Windham Samuel

Associate Professor
Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery
Director, Surgery Clerkship

Clinical Interests
chlorine gas induced injury


An Alabama resident since childhood, Dr. Stahl attended Auburn University where he graduated with highest honors and a BS in biology. He received his M.D. degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, and completed his internship and surgery residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham. He entered private practice in 1994, ultimately forming Cahaba Valley Surgical Group, and practiced a full range of general surgery including gastrointestinal, breast, thyroid, and parathyroid diseases. However, he gradually focused most of his attention on bariatric surgery. Initially performing the open gastric bypass procedure, Dr. Stahl was one of only a few surgeons in the state offering this operation. Following the footsteps of Drs. Henry Laws and Ronnie Clements, Dr. Stahl became one of the first Alabama surgeons to offer laparoscopic gastric bypass. As his bariatric practice grew, so did his interest in weight loss surgery and the metabolic effects of such surgery. Recruited from private practice and into academic medicine, he joined the faculty at UAB in 2010 as the medical director of bariatric surgery. His other professional interest is surgical education, and he has been the director of the clerkship in surgery at UAB since 2011. He received the Faculty Teaching Award given by the surgery residents in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Stahl is married to Dr. Elizabeth Stahl, an endocrinologist, and has three children.

Selected Publications

Melton SM, Kerby JD, McGiffin D, McGwin G, Smith JK, Oser RF, Cross JM, Windham ST, Moran SG, Hsia J, Rue LW 3rd. The evolution of chest computed tomography for the definitive diagnosis of blunt aortic injury: a single-center
experience. J Trauma. 2004 Feb;56(2):243-50. PubMed PMID: 14960963 

Moran SG, Windham ST, Cross JM, Melton SM, Rue LW 3rd. Vacuum-assisted complex wound closure with elastic vessel loop augmentation: a novel technique. J Wound Care. 2003 Jun;12(6):212-3. Review. PubMed PMID: 12838597 

George RL, McGwin G Jr, Windham ST, Melton SM, Metzger J, Chaudry IH, Rue LW 3rd. Age-related gender differential in outcome after blunt or penetrating trauma. Shock. 2003 Jan;19(1):28-32. PubMed PMID: 12558140 12558140
Moran SG, McGwin G Jr, Metzger JS, Windham ST, Reiff DA, Rue LW 3rd. Injury rates among restrained drivers in motor vehicle collisions: the role of body habitus. J Trauma. 2002 Jun;52(6):1116-20. PubMed PMID: 12045639


Medical School
University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alabama at Birmingham


Campus Address
Kracke Building 110



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