Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cell Therapy Program

  • University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Birmingham, AL

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Grant Cooper, a Healthcare Search Firm, is seeking a Director for UAB's Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cell Therapy Program in Birmingham, AL.One of the nation’s leading cancer research and treatment centers, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center located in a six-state area. UAB’s cancer services are routinely recognized as being among the nation’s best. From bench to bedside, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is at the forefront of improving cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and researchers here have pioneered advances in chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, and nutrition. The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is recognized around the world as a leader in developing innovative monoclonal antibody approaches to cancer therapy. The Center conducts clinical trials using genetically engineered monoclonal antibodies alone or armed with a payload of immunotoxins, chemotherapy drugs, or radioactive isotopes to specifically target a broad array of cancers, including breast, gastrointestinal tract, lung, ovary, head and neck, brain tumors, and lymphomas.

Since the UAB Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cell Therapy Program opened in 1991, over 1,700 transplants have been performed. The program has been FACT accredited since 1999. The program combines compassionate care together with the most advanced and innovative treatment methods in a comfortable, cutting–edge facility. We are constantly building a work environment of professionalism where each person is valued and respected. We are an expanding program with experienced personnel at all levels. We are the sole allogeneic transplant program in the State of Alabama, and our catchment area includes the state of Mississippi, the western part of Georgia and the Florida panhandle.

Position Overview

The Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cell Therapy Program will have the ability, experience and personal qualities as a physician, investigator, and teacher to lead the Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cell Therapy Program to become one of the top programs in the U.S., as measured by its reputation, high-impact research, and quality of care. The Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cell Therapy program will build, maintain, and continually improve an outstanding academic program for the care of bone marrow transplant patients, and for those who work and learn within the program. To facilitate Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cell Therapy clinical trials, the Director will lead the clinical trials team, including research nurses and data managers, within the framework of Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Studies Unit. We expect that the Director will develop a program of excellence in clinical translational investigation related to bone marrow transplant and cellular therapies, advancing the field to make transplant safer and more effective, resulting in improved outcomes and expanding the scope of patients who could benefit from this procedure.

The Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cell Therapy Program is currently well supported by six faculty, and has outstanding nursing staff, nurse coordinators, data managers, administrative and other ancillary staff. The Program has capabilities for hematopoietic stem cell processing and graft manipulation trials and cellular therapy for cancer under IDEs and INDs, UAB is committed to enhancing research within the program by recruiting an additional blood and marrow transplant and cell therapy clinical investigator, as well as a laboratory scientist (MD or PhD) focused on bone marrow transplant and/or cellular therapy. UAB anticipate’s that further physician recruitment would be supported by programmatic growth and strategic requirements and opportunities.


  • An MD or MD/PhD degree.
  • Eligibility for Alabama licensure as a medical doctor.
  • An academic rank of associate of full professor.
  • Board certification in Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology, specialized expertise Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to advance and develop a superior clinical service.
  • Experience and expertise in research including Phase 1 and early Phase II clinical trials.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills for both clinical and non-clinical audiences, in group settings or one-on-one.
  • Expertise in establishing physician relationships combined with the ability to manage an interdisciplinary team while appreciating and fostering collegial and peer participation from all disciplines.
  • Effective supervisory skills, including clinical mentoring and coaching expertise.
  • Advocate for organizational values and commitment to gender equity and diversity.
  • Demonstrated experience with capital/operating budgets and an understanding of the challenges facing academic medicine.
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