Bob Shephard reported the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine moved up the research wrung by 10 places on the National Institues of Health research funding rankings. Climbing from 31 to 21, they secured $234.4 million in 2018. Vision, commitment and hard work has led “Big Al” into an elite national category. Selwyn Vickers, MD, senior vice president and dean of the medical school noted “we enjoyed the second highest percent of growth—43%–only scant percentage points behind the leader, Northwestern University. The Alabama team was visionary and systematic; starting back in 2013 when Vickers arrived as deal. A plan was put in place; they executed it and are arriving at a new level.
The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is among the nation’s leading cancer research institutions and one of only 49 centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. Being routinely recognized as among the nation’s best means the citizens of Alabama have access to the latest therapies, cutting-edge clinical trials and the expertise needed to treat their cancer right in their own backyard.
From bench to bedside, the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center is at the forefront of improving cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and scientists and clinician-scientists at UAB have pioneered advances in chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and nutrition. Our community outreach efforts reach vulnerable populations by providing the region with educational and prevention programs.
The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a full array of treatment options from multidisciplinary clinics filled with experts from across cancer fields to the latest state-of-the-art technology. The center is home to an outstanding faculty of 400 clinicians, scientists and clinician-scientists, many of whom are internationally and nationally recognized for their expertise in oncology. The O’Neal Cancer Center treats approximately 20,000 patients annually, with an estimated 5,000 new patients each year.