Dr. Marshall M. Urist, left, poses for a photo with Dr. Kirby I. Bland, right, at the 2018 Kirby I. Bland, M.D., Visiting Lectureship, where the newly commissioned portrait of Bland was revealed.

Invest in the future of UAB Surgery

Philanthropy has played a pivotal role in the transcendence of The University of Alabama at Birmingham as a doctoral research university and medical center. Through the decades, every gift and giver has helped us prepare young people for their future, cure disease through research and patient care, enrich our lives through the arts and make our state and our world a better place to live. Because when you support the work of UAB, giving something changes everything.

Please consider investing in the department through one of the following opportunities:

The Mark H. Deierhoi, M.D., Endowed Professorship in the Department of Surgery will provide resources to help the Department of Surgery recruit and retain top academic talent. Since joining the Department of Surgery in 1986, Dr. Deierhoi has been instrumental in the evolution of transplantation surgery at UAB and is known throughout the field as a skilled and prolific transplant surgeon, as well as a diligent and patient teacher. The Department wishes to recognize these contributions by naming the professorship in his honor.

The Luis O. Vasconez, M.D., Endowed Professorship in the Department of Surgery honors Dr. Vásconez’s illustrious legacy and preserves his invaluable contributions to the Department of Surgery by assisting in our efforts to recruit top faculty, conduct cutting-edge research and train the next generation of leaders in plastic surgery. Dr. Vásconez continues to elevate training at UAB through his commitment to teaching and mentorship.

The Marshall M. Urist General Surgery Residency Society provides support for innovative educational opportunities that cultivate residents’ clinical expertise and character, equipping them to become the next generation of leaders in surgery. A gift to The Society is an opportunity for alumni, faculty and friends to invest in the future of the surgery.

The Kirby I. Bland, M.D., Endowed Chair in the Department of Surgery honors Dr. Bland’s leadership and guidance of the Department of Surgery. For more than 15 years, Dr. Bland served as chair of the UAB Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at UAB Hospital. Dr. Bland continues to be an active member of the UAB Department of Surgery and serving as a trusted mentor to numerous trainees and faculty.