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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System

Birmingham, AL

Training Program Director: Catherine Parker, M.D.

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System building

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System is an academic health center located in Birmingham, Alabama. At UAB, we pride ourselves on being the premier medical facility in the state and region, with healthcare professionals who are second to none. UAB Hospital is the centerpiece of the UAB Health System. It was established in 1945 as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama School of Medicine and, today is one of the four largest academic medical centers in the United States. Situated among major research centers and clinics, the 1,157-licensed-bed hospital is the third-largest public hospital in the nation, providing patients with a complete range of primary and specialty care services, as well as the most up-to-date treatments and innovations in health care. More than 40,000 operative procedures are performed annually at UAB, providing trainees with abundant opportunities.

The UAB Breast Health Center is located within the Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital. Opened in 1992, this multispecialty clinic is a uniquely designed “superclinic” for outpatient care, housing more than 600 physicians in 35 specialties and serving more than 2,000 patients a day. The clinic is world-renowned for its focus on patient-centered care.

About the Program

The UAB Breast Surgery Fellowship is a one-year multidisciplinary clinical program and is managed by the UAB School of Medicine Department of Surgery Division of Breast and Endocrine Surgery. This fellowship will enable the fellow to acquire an advanced body of knowledge and level of skill in the management of all aspects of benign and malignant breast disease in order to become a leader in the field. This comprehensive approach includes screening, risk assessment, prevention strategies, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and research all in one location.

The UAB Breast Health Center has earned full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Since 2015, the UAB BHC received a Women’s Choice Award, being named one of America’s Best Breast Centers, acknowledging the UAB Breast Health Center’s dedication to exceptional patient care and treatment.

Clinical Rotations

The one-year training program includes core rotations based on the Society of Surgical Oncology suggested curriculum. The rotation schedule includes: Breast Surgery, Medical Oncology, Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention/Cancer Genetics, Radiation Oncology, Breast Imaging, Pathology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Community Outreach, Supportive Care, Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic, and dedicated Research time.


The fellowship includes dedicated time for clinical research and learning the principles of conducting research at the clinical investigation level. To this end, the fellow will also complete formal training in the responsible conduct of research through the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (funded via an NIH Center for Translational Science Award). At the completion of the fellowship, the fellow is expected to have at least one manuscript ready for publication prior to completing the fellowship. The fellow will have the benefit of the resources and collaborative opportunities afforded from the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). The UAB CCC is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and the Deep South and was one of the first eight centers to receive this prestigious designation from the NCI nearly 40 years ago. In addition, the UAB CCC is a member of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium, a national group of 16 research centers that conducts innovative, high-impact clinical trials in breast cancer.


Applicants for this fellowship will have successfully completed an ACGME-approved residency program in the U.S. or Canada and be certified or in the board certification process. The applicant will need to complete and submit an application, CV, recommendation letters, and a personal statement describing the experience and career goals in the fields of breast cancer care and research. Selection will be determined after an interview process and match by the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Contact Information

Program Director:Catherine Parker, M.D.
Email: ccparker@uabmc.edu
Associate Program Director:Rachael Lancaster, MD
Email: rlancaster@uabmc.edu
Program Coordinators:

Leigh Hadley
Phone: (205)975-5972
Fax: (205)975-5971
Email: slsmit@uabmc.edu

Irene Davis
Phone: (205)975-5000
Email: irenedavis@uabmc.edu


University of Alabama at Birmingham
Division of Breast and Endocrine Surgery
1808 7th Ave. S., BDB 512
Birmingham, AL 35294

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