Neuropathology


The UAB Division of Neuropathology is one of the largest and one of the most successful Neuropathology Divisions in the country.  The Division includes five faculty members, four with M.D.s and neuropathology fellowship training who perform clinical duties and one Ph.D. focused on neuropathology-related research.  The Division has a long-standing accredited NP fellowship training program.  The Division is committed to excellence in clinical service, scientific research, and teaching.

The Division of Neuropathology provides primary neuropathology diagnostic services to neurosurgeons at UAB Hospital and the Birmingham VA Hospital.  We also provide consultation service to Children’s Hospital and the Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner Office.  We examine approximately 800 surgical neuropathology specimens per year of which approximately 500 are tumor related.  We also examine the brains from approximately 200 autopsy cases per year.  Four to six autopsy cases of suspected CJD are investigated per year.  Primary responsibility for signing out muscle (400 per year) and peripheral nerve (150 per year) biopsies lies in the Department of Neurology and our fellow is involved in the analysis of these cases.

The faculty of the Division of Neuropathology has a broad spectrum of research interests and expertise in nervous system diseases.  These research interests include the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of neurofibromatosis-associated peripheral nervous system neoplasms, the molecular regulation of apoptotic and autophagic neuronal cell death during nervous system development and in neuropathological conditions, the pathology of epilepsy, neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative conditions and the environmental and genetic triggers for Lewy body formation and dopaminergic neuron death in Parkinson’s disease.

The UAB Division of Neuropathology has a long history of teaching excellence.  Drs. Powers, Carroll and Roth have each received multiple medical school “Teacher of the Year” honors at UAB and/or Washington University School of Medicine.  Further, the Neuropathology Section of the second year medical school course was voted by the Argus Society as “Best Correlative Pathology Section” for over ten straight years.  In addition to teaching medical students and the training of NP fellows, we actively participate in the teaching of Anatomic Pathology residents and residents in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology through both didactic sessions and intensive 4 week neuropathology rotations.

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Faculty

Interim Director: Kevin A. Roth, M.D., Ph.D.

Faculty Member Position
Fallon, Kenneth Associate Professor
Hackney, James Robinson Assistant Professor
Powers, Richard Professor

Support Staff Name/Email Title
Angela Schmeckebier Administrative Supervisor
Rhonda Carr Office Associate II