Three faculty received endowed professorships during the June 20 meeting of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees: – Jack Lancaster Jr., Ph.D.; Steven M. Pogwizd, M.D.; Ursula Wesselmann, M.D., Ph.D.

Lancaster, a professor in the departments of Anesthesiology, Environmental Health Sciences and Physiology & Biophysics, now is the William A. Lell, M.D./Paul N. Samuelson, M.D., Endowed Professor in Anesthesiology. He is an international expert in the biological applications of nitric oxide, a colorless gas widely studied for its medical and biological benefits.

Pogwizd, professor of medicine and associate director of Cardiovascular Biology, is the inaugural holder of the holder of the Featheringill Endowed Professorship in Cardiac Arrhythmia Research. Pogwizd, an internationally known cardiologist skilled in the cardiologic principals and practice of arrhythmias in the failing heart, came to UAB earlier this year from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Wesselmann, professor of anesthesiology, now is the Edward Ernst Endowed Professor in Anesthesiology. Wesselmann is an international expert in pelvic health and neurological pain management. She came to UAB this year after spending more than a dozen years at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where she worked in neurology, surgery and related specialties.