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Ray L. Watts, M.D., made the choice that would change his life when the phone rang one sunny Saturday in April. The college senior had earned a spot in one of the nation’s most prestigious graduate engineering programs. But he turned it down that day. He wanted to go to medical school to chase a bigger challenge.

Thirty-four years later, another decision has presented Watts with his greatest challenge yet: leading the School of Medicine into a new era of American health care as dean and senior vice president for medicine.


Turning Points

A career of choices is helping Ray Watts to define the future of medicine at UAB.

More from Dean Watts
See and hear more on a new site that will provide progress updates.

Foundations for the Future
Preview the school's plans for education, research, and primary care.

Additional Features

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Student Rounds
A small, good thing inspires four students to write about health care's human side.

Web Extra
Read the students' intriguing essays.

Alumni Profile

Verneeda Spencer, M.D.
Discover the challenges of providing cancer care on the Last Frontier.