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UAB Medicine names new CEO, Reid F. Jones

UAB Medicine in Birmingham, Ala., has named Reid Jones CEO

Reid Jones - Newly Appointed CEO of UAB Medicine

Reid F. Jones has been named chief executive officer of UAB Medicine. Jones, who has been chief operating officer of the UAB Health System since the position was created in 2013, assumes the duties of CEO of UAB Medicine as Will Ferniany, Ph.D., takes on the roles of CEO of the UAB Health System/Ascension St. Vincent’s alliance, established July 1, and the UAB Health System Authority, formed earlier this year under the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

Before becoming COO of UAB Medicine, Mr. Jones was executive vice president and senior vice president of ambulatory services of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation in Birmingham. A Birmingham native and UAB graduate, Jones has served UAB Medicine for more than 25 years. He will retain his role as CEO of UAB Hospital.

“I’m looking forward to transitioning into this new position and tackling the challenges that lie ahead for both UAB Medicine and the health care industry,” Jones said. “UAB Medicine is a tremendous organization with an outstanding faculty and staff. We are a vital part of this community and our state, and I am committed to continuing to serve this organization to the best of my ability.”

Announced in January 2020 and effective July 1, the UAB Health System/Ascension St. Vincent’s alliance will increase access to high-quality, innovative medical services that further enhance patient care and address Alabama’s most pressing health threats.

“I am proud to partner with Reid Jones to lead the UAB Medicine Division of the UAB/St. Vincent’s alliance,” Ferniany said. “Reid Jones has helped steer the Health System through some difficult times and important accomplishments during his long tenure. He understands this organization from top to bottom, and I’m confident that he will continue to provide excellent leadership and strengthen our missions.”


UAB Medicine is one of the top academic medical centers in the nation and a recognized leader in quality patient care, research, and training. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, UAB Medicine is consistently named among the Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranks many of our medical specialties among the best programs of their kind in the United States. We pride ourselves on being a destination facility for caring for the sickest patients, yet we treat all patients with the respect and compassion they deserve. From parking attendants and Guest Services representatives to nurses and physicians, UAB Medicine staff are courteous, well-trained professionals who put patients and their families first in everything we do.

UAB Medicine provides a complete range of primary and specialty care services, as well as the most up-to-date treatments and innovations in health care. It is anchored by UAB Hospital, which was established in 1945 as the teaching hospital for what now is the UAB School of Medicine. One of the largest and most advanced in the nation, UAB Hospital is the centerpiece of a sprawling medical campus that includes numerous research labs and clinics. Among those clinics is The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, which is home to dozens of medical specialties under one roof and is one of the largest outpatient centers in the nation.


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