BBJThe Birmingham Business Journal released its annual “Who’s Who in Birmingham Health Care” list and 19 of the members – led by our Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. – have connections to the UAB School of Health Professions.

Nearly 1 of every 3 leaders on the BBJ’s influential list are connected to UAB SHP.

Fourteen of those listed are alumni of the School with the other five serving as faculty, or a leadership role, or both.

The BBJ says the people who earned a spot on their list “are shaping one of Birmingham’s most important industries in their own way, and they are also individuals who have helped make the Magic City a global leader in health care.”

Jason Alexander (Master of Science in Health Administration – Residential)

Senior Vice President, Ascension Healthcare Birmingham Ministry and CEO, St. Vincent’s Health System

Susan Brouillette (Ex-Officio Member, SHP Dean’s Advisory Board)

CEO, Alacare Home Health & Hospice and secretary, Hospice & Home Health Fund

Dawn Bulgarella (Master of Science in Health Administration – Executive)

CFO, UAB Health System

Scott Buchalter, MD (Faculty Member, Department of Health Services Administration)

Chief Quality Officer, UAB Health System

Will Ferniany, PhD (MSHA and PhD in Administration-Health Services)

CEO, UAB Health System

Andrew Gnann (MSHA)

COO, St. Vincent’s East, St. Vincent’s St. Clair, St. Vincent’s Blount

Keith Granger (Bachelor of Science in Radiological Sciences)

Regional President and Market CEO for Alabama, Community Health Systems

Harold Jones, PhD (Dean)

UAB School of Health Professions

Kathy Nugent, PhD (Faculty, Master of Science in Biotechnology)

Executive Director, UAB Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Anthony Patterson (MSHA and Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Quality and Safety)

Senior Vice President, Inpatient Services, UAB Hospital

Keith Pennington (MSHA)

CEO, Medical West Hospital

Bob Phillips (MSHA)

CEO, Walker Baptist Medical Center

Patricia Pritchett (HQS)

Senior Vice President, Ambulatory Services, UAB Health System and executive vice president, University of Alabama Health Services Foundation

Mazi Rasulnia, PhD (PhD in Administration-Health Services)

Co-founder, Pack Health

Evan Ray (MSHA)

President and COO, St. Vincent’s Birmingham and St. Vincent’s Chilton

Loring Rue, MD (HQS)

Chief Medical Officer, UAB Health System

Wesley Smith, MD (MSHA)

CEO, Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation

Brian Spraberry (MSHA)

President and CEO, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital

Jeff Underwood (Dean’s Advisory Board)

President and CEO, Lakeshore Foundation which has been a partner with SHP in the UAB | Lakeshore Research Collaborative since 2009.

The BBJ points out health care is critical for any metro area but calls it a key component for the future of the Magic City.

“The health care scene is a driving force of both innovation and entrepreneurship in the area – something expected to significantly increase as the region focuses more on innovation-based economic development.” Click here for BBJ article/slide show.