Vickers BookcaseSelwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS           A gifted teacher touches the lives not only of his or her students, but of those who will someday benefit from what those students learn. Our alumni tell great stories about professors whose methods of instruction may have varied, but who shared a commitment to preparing highly skilled, intellectually curious, and deeply compassionate physicians.

      I am pleased to announce that a truly gifted teacher takes a new role with the School of Medicine today. Craig J. Hoesley, M.D., professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, has been named Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Medical Education. Dr. Hoesley replaces H. Hughes Evans, M.D., Ph.D., who is leaving UAB this summer after 28 years of service.

     In his new role, Dr. Hoesley will oversee all aspects of medical education—including the offices of Medical Student Services, Undergraduate Medical Education, our Medical Scientist Training Program, Graduate Medical Education, and Continuing Medical Education—as well as student services for our four campuses (Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa). He’ll also oversee all strategic education initiatives and ensure the school is in compliance with accreditation standards, a task for which he is well prepared, as he served on the team that successfully guided our School through LCME re-accreditation in 2014.

hoesley 155pxCraig J. Hoesley, M.D.           Dr. Hoesley came to UAB in 1992 as an internal medicine resident, serving as Chief Medical Resident under Dr. William E. Dismukes and Dr. William J. Koopman—two legendary teachers—before completing a fellowship in infectious diseases. He joined the SOM faculty in 1999, achieving the rank of full professor in 2009. He directed internal medicine clerkships for seven years, and was named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education in 2008. Since then, Dr. Hoesley has overseen our preclinical and clinical curriculum. His research interests include the development of a microbicide to prevent transmission of HIV.

       Dr. Hoesley’s expertise will further our mission to train future generations of excellent physicians, scientists, and clinician-scientists. He is the kind of teacher many of us remember as having a powerful influence on our careers and our lives. Please join me in wishing him every success. He can be reached at


Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS
Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean
James C. Lee Endowed Chair

Vickers-Bookcase2Today, the School of Medicine announces two philanthropic gifts honoring a husband-and-wife pair of beloved School of Medicine faculty members.

Along with her husband, Wayne H. Finley, M.D., Ph.D., the late Sara Crews Finley, M.D., co-founded the first medical genetics program in the southeastern United States, and was co-director of UAB’s Medical Genetics Laboratory for more than 30 years. She served as the first female president of our Medical Alumni Association and the Jefferson County Medical Society, among many other honors and awards.

Not only was Dr. Finley a visionary leader in her field, she was also a wise, kind, and generous mentor to countless people in and outside of the medical profession. As a member of our admissions committee for 20 years, Dr. Finley guided and advised hundreds of applicants seeking careers in medicine.

So it is only fitting that the Sara Crews Finley, M.D., Leadership Scholars Program—established by Dr. Wayne Finley and the couple’s daughter, Sara J. Finley, and son, Dr. Randall W. Finley, a School of Medicine alumnus—honors Dr. Sara Finley’s commitment to recognizing and supporting the aspirations of our top students. Sara Crews Finley, M.D., Leadership Scholars will be selected based on academic achievement and leadership skills, and will receive a full-tuition scholarship for their third and fourth years of medical school. Recipients will also receive a new white coat with special insignia indicating their status as Sara Crews Finley, M.D., Leadership Scholars at our annual White Coat Ceremony in August.

finleys-lo-resDr. Sara Crews Finley and Dr. Wayne Finley photo-4-lo-res(From left to right) Dr. Shirley Kahn, Dr. Wayne Finley, Dr. Randall Finley, Sara J. Finley, and Dr. Ray Watts. The Finley children have also honored their father’s dedication to UAB with a gift to rename the Reynolds Historical Library, a collection of more than 13,000 rare books and manuscripts pertaining to the history of medicine and dating from the 14th century, as the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library. This gift is especially fitting, given Dr. Wayne H. Finley’s love for medical history, as he has authored a number of articles and books relating to the history of the medical center in Birmingham, including the University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association, 1859-2003. He is also a founding member of the board of the Reynolds Associates at UAB’s Lister Hill Library.

As Professor Emeritus in the Department of Genetics, Dr. Wayne Finley has made it his life’s work to use his pioneering knowledge of the field of genetics to better the lives of Alabamians, and has served as a model of excellence and intellectual rigor for countless young physicians.

In addition, the Finley children have established an endowed support to enhance the Reynolds Historical Lectureship, which will be renamed the Reynolds-Finley Historical Lectureship.

On behalf of the entire School of Medicine family, I want to thank the Finley family for their generosity. These gifts ensure that the Finley legacy of discovery, dedication, and excellence will live on through generations of School of Medicine students yet to come.

Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS
Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean
James C. Lee Endowed Chair