Surgery - General Surgery Vascular Section

Academic Department


Faculty Position

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    Adam Beck, Professor (P)

    Dr. Beck earned his medical degree from the UAB School of Medicine, and then completed his general surgery residency training and a surgical oncology research fellowship at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center. He trained in vascular surgery at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and then completed a fellowship in advanced endovascular techniques, including branched and fenestrated endografts for aortic aneurysmal disease, at the University Medical Center of Groningen in The Ne...

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    Benjamin Pearce, Associate Professor (P)

    Dr. Pearce graduated from Duke University with a degree in biology and attended medical school at the University of Texas. He was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and was recognized during his clinical medicine rotation as the most outstanding student in his class. He then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals where he was awarded the Gold Foundation in Humanism award twice and was a Robert Baker Golden Apple Teaching Award winner. Dr. Pearce ...

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    Bin Ren, Associate Professor (P)

    The research in the Ren Laboratory seeks to determine critical molecular signaling pathways in the transdifferentiation of vascular endothelial cells, angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels from preexisting blood vessels), and arteriogenesis (de novo formation of small arteries), and to develop molecular strategies for stimulating or inhibiting the growth of these vessels. The current research focuses on how extracellular signaling couples epigenetic and transcriptional regulation of f...

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    Danielle Sutzko, Assistant Professor (P)

    Dr. Danielle Sutzko is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency and is an Associate Scientist in the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, graduating with a degree in microbiology and cell science. She earned her medical degree from t...

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    Emily Spangler, Assistant Professor (P)

    Dr. Spangler joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Her undergraduate education was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh for medical school and there obtained a MS in clinical research with a focus on Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. She went on to train in vascular surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the integrated vascular surgery residency.

    Dr. Spangler serves as a peer reviewer for Annals of Surg...

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    Kenneth Unger, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P)

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    Marc Passman, Professor (P)

    Dr. Marc A. Passman is a professor of surgery and currently serves as the vice chair for clinical research and the director of the UAB Vein Program and UAB Vein Center. Dr. Passman is a board-certified specialist in vascular surgery, practicing the full scope of vascular and endovascular surgery.

    A native of Hartford, Conn., Dr. Passman received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1987 and medical degree at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. in 19...

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    Mark Patterson, Professor (P)

    After two years in private practice, Dr. Patterson joined the faculty at UAB in 2003 as assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2013. Originally from Tuscaloosa, Ala., Dr. Patterson calls Clemson, S.C., —where his parents were college professors—his home. He attended Furman University for undergraduate education and graduated with honors. Upon graduation from Furman, he completed his medical education at Bowman Gray School of Medicine (currently Wake Forest University Medi...

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    Richard Harris III, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P)

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    William Gaillard, Assistant Professor - Clinical (P)

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    Zdenek Novak, Instructor (P)

    Dr. Novak received his M.D. from the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, and completed his internal medicine residency in General Teaching Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic. After postgraduate fellowship in the Department of Immunology, Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, he came to UAB as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pathology and then Department of Pediatrics. In the meantime he obtained M.S. in Health Informatics ...

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