The Kirby I. Bland, M.D., Visiting Lectureship was established to honor the distinguished career of Dr. Bland, who served as chair of the UAB Department of Surgery for nearly 16 years. During his illustrious career, Dr. Bland was a mentor to countless medical students and residents, set the bar for patient care and pioneered surgical research.


  • 2021 Carmen Solorzano
  • 2020 Richard D. Schulick, M.D., MBA
  • 2019 Mary Hawn, M.D., MPH
  • 2018 L.D. Britt, M.D.
  • 2017 Keith D. Lillemoe, M.D.
  • 2016 Caprice C. Greenberg, M.D., MPH

About Kirby I Bland

Kirby I Bland, M.D., is a Professor of Surigcal Oncology and Chair Emeritus of UAB's Department of Surgery and provides leadership to the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Bland is internationally renowned for his contributions to surgical oncology and for his distinguished career as a general surgeon, researcher and editor.

Bland Bachrach Photos 004 webDr. Bland to maintains a clinical practice, operating and seeing patients 4 days a week.

Dr. Bland's research influence is far reaching. He has been a Principal Investigator/Program Leader of the Cancer Center's National Institute of Health's SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) on two prior cycles and continues to be the Principal Investigator on UAB's NIH T-32 Training Grant in Surgical Oncology. His scientific focus and research remains that of targeted therapies and chemoprevention of breast cancer with the intent for advancement of innovation and translational science in clinical trials for breast cancer and melanoma.

Dr. Bland is a sought after speaker; presenting at medical schools and teaching universities around the country as well as serving the local community.

He is the author or co-author of almost 600 journal publications, author or editor of 44 textbooks, including the largest selling book on breast diseases, The Breast: Comprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Diseases. Dr. Bland is currently an active editorial board member of 12 scientific peer-reviewed journals. Since January of 2005, he has served as the editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Surgery.