UAB announces new leadership due to Selwyn Vickers leaving

Birmingham school expects veteran leadership team to maintain UAB’s forward momentum

Anupam Agarwal, M.D.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is leveraging the expertise of its veteran leaders to maintain its positive momentum going forward, after Selwyn Vickers announced plans to depart.

Vickers filled multiple roles at UAB as senior vice president for UAB Medicine, dean of the UAB Heersink School of Medicine, CEO of the UAB Health System and CEO of the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance. He is leaving to become president and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Sept. 12, 2022.

UAB Heersink School of Medicine Executive Vice President Anupam Agarwal will serve as interim senior vice president of UAB Medicine and interim dean of the Heersink School of Medicine. This is the second time Agarwal has served in these interim roles. He also will continue in his role as program director of the NIDDK-funded O’Brien Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research, while maintaining his active role in clinical medicine, teaching, research and administration.

Dawn Bulgarella

Dawn Bulgarella will serve as interim CEO of the UAB Health System and continue serving as president of the UAB Health System and chief financial officer for the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance.

Reid Jones will continue in his role as CEO of UAB Medicine. He has been at the center of UAB’s health care administration and operations for more than 30 years.

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Jason Alexander, CEO of Ascension St. Vincent’s, will also continue as a key member of the senior leadership team in the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance.

Reid Jones

“Dawn, Reid and Anupam have been invaluable and visionary leaders for UAB Medicine for decades and comprise a veteran leadership team that provides trusted stability and a dedication to excellence,” said UAB President Ray Watts. He added, “Our community is grateful for Selwyn for his service to UAB since his return to Birmingham almost a decade ago, and I wish him the best. He helped recruit and retain incredible talent to advance our mission, and that fact is among the many reasons UAB remains in a position of strength to ensure a smooth transition as we continue to grow and thrive and serve the people who count on us.”

The UAB Health System is a $5.8 billion enterprise that includes UAB Hospital, UAB Hospital-Highlands, 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 the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Alliance.

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