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Chair, Department of Surgery

Herbert Chen, M.D., is an internationally recognized surgeon-scientist and medical educator. He serves as chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief of UAB Hospital.


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Martin Heslin, M.D., MSHA

Executive Vice Chair, Department of Surgery


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Christal Moore, MBA, MHA, FACHE

Executive Administrator, Department of Surgery


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James Bibb, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Basic Research


Dr. Marshall Urist

Marshall Urist, M.D.

Vice Chair, Education


Dr. Elizabeth Beierle

Elizabeth Beierle, M.D.

Vice Chair, Faculty Development


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Jayme Locke, M.D., MPH

Vice Chair, Health Services Research


Dr. George Yang

George Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice Chair, VA Affairs

Associate Chief of Staff, VA Surgical Services


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Melanie S. Morris, M.D.

Vice Chair, Perioperative Services


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Catherine Parker, M.D.

Vice Chair, Patient Experience


Dr. Brenessa Lindeman

Brenessa Lindeman, M.D., MEHP

Wellness Officer, Department of Surgery


Division Directors

Beck, Adam, M.D.

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Director, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Holt A. McDowell, Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Vascular Surgery
Associate Professor

Areas of Interest
complex aortic disease, including aortic dissection, suprarenal and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, device development, outcomes research

Chen, Mike K., M.D.

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Jospeh M. Farley Chair in Pediatric Surgery
Director, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Surgeon-in-Chief, Children’s of Alabama Hospital

Areas of Interest
anorectal malformation, Hirschsprung’s disease, bowel management, congenital anomalies, thoracic defects and minimal invasive surgery

Davies, James, M.D.

James Davies, M.D.

Division Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery
John W. Kirklin Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery
Chief, Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery
Surgical Director of the Cardiothoracic Operating Room
Chief Cardiothoracic Surgery, Birmingham Veterans Hospital

Areas of Interest
adult cardiac surgery, cardiac valvular disease, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, outcomes research

de la Torre, Jorge, M.D., M.S.H.A

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Director, Division of Plastic Surgery

Areas of Interest
abdminoplasty, aesthetic surgery, body contouring, breast reduction and mastopexy procedures, complex wound healing problems including pressure sores, liposuction, trunk contouring after gastric bypass

Eckhoff, Devin E., M.D.

Dr. Devin Eckhoff

Director, Division of Transplantation
Arnold G. Diethelm Chair in Transplantation Surgery

Areas of Interest
pediatric and adult liver transplantation, complex hepatobiliary surgery, ischemia reperfusion injury, xenotransplantation

Kennedy, Gregory, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Gregory Kennedy

Director, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery
John H. Blue Chair of General Surgery

Areas of Interest
colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, benign conditions of colon, rectum and anus, endoscopic treatment of colonic disease, chemoprevention

Kerby, Jeffrey D., M.D., Ph.D.

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Director, Division of Acute Care Surgery

Clinical Interests
trauma, surgical critical care, acute care surgery, pre-hospital emergency care

Krontiras, Helen, M.D.


Director, Division of Surgical Oncology

Areas of Interest
breast cancer, chemoprvention