Associate Professor, Department of Neurology
Comprehensive Stroke Research Center
Director, Stroke Residency Program
Director, Neurology Clerkship Program
Headache Research and Treatment Program
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.
|The nationally-ranked UAB Department of Neurology is home to eight comprehensive divisions and seven centers offering an array of clinical activities. Our residents have the opportunity to work in various neurology fields with 50 clinical and research faculty members.
John N. Whitaker Professor and Chair
We believe strongly that the residency program is at the heart of any great department, and we take the responsibility of training the next generation of neurologists very seriously.
Our residents have unsurpassed opportunities for training in clinical care, research and teaching. Perhaps as important as all of the above are the outstanding camaraderie and cooperative spirit that exist throughout the department, and each day we are truly excited about and look forward to coming to work.