According to a 2013 AAMC study, African-Americans and Hispanic or Latino Americans only made up 4.1% and 4.4% of the total US Physicians, respectively. This chronic lack of representation is an impediment to caring for a diverse community, and UAB aspires to change the makeup of our workforce to more adequately reflect our patient population. Our residency program is an important pipeline for developing future physicians at UAB, and we celebrate the extraordinary faculty of under-represented backgrounds who are our leaders in medical education.

Faculty Profiles

SVP and Dean Selwyn Vickers, MDSelwyn M. Vickers, MD, is the Senior Vice President of Medicine and Dean of UAB School of Medicine. He serves as chair of UAB’s Medicine Joint Operative Leadership Committee, which steers operations and finances for all UAB Hospital and ambulatory medical services. He is a pioneer in health disparities research and is co-principal investigator of a multi-million dollar grant to create the National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for African-American Men’s Health. His passion for education is reflected by his receipt of multiple awards including: Argus Society for Excellence in Teaching Award, Best Clinical Professor Award, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

Raegan Durant, MDRaegan Durant, MD, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Preventive Medicine. His passion for health disparities research is reflected in his role as principal investigator of a five-site consortium study to examine and enhance the participation of minorities in clinical trials with a goal to increase diversity in research study populations. He currently serves as the Medical Director at Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, a publicly funded ambulatory care facility providing quality clinical care for uninsured and low-income residents in Birmingham. He also  worked to develop the curriculum for the Health Disparities Track for the UAB Internal Medicine Residency Program and continues to work to expand the track to serve a greater population in need.  For his passion in health disparities, he is the recent recipient of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Diversity Enhancement.

James Willig, MD, MPHJames Willig, MD, MPH, is  Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He is dedicated to developing advancements in education, which is reflected in his new role as Assistant Dean for Clinical Education in the School of Medicine. In this role, he leads development of curricula, assist in recruiting new clinical sites for preceptorship, and aids in integrating basic sciences into clinical education. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Internal Medicine Clerkship at UAB. He continually works to find new relationships between clinical medicine and informatics through participation in various medical informatics initiatives within UAB Health System Information Services and Informatics Institute. For his outstanding compassion and respect for patients and their families, he received the 2017 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. 

Julian Booker, MDJulian Booker, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease and serves as Director of Echocardiography within the Section of General Cardiology, Prevention, and Imaging. His excellence in cardiac imaging is reflected in his recent appointment as the inaugural Navin C. Nanda Endowed Scholar in Echocardiography.