Facts About UAB

General Information

  • 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.
  • Ranked among the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges and universities by The Princeton Review
  • UAB ranks in the top 20 in federal research and development funding, receiving over $446 million in external grants and contracts in fiscal year 2012.
  • UAB generates an annual economic impact of more than $5 billion with 23,000 employees.
  • US News & World Report
    • 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.
    • With its eight ranked programs, UAB Hospital was one of only 144 hospitals (ie, in the top 3 percent of U.S. institutions studied) -and the only hospital in Alabama or Mississippi - to rank high enough in even one specialty to make U.S. News & World Report’s national "Best Hospitals" list.
    • Eight UAB Hospital specialty programs are among the nation's top 50, with two in the top 25 (Gynecology being one of those), and five in the "high-performing" category - of the 16 categories evaluated at 4,743 U.S. hospitals this year by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Highlights for UAB Hospital in this year’s U.S. News & World Report include:
      • Rheumatology program, 11th
      • Gynecology, 20th
      • Nephrology, 26th
      • Orthopedics, 31st
      • Rhematology, 11th
      • Urology, 28th
      • Neurology & Neurosurgery, 30th
      • Ear, Nose & Throat, 46th
  • UAB Hospital has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review among the 2014 “100 Great Hospitals in America,” a compilation of some of the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health care facilities in the nation.
  • 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. Nearly three-dozen additional top doctors were added to UAB’s total count compared to last year’s list.
  • 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 is among a select group of universities recognized for both very high research activity and significant community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 
  • 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.
  • 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.


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Women and Infants Center

  • The UAB Women and Infants’ Center (WIC), which opened in February 2010, is a $140 million, 60,000 square foot freestanding facility. It has 11 maternity evaluation rooms, 17 labor and delivery rooms, 28 antepartum beds, 28 postpartum beds, 4 operating suites, and 56 beds for gynecology and gynecologic oncology patients

 WIC Features: 

  • Neonatology:
       - 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 parking for patients 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.


  • UAB ranks 27th among academic institutions in federal research funding and 20th in funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Total research funding exceeds $400 million annually; some $217 million in NIH funds can be attributed to the School of Medicine alone.
  • UAB Gyn Oncology researchers, including Drs. Warner Huh, Ronald Alvarez, and J. Michael Straughn, participated in 4 clinical trials addressing HPV vaccine efficacy and reliable testing methods. UAB was a major enrollment site for the national clinical trials for the development of the HPV vaccine.
  • In September 2002, UAB received a $13 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. This made UAB “one of the nation’s top two or three brain cancer research centers,” according to Dr. Stephen Rosenfield, UAB professor of neurology.
  • UAB is one of 11 sites nationally to receive significant federal funding to build high security labs for research on the world’s most deadly microbes. UAB received $15.9 million for a three story Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, which will be used to develop vaccines, drugs, and test for emerging infections such as SARS and West Nile, and for defense against deadly viruses that could be used in terrorist attacks (The Birmingham News, September 30, 2003).
  • UAB is part of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network. The MFMU Network is designed to conduct perinatal studies to improve maternal and fetal outcomes.

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