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Endowed Chairs and Professorships

  • Beck, Adam, M.D.

    Dr. Adam Beck

    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, CVI

    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

  • Chen, Herbert, M.D.

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    Chair, Department of Surgery
    Professor of Surgery
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Professor of Pediatrics

    Fay Fletcher Kerner Endowed Chair
    Surgeon-in-Chief, UAB Hospital and Health System
    Senior Advisor, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB
    Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Heersink School of Medicine

    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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    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

  • Dabal, Robert, M.D.

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    Chief, Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
    Director, Fourth Year Medical Student Clerkship
    A.D. Pacifico, M.D., Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery

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

  • 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

  • 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)

  • Dudeja, Vikas, M.D.

    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

  • George, James, Ph.D.

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    Vice Chair, Basic 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.

    Dr. John Grant

    James C. Lee III Chair in Pediatric Plastic Surgery
    Director, UAB Cleft and Craniofacial Center

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

  • Kennedy, Gregory, M.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Gregory Kennedy

    Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery
    John H. Blue Chair of General Surgery
    Cancer Network Director, O’Neal Cancer Service Line

    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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    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

  • 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

  • Locke, Jayme, M.D., MPH

    Dr. Jayme Locke

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

  • 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

  • Porrett, Paige, M.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Paige PorrettAssociate Professor
    Director, VCA Transplantation, UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute
    Director, Clinical & Translational Research, UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute
    Vera Hauptfeld-Dolejsek Endowed Professor in Transplant Immunology

    Areas of Interest
    Uterus transplantation, VCA transplantation, reproductive immunology, transplant immunology, pregnancy alloimmunization, renal function during pregnancy, living donor kidney transplantation, sex and race disparities in transplantation, transplantation tolerance

  • Ren, Bin, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA

    Dr. Bin Ren

    William D. Jordan, Jr. M.D., Endowed Professor in Vascular Sciences

    Areas of Interest
    angiogenesis, cancer, endothelial cell and vascular biology, epigenetics, epitranscriptomics, gene transcription and translation, ischemic heart and vascular diseases, vascular niche in stem cells

  • Young, Carlton J., M.D.

    Dr. Carlton Young

    Director, Comprehensive Transplant Institute 

    Director, Pancreas Transplantation
    Director, Pediatric Renal Transplantation (Children’s of Alabama)
    Assistant Dean for Medical Student Diversity and Inclusion
    Mark H. Deierhoi Endowed Professor in Surgery

    Areas of Interest
    kidney transplantation, pancreas transplantation, pediatric renal transplantation, health disparities research