Cobbs offered founding leadership to the Division of Infectious Diseases.
Long-term study shows weight loss improves quality of life but does not decrease cardiovascular complications in Type 2 diabetics.
His work in IgA nephropathy and kidney transplantation has resulted in more than 200 publications.
A Department of Neurosurgery, effective Oct. 1, 2013, will increase the profile of an internationally renowned program.
The event is sponsored by the UAB Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Department of Medicine and Division of CME.
The professorship was made possible by a gift from the United Therapeutics Corporation.
The professorship will be named for William J. Koopman, M.D.
Safford is also the Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education.