Effective October 1, 2013, the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) will transition into departmental status within the School of Medicine. The new Department of Neurosurgery at UAB will become the 24th Academic Department at UAB’s School of Medicine.
On June 14th, the University of Alabama System’s Board of Trustees met to officially approve the elevation of the Neurosurgery division to departmental status. This move further underscores the rapid expansion of the Neuroscience programs at UAB.
According to the interim medical school dean, Anupam Agarwal, “It has become a norm at the academic medical centers that neurosurgery exists within a departmental administrative structure, this was the right time… Becoming a department will help bring neurosurgery at UAB the prominence it deserves.” The change within the Neurosurgery department is expected to further elevate the program’s strong reputation, clinical capabilities and research initiatives.
James Markert, M.D., the Director of the Division of Neurosurgery and the James Garber Galbraith Chair in Neurosurgery, will provide a seamless transition as the inaugural Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Markert said that the new department will continue to provide world-class neurosurgical care, attract new energetic and talented faculty, expand research efforts currently underway in the brain tumor, clinical outcomes and surgical anatomy arenas, and create new collaborations with colleagues in other clinical and basic science departments at UAB.