The Department of Radiology regrets to relate the untimely passing of Michael T. Azure, PhD. Dr. Azure was Director of Cyclotron Innovations for Alabama and served in the Division of Advanced Medical Imaging. He had secondary appointments in the Comprehensive Cancer Center Experimental Therapeutics Program, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Chemistry.

At UAB Dr. Azure established the Radioactive Materials Lab, and was responsible for acquisition of the largest cyclotron at any academic medical center in the United States. In addition, Dr. Azure established a program for targeted immunotherapy with Pb-212, in collaboration with AREVA Med, LLC.

Dr. Azure made significant contributions in every professional endeavor he undertook. He designed a highly flexible liquid handling unit for manufacturing novel PET radiopharmaceuticals. He received numerous awards for his performance in the private sector, and was inventor on several patents. His background was varied and he successfully conducted research in both academic and industrial environments.

Dr. Azure had a passion for teaching and was a dedicated teacher of radiology and radiation oncology residents while at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate chemistry courses at Rutgers University. As a teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Azure’s infectious enthusiasm and endless energy for his profession was contagious. As scientists with his skill set and ability to bring technology and agents to fruition can be limited in the imaging research arena, his scientific expertise and entrepreneurship were an asset to our department. Dr. Azure will be missed.

Memorial donations to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center can be made in his name and sent to:

Chris N. Thomason, Sr. Director of Development
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, WTI 210H
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294
A memorial service honoring Dr. Azure will be held on Friday, July 19 at 10:00 AM in UAB’s Interfaith Chapel, located in the West Pavilion Atrium.