U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 Best Hospitals report ranks UAB Neurology & Neurosurgery No. 25 nationally, and No. 5 among public institutions.

The UAB Neurosurgery residents were involved in 50 publications during 2015, and served as first author on 22 of those articles. Through the Department of Neurosurgery’s Office of Clinical Research, residents are helped to publish, by being provided extensive training in evidence-based research, and are given infrastructure support for their studies.

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Members of the UAB Neurosurgery Women’s Leadership Council toured the research laboratory of James Markert, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the UAB Department of Neurosurgery on January 13, and learned about Dr. Markert’s research, which is focused on developing new treatments for brain cancer.

During the tour, Jennifer Clements, lab manager, explained the numerous steps necessary to translate a new treatment from the laboratory into clinical practice, and how philanthropy can accelerate this process. For example, philanthropic investment can help scientists explore promising new theories and gather the necessary pilot data to successfully apply for federal funding.


Barton L. Guthrie, M.D. has led an exceptional career as a world-renowned neurosurgeon, focused on improving treatment for patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and tremor as well as for patients with brain tumors. He founded the UAB Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS) program which has become one of the largest in the country, having performed over 1,000 DBS procedures for debilitating movement disorders.

In so doing, he has established a culture in the UAB Department of Neurosurgery that revolves around putting the needs of the patient first and clearly defining the clinical value of neurosurgery for these patients. His innovations in technology and care delivery processes have proven valuable across the country.

Dr. Guthrie’s distinguished career has left an indelible impact on the School of Medicine, and UAB seeks to expand upon his legacy of excellence in patient care and innovation through the creation of the Barton L. Guthrie, M.D., Endowed Chair. The appointment of an endowed chair rewards a physician’s professional contributions, recognizes the value of his/her research endeavors, and safeguards the funding needed to continue these pioneering efforts. A gift to support the Barton L. Guthrie, M.D., Endowed Chair is an opportunity for alumni, faculty, and friends to invest in the future of our specialty, promoting a process committed to analysis and improvement of patient outcome.

Wheeling for Hope, a local non-profit 501C charity, continues to raise much needed funds for adult and pediatric brain tumor research and patient support services at UAB and Children’s of Alabama. The charity raised and donated $33,000 this year.

Donations have provided such items as educational materials for patients and families, funds to sponsor children for Camp Smile-a-Mile, new research lab equipment, and funds to support brain tumor research efforts.

Cathie Robinson, research nurse coordinator for the Department of Neurosurgery, serves as the president of Wheeling for Hope and has been very instrumental in fund raising for the charity and bringing awareness to brain tumors.

If you are interested in learning more or making a donation to Wheeling for Hope, please contact Cathie at