September 3, 2019
Dr. Lisle Hites joined the College of Community Health Sciences as an associate professor of community medicine and population health. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Rural Health Research, which is operated by the College. Hites received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He received an associate’s degree in industrial technology from Trident Technical College. He earned a master’s degree in adult education at the University of Southern Mississippi, and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans. He also received his PhD in occupational health psychology at Tulane University specializing in industrial and organizational psychology and occupational health psychology. Hites focuses on the evaluation of large scale health intervention as a public health industrial psychologist.
Dr. Cheree Melton joined the College of Community Health Sciences as assistant professor of family, internal, and rural medicine. She will also care for patients at University Medical Center, which the College operates, and teach and supervise the College’s family medicine residents, medical students and clinical learners. Melton earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Mobile. She received her medical degree from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She completed her residency training at The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency, which is operated by the College, as well as a fellowship in obstetrics at the College. She has special interests in adolescent female health, obstetrics and long-acting reversible contraception.
Dr. Gilmer Rodriguez joined the College of Community Health Sciences as assistant professor. He will serve as a hospitalist at DCH Regional Medical Center as part of the College’s University Hospitalist Group. Rodriguez earned his medical degree from the National University of Trujillo in Peru and his internal medicine training from the National University of Trujillo and the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He has post-graduate degrees in general preventive medicine and public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and in medical management from Tulane University. Rodriguez previously served as associate chief of staff of Central Alabama Healthcare System, providing leadership and management to the system’s acute care hospitals and multispecialty clinics and was the designated educational officer responsible for 60 affiliated academic institutions and 21 Veterans Affairs program directors.
Dr. Heather Skanes-Devold joined the College of Community Health Sciences as assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. She will also care for patients at University Medical Center, and will teach medical students and resident physicians. Skanes-Devold earned her medical degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. She completed her residency training at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, where she served as the chief administrative resident. She has specific interests in health care disparities in maternal-child health and in medical education.