Vascular Neurologist, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Stroke Neurologist
Neurology - Neurocritical Care, Neurology - Research, Neurology - Stroke, Neurology - Vascular, Neurology - Neurohospitalist Medicine
Birmingham, Alabama

The Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine is seeking a board certified/eligible vascular neurologist to join the rapidly expanding UAB Comprehensive Stroke Center. The incoming vascular neurologist will provide acute stroke care at the only Joint Commission Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center within a 50,000 square mile catchment area known as the “Stroke Belt” for its unusually high prevalence of stroke and cerebrovascular disease.

The UAB Division of Cerebrovascular Disease Includes:

Toby Gropen, MD

Chief, Division of Cerebrovascular Disease; Director, UAB Comprehensive Stroke Center; James H. Halsey Jr., M.D., Endowed Professorship , Neurology

Angela Shapshak, MD

Director, Neurology Critical Care Program; Co-Director, Neuro-ICU; Associate Professor, Neurology

Michael Lyerly, MD

Director, Stroke, Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital; Assistant Professor, Neurology

Karen Albright, DO, MPH

Assistant Professor, UAB School of Public Health

Rajbeer Sangha, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Position Specifics

The UAB Comprehensive Stroke Center is based at the UAB Medical Center, which is the fourth largest academic medical center in the U.S. and the only Level 1 Trauma Center and tertiary referral center within the region. UAB President Dr. Ray Watts, former Dean of Medicine and Chairman of Neurology at UAB, has deemed Neurology to be a strategic pillar of growth for the institution as a whole. Under the leadership of Dr. David Standaert, Neurology Department Chair, the number of Neurology faculty members has nearly tripled from 22 in 2009 to a team of 63 in 2015. The new faculty are making their presence felt, with Neurology outpatient visits increasing 24% from fiscal year 2014 to nearly 34,000 in fiscal year 2015; inpatient admissions rose 12% from FY2014 to nearly 2,500 in FY2015. The Neurology Department has also experienced a 17% increase in NIH funding from 2014 to 2015, placing the department in the top 25 nationwide.

In 2015, the UAB Stroke Center completed a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion to the 20-bed stroke unit and adjacent 36-bed NeuroICU, achieved JCAHO Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, and completed a national leadership search for the new Division Chief of Cerebrovascular Disease, Dr. Toby Gropen. The state-of-the-art 20 bed stroke unit is now 11th in UHC’s rankings for inpatient stroke discharges with an annual run rate of approximately 1,500 cases; UAB’s 100+ annual cases of tPA administration also rank near the top nationwide. Academically speaking, UAB’s participation in the NIH StrokeNet and its nationally-acclaimed Stroke Epidemiology Program present a wealth of research and collaboration opportunities for interested candidates. UAB is home to the REGARDS study, which is the largest NIH-funded stroke epidemiology project in the country with some 30,000+ participants. Additionally, teaching opportunities and clinical support are available through the Neurology Department’s ACGME accredited neurology residency (24 slots), vascular neurology fellowship (2 slots), and neurocritical care fellowship. The UAB Comprehensive Stroke Program is well-represented across all facets of academic medicine, having a robust clinical volume and diverse array of cases while also providing accessible teaching and collaborative research opportunities.

Division of Cerebrovascular Disease

The Division of Cerebrovascular Disease specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of stroke and stroke-related disorders with a 24x7 triage team, Neuro-Endovascular Interventional Service, pre-hospital notification from Birmingham Regional EMS paramedics (BREMSS), and the Level 1 UAB Emergency Medicine Department. The program assertively embraces endovascular therapies for stroke, supported by a dedicated neuro-angio suite located within the 14 catheterization labs of the UAB Heart and Vascular Center. The division integrates the latest in medical technology with a multi-faceted approach including the:

