Selwyn Vickers, MD, senior vice president for Medicine and dean of the UAB Heersink School of Medicine, has assumed the role of CEO of both the UAB Health System and the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent's Alliance, while continuing as dean. Vickers replaces the retiring Will Ferniany, PhD, who led the Health System for nearly 13 years.
Vickers, a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, is a world-renowned surgeon, pancreatic cancer researcher, and pioneer in health disparities research.
He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins University and completed a surgical residency there. He joined the faculty of UAB as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, where he was later appointed to professor, division director and the John H. Blue Chair of General Surgery. He was a founder of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center and was principal investigator of UAB's first pancreatic cancer SPORE.
In 2006, Vickers left UAB to become the Jay Phillips Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School, one of the oldest surgery departments in the country.
In 2013, Vickers became senior vice president of Medicine and dean of the UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine, one of the largest public academic medical centers in the United States. In his role as dean, Vickers leads the medical school's main campus in Birmingham, as well as its regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa.
He was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor for the class of 2021, which recognizes living Alabamians for their accomplishments in serving the state and country.