Chief, Surgical Oncology

Location: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine – Birmingham, Alabama

UAB Medicine strives to be the preferred academic medical center of the 21st Century – a place where patients want to come for care; employees want to work; faculty want to practice and conduct research; students, residents, and fellows want to learn; and donors want to give to a better future.

One of the nation’s top four academic medical centers, UAB Medicine exemplifies excellence in patient care, research, and training. UAB Medicine provides high-quality health care to the state and region, serving as home to Alabama’s only adult American College of Surgeons verified Level 1 trauma center, its most active solid organ transplant program, its only Level IV regional neonatal ICU, and its only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

UAB Medicine is anchored by UAB Hospital, which was established in 1945 and is the third-largest public hospital in the United States. It has 1,157 beds and serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham School Of Medicine, which educates and trains the next generation of physicians, physician-scientists, and biomedical scientists while carrying out innovative, world-class research. Together, UAB Medicine and UAB School of Medicine form one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the nation. UAB Hospital is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the country and was recently ranked #1 hospital in Alabama. It is one of 422 medical centers globally to be certified as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence.

Many of its outpatient services are delivered at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, a specially designed “superclinic” with 33 specialties under one roof that is one of the busiest centers of its kind in the United States. The Kirklin Clinic and the outreach clinics had 1.35 million visits this past year.

The UAB Health System provides numerous support services to all areas of UAB Medicine and affiliate hospitals. Other UAB Health System entities include UAB Hospital-Highlands the most comprehensive bone and joint service in Birmingham and the region’s first model for coordinated care for geriatrics: Acute Care for Elderly Unit. Also, included are UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, the Southeast’s only Level 1 ocular trauma center and the only hospital in Alabama dedicated entirely to eye care and health insurer Viva Health Inc. The University of Alabama Health Services Foundation is the physician group practice plan. It owns and operates a network of primary and specialty care clinics on campus and in the community.

UAB Medicine affiliates include:

  • Medical West – 310 licensed beds
  • The Baptist Health System – comprised of three hospitals, 689 beds
  • Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital – 99 beds
  • L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital – 72 beds
  • John Paul Jones Hospital – 32 beds
  • Birmingham VA Medical Center – 313 beds

Our Mission

To improve the health and well-being of society, particularly the citizens of Alabama, by providing innovative health services of exceptional value that are patient- and family-centered, a superior environment for the education of health professionals, and support for research that advances medical science.

Our Vision

UAB Medicine will enhance its role as a preeminent and well-integrated clinical enterprise, recognized as a leader in the advancement of medical science and the delivery of health-related services that are patient- and family-centered. In conjunction with the UAB School of Medicine, UAB Medicine will create highly innovative, well-coordinated interdisciplinary services and partnering relationships that serve as a model for health education and service delivery.

Our Core Values

  • Own it. Be accountable, take action, and make it happen.
  • Do right. Follow through, work with principles, and do no harm.
  • Always care. Listen with empathy, be compassionate, and support those in need.
  • Work together. Think win-win, build consensus, and play your role on the team.
  • Always Care + Own It + Do Right + Work Together = Excellence


Students enjoy the distinctive campus culture and student experience as well as the unique opportunities and quality of life UAB and the city of Birmingham offer. For the second consecutive year, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has achieved record enrollment, growing its student body to 20,902. UAB is one of the most diverse universities in the nation with 973 international students, who along with 628 international faculty, staff and visiting scholars on campus, represent more than 100 countries around the world.

UAB offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, Nursing and Public Health. Our first-professional schools are Dentistry, Medicine and Optometry.

The Center for World University Rankings recently named UAB among the top 0.6 percent of universities internationally based on number of publications, citations, broad impact of research and other indicators. UAB ranks 15th among public universities in federal funding (31st overall) and 8th among public universities in NIH funding (23rd overall). The University is at the vanguard of precision medicine by conducting the Alabama Genomic Health Initiative, among the nation’s first statewide efforts to harness the power of genomic analysis in health and disease. UAB’s annual economic impact that now exceeds $7.15 billion.


The UAB Department of Surgery has a long, illustrious history of making important contributions to clinical care, medical education, ground-breaking research, and surgical leadership. The department consists of more than 120 faculty and 300 staff belonging to eight divisions: Acute Care Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Transplantation, and Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. Since Herbert Chen, M.D., FACS, became chair in October 2015, the department has successfully recruited more than 70 faculty members and increased diversity to the extent that minorities now constitute 30 percent of the faculty and women constitute 20 percent.

The Department of Surgery has a reputation for clinical excellence. As part of this high-volume tertiary referral center, UAB Surgery faculty conduct more than 21,000 surgical cases annually with a case mix index of 2.22. Our faculty provide compassionate, state-of-the-art surgical care including minimally invasive and robotic procedures, and through the NCI-designated O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, provide cancer patients access to cutting-edge clinical trials.

Recruitment and retention of surgeon-scientists, as well as translational research faculty, has reinvigorated the department’s research program. In 2018, the department earned a total of $5.5 million in NIH funding, coming in at No. 22 nationally, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research rankings, and representing a year over- year increase in NIH funding of 59 percent. Overall, the department’s extramural research funding totals more than $14 million annually. Improved infrastructure, including the renovation of more than 15,000 square feet of research lab space, has allowed the department to successfully grow in this area.

The UAB Department of Surgery is passionate about mentoring and training the next generation of surgeons. The department boasts residency programs in general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, plastic surgery, and vascular surgery, as well as fellowship programs in abdominal transplant surgery, breast oncology, minimally invasive surgery, colorectal surgery, endocrine surgery, pediatric surgery, pediatric endoscopic surgery, surgical critical care, and vascular surgery. The department recently completed renovations on a new, 3,000-square-foot resident resource center and continues to support numerous programs for high school and undergraduate students who are interested in careers in healthcare. Through these pipeline programs, students receive hands-on research experience under the mentorship of UAB surgeons.


The Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is seeking a dynamic, academically oriented, fellowship trained Surgical Oncologist, to lead the section of Surgical Oncology. The successful candidate will lead an active, collaborative clinical, teaching and research program consisting of 5 surgical oncologists.

The Chief of Surgical Oncology will include oversight and management of the section finances, personnel, and faculty.  The assignment of the Chief is an administrative post appointed by the Department Chair. 

The incumbent will serve on the Departmental Leadership Council which is the governing body of the Department of Surgery. 

The Chief serves in a leadership position in the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.  As such, you will also serve on the Executive Committee of O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB.

Competitive compensation, benefits and startup resources are available to expand the division and meet the growing needs of the hospital system. Additional leadership opportunities exist for qualified individuals within the department, medical school and oncology service line. This position will be tenure track at the title/rank of Associate Professor or Professor.


  • MD from an appropriately accredited institution
  • Ability to secure a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine in Alabama
  • Completion of an accredited Surgical Oncology fellowship


  • Track record of securing independent research funding in basic or translational research
  • National or International recognition for outstanding contributions to the field of Surgical Oncology
  • Ability to lead a multidisciplinary team, with a focus on providing world class cancer care by providing new programs like HIPEC
  • Leadership or expertise in cutting edge surgical procedures

For additional information please contact Search Committee Co-Chair Britney Corey, MD, via email at

Please follow this link to apply:

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.


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