The University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Our university has a rich history of medical education and research, as the home institution of Tinsley Harrison, author of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, and Basil Hirschowitz, inventor of the endoscope. UAB has many national and world accolades, some of which are highlighted below.

The UAB O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

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  • UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center ranked as one of the nation’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs”
  • The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center treats over 5,000 new patients annually
  • UAB’s Cancer Center was awarded a five-year $29 million core grant from the NCI
  • There are more than 1.5 million visits each year to the UAB outpatient clinics.
  • 350 UAB physicians were featured on the Best Doctors in America list.
  • UAB is among the 20 largest hospitals in the US, with over 1,200 in patients’ beds

Learn more about the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

 What sets UAB apart

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  • 2020: UAB ranked 7th in the world for research and education efforts around health and well-being
  • 2019: UAB ranked #1 youngest university in the US, and Top 12 in the world
  • 2019: UAB Hospital received “America’s Best Hospital” designation in five areas: Cancer care, Breast care, heart care, and obstetrics and gynecology.
  • 2019: $600 Million in research funding
  • 2019: $358 Million in NIH research funding
  • 2019: UAB one of 14 colleges and universities named a Diversity Champion
  • 2019: 10 of UAB’s specialties ranked among the nation’s top 50 programs of their kind

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