UAB President Ray Watts Announces Interim UAB Medicine Leadership – News

Accomplished and longtime UAB leaders will assume leadership positions when Vickers steps down.

Anupam Agarwal, MD, will serve as Acting Senior Vice President of Medicine and Acting Dean of the School of MedicineUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham President Ray L. Watts, MD, and Chancellor Finis St. John, in consultation with the UA System Board of Trustees, announced plans to maintain continuity and l positive momentum in UAB Medicine by leveraging the expertise of veteran leaders with the upcoming departure of Selwyn Vickers, MD, who will become President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on September 12, 2022.

The Executive Vice Dean of the Heersink School of Medicine, Anupam Agarwal, MD, will serve as Acting Senior Vice President of Medicine and Acting Dean of the Medical School for the second time, as well as President by interim board member of the Health Services Foundation. He first held these interim positions in 2013 when Watts left them to become chairman. Agarwal also led the Division of Nephrology from 2008-2021 and is Program Director of the NIDDK-funded O’Brien Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research while maintaining an active role in clinical medicine, teaching, research and administration.

Dawn Bulgarella will serve as interim CEO of UAB Health System and continue as President of UAB Health System and Chief Financial Officer of the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent Alliance. Bulgarella spent 15 years in operations before becoming senior associate dean for finance and administration at UAB Heersink School of Medicine and ultimately the first president and chief financial officer of the UAB Health System.

Reid Jones will continue in his role as CEO of UAB Medicine. Jones has been at the center of UAB’s healthcare administration and operations for more than 30 years and has held several key positions, including Executive Vice President of the UA Health Services Foundation, Chief Operating Officer of UAB Medicine and its current role among many others. .

Header photo by Dawn Bulgarella (CFO, UAB Health System; Sr. Associate Dean, School of Medicine), 2018.Dawn Bulgarella will serve as interim CEO of UAB Health System.Jason Alexander, CEO of Ascension St. Vincent’s, will also continue as a key member of the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance leadership team.

Watts says the stability provided by this leadership group will allow for thoughtful, deliberate and strategic planning that will continue UAB Medicine’s upward trajectory.

“Dawn, Reid and Anupam have been invaluable and visionary leaders for UAB Medicine for decades and constitute a seasoned leadership team that offers stability of trust and a dedication to excellence,” Watts said. “They – and the talented teams they lead – have been central to the tremendous growth we have experienced and safeguard our ability to deliver world-class healthcare. Our UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance will continue to grow to better serve our community.

UAB Medicine had nearly 1.7 million patient visits last year and UAB Hospital, the eighth largest hospital in the United States, discharged more than 90,000 patients. UAB ranks in the top 3% of U.S. universities based on all federal research funding awarded.

“UAB Medicine provides high-quality patient care in every county of the state, trains future healthcare professionals at its world-class academic medical center, and is a valuable asset to Alabama,” said the system’s chancellor. UA, Finis St. John. “UAB’s deep reservoir of leadership and talent ensures a bright future and continued dedication to our mission to improve the lives of all those we serve.”

RS19730 Reid Jones 4 literReid Jones will continue in his role as CEO of UAB Medicine.St. John expressed support for the interim appointments and praised Vickers for his consistent leadership leading the UAB healthcare system. Vickers will step down as senior vice president for medicine, dean of UAB Heersink Medical SchoolCEO of UAB Health System and CEO of the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent Alliance.

“The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees is sincerely grateful to Selwyn for his lasting contributions to the UAB healthcare system and looks forward to the extraordinary things to come from the skilled leadership team at UAB Medicine. , anchored by UAB President Dr. Ray Watts, Acting Sr Vice President of Medicine and Dean of the School of Medicine Dr. Anupam Agarwal, Acting UAB Health System CEO Dawn Bulgarella and UAB Medicine CEO Reid Jones,” said UA System Board Chairman Pro Tempore W. Stancil Starnes. “Their significant expertise and proven track record will ensure continuity and deliver excellent results.”

Watts, who is chairman of the boards of UAB Medicine and the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance, says Vickers was an important part of a team that created unprecedented momentum.

“Our community is grateful to Selwyn for his service to UAB since returning to Birmingham almost a decade ago, and I wish him the best,” Watts said. “He has helped recruit and retain incredible talent to advance our mission, and it is among the many reasons UAB remains in a strong position to ensure a smooth transition as we continue to grow and prosper and to serve the people who rely on us.”

UAB Health System is a $5.8 billion enterprise that includes UAB Hospital, UAB-Highlands Hospital, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, and management relationships with Medical West, Baptist Health Montgomery, Russell Medical , John Paul Jones, Whitfield Regional, Northwest Regional Health and Regional Medical Center of Central Alabama Hospitals. The system also has affiliate relationships with Infirmary Health in Mobile and Northeast Regional Hospital in Anniston. The system also includes Cooper Green Mercy Health Services and UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance Health System.


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