Dr. Maryella Sirmon graduated from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 1978. She completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she was selected Chief Medical Resident. She then completed a Nephrology Fellowship at Duke University, training in both clinical nephrology and basic science research in renal immunology.
In 1985, Dr. Sirmon returned to Mobile, accepting a faculty position at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She remained there fifteen years, caring for patients, teaching, and pursuing both clinical and basic science research. While an associate professor, Dr. Sirmon completed training in medical ethics at the Kennedy Institute at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and subsequently developed an educational curriculum in Bioethics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
During her academic career Dr. Sirmon received numerous research grants and published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals. She has been an invited speaker at state, regional and national meetings and has received best teaching awards from both students and house staff.
In 2000, Dr. Sirmon joined Nephrology Associates of Mobile. She continues to hold a clinical adjunct
faculty position at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Sirmon is a Laureate and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is Past Governor of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Other professional affiliations include the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology. Dr. Sirmon serves as a reviewer for The Annals of Internal Medicine. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.
Dr. Sirmon has special interest in chronic kidney disease and dialysis, immune renal damage, survivorship and palliative care, medical ethics and humanism in medicine.