Dr. Rutsky and Dr. RostandL to R: Edwin Rutsky, MD and Stephen G. Rostand, MDThe Rostand/Rutsky lectureship is an annual presentation delivered at the Fellow's Graduation Ceremony. Speakers for this lectureship are selected by a committee in the Division of Nephrology of distinguished alumni.

Stephen G. Rostand, MD is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine where he has served for more than 35 years. His major interests have been in heart disease in chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and kidney disease, particularly in African Americans. He is also interested in factors contributing to the increased susceptibility of African Americans for cardio-renal disease. He has published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers, editorials, and book chapters. In addition, he serves as the Principal Investigator for the UAB Clinical Center for the African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK) and its subsequent AASK cohort Study and has since its inception. He has also helped mentor and train numerous post-doctoral fellows in Nephrology.

Edwin Rutsky, M.D. has been an outstanding teacher and clinician in the Division of Nephrology and the Department of Medicine since his faculty appointment at UAB in 1971. The Department of Medicine has recognized his contributions with the naming of the top ten clinician awards as the C. Glenn Cobbs-Edwin A. Rutsky Award for Clinical Excellence. He has been actively involved in several landmark clinical trials including initial studies on the use of recombinant human erythropoietin in patients with end-stage renal disease. He has served on numerous committees in the Department of Medicine and is currently Professor Emeritus in the Division of Nephrology at UAB and remains actively engaged in clinical medicine.


  • Drs. Stephen Rostand & Edwin Rutsky Past Lecturers

    Thursday June 22, 2023
    Thomas Wheeler, MD

    Tamorie Smith, MD

    Jeffrey H Glaze, MD

    Thursday June 18, 2020
    Ruth Campbell, MD

    Wednesday June 19, 2019
    Tom Ozbirn, MD

    Thursday June 21, 2018
    Azita Takeshian, MD

    Thursday June 15, 2017
    Carl Dukes, MD

    Thursday June 23, 2016
    Christopher Poole, MD

    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Fred Adams, MD

    Thursday, June 12, 2014
    James Lewis, MD

    Thursday, June 13, 2013
    Patricia Adams, MD
    Professor, Section of Nephrology
    Wake Forest School of Medicine
    Title: "Plan ahead, but don't miss the acorns"

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

    Shirley Schlessinger, MD
    Chair, Department of Medicine 
    University of MississippiTitle: "Perspectives on the patient-physician relationship"

    Thursday, June 16, 2011
    David White, M.D. Nephrologist
    Nephrology Associates
    Columbus, Georgia
    Title: "A Perspective of Private Practice and tricks of the trade for basic success in small towns"

    Thursday, June 3, 2010
    David Tharpe, M.D.
    Co-Founding Physician
    Nephrology Associates P.C.
    Birmingham, Alabama
    Title: "A Perspective of Private Practice Nephrology in Birmingham Alabama" 

    Thursday, June 4, 2009
    Errol Crook, M.D.
    Abraham Mitchell Chair of Internal Medicine 
    University of South Alabama College of Medicine
    Mobile, Alabama
    Title: "Look to Nephrology for Solutions to our Health System Dilemma"

    Thursday, June 19th, 2008
    J. Kevin Tucker, MD, Program director
    Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital Joint Nephrology Fellowship program
    Associate Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Harvard Medical School, Boston
    Title:  "Rostand, Rutsky and the UAB Nephrology Experience"