Distinguished faculty 

Bertha Hidalgo

Our faculty create a culture of innovation and collaboration that embraces social responsibility and entrepreneurial principles.

UAB faculty are teachers, scholars, researchers, clinicians and entrepreneurs who earn the highest honors in their fields, lead professional societies and provide exceptional mentoring and training.

Robert M. Centor, M.D. 2021 Received the Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award by the American College of Physicians, a national organization of internists.
Henry Panion III, Ph.D. 2021 Named to the board of directors of the Bob Moog Foundation
James Markert, M.D., MPH 2021 Named president-elect of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery for 2020-2021
Lauren Goodwin Slaughter, MFA 2021 One of 35 poets to receive a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts
Ada Markaki, Ph.D. 2021 Named the chair-elect of the Pan American Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers, a network of 15 World Health Organization Collaborating Centers within the Americas
Ashley Hodges, Ph.D., CRNP 2021 Received the 2020 Inspiration in Women’s Health Award from the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health for her demonstrated inspirational and innovative contributions to policy work in women’s health.
Bisakha Sen, Ph.D. 2021 Selected to co-chair an expert review committee for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to review the results of a large study by the Department of Veterans Affairs on how service dogs and emotional support dogs help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
Erika Hille Rinker, Ph.D. 2021 Awarded the distinguished 2020 Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Teacher Award by the American Association of Teachers of German
Claire Mowling, Ph.D. 2021 Selected as College/University Educator of the Year by the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Tonya Perry, Ph.D. 2020 Honored as the 2020 recipient of the Advancement of People of Color Leadership award from the National Council of Teachers of English
Cheri Canon, M.D. 2020 Selected to receive the 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award, the American Association for Women in Radiology’s highest honor
Holly E. Richter, Ph.D., M.D. 2020 Named President of the American Urogynecologic Society
Allyson Hall, Ph.D. 2020 Named to the board of directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Kimberly Hendershot, M.D. 2020 Named an associate member in the new American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators
Susan Spezzini, Ph.D. 2020 Named a 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar; she will live in Paraguay from February to July 2021 for her project, “Enhancing the Efficacy of English Language Educators in Paraguay”
Matthew Alexander, Ph.D. 2020 Named the recipient of the Chesapeake Civitan McNulty Scientist Award for 2020
Vladimir Parpura, M.D., Ph.D. 2020 Selected as a fellow of the American Physiological Society
Louis Justement, Ph.D., Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Ph.D. 2020 Justement began his term as president of the largest coalition of biological and biomedical research associations in the United States, FASEB; Bjornsti was named vice president-elect for Science Policy
Christopher A. Girkin, M.D. 2020 Elected to lead the American Glaucoma Society as president beginning in 2022
Cheri L. Canon, M.D. 2020 Elected to the position of president of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments; she is the second woman to hold the position
Tonya Perry, Ph.D. 2020 Selected as the fourth director of Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color by the National Council of Teachers of English
Rodney Tucker, M.D. 2020 Received the 2020 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award, one of the top honors for physicians practicing palliative care in the United States
Rita Jablonski, Ph.D. 2020 Recognized by the journal Geriatric Nursing as a visionary leader and innovator in the field of geriatric nursing
Kelly K. Nichols, O.D., Ph.D. 2020 Elected to serve on the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research and its board of directors in the class of 2020-2023
Vera Bittner, M.D. 2020 Named editor-in-chief of ACCSAP, the American College of Cardiology’s self-assessment program covering the entire field of adult clinical cardiology
Robert Oster, Ph.D. 2020 Named a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the nation’s pre-eminent professional statistical society
Lanning B. Kline, M.D. 2020 Named chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology
Sarah Parcak, Ph.D. 2020 Awarded John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 2020 Fellowship
David Chaplin, M.D., Ph.D. 2020 Elected as a distinguished fellow by the American Association of Immunologists.
