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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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    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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    Lauren Nassetta, Director - Professional Development Office 2021 -

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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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    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, M.D., FACS, has been Senior Vice President of Medicine and Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine since October 2013. As dean, Dr. Vickers leads the UAB School of Medicine’s main campus in Birmingham as well as the school’s regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa. UAB School of Medicine is part of UAB Medicine, one of the 10 largest public academic medical centers and the third largest public hospital in the U.S. Dr. Vicker...

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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...

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    Victor Darley-Usmar Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean of Research/ Compliance/ and Administration 2021 -

    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...