Dawn Bulgarella, CPA, MSHA

Dawn Bulgarella Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
School of Medicine
Dawn Bulgarella, CPA, MSHA, S. Dawn Bulgarella, MSHA, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer, UAB Health System and the Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, UAB School of Medicine. In this dual role, Bulgarella serves as a member of the senior leadership teams of both the UAB Health System and School of Medicine, providing oversight, coordination and direction with respect to administrative and financial matters, participating in strategic planning activities of each organization towards achieving the organization’s objectives and financial business plans. Bulgarella received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and graduate degree from UAB and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. She has been a part of UAB Medicine since 1993 and has served in various administrative and financial roles within the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, the School of Medicine and the UAB Health System. Bulgarella is married and has three children.


Mitchell Cohen, M.D.

Mitchell Cohen Chair
Department of Pediatrics

Mitchell Cohen, a national leader in pediatric medicine and an internationally renowned specialist in children's digestive disorders, also serves as physician-in-chief of Children's of Alabama. Cohen holds the Katharine Reynolds Ireland chair in pediatrics.  Prior to joining the faculty at UAB, he was vice chair of pediatrics for clinical affairs, and director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, followed by an internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  He also served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Commissioned Corps USPHS. In addition to his other appointments, Cohen also holds the position of Senior Scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Deborah Grimes, RN, JD

Deborah Grimes Chief Diversity Officer
UAB Health System

Deborah Grimes received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UAB in 1986. While working as a Registered Nurse in Women's Services at UAB Hospital for over 10 years, she also attended the Birmingham School of Law. She graduated from the Birmingham School of Law in 1995 with a Juris Doctor Degree. Grimes joined UAB Risk Management as a Healthcare Attorney for 9 years. In 2004, she returned to UAB Hospital as the Director of Joint Commission/Quality Resources. She was promoted to AVP of Quality/Regulatory Affairs in 2006, and in 2007 assumed the Interim Compliance Officer position. In 2009, she became the Chief Compliance Officer/AVP for UAB Hospital. She has a certification as a Healthcare Quality Professional, Certified Healthcare Compliance and completed leadership training with the Momentum Program. Grimes also serves as a Board member of the Alabama Kidney Foundation and is a Past President for Momentum Alum Board. She is a member of several professional groups, such as the Black Nurses Association, Healthcare Compliance Association, and Association of Healthcare Accreditation Professionals. In 2017, she was named the Chief Diversity Officer over the UAB Health System.


Gustavo Heudebert, M.D.

Gustavo Heudebert Interim regional Dean, Montgomery Regional Medical Campus  
UAB School of Medicine

Gustavo Heudebert is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Medical Education. He also serves as the Designated Institutional Official for UAB, giving him authority over, and responsibility for, the 80 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited residency programs at UAB Hospital and UAB's residency programs in Huntsville, Montgomery and Selma. In addition, Heudebert has chaired the Dean's Council for Graduate Medical Education since 2006, and served as the director of the Internal Medicine Residency program for 11 years. He was recently elected a Master of the American College of Physicians, one of the highest honors available to primary care physicians. 


Seth Landefeld, M.D.

Seth Landefeld Chair
Department of Medicine

Seth Landefeld is a physician and clinical investigator in geriatrics and health care research. He joined UAB from the University of California San Francisco, where he was chief of the division of Geriatrics and associate chair for strategic planning and implementation in the UCSF Department of Medicine. In landmark studies of acutely ill hospitalized elders, Landefeld and his colleagues invented the Acute Care for Elders Unit, a novel method for improving patients’ functional outcomes. This model has been adopted at medical centers nationwide, including at UAB Hospital. Landefeld received his medical degree from Yale and trained in internal medicine at UCSF and in clinical epidemiology at Harvard. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and was recently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In 2011, he received the Robert J. Glaser Award “For Exceptional Contributions to Education and Research,” the highest award of the Society of General Internal Medicine.


Tony Jones, M.D.

Tony Jones Chief Physician Executive for UAB Medicine

Keith A. (Tony) Jones became Chief Physician Executive for UAB Medicine in July, 2017. Prior to this, he served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology on July 1, 2006, and has strong ties to Alabama. Born in Anniston, he received his BS from the University of Alabama in 1982 before going on to earn his MD from the UAB School of Medicine in 1986. He is the first African American to receive a permanent appointment as department chair in the UAB School of Medicine. A widely published expert on smooth cell physiology, Jones joined the Mayo Clinic faculty in 1991 after completing residency and postgraduate work there, including a postdoctoral National Institutes of Health research fellowship. He served as program director of Mayo’s Smooth Muscle Physiology Laboratory, and was promoted to the rank of professor in 2004. In addition to his many teaching, mentorship and clinical activities, Jones is a prolific researcher with interests centering on the cellular and biochemical mechanisms by which volatile anesthetics inhibit airway smooth muscle function and by which reactive oxygen species inhibit smooth muscle function. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scholarly works. His studies have been consistently supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health.


Amie McLain, MD

Amie McLain Chair
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Amie McLain is a board-certified physiatrist who has been conducting research and clinical care activities involving spinal cord injured individuals for many years. Dr. McLain is Project Director for the Regional Model UAB Spinal Cord Injury Care System grant (2000 - 2016) and holds the rank of Senior Scientist in the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine She is the Founder and Director of the nation's first Women's Clinic for the Disabled at the Spain Rehabilitation Center and has served on the NIH Committee for Health of Women with Disabilities. She has served as Principal Investigator for an intersystem collaborative research project titledGynecological and Obstetrical Complications in Females with Spinal Cord Injury. She authored the chapter “Women with Disabilities” in the well-known obstetric textbook, Obstetric medicine: Management of Medical Disorders in Pregnancy, 6th edition. She continues to pursue research in the field of women's health for individuals with disabilities and has been funded by NIDRR to examine the postmenopausal status in women with spinal cord injury/disability (SCI/D). Until 2009, McLain held the Directorship of the SCI/D Service at UAB's Spain Rehabilitation Center where she was responsible for establishing all system and medical care policies governing the management of patients with SCI/D. She has published several research studies in peer-reviewed journals and served as Principal Investigator on a Collaborative Respiratory Complication project. Dr. McLain was instrumental in founding a transition clinic for young adults with spina bifida, and also a clinic for patients with transverse myelitis. She continues to staff the Women's Clinic for the Disabled, in addition to her Outpatient Clinic for individuals with spinal cord injuries and disorders.