The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System appointed four professors to endowed positions during their meeting Sept. 15 on the Tuscaloosa campus.

David Standaert, M.D., Ph.D., Eben Rosenthal, M.D., and Mark Hadley, M.D., were appointed to endowed chairs in neurology, otolaryngology and neurosurgery, respectively, and Anupam Agarwal, M.D., was appointed to an endowed professorship in nephrology.

Standaert, professor of neurology, has been named the inaugural holder of the John T. and Juanelle D. Strain Endowed Chair in Neurology. He also directs of the division of movement disorders in the Department of Neurology and the UAB Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics.

An acknowledged expert in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, Standaert is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the American Parkinson Disease Association, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.

Rosenthal, associate professor of surgery, is the inaugural holder of the Julius N. Hicks Chair of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. The chair was established this past year in honor of the longtime former director of the Division of Otolaryngology.

Rosenthal is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His research focuses on the identification of novel therapeutic targets in cancer and the use of fluorescent probes to image cancer during surgery, and he has been instrumental in the development of the Head and Neck Cancer Research Program at UAB. ?

He also has an appointment in the Department of Pathology and is an associate scientist for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UAB Center for Metabolic Bone Disease.

Hadley, professor of neurosurgery, has been named to the Charles A. and Patsy Collat Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery.

The Collat Endowed Chair in Neuro-surgery is a conversion of the Endowed Professorship in Neurosurgery, established this past February, with Hadley as its inaugural holder. The conversion of the professorship to an endowed chair is made possible by generous donations from the Collats and others.

Hadley, an internationally recognized leader in spinal diseases and spinal cord injury, also directs the neurosurgery residency-training program and the neurosurgery spine fellowship program. In addition, he is the team neurosurgeon for UAB Blazers football.

He is past president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and has been listed in the America’s Top Doctors publication since 2001. He has authored nearly 150 publications in neurosurgery and spinal cord injury and was lead author on Neurosurgery’s international neurosurgical guidelines on spinal cord issues.

Agarwal has been appointed to the Thomas E. Andreoli Professorship in Nephrology.

Agarwal, who directs the Nephrology Research and Training Center, is an internationally recognized expert on acute kidney injury and oxidant-mediated damage to the kidney and blood vessels.

A prolific author of papers in scientific journals, he is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.