More than 1,200 interns, residents and fellows train in every medical specialty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and at regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa and Selma. Each year, a class of trainees graduate and a new class joins UAB, setting off on their trainee experience, whether it be a one-year fellowship program or a seven-year residency.

The one-year fellowship program offered at UAB/Children’s of Alabama is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships. As such, graduating fellows are fully qualified to sit for the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery Exam that enables them to attain ABPNS Board Certification in Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Our fellows are well-trained under the direction of Jeffrey Blount, M.D., and perform among the top trained and most distinguished graduating residents in Neurosurgery training programs in North America. We are proud that all our fellows have successfully completed ABPNS certification, and the vast majority has continued to pursue pediatric neurosurgery. Many have gone on to leadership positions in pediatric neurosurgery at distinguished Pediatric medical centers around North America.


  • Paige Lundy, M.D.
    Paige Lundy, M.D.

    Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Residency: University of Kansas

    Hometown: Kansas City, MO

    Areas of Interest: Spinal differences, myelomeningocele from prenatal to adulthood, global health, and medical outreach


  • Ariana Barkley, M.D.
    Ariana Barkley, M.D.

    Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

    Residency: University of Washington

    Hometown: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

    Areas of Interest: Global neurosurgery and neurosurgery education

    Next steps: She is headed to the University of New Mexico for position in Pediatric Neurosurgery!