• Dr. Jayleen Grams joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009. A native of Minnesota, Grams received her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University and matriculated into the Medical Scientist Training Program at the UAB. Here, she completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology and her M.D. in 2003. She returned to Minnesota to complete a general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., followed by a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, N.Y.

    Dr. Grams’ clinical practice focuses on foregut and bariatric surgery. She is also involved in an active research program as a surgeon scientist and the education of medical students, surgery residents, and minimally invasive surgery fellows. She serves as the assistant MIS fellowship director at UAB. She also serves as director of minimally invasive surgery at the Birmingham VA.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Insurance-mandated preoperative diet and outcomes after bariatric surgerySurgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.  14:631-636. 2018
    2018 Predictive factors of weight regain following laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass 2018
    2018 Bariatric surgery is associated with renal function improvement 2018
    2017 Emotional intelligence in surgery is associated with resident job satisfactionJournal of Surgical Research.  209:178-183. 2017
    2016 Outcomes associated with preoperative weight loss after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass 2016
    2016 Increased trabecular bone and improved biomechanics in an osteocalcin-null rat model created by CRISPR/Cas9 technologyDisease Models and Mechanisms.  9:1169-1179. 2016
    2015 Weight Loss and the Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Using Lifestyle Therapy, Pharmacotherapy, and Bariatric Surgery: Mechanisms of ActionCurrent Obesity Reports.  4:287-302. 2015
    2015 Human gastric epithelial cells contribute to gastric immune regulation by providing retinoic acid to dendritic cellsMucosal Immunology.  8:533-544. 2015
    2013 Helicobacter pylori infection inhibits phagocyte clearance of apoptotic gastric epithelial cellsJournal of Immunology.  190:6626-6634. 2013
    2011 Stromal regulation of human gastric dendritic cells restricts the Th1 response to helicobacter pyloriGastroenterology.  141:929-938. 2011
    2009 Minimally invasive Heller's myotomy in children: safe and effectiveJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  44:909-911. 2009
    2008 Outcome of adrenocortical tumors in childrenJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  43:843-849. 2008
    2007 Outcomes of primary liver cancer in children: an appraisal of experienceJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  42:834-839. 2007

    Education And Training

  • Mayo Clinic, Internship
  • Mayo Clinic, Residency
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2003
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Chemistry, St. Cloud State University 1992
  • Full Name

  • Jayleen Grams