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Victor J. Thannickal, MD
Director - Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, & Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Thannickal is Professor of Medicine and the Ben Vaughan Branscomb Chair of Medicine in Respiratory Disease at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he currently serves as director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. Following a clinical and research fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Tufts-New England Medical Center at Boston, Thannickal remained on the faculty at Tufts before taking a position at the University of Michigan Medical School in 2001. In 2009, Dr. Thannickal accepted the Division Director at UAB, quickly using his expertise in team-building, mentoring, and pulmonary research to develop and strengthen the division’s clinical, educational, and research efforts.

Dr. Thannickal’s research is focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms of lung repair and regeneration. Active studies involve elucidating mechanisms of cellular senescence, oxidative stress and aging in the context of chronic lung diseases, in concert with the development of therapeutics and biomarkers for complex lung diseases. His research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Thannickal is an elected member of Association of American Physicians, and received the American Thoracic Society Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments in 2016. He has served on the ATS Research Training Fellowship Committee, Scientific Advisory Committee, Awards Committee and the RCMB Working Group on Aging. He has been a strong advocate for increasing research funding on behalf of the ATS and the NIH, including providing congressional testimony on Capitol Hill.

Additional Division Leadership
Clinical Director - James Johnson, MD
Pulmonary Clinic Director - Jack Hasson, MD
MICU Director - Steve Stigler, MD
Pulmonary Function and Exercise Physiology Lab Director - Surya Bhatt, MD
VA Medical Center Acute & Subspecialty Care Chief - John Kennedy, MD
VA Pulmonary Section Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy - J. Allen Cooper, MD
Vice President of Strategy & Quality Officer - Scott Buchalter, MD
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education - Kevin Leon, MD
Director, Integrative Biomedical Science and Admissions Director, Endocrine Module, MS-2 Pre-Clerkship Curriculum - Shawn Galin, PhD
Undergraduate Medical Education - Pilar Acosta Lara, MD