Beverly C. Walters, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Beverly C. Walters, M.D., M.Sc., FRCSC, FACS is the Director of Clinical Research. Also a clinical epidemiologist, Dr. Walters retired from a full-time clinical practice in neurosurgery to promote and develop evidence-based practices in the clinical neurosciences. Before joining the UAB faculty as an adjunct professor, she maintained academic appointments as a Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at New York University Medical School, an Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, and was Director of Outcomes Research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.
Dr. Walters has extensive experience in clinical research including the design and implementation of randomized controlled trials and case-control studies. Walters co-authored the textbook Evidence-Based Neurosurgery, designed to introduce the concepts of evidence-based practice in Neurosurgery. She is a recognized leader in promulgating practice guidelines for organized neurosurgery. She has written extensively on study design and assessment of the quality of medical literature - skills she imparts to neurosurgical residents through their participation in monthly Medical Evidence Conferences and Journal Club. In the 2010 - 2011 academic year, residents participated in 55 publications. Under her direction, the Neurosurgery's Division research portfolio has increased from 20 projects in July 2009, to 90 projects by 2011.
Dr. Walters offers her expertise in epidemiology, biostatistics, and clinical study design to both residents and faculty. She was recently awarded the Anthony Marmarou Lectureship by the Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Evidence-Based Medicine: Development of Clinical Guidelines
Drs. Mark N. Hadley, Beverly C. Walters, and other faculty members within the UAB Division of Neurosurgery have published multiple compilations of medical evidence-based guidelines for neurosurgical disorders. The guidelines were developed with the support of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons