• Fueling Innovation for a Healthier Future

    Precision medicine—which takes into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology in order to prevent and treat disease in more personalized and effective ways—is rapidly changing the practice of medicine. But the key to unlocking the full promise of precision medicine is...
  • Match Day Magic

    At Match Day on March 16, our fourth-year medical students found out where they will conduct their residencies. Match Day marks the culmination of medical school, one of the most exhilarating and challenging periods in a physician’s life. I am proud of the Class of 2018 for all their hard work and...
  • Creating Global Connections

    Earlier this month, we welcomed a group of faculty members from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The visit is part of an ongoing effort of our Global Health Initiative here at the School of Medicine. Our Global Health team with School of Medicine...
  • Excellence Across Our Missions

    Some good news released this month highlights the central role the university and the School of Medicine play in our city’s and state’s economy and health. As reported on Feb. 7, data released by the National Science Foundation shows that UAB as a whole had $538 million in research expenditures in...
  • Resolving to Care for Ourselves

    Reflecting on the past year as we set off into 2018, I am energized by our steady progress – and some major leaps forward – across all our mission areas, in medical education, patient care, and research. On January 24, I will deliver the annual State of the School address, which highlights...
  • Season of Giving

    With the whirlwind of activity surrounding the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of the true essence of the season: the spirit of giving. I am very proud of the many ways in which our school, the university as a whole, and the UAB Health System give back to our community throughout the year. Here...
  • Giving Thanks

    On October 27, we celebrated the School of Medicine’s 12 th Annual Scholarship Dinner, where we brought together scholarship donors with the medical students who benefit from their philanthropic spirit. In many cases, medical school would be out of reach for these exceptional young people if not...
  • Giving Thanks

    On October 27, we celebrated the School of Medicine’s 12 th Annual Scholarship Dinner, where we brought together scholarship donors with the medical students who benefit from their philanthropic spirit. In many cases, medical school would be out of reach for these exceptional young people if not...
  • Teamwork Propels Success

    Henry Ford said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” I believe the vibrant culture of collaboration our School of Medicine has fostered is an extraordinary embodiment of this sentiment and is a key factor in all our achievements. We are continuing this...
  • Finding Heroes in the Storm

    When tragedy strikes, people say to look for the heroes. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have brought utter devastation to areas in Texas, the Louisiana Gulf Coast, Florida, and South Carolina, but thankfully the heroes are in good supply. And many of those heroes wear white coats and scrubs. In...
  • Welcoming Our New Class

    Last Sunday, I attended one of my favorite annual events when the School of Medicine welcomed our incoming first-year medical students at the White Coat Ceremony. On hand to help students don their new white coats were Roger Smalligan, M.D., regional dean of the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus;...
  • Learning Communities Honor Influential Leaders

    At the School of Medicine, we are committed to promoting student wellness both inside and outside the medical school setting. Since their creation in 2011, the Learning Communities have helped our medical students navigate medical school while maintaining physical and mental well-being. These 11...
  • Ushering in New Era at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

    This summer brings excitement and grateful reflection as we at the School of Medicine welcome new leaders, thank their predecessors, and mourn the passing of an influential teacher and mentor. In last month’s newsletter, I shared the news that Matt Might, Ph.D., a national leader in precision...
  • The Road to Residency

    Spring at the School of Medicine means celebrating our graduating medical students. This year’s Match Day, which took place March 17, was the largest and among the most competitive to date. A record-high 35,969 U.S. and international medical school students and graduates vied for 31,757 positions,...
  • Fostering a New Generation of Primary Care Physicians

    A 2016 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) confirmed what we have known for some time: America needs more primary care providers to keep pace with the health care demands of a growing and aging population. The problem is especially acute here in Alabama—in 2012, the state...
  • A New Era in Precision Medicine

    I am very pleased to share with you the news that a leading figure in the field of precision medicine will join the School of Medicine in July. Matthew Might , Ph.D., a strategic leader appointed by former President Barack Obama to the White House Precision Medicine Initiative, has been named the...
  • Learning for a Lifetime

    Medicine as a field has always been one of continual evolution, a fact that has never been truer than it is today. The pace of biomedical discovery, the development of new technologies, and the accumulation of new knowledge increases exponentially year after year. Physicians and surgeons can spend...
  • Stay Connected in 2017

    Last year ended in a flurry of activity and so far in 2017 the pace shows no signs of slowing. On December 19, faculty, colleagues, and friends gathered for a retirement celebration to honor Dr. Robert Rich for his many years of service to UAB. He was dean of the School of Medicine from 2004 to...
  • The Spirit of the Season

    If you follow the news, to say the past year has been a tumultuous one is an understatement. But when I consider the incredible faculty, staff, and leadership who daily commit their talents to helping the School of Medicine achieve its fullest measure of excellence, and when I talk with our...
  • Celebrating the Gift of Education

    As a recipient of a medical school scholarship myself, I can testify to the indelible impression such a gift leaves on a medical student. Not only does it relieve some of the heavy education debt burden most medical students graduate with today (averaging $190,000), it can also be a source of...