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Chair, Department of Surgery

Herbert Chen, M.D., FACS, 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. Elizabeth Beierle

Elizabeth Beierle, M.D.

Vice Chair, Faculty Development


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


Martin Colin, M.D., FACS

Colin Martin, M.D., FACS

Associate Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Sara Pereira, MD, FACS

Sara Periera, M.D., FACS

Associate Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Dr. Brenessa Lindeman

Brenessa Lindeman, M.D., MEHP

Chief 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

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

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Chen, Mike K., M.D., MBA

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Joseph 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

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Davies, James, M.D.

James Davies, M.D.

Division Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery
John W. Kirklin Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery
Surgical Director of the Cardiothoracic Operating Room

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

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de la Torre, Jorge, M.D., MSHA

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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

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Dudeja, Vikas, M.D.

Vikas Dudeja, MD

Associate Professor
Director, Division of Surgical Oncology

Selwyn M. Vickers Endowed Scholar

Areas of Interest
pancreatic cancer, hepatobiliary malignancies, immunology and stromal biology

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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

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

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Director, Division of Acute Care Surgery

Areas of Interest
trauma, surgical critical care, acute care surgery, pre-hospital emergency care

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Krontiras, Helen, M.D.


Director, Division of Breast and Endocrine Surgery
Kirby I. Bland, M.D., Endowed Professor in Surgery

Areas of Interest
breast cancer, chemoprevention


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Locke, Jayme, M.D., MPH

Dr. Jayme Locke

Mark H. Deierhoi Endowed Professor in Surgery
Director, Division of Transplantation
Director, Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program
Director, Transplant Analytics, Informatics & Quality
Director, UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute

Areas of Interest
abdominal transplantation, incompatible organ transplantation, transplantation of HIV-infected end-stage patients, outcomes and behavioral research focused on health disparities

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