BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The dean of the medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is taking over as president of the American Surgical Association.
Dr. Selwyn Vickers’ term began this month at the annual meeting of the professional association, which includes prominent surgeons from the nation’s top academic medical institutions.
“One aspect of my career that I value most is caring for patients,” Vickers said in a statement. “This recognition of leadership in the surgical profession symbolizes my personal commitment to excellent patient care. To be honored by my colleagues in this way is as exciting as any accomplishment in my academic career to date.”
Vickers, who became dean of the UAB medical school in 2013, specializes in surgery and the research of pancreatic cancer and health disparities. He oversees the main campus in Birmingham plus regional campuses in Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa.
Founded in 1880 and with members worldwide, the American Surgical Association calls itself the nation’s oldest and most prestigious surgical organization.