12 U A B C O M P R E H E N S I V E C A N C E R C E N T E R

B Y J O S H T I L L

UAB COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER

MAGAZINE SALUTES RICHARD WHITLEY,

M.D., A PROFESSOR IN THE UAB

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE AND A

UAB COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER

SENIOR SCIENTIST. HE IS DIRECTOR OF

UAB’S CENTER FOR EMERGING DRUG

DISCOVERY AND A RENOWNED RESEARCHER

ON ANTIVIRAL THERAPIES DESIGNED

TO FIGHT INFECTIONS IN CHILDREN

AND ADULTS. A UAB PROFESSOR OF

PEDIATRICS, MICROBIOLOGY, MEDICINE AND

NEUROSURGERY, HE ALSO SERVES AS VICE

CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS.

IN 2011, DR. WHITLEY WAS NAMED THE

CANCER CENTER’S INAUGURAL ASSOCIATE

DIRECTOR FOR DRUG DISCOVERY AND

DEVELOPMENT.

RICHARD WHITLEY

RICHARD Whitley, M.D., came to

Birmingham in the fall of 1970 to work with

one of the top experts in his field. Forty-one

years later, Dr. Whitley himself has become

one of the most noted and highly regarded

experts in the fields of antiviral therapies

and drug discovery.

Growing up just outside New York

City in northern New Jersey, Dr. Whitley

developed an early interest in medicine—

specifically, its power to help people. With

AT THE END OF THE DAY,

THAT’S PROBABLY THE MOST

IMPORTANT THING FOR ME.”

HELPING PEOPLE

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