Assistant Professor, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery – University of Alabama School of Medicine

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

The University of Alabama School of Medicine, Department of Surgery is currently recruiting faculty candidates to be considered for a tenure track faculty appointment at Assistant Professor level in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery. The successful candidate will be an early career board certified or board eligible colon and rectal surgeon who has completed a colorectal residency accredited by the ABCRS.  The successful candidate will be expected to meet clinical, research and teaching needs in the Department of Surgery and it is anticipated that this faculty will spend 75% effort developing a successful health services research program and 25% of the time working with our multidisciplinary Inflammatory Bowel Disease group. Our faculty are nationally-recognized experts in the field of colon and rectal surgery. We are home to one of the highest-volume academic robotics programs in the country. The Division is actively involved in clinical research aimed at quality improvement for surgical patients, health literacy in patients with colorectal disease, as well as basic science research including investigations into environmental exposures can change one’s risk for developing cancer. The Division also houses a colorectal surgery fellowship. In addition to our focus on patient care, we also provide an environment that supports the education of health professionals and encourages advanced research to further medical science.

UAB Department of Surgery

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.

UAB Medicine

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

University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of three autonomous institutions within The University of Alabama System, is the only four-year, public university in the state’s largest metropolitan area. The University spans more than 100 blocks in the city center with over 250 buildings providing over 13 million feet of assignable space. For fiscal year 2017-2018

(most recent available), the University’s economic impact on the Birmingham area exceeds $7.15 billion. In FY2017, UAB received over $268 million in NIH extramural grants and contracts. As of the fall of 2018, the University employed 23,000 people, had a faculty of 2,289 (40% of whom are female), and had a student enrollment of just under 21,000 at the undergraduate through doctoral levels. The graduate student population is 67% female and 30% are among ethnic minorities. UAB is comprised of 10 academic colleges and schools in the health sciences and academic areas. The UAB Academic Health Center includes the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, Health Professions; the Graduate School; and the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. The University’s academic campus consists of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Schools of Business, Education, and Engineering; the Graduate School; and the Mervyn Sterne Library. The university has 136 endowed chairs/professorships. UAB has been ranked among the top quarter of all U.S. colleges and universities by The Princeton Review, and among the top 10 for diversity for three consecutive years.

In tandem with our institution’s strong diversity efforts, UAB encourages candidates from underrepresented diverse backgrounds and different race/ethnic populations to apply.


The successful candidate will hold an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. or M.P.H. and will be a highly skilled surgeon. Candidate should have substantial professional work experience in one or more areas of research, teaching and/or service. The successful candidate will be an early career board certified or board eligible colon and rectal surgeon who has completed a colorectal residency accredited by the ABCRS.

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.

For additional information please contact Greg Kennedy, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, or Jayleen Grams, MD, Associate Professor, at (205) 975-1932 or via email at or

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