News Archive

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • neely webApproximately 25 percent of eyes deemed to be normal based on dilated eye examination by a primary eye care ophthalmologist or optometrist had macular characteristics that indicated age-related macular degeneration, according to a study published by JAMA Ophthalmology.


  • callahan softball webThe first annual Callahan Eye Hospital vs. Callahan Eye Hospital Clinics softball game was a huge success!

    On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Callahan Eye Hospital held its First Annual Family Fun Day at Memorial Park Recreation Center in downtown Birmingham with plenty of food, music, and a softball game.

  • concussed web storyConcussions are an invisible injury that can cause physical, cognitive, emotional and sleep symptoms that last for varying lengths of time depending on the nature of the injury. Changes in behavior, mood, learning and thinking that may be a result of a head injury can be misunderstood — making transitions into the classroom postconcussion difficult for students and teachers.


  • callahan OR webThe University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Callahan Eye Hospital and the Department of Ophthalmology have expanded their operating room capacity from nine to 16 operating rooms, making it one of the largest eye facilities in the United States.


  • anderson gloverPediatricians told Melissa and Brandon Glover their son Anderson had developed congenital cataracts and there was not much they could do.


  • ribbon web finalLong recognized as a leader in groundbreaking research and innovative eye care, the UAB Department of Ophthalmology hit a major milestone in 2016, ranking in the top twenty of nationally ranked ophthalmology departments in the amount of funding it receives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). With over $4.9 million in NIH annual funding for fiscal year 2016, the Department now ranks 17th, up from their 2013 ranking of 36th.

  • blazervisionStudent-athletes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will see their sport in a new perspective through BlazerVision, a new partnership between UAB Athletics, School of Optometry and Department of Ophthalmology. As part of UAB Athletics’ pre-participation examinations, each student-athlete will receive comprehensive eye care, acute game-time care and state-of-the-art concussion baseline testing.


  • nasa eyesight streamMany astronauts who come back from space experience poorer vision after flight, some even years after, and researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are working to see why.