Ray L. Watts, M.D., named president of UAB

Ray L. Watts, M.D.UAB has a new president -- Dr. Ray L. Watts.

Watts has been with UAB for a decade, and since 2010 he has served as the Senior Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine at UAB. On Friday, Feb. 8 he was unanimously appointed president of UAB by the Univeristy of Alabama System Board of Trustees.

Dr. Watts has been tireless in his efforts to enhance medical student training -- from increasing available scholarships to supporting Equal Access Birmingham, a volunteer organization in which students provide care to underserved patients -- and to foster stronger relationships with medical alumni throughout the state.

He is a Birmingham native and a UAB alumnus. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from UAB, and he completed a neurology residency, medical internship, and clinical fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a two-year medical staff fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.

Watts said in a statement, "I look forward to working with all of you in the days and weeks to come as we write the next chapter in the storied history of this great institution. I could not be more excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as we pursue energetically all aspects of our mission."

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