Dean Search

On Feb. 8, 2013, the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System named Ray L. Watts, M.D., then the senior vice president and dean of UAB's Medical School, president of UAB. Anupam Agarwal, M.D., was named interim vice president and dean, and Dr. Watts pledged a speedy national search to find the best candidate to be permanent senior vice president and dean.

In March, UAB selected Russell Reynolds Associates to conduct the search for the School of Medicine's next leader. Nominations and applications consisting of a current curriculum vita and a letter of interest may be sent to search committee co-chairs Sergio Stagno, M.D., or David Sweatt, Ph.D., or to Kate Harvey at

In April, meetings were conducted with the search committee to determine the position description. In May, the position was advertised in academic journals.

Between July 16 and 31, five candidates visited UAB to present their vision for the School of Medicine to faculty, residents, students and staff.

On August 15, 2013, Dr. Watts announced that Selwyn Vickers, M.D., was chosen as the new senior vice president and dean of the School of Medicine. He will join us on October, 15, 2013. 

Members of the Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean search committee are:

Co-chair Sergio Stagno, M.D.
Katharine Reynolds Ireland Chair of Pediatrics, 
Department of Pediatrics


UAB School of Medicine

Co-chair David Sweatt, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Neurobiology; Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging; Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute


UAB School of Medicine
College of Arts & Sciences

Donna Arnett, Ph.D., MSHP
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology; President The American Heart Association 


UAB School of Public Health

Etty (Tika) Benveniste, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell, Developmental, & Integrative Biology; Alma B. Maxwell - UAHSF Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research


UAB School of Medicine

Kirby Bland, M.D. 
Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery; Fay Fletcher Kerner Chair of Surgery


UAB School of Medicine

Jim Bonner, M.D.
Merle M. Salter Chair of Radiation Oncology, President of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation


 UAB School of Medicine

Art Boudreaux, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology; Chief of Staff University Hospital


UAB School of Medicine

Dawn Bulgarella, MSHA
Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration


UAB School of Medicine

Cheri Canon, M.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology; Witten-Stanley Endowed Chair


UAB School of Medicine

John C. Chatham, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, Department of Pathology

UAB School of Medicine

William Curry, M.D.
Professor of General Internal Medicine, Associate Dean for Primary Care and Rural Health, UAB School of Medicine; Senior Vice President for Population Health, UAB Health System


UAB School of Medicine

Eric Jack, Ph.D.


UAB School of Business

Hughes Evans, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Education, Chair of the Department of Medical Education


UAB School of Medicine

Will Ferniany, Ph.D.


UAB Health System

Mona Fouad, M.D., MPH
Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine,
Director of the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center


UAB School of Medicine

Doreen Harper, Ph.D., MSN
Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair for the Dean of the School of Nursing and Professor


UAB School of Nursing

Ms. Alesia Jones
Chief Human Resources Officer



Tony Jones, M.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology; Alfred Habeeb Chair in Anesthesiology


UAB School of Medicine

Shirley Salloway Kahn, Ph.D.
Vice President of Development, Alumni and External Relations



Robert Kimberly, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Research; Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science; Howard L. Holley Research Chair in Rheumatology


UAB School of Medicine

Seth Landefeld, M.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine; Spencer Chair in Medical Science Leadership


UAB School of Medicine

Linda Lucas, Ph.D.


Norman McGowin, M.D.
General Surgeon, Greenville, Ala.; President


University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association

Lori McMahon, Ph.D.
Member of the UAB Faculty Council; Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental, & Integrative Biology; Director of the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center


UAB School of Medicine


Bryan Noe, Ph.D.


UAB Graduate School

Michael Reddy, DMD, DMSc


UAB School of Dentistry

Richard H. Streiffer, M.D.
Dean, College of Community Health Sciences

University of Alabama

Mr. Charles Perry


Birmingham Community Representative

Ms. Brittany Richardson
Third-year medical student


UAB School of Medicine