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James J. Hicks Endowed Professor of Otolaryngology & Interim Chair
Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery
Senior Scientist, Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center
Senior Scientist, Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Schedule Appointment: 205-801-7801 (option 1)

Administrative Support:
Laura Franks
M: 205-801-7801 (option 3) | F: 205-801-7802 

Physical Address:
1155 Faculty Office Tower
510 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Mailing Address:
FOT 1155
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-3412

Clinic Address:
The Kirklin Clinic 2nd floor
2000 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Bradford Woodworth, M.D., has been at UAB since 2008, specializing in the treatment of sinonasal and skull base diseases. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Williams College, Woodworth earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and a residency in Otolaryngology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He then completed a fellowship in Rhinology & Sinus Surgery and a research fellowship in Rhinology at the world-renowned Division of Rhinology at the University of Pennsylvania.

As a surgeon-scientist and academic leader, Woodworth has procured over 4 million dollars in grant funding including a 5-year, $1.73 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. His laboratory investigates novel therapeutic interventions that enhance mucociliary clearance in both cystic fibrosis (where chronic rhinosinusitis is virtually universal) and non-cystic fibrosis chronic rhinosinusitis. Dr. Woodworth is also nationally and internationally recognized for his research regarding management paradigms for cystic fibrosis sinus disease, pioneering techniques for cerebrospinal fluid leak/skull base defect repair and skull base surgery, innovative methods to improve Draf III frontal sinusotomy patency, and the revolutionary treatment of frontal sinus trauma using transnasal endoscopic techniques. He continually challenges established medical and surgical treatment paradigms by generating, testing, and then publishing inventive methods to improve clinical outcomes for patients with sinus and skull base disorders.

Dr. Woodworth has lectured on endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery at numerous national and international venues, published over 200 journal articles and 40 textbook chapters, and is the editor of 2 Rhinology textbooks. He has an H index of 50 with over 8000 citations of his works. He and his mentored students/residents have also been awarded numerous regional, national, and international honors including the Edmund Prince Fowler Award from the Triological Society for best thesis, the American Rhinologic Society Young Physician-Scientist Award, and the Cottle Award, as well as the American Academy of Otolaryngology Medical Student Research Award.

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology, 2007

Clinical Expertise

  • Sinus and nasal medicine

  • Revision endoscopic sinus surgery

  • Skull base surgery

  • Endoscopic pituitary surgery

  • Endoscopic CSF leak repair

  • Minimally-invasive sinus cancer surgery

  • Frontal sinus surgery

  • Management of recalcitrant chronic sinusitis

Research Expertise

  • Minimally-invasive approaches to sinus and skull base tumors

  • Skull base repair

  • Spontaneous CSF leaks

  • Frontal sinus surgery

  • Topical medications for sinusitis

  • Novel therapeutics for chronic sinusitis

  • Sinonasal respiratory epithelial cell vectorial ion transport

  • Physiology of mucociliary clearance

  • Cystic Fibrosis

Medical School

Tulane University School of Medicine, 1999-2001

Postdoctoral Training

University of Pennsylvania, Rhinology & Sinus Surgery Fellowship, 2007
University of Pennsylvania, Rhinology Research Fellowship, 2006-2007
Medical University of South Carolina, Otolaryngology Residency, 2002-2006

Awards & Honors

  • 1993-1996 Williams College Dean's List

  • 1994-1996 Academic All-American (Wrestling)

  • 1997-1998 President, Tulane School of Medicine Class of 2001

  • 1999 C. Thorpe Ray Internal Medicine Award, awarded to the most outstanding student in the medicine clerkship

  • 2000 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society- Junior Inductee

  • 2001 Merck Manual Medical Book Award, for outstanding academic performance by a medical student

  • 2001 Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society

  • 2002 Applause Award, for providing quality service and patient care

  • 2004 Frances Lejeune Resident Research Award, Triological Society

  • 2004 Basic Science Research Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

  • 2004 American Rhinologic Society 50th Anniversary Meeting Poster Award

  • 2005 Winner, MUSC Resident Research Competition

  • 2006 Resident Teaching Award, MUSC Department of Otolaryngology

  • 2006 MUSC Hospital-Wide Faculty Excellence in Training Award, given by MUSC's third-year medical students

  • 2006 Cottle Award Runner-up, American Rhinologic Society

  • 2010 Faculty Member of the Year, as voted by the residents, UAB Division of Otolaryngology

  • 2010-2020 Best Doctors in America

  • 2011 American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award

  • 2014 Young Physician Award, American Rhinologic Society

  • 2014- (present) Top Doctors- Castle Connolly Medical

  • 2015 Edmund Prince Fowler Award for Triological Thesis, Triological Society

  • 2016 Cottle Award Runner-up, American Rhinologic Society

  • 2017 American Rhinologic Society (ARS) Basic Science Research Award

Selected Publications

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