- UAB is a 40-year-old comprehensive university and medical center that encompasses 86 city blocks and has over 17,000 students. It is home to a large graduate school, a world renowned health care complex, and more than 70 research centers, focusing on issues ranging from AIDS vaccines and aging to the environment, urban affairs and telecommunications.
Listed as "Best Med" of U.S. medical schools by The Princeton Review
UAB generates an annual economic impact of more than $5 billion with 23,000 employees.
- UAB Hospital is the only ACS verified Level I trauma center in Alabama has consistently been ranked as one of the "Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report.
- UAB Hospital continues to rank No. 1 in both Alabama and the Birmingham metro area, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 “Best Hospitals” list. It has 3 specialties in the top 20 and 9 specialties rank among the nation’s top 50 programs, and 4 listed in the "high performing category."
- Diabetes & Endocrinology – No. 30
- Ear, Nose & Throat – No. 29
- Gynecology – No. 16
- Urology – No. 49
- Neurology & Neurosurgery – No. 25
- Rheumatology – No. 11
- Nephrology – No. 20
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery – No. 37
- Pulmonology – No. 29
- UAB increases physicians ranked on Best Doctors in America list. The 2013 edition of the Best Doctors in America list recognizes 323 UAB physicians in 65 specialties among the nation’s top 5 percent of clinicians, as voted by their peers. Fifteen OB/GYN faculty were named, with all divisions represented.
- UAB took top honors in three Parents' Choice Award Categories and received runner-up accolades in four categories (Best Fertility Specialist, Best Birthing Suites, Best Women's Health Hospital, and Best Hospital Which to Give Birth) for a total of seven wins.
- The Office for Equity and Diversity , established with the university’s first black vice president at the helm, Dr. Louis Dale, conducts a host of programs to recruit and retain more minorities to UAB’s campus. One of these programs is the Comprehensive Minority Faculty and Student Development Program (CMFSDP), which annually awards $730 million in minority undergraduate and graduate scholarships.
- UAB Hospital was recognized as a “center for excellence in nursing” in 2002. It is the first and only hospital in Alabama to earn Magnet recognition, a designation awarded by the American Nurses Association to fewer than 50 of the nation’s 5500 hospitals. Recertification was awarded in 2006 and again in 2011.
- The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center , is one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers and is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center located in a six-state area that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina and Georgia. UAB's cancer services are routinely recognized as being among the nation's best.
The UAB Women and Infants’ Center (WIC), which opened in February 2010, is a $140 million, 60,000 square foot freestanding facility. It has 13 maternity evaluation rooms, 17 labor and delivery rooms, 28 antepartum beds, 28 postpartum beds, 4 Cesarean-section OR suites, and 56 beds for gynecology and gynecologic oncology patients
- 57 CCN bassinets
- 56 RNICU bassinets
- Obstetrics and Gynecology:
- 13 obstetrical evaluation rooms
- 17 labor and delivery rooms
- 28 antepartum beds
- 28 postpartum beds
- 4 Cesarean-section ORs
- 40 well baby bassinets
- 56 beds for GynOnc and complex medical/surgical Gyn services
- Reserved patient parking in advanced stages of pregnancy/labor
- UAB now has 3 robots that the Ob/Gyn residents are specially trained on in gyn oncology, benign gynecology, urogyn, and REI. Upon completion of their residency, each resident will receive official robotic certification.
In 2014, UAB ranked #10 among public universities in NIH funding with more than $243 million recieved. The Department of Ob/Gyn ranked #2 in NIH awards with over $10 million in funding. NIH Funding
In July 2014, Dr. Alan Tita, a UAB Professor of OBGYN, enrolled the nation’s first patient in the PRESERVE-1 trial, a phase III clinical trial using an antithrombin recombinant drug to treat women with pre-eclampsia
In August 2014, Dr. Tita was also awarded a $19.31 million R01 grant to coordinate the Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy Project (CHAP), a multicenter, randomized trial examining the benefits and effects of treatment of chronic hypertension in pregnancy.
In May 2016, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center received a five-year, $29 million Cancer Center Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute to renew support for its cancer research program through 2021. The Cancer Center will receive nearly $6 million per year to support six research programs, as well as 14 shared facilities and services. The Cancer Center Support Grant is the most prestigious federal grant that can be earned by an institution with significant cancer research and patient-care programs. CCC Funding
UAB is a member of the NICHD Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network, NICHD Neonatal Research Network, and the NICHD Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research. It is the only university to be awarded grants in all three perinatal networks from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to improve maternal and infant health. These networks have brought to UAB more than $20 million to fund research for pregnant women and babies, and the new awards granted in 2016 total a $1.1 million base per year for the next five years. NICHD Funding
In 2015, the departments of Gyn Oncology and Urogynecology, in partnership with Brown University, were approved for a three-year, $2 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute with the aim to improve quality of life for women undergoing surgery for endometrial cancer with symptomatic pelvic floor disorders. PCORI Funding
UAB gynecologic oncologist Warner Huh, M.D., led a team cervical cancer screening experts to develop the latest HPV testing guidelines in 2015. These recommendations were published simultaneously in the journals Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease under the title “Use of Primary High Risk Human Papillomavirus Testing for Cervical Cancer Screening: Interim Clinical Guidance.” HPV testing guidelines published
- Birmingham, the Magic City, is the metropolotian and business center of the state of Alabama.
- Birmingham is home to two James Beard award winning chefs, Frank Stitt (owner of Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega Restaurant and Chez Fon Fon) and Chris Hastings (owner of Hot & Hot Fish Club).
- Birmingham is also home to the infamous Saw’s BBQ, Sunday brunch staple Trattoria Centrale and a plethora of food trucks.
- Growth abounds in Birmingham. The Parkside area that flanks UAB Hospital is growing rapidly with new shopping, dining, and residential facilities opening now.
- You will never go thirsty thanks to Good People, Cahaba, Trim Tab, and Avondale Brewing Companies that serve up cold, delicious craft brews.
- The city’s musical venues (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, BJCC, Iron City, etc) cater to all your preferences, and have hosted artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Eric Church, Phish, Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Eric Clapton and Luke Bryan.
- Birmingham hosts Sloss Fest, an annual summer music festival held in July on the grounds of Sloss Furnances. The 2016 line-up included Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne and the Flaming Lips.
- Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival is held annually in late August and showcases new and independent films with a special spotlight on Alabama filmmakers.
- The Birmingham Barons opened Regions Field in April 2013, one of the best minor league ballparks in the entire country.
- You can always find something to do outdoors, with Red Mountain Park, Oak Mountain State Park, The Rotary Trail, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, the Vulcan, Cahaba River and Railroad Park.
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