Webb Chair in Nutrition Sciences

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D.

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D., associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control for the UAB O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a nutrition scientist with training in biochemistry, genetics and behavioral science. For the past two decades, her research career has spanned basic science studies focused on determining mechanisms of action of food-related components on neoplastic progression, to clinical research that involves nutrition-related concerns of cancer patients, as well as determining effective lifestyle interventions that improve the overall health of cancer survivors and their families.

C. E. Butterworth, Jr., MD, Professorship in the Department of Nutrition Sciences

W. Timothy Garvey, M.D.

W. Timothy Garvey, M.D., researches the metabolic, molecular, and genetic pathogenesis of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. His studies have involved the cellular and molecular biology of cell and animal models, metabolic investigations of human subjects on metabolic research wards, and the genetic basis of diseases in Gullah-speaking African Americans and other national cohorts of diabetes patients. The Garvey laboratory has made important observations regarding the pathogenesis of human insulin resistance and has been a principle contributor to our understanding of the role of the glucose transport system and glucose transporter proteins in human insulin resistance. He has identified gene families that contribute to insulin resistance in human muscle insulin using cDNA microarray, e.g., NR4A orphan nuclear receptors and the tribbles gene family, and has elucidated the role of adiponectin in cardiometabolic disease and mitochondrial proteomics to better define mitochondrial defects that impair substrate oxidation.

Howard W. Houser Endowed Professorship in Health Administration

Amy Yarbrough Landry, Ph.D.

Amy Yarbrough Landry, Ph.D., director of the Master of Science in Health Administration program, is currently studying the management practices of nursing homes with low resources. Her research has been published in the Journal of Healthcare Management, Medical Care Research and Review, and the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Dr. Landry has served as the Division Chair for the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management, and she is actively engaged in the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Bergman/Pinkston Endowed Professorship

Donald Lein, Ph.D., PT

Donald H. Lein Jr., PhD, PT, associate professor and director of Continuing Education and Community Outreach in the Department of Physical Therapy, continues to practice part time in the UAB Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center at the Kirklin Clinic. His research interests include developing and implementing physical therapy interventions to improve the care of individuals with osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related fractures, exploring the role of physical therapists in providing health promotion and education while providing typical physical therapy services, and developing and testing educational strategies to enhance Doctor of Physical Therapy education.

Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Science

James H. Rimmer, Ph.D.

James H. Rimmer, Ph.D., director of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, has been developing and directing physical activity and health promotion programs for people with disabilities for more than 30 years. He serves on the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research advisory board and several national advisory boards in rehabilitation engineering. He is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Health Disparities Advisory Committee to the Director of CDC. In 2014, he became the first researcher with a focus on the fitness of people with disabilities to be named to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board.

L. R. Jordan Chair in Health Services Administration

Robert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D.

Robert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, is a national authority in health disparities, cultural competency tools for healthcare organizations, racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences with care, and long-term care. Imparting this expertise to students, researchers and healthcare leaders may improve management’s ability to fully understand and better address challenges faced by racial/ethnic minorities and the elderly, possibly dramatically improving access and quality of care outcomes for these populations.