Farah Lubin, Ph.D., Michelle Gray, Ph.D. 2020 Named among 100 inspiring black scientists in America by Cross Talk, the official blog of Cell Press, a leading publisher of cutting-edge biomedical and physical science research and reviews.
S. Louis Bridges Jr., M.D., Ph.D. 2020 Named president of the Rheumatology Research Foundation
Despina Stavrinos, Ph.D. 2020 Named as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40
Herb Chen, M.D. 2020 Selected as the new editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Surgery
Colin Martin, M.D. 2020 Selected for the 2019-2020 James IV Association of Surgeons Traveling Fellowship program
Raegan Durant, M.D. 2019 Named principal investigator of Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research
Gattadahalli M. Anantharamaiah, Ph.D. 2019 Elected as a 2019 National Academy of Inventors fellow
George J. Netto, M.D. 2019 Named editor in chief of Modern Pathology, the scientific journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
David G. Standaert, M.D., Ph.D. 2019 Received the fifth annual Bachmann-Strauss Prize for Excellence in Dystonia Research
Erik Hess, M.D. 2019 Named to the Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee, a new federal government committee tasked with identifying areas for improved coordination related to substance use disorder research and prevention, which is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, housed in the United States Department of Health and Human Services
Anupam Agarwal, M.D. 2019 Selected as the next president of the American Society of Nephrology for a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020
Mike Wyss, Ph.D. 2019 One of 12 mentors nationwide selected to receive a 2019 Presidential Excellence Award in Science, Mathematics and Engineering for Mentoring
Alana Nichols, M.D., Ashley Turner, Ph.D., and Denise Stanford 2019 Awarded a Selected Professions Fellowship, American Fellowship and Career Development Grant, respectively from the American Association of University Women
Curt Carver Jr., Ph.D., James Cimino, M.D. 2019 Named to the Alabama Commission on Artificial Intelligence and Associated Technologies, which is charged with advising state leaders on the artificial intelligence industry and recommending policy on efforts to promote AI technology in Alabama
Verna Keith, Ph.D. 2019 Awarded the James R. Greenley Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Sociology of Mental Health by the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Society and Mental Health Division
Gene P. Siegal, M.D., Ph.D. 2019 Elected president of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the world’s largest professional member organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals
Christine Curcio, Ph.D. 2019 Received the 2019 David F. Weeks Award for Outstanding Age-related Macular Degeneration Research from Research to Prevent Blindness
Frank Messina, DBA 2019 Awarded the Silver Bowl — a lifetime achievement award — from the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives
Natalie Todak, Ph.D. 2019 One of four junior policing researchers selected to be the inaugural class of the National Institute of Justice Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science Program
Martha Dawson, DNP 2019 Elected to serve as the president of the National Black Nurses Association
Karolina Mukhtar, Ph.D. 2019 Received the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers through the National Science Foundation
Louis Justement, Ph.D. 2019 Named president-elect of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the largest coalition of biological and biomedical research associations in the United States
Selwyn Vickers, M.D. 2019 Named as the 2019 Dr. James T. Black Award recipient by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D. 2019 Selected to receive the 2018 Mary P. Huddleson Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Maria Shirey, Ph.D. 2019 Received the American Organization of Nurse Executives Foundation Nurse Researcher Award
Vinay Narasimha Krishna, M.D. 2019 Received one of 15 KidneyX Redesign Dialysis prizes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Society of Nephrology
Martina Bebin, M.D., Michele Kong, M.D. 2019 Named as recipients of Women of Impact Awards from Yellowhammer Multimedia along with UAB Health System Chief Financial Officer Dawn Bulgarella
Kellie Flood, M.D. 2019 Chosen as Clinician of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society
Jianyi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. 2019 Inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows
Bertha Hidalgo, Ph.D., MPH 2019 Received Early Career Achievement Award at the 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections symposium
Holly E. Richter, Ph.D., M.D. 2019 Received the 2019 Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
Stephen Mennemeyer, Ph.D. 2019 Honored with the Mental Health Policy and Economics Research Award from the International Center of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Warner K. Huh, M.D. 2019 Named 51st president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Kenneth H. Kim, M.D., MHPE 2019 Named scientific program chair for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology's 2020 Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer
Aaron Fobian, Ph.D. 2019 Given the prestigious designation of Rising Star by the Association of Psychological Science
Autumn Tooms Cyprès, Ed.D. 2019 Received 2019 Living Legend award from the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership
David Schwebel, Ph.D. 2019 Awarded the 2019 Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research honor from the American Psychological Association
Karen Cropsey, Psy.D. 2019 Appointed to the Committee on the Review of Specific Programs in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
James B. McClintock, Ph.D. 2019 Received the Finn Ronne Memorial Award from the Explorers Club
Edward Taub, Ph.D. 2019 Named an honorary fellow by the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Cynthia Owsley, Ph.D. 2019 Received the Oberdorfer Award in Low Vision Research
Michael Saag, M.D. 2019 Appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council of HIV/AIDS
Vladimir Parpura, M.D., Ph.D. 2019 Named as a council member of the International Society for Neurochemistrye
Monica L. Baskin, Ph.D. 2019 Named president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicinee
Andrew D. Pucker, O.D., Ph.D. 2019 Named a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society
Robin Ennis, Ph.D. 2019 Named the inaugural Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders Interventionist
Steven Austad, Ph.D. 2019 Selected for the George C. Williams prize from the International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health along with UAB postdoctoral fellow in longevity research Jessica Hoffman, Ph.D.
Noa Turel, Ph.D. 2018 Named a spring 2019 member of the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the world’s leading centers for curiosity-driven basic research
Robert Kimberly, M.D. 2018 Elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the seventh UAB faculty member named to the NAI
John F. Kearney, Ph.D. 2018 Named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Kenneth Saag, M.D., MSc 2018 Named secretary of the American College of Rheumatology
Cheri Canon, M.D. 2018 Named to the board of governors of the American Board of Radiology
Desiree Morgan, M.D. 2018 Named to the board of trustees of the American Board of Radiology
Lanning Kline, M.D. 2018 Received Life Achievement Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Greg Pavela, Ph.D. 2018 Named chair-elect of the Ethics Section of the American Public Health Association
Mark Hadley, M.D. 2018 Selected as recipient of the 2018 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Distinguished Service Award
Jeanne Marrazzo, M.D. 2018 Named to the board of directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Richard Whitley, M.D. 2018 Named the 2018 recipient of the Infectious Diseases Society of America's Alexander Fleming Award for lifetime achievement
Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH 2018 Received the 2018 Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute
Bertha Hidalgo, Ph.D. 2018 Elected to the American College of Epidemiology board of directors
Jayme Locke, M.D. 2018 Honored with the Distinguished Investigator Award for Translation into Public Benefit and Policy from the Association for Clinical and Translational Science
Lisa Willett, M.D. 2018 Named president-elect of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine
Cynthia Brown, M.D. 2018 Elected to the board of the Gerontological Society of America
Mark Swanson, O.D., MSPH 2018 Named Educator of the Year by the American Optometric Association
Pankaj Arora, M.D. 2018 Named section editor for Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine
J. Michael Wyss, Ph.D. 2018 Elected to the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
Aimee Holland, DNP 2018 Appointed chair of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health Board of Directors
Kelly Nichols, O.D., MPH, Ph.D., and Jason Nichols, O.D., MPH, Ph.D. 2018 Both recognized for multiple publications in the Top 100 Most Cited Papers in Dry Eye
David K.C. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D. 2018 Recipient of the national John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award by the Harris County Medical Society and Houston Academy of Medicine
Elizabeth (Cason) Benton, M.D. 2018 Received the 2018 Paul V. Miles Fellowship Award from the American Board of Pediatrics
Daniel Givan, DMD, Ph.D., FACP 2018 Named secretary to the Board of Directors of the American College of Prosthodontists