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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 Heersink School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief of UAB Hospital. Dr. Chen is the senior associate dean of academic affairs for the Heersink School of Medicine.

Mary McDougalMary McDougal, MPA

Executive Administrator, Department of Surgery


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Executive Vice Chair, Department of Surgery


Dr. Elizabeth Beierle

Elizabeth Beierle, M.D.

Vice Chair, Faculty Development


James George, PhD

James George, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Basic Research


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Jayleen Grams, M.D.

Vice Chair, VA Affairs
Associate Chief of Staff, VA Surgical Services


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Brenessa Lindeman, M.D., MEHP, FACS

Vice Chair, Education


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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. Lily Gutnik

Lily Gutnik, M.D.

Associate Vice Chair, Global Surgery  



Britney Corey, M.D., MACM, FACS

Program Director, General Surgery Residency



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 of Vascular Surgery
    Director of Quality and Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer, CTI

    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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    Director, Division of Pediatric Surgery

    Joseph M. Farley Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery
    Surgeon-in-Chief, Children’s of Alabama

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

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  • Davies, James, M.D.

    Dr. James Davies

    Director, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    John W. Kirklin Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery
    Surgical Director, Cardiovascular Operating Room
    Director, UAB Cardiovascular Institute

    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

    Dr. de la Torre

    Director, Division of Plastic Surgery
    Bruce F. Connell M.D., Endowed Chair in Plastic Surgery

    Areas of Interest
    abdominoplasty, 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., FACS

    Dr. Vikas Dudeja

    James P. Hayes, Jr., Endowed Professor in Gastrointestinal Oncology

    Director, Division of Surgical Oncology

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

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  • Kerby, Jeffrey D., M.D., Ph.D., FACS

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    Brigham Family Endowed Professor in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

    Director, Division of Trauma and 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
    Director of Clinical Affairs, O’Neal Cancer Service Line

    Areas of Interest
    Breast disease-prevention and surgical treatments

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  • Locke, Jayme, M.D., MPH

    Dr. Jayme Locke

    Director, Division of Transplantation
    Arnold G. Diethelm Endowed Chair in Transplantation Surgery
    Director, UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute
    Director, Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program
    Director, Transplant Analytics, Informatics & Quality
    Associate Chief Medical Officer, Inpatient Quality & Patient Safety

    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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