Archives Neuro 275x275Pictures highlight the UAB Department of Neurology's history. The history of the division (now Department) of Neurology was marked by outstanding leadership, talented faculty, and remarkable growth. Here, we honor a few notable figures from the department’s first half-century.

By Tim L. Pennycuff
Images courtesy of UAB Archives


Wilmot Littlejohn, M.D.

Among the first trained neurologists in the Birmingham area, Wilmot Littlejohn, M.D., was the first director of the Division of Neurology from 1945 until 1967.

Samuel Little, M.D.

Samuel Little, M.D., directed the Division of Neurology from 1967 until 1970. He also led the Medical Center’s Electroencephalography (EEG) laboratory.

Camilo Gomez, M.D.

Camilo Gomez, M.D., circa 1995. Gomez was director of UAB’s Comprehensive Stroke Center from 1995 until 2003 and a longtime neurology faculty member.

James Halsey, M.D., and John Whitaker, M.D.

James Halsey Jr., M.D., and John Whitaker, M.D., cut the ribbon for the renovated neurology facilities in Jefferson Tower, 1988. Halsey was the third and last director of the neurology division from 1970 until 1973 and was the first chair of the new Department of Neurology until 1985. Whitaker succeeded Halsey.

John Whitaker, M.D., and Shin Oh, M.D.

John Whitaker, M.D., and Shin Oh, M.D., accept a check from the Alabama Chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, 1986. Whitaker was neurology chair from 1985 until his death in 2001, and Oh was director of the Muscular Dystrophy and Myasthenia Gravis Center from 1979 until 2000.

R. Edward Faught, M.D., and staff.

R. Edward Faught, M.D., and staff of the Adult Seizure Clinic mark National Epilepsy Month, 1983. Faught was the interim chair of neurology from 2001 until 2003. He was also the director of the UAB Seizure Clinic and was the founding director of the UAB Epilepsy Center.