The UAB Department of Anesthesiology is fortunate to have several endowed chair positions. These endowed chairs honor physicians who were important to the development of anesthetic practice in Birmingham and Alabama.
The Alfred Habeeb Chair, created in 1988, is held by Professor and Chairman Keith A. Jones, M.D. The Alice McNeal Chair, created in 1998, is held by Sadis Matalon, Ph.D. The Benjamin Monroe Carraway Chair, also created in 1998, is held by Frederick A. Hensley.
Dr. Jones became Professor and Chairman on July 1, 2006, and has strong ties to Alabama. Born in Anniston, he received his B.S. from the University of Alabama in 1982 before going on to earn his M.D. from the UAB School of Medicine in 1986. He is the first African-American to receive a permanent appointment as department chair in the UAB School of Medicine.
A widely published expert on smooth cell physiology, Dr. Jones joined the Mayo Clinic faculty in 1991 after completing residency and postgraduate work there, including a postdoctoral National Institutes of Health research fellowship. He served as program director of Mayo’s Smooth Muscle Physiology Laboratory, and was promoted to the rank of professor in 2004.
In addition to his many teaching, mentorship and clinical activities, Dr. Jones is a prolific researcher with interests centering on the cellular and biochemical mechanisms by which volatile anesthetics inhibit airway smooth muscle function and by which reactive oxygen species inhibit smooth muscle function. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scholarly works. His studies have been consistently supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Born in Athens, Greece, Dr. Sadis Matalon came to the United States in 1966 as an undergraduate Fulbright Scholar and subsequently received a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Macalester College, cum laude with Special Departmental Honors (1970), followed by a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Minnesota (1973). He continued with a Ph.D. in Physiology (1975) under the mentorship of O.D. Wangensteen and entitled his dissertation “Water and Non-electrolyte Solute Transport across the Pulmonary Capillaries in Newborn Rabbits.” While at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Matalon embraced the opportunity to work with Dr. Arnold Leonard and Dr. Carl Hunt to quantify abnormalities of gas exchange in premature infants with hyaline membrane disease using mass spectrometry. After spending a year as an Associate in the Department of Pediatrics (Children’s Hospital) and Department of Physiology at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, he moved in 1976 to the Department of Physiology at the University of Buffalo as a Research Assistant Professor. While working with Dr. Leon Farhi on gas exchange, ventilation perfusion abnormalities, and pulmonary oxygen toxicity, Dr. Matalon was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1977 and to Associate Professor with tenure in 1982. He worked closely with Dr. Robert Notter and Dr. Bruce Holm from the University of Rochester during this time, studying physiological, biochemical and biophysical injury to pulmonary surfactants when breathing 100% oxygen in vivo and in vitro and also with Dr. John Krasney to assess circulatory changes and distribution of regional blood flow in conscious sheep exposed to hypoxia and hyperoxia.
Dr. Hensley, Professor, Vice Chair / Director of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, joined the faculty of UAB in September 2009. He received his BS in Biology, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Scranton in 1975 and earned his MD degree from Penn State College of Medicine in 1979. He completed his Anesthesia Residency at Penn State and Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship at Penn State / UAB. For 13 years he served as Director of Cardiac Anesthesia at Penn State. Subsequently he was Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. For eight years prior to his appointment at UAB, he was Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at Bassett Healthcare affiliated with the College of Physician and Surgeons of Columbia University.
Dr. Hensley's interests are cardiac anesthesia education and administration. His publications have been in the areas of clinical research and education. He is the senior editor of A Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia, now in its 4th edition. For the past 20 years this text has been used by the majority of anesthesia residency training programs in the United States and abroad.
He has served on theeditorialboard of the "Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia". For over 10 years he was senior editor for the case conference section of the journal. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education. He is an elected member of the AUA (Association of University Anesthesiologists) and a Senior Oral Board Examiner for the ABA (American Board of Anesthesiology).