculty speaker, AAP Julius Richmond Center of Excellence - Dr. Susan Walley

    • AAP PREP Hospital Medicine Editorial Board - Dr. Susan Walley

    • Deputy Editor for Reviews and Perspectives at the Journal of Hospital Medicine-Erin Shaughnessy

    • Mentoring Taskforce, Association of Pediatric Program Directors - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

    • Site Principal Investigator for multi-institutional study: Assessment of Alternative Approaches for Delivering Video-Based Learning Utilizing the Flipped-Classroom Method in the Pediatric Clerkship - Dr. Stephanie Berger

    • Site Principal Investigators for multi-institutional randomized controlled trial, Kawasaki Disease Comparative Effectiveness Trial (KIDCARE) - Drs. Samuy and Scalici

    • Site Principal Investigator, multisite Pediatric Resident Burnout-Resilience Study Consortium - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

    • American Academy of Pediatrics representative and medical expert for the Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic-Dr. Susan Walley

    • Innovation’s Academy “Train The Trainer” participant- Dr. Stephanie Berger

    • Adjunct Faculty, Meharry Medical College, multiple faculty members

  • Local


    • Principal Investigator, Alabama Department of Public Health Youth Tobacco Prevention Program - Dr. Susan Walley

  • University and Health System

    University and Health System

    • Tobacco Consult Service, UAB Medicine - Dr. Susan Walley

    • Co-Director of Pediatrics Clerkship - Dr. Stephanie Berger

    • Lead Mentor, Learning Community, University of Alabama School of Medicine - Dr. Stephanie Berger

    • Faculty Advisor, Honor Council, UASOM - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

    • Course Co-Director; Patient, Doctor, Society Course; UASOM - Dr. Stephanie Berger

  • Department


    • Associate Residency Program Director - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

    • Program Director of Grand Rounds, Continuing Medical Education - Dr. Adolfo Molina

    • QI Director for Pediatric Residency Program - Dr. Susan Walley

    • Chair, Faculty Wellbeing Committee - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

    • Co-Director UAB Department of Pediatrics Science Day - Dr. Chang Wu

    • Co-Director, Injury prevention and child advocacy for residency program - Dr. Cassi Smola

    • Co-Director, Coat of Arms, Resident advocacy and outreach group - Dr. Cassi Smola

  • Hospital


    • Chair, Continuing Medical Education Committee - Dr. Susan Walley

    • Medical Director, Special Care Unit - Dr. Paul Scalici

    • Medical Directors, Dearth Tower Acute Care Units - Drs. Berger and Wu

    • Medical Director, Clinical Documentation Improvement Department - Dr. Paul Scalici

    • Physician Champion, COA’s “Heroes for Zero” High-Reliability executive task force - Dr. Chang Wu

    • Development of Care Pathways for Bronchiolitis, Asthma, and Diabetic Ketoacidosis, multiple faculty members

    • Chair, Utilization Review committee - Dr. Paul Scalici

    • Chair, Infant Safe Sleep Taskforce - Dr. Erinn Schmit

    • Chair, Insulin Safety Taskforce - Dr. Lauren Nassetta

    • Chair and Vice-Chair, IV Fluids Taskforce - Drs. Schmit and Nassetta

    • Development and ownership of about 1/3 of inpatient electronic order sets, multiple faculty members, led by Drs. Casey and Nassetta


Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
1600 7th Avenue South
McWane Building, Suite 108
Birmingham, AL 35233
P: 205.638.9922