Congratulations to Professor Ralph Crowe, M.D., on his retirement from full-time services to the UAB Department of Pathology and UAB Hospital. Effective January 1, he will work reduced clinical hours. Crowe has served his entire academic career in the Department, starting as chief resident at the outset of his medical career.

20132281130190.DRC photoD. Ralph Crowe, M.D.

Crowe is a surgical pathologist and cytopathologist with more than 30 years of experience in clinical diagnostic pathology of multiple organ systems. He joined the Department in 1989 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2002, before his promotion to full professor in 2012.

Dr. Crowe became a primary pulmonary transplant biopsy pathologist in 2004. His involvement with non-neoplastic and neoplastic lung disease in the following years expanded to include medical student and fellowship-level teaching, and active participation in several interdisciplinary teaching and clinical conferences. This includes a weekly Interstitial Lung Disease Conference, a monthly Thoracic Oncology Tumor Board, a Lung Transplant Morbidity and Mortality Conference, and Multidisciplinary Chest Conference.

Cytopathology Faculty 2018Dr. Ralph Crowe, back row, right-hand side, with his Cytopathology fellow faculty members.

Crowe is a Birmingham native who graduated magna cum laude with a degree in philosophy from Birmingham Southern College before receiving his medical degree at UAB. He completed an internship and residency at Carraway Hospital (then Carraway Methodist Medical Center), followed by a residency at UAB Hospital, serving as chief resident in the Department of Pathology.

His participation in professional societies and service to various committees and councils is too numerous to list, spanning from student mentorship to clinical studies and beyond. Crowe has published many academic articles, abstracts and manuscripts over his career, and presented lectures, papers and posters at conferences nationwide.

Isam Eldin-Eltoum, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, has worked with Dr. Crowe for more than 20 years and said of his friend and colleague, “Dr. Crowe has always been very careful and methodical. He focuses on patients and on giving the best consultations to our clinical colleagues.” Eldin-Eltoum calls Dr. Crowe, “a southern gentleman. He is down to earth despite all the knowledge he has, not just medical but political, historical, and of the arts.”

Vishnu Reddy, M.D., Professor, Laboratory Medicine, calls Crowe, “one of the most valuable senior diagnostic pathologists in our department.”