The Dr. Charles W. Breaux, Sr. and Ann K. Breaux Endowed Support Fund in Cardiothoracic Surgery allows the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery to pursue its mission to improve its patients’ quality of life through compassionate clinical care, careful scientific investigation of clinical outcomes, the discovery of novel therapies and the investigation of the basic mechanisms of the diseases that make cardiothoracic surgical interventions necessary.

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About Charles Breaux

Dr. Charles W. Breaux, Sr. was born in Gueydan, Louisiana, in July 1931. He graduated with honors from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and began his career as a chemical engineer at Humble Oil and Refining in Baton Rouge. While working there, he met Ann Kemp, a chemist at Ethyl Corporation, and they married in 1955. After marrying, Charles studied medicine at LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He completed a surgical residency at the United States Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans and served as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Tulane.

Dr. Charles BreauxDr. Charles BreauxIn 1972, Dr. and Mrs. Breaux moved to Birmingham with their family to help open Mercy—later Cooper Green—Hospital and dedicated their lives to improving the quality of indigent healthcare in Alabama. During his time there, Dr. Breaux served as Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff and President of the Jefferson Clinic P.C. He also pioneered bariatric surgery as a treatment for morbid obesity, diabetes and sleep apnea, conditions endemic to the patient population at the hospital. He was also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UAB School of Medicine and trained numerous surgical residents. Over his lifetime, Dr. Breaux was awarded with many recognitions throughout his professional career, including the U.S. Coast Guard Letter of Commendation, U.S. Public Health Service Commendation Medal, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and President of the Birmingham Academy of Medicine. He was also a founding member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and a member of the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.

In 2011, The Dr. Charles W. Breaux, Sr. and Ann K. Breaux Endowed Support Fund in Cardiothoracic Surgery was established by Dr. Breaux for the ongoing support of the UAB Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. It is most fitting that this endowment is named to honor Dr. and Mrs. Breaux for their compassion and commitment to others, as well as their dedication to the advancement of UAB. This fund established by Dr. Breaux allows the Division to pursue its mission to improve its patients’ quality of life through compassionate clinical care, careful scientific investigation of clinical outcomes, the discovery of novel therapies and the investigation of the basic mechanisms of the diseases that make cardiothoracic surgical interventions necessary.