Monika M. Safford, MD

Inaugural Endowed Professor of Diabetes Prevention and Outcomes Research
Division of Preventive Medicine

Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 643
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 934-6883
Fax: (205) 934-7595
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Research Interests

  • Diabetes Community-Based Intervention Studies with Peer Supporters;
  • Diabetes Quality of Care;
  • Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention;
  • Health Disparities;
  • Mentorship

Research Program

Educational Background

  • Dartmouth College – BA
  • Cornell University Medical College – MD
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania – Residency in Internal Medicine

Professional Activities

  • Vice-Chair of the American Heart Association Southeast Regional Affiliate Research Committee.
  • Assistant Dean, Continuing Medical Education
  • Associate Director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education
  • Co-Director, UAB T32 Health Services and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training Program
  • Senior Scientist, Minority Health Research Center, Center for Aging, The Lister Hill Center, Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, Diabetes Research and Translation Center, Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Autoimmunity Center

Selected Recent Publications

Dr Safford's PubMed publications


  • Magna cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1982
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College, 1982
  • Research Excellence Award, UAB Department of Medicine, 2010
  • Research Excellence Award, UAB Department of Medicine, 2011
  • Research Excellence Award, UAB Department of Medicine, 2012
  • Mentorship Award, UAB Minority Health Research Center, 2012
  • UAB Department of Medicine Max Cooper Award for Excellence in Research, 2013