News Archive

  • jpeg ballparkOn June 29, 2018, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital hosted the inaugural Callahan Night at the Ballpark. This was an event for faculty, staff, and their families to come together for food, fun, and a ballgame. The event was held at Regions Field and the Birmingham Baron’s hosted the Jackson Generals. 

  • fazio webMassimo Fazio, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and his colleagues Luigi Bruno, PhD, and Gianfranco Bianco, PhD, developed a dynamic Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometer (d-ESPI) for measuring time-dependent, three-dimensional surface displacements of ocular tissue with nanometric precision.  

  • hall thunderTyler Hall, MD, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences discusses firework safety and tips you can use at home to protect yourself and your family.

  • samuels 300Associate Professor Brian C. Samuels, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Glaucoma Division and chief of staff of the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, has been chosen to be the inaugural holder of the Dennis Endowed Professorship in Glaucoma Research by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama in April 2018.  

  • curcio 300Professor Christine A. Curcio, Ph.D., was named as the inaugural holder of the of the White-McKee Endowed Professorship in Ophthalmology by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama in April 2018.

  • Top 10 webThe UAB Department of Ophthalmology hit a major milestone in 2017. According to annual figures available through Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology is ranked 6th in the country in the amount of funding it receives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with over $7.9 million in NIH grant support during calendar year 2017.

  • curcio webChristine A. Curcio, PhD, professor in the UAB School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, and her laboratory are featured in this month’s issue of EyeNet, a leading journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

  • samuels webBrian C. Samuels, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Ophthalmology, has been named Director of the Glaucoma Division and Chief of Staff of the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital.

  • woo webThe Women of Ophthalmology, known as the WOOs, meet 2-4 times a year for various social events, mentorship, and support.

  • sloss webUAB Connections strives to provide a combination of educational, social, and recreational activities for adults with various eye diseases (i.e., glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, total blindness).

  • 410 webUAB Callahan Eye Hospital recently completed a renovation of suite 410. Before renovations, this space was home to the Department of Dermatology Administration and Suite 406.

  • wells webJill Wells, M.D., Assistant Professor, Sections of Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Ocular Oncology at Emory University, graduated from the UAB Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program in in 2009. She served as the Chief Resident during her final year of residency training and received the Outstanding Resident Teacher Award. 

  • fazio wolfram webMassimo A. Fazio, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering has received the 2017 Wolfram Innovator Awards for the field of Mechanical Engineering, Image Processing, and Biotechnology.

  • vandy conference webThe Vanderbilt Eye Institute (VEI) recently hosted the Southeastern Vision Conference to celebrate and share excellence in vision science. The two-day seminar held at the Vanderbilt University Marriott brought together three vision research groups from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Emory University to foster collaborations among the groups.


  • lanning new webBefore his days spent at medical school at Duke University, Lanning Kline, M.D., spent his youth in Alberta, Canada, excelled at his studies, and enjoyed playing sports such as ice hockey. His father was the proprietor of a successful jewelry store who would enlist his son’s help during busy holidays.

  • eclipse webWatching the captivating sight of the moon’s passing between the sun and Earth, where the moon fully or partially covers the sun, could cause serious and potentially long-term harm to the eye if not viewed properly. 


  • residency graduationGraduating Residents

    The UAB Department of Ophthalmology held its graduation ceremony on June 24, 2017 at the UAB Alumni House. Each of the 5 graduating residents, and 4 graduating fellows, were joined by family and friends.

  • gamlin web nih chairPaul Gamlin, Ph.D., of the Department of Ophthalmology, has been appointed chair of the Mechanisms of Sensory, Perceptual and Cognitive Processes Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.


  • glaucoma markers webMassimo A. Fazio, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology, and Christopher A. Girkin M.D., have received a four-year, $2.55 million R01 grant from the National Eye Institute to explore how visual field loss developed with glaucoma is associated with individual-specific biomechanics of the eye.


  • symposium web1The UAB Department of Ophthalmology held an extremely successful 2017 Annual Clinical and Research Symposium at the Westin in Birmingham during May 19-20, with nearly 100 attendees. This was the 18th year of the symposium and included resident, faculty, and featured lectures on dry eye and ocular surface disorders, as well as uveitis and retina.