In addition to serving as Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Irfan Asif, M.D., serves as UAB Heersink School of Medicine’s associate dean for primary care and rural health. In this role, Dr. Asif works with UAB Heersink School of Medicine leadership, UAB regional campuses and key partners around the state to improve the pipeline of primary care providers and address shortages and health disparities in rural communities and underserved areas.

Educational Programming



  • Alabama Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

    The department partners with the Alabama Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), a program to improve and expand the health care workforce in rural and underserved communities. Associate Professor Michael Faircloth, M.D., is the director and P.I.

  • Live HealthSmart Alabama

    Live HealthSmart Alabama is a comprehensive plan to work with businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, and non-profits in order to make changes to policies, systems, and the built environment impacting the health of Alabamians. Dr. Asif is on the Live HealthSmart leadership team , and department members volunteer during community Mobile Market days. Learn more about Live HealthSmart’s important mission here.

  • Exercise is Medicine

    The Department of Family and Community Medicine has piloted a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Birmingham to offer discounted membership and support to patients who need to pursue a more active lifestyle to address health conditions and concerns.



Focus Areas

Primary Care

Increase innovation and access to primary care in Alabam and grow the number and quality of primary care providers across the state.

Rural Health

Ensure that rural communities have access to care and medical education opportunities, and benefit from innovative care models.


Consistently collaborate with providers, institutions, communities and other partners to improve care across Alabama and beyond.

Meet the Team


Irfan Asif, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Associate Dean for Primary Care and Rural Health


Halie Biggs
Program Manager