Endowed Chairs and Professorships

  • 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

  • Beierle, Elizabeth A., M.D.

    Dr. Elizabeth Beierle

    Vice Chair, Faculty Development
    Surgical Director, Hepatobiliary Clinic, Children's of Alabama
    Charles D. McCrary Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery

    Areas of Interest
    pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric solid tumors, neuroblastoma

  • Bibb, James, Ph.D.

    Dr. James Bibb

    Vice Chair, Basic Research 
    Dr. Champ Lyons Endowed Chair in General Surgery

    Areas of Interest
    cognition and synaptic plasticity, mental illness, addiction, neuronal injury, neuroendocrine cancer, intracellular signal transduction

  • Chen, Herbert, M.D., FACS

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    Chair, Department of Surgery
    Professor of Surgery
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Fay Fletcher Kerner Endowed Chair
    Surgeon-in-Chief, UAB Hospital and Health System
    Senior Advisor, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Areas of Interest
    thyroid and parathyroid surgery, minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy, adrenal surgery, endocrine surgery, neuroendocrine cancer biology

  • 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

  • Dabal, Robert, M.D.

    Dabal Robert Cardiothoracic

    Chief, Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
    A.D. Pacifico, M.D., Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery
    Associate Professor

    Director, Fourth Year Medical Student Clerkship

    Areas of Interest
    pediatric cardiac surgery, quality improvement and outcomes research

  • 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

  • Donahue, James M., M.D.

    Dr. James Donahue

    Associate Professor
    Section Chief, Thoracic Surgery
    James H. Estes Family Endowed Chair for Lung Cancer Research in the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Areas of Interest
    Lung and esophageal cancer surgery, chest wall surgery, tracheal resection and reconstruction, mediastinal tumors, outcomes research, airway disorders, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, lung nodules, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, malignant pleural effusions, pneumothorax, esophageal disease (benign)

  • George, James, Ph.D.

    George James Cardiothoracic

    Associate Vice Chair of Research
    UAB Cardiovascular Surgical Research Endowed Chair

    Areas of Interest
    immune regulation of post-transplant vascular disease and allograft rejection, transplantation and heart failure outcomes research

  • Grant, John H., III, M.D.

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    James C. Lee III Chair in Pediatric Plastic Surgery

    Areas of Interest
    pediatric plastic surgery, pediatric craniofacial surgery, outcomes research, biomechanics, wound healing

  • Heslin, Martin, M.D.

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    Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
    Chief of Medical Staff, UAB Hospital
    James P. Hayes, Jr. Endowed Professor in Gastrointestinal Oncology

    Areas of Interest
    gastrointestinal oncology, focusing primarily on neoplasms of the pancreas, stomach, colon and rectum

  • 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

  • Kirklin, James K., M.D.

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    James K. Kirklin Endowed Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Director, James and John Kirklin Institute for Research in Surgical Outcomes (KIRSO)

    Areas of Interest
    health services research, surgical outcomes

  • 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

  • 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

  • Pearce, Benjamin J., M.D.

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    Associate Professor
    Director, Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency and Fellowship Programs
    William D. Jordan, Jr. Endowed Professor in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy

    Areas of Interest
    tibial revascularization, open thoraco-abdominal reconstruction, complex endovascular reconstruction of aortic disease involving the visceral segment, iatrogenic injury