Dr. Bradford A. Woodworth

faculty woodworthJames J. Hicks Professor of Otolaryngology
Residency Program Director
Associate Scientist, Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center

Contact Information:
Phone: 205-934-9766  Fax: 205-934-3993

Administrative Support:
Michelle Thrasher
205-934-9777  |  midicker@uabmc.edu

Schedule Appointment:

Physical Address:
563 Boshell Building
1808 7th Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35233
Mailing Address:
BDB 563
1720 2nd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35294-0012
Clinic Address:
The Kirklin Clinic
2000 6th Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35249

Dr. Woodworth has been at UAB since 2008, specializing in the treatment of sinonasal and skull base disorders. He completed a fellowship in rhinology and minimally invasive skull base surgery at the world renowned Division of Rhinology at the University of Pennsylvania. Along with Dr. Riley from the neurosurgery department, Dr. Woodworth leads the only multi-disciplinary minimally invasive skull base program in Alabama and northern Florida. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and 20 book chapters related to his field. Dr. Woodworth is a nationally recognized leader in his subspecialty. 

Board Certification
American Board of Otolaryngology, 2007

Clinical Expertise
Sinus and Nasal Medicine
Revision Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Skull Base Surgery
Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery
Endoscopic CSF Leak Repair 
Minimally Invasive Sinus Cancer Surgery 
Frontal Sinus Surgery
Management of Recalcitrant Chronic Sinusitis

Research Expertise
Minimally Invasive Approaches to Sinus and Skull Base Tumors
Skull Base Repair
Spontaneous Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks
Frontal Sinus Surgery
Topical Medications for Sinusitis
Novel Therapeutics for Chronic Sinusitis
Sinonasal Respiratory Epithelial Cell Vectorial Ion Transport
Physiology of Mucociliary Clearance
Cystic Fibrosis

Willams College, 1996

Medical School
Tulane University, School of Medicine, 2001

Residency Program
Medical University of South Carolina, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2006  

Fellowship Program
University of Pennsylvania, Rhinology Research Laboratory, 2007
University of Pennsylvania, Rhinology & Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery, 2007

Awards & Honors

1993-1996   Williams College Dean's List
1994-1996   Academic All-American - Wrestling


  Class President - Tulane School of Medicine


C. Thorpe Ray Internal Medicine Award (Awarded to the most outstanding student in the medicine clerkship)

2000 - present

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Stars and Bars Chapter (inducted as a third year student)


Class Rank #2/164, Tulane School of Medicine


The Merck Manual Medical Book Award (Outstanding academic performance by a medical student)

2001 - present

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society


Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges - Tulane University Medical School


Surgery Intern of the Month (Pediatric Surgery)


Applause Award (For providing quality service and patient care)


Frances Lejeune Resident Research Award, Triological Society Southern Section, "The Canalith Repositioning Procedure for Benign Positional Vertigo: A Meta-Analysis"

2004 American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Basic Science Research Award, "Alterations in Eotaxin, Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-4, Interleukin-5 and Interleukin-13 after Systematic Steroids for Nasal Polyps."
2004 American Rhinologic Society 50th Anniversary Meeting Poster Award, "Presence of Surfactant Lamellar Bodies in Normal and Diseased Sinus Mucosa."


MUSC Resident Research Competition - 1st Place, "Surfactant Lamellar Bodies and Surfactant-Associated Proteins in Human Sinus Mucosa"


MUSC Department of Otolaryngology Resident Teaching Award (Based on an average score of 3.86 out of 4 on 21 medical student evaluations)

2006 MUSC Hospital-Wide Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (Given by MUSC's third year medical students)


1st Place, University of Alabama Otolaryngology Resident Research Competition. "Radiofrequency Coblation Decreases Blood Loss in Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery". Mentor to John Kostrewa, MD


1st Place, University of Alabama Medical Student Research Competition."Quercetin Increases Transepithelial Chloride Transport in Primary Murine Nasal Epithelial Cultures". Category - Epithelial Physiology; Mentor to Daniel Schubert, MS-3


1st Place, Frances Lejeune Resident Research Award, Triological Society Southern Section "Cigarette Smoke Condensate Reduces Calcium Activated Chloride Channel Transport in Primary Sinonasal Epithelial Cells". Mentor to Frank Virgin, MD


1st Place, University of Alabama Otolaryngology Resident Research Competition. "Endoscopic Coblation-Assisted Management of Encephaloceles." Mentor to Nicholas Smith, MD


