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In alignment with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine and the UAB Health System, The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is committed to cultivating an environment where all faculty, staff, fellows and residents feel valued and respected regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, rank or title. We are dedicated to the advancement of all individuals with diverse experiences and perspectives and firmly renounce all forms of discrimination.

The department strives to sustain a culture that is both diversified and inclusive.

The UAB Heersink School of Medicine condemns racism in all of its forms. We acknowledge its existence and commit to proactively working to root out inequalities that have existed for far too long. Read our full statement.

Heersink School of Medicine

Mission: Our mission is to pursue excellence in medicine at UAB by cultivating an accepting and affirming environment for all in the areas of education, research, and patient care—while enhancing efforts in recruitment, career development, and retention of employees and students.

Vision: We aim to be a national leader for fostering a collaborative environment that welcomes and celebrates all people.

We aspire to:
• Build an institution free from discrimination of any kind
• Create excellence by cultivating diversity
• Enhance the recruitment, career development, and retention of students, trainees, and faculty from underrepresented populations
• Promote education that improves health equity for all

Read more about the Heersink School of Medicine's diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

UAB Health System

Our Vision
UAB Medicine is committed to improving the health and lives of those we serve by providing care that is culturally competent and socially responsible. As we work toward this vision, we continually keep in mind that culture change is a process. It requires an intentional focus on our core values and mission to guide our efforts to create a world-class health system where our patients, employees, and students have a sense of belonging, dignity, and justice.

Our Mission
UAB Medicine’s mission is to deliver world-class patient care to the residents of Alabama and beyond, advance medical science through pioneering research, and train the sharpest medical minds. We are deeply committed to a patient- and family-centric approach to providing care, so we strive to make every patient encounter a positive one. This dedication to excellence is what makes UAB Medicine a preferred provider of care and helps us attract the best and brightest staff, while setting the highest standards for medical innovation and education.

Read more about the UAB Health System's diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.