Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan


Mission

Within the Department of Neurology at the UAB School of Medicine, we are dedicated to three primary areas:

Research
We seek to discover new knowledge about the nervous system and develop treatments and cures for neurological diseases.

Clinical Care
We seek to provide the highest quality general neurological care for all UAB patients, providing them access to state-of-the-art subspecialty care as well as innovative treatment for patients from Alabama, the region, and beyond.

Education
We seek to teach the next generation of discoverers, care providers and teachers to ensure that the knowledge, understanding and treatment of neurological diseases continues to advance.

We pursue our research, clinical care, and education missions in an interactive manner and we strive to be a leader in interdisciplinary activities -- a model for collaboration at UAB.


Vision

How do we characterize our desired future for the department? Through our vision statement, we affirm that we will be:

  • The researchers' preferred choice for state-of-the-art exploration
  • The patients preferred choice for state-of-the-art care
  • The students' preferred choice for state-of-the-art education

Our Core Values
Our core values define the common beliefs and philosophy by which we guide our day-to-day activities, our decision-making, and our planning for the future of the department. They are:

  • Compassion*
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Efficiency
  • Respect
  • Contribution to Human Health

*The best care, humanely rendered.


Strategic Plan

Our plan aims to strengthen the regional and national impact of the Department of Neurology, to position the department to compete with the best departments nationally and to grow the department by building selected areas of focus to be national leaders while ensuring that all areas are regional leaders.

Our specific goals are to:

  • Be one of the top ten departments nationally within 5 years
  • Increase the size of our faculty to 50 members within 5 years
  • Grow clinical services in selected areas to increase activities by 50% within 5 years
  • Expand fellowship programs over the next 5-6 years to educate the next generation of clinicians and investigators

Our Strengths
As a department, we are engaged in a broad array of valuable research and clinical activities in Alzheimer's disease and dementia, neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis, stroke, neuromuscular disease, neuro-oncology, Parkinson's disese and movements disorders, epilelpsy, sleep medicine and general neurology. There are distinct pockets of research and clinical excellence found in these areas of focus, many of which allow us to link our research activities to clinical care and thereby create new opportunities for disease treatment. We are also actively engaged in education and training programs to teach the next generation of neurologists. We have a history of strong leadership and an excellent, stable faculty committed to research, clinical care and education. The department maintains a solid financial position.

Our Needs
In order to reach our goals, we must build our size. This expansion will allow us to grow research programs in our focus areas of neurodegenerative disease, neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular disorders, neuromuscular diseases, neuro-oncology, movement disorders, epilepsy and sleep medicine. It will also allow us to address staffing shortages in some clinical service areas and to grow clinical services in multiple sclerosis, stroke, general neurology, movement disorders and epilepsy (through development of comprehensive services for children).