The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine stresses excellence in research.

Our research efforts are grouped into two categories: basic and translational research, supported mainly by extramural funding and conducted by members of the Division of the Molecular and Translational Biomedicine; and clinical research, conducted by physician scientists as well as clinical faculty in close collaboration with members of the Division of Molecular and Translational Biomedicine under the auspices of the CAAP Program, led by Dr. Timothy Ness, Simon Gelman Professor of Anesthesiology and Assistant Vice Chairman for Clinical Research.  

Areas of Interest

The main goal of the Division of Molecular and Translational Biomedicine is to foster the development of highly innovative research programs, spanning from the bench to the bedside and to the population, which will generate new knowledge, benefit patient care, complement clinical training of residents and fellows, and help launch the careers of new faculty. Members of the division work closely with each other as well as faculty in other School of Medicine departments and schools to enhance the strategic goals of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition, members of the research division worked closely with Dr. Susan Black, Director of the Residency Program, and Dr. Keith A. (Tony) Jones, Chairman of the Department of the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, to establish the highly successful Resident Academic Career Development Program (RACD) and Resident Mentored Research Experience Track (RMRET), which promote the development of academic anesthesiologists and enable residents to participate in research projects. 


The department has recently recruited five outstanding scientists  (Jianguo Gu, M.B., Ph.D.; Aftab Ahmad, Ph.D.; Jennifer J. DeBerry, Ph.D.; Kevin S. Harrod, Ph.D.; Shama Ahmad, Ph.D.) who brought with them or recruited a large number of younger faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, along with significant amounts of NIH funding. In addition, three of the faculty members of this division serve as editors-in-chief of prestigious, society-based peer-reviewed journals. We are also very proud of the fact that two of our colleagues are the current holders of the highly prestigious FAER awards.

Members of this division strive to continue to conduct ground-breaking research, expand our extramural support, enhance our interactions with our clinical colleagues, and participate in the teaching of graduate and professional students and in the training of postdoctoral residents and clinical fellows.


Sadis Matalon, Ph.D., Dr.Sc. (Hon.)Sadis Matalon sqcr
Distinguished Professor and Alice McNeal Endowed Chair of Anesthesiology
Vice Chair for Research, Director, Division of Molecular and Translational Biomedicine
UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine