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The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine stresses excellence in patient care, education, research and service. Our research efforts are grouped into two categories: basic and translational research, supported mainly by extramural funding and conducted by members of the Division of the Molecular and Translational Biomedicine; and clinical research, conducted by physician scientists as well as clinical faculty in close collaboration with members of the Division of Molecular and Translational Biomedicine under the auspices of the CAAP Program, led by Dr. Timothy Ness, Simon Gelman Professor of Anesthesiology and Assistant Vice Chairman for Clinical Research.  

The main goal of the Division of Molecular and Translational Biomedicine is to foster the development of highly innovative research programs, spanning from the bench to the bedside and to the population, which will generate new knowledge, benefit patient care, complement clinical training of residents and fellows, and help launch the careers of new faculty. Members of the division work closely with each other as well as faculty in other School of Medicine departments and schools to enhance the strategic goals of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition, members of the research division work closely with Dr. Susan Black, Director of the Residency Program, and Dr. Keith A. (Tony) Jones, Chairman of the Department of the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, to create the highly successful Systemic Training in Anesthesia Research (STAR) and Resident Mentored Research Experience Track (RMRET), which promote the development of academic anesthesiologists and enable residents to participate in research projects. 

Major Areas of Research

  • Neurobiology of Pain: Basic mechanisms by which pain signals are initiated, transduced and modulated in sensory pathways
  • Organ Injury and Repair: Basic mechanisms resulting in pulmonary and systemic injury following inhalation of toxic gases and pathogens, ischemia-reperfusion, organ transplantation and trauma.

Members of this division strive to continue to conduct groundbreaking research, expand our extramural support, enhance our interactions with our clinical colleagues, and participate in the teaching of graduate and professional students and in the training of postdoctoral residents and clinical fellows.


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Kevin Harrod, Ph.D.
Vice Chair of Research
Director, Division of Molecular and Translational Biomedicine
Benjamin Monroe Carraway Endowed Chair and Professor