School of Medicine



Faculty Administrative Position

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    Alice Goepfert, Associate Dean 2017 -

    Alice Goepfert is professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) and currently serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education in the UAB School of Medicine and ACGME Designated Institutional Official for UAB Hospital. She is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine and joined the UAB School of Medicine as an OBGYN Resident in 1991. She completed MFM Fellowship training at UAB and joined the faculty in 1997 as Assistant Professor and ...

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    Claude Steele III, Assistant Dean 2015 -

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    Cristin Gavin, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Biomedical Programs 2020 -

    Dr. Cristin Gavin received her bachelor’s degrees (B.S. Biology, B.A. Philosophy) from Birmingham-Southern College. She received her Doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, while training remotely at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, FL. Her research interests have focused on understanding the synaptic mechanisms that mediate structural and functional changes during experience-dependent plasticity, and how these processes can contribute to cognition, as w...

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    Katherine Meese, Director of Wellness Research 2020 -

    Katherine A. Meese, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also serves as the Director of Wellness Research in the UAB Medicine Office of Wellness. She earned her Ph.D in Health Services Administration with a specialization in health care strategic management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019. Dr. Meese has several years of industry experience which encompassed work in ten countries on...

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    Majd Zayzafoon M.D., Ph.D., Director 2014 -

    Majd Zayzafoon, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology. He serves as the Director of the UAB-Center for Metabolic Bone Disease (UAB-CMBD), is Co-Director of the NIH P30 UAB Core Center for Basic and Translational Skeletal Research, and is PI of the NIH T32 Comprehensive Training Program in Bone Biology and Disease. Majd Zayzafoon was born in Birmingham and grew up in Norwich, England. He went to medical school at Damascus University, Syria where he obtained his MD degr...

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    Michael Saag M.D., Associate Dean 2015 -

    I am Associate Dean for Global Health in the School of Medicine, Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. I am also the principal investigator of the CFAR Network of Integrated Clinical Systems (CNICS), an NIAID-funded National Network of EMR-collected clinical data at 8 CFAR centers that are merged for the purposes of clinical research. I am the founding director of the UAB 1917 HIV Clinic, which has pioneered treatment pro...

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    Nicholas Van Wagoner, Associate Dean 2018 -

    Nicholas Van Wagoner, M.D., Ph.D., has been promoted to associate dean for students.

    As associate dean for students, Van Wagoner will lead the Office of Medical Student Services, which offers UAB medical students individualized support. His team will provide programs and services in an environment that promotes intellectual and professional development, supports career goals, nurtures growth as leaders and inspires excellence. Van Wagoner and his staff will also provide support and serv...

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    Selwyn Vickers M.D., Dean 2013 -

    Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, Senior Vice President of Medicine and Dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine since October 2013, is a world-renowned surgeon, pancreatic cancer researcher, and pioneer in health disparities research. Dr. Vickers is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (Institute of Medicine) and of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. He has served on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Board of Trustees and Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees. In addition, ...

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    Victor Darley-Usmar Ph.D., Associate Dean 2017 -

    Victor Darley-Usmar received his Ph.D. at the University of Essex in England and then moved to the University of Oregon as a Post-Doctoral Fellow to pursue his interests in the structure and function of mitochondrial proteins in human disease. After a period as a lecturer in Japan and ten years as a Research Scientist in Burroughs Wellcome in London he joined UAB to establish his own research group in the Department of Pathology in 1995. He has received multiple awards for training and mentorin...

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Gregory Pence, Professor (S) 1976 -

    Gregory Pence studied applied ethics with famous ethicist Peter Singer at NYU and helped found the new field of bioethics. For 34 years he taught a required, graded course to 200 medical students at UAB. Between 1984-1985 he chaired the Board of Directors at Birmingham AIDS Outreach, and from 1985 to 1995 the UAB Speakers Committee.

    He is known in bioethics for his best-selling Medical Ethics textbook, now in its 27th year and eighth edition, and his defense of humane biotechnology, suc...