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Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Comprehensive Stroke Research Center
Director, Stroke Residency Program
Director, Neurology Clerkship Program
Headache Research and Treatment Program


Professional Background:

Medical School: La Salle University School of Medicine in Mexico, 1982; M.D. 
Surgery Residency: lo Octubre Hospital, Mexico City, 1984-1988
Pediatric Residency: University of South Alabama Department of Pediatrics, USA, 1992-1993
Neurology Residency: University of South Alabama Department of Neurology, 1993-1997
Office: Sparks Center, Room 440F, 1720 7th Avenue South
Phone: 205.996.7945


Personal Info:
J. Ivan Lopez, M.D., FAAN, was appointed Associate Professor of Neurology on April 15, 2009 to serve dual roles in the Headache Research and Treatment Program and in the Comprehensive Stroke Research Center.

Dr. Lopez has had a distinguished career thus far which began in 1982 when he received his M.D. degree from La Salle University School of Medicine in Mexico and went on to practice as Physician and Surgeon at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1983. In 1986, he obtained his medical license in Mexico from the General Registrar of Professions and in 1991 was certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in the United States. Subsequently he has been licensed to practice medicine in the states of Alabama (1993), Florida (1996), and in Georgia (2001). Additional certifications include "Neurosonology" by the American Society of Neuroimaging in 1995, "Neurology" with special qualifications in "Child Neurology" by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2000, "Neurologic Subspecialties in Headache Medicine" by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in 2007, and in "Vascular Neurology" by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2008.

Dr. Lopez comes to UAB from the University of South Alabama where he was Director of both the USA Stroke Center and Neurology Residency Program. At UAB, he serves as Director of the Vascular Neurology Training Program and has plans, together with Dr. John Rothrock, to establish a training program in Headache Medicine.

Dr. Lopez also serves in the United States Military. Beginning in June of 2005 he was commissioned as Capitan in the United States Army Reserve and was promoted to Major by April of 2007. He received the Army Achivement Medal for services rendered at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006, and in 2008 he received the Army Commendation Medal for services rendered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during Operation Enduring Freedom. Dr. Lopez completed a three-month long tour from August to November, 2010 in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

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