GilfordWAssociate Professor
Medical Director, Gardendale FED
EM Rotation Coordinator, Physician Assistant Program

Research and Clinical Interests
Minority Disparities in Medicine, Resuscitation Outcomes


Willie L. Gilford, Jr., MD is a board certified Emergency  Physician and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a native of Selma, AL where he finished Selma High School in 1989. He attended college at Dillard University of New Orleans where he  graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1993. He obtained his Medical Degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville in 1997, and completed an Emergency Medicine residency at King/Drew Medical Center  in Los Angeles in 2000. Since July 2000 he has been an Assistant  Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham where he has been a core faculty and assistant residency program director.  His interest include minority disparities in medicine and mentoring.

He is married to Monifa T. Gilford, MD an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions at UAB. They have 4 children.


American Board of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Residency Training Certificate

Selected Publications

Amiodarone, Lidocaine, or Placebo in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. N Engl J Med. 2016 May 5;374(18):1711-22. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1514204. Epub 2016 Apr 4.

Trial of Continuous or Interrupted Chest Compressions during CPR. N Engl J Med. 2015 Dec 3;373(23):2203-14. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1509139. Epub 2015 Nov 9.

Chest compression rates and survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Crit Care Med. 2015 Apr;43(4):840-8. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000000824.

What is the optimal chest compression depth during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitation of adult patients? Circulation. 2014 Nov 25;130(22):1962-70. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.008671. Epub 2014 Sep 24.


Medical School
Meharry Medical College

King/Drew Medical Center


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