Suzanne Oparil, MD, FACCSuzanne Oparil, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASH, FAPS is Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, Section Chief of Vascular Biology and Hypertension and Director of the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Oparil graduated with an A.B. degree from Cornell University in 1961, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1965) in New York, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She received training in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and then completed her medical residency and cardiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Oparil began her career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1971 and received promotion to Associate Professor in 1975.  She joined the UAB faculty as an Associate Professor of Medicine in 1977, was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1981 and subsequently appointed as Director of the UAB Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program, where she has served with extraordinary distinction for over 30 years. Most recently, Dr. Oparil received special recognition for distinguished service to UAB by appointment as Distinguished Professor in the UAB Department of Medicine (2014).