1st Place, Medical Student Research Award, AAO-HNS 2010,"Hesperidin Stimulates CFTR-Mediated Chloride Secretion and Ciliary Beat Frequency in Sinonasal Epithelium." Mentor to Christopher Azbell


1st Place, University of Alabama Medical Student Research, Poster Competition, "Hesperidin Stimulates CFTR-Mediated Chloride Secretion and Ciliary Beat Frequency in Sinonasal Epithelium." Mentor to Christopher Azbell


Faculty Member of the Year - From the Residents, UAB Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery



 "Best Doctors in America"


Selected Publications (Out of 101 Peer-Reviewed Articles) 

Woodworth BA, Antunes MB, Bhargrave G, Aguilar JL, Ratner AJ, Cohen NA. The Murine Nasal Septum for Respiratory Epithelial Air-Liquid Interface Cultures. Biotechniques 2007;43(2):195-200.

Woodworth BA, Bhargave G, Chiu AG, Cohen NA, Palmer JN. Clinical Outcomes of Endoscopic and Endoscopic-Assisted Resection of Inverted Papillomas: A 15-Year Experience. Am J Rhinol 2007;21(5):591-600.

Woodworth BA, Wood R, Baatz JE, Schlosser RJ. Surfactant Protein B Detection and Gene Expression in Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Laryngoscope, 2007;117(7):1296-301.

Woodworth BA, Prince A, Chiu AG, Cohen NA, Schlosser RJ, Bolger WE, Kennedy DW,Palmer JN. Spontaneous CSF leaks: A Paradigm for Definitive Repair and Management of Intracranial Hypertension. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008;138(6):715-20.

Azbell C, Zhang S, Skinner D, Fortenberry J, Sorscher EJ, Woodworth BA. Hesperidin Stimulates Cystic Fibrosis
Transmembrane Conductance Regulator-Mediated Chloride Secretion and Ciliary Beat Frequency in Sinonasal Epithelium. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2010 Sep;143(3):397-404.

Joshi H, Woodworth BA, Carney AS. Coblation for Epistaxis Management in Patients with Hereditary Haemorrhagic Telangiectasia: A Multicentre Case Series. J Laryngol Otol, 2011 Nov;125(11):1176-80.

Zhang S, Smith N, Schuster D, Azbell C, Sorscher E, Rowe S, Woodworth BA. Quercetin Increases Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator-Mediate Chloride Transport and Ciliary Beat Frequency: Therapeutic Implications of Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Am J Rhinol Allergy, 2011 Sept-Oct;25 (5): 307-312.

Alexander NS, Chaaban MR, Riley KO, Woodworth BA. Treatment Strategies for Lateral Sphenoid Sinus Recess Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks Lateral Sphenoid Sinus Recess CSF Leaks. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 May 1;138(5):471-8.

Chaaban MR, Conger B, Riley KO, Woodworth BA. Transnasal Endoscopic Repair of Posterior Table Fractures. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Dec;147(6):1142-7.

Conger BT, Zhang S, Skinner DF, Hicks SB, Sorscher EJ, Rowe SM, Woodworth BA. Comparison of CFTR and Ciliary Beat Frequency Activation by the CFTR Modulators Genistein, VRT532, and UCCF-152 in Primary Sinonasal Epithelial Cultures. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Aug 1;139(8):822-7.

Illing E, Chaaban MR, Riley KO, Woodworth BA. Porcine Small Intestine Submucosal Grafts for Endoscopic Skull Base Repair. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013 Aug 16.

Chaaban MR, Illing E, Riley KO, Woodworth BA. Spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak repair: A Five Year Prospective Evaluation. Laryngoscope. 2013 Jun 20.

 Chaaban MR, Kejner A, Rowe SM, Woodworth BA. Cystic Fibrosis Chronic Rhinosinusitis: A Comprehensive Review. Am J Rhinol Allergy. September 2013, 27: 387-395.

Zhang S, Blount AC, McNicholas CM, Skinner DF, Chestnut M, Kappes JC, Sorscher EJ, Woodworth BA. Resveratrol Enhances Airway Surface Liquid Depth by Increasing CFTR Channel Open Probability. PLos One. 2013 Nov 25;8(11):e81589.

Zhang S, Ranganath NK, Skinner D, Bedwell DM, Buckley-Lanier JA, Sorscher EJ, Woodworth BA. Marked repression of CFTR mRNA in the transgenic Cftr tm1kth mouse model. J Cyst Fibros. 2013 Dec 27. [Epub ahead of print]