  • Vascular and Neurocritical Care service – An inpatient service dedicated exclusively to cerebrovascular disease and disorders, staffed by a team of neurologists and nurse specialists.
  • Outpatient Services – The outpatient stroke clinics are conducted at the renowned Kirklin Clinic.
  • Diagnostic Services – A comprehensive approach to the evaluation of cerebrovascular disorders, including MRI/MRA, CT, SPECT, cerebral catheterization and angiography, and the Neurovascular Ultrasound Laboratory
New Division Chief of Cerebrovascular Disease, Dr. Toby Gropen
Dr. Toby Gropen was recruited to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and assumed the roles of Division Chief of Cerebrovascular Disease and Director of the UAB Comprehensive Stroke Center in July 2015. Dr. Gropen is a board certified neurologist, vascular neurologist, and neurosonologist that previously served as the Chief, Division of Vascular Neurology at Ochsner Health System. Prior to joining Ochsner, Dr. Gropen served as the Chairman of the Department of Neurology and the Director of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disease at Long Island College Hospital, as well as the Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Array of Stroke Disorders Treated

As the only comprehensive stroke center in the region, the UAB stroke program treats a wide exposure of common and rare stroke pathology. UAB has one of the highest intravenous tPA treatment rates in the nation at 100+ cases per year (not including drip and ship). In addition to ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, less common disorders include cerebral venous thrombosis, genetic and hematological clotting disorders, arterial dissection, CNS vasculitis and non-atherosclerotic vasculopathies.
The Kirklin Clinic
The Kirklin Clinic
Clinical Treatment Options
The Division of Cerebrovascular Disease provides a comprehensive array of treatments including:

  • Evaluation, diagnosis, and management of acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
  • Interpretation of neurovascular imaging including neurosonology
  • Management of intracranial and cervical vascular disease
  • Outpatient management of stroke, including rehabilitation
Neurosonology Laboratory
The Neurosonology laboratory, run by Dr. Gyanendra Kumar, is adjacent to the inpatient stroke unit and provides carotid and transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) for stroke patients. Special techniques such as bubble tests, emboli detection and vasomotor reactivity are also utilized. Cerebrovascular ultrasound is available 7 days per week, and CT and MRI services are available 24 hours a day.
UAB Comprehensive Stroke Center
Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification
The UAB Stroke Center achieved Joint Commission Comprehensive Certification in May 2015; the certification recognizes UAB's ability to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

Comprehensive Stroke Program Support Staff & Nurses
In addition to the Stroke program’s contributing faculty members, the program is supported by a full team of:
  • Two Nurse Practitioners (NP) on the inpatient side
    • Another ambulatory stroke NP will be hired soon
  • One Nurse Manager dedicated to the Stroke Center
  • Four Assistant Nurse Managers supporting the Nurse Coordinator
  • One Research Nurse Coordinator dedicated to the Stroke Center
    • Two Research Assistants as well
  • Three Stroke Coordinators (accreditation coordinators)
  • Two Trans-Doppler Techs used for both Inpatient & Outpatient Dopplers
  • One Medical Assistant dedicated to the Stroke Center
  • One Office Associate I dedicated to the Stroke Center
  • One Pharmacist dedicated to the Stroke Center
Recently Renovated Neuro-ICU
Adjacent to the stroke center, UAB’s 36-bed Neuro-Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU) is a multidisciplinary, tertiary referral-based intensive care unit designed to treat patients on a 24/7 basis with serious and life-threatening diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system. The newly renovated 36-bed Neuro-ICU is equipped with the latest technology and equipment, including Computer WOW (Work Stations on Wheels) that enable physicians to provide real-time statistics on the status of Neuro-ICU capacity and discharge strategy, optimizing efficiency of the unit. Since the renovation, the Neuro-ICU has run at an average daily census of 95% (34.5/36 beds), making it one of the nation’s busiest programs of its type. The multidisciplinary Neuro-ICU, staffed by the neurology, neurosurgery and anesthesiology departments, provides an excellent platform for research collaboration on clinical outcomes and pharmaceutical trials.
Angela Shapshak, MD
Director of Neurocritical Care

The NICU at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a dedicated unit consisting of 36 beds. The clinical service is predicated on a co-primary model, in which patients are managed collaboratively by the NICU team and the admitting service, which might be general neurology, vascular neurology, or neurosurgery. Critical care services are provided by a multidisciplinary team consisting of an attending physician, advanced practice providers, fellows, various residents, clinical pharmacists, registered dieticians, and respiratory therapists as well as dedicated team of neuroscience nurses. The NICU faculty includes intensivists from a variety of backgrounds, including anesthesiology, neurology, and emergency medicine. All have specialized training in the intricacies of neurosurgical and neurologic diseases and employ the latest technologies to treat them. They work collaboratively with the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology to deliver the highest possible quality of care. Twenty-four-hour resident coverage is provided by residents from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery, and Neurology, along with advanced practice providers.

Dr. Angela Hays Shapshak is the Director of Neurocritical Care, and she represents the Neurology Department as Co-Director of the multi-disciplinary NeuroICU. Dr. Shapshak also serves as the Program Director of the UCNS Accredited Neurocritical Care Fellowship.
Neurovascular Surgery Team
Drs. Winfield Fisher (L) and Mark Harrigan (R)
The neurovascular surgery program at UAB focuses on multidisciplinary management of complex central nervous system vascular conditions including arteriovenous malformations, cavernous angiomas, aneurysms, as well as carotid and intracerebral stenosis. UAB’s neurovascular program includes Winfield S. Fisher III, MD, Mark R. Harrigan, MD and John Deveikis, MD, an interventional neuroradiologist. William Stetler, MD, will join the program in the summer of 2016 upon completion of additional training in vascular and endovascular surgery at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

The vascular neurology (stroke) service works has a strong and collegial relationship with neurosurgery. The neurologists and neurovascular surgery team co-manage patients, and share a Tuesday afternoon neurovascular conference. UAB vascular neurosurgeons have published extensively, with recent work including the standard teaching handbook for cerebrovascular surgery, Handbook of Cerebrovascular Disease and Neurointerventional Technique.

Neurorehabilitation, UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center

The UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center (“Spain Rehab”) is a specialty hospital connected to the UAB Medical Center. It houses a 49 bed (all private) inpatient rehab facility as well as outpatient therapy and MD services.  As one of the Southeast’s foremost providers of comprehensive rehabilitation care, Spain Rehab is a multidisciplinary treatment facility promoting a team approach between OT/PT/ST/RT, psychology, nursing, physicians and support staff.   

The Stroke program benefits from an inpatient neurorehabilitation service provided at the Spain Rehabilitation Hospital. Spain Rehab has a dedicated on-site neurologist that specializes in Stroke Rehabilitation (Victor Mark, MD), and serves as a key liaison between the stroke service and the rehab process.  The inpatient neurorehabilitation service utilizes advanced research, technology and expertise to address every aspect of a patient’s rehabilitation, including physical, social and psychological health.  Spain Rehab is one of only 14 spinal cord injury model systems and one of 16 traumatic brain injury model systems in the nation. 

Birmingham VA Stroke Center

The Birmingham VA Hospital (BVAH) is also located on the UAB Medical Campus. In November 2013, the BVAH stroke center received VHA Primary Stroke Center designation. The BVAH Stroke Center has 4 dedicated floor beds for stroke patients. It now is near the top of VA hospitals in the country for IV tPA treatments, and is in the early stages of becoming the pilot site for stroke telemedicine for the VA. UAB vascular neurologist Dr. Michael Lyerly serves as the Director of the BVAH Stroke Center.

Vascular Neurology Fellowship

UAB’s Department of Neurology offers a one year ACGME accredited Vascular Neurology fellowship program. Two Vascular Neurology Fellowship positions are available each year. A second year of fellowship, focusing on research training and experience may be made available based on candidate interest and availability of funding. Dr. Michael Lyerly is the Director of the Vascular Neurology fellowship.

Stroke Research

The UAB stroke team is actively participating in a number of NIH trials and three industry-sponsored clinical trials. Stroke faculty members are actively engaged in a wide range of research activities including acute stroke management, neurosonology, stroke systems of care, neuroimaging and pharmacology. Recently, UAB was named a StrokeNet satellite affiliate of the UT Houston Stroke Center, which will greatly enhance the stroke team’s access to clinical trials and research collaborators across the country.

The incoming stroke neurologist will have ample opportunity to collaborate in existing research and clinical trials, and initiate new research projects. Some of the ongoing cerebrovascular related research projects within UAB include:

  • REGARDS Study – Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke
  • CREST2 – Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy vs. Stenting Trial
  • MISTIE3 – Minimally Invasive Surgery Plus rt-PA for Intracerebral Hemorrhage Evacuation
  • POINT – Platelet-Oriented Inhibition in New TIA and minor ischemic stroke
  • PRISMS – A Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Activase (Alteplase) in Patients with Mild Stroke
  • Dr. Gropen’s “Refinement of Prehospital Stroke System” project
  • Ongoing Stroke Registry
The REGARDS study (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) is led by UAB Epidemiologist Dr. George Howard, and is the nation’s largest population-based study. Initiated in 2001, REGARDS encompasses 30,000+ individuals >45 years of age from across the nation. The study is aimed at exploring racial and geographic differences in stroke risk factors and stroke occurrence, and it has received nearly $50 million in funding to date.
Telemedicine, and specifically telestroke, represents an exciting growth opportunity for the UAB College of Medicine. Currently the Neurology department receives roughly 1,000 patient transfer and consult requests on a yearly basis, with the majority being stroke cases. UAB’s executive leadership has recognized that there is a strategic growth opportunity to address an unmet need in telemedicine throughout the 50,000 square mile catchment region, representing a population of roughly 5 million. A rollout of the telemedicine initiative will begin with telestroke in early 2016, and additional service lines will be added in short order.
Department of Neurology
The US News & World Report nationally-ranked UAB Department of Neurology is led by David G. Standaert MD, PhD, Professor and John N. Whitaker Chair of Neurology. It is home to eight comprehensive divisions and seven centers offering an array of clinical activities. More than 27,000 patients are cared for annually through state-of-the-art subspecialty care and innovative treatments. The Neurology Department faculty has experienced rapid growth under the leadership of Dr. Standaert, expanding from 22 faculty members to 63 faculty members in 2015.

The Neurology faculty spans all the major subspecialties of the field. Major clinical programs include stroke and cerebrovascular disease, epilepsy, memory disorders and neuropsychology, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disease, neuro-oncology, and headache and pain. As the Neurology faculty has dramatically expanded, so has the clinical volume of the program:
  • Outpatient visits increased 24% from Fiscal Year 2014 to Fiscal Year 2015
  • Inpatient admissions increased 12% from Fiscal Year 2014 to Fiscal Year 2015
Level IV Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Under the leadership of Dr. Jerzy Szaflarski, Division Chief of Epilepsy, the UAB Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has become one of the busiest centers in the country. As a Level IV Center, the highest level recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, UAB has the capability to diagnose and treat epilepsy using the latest and most current medical and surgical techniques available anywhere in the world.

State-of-the-art facilities and equipment are available for diagnostic studies and treatment. Intracranial electrode implantation, cortical stimulation studies, specialized EEG procedures, and a full range of conventional and special tests are available. The only magnetoencephalography (MEG) laboratory in the Southeast, the UAB-HSF MEG Laboratory, is part of the Epilepsy Center. MEG provides a more accurate way of locating the origin of seizures and is also used to locate brain areas responsible for speech, sensation, and vision. See below for elaboration on the clinical volume of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center:
  • 2,500 routine EEG’s/year
  • 10-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)
  • Plans underway to expand to a 16-bed unit
  • 50 surgical resections for epilepsy/year
  • Long-Term EEG monitoring has increased from 200/month in 2013 to 550/month in 2015
Neurology Department Research Overview
The Neurology Department’s clinical care is provided in the context of a vibrant neuroscience research community which has expanded rapidly in the last five years. In recent years, the UAB administration has placed a high priority on the Neurosciences as a strategic pillar to the Medical School’s growth and infrastructure moving forward. Much of this growth can be traced to new leadership: Dr. Kevin Roth, recruited as Division Director for Neuropathology and now Chair of Pathology; Dr. Ray Watts, recruited as Chair of Neurology who later served as Dean of the School of Medicine and now is President of UAB; Dr. David Sweatt, Chair of Neurobiology; Dr. Jim Meador-Woodruff, Chair of Psychiatry, and Dr. David Standaert, recruited as Chair of Neurology by Dr. Watts in 2006. The result of this new leadership has been a substantial increase in both numbers of faculty and extramural support.
The Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building

Within the Department of Neurology, clinical research is a major focus. Regulatory and financial management of Neurology clinical trials is managed by a central administrative group. The Department of Neurology offers research opportunities in various fields at both the basic science and clinical levels; currently, the department has more than 120 clinical trials ongoing, amounting to more than $3 million in cash receipts annually. Clinical trials of new agents for epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, and brain tumors enroll large numbers of patients.
NIH Funding & Infrastructure
The infrastructure for research is substantial: UAB has an NIH Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) which supports a range of translational activities, and was named as one of the 25 sites which form the NIH funded NeuroNEXT Program (Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials). This network hosts a wide range of Phase II trials in neurology, providing a robust, standardized, and accessible infrastructure and funding to facilitate rapid development and implementation of protocols in neurological disorders affecting adult and/or pediatric populations. All told, Neurology research expenditures have tripled since 2006, and for the 2015 year UAB will rank in the top 25 with $6.3 million.

There is also an NIH R25 program for training of residents in neurology, neurosurgery and neuropathology in research methodology. Qualified candidates will have 80% protected across two full years of support, with the goal of an increase in the number of residents who subsequently obtain K08/K23 funding.
Neuro-Imaging Research Infrastructure
In 2013, UAB opened the Advanced Imaging Facility, featuring one of the largest cyclotrons at an academic medical center in the US, and new PET/CT and PET/MRI facilities. There is also extensive infrastructure for research MRI imaging, including a recently commissioned Siemens Prizma scanner, representing the latest generation of technology for fMRI and other advanced imaging techniques. UAB is also the only institution in the Southeast with a MEG laboratory. Neurosurgeons utilize the MEG on a daily basis for both brain tumor and epilepsy surgery cases.
Education Overview

UAB's Neurology Residency Program
The incoming vascular neurologist will have the opportunity to teach and mentor residents and fellows through the Department of Neurology’s various training programs. The 4-year, ACGME accredited Neurology Residency program has 6 Residents per year, 24 total, plus 4 additional positions in clinical neurophysiology. The UAB Neurology residents, as a whole, have scored above the 90th percentile on the RITE exam for the past 5 years.
UAB's Fellowship Programs
There are 10 clinical fellowship programs offered within the UAB Department of Neurology, including the ACGME accredited Vascular Neurology fellowship and the UCNS accredited Neurocritical Care fellowship. Additionally, the department has or will have postdoctoral fellowships in all subspecialties that, where applicable, will lead to board certification. Clinical fellowships are available in the following subspecialties:
  • Epilepsy
  • Memory Disorders/Behavioral Neurology
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Vascular Neurology
  • Neurocritical Care
UAB School of Medicine
The UAB School of Medicine is a nationally ranked, world-class setting where cutting edge research meets boundless collaboration to produce one of the most unique medical educations in the country. The UAB School of Medicine was established over 60 years ago and has a long tradition of interdisciplinary research, which has played a large part in enabling UAB to consistently rank among the leading recipients of the NIH funding. Total research funding exceeds $450 million annually; $250 million in NIH funds can be attributed to the School of Medicine alone. UAB ranks 27th among academic institutions in federal research funding and 20th in funding from NIH.
In the past few years, the School of Medicine has added more than half a million square feet of space for clinical facilities, research laboratories, classrooms, surgical suites, and administrative space. The medical center, now at 1,150 beds, is also undergoing substantial upgrades including new OR suites, ICU’s, catheterization/imaging/interventional suites and an ER department covering almost a full square block. A recently completed expansion project is the 430,000 square feet Women’s and Infant Center and Hazelrig-Salter Radiation Oncology Center. In late 2012, UAB celebrated the grand opening of the Alabama Children’s Hospital occupying more than 700,000 square feet. Together with existing facilities, the net square footage at the UAB School of Medicine exceeds 12 million square feet and nearly 100 city blocks. For more than 20 years, the UAB Hospital has been ranked by US News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals”.
UAB President & Dean of Medical School
UAB’s former Chairman of Neurology, Dr. Ray Watts was recently appointed as the President of the University of Alabama Birmingham, after serving as the Sr. VP and Dean of the School of Medicine. In August 2013, Dr. Selwyn Vickers was selected as the new Sr. Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Vickers, a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, is a world-renowned surgeon, pancreatic cancer researcher, pioneer in health disparities research and a native of Alabama. Dr. Vickers returns to UAB after serving as the Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. 
$1 Billion Campaign for UAB
In October 2013, it was announced that UAB would begin the school’s largest-ever fundraising campaign titled “The Campaign for UAB: Give Something, Change Everything.” The campaign will run through 2018, with the plans to raise $1 billion. “We are working hard to strengthen our position as one of the nation’s most productive and dynamic universities,” said University President Ray Watts.
Location Specifics - Birmingham, Alabama
The Vulcan Statue - Largest Cast Iron Statue in the World

The rolling countryside of the greater Birmingham area provides a beautiful metropolitan city with an excellent quality of life. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama with a population of approximately 1.3 million people. It is a culturally diverse city that ranks as one of the most important business centers in the Southeastern United States. The Birmingham metropolitan area has consistently been rated as one of America’s best places to work and earn a living based on the area’s competitive salary rates and relatively low living expenses. Birmingham is perfectly suited to young families with superior public and private schools and a low cost of living. It is one of the few places in the United States where a 4-hour drive affords one the access to mountains, beaches or a major metropolitan area. For your convenience we have provided some facts about Birmingham that may pleasantly surprise you:
Region’s Field, located within walking distance of the Children’s Hospital

Culture & Arts

  • Birmingham is the cultural and entertainment capital of Alabama with numerous art galleries in the area including the Birmingham Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Southeast.
  • Birmingham’s vibrant downtown area features the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, McWane Science Center, Alabama Theatre and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
  • Other Birmingham attractions include Vulcan Park & Museum, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Zoo and Barber Motorsports Park.
  • The Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham is one of the largest malls in the entire Southeast US

World Class Cuisine

  • In December 2013, The Highlands Bar and Grill (which is located within a 5-minute walk of the Medical Campus) was recognized by Open Table on the list of the 100 Best Restaurants in the America. The Open Table recognition was based on 5 million restaurant reviews for more than 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states.
  • Frank Stitt III, the owner and executive chef of Birmingham’s Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega Restaurant, and Chez Fon Fon was named as the “Best Chef in Southeast” in 2001.
  • Chris Hastings, an understudy of Frank Stitt III’s and the owner and executive chef of Birmingham’s award winning restaurant Hot & Hot Fish Club, was recognized as the “Best Chef in the South” by the James Beard Foundation in 2012.

Largest Business Centers in Southeastern US

  • The Birmingham area serves as headquarters to one Fortune 500 company: Regions Financial, along with five other Fortune 1000 companies.
  • Birmingham area also serves as the headquarters to a large number of Health care services providers HealthSouth, Surgical Care Affiliates and Diagnostic Health Corporation. Caremark Rx was also founded in the city.

Education Hub

  • Birmingham is home to three of the state’s five law schools: Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham School of Law, and Miles Law School
  • Birmingham is also the headquarters of the Southeastern Conference, one of the major U.S. collegiate athletic conferences.
  • The Birmingham area has major colleges of medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, law, engineering, and nursing.
Largest Banking Centers in US
  • Birmingham is home to two major banks: Regions Financial Corporation and BBVA Compass.
  • SouthTrust, another large bank headquartered in Birmingham, was acquired by Wachovia in 2004. The city still has major operations as one of the regional headquarters of Wachovia, which itself is now part of Wells Fargo Bank

How to apply

In an overall effort to identify the most qualified potential candidates, UAB has retained the services of Academic Med Physician Recruiters. If you have interest or questions regarding this position please contact Soto Nikolopoulos, the Senior Executive Search Consultant overseeing the recruitment for this opportunity (214.396.6103). You may also submit your CV to Mr. Nikolopoulos via email (; he is fully equipped to answer any questions that you may have.