The Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame has named its 2020 inductees, including six individuals from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, including:
Charles Butterworth Jr., MD (deceased). Butterworth, a professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, published The Skeleton in the Hospital Closet in 1974, documenting what became known as hospital malnutrition. He was named chair of the Nutrition Sciences Department in 1977.
William Kendrick Hare, MD (deceased). Hare, a professor of pharmacology, was the first full-time chair of the Department of Pediatrics, serving from 1951 to 1963.
Michael Callahan, MD. Callahan is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Callahan Eye Hospital. He has been named a Distinguished Alumnus of the UAB School of Medicine. Callahan is president of the International Retinal Research Foundation and is on the Board of the Eyesight Foundation and the Callahan Eye Hospital Board.
Howard Houser, PhD. Houser is professor emeritus in the Department of Health Services Administration and a former associate dean in the School of Health Professions. Houser orchestrated the desegregation of UAB Hospital in 1965. He created a program to educate Chinese students in health administration, graduating the first class in 1989. Since then, he hosted more than 100 visiting students and scholars and helped establish a pediatric hospital China.
Cynthia Selleck, PhD, RN. Selleck began her career at UAB in 1981 as an assistant professor in the UAB School of Nursing and graduated from the school with a PhD in nursing in 1987. She has led 45 grant-funded projects to expand the number of primary care health professionals in rural and inner-city underserved areas. She led the establishment of the Nurse Family Partnership of Central Alabama. She also served as director of the Area Health Education Center Program.
Sergio Stagno, MD
Sergio Stagno, MD. Stagno was the chair of the Department of Pediatrics from 1989 to 2014. He was also physician-in-chief of Children's of Alabama. In 1993, he was appointed the Katharine Reynolds Ireland Chair of Pediatrics. He also served as interim vice president for Health Affairs in 1995, interim president of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation in 2008 and as president of HSF from 2010 to 2012.
The other 2020 honorees are Joseph Fontenot, MD; Henry Frazer, PharmD; Zack Studstill, DMD; William Jefferson Terry, MD; Celia Wallace; and Richard C. Whitaker.