Dr. Selwyn Vickers, MD, FACS
Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, FACS, is Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, one of the 10 largest public academic medical centers and the third largest public hospital in the U.S. He is a world-renowned surgeon and pancreatic cancer researcher, and he is a pioneer in health disparities research. Dr. Vickers is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (Institute of Medicine), the premiere society in academic medicine, and the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. He has served on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Board of Trustees and Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees. In addition, he has served as President of these various organizations: Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Southern Surgical Association, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the Surgical Oncology Board of the American Board of Surgery.
As Dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine since October 2013, Dr. Vickers leads the medical school’s main campus in Birmingham as well as its regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa. He serves as Chair of UAB Medicine’s Joint Operating Leadership Committee (JOLC) as well as Chair of the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation Board (UAHSF).
Dr. Vickers earned his bachelor’s degree and
While at Minnesota, Dr. Vickers’ and Dr. Saluja’s lab was instrumental in defining the role of HSP70 in pancreatic cancer and developing and licensing a novel targeted therapy for pancreatic cancer and GI tumors. Minnelide, an oral and injectable cancer drug, entered Phase 1 Testing in September 2013 and completed Phase 1 Trials April 2015. Dr. Vickers has a financial interest in the pharmaceutical company licensed to develop the drug, Minneamrita Therapeutics LLC.
Dr. Vickers continues to see patients and conduct research. He has had continuous NIH extramural funding for the past 25 years. His major research interests include gene therapy as an application in the treatment of
Dr. Vickers was born in Demopolis, Alabama, and grew up in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville. He and his wife, Janice Vickers, who also is from Alabama, have been married since 1988. They have four children: Lauren, Adrienne, Lydia, and Benjamin.