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May 25, 2021

18 faculty members named winners of 2021 Dean’s Excellence Awards

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dea articleEighteen outstanding faculty members have been named winners of the 2021 Dean’s Excellence Awards. This honor recognizes exceptional contributions by School of Medicine faculty members in the areas of teaching, research, service, mentorship, and diversity.

Each year, faculty are nominated by their faculty peers for their contributions to the School of Medicine, then selected in a peer-review process.

"I am happy to announce the winners of this year’s Dean's Excellence Awards," says Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS, senior vice president for Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine.

"These awards recognize the exceptional work done by our faculty across key mission areas. Every individual who was selected has exemplified an immeasurable impact on the School of Medicine and the Birmingham community at-large. During a year of hardships, each winner demonstrated exceptional efforts, contributing to excellence in our enterprise.”

Click the name of each 2021 Dean’s Excellence Award winner to read about their accomplishment and watch a video.


Peter Anderson, DVM, Ph.D. | Senior Faculty
Robin A.J. Lester, Ph.D. | Senior Faculty
Frida Rosenblum, M.D. | Junior Faculty
Rebekah Weil, M.D. | Junior Faculty


Christine A. Curcio, Ph.D. | Senior Faculty
Sadis Matalon, Ph.D., Dr.Sc. (Hon.), FAPS | Senior Faculty
Ashley Harms, Ph.D. | Junior Faculty


E. Turner Overton, M.D. | Senior Faculty
W. Stephen Stigler, M.D. | Senior Faculty
Cecelia Hutto, M.D. | Senior Faculty
Rachael Lee, M.D., MSPH | Junior Faculty
Carlie Stein Somerville, M.D. | Junior Faculty
Sixto M. Leal, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. | Junior Faculty
Lauren Tanner, M.D., FACS | Junior Faculty


Karen Cropsey, PsyD | Senior Faculty
Brandi McCleskey, M.D. | Junior Faculty

Diversity Enhancement

Seth Landefeld, M.D. | Senior Faculty
Samantha Hill, M.D., MPH | Junior Faculty