Steven E. Dekich, MD was born in Opelika at the (then) Lee County Hospital. He grew up in Birmingham before receiving an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Emory University, where he met his wife Judy, whom he married after his first year of medical school. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1983. His Internal Medicine residency was completed at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C., where he served as Chief Resident. His Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship was also completed at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine before returning to Alabama in 1988 as the first Pulmonary Specialist at East Alabama Medical Center. Dr. Dekich is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care and he went on to complete board certification in Sleep Disorders in 1999 while helping establish EAMC’s first Sleep Center. Dr. Dekich and his wife live in Auburn and raised two sons, Lucian and Adam, now grown. He enjoys outdoor sports and photography and is frequently seen on the sidelines photographing Auburn football for the University Photo Services department.
Shashi Sharma, MD grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, graduating from high school, college and medical school there. In 1991, he moved to Dallas, TX to train in Internal Medicine and then in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at UT Southwestern School of Medicine. While in Dallas, he met his wife, Lee, who grew up here in Opelika and brought him back to East Alabama. They have two children, Sam and Rachel.
Robert Walkup, MD was born in Montgomery, AL. He finished undergraduate school at Centre College in Danville, KY and then Medical School was completed at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. His internship was completed in Oakland, CA and residency in Internal Medicine at the U. of Texas in San Antonio. His Pulmonary fellowship was done in Memphis, TN. Dr. Walkup also served two years with the Indian Health Service in Claremore, OK. He also spent time overseas working four months in Chiang Mai, Thailand and later on he spent 18 months in Changhua, Taiwan at Changhua Christian Hospital. Dr. Walkup has two grown daughters. He has been with IMA since 1993.