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 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.
- 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: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. Fifteen OB/GYN faculty were named, with all divisions represented.
- Diabetes & Endocrinology – No. 39
- Ear, Nose & Throat – No. 46
- Gynecology – No. 20
- Nephrology – No. 26
- Neurology & Neurosurgery – No. 30
- Orthopedics - No. 31
- Rheumatology – No. 11
- Urology – No. 28
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.
The Department of OBGYN ranks #3in NIH awards to Medical Schools with nearly $8 million in funding.
The Department of OBGYN was awarded the School of Medicine’s Outstanding Campaign award by the UAB Benevolent Fund in 2014.
In July 2014, Dr. Alan Tita, a UAB Professor of OBGYN, enrolled the nation’s first patientin 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.
The Urogynecology department was awarded the 2014 Best Paper in Basic Science by American Urogynecologic Society and the International Urogynecological Association for the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network
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.
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.
- 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.
- You will never go thirsty thanks to Good People and Avondale Brewing Companies.
- The city’s musical venues (Oak Mountain Amphitheater, BJCC, Iron City, Sloss Furnaces, etc.) cater to all your preferences, and will have hosted artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Eric Church, Phish, Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Eric Clapton and Luke Bryan.
- 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, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, the Vulcan, Cahaba River and Railroad Park
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