Ophthalmology

Academic Department

People

Faculty Administrative Position

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    Brian Samuels, Director 2017 -

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    Carol Rosenstiel, Director 2002 -

    Dr. Rosenstiel is a primary eye care practitioner with an emphasis in contact lenses. She treats patients with a variety of complex conditions that require custom contact lenses. Dr. Rosenstiel has more than 20 years' experience fitting scleral, rigid gas permeable, multi-focal, and astigmatic contact lenses. Dr. Rosenstiel's expertise includes treating patients with keratoconus, ocular trauma, corneal transplants, dry eye conditions, aphakia, and other medical conditions that require contact le...

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    Christopher Girkin, Department Chairperson 1999 -

    Christopher A. Girkin, MD, MSPH, FACS is the chairman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Ophthalmology and Chief Medical Officer for the Callahan Eye Hospital. After residency at UAB he completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and was a Heed Glaucoma Fellow at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University of California, San Diego. He joined the UAB faculty and founded the Department’s Glaucoma Service in 1999. Dr. Girkin has authored ...

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    Cynthia Owsley, Vice Chairperson 1994 -

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    Jason Swanner, Vice Chairperson 2019 -

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    Massimo Fazio, Director/ Optic Nerve and Imaging Center 2019 -

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    Michael Callahan, Co-Director 2018 -

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    Russell Read, Director 2005 -

  • Faculty Position

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    Alp Atik, Instructor - Fellow (P) 2020 -

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    Andrew Everett, Assistant Professor (P) 2006 -

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    Andrew Mays, Associate Professor (P) 2012 -

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    Andrew McFarland, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2016 -

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    Ann Marie Arciniegas-Bernal, Associate Professor (P) 2009 -

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    Asghar Haider, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2020 -

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    Bernard Dib, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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    Brian Samuels, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Carol Rosenstiel, Professor (P) 2002 -

    Dr. Rosenstiel is a primary eye care practitioner with an emphasis in contact lenses. She treats patients with a variety of complex conditions that require custom contact lenses. Dr. Rosenstiel has more than 20 years' experience fitting scleral, rigid gas permeable, multi-focal, and astigmatic contact lenses. Dr. Rosenstiel's expertise includes treating patients with keratoconus, ocular trauma, corneal transplants, dry eye conditions, aphakia, and other medical conditions that require contact le...

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    Carson Bee, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Cecil McCollum, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Christine Curcio, Professor (P) 2001 -

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    Christopher Girkin, Professor (P) 1999 -

    Christopher A. Girkin, MD, MSPH, FACS is the chairman of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Ophthalmology and Chief Medical Officer for the Callahan Eye Hospital. After residency at UAB he completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and was a Heed Glaucoma Fellow at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University of California, San Diego. He joined the UAB faculty and founded the Department’s Glaucoma Service in 1999. Dr. Girkin has authored ...

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    Clark Witherspoon, Professor (P) 2009 -

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    Cynthia Owsley, Professor (P) 1994 -

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    Darrell Joiner, Associate Professor (P) 2012 -

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    David Kilpatrick, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2018 -

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    David Neely, Instructor - Clinical and Clinical Instructor (P) 2020 -

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    Dawn DeCarlo, Professor (P) 2005 -

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    Elise deBruler, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2020 -

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    Erik Johnson, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2020 -

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    Ferenc Kuhn, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 1996 -

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    Frederick Elsas, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2006 -

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    Hershel Patel, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2018 -

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    J. Crawford Downs Jr., Professor (P) 2012 -

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    James Blackstone, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    James Rains, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2020 -

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    Jason Crosson, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2015 -

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    Jason Swanner, Professor (P) 2003 -

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    Jeffrey Yee, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2002 -

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    Jeffrey Yee, Associate Professor (P) 2009 -

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    Jennifer Davidson, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2017 -

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    John Alexander, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2013 -

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    John Mason III, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Joy Chuang, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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    Judith Kapp, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2012 -

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    Julia White, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2020 -

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    Katherine Orman, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2018 -

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    Kayla Thomason, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2017 -

    Dr. Kayla Thomason joined the UAB Department of Ophthalmology as a clinical instructor in 2017. Dr. Thomason is an alumni of the UAB School of Optometry; she completed her Bachelors of Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a member of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Thomason and her husband reside in Pell City, where her practice focuses on ocular disease, primary eye care, and contact lenses.

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    Kristin Bains, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2011 -

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    Krupa Patel, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Lanning Kline, Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Laura Dreer, Associate Professor (P) 2006 -

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    Lindsay Rhodes, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Logan Christensen, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2017 -

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    Lyne Racette, Associate Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Marc Michelson, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2014 -

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    Marcela Frazier, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr. Marcela Frazier is originally from Colombia, South America. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Molecular Biology. She went to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, where she completed a Doctor of Optometry degree, and a pediatric residency. She also completed a Master’s degree in Public Health in ...

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    Maria Grant, Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Marissa Locy, Instructor (P) 2017 -

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    Martin Cogen, Professor (P) 2001 -

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    Massimo Fazio, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Mathew Sapp, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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    Matthew Oltmanns, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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    Matthew Vicinanzo, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2020 -

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    Matthew West, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2018 -

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    Mehdi Tavakoli Dastjerdi, Assistant Professor (P) 2019 -

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    Michael Albert Jr, Assistant Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Michael Boulton, Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Michael Callahan, Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Michael Vaphiades, Professor (P) 2002 -

    Dr. Vaphiades evaluates and treats patients with visual dysfunction referable to the central nervous system. He holds joint appointments as professor of neurology and professor of neurosurgery.

    He completed a medical internship at Brown University, followed by a neurology residency at Loyola University, Chicago. His neuro-ophthalmology fellowship training was performed at Michigan State University. Dr. Vaphiades joined the UAB Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences in 2002.
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    Parisa Dudley, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2017 -

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    Paul Gamlin, Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Priscilla Fowler, Assistant Professor (P) 2012 -

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    Rafael Grytz, Associate Professor (P) 2012 -

    Our eyes are composed of living tissues, which are constantly remodeling in response to mechanical, chemical, and visual stimuli. In particular, the loadbearing collagenous structures of the eye can undergo substantial growth and remodeling during physiological and pathophysiological conditions. I seek to elucidate the biomechanical mechanisms that underlie growth and remodeling in ocular diseases. My laboratory focuses on establishing experimental methods and predictive computational simulation...

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    Richard Feist, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Richard Feist Jr., Instructor - Clinical (P) 2018 -

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    Richard Martindale, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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    Rita Armitage, Assistant Professor (P) 2013 -

    Dr. Armitage practices comprehensive ophthalmology specializing in laser surgery for posterior capsule opacification, which is the most common complication of cataract surgery occurring in more than 50 percent of patients. In addition to post-operative cataract exams, she also performs complete eye exams and follow-up visits for anterior segment surgery complications.

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    Robert Crain, Associate Professor (P) 1999 -

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    Robert Knox, Assistant Professor (P) 2020 -

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    Robert Morris, Associate Professor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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    Robert Wann, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2020 -

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    Roswell Pfister, Professor - Clinical (P) 1982 -

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    Russell Read, Professor (P) 2005 -

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    Sarah Jacobs, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Shilpa Register OD, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Dr. Register’s clinical practice focuses on ocular disease, surgical co-management, primary eye care and contact lenses. Dr. Register joined the UAB Department of Ophthalmology in Fall 2016 and received the 2016 AOSA Teaching Award from her students. Dr. Register is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She serves on the Board of Directors for the UAB National Alumni Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cent...

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    Shu-Zhen Wang, Professor (P) 1995 -

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    Sonia Kuhn Asif, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2019 -

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    Stephen Breaud, Professor - Visiting (P) 2014 -

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    Stephen Kelly, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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    Thomas Finley, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2009 -

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    Timothy Thompson, Assistant Professor (P) 2018 -

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    Tyler Hall, Assistant Professor (P) 2016 -

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Alabama at Birmingham. 2016 - Present

    Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology, University of Alabama at Birmingham. 2011-2016.

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    Virginia Lolley, Assistant Professor (P) 2010 -

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    Wasim Samara, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2020 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Gerald McGwin, Associate Professor (S) 2002 -

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    Jason Vice, Instructor - Clinical (S) 2019 -

    Jason Vice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, entry-level professional program. He is certified in gerontology education through the UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging and low vision through the UAB Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate program. Mr. Vice teaches foundational courses in gross anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience. He is a member of the American Association of Anatomists, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the American Occupati...

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    Joanne Murphy-Ullrich Ph.D., Professor (S) 2014 -

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    Joel Berry, Associate Professor - Research (S) 2014 -

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    John Johnstone, Associate Professor (S) 2014 -

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    Karlene Ball, Professor (S) 2014 -

    Dr. Karlene Ball, University Professor and experimental psychologist, is the Director of the UAB Edward R. Roybal Center for Research on Applied Gerontology, funded by the National Institute on Aging, Associate Director of the university-wide Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging (formerly the Center for Aging), Associate Director of the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, Professor in the Department of Neurobiology, a Senior Scientist in the Vision Research Center, a ...

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    Kelly Nichols, Professor (S) 2014 -

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    Kristina Visscher, Assistant Professor (S) 2014 -

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    Michael Sloane, Assistant Professor (S) 1989 -

    Born and raised in Ireland, Mike Sloane joined the department as an Assistant Professor in September 1982 having completed his doctoral work at the Cresap Neuroscience Laboratory of Northwestern University. He directed the Psychology Honors Program for over 12 years, served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, and was the first Vice Chair of the department. In the mid 1980s he launched the Psychology Club, facilitated the development of UAB's chapter of Psi Chi, and organized the annual Southea...

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    Natalia Kedishvili Ph.D., Professor (S) 2014 -

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    Steven Pittler, Professor (S) 2000 -

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    Yong Zhou, Assistant Professor (S) 2014 -

    Dr. Zhou obtained his MD degree from Wuhan University in China and his PhD from Kyshu University in Japan. He completed his postdoctoral studies in the area of TGF-beta, matrix biology, and lung fibrosis at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he later became a Department of Pathology faculty member. In 2009, Dr. Zhou was recruited to the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, where he is now an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Zhou has ...

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