UAB Department of Pathology
Welcome to the UAB Department of Pathology website. The UAB Department of Pathology provides extensive clinical services and teaching while maintaining large and productive research programs. Currently, the Department has over $20 million per year in extramural research funding and our clinical services, including inpatient, outpatient and outreach, completes over 6 million procedures per year. Our training programs are among the finest in the country and our faculty have achieved national and international recognition in service, teaching and research.
Hawn, Lorenz Named ELAM Fellows
UAB School of Medicine Professor of Surgery Mary T. Hawn, M.D., and Professor of Pathology Robin G. Lorenz, M.D., Ph.D., were named fellows to the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Program.
ELAM, a core program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn., is the only program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions, where they enhance institutional leadership diversity while contributing to organizational strategy and innovation. The one-year, part-time program combines three week-long in-residence sessions with distance learning, designed to take the leadership lessons gained from the classroom to practice in the Fellows’ institutions.
Each Fellow is supported by the dean or other senior official of her institution in her nomination for the program and continued mentorship. One aspect of this relationship is the curricular requirement to conduct an Institutional Action Project, developed in collaboration with the senior leadership and designed to address a strategic institutional priority.
Lorenz, who joined the UAB faculty in 2002, is assistant dean for Physician-Scientist Education in the School of Medicine and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program. Hawn is director of the gastrointestinal section in the Division of General Surgery.
2014 William Boyd Medal in Pathology
Elizabeth M. Staley, M.D., Ph.D. Recipient of the 2014 William Boyd Medal in Pathology
Elizabeth (Liz) M. Staley, M.D., Ph.D. recently received the William Boyd Medal at the University of Alabama School of Medicine Dean’s Award Luncheon. Elizabeth will be joining the UAB Pathology Residency program this summer. Liz is a recent graduate of the UAB School of Medicine, but prior to medical school Liz was a UAB graduate student, receiving her PhD degree in Microbiology in 2009. Her research focused the role of P-glycoprotein (the protein product of the multi-drug resistance gene) in intestinal homeostasis and disease and she published four first-author manuscripts from this thesis research. Liz is originally from Quincy Illinois and she attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for her undergraduate studies. Liz is married to Dr. Danny Harmon, a Neurosurgeon here in Birmingham, and they have two boys.
The Boyd Medal has been awarded continuously since 1967 and is given on behalf of the Alabama Association of Pathologists and the faculty of the UAB Department of Pathology to the graduating medical student whose performance in Pathology through-out their medical school career has been most outstanding. This award was named in honor of Dr. William Boyd who is considered by many to be one of the fathers of pathology education. Dr. Boyd was born in Portsoy Scotland in 1885 and obtained his medical degree in 1908 at Edinburgh. He was a medical officer in the First World War and published his first book, With a Field Ambulance at Ypres in 1916, about hat war experience. He then moved to Canada where he rose to the rank of professor of pathology at University Manitoba, and later moved to University of Toronto and University of British Columbia. After retiring from UBC he came to UAB as a visiting professor from 1955 to 1962. Dr. Boyd published 7 textbooks, one of which was the first pathology text to emphasize pathophysiology and pathogenesis rather than just morphology. This text was popular word-wide and went through 20 editions. Dr. Boyd was once referred to as: "The Pathologist with a silver tongue and a golden pen."
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Staley for this prestigious award.