Surgery - Cardiovascular/Thoracic

Academic Department


Faculty Position

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    Bellot, Chris, Assistant Professor (P) 2012 -

    Dr. Scott (Chris) Bellot joined UAB's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery as an Assistant Professor in 2012. A Board Certified physician, Dr. Bellot has practiced in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

    Dr. Bellot has extensive training in surgical critical care and oversees the care of patients in the CICU.

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    Byrne, Guerard, Associate Professor (P) 2018 -

    Dr. Byrne is an accomplished and creative scientist performing research at the international level both in the academia and in industry. He has more than 25 years of industry and academic research experience involving development of new technologies in gene regulation, drug development, immunology, and critical advances in the xenotransplantation field. He pioneered the development of binary gene regulation methods for controlling gene expression in transgenic animals using the Herpes simplex vi...

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    Cleveland, David, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2013 -

    Dr. David C. Cleveland received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed his pediatric cardiovascular surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Canada. Among other positions, Dr. Cleveland has served as the chief of pediatric cardiac surgery for the Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, The Children’s Hospital at Medical City Dallas, and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. While in Phoenix, he founded the Eller Congen...

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    Dabal, Robert, Associate Professor (P) 2008 -

    Dr. Dabal is an Associate Professor of surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Chief of the Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. He holds the A.D. Pacifico, M.D., Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery.

    Dr. Dabal is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Jefferson County Medical Society and the Medical Assoc...

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    Davies Jr, James, Professor (P) 2008 -

    Dr. Davies is the director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at UAB. He has an active clinical practice with specific interest in cardiac valvular disease. Along with UAB cardiologists, he started the transcatheter aortic valve program. As part of the program, approximately 400 transcatheter aortic valve replacements have been performed in three years at UAB, and Dr. Davies performs more than 100 open aortic valve replacements annually. Through this volume of procedures, Dr. Davies has a very g...

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    Donahue, James, Associate Professor (P) 2017 -

    Dr. James Donahue is an associate professor of surgery and the section chief of thoracic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Donahue comes to UAB from the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he had an active clinical practice focused on thoracic surgical oncology and served as chief of thoracic surgery at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. He is committed to resident education and served as the associate program director for the University of Maryland cardiothoracic...

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    George, James, Professor (P) 2000 -

    Dr. James F. George is a Professor of Surgery for the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He is a molecular and cellular biologist who has worked in the field of heart failure and transplantation for more than 20 years. He is actively involved in researching the basic biology of heart failure and transplant rejection, the development of new drugs, and clinical outcomes after cardiac surgery and transplantation.

    His studies are concentrated in transplantation immunobiology, particularly ...

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    Gongora, Enrique, Associate Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Holman, William, Professor (P) 1998 -

    Dr. Holman trained in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Duke University under Dr. David Sabiston. During his residency, he performed research in the laboratory of Dr. James Cox. Dr. Holman was an instructor in cardiac surgery at UAB under Dr. Albert Pacifico and joined the faculty in 1988. Since that time, Dr. Holman has performed adult cardiothoracic operations at UAB and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. In addition, he worked in several areas of research including cardiac arrhythmias, isc...

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    Hoopes, Charles, Professor (P) 2015 -

    Dr. Charles Hoopes received his undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College before completing graduate studies in anthropology at Wake Forest University. He began his medical studies at the Duke University School of Medicine, graduating in 1992 and remained at Duke for his residency in general surgery. He completed a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Michigan before returning to Duke for fellowship training in thoracic transplantation. In 2002 he joined the faculty o...

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    Mauchley, David, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr. Mauchley received his medical degree from the University of Washington and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Colorado. He also completed a thoracic surgery residency and congenital cardiac surgery residency at University of Colorado and Children's Hospital of Colorado. Dr. Mauchley is the recipient of the Paul C. Sampson Resident Prize, presented by the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, the Ben Eismann Research Award for Basic Science from the Department of Su...

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    McGregor, Christopher, Professor (P) 2018 -

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    McKinney, John, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2018 -

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    Orozco Hernandez, Erik, Instructor (P) 2017 -

    Dr. Orozco Hernandez completed his training in Mexico and was board certified for Consejo Nacional Cirugia de Torax with the highest honors. He has been an active surgeon in all the areas of cardiovascular and lung disease, including adult heart surgery, congenital surgery, vascular and endovascular surgery, chest wall surgery and tracheal and lung surgery. He completed a fellowship at Arizona Heart Hospital in vascular and endovascular surgery and a fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital ...

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    Pereira, Sara, Associate Professor (P) 2017 -

    Dr. Sara J. Pereira joined the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery as an associate professor in 2017.

    Dr. Pereira is a Northern California native. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and the University of California Irvine School of Medicine in 1997. She completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2002 and a fellowship in thoracic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005.

    Dr. ...

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    Rudraraju, Ramaraju, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

    Dr. Rudraraju is a health informatics researcher with extensive experience in designing software and database architecture for longitudinal patient registries. His current research is focused on applying machine learning and natural language processing to discover valuable insights from healthcare data.

    During his graduate studies, Dr. Rudraraju worked as a lead developer on a research project funded by Google to develop a voice-activated interface to enable children with cerebral palsy...

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    Wei, Benjamin, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Dr. Benjamin Wei is currently an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University before continuing onto Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons where he received his medical degree in 2005. Following medical school, he completed an internship and residency in general surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia from 2005-2010 and a cardiothoracic fellowship at Duke University from 2010-2013. He came to th...

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    Padilla, Luz, Assistant Professor (S) 2018 -

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