Dr. Paul Weeks

Dr. Paul R. Weeks, Sr. has taken the first step to endow a professorship to benefit the UAB School of Dentistry’s Department of Periodontology. The Huntsville, Ala periodontist is making a total gift of $500,000 that includes current giving and estate giving. Weeks graduated from the UAB School of Dentistry in 1977 and completed the periodontics post-graduate program at UAB in 1979. He said the school and the Department of Periodontology have come a long way since he attended.

“My two year residency gave me the valuable skills I needed to start my own practice and to continue the ongoing educational process. The program gave me an excellent base to springboard from,” he said.

Dr. Weeks has provided leadership to several dental organizations during his 38-year career. He currently serves on the UAB Dentistry Leadership Council, the school’s fundraising and advisory board. Through his service on the Leadership Council and previous service as a part-time clinical instructor at the School of Dentistry, he said he was keenly aware of the need to endow a faculty position. “I have been blessed with an excellent education which has enabled me to provide optimal care for my patients. I am glad to give back and keep our school among the best in the country. That’s what the citizens of Alabama and the dental students and residents deserve.”

He has been involved with prior fundraising campaigns to help the school, including the Weatherford-Palcanis Endowed Professorship in periodontology. He said he hopes other alumni will acknowledge the importance of having an excellent faculty and contribute to similar efforts. “I know they realize how much the UAB School of Dentistry has done for us.  Now, more than ever, the school needs our assistance. I would like to challenge our alumni, especially older alumni like myself, to step up and make a gift. They might also consider leaving something from their estate,” he said.

Although he has worked hard for nearly four decades, Weeks still finds time to enjoy life outside of dentistry. He enjoys traveling with his wife, Alicia, and enjoys cycling, fishing, hiking and snow skiing.

When asked to reflect on his time as a dental student and resident, Weeks admitted, “it wasn’t all roses and it wasn’t easy”, but he says he’s honored to give back to UAB and give future students and residents the same opportunity he had. He wants others from his generation to know that the school doesn’t receive the state funding it once did. “Hopefully others will follow in my footsteps and give back. It is an honor to give to my school”.