After almost 25 years of service to UAB and Children’s of Alabama, W. Jerry Oakes, M.D., the Dan Hendley Professor of Pediatrics and Neurosurgery in the UAB Department of Neurosurgery, will retire from clinical practice. Dr. Oakes will continue to be an active member of the Division, focusing on academic pursuits. 

The UAB Department of Neurosurgery faculty is growing in order to meet the demand for neurosurgery services in our community and to continue to enhance research into neurological disorders. We welcome our new faculty members: 

  • Jianmei Leavenworth, MD, PhD
  • Thomas Staner, MD
  • William Stetler, MD

U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 Best Hospitals report ranks UAB Neurology & Neurosurgery No. 25 nationally, and No. 5 among public institutions.

The UAB Neurosurgery residents were involved in 50 publications during 2015, and served as first author on 22 of those articles. Through the Department of Neurosurgery’s Office of Clinical Research, residents are helped to publish, by being provided extensive training in evidence-based research, and are given infrastructure support for their studies.

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Members of the UAB Neurosurgery Women’s Leadership Council toured the research laboratory of James Markert, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the UAB Department of Neurosurgery on January 13, and learned about Dr. Markert’s research, which is focused on developing new treatments for brain cancer.

During the tour, Jennifer Clements, lab manager, explained the numerous steps necessary to translate a new treatment from the laboratory into clinical practice, and how philanthropy can accelerate this process. For example, philanthropic investment can help scientists explore promising new theories and gather the necessary pilot data to successfully apply for federal